Tongue-tied… check, visually shaken … check, egg on face… checkity-check.
Here is my contribution for Mini Comic’s Day… which was last Saturday. If you click on it, you will get the full size file. If you want to print this, you are welcome to… and if you wanna find out how to fold this properly… go here! Oh, and there might be a wee bit of chopping of the art in the print process… I pretty much worked to the edge of the paper. Ooops. It’s not TOO bad. Enjoy!
Much fun was had! New friends were made! And geeky cartoon talk was engaged in! Oh, yah, and we drew cartoons! Thanks, Current Comics in Salinas, for hosting our motley group! Here’s some of the action… …. and soon to come… ACTUAL downloadable mini comic(s)! So, stay tooned!
River & Reese and their Super Dad had fun drawing super heroes. Kinan
did a story about the meaning of life (no fluffy cutesy subject matter there!)… Walter worked at several ideas without exactly landing on one or another. *photos seem to be messed up on some computers… wordpress hates me… I have fixed them on my ‘puter and they are still messed up! Apologies!
Tools of the trade.
I would like to remind you tooners out there, that Saturday is Mini Comics Day!
Here’s what you do. Go to minicomics.org and sign up. Here’s a link to their events page … You’ll notice that it has our local Current Comics which has signed up (where I will be leading said event). Signing up just means you post some of the work made for the event on the minicomics.org website.
Even if you don’t wish to sign up and share, you can get a group of your pals together to make mini-comics… meet up at a coffee shop or someone’s living room. It’s an excuse to buy pizza and throw back a few adult beverages (if you didn’t already overdo it on National Absinthe Day on March 5th). And if you would like to send me some photos of YOUR mini comics, or just photos of your group working on mini comics, I will post them!
I have been listening to the audio book of Arianna Huffington’s book, Picasso: Creator and Destroyer and it has blackened my mood considerably. I had accepted, long ago, that Picasso was not a very nice man. I even accepted the fact that he was a misogynist. What I did not realize was, that he was a demon.
The audio book is 19 hours of not-so easy listening. It is not in how the story of Picasso’s life has been told via Huffington’s writings and Wanda McCaddon’s narration, but it is the the sheer monstrosity of Picasso’s behavior that has put a black cloud over my cheery disposition. I have come to want to throw things when McCaddon falls into the Picasso voice she verbalizes the artist with. I have, over the course of the audiobook, come to hate that voice, deeply.
And so I have reached the last 10 years of Picasso’s life… and just barely has he landed on his final conquest and I am glad to be near the end. YET… there is something that still fascinates me about this monster. Yes, monster. It, whatever IT is… is probably why the women of his life stayed with him in the face of his brazen cruelty and manipulation… there was a fascination. And what perplexes ME is… there is this insanely brilliant quality of Picasso’s work that is undeniable… and it leads me to the conundrum I have been struggling with since I started this book… can one love the oeuvre of an artist and HATE the artist himself? Is it a package deal? (I thought so at first)… BUT then… can you abhor demonism and yet like the work the demon produces? … NOW knowing how the demon produced the work…? It is really harder than you might think. The struggle continues.