Comic Arts Brooklyn
was held last October, 2014 in Williamsburg, Brooklyn (of all places!) where up
until about ten years ago, Williamsburg was named after Colonel John Williams,
a land surveyor from 1800. Present-day Williamsburg is named after
The affair was split into two days
this year with the half devoted to commerce taking place on Saturday at the Mt. Carmel
Church gymnasium and the half devoted to programming on Sunday at the Hotel. We call it “programming” in the hopes that the talks succeed in programming the audience
to go out and buy comic books, and also because it sounds classier than
Schrauwen’s new book, “Arsène Schrauwen”, is so good that I wanted to punch him, but he has the
lightning-fast reactions of a cartoonist and deftly deflected the blow.
The most successful of my former
students do not get jobs at DC, Marvel, or the gaming industry, but make nice
and nasty, somewhat obscene, ratty-line self-published stuff. I am so proud of
With Andy Pratt and K.J. Martinet.
|...and with Tom Toye and Heather Benjamin.|
I owe these fellow teachers, cartoonists, and dapper gents, R. Kikuo Johnson and R. Sikoryak my thanks for being the only guys nice enough to straighten my collar situation.
David Mazzucchelli went to CAB incognito. He dressed as his mom by wearing (I am not making this up) her old ski hat from
the 60’s. Chip Kidd was jealous so I had to keep them apart....
The green room was brick red. I got
to sit between Al Jaffee and Michael Kupperman for a few minutes prior to
Michael’s remarkable comprehensive overview of Al Jaffee’s career. It was one
of the best of this kind of presentation I have ever seen and I hope that if I
get to be 93, like Al Jaffee, that Kupperman will make a career retrospective
of my work. If you like comics that
are actually comic, do yourself a favor and get a copy of Kupperman’s books, "Tales Designed to Thrizzle". And
Al Jaffee? I thought that if you are an icon it automatically disqualifies you
from being a mensch. That Al! Never plays by the rules!
Karen Green is a librarian at
Columbia University where she holds down the Ancient, Medieval, and, naturally,
the Comics collections. Here she holds down a discussion with Benjamin Marra,
Jim Rugg, and Tim Lane about stuff they like: wise guys and tough-talkin’
Here Art Spiegelman and I are absorbing Roz Chast’s proclamation that humanity is “just a bucket of guts."
|Roz Chast titled this photo: "Roz and Art worship at Paul's temple."|
New York Times Op-Ed Art Director, Alexandra Zsigmond, moderated a panel with three cartoonists, Aisha Franz (Earthling), Lisa Hanawalt (My
Dumb Dirty Eyes), and Jillian Tamaki (This One Summer). For pure
visual fun, the slides these artists shared were probably the hit of the day.
Boy, do these cartoonists work hard!
|Lisa, Aisha, Jillian...and Shemp Howard.|
Many “Best of the Year” lists were topped with Richard McGuire’s “Here”, a project begun waaay back as an assignment in a comics class that I co-taught with Mark Newgarden. The seminal black and white strip version appeared in RAW and now, years later, Richard has magnificently turned it into a book and soon an interactive digital experience thingy of some sort.
final presentation of the day, cartoonist Josh Bayer tried, without much
success, to get a coherent train of thought out of the lips of Raymond Pettibon,
who employs comics imagery in his profitable gallery work. Pettibon’s
spontaneous ramblings enthralled fans and mystified non-fans.
hit the ground dissing the many cartoonists and comics fans in the room by
explaining that he could have been a cartoonist if he had wanted but, "I'm making more money than they
are so they can suck on this."
concluded with a demonstration of his ink technique by copying a Steve Ditko (I
think?) drawing of Spiderman that morphed into a guy shooting up and sporting an enormous penis. Decidedly anti-censorship, he readily agreed on the spot to donate the profits from the sale of this original to the
Comic Book Legal Defense Fund.
Labels: Aisha Franz, Al Jaffee, Alexandra Zsigmond, Benjamin Marra, Comic Arts Brooklyn, Jillian Tamaki, Jim Rugg, Karen Green, Lisa Hanawalt, Michael Kupperman, Raymond Pettibon, Richard McGuire, Roz Chast, Tim Lane