Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Nov. 18th - Open Studio at CCAC!

Did you miss my Open Studio back in September? Well, you have another chance to see my new Studio (Art Closet!) at CCAC - the Concord Community Arts Center - at 40 Thorndike Street in Concord, NH.

This Saturday, November 18th, from 9-5pm the CCAC will have lots of Open Studios AND a big Crafts Fair!

I'll have my Zentangle books and cards, Comics, Holiday cards, tattoos, some other stuff... and I'll have a few buckets filled with my rubber stamps that you can bag up for really cheap - great stocking stuffers!

PLEASE come and visit me! You know how crazy these things make me - give me a hug, tell me something encouraging - and I'll give you a sticker or tattoo. ;-)

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Alternate Realities Comic - Halloween 2017

Four different ways my life could have manifested itself today - if I had made slightly different choices along the way. I can't... and don't want to... explain it any more than that.

Here is the original ballpoint pen comic I drew - I'd love to hear your thoughts...

Monday, October 30, 2017

The Spidey Code

My friend Debbee and I were leaving a really lively SCBWI illustrator's crit group at BAM! last week. We were the last ones out of the store and we stepped out into a cold, wet, dark, empty parking lot. Some passing headlights glinted off what I thought was a flattened, bloody, rain-toad. With a weird combination of shock and recognition - I realized it was actually a flattened Spiderman action figure!

Squatting on the wet asphalt to photograph Spidey's tiny... corpse... I was overcome with sadness and the futility of striving for greatness.

I left the body there. Although I had the beginnings of a graphic novel forming in my head...

Last year, at CCS, we were challenged to use a popular film, and a randomly chosen theme, as the inspiration for our own graphic novel. I combined Maze Runner with Trailer Parks to create OSFO PARK. OSFO PARK is still in the Only-Partially-Formed-But-Potentially-a-Great-Story realm.

Looking at the corpse of Spiderman laid out so carefully on the ground - I had visions from Dan Brown's The DaVinci Code! Just as Saunière's body was laid out to form a clue... what is Spidey's body trying to tell us about his killer?!  The positioning, the hand gestures, the tilt of the head... Instead of the Brotherhood of Sion, we've got the Brotherhood of Avengers! And set in the world of Marvel and DC? You think the Bible is controversial - you ain't seen nothing yet!

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Gory Daze Parade in WRJ

The Gory Daze Parade in White River Junction has become a tradition for me and my daughter.

Walking around in the dark with a thousand other freaks - many who GLOW! - is my idea of the best halloween ever!

This weird musical instrument runs on FIRE!

It's very very dark tonight, but that suits the Huntress and the Bat!

Wish you were here with us? Take a look around:

And giant BUBBLES blown by Bubble Santa floating over everyone...

 Flaming pumpkins on the roof of the bar!

The T-Rex made us laugh so hard!

Next year I hope to make it to the "Ball" held after the parade!

Back to WRJ

Lilah and I lucked out with the first sunny day in a week as we headed up to White River Junction for a mini-escape.

We spent most of the day at the Montshire Museum of Science - there's a new exhibit about the engineering inside toys.

Before the sun disappeared, we hiked down to the waterfall which was a bit of a slippery challenge with wet leaves and mud. I was really surprised to see the lake was mostly empty, must be a dam somewhere? We could walk right out onto the lake bed!

I was mesmerized by this sand machine I found near the back wall. I spent about an hour adjusting the dials and watching the sand bubble up, then fall. It was like a volcano. I was trying to make the sand in the center fall in without taking all the side walls with it. I had it figured out when a kid walked up and started randomly turning the knob... AAAAHHHHH!

I really want one of these in my studio. I felt so calm... I wonder if there are instructions on YouTube. All I can figure out is it has different weights of sand granules, between two pieces of glass, lit from behind (just a strong spotlight in back) and the dial controls the flow of... water? air? that sends bubbles through the lighter sand.

I hope to get back up here again soon - and, fingers crossed, work on some more science kits for the museum!

Monday, October 2, 2017

It's that time of year again... RUN AWAY!

Sitting on this beach for an hour - or maybe longer (?) - the sounds of the ocean start to soothe me and wash the pain and fear out of my brain. I wanted someplace new - and yet familiar - to escape to.

 I've never been here before. In the past, I've run to Ogunquit and walked the Marginal Way until I felt at Peace and could return to the real world.

But the people walking on the Marginal Way were couples. Pairs. Holding hands. Foreign to me. If they even noticed me, we'd nod very slightly and walk on.

On THIS beach, there are a few older couples in beach chairs facing away from the water, towards the fading sun. Everyone else is on their own. Like me. Mostly women, around my age. With dogs.

Walking back and forth through the still warm waves, we smile at each other and laugh at the dogs - romping in the surf. "What a beautiful dog!" and "Ah! He licked my hand!?"

I don't have the greatest social skills, but I am quite sure if I tried to compliment the Marginal Way Ladies on THEIR companions, I'd get a black eye! "What a beautiful man!" and "Ah! He licked my hand!?"

A book by Lisa Scottoline just popped into my thoughts... "Why My Third Husband Will Be A Dog." I say - Why wait for number three? 

There is definitely something to it... 

A beautiful golden retriever was dashing up and down the beach chasing a tennis ball. Suddenly, he swerved and headed right for me. He skidded to a halt and dropped the ball right at my feet! He smiled at me (he DID!) until I picked up the juicy thing and threw it down the beach, towards his owner. A little while later, I felt water splashing me and he was back. Grinning. Plop. ThROOOOOOWWWW! Run run run. And repeat...

It's been a really long time since I've had a dog. I'm more of a cat person... but this one - out of the many dogs on the beach - really tugged at my heart. Friendly. Social. Beautiful. Joyful.

Someday - this will be me...

I will live in an unusual, pretty little Victorian cottage (with a tower!) on the cliffs over the ocean. My studio will have a happy cat, a joyful devoted dog, and HUGE windows looking at the sea. We will walk on the beach everyday and visit with our 2 and 4 legged friends and then draw late into the night.

And it will be Good.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Granite State Comicon

The perfect end to my birthday week! Lilah and I drooled over the coolest comic related STUFF and original art and costumes and and and....

Lilah and I were both crazy about the work of Christopher Uminga

We had a lot of trouble deciding which prints to get, but Lilah picked a Totorro one and I picked The Addams Family!

Gilded Dragon Designs has been at every comic con Lilah and I have gone too and the designs of the Dragons has gotten more detailed. 

The Kid agonized over which one called to her most. We had to walk away... have lunch... consider the options again... there was some negotiating ("Please! I'll pay you back the difference!?") And the winner was... Maleficent!! (She even has the Crow!)

My favorite booth at the show was - Books By Bella!

 Isabella Storm Falkenburg is a 8 year old comic book artist based out of New Hampshire. Her vibrant and imaginative work explodes off the page with youthful exuberance. Heavily influenced by Japanese culture, American super heroes and a love for animals, Isabella's work is truly unique.

Lilah and I LAUGHED so hard reading these comics over breakfast on Monday morning!! The Star Cats spoof on Star Wars - very funny - but the I'm So Happy I Could Puke!? Ha Ha Ha! Drawings of all kinds of creatures - including toilet bowls - spewing rainbows! Seriously - it's FUNNY!

We were both really inspired to get back to work!

Monday, September 18, 2017

Post-Party Check-in

So THAT worked! We had a great party...

Guests arrived and left in small groups all afternoon and evening so it never got overwhelming for me. I got to talk to almost everyone. It was unseasonably humid, but still a beautiful evening.

 My daughter, Lilah, made carrot cake cupcakes that were SOOO yummy!

Laurie and my new friend Jim organized the food and decorations. 


I got lots of lovely birthday gifts!


I was able to show off my comics and sketchbooks from Cartoon School.

 As the hour got later and we consumed more cupcakes - we got a little sillier!

Meanwhile, my chalkboard received lots of great new quotes!

And I added the ones sent in by email and in the blog comments.

 There is still some space left, so feel free to give me some more quotes!

And thank you to everyone who helped get me launched on this new adventure, it means so much to me to have your support and encouragement.


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