Posted by Beth Hetland at 12:23 PM
Posted by Beth Hetland at 11:10 AM
Also! Side note: I was the visual scribe for Laydeez Do Comics at the end of July click the link for some drawings!
Posted by Beth Hetland at 4:33 PM
For now, I will have to take a small hiatus (after I give you a lengthy update as to where I've been, where I'm going and when I'll be back) until the summer sun has pretty much finished its cycle. Until then, here's the low down.
The last time I was here was right before CAKE, which in all aspects of the world, was not that long ago, just a month. But CAKE was fabulous! Thanks to all the folks who came out to the show, and thanks to all my buddies who stayed with me or played Pinball afterwards. I sold well, had fun, and got some REALLY amazing comics that I've almost made my way through.
After CAKE wrapped up and my teary farewells happened with my friends, I had to jump right back on the freelance horse. I finished up all my illustrations with Nomad Press on both of my books, Native Americans and Mapping and Navigation. This brings my grand total of books with them up to FOUR! And I can't announce anything yet, but it's not likely that the count will end there... Some other freelance work I was doing was for my old community theatre group The Oregon Straw Hat Players, they're doing the musical Oliver! this summer and asked me to do some drawings for them. I don't wanna show both of these drawings yet, but here's an in process photo of one of the illustrations that will become a gobo (like a projection):
(It looks like that because it's on my lightbox still)
Outside of my freelance, I have been FINALLY able to clock in some hours on the new series Kyle and I are working on called "Half Asleep." If we recall, this project has sat on my desk for about 3 months (!!!) and I finished penciling about 3 weeks before Stumptown (THAT WAS IN APRIL). As of last night, I have inked through page 17 of 41. I'm not there yet, but I've made a lot of steady progress and I love how these pages are turning out. There's been a lot of architecture and a lot more detail than my older work. As I'm working on these pages I feel a great sense of growth in the work that's coming out in this book so far. And don't worry, there will be some sneak peaks soon. If this book goes according to plan, it will end up being a little more than 6 issues of 44 (or so) pages each. Which will be my longest work to date. I don't want to nail down any dates yet as far as when it's going to debut, but I will say that it's no longer going to sit stagnant and of the remaining shows this season that I'm going to, it WILL be on my table for at least ONE of them! (I SWEAR TO YOU!!!!)
Let's see what else is going on, oh, yeah... I MARRIED TWO OF MY BEST FRIENDS!! That's right, I got ordained (online) and was able to be the first person to announce them as Mr. and Mrs. These two friends of mine are folks I've known since Middle School and High School. They live here in Chicago now, and boy what a fun wedding.
Photo by Tyler Core (more to come!)
Now I think it's only fair to tell you when I'll be leaving my hidy-hole. I'll be tabling at the following conventions coming up:
August 24th Grand Rapids Zine Fest, Grand Rapids Michigan
September 14th and 15th Small Press Expo (SPX), Bethesda Maryland
September 28th and 29th Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo (MICE), Boston Massachusetts
And even bigger news than that is I'll be moving (willingly) from full time to a part time "day-job" which makes me VERY happy. For those of you who have seen me in person, the rare moment that this is, I have been rather frazzled working 40 hours a week + teaching + freelance + travel for work/conventions + attempting to make any work of my own. This next academic year, I think things will go a little more smoothly and the blog posts will return. Now, I don't mean to say I'll have nothing to do, OH NO DEAR READERS, but I will be able to choose my hours quite a bit more as I'll be working an unconventional work week. Yes, I'll be more poor, but yes I'll be more sane.
With that being said, I will bid you a farewell for now. This blog will be updated with big news when/if it happens and convention announcements, but please friends, be ready for my big return to weekly blogging sometime at the end of August.
Take care and I love you.
Posted by Beth Hetland at 10:31 AM
I'll in a row with Josh Kramer and the Cartoon Picayune
And near by are so many other friends! Stop by, I'd love to see you, I'll have all three issues of FUGUE, copies of Cycles and a mini that is nearing the end of its run!
Posted by Beth Hetland at 9:58 AM
Sat, June 8
***10-11am, Beth Hetland***
2-3pm, Jo Dery
4-5pm, Corinne Mucha
5-6pm, Sam Sharpe
Sun, June 9
11am-12pm, Jeremy Tinder/Trubble Club
12-1pm, Marian Runk
2-3pm, Zak Sally & John Porcellino
3-4pm, Kevin Budnik
I will have copies of Cycles, and Fugue parts 1-3, I hope to see you there!
I will have copies of Cycles, and Fugue parts 1-3, I hope to see you there!
Posted by Beth Hetland at 12:03 PM
Hello world! It's...Alex the Intern! Did you miss me? I got really sick, then got Beth sick, and then finals. Sorry dudes. But now I'm back, and I'm excited to tell you about some of the cool stuff I've been pulling from Beth's extensive zine collection!
Like this book of comics poetry by Ryan Cecil Smith!
This little book is full of sweet serenades to all our our favorite cartooning tools: the bone folder, the kinkos copy machine, the swingline high-capacity desk stapler...and many more.
I was also intrigued by this comic by Emma Wasielke.
This map box opens up to reveal a collection of comics and other art objects.
I love the collection of small moments combined to tell a story on these pages.
I also laughed out loud as I read about the struggles of a poor blockheaded hero in This is the Worst by Ashley Elander.
Literally the worst.
Mums by Kati Lacker contains the best bike accident I've ever seen portrayed in comics.
Aaaaah so beautiful!
I originally saw Gina Wynbrandt's comic at SAIC's BFA Show, and it is one of my favorites! Finally got to read the whole thing when I discovered it in one of Beth's comix boxes.
Those facial expressions. I. Flippin. Lost it.
I think one of the best things to come from cataloging Beth's comics collection was my discovery of the work of B. Ingrid Olson.
I'm seriously in love with her comics. Her strange collection and arrangement of objects and people to create an abstract narrative are really amazing.
Really. I'm such a fan.
I had such a great time discovering so many talented artists in Beth's zine collection. I'm totally jealous...I mean... inspired by the awesome comics they make! So please, be sure to check these guys out!
Posted by Alex Dahm at 9:54 AM
Stumptown Recap: Stumptown was a great show! I got to hang out with and table with a bunch of my buddies from CCS (some of whom I hadn't seen in a year!) and we did it up right. Such a fun couple of days.
I also got to see my sister who now lives in Seattle (seems like more and more of the people I know are migrating there)
After all that fun of Stumptown I left with long time friend/mentor/former faculty of SAIC Surabhi Ghosh to stay with her and her husband Rob (and their kitty RAFI!) but also to guest teach at Surabhi's new school, University of Oregon. It was a really great experience to not only see a "real college" (compared to the Art Schools I've attended and visited) but also to teach some comics and binding techniques to a bunch of new students. We also went out for pizza for a little get to know Beth.
Once all the pizza had been consumed I got a tip off from Mr. Alec Longstreth about a barcade not too far into Eugene that had LOTS of pinball. Of course I convinced Surabhi to let me play.
But before I get too carried away in this update (for time is little!) I need to tell you, dear readers, that I will be at a convention THIS WEEKEND. I don't know if I have any Beth Hetland fans way out in VANCOUVER but that's where I'll be! I'm making a pit stop in Seattle briefly to connect with my contingency there, and then myself, Nomi Kane and Colleen Frakes are driving up to the great north-NORTH-west. Here's where you can find us if you're in/near/around Vancouver on Saturday May 25th or Sunday May 26th.
Until next time! Take care!
Posted by Beth Hetland at 9:59 AM
Here's where I'll be (and if you can read the scribbling writing, some of my buddies too):
I'll be tabling with Pat Barrett, Ben Horak, and Kevin Uehlein. We'll look something like this...
Stop by if you're in Portland!
But ALSO, if you happen to be in Eugene, OR and go to the University of Oregon, I'll be giving a little Visiting Artist lecture as well as teaching a bit of comics, book binding and self-publishing philosophies.