Chicago Alternative Comics Expo (CAKE)
Saturday and Sunday, June 15 & 16, 2013
11 am – 6pm
Center on Halsted
3656 N Halsted
FREE and open to the public!
Linework will be at table number 74! Come say hi.
Linework Four is here! Check out this little mini tour of the new issue that I made. You will be able to purchase the anthology soon at a number of shops in Chicago including Quimby’s and Chicago Comics. Right now you can buy it at Shop Columbia (623 S. Wabash Ave.). We’ll also have a table at CAKE, which is coming up very soon!
We’ll continue to post more on this blog about the Special Edition issues of Linework (which are almost ready) as well as other Linework-related matters. We’re so happy with this issue and we can’t wait for you to read it!
TCAF Programming on Sunday, May 12 in the High Park Ballroom – The Marriott 200
90 Bloor Street East, 6th Floor (10 mins walk from Library)
11:00-12:00 Comics Editing International
The relationship between Comics Editor and Comics Author is very different from publisher to publisher here in North America, but how does that change even further when one looks overseas? Four Comics Editors from around the world gather to discuss the art and craft of editing, and how approaches differ around the world. Featuring Hideki Egami (IKKI/Shogakukan, Japan), James Lucas Jones (Oni Press, USA), Thomas Ragon (Dargaud, France), and Mark Siegel (First Second, France). Moderated by Christopher Butcher.
12:15-1:15 What’s Funny in the Funnies? Comics & Humour
What makes a comic funny? We couldn’t tell you exactly, but what we do know is that these five panelists have made some damn funny comics, so they’ve likely got some insight. We’ll refund show admission if they don’t. Featuring Bill Amend (Foxtrot), Ivan Brunetti (HAW!), Danielle Corsetto (Girls with Slingshots), Lisa Hanawalt (My Dirty Dumb Eyes), and Michael Kupperman (Tales Designed to Thrizzle).
1:30pm-2:30 Judge a Book by its Cover: Designing Comics Outside of the Panels
As a medium that merges pictures and text, the very nature of a comic is to transcend to a form greater than the sum of its parts. But what parts of a comic are there beyond the art in the panels and the words in the balloons? Chip Kidd, Matt Kindt, Fawn Lau, and Tom Devlin talk about fonts, logos, trim sizes, spot gloss, interior layout, and other elements of design that make their books look so good. Moderated by John Green.
2:45 - 3:45pm Spotlight: Blutch and David B.
TCAF presents a conversation between acclaimed French cartoonists Blutch (Peplum) and David B. (Best of Enemies) on their life, work, and the French comics industry. Moderated by Sean Rogers.
4:00 - 5:00pm Spotlight: Ivan Brunetti
Renowned cartoonist Ivan Brunetti (HAW!) is also Assistant Professor in the Art and Design Department of Columbia College Chicago, teaching courses on drawing, design, illustration, cartooning, and graphic novels. On this special TCAF Spotlight panel, Brunetti will talk about his own cartooning career, and the importance of comics in education, as outlined in his new book Aesthetics from Yale University Press.
TCAF takes place May 11-12, 2013, in Toronto, Canada. More at http://torontocomics.com/
If you’re gonna be in Toronto May 12th make sure to check out the talks by Ivan Brunetti, you won’t be disappointed !
What Jon said!
SPECIAL EDITION: SANYA GLISIC
Illustrator and printmaker Sanya Glisic produced an edition of beautiful linocut prints titled “The Walker” for the Special Edition* issues of Linework.
*Several artists were hand-picked to contribute little works of art, mini-comics, prints, etc. for a number of SPECIAL EDITIONS of the upcoming issue of Linework.
At CAKE FRAME, a benefit for the Chicago Alternative Comics Expo hosted by BRAIN FRAME, the performative comics reading series, Andy Burkholder read an occasionally wry, occasionally abstract, and always aesthetically precise series of vignettes in the lives of people named Chris, aptly entitled: Chris, on April 12th, 2013.
Video thanks to Burton Bilharz.
The mysterious and friendly Andy Burkholder reads his comic “Chris” at CAKE Frame last month. Andy was one of the editors of the very first issue of Linework.
SPECIAL EDITION: ONSMITH
For his Special Edition* contribution, former Linework editor Onsmith illustrated a bunch of beautiful and grotesque severed head portraits!
Ivan Brunetti poses with the box that contains the original artwork he generously put up for auction on eBay a couple weeks ago. All of the proceeds from the auction, which ended April 23rd, will go toward the cost of printing Linework 4. Thank you, Ivan!
One of the neatest parts of Linework 4 is the endpapers. Former editors Nick Drnaso and Kevin Budnik came up with a list of 160 things to draw (objects, animals, food, people, etc.), and illustrated them all separately. That is, they didn’t look at each other’s drawings while they were drawing them. Nick’s illustrations are in the front and Kevin’s are in the back. Be sure to flip back and forth between the front and back and compare, for example, Nick’s monster to Kevin’s monster. Or Kevin’s beer belly to Nick’s beer belly.
Pictured above: a section of Nick’s illustrations (top) and Kevin’s (bottom).
The story titles in the table of contents of Linework 4 were all drawn by editor Marieke McClendon. Pictured above are some of the titles. Also pictured: Peaches the dog.
The other day the editors met up with our head honcho Ivan Brunetti to look over the first test print of Linework. The three of us caught glimpses of drawings and sketches in Ivan’s notebook while he was taking notes during the meeting. He graciously scanned a few pages for us to put on the blog. Enjoy!