Dec. 2nd, 2011

turtlesoup: a confused robot holds a scarf and asks "?" (confused robot - winter wasteland)
So one of these days, I'm going to use this blog to talk a little, as well as share images. I'm writing this at kind of an ungodly hour, however, so ... well, this isn't the time. Just had the kind of evening you go to comics grad school for: sitting up to the wee hours in the classroom with a few friends, working feverishly on final projects while loudly singing along to musical soundtracks you loved in your high school days. (There was a break to climb up on tables during "La Vie Boheme." Hi, it's essentially finals week.)

Here's a preview of my main contribution to the project:
anthology preview

I finished it tonight, but I'm going to wait to post the whole thing until I have the entire printed, bound retrofuturistic comics anthology sitting in my hand (and photographable for your viewing pleasure). I'll leave the explanation 'til then as well.

In the meantime, I've also decided to post, belatedly, my first longer comic assignment for class ... drawn back in mid-October. A combination of difficult circumstances (foremost being a sudden and severe case of art-block) led to me scrapping and rewriting this piece two-thirds of the way through the two weeks we had to work on it, pulling a really horrible all-nighter, and generally not getting the result I wanted. It was my biggest struggle of the semester.

That said, I might rework it sometime, because simple as it is, I did rather like the concept. (I'm starting to see a lot of my projects here as first drafts, since we don't actually have time for much revision.) We were asked to retell one of several of Aesop's fables. I chose The Birds, The Beasts and the Bat (Jacobs' translation), mostly because I hated the moral and wanted to challenge it.

cam page 1

Cam, continued )

Before I go, one last little tidbit! Following a heavily nostalgia-inducing field trip to the adorable toy museum in Quechee, we were assigned to create toy designs and pitch them to the class. There were some really brilliant parodic examples and seriously original ideas, but I basically went right back to the things I loved as a child: fantasy, cartoons, kickass female leads, and dress-up/roleplay. You might recognize Dionne from "The Swamp Bride" - I figure that, as with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, her cartoon show is a bit more kid-friendly than the ongoing comic adventures that have clearly inspired it:
toy design!

Okay, time to crash and hit "post" in a few hours - goodnight (good morning)!
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