Lego Batman

September 27, 2009 at 9:37 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , )

Build your own Caped Crusader with Legos and check out Forrest Fire Films for Lego Batman fun.


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UW-Parkside Art Show Features “The Famous 3 Ds”

September 27, 2009 at 4:39 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , )

holmesMother Goosed contributor, David V. Holmes, is one of the three “Ds” in the University of Wisconsin-Parkside’s new exhibit, “The Famous 3 Ds”, which runs from September 28th through October 21st, 2009.   The Famous 3 Ds show features work by UW-Parkside professors Doug DeVinny, David Valentine Holmes, and Dennis Bayuzick.   Exhibit hours, in the Communication Arts Gallery, are Mondays, Noon-5:00 p.m.; Tuesdays-Wednesdays, 3:00-8:00 p.m.; and Thursdays, Noon-5:00 p.m.

From the UW-Parkside Website,  “Known for his whimsical ‘found art’ sculptures, Holmes “Mystical Mechanical Menagerie’ show toured nationally and his works have been shown at the Smithsonian, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Milwaukee Art Museum. He will show eight new portraits that combine acrylic painting and found art along with free-standing found art sculptures.”

The public is invited to the show’s opening reception on Monday, September 28th from 5:00-7:00 p.m. in Parkside’s Communication Arts Gallery.  Refreshments will be available.

Read the UW-Parkside news release here.  For more information, call the UW-Parkside Art Dept. at 262-595-2581.

Watch Professor Holmes, in collaboration with the UW-Parkside Concert Band, turn music into illustration.

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“What The Duck” Creator Visits Kenosha

September 23, 2009 at 11:27 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , )


Aaron Johnson, creator of the comic strip, What the Duck, visited Kenosha, WI on September 23rd and spoke to a packed house at the Overlook Lounge in the University of Wisconsin-Parkside’s library.   It was a beautiful sight to see many people of a shared interest in comic book art and comic book art’s future join together for this presentation. 

Among the information he presented:

  • The Web has changed the rules on how comic art reaches readers.  Artists can build their audience through their Website or blog.   Newspaper syndicates are now coming to these artists to ask to carry the artist’s material rather than the other way around. 
  • The Web makes it easy to create and distribute merchandise that helps to promote your comic art.   Companies such as CafePress will place your custom design onto shirts, hats, coffee mugs, etc., package and ship these items, and send you a commission check for the items it sells.
  • Don’t worry about creating something that might sell.  Create something that you love to create.  If you try the first approach, you might find success but at the cost of drawing an orange cat for many years.
  • The public loves to support artists.  (Enable them to support you). 

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Explore Graphic Novels and Comics, Sept. 23

September 23, 2009 at 11:59 am (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Sorry for the late notice. UW-Parkside has posted the following information that may be of interest to visitors of this site.  UW-Parkside is located at 900 Wood Road in Kenosha, WI. 

The University of Wisconsin-Parkside examines the phenomenal growth in the popularity of graphic novels and comics during a lunch hour program Wednesday, Sept. 23. Titled “Beyond “Maus II: Exploring the World of Graphic Novels and Comics,” the program features graphic artist/animator Aaron Johnson and UW-Parkside Philosophy Lecturer Joseph Pearson. It begins at noon in the university library.

 “Maus II,” Art Spiegelman’s Pulitzer Prize-winning graphic novel about his parents’ experiences as Jews in Nazi-occupied Poland, was required reading for UW-Parkside incoming freshmen this year. Using art to tell a story through a series of images, called “sequential art,” has soared in popularity in recent years with the success of books like “Watchmen” and “Sin City.”

Johnson, creator of the “What The Duck” comic strip, discusses the often complex world of the artist/animator touching on issues of time management, commerce, law, promotion, and publishing. He describes his unique journey through an industry that has fundamentally changed due to the Internet, and about his use of cyberspace to gain national recognition.             

Pearson discusses the “superhero” graphic novel and some of the ideas that lie behind this genre, including the widely-popular “Dark Knight” which revolutionized the classic idea of the superhero. He recently taught a summer course titled “Philosophy and Superheroes.”

“Beyond “Maus II: Exploring the World of Graphic Novels and Comics” is held in the Overlook Lounge on the second floor of the UW-Parkside Library. Admission is free and light refreshments are served.

For more information, call Dyan Barbeau at 262-595-2360.

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Cover Me!

September 20, 2009 at 11:56 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , )

masthead4How would you interpret a comic book cover for Spider-man, Batman, or Mickey Mouse?   Robert Goodin welcomes artists from any field–cartoonists, illustrators, graphic designers, et al–to re-imagine already-created comic book covers and submit them to his blog for possible publication.  The site publishes a new cover every week day. 

Check it out here.

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My Kind of Town for Comics

September 19, 2009 at 6:57 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , )

c2e2_header4C2E2, the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo, arrives at McCormick Place, Chicago, IL, April 16-18, 2010.  C2E2 promises a “show floor packed with hundreds of exhibitors, to panels and autograph sessions giving fans a chance to interact with their favorite creators, to screening rooms featuring sneak peeks at films and television shows months before they hit either the big or small screen.”

C2E2 guests include Alex Ross; Ben Templesmith; Ethan Van Sciver; Jackson “Butch” Guice; Jeff Smith: and Steven McNiven.

Click here to visit the C2E2 Website.

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Wild Things, I Think I Love You

September 19, 2009 at 3:19 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , )

tye_webbannerSpike Jonze’s film adaptation of Maurice Sendak’s “Where The Wild Things Are” reaches theaters in October.  Meanwhile, in Alhambra, CA, Gallery Nucleus is hosting “Terrible Yellow Eyes”, a collection of works inspired by Sendak’s classic, as created by Cory Godbey and other artists.  Godbey writes, I’m fairly inarticulate when talking about the things I love most, especially the art of Maurice Sendak, and in particular his masterpiece, Where the Wild Things Are.  And that’s why I turn to pictures. I can let the drawings do the talking for me and I find that I can say visually what I mean, and express what I love.”

Click here to visit the Terrible Yellow Eyes site.

Gregory Maguire, who adapted L. Frank Baum’s creation of the Wicked Witch of the West to his own book, Wicked, has just released his tribute to Sendak in the publication, Making Mischief: A Maurice Sendak Appreciation.

The film adaptation opens October 16th.

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Comic Artists at Wisconsin Book Festival

September 15, 2009 at 9:22 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Wisconsin Book Festival, taking place in October 2009 in Madison, welcomes comic artists Lynda Barry and Harvey Pekar on Saturday, October 10th to Promenade Hall at the Overture Center for the Arts.  From 10-11:30 a.m., Pekar and Paul Buhle will talk about Pekar’s recent adaptation of Studs Terkel’s book, Working.  Buhle edited this collection.  

From Noon-1:30 p.m. at this same location, Buhle will be joined by James Danky and Lynda Barry for a “Serious Look at Comics”.

Note:  Buhle visits Kenosha on December 1st at the Southwest Library, 7979 38th Avenue, at 7 p.m.  to discuss his book, Comics in Wisconsin.  Free admission.

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Gather ‘Round for Tall Tale Radio

September 13, 2009 at 11:53 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , )


Tune in to the official podcast of the comics collective Tall Tale Features.  Join host Tom Racine as he interviews artists from around the world, including Kenosha’s own John and Anne Hambrock.   Listen to episode 43, featuring John and Anne, right here.

You can also catch up with John and Anne at Tom Richmond’s MAD blog.

Finally, check out issue 4 (September 2009) of Stay Tooned magazine.  Stay Tooned! bills itself as “the magazine for working cartoonists, aspiring cartoonists and fans of the art of cartooning.”  This issue features an article by Hambrock and a profile on Richmond.

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Those Geese Are Cooked

September 7, 2009 at 2:48 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , )

While you’re waiting for some news on the upcoming Mother Goosed publication, enjoy “Auto Tune The News”, a teasing (or goosing) of the nightly news, which includes a story on Operation Goose-Be-Gone, the City of New York’s war on the geese population. 

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