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Experience of Smudge Comics Arts Expo 2014

Related Posts: Experience of SPX 2013 and Experience of APE 2013.

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Smudge was an interesting experience. Firstly, it was held in a very lovely space in the Artisphere. And, because it was only one day (rather than the usual two), it was pretty crowded throughout the whole event. The one thing that drove me crazy though was that they played soundtrack music consisting primarily of Darth Vader’s theme for most of the day for no apparent reason. But overall I met some nice people who I’ll most likely see again at SPX in September and discovered that there’s a lot of interest in Scared Stiff. :)

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Smudge in the Artisphere!

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My table! :)

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My table from an angle!

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From another angle!

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Work in Progress: Saint Tewdrig Watercolors

Related Posts: A Raven Above Press’s Welsh Saints Project and Work in Progress: Saint Tewdrig.

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I’ve completed my illustration of Saint Tewdrig for A Raven Above Press’s Age of Saints: An Illustrated Guide to the Saints of Wales by Peter Anthony Freeman. I can’t share the final version with you yet, but I thought I’d give you all an idea of the color palette. I’m so excited to see the completed book, which I believe is scheduled to be released this coming March! :D

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Experience of APE 2013

Related Posts: Experience of APE and Plans for APE 2013.

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APE 2013 was utterly exhausting and not very successful monetarily, but I met some really amazing people — so that’s fine by me.

We were 908B and no one show up at 908A, so an APE staff member came over to tell us to take over the rest of the table. So that was a plus!

I also unexpectedly got some very useful advice regarding costumes for Death Is No Bad Friend! Who knew I would find myself chatting to a gentleman dressed as The Phantom of the Opera?

I’m glad to have exhibited at SF Zine Fest, SPX, and APE this year, but I’m not sure that I would do this next year. I think I haven’t found my niche quite yet. I’m going to look into some book fairs and continue my search for an agent to represent my work. :)

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Some last minute The Flea ornaments!

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More Flea ornaments!

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We’re here!

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Saturday’s table.

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All the zines, etc.

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Sunday’s table!!!

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A taste of APE.

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-Felicia Ann

Illustration by Felicia Ann.
Disclaimer: I do not own this image!!

Felicia Ann was one of our very lovely neighbors! She was selling some beautiful prints and hand-bound sketchbooks. Check out her website feliciaann.com and Etsy shop etsy.com/shop/Hyliotrope.

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-6th Circle

6th Circle written by Jackson McBrayer and illustrated by Xander “Grim” Kent.
Disclaimer: I do not own this image!!

Writer Jackson McBrayer was an absolute sweetheart! I’m very much looking forward to checking out his webcomic 6th Circle, about a strange tattoo shop. :)

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-Frederick

A page from Frederick the Great.
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The gentleman behind Frederick the Great: A Most Lamentable Comedy Breaching Time and Space was wonderful. Not only was he wearing an impressive Victorian outfit, but he also bought a copy of The Poet and the Flea zine and wrote a nice little review of it:

A comic about William Blake! That’s pretty much all Gallas needed to say to sell me on it, but it’s really a beautiful and touchingly told little book. I picked up the first zine of it which contains the first 10 pages, and it was enough to make me check in on the website, where the first 30 are up and available for viewing. Blake is such an oddball figure in literary history, he was More Than Due for a comic treatment, and Gallas does it precisely as it ought to be done.

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-Nervenkrank

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I had a great little conversation about George Grosz with Katherine Kreider Wirick and bought a copy of her graphic novel zine Nervenkrank: A Story About John Heartfield. Grosz was my main visual influence for The First Reich, so it was great to hear that Grosz would be appearing as an actual character in Katherine’s series. Check out her website katherine.kreider-wirick.com and Tumblr katherinewirick.tumblr.com.

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-Pariah Missouri

Pariah Missouri by Andres Salazar and Jose Pescador.
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I was particularly impressed by the gorgeous watercolor work of Pariah Missouri! :D facebook.com/PariahMO

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Attack on Titan: Analogy to World War II

Okay, I just had to get this off my chest…

The Japanese manga and anime series Attack on Titan made absolutely zero sense to me until I realized it is an unmistakable analogy to World War II.

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All over the internet, I kept seeing disturbing images of a giant human with no skin. I’m not particularly squeamish about violence in the media — most horror movies drive me into a fit of hysterical laughter. Plus, I’m generally fascinated by the macabre.  But certain things just get to me. Like the part in the brilliant Pan’s Labyrinth when Captain Vidal’s face is mutilated and he sews it back together (though I adore the Pale Man). Or in Boardwalk Empire (one of my favorite shows) when Richard Harrow (one of my favorite characters) scalps another character without hesitation.  And this giant skinless human is no different — sending shivers down my spine!

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Image from Attack on Titan
Disclaimer: I do not own this image!!

I soon discovered that this giant skinless human is from a series called Attack on Titan (進撃の巨人, Shingeki no Kyoujin). When I first became interested in Japan around middle school, I used to watch a lot of anime. But I tend towards live-action series or movies nowadays (a wonderful tool for practicing my language skills). I do find the occasional anime series like the amazing Gankutsuou (巌窟王): The Count of Monte Cristo (which is actually the most faithful adaptation of Dumas’s masterwork) and the gripping Monster (モンスター) (scheduled to be adapted into live-action for HBO by Guillermo del Toro). In other words, I’m usually extremely picky about my anime. But, after being utterly confused by the Attack on Titan Wikipedia summary, I decided to give the series a try out of pure morbid curiosity.

So, I’ve been working my way through the episodes on Hulu. It might be a bit melodramatic at times and the so-called “Vertical Maneuvering Equipment” that allows the characters to leap around is pretty implausible. But it has a relatively well-constructed plot line and decent character development. The main characters Eren and Mikasa have particularly tragic yet compelling backstories. But I couldn’t help a strange feeling of déjà vu

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A page from Barefoot Gen by Keiji Nakazawa
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And then it hit me! I realized that certain elements of Attack on Titan bear a striking resemblance to the renowned manga Barefoot Gen (はだしのゲン, Hadashi no Gen), about the bombing of Hiroshima and its survivors.

For instance: In Attack on Titan, Eren and Mikasa attempt to free Eren’s mother from underneath their collapsed house. But Eren’s mother begs them to save themselves. Eren and Mikasa, with the help of a city guard names Hannes, flee from danger as Eren’s mother is killed and eaten by a titan. This directly parallels Barefoot Gen. After the atom bomb drops on Hiroshima, Gen and his mother Kimie discover Gen’s father Daikichi and Gen’s siblings trapped underneath their collapsed house. Gen and Kimie attempt to free the rest of the family before they are consumed by the fire that has broken out all across the city. But Daikichi begs them to save themselves. Gen and Kimie are forced to flee from danger.

This parallel leads me to believe that the humanoid titans may have been inspired by the victims of the atom bombs. In Hiroshima and Nagasaki, many victim’s skin melted off or hung from their bodies in tatters. These victims must have been in excruciating pain and are depicted moving very slowly and blindly, almost like zombies. Although the titans are not meant to be sympathized with (at least not yet) as one would sympathize with the victims of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, their movements are very similar. In this context, the one skinless titan makes so much more sense to me. I really won’t be surprised if the series reveals that the titans are resulted from a human scientific experiment gone wrong and that we are indeed meant to sympathize with them.

Attack on Titan‘s analogy to World War II does not stop with the atom bombs. The series often explores themes related to militarism, group mentality, and self-sacrfice — topics often associated with Japan during World War II as well as World War II across the board.

This is just the tip of the iceberg. Perhaps I’ll post more correlations between Attack on Titan and Barefoot Gen as I continue watching!

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Work in Progress: Saint Tewdrig

Related Post: A Raven Above Press’s Welsh Saints Project.

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The other day, I started working on my Saint Tewdrig illustration for A Raven Above Press’s Age of Saints: An Illustrated Guide to the Saints of Wales.

The illustration isn’t due for a few months, so I have lots of time to perfect the image. I recently learned that the book with be in full color and that each illustration with have it’s own page, so that’s very exciting. :)

I really like how Saint Tewdrig is turning out so far, and I can’t wait to experiment with color!!!

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Saint Tewdrig Pencil 2

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Preview: The Flea Plush Toy

Related Posts: Preliminary Design: “The Flea” Plush Toy and Work in Progress: The Flea Plush Toy.

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Finally, The Flea (plush toy) is here!!!

I hope you enjoy our little photo shoot. The Flea can be quite the prima donna. He even managed to frighten me a few times, popping out from crafty hiding places. But he made a few friends along the way, so that’s sweet. I just hope he doesn’t try to corrupt and/or eat them!!!

Soon, you’ll be able to procure your own sinister companion when my online store (thepoetandtheflea.storenvy.com) opens at the end of this month!

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Work in Progress: The Flea Plush Toy

Related Posts: Preliminary Design: “The Flea” Plush Toy.

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Firstly, I just wanted to thank everyone for their interest in The Flea plush toy. My previous post on this subject received 72 likes so far and a number of very enthusiastic comments — all very much appreciated!

I’d also like to thank my mom for all her help because she certainly has more sewing skills than I do!

I’ve been working on this project for many months now, and it has only just recently come into fruition. We went through many different ideas and designs. But I think, in the end, we’ve hit upon something really great — simultaneously scary and cute!

Below are some highlights of The Flea’s journey…

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Wasn’t 100% happy with the black felt material we originally picked out. So went back to Britex to find a better fabric. Found this relatively inexpensive pseudo black velvet that hopefully will work better. Can’t wait to cut it out to see how it looks.

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The Flea Prototype #1

Tried making a prototype tonight, but didn’t really turn out as expected. Doesn’t look bad, just not perfect. Going to go back to the drawing board and exaggerate The Flea‘s features even more for the next try.

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Thought it might be best to try another approach for the second prototype. One of my original ideas for The Flea plush toy was to make a modified sock monkey. This way, we can achieve The Flea’s head, body, and long limbs and then add details like horns with the felt. Will look into buying some socks!

Bought some socks — now to experiment!

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The Flea Prototype #2: Feet

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The Flea Prototype #2: Face

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Preview of The Flea Prototype #3

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A Raven Above Press’s Welsh Saints Project

Related Post: Experience of APE.

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Last October, while attending APE (Alternative Press Expo), I visited A Raven Above Press‘s table and met owner Lorin Morgan-Richards. I was thrilled when he contacted me this April, inviting me to be one of a number of artists to illustrate a book on the history of Welsh Saints!! 

This book is one in a series of Welsh art books published by A Raven Above Press and will be released at the 2014 Los Angeles St. David’s Day Festival – National Day of Wales. It will be researched and written by Peter Anthony Freeman and will feature illustrations from about 30 talented artists from the U.S. and Wales. I am very excited to participate in this project and can’t wait to see how the finished product turns out! :)

In June, I finally received the list of saints for the artists/illustrators to choose from and was pleased to find a number of very intriguing choices. In the end, I choose Saint Tewdrig for the following legend:

“On returning to secular service due to military necessity, Tewdrig is given the prophecy that he will be successful but will be mortally wounded; that a vehicle pulled by two stags, yoked, will appear and carry him towards his destination of Ynys Echni, but that he will die in peace three days after the battle. Wherever the stags halted, fountains gushed forth, but as they approached The Severn the wagon was broken, a very clear stream gushed forth and here Tewdrig died.”

The deadline for my illustration is January 1st, 2014 — so I have plenty of time to research and experiment!

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Below are some research images of Tewdrig.

Disclaimer: I do not own any of these images!!

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