Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Comic Convention/Zine Convention Season, and News Coverage Update! Plus Coloring Books, Ink, and Art By Kids, Oh My!

Hello, All!  As it's Comic Con and Zine Season, and I had a really cool opportunity today, I wanted to post a quick update to my blog!  My work can be seen as you keep scrolling down, but I have neat update first.  At Barnsdall Art Center, where I teach, the very nice people over at Los Angeles News Channel 36 came to the park, to feature us in their "Art Zone" segment.  It should be released online and airing in a few weeks.

In any event, (as can be seen from the photo) I got interviewed, and got to talk all about teaching comics, art, illustration, to kids, and the importance of storytelling and education for kids in the sequential art medium.  I also talked a lot about Barnsdall Park in Los Angeles, and the great arts education we offer for kids and adults.  Check out our class schedule at!

In addition, I've been working on some newer things myself.  At Comics and Zine Fairs coming up,
my bi-coastal coloring book is one of the things I'll have for show and display, which you can see some samples of below.  The color sample is the cover, the rest are the book's interiors.

I am originally from New York (suburbs of NYC, although I far prefer the city), live in California, and go back and forth frequently. So, I have two homes, two places, two sets of people. Home is where the heart is, and mine is split between each side of the country, so I decided to make this coloring book to speak to that.  Anyway, the color cover was drawn with Winsor and Newton pigment markers, and the black and white below is for anyone who wants, to color it in.

The first Summer Con I know I'll be doing is the Latino Comics Expo on August 6th and 7th, at the Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach.  I'll have bilingual card-toons, comics for kids, and the coloring book I'm showing samples of here.

Next are some sneak peeks from this coloring book, including the LES Cat Cafe page, the Vintage Coney Island dedicated page, and the page honoring food in both CA and NY!

And lastly, in addition to the How to Draw Zines for kids I have been self-publishing and expanding on (teaching kids character design, story structure, how to explore panel design in a comic, inking, and so on), I have also been able to act as a publishing company for my students!  I photocopy their zines and minicomics, and I work with Color Images (an amazing printer in Burbank), to get their accordion books, postcards, and other color self-published materials printed off site.

I teach Cartooning at several places, but at the Barnsdall Art Center, that is where I also teach the aforementioned Zine Making.  So, I have been able to get to display student comics, minicomics, accordion books, and art zines, when I table at fairs!  Their work was a big hit at this year's Los Angeles Zine Fest, and I'm looking forward to showcasing more of their stuff at other shows.  A sample of the Comics and Zines made by kids is here, below:

Well, I guess that is all for now, folks!  Take care, be well, and I will update again with more comics, art, and education news soon.



Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Stars For Creative Tuesdays

Barely getting this in! My life is still crazed with diffcult things going on and also running around like mad (some of that is good and arts and education related so yay), but I am going to get to reading everybody's "stars" posts ASAP. Again I am posting from my Droid.  Michael and Alex and everyone who has expressed concern, thank you, I really appreciate it. I will try to email or private message you as soon as I am able.

I did this little sketch in my new sketchbook (which I like very much), with a zebra pen and Kurarake markers.  All amazing Japanese pens which I highly recommend. This Koala has seen a lot of Disney films, because he is wishing upon a friendly star.

To submit to "Creative Tuesdays" this week and the theme of "Stars," there are still a few hours left! Click and submit at the link below:

Thanks again you guys for being an online community of great artist friends, and bright shining stars even when night is dark,whether in the literal or metaphorical sense.

 Corny I know, but I mean it (-:

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Creative Tuesdays. Little Monster Wearing Striped Socks!

Hi C.T.,

I'm sorry that this is so late! This is for the Creative Tuesdays prompt this week of striped socks.

 Things have been crazy stressful for me of late, and I've been dealing with some stuff in my own life and across the country stuff with my family so I missed doing the little monsters prompt last time.

But here he is, and he is wearing striped stops which are unraveling and attached to a ball of yarn. He is a Koala Dragon Tiger Lion. Soooo... A Dragoaliger? Not sure what to call him. But I made him from a bunch of different animals because when I teach my kids in after school cartooning programs how to make monsters, one of the ways that I do it is to combine different types of animals together and that ends up with a fun weird monster creature.

I really apologize that I am so late today that I missed last time and that I still need to catch up with everyone's work for this week and last week.

Please go to the link at the end of this blog entry before the end of the day today to submit yours. Thank you Mr. Toast and everyone for all that you do!