Mother Goosed Arrives In November

October 30, 2009 at 11:58 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , )

MG_BirdSeveral of us had the opportunity to see a proof of the Mother Goosed: Twisted Rhymes for Modern Times book this week.  She’s gorgeous! 

You’re going to want to put a copy in every Christmas stocking you know.  But why wait for Christmas, for Mother Goosed is coming soon. 

Pick up a copy of the Sunday edition of the Kenosha News on November 8th for a story on Mother Goosed.   The book will arrive for sale soon after this date.

Pre-order your very own by contacting ArtWorks, 5002 7th Avenue, Kenosha, WI at (262) 652-5911.  Mother Goosed is published by Southport Press, a division of Kenosha Community Media, Inc., a nonprofit organization.

Image above is from the back cover of Mother Goosed.  Art by Diane Levesque.


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Pre-Orders Now Being Taken

October 27, 2009 at 2:06 am (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , )

Southport Press is now taking pre-orders for Mother Goosed: Twisted Rhymes for Modern Times.  Cost is only $10.00.  Contact ArtWorks, 5002 7th Avenue, Kenosha, WI at (262) 652-5911.  The book will be available in mid-November.  Cover art by Diane Levesque


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Mother Goosed Lineup of Writers and Artists

October 22, 2009 at 5:59 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Mother Goosed is being shipped off to the printer today, October 22, 2009.  The volume checks in at 60 pages, featuring work by these artists and writers:

  • Diane Levesque: Cover and Back Cover Art
  • Diane Levesque: Jack Sprat
  • Florence Parry Heide: Introduction
  • Joshua Frazer: Boys and Girls Come Out to Play
  • John Hambrock: This Is The House That Jack Built
  • Lisa Adamowicz Kless: One, Two, Buckle My Shoe
  • Katie Dylewski: There Was A Little Girl
  • Chet Griffith: Bonny Lass
  • Janette Louden: There Was A Crooked Man
  • April Szafranski: Four and Twenty Blackbirds
  • Maggie Dosemagen: Butterfly, Butterfly
  • Jodi Diderrich: Jack and Jill
  • Jodi Diderrich: Humpty Dumpty
  • Glen Kelly: Humpty Dumpty
  • David V. Holmes: There Was A Crooked Man
  • Samantha McCann: Mary, Mary
  • Samantha McCann: Mother Goose
  • Jenny Bootle: Jack Sprat
  • Jenny Bootle: Three Children Sliding On Ice
  • Richard Keller: Wee Willie Winkie
  • Lisa Bigalke: Mary, Mary
  • Jasmine Galindo: Little Bo Peep
  • Bryce Ulmer: Wee Willie Winkie
  • Michael Anthony Lynch: This Is The House That Jack Built
  • Rosamaria Parraga: Four and Twenty Blackbirds
  • John Bloner, Jr.: Hot Codlins
  • Kirsten Rae Simonsen: Georgie Porgie
  • Marilyn L. Taylor: Father Goose
  • Tonia Klein: Pussy Cat, Pussy Cat
  • Robin Rhodes: Little Boy Blue
  • Jeffrey Johannes: What If Mother Goose Was In The Canon?

Details on the release date of this book as well as places to purchase copies will be issued soon here and elsewhere.   The book will sell for $10.00.

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The Pause That Refreshes: Timing In Comic Book Art

October 22, 2009 at 1:10 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , )

HarveyPekar1When you look at many how-to books on comic books, they focus on how-to draw characters, landscapes, buildings, as well how to arrange panels, or on the types of materials to use.   Timing is also important, just as its important in a novel, a poem, or a good joke.  At a recent talk at Madison, Wisconsin’s Overture Center, Harvey Pekar said that at an early age, he wanted to be a class clown.  He wanted to break up everybody with one liners and stuff.  He developed sketches by memorizing stories.  Instead of telling a story for one time to 50 people, he said, he told the story 50 times to an audience of one.   “You get more laughs that way”, he added.  His sense of pacing, he said, came from listening to radio comedians like the underrated Bob & Ray and from Jack Benny.

How do you translate the timing of radio comedy to comic book art?   Pekar said he likes to use dialogue-less panels to set up for the last line.  Imagine, for example, how you would draw Jack Benny in his bit where he tells of being approached by a mugger.  The mugger points a gun and asks, “Your money or your life!”  Benny pauses, presses his index finger to his chin, and responds, “I’m thinking . . .I’m thinking!”   This scene could be carried out over many panels with dialogue evident in only two of them.   Each of the wordless panels heightens the expectation of what’s to come.   Just like a good book or film, you never tire of it.

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Teaching Comics & Learning the Language of Comics

October 18, 2009 at 3:53 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , )

Whether you’re teaching comics art or learning the language of telling stories through words and images, the National Association of Comics Arts Educators has a Website for you to visit, learn from, and enjoy. 

Featuring contributions from Jessica Abel, Ivan Brunetti, and many more in the comics art field, the NACAE site’s objective is to be “a resource where the growing number of educators in comic art/sequential art can get and share ideas. It is also hoped that educators who work in other disciplines can use comics as a way of furthering their own objectives.”

Visit the NACAE by clicking here and being directed to the site,

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What’s Next?

October 17, 2009 at 3:53 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , )

Mother Goosed: Twisted Rhymes for Modern Times isn’t for sale just yet.  It’s headed off to the printer next week (week of October 17th).  Look for a mid-November release by Southport Press.  In the meantime, some of its artists and writers are asking, “What’s next?”  We’ve been living with this project since March ’09 and are ready for new adventures.

Just because Mother Goosed will soon be in book form, it doesn’t mean that the concept needs to end.  Mother Goosed may resurface as a Web comic or as art in other forms.  Nursery rhymes and fairy tales offer fertile ground for the imagination, so look forward to more twisted rhymes ahead.

2010 will bring a project of comic book art, other 2-D art, prose, and poetry on the subject of mythology.  What’s your favorite myth?  Southport Press will invite artists and writers to twist, turn upside down, and otherwise retell some of the world’s great myths.  They can be wise; they can be funny; or they can keep you up at night.   Project and submission information will be made available in early 2010, most likely.

We’re also kicking the tires on an oral history project that could take on not only print and Web forms, but video and audio, too.  Some of the best stories are true-life stories and many of them are never written down or recorded.  This project may be as sober or as hilarious as the personalities who are involved in its creation and who are profiled through it. 

For a look at how oral history and comic book art can beautifully intersect, check out The New Press’ publication of Studs Terkel’s Working, as adapted by Harvey Pekar and as edited by Paul Buhle.  Click on the link for Paul Buhle for a Book TV presentation on Studs Terkel, Working, and this new book. 

The ability of these projects and others to become reality depends on everyone purchasing a copy of Mother Goosed for themselves, their family, and friends.   Only 1,000 copies will be available, so get in line soon for your own.

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Mother Goosed on the Loose

October 11, 2009 at 9:21 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , )

Updated: 10/17/09

It’s coming soon . . .

Mother Goosed: Twisted Rhymes for Modern Times, a collection of comic art, 2-D art, and poetry, is scheduled for publication in early November from Southport Press.  Information on a release date, as well as places to pick up a copy will be offered soon.  

In the meantime, mark your calendars for these other upcoming events, featuring comic art in Kenosha:

Tuesday, December 1st at 7:00 PM.   Paul Buhle, author of Comics In Wisconsin, will speak at Southwest Library, 7979 38th Avenue, Kenosha.   Buhle, a senior lecturer at Brown University recently returned to Wisconsin (Madison).   Lynda Barry said of him, “He’s tasted the wine of the East Coast and came back for more beer and cheese curds.”  Buhle recently edited the graphic volume, Studs Terkel’s Working, as adapted by Harvey Pekar.  He also created (with Denis Kitchen) the book, the Art of Harvey Kurtzman.  His forty published volumes include a dozen comic art volumes, five biographies, and a book series on the victims of the Hollywood Blacklist.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010 at 7:00 PM.   Artists and writers of Mother Goosed: Twisted Rhymes for Modern Times (published by Southport Press) will speak at Southwest Library, 7979 38th Avenue, Kenosha, offering insight on why nursery rhymes continue to excite and terrify us, delivering examples of the book’s work, and inviting everyone to join in future mash-ups of comics and words through Southport Press.

February 7 – March 7, 2010.  Visit ArtWorks, 5002 7th Avenue, Kenosha, for the Mother Goosed invitational exhibit in the ArtWorks gallery.  See the original artwork from the Mother Goosed book and meet the artists and writers who contributed to this publication.

February 13, 2010, 6:00-9:00 PM.   Opening reception for Mother Goosed at ArtWorks, 5002 7th Avenue.  This event takes place during Second Saturdays for the Union Park, Harborside, and Downtown area. Copies of Mother Goosed make excellent Valentine’s Day gifts.

February 13-14, 2010, 10:00 AM-4:00 PM   Kenosha Area Chamber of Commerce Expo at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, Petretti Fieldhouse, Kenosha.   Kenosha Community Media, the parent organization to Southport Press will have a booth at this popular, public event.  Pick up a copy of Mother Goosed while you’re there.

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Consider the Lillies

October 8, 2009 at 10:57 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , )

tiger_lilliesYou could call them the house band for any twisted verse worth reading.  They’re one part Monty Python (the nasty-smelling, grubby part, with all sorts of gruesome things hanging from it); another part, Edward Gorey; a bit of Brecht and Weill; a dash of Dame Edna; a drop of Charles Addams; and decorated with grown men in pig masks from your most wounded, accordion-fueled nightmares, as directed by David Lynch.  They’ve adapted Heinrich Hoffmann’s work “Struwwelpeter” as the junk opera  Shockheaded Peter, and they’ve collaborated with the Kronos Quartet to freely adapt Edward Gorey’s macabre rhymes to the Grammy-nominated CD, the Gorey End

Claire Smith, writing for The Scotsman, described their music as “dark gypsy cabaret, shimmering with menace”.  They’ve searched for the tomb of H.P. Lovecraft, but now they’re going on tour in the United States from October 16th through November 6th.  The closest they’ll come to Kenosha, WI, however, is Columbus, OH, so, if you can’t make the trip, enjoy a glass of gin and this video by the Tiger Lillies, the self-proclaimed, world’s foremost death oompah band.

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Monster Bash

October 4, 2009 at 3:20 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , )

img041ArtWorks, 5002 7th Avenue, hosts an artists’ reception for its new art show, Monster, on Halloween night, Saturday, October 31st, from 6:00-10:00 p.m. 

The public is invited to this event and is encouraged to dress in costume.  Mother Goosed participants may choose to dress as their favorite Mother Goose characters.  Even Bo Peep can seem terrifying in the right setting.

Laurenzi Dance will perform.   The Monster art show is open for viewing from now through October 31st at ArtWorks.  For more information, call ArtWorks at (262) 652-5911.

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