Wednesday, June 27, 2007

...and leave a pretty corpse



The arts group I'm part of here in Hamtramck, Hatch, has a show up now of exquisite corpses, collaborative figures randomly cobbled together from pieces designed by 21 different local artists. Here are my four pieces, reassembled into their original state. I started out with the idea of illustrating the 7 deadly sins, scraped the notion early on, but kept a vague "angels vs. devils" theme (without taking sides in the fight myself...). Photos of the panels by Krysti Spence.

The "chest" panel depicts a hot rod version of one of my favorite objects, the first-ever artificial heart pump, designed by General Motors and first successfully used here in Detroit. There's one in a case at Harper Hospital here, another one's in the Smithsonian. It looks like a chrome-plated lawn mower engine, with glass piston cylinder things on the sides and big analog knobs and gauges. You can almost make it out here.

Saturday, June 16, 2007

My time of the month


Hm, yeah, time for my monthly blog post, huzzah.

So here's some stuff I've been doing for the Metro Times lately. First, for the Summer Guide issue, the editorial staff all went on short trips within about a two-hour drive of Detroit and wrote about what they found. I did a full-page comic strip about the town of Petrolia, Ontario, site of North America's first oil well. Sample panel above, and you can find the full strip here. (Edited with new link, since the MT one seems to be broken...)


That same issue I did an illustration for an article about how the Sgt. Pepper's album wasn't as innovative as you think. I punted on the likenesses, but you get the idea. I'm particularly proud of Paul's skull-n-crossbones boxer shorts.

What else? Lots to see on the Dr. Sketchy blog, since the last session was a big hit. Also I finally got to do the last panel of "Good Ol' Conan the Barbarian" in living color over on Serializer.net (if you've seen the strip before you'll know why that's a big deal!).


Speaking of Serializer, last week I met up with the cartoonist who got me on the site, Eric Millikin, and fellow Serializer member Matt Feazell, at Green Brain Comics to see Mikhaela Reid and Masheka Wood do slide presentations about their comics. Detroit was the first stop on their book tour - they each have a collection of their stuff out now. Mikhaela's the editorial page cartoonist for Metro Times, so the D was an obvious place to start her tour. I wrote about her work and did a brief Q&A that you can read here. More gooder photos and some cartoons of Mikhaela's on her Flicker pages.

Here's some more recent MT articles of mine:

A review of Fantagraphics' bestiary "Beasts!"

A rant of sorts about a package of stationary decorated by Detroit pop artist Glenn Barr.

A rumination on David Lynch's recent book.

See you next month?