We’re proud to be hosting Dawson Walker’s comic workshop at the gallery starting this Wednesday.
Dawson grew up here in Juneau and is currently on summer break from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design where he’s been making great strides in his comic and illustration work.
Ages 9-19 and all classes will be at the Alaska Robotics Gallery at 220 Front St. in Juneau.
4pm-6pm: Wednesday, July 10th
4pm-6pm: Monday, July 15th
4pm-6pm: Wednesday, July 17th
Space is limited, so please register by calling 523-0303 or dropping by the gallery. The cost of the workshops is $20 per student or pay-as-you-can and all proceeds will go to Mr. Dawson.
Blah. This morning a friend pointed out that my comic from last week is waaaaay too similar to a Perry Bible Fellowship comic.
I can feel my guts twisting and calcifying, it’s the worst.
Did I read that PBF comic at some point? Probably.
I love The Perry Bible Fellowship. Nicholas Gurewitch has made some of my favorite comics and I’m certainly influenced by his humor and work. I remember seeing one of his originals at the Cartoon Art Museum in San Francisco and it was gorgeous.
I have no problem arriving at a similar idea as someone else but this is more likely a case of cryptomnesia, the act of creating something from a forgotten memory that I believed to be original.
I don’t think cryptomnesia is uncommon in creative fields, all art is transformative to some extent and when we aren’t careful about knowing our sources and influences, it’s possible to digest and spit out work that is nearly identical to the original.
We’re all fishing in the same zeitgeist soup and occasionally lines get tangled. I’ll be more careful in the future and I’ll try to better understand where my ideas are sourced.
I don’t feel bad about the work I did on my adaptation of “The Great Wave.” I knew exactly what I was trying to do with that piece and was really happy with the results but it probably would have felt awful if I’d discovered that it unintentionally looked identical to a famous print.
The challenge, as always, is to create with intent, to go beyond the obvious and create something new… something so good other people will accidentally copy it.
I’ve removed the above comic from my archives, although people can still see it here in the context of this article. Many apologies to Nicholas Gurewitch and his fans, it was not my intent to create something so similar.
Update: I got a Tweet from Nicholas Gurewitch about this.
I can’t judge, man. When I published that comic, someone told me that the “Clerks” cartoon show had already done it.
I guess the joke has been done by a bunch of people. I don’t know if that makes it any better or worse but I do *feel* a lot better.
I’m done over thinking this. People are going to come up with similar jokes and ideas. It happens.
Update: Ooooops! This comic has been removed.
We’re looking for a couple part-time employees who want to work at the gallery this summer. We’d like to find people who can work 10-25hrs/week on a semi-flexible schedule.
Resumes due to Aaron by 4/19.
We’re also casting for an upcoming television commercial. The shoot is around April 21-24. Actors will be needed for about 3 hours during that time and production assistants will need to be ready to rock throughout the shoot. Call the office or gallery for more info – 586-3440 or 523-0303.
We have two amazing artists visiting Juneau this April and we have a whole bunch of fun events planned while they’re in town. Space is limited for the workshops so get registered early!!
Scott C, sometimes Scott Campbell, is the creator of the online series called the GREAT SHOWDOWNS and Double Fine Action Comics. He was Art Director at Double Fine Productions on such games as Psychonauts and Brutal Legend. He recently began illustrating picture books with Zombie In Love and East Dragon West Dragon from Simon&Schuster. His paintings can be seen in galleries and magazines around the world. He lives in New York City in a house made of bricks.
Kate Beaton is the creator of Hark! A Vagrant, a comic often featuring historical and literary figures. Her collected volumes have won numerous awards and Hark! A Vagrant was named by Time magazine as one of the top ten fiction books of the year.
Saturday, April 13th / Noon – 2:00ish
Hang out and draw at the Alaska Robotics Gallery
Thursday, April 18th / 6:00pm – 7:00pm
Evening lecture at Goldtown Nickelodeon
Kate & Scott talk about their work and experiences
Friday, April 19th / 4:30pm – 7:00pm
Gallery party time, signing books, hanging out, eating cheese
Saturday, April 20th / 10:00am – 12:30pm
WORKSHOP – Brainstorming!!! Scott C will help you develop characters and backstory, this workshop is a great chance to roll up your sleeves and draw while learning about story and design. All Ages & Skill Levels are welcome!
*Workshop space limited!! – Register at Alaska Robotics Gallery
Saturday, April 20th / 1:30pm – 4:00pm
WORKSHOP – Find your Voice with Kate Beaton. Kate will share some super-secret ways to communicate your voice visually. Also, lots of drawing! All Ages & Skill Levels are welcome!
*Workshop space limited!! – Register at Alaska Robotics Gallery
The workshops are $15/each or $25 for both. If you can’t afford it, come talk to us, we’re very reasonable people.
For more information, visit us at the Alaska Robotics Gallery, 220 Front St.
Reality shows are the bottom of the barrel, they might even be the drippings that stick to the side of the barrel. In fact, I’m not entirely certain they came from the barrel to begin with. I’m pretty sure that’s what a guy like me is supposed to think of reality television.
I applied for the show, not because I wanted to win but because I liked the idea of running through a creative gantelope. Gauntlet. Whatever. Gantelope is a much better word.
I didn’t make the cut but I decided I should try doing one of the challenges anyway. For elimination rounds, the artists have 90 minutes to create a comic on a theme. I didn’t have Mike and Jerry taunting me the whole time but it was still difficult. I usually take between 6-10 hours to make a comic so this was a little harder than I normally push myself.
The theme I was given by @uncle_vinny was Bacteria and Breakups.
Christopher Nolan did a great job with his Dark Knight trilogy but I couldn’t help thinking there was one guy who might object to the way he wrapped things up..
Hi everybooty, I’m still on the road. Went to Seattle for Emerald City Comicon and then down to Portland for hanging out and getting a head cold. I’m fairly certain I’ve been an effective vessel for this ruinous disease and will be rewarded well by our tiny masters when they command the Pacific Northwest.
Maybe you’ve got this spring crud and need a good book to help weather it? Maybe you’re perfectly healthy and just need a good book? Go check out the book review (in comic form!) I did for the Unshelved dudes.
The book I reviewed was Rumo and his Miraculous Adventures by German author, Walter Moers. The review basically boils down to… READ HIS BOOKS, THEY ARE WONDERFUL!!!