Last week, Kyle and I performed at Brain Frame 6 which was so stellar, what a great turn out and what a great bunch of performers. It was video taped, so once that's up, I'll be able to share it with you my friends, but for now, here are some images from our rehearsal and prep:
Immediately after we finished our fun evening pretending to be our characters, we rushed home to go to sleep because the greatest minds in comics were giving a weekend of glory at the U of C in Hyde Park. Waking up super early to avoid the NATO traffic and make it to the south side wasn't very fun, but BOY was it worth it! I got to hear some of my comic idols like Lynda Barry, Ivan Brunetti, Charles Burns, Dan Clowes, Chris Ware, Carol Tyler, R. Crumb, Francoise Mouly, Art Spiegelman, Justin Green, and Joe Sacco JUST to name a few! Here are some photo highlights from such an amazing weekend:
Conversations with Joe Sacco. "Repeated Imagery is the power of comics" - Joe Sacco.
AutoBio panel with Aline Crumb, Carol Tyler, Phoebe Gloeckner, and Justin Green. "We are all master bullshitters" - Justin Green.
AWESOME panel with Charles Burns, Dan Clowes, Seth and Chris Ware. "It's about empathizing with other people, which is what I think all art tries to do" - Chris Ware.
Francoise Mouly, Dan Clowes, R. Crumb and Chris Ware. "...and it's like... you might as well cut your dick off" - R. Crumb
And although I agree with this awesome quote from Aline Crumb, "I think it's a curse to talk about my new work," I recognize that for me, it's helpful to keep the world in the know so I feel like I'm held accountable by you friends!! So I have been working on FUGUE part 3, slowly but surely. I've still be trudging through thumbnails (which is the hardest part for me), but in the meantime, I got my new paper and I hope to cut it down and screen print a BUTTLOAD today and tomorrow in prep for when I don't have access to the Screen Print studio this summer. Here's some of what I've been thinking about for the cover. Now back when I was turning in my Thesis a year ago, I didn't know what I wanted book 3 to say, so I didn't know what to put on the cover. I came up with this cover to illustrate the color sequence of three as well as hint at what the characters were doing closer to their adult lives...
But I didn't like it for a lot of reasons, the main one being it made Rachel look like a big, old sad-sack. Which is NOT true. Also, it's very casual lounging poses... I don't know, felt boring. It mirrored the cover of book two which was groovy, but not substantial enough for me to be sold on its design.
Now this is what I'm going for is although the story has shifted points of view and main characters, in the final book the reader will spend more time with me as I explore my other family member's lives. It was time I put myself on the cover in a main way. What's important about the ideas behind book three is that it's a retelling-revoicing-recapitulation of the first book, so its cover is similar to the one on the first book.
However, unlike the first one, I wanted the steps that Beth was taking to feel confident and sure footed. She's also looking up and not a big old sad-sack like the note we're left feeling when opening the cover to the previous version, PLUS I think you need a smiley face after what happened at the end of book two.
Later on in the developing process, I hope I can share more of how this is coming together, but for now it's just sketches and ideas thrown here and there.
Last but not least, dear reader, I got to welcome a new member top my family. She still doesn't have a name solidified yet, but soon. (Ideas welcome!!) It's my first bike as an adult!
I think I'm in love :)
See ya next week, followers!