Saturday, August 31, 2013


So it's been about a month since my wife and I have moved into our new home, and it's been a couple weeks since I've been back to school/work. During that time I was too busy to even think about drawing, though truth be told, I thought about it more than ever. At the start of my summer break last June, I hit the drawing table hard, for nearly a month, penciling, inking and coloring eleven pages for an upcoming book, drawing a comic strip for Magic Bullet 7, and drawing and coloring a Monsters Ink piece for something coming up soon, hopefully. Then BAM! It came time to hit the brakes, bringing everything to a sudden stop. Needless to say, my right hand was happy to get some much needed rest, as were my eyes. 

Above is a drawing I began in pencil last night and finished later this morning.  It was an idea I had running through my head for a while now and finally got around to working on. It'll be part of a mail art collaboration with a friend and former collaborator living in Pound, VA (that much I can say for now), and it'll be on it's way in the mail today. I guess I felt compelled to draw an Alligator Snapping Turtle for my part of this art collab, and I can't wait to see what my collaborating friend does with this one! It feels good to be back in the saddle again.

Monday, August 26, 2013

d.c. conspiracy exhibit at artisphere, and magic bullet issue 7

Yesterday Kris and I headed out to Artisphere in Rosslyn, VA to drop off a couple of stacks of the new Magic Bullet Issue 7, as well as to check out the art exhibit featuring original Magic Bullet comic art from members of the DC Conspiracy. We managed to make it out to Artisphere just before close, and wow, were we blown away by the exhibit and the building itself. Neither of us had been to Artisphere before and we couldn't believe how big it was, and how this beautiful, spacious, modern structure is completely dedicated to the arts! The Magic Bullet comic art exhibit was quite impressive as well, wonderfully curated and hung by founding members Matt Dembicki and Evan Keeling. There you'll find original covers as well as story art by a good number of contributors, past and present.

The exhibit will run from August 21 - November 3, 2013, at the Works In Progress Gallery, and there will be comics-making workshops/demos (see above table) presented by some of the artists involved in the show. I was originally scheduled for the evening of Thursday, September 12, as well as the afternoon of Saturday, September 14, but due to work obligations I can only make the Saturday date. The good news is Carolyn Belefski and Joe Carabeo filled in for my former Thursday date. There are also books and products by the artists for sale at the gallery, giving viewers a chance to own some original, homegrown art and comics. 

In the meantime, you can get your new kid-friendly, Halloween-themed issue of Magic Bullet #7, hot off the press and free to the public, at the gallery(as pictured above)! Local comic artists Carolyn Belefski and Rafer Roberts did an excellent job editing and putting this great new issue together and it's ready for distribution just in time for Halloween.  It sure beats candy in my opinion! 

My latest comic story and contribution to Magic Bullet 7 is on display at the exhibit (above), as well as an older piece from an earlier issue (below).

Kris and I stopped by Sunflower in Vienna, VA for lunch and happened to find some new Magic Bullet issues available there, which was a nice surprise. There I am posing with the issue in hand (above and below).  It was good to be able to sit down and get a look at the issue before driving out to Artisphere to drop off some stacks. 

If you're in or around the Washington, DC area, don't hesitate to stop by Artisphere's Works In Progress Gallery to check out the show and grab yourself a copy of Magic Bullet!

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

magic bullet art exhibit at artisphere

Beginning on August 21- November 3 there will be an exhibit of local comic art from the Magic Bullet publication, featuring works by local comic artists and members of the DC Conspiracy, at Artisphere in Arlington, VA. The Magic Bullet art exhibit will be shown at the Works in Progress Gallery at Artisphere, and will run alongside the Warhol show going up around the same time. I'll have a couple of pieces in the exhibit and I'll also be participating in an art demo at Artisphere on both Thursday night, 9/12, as well as on Saturday afternoon at 9/14. A big shout out goes to Matt Dembicki and Evan Keeling for organizing this show and event! In the meantime, you can find more details HERE, as well as below.

Meet + greet with artists: Sat Sep 21 / 6-8pm with live music by Triage in the Lower Town Hall at 7pm and 8:15pm 
Artists' onsite residency hours: Thursdays 6:30-9:30pm + Saturdays 1-4pm (+ Wednesday September 18) 

Members of the DC Conspiracy, a comics-creating collaborative, will be working on their actual page submissions for the Spring 2014 edition of Magic Bullet, a free, semi-annual comics newspaper distributed throughout the greater Washington, DC area. The artists will each have onsite working hours so you can watch the artists draw and see the magic unfold. There will be “blank” comic pages available if you want to try your own hand at making a comic and leave it behind where it will be hung in the Gallery and posted by Artisphere to a Facebook album you can tag and share.
Residency dates: 
Thu Aug 22 & Sat Aug 24: Matt Rawson 
Thu Aug 29 & Sat Aug 31: Matt Dembicki 
Thu Sep 5 & Sat Sep 7: Rafer Roberts 
Thu Sep 12 & Sat Sep 14: Steve Loya 
Wed Sep 18 & Sat Sep 21: Evan Keeling* 
Thu Sep 26 & Sat Sep 28: Eric Gordon 
Thu Oct 3 & Sat Oct 5: Jamie Noguchi 
Thu Oct 10 & Sat Oct 12: Christiann MacAuley 
Thu Oct 17 & Sat Oct 19: Art Hondros 
Thu Oct 24 & Sat Oct 26: Jacob Warrenfeltz 
Thu Oct 31 & Sat Nov 2: Andrew Cohen 

*Please note that Evan Keeling will be on-site on Wed Sep 18 instead of Thu Sep 19.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

mail me art short & sweet (the little chimp society) out now!

Finally, I've got internet connection after a few days of moving into our new home. We're far from getting settled, as the quest to unload boxes of stuff and move and organize said stuff into their proper places continues.  I have to admit that a good portion of the stuff consists of our books. It's funny,'cause on the day I told Kris that we might need to scale back on the book-buying, a brand new one arrived in the mail, adding yet another to the collection.  Oh well.

The book happens to be the third installment of the Mail Me Art series, run by Darren Di Lieto, who is also the founder of the wonderful art and illustration site, The Little Chimp Society. The title and theme of this one is "Short & Sweet", and the artists involved, as well as Darren certainly delivered! It was nice getting this book after four days straight of moving (we decided to do it ourselves - bad idea), and Kris and I had a ball looking through the pages and taking in the amazing artwork during an evening of some much needed rest and recovery. 

There is such a wide variety of great, quality art and illustrative work in the book, and I was glad to see some of the artists I've recently been following over the years have work in there as well. You can even find my submission (below), with a little interview in the book too!

As for the art opening at the Framers Gallery in London, it ended last week. Good news is there was a nice turnout and Darren posted some photos from the show HERE, if you're interested.  Sales from original art will benefit organizations such as Animal Aid, Water Aid, and the Teenage Cancer Trust. There will be some more Mail Me Art Short & Sweet exhibits taking place in England soon, including one at the Factoryroad Gallery in Hinckley from August 9th - August 12th, then at the Croft Wingates Art Gallery starting August 17th.  The next Mail Me Art project is already underway, with the theme "Open All Hours". If you're interested, check out the Mail Me Art site to get involved!

For more about the MMA project, check out the press pack.