04/18/2016

North American independent comics focus today; Comics Workbook Benefit Auction in its final days; Submitting comics to VICE; Marc Bell reflects on the past couple of months; Jay Lynch Collection joins the Billy Ireland; The Garden of Earthly Delights invites you in.
– Juan Fernández

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Ecuadorian Earthquake Victims
I wanted to take the time before we talked comics to ask for your help after the 5.1 magnitude earthquake in Ecuador that happened yesterday.

There are cities that are completely devastated, people trapped under debris waiting to be rescued, towns without electricity, running water or communication.

There are some initiatives receiving donations to send help to those in need. Here is a link to one of them that my friend Luis Eduardo is involved with: https://www.gofundme.com/hqzjghm4

Also, here’s an article where you will find other organizations at the end that are also receiving donations: http://www.bustle.com/…/155170-how-to-help-the-ecuador-eart…

Any and all help is appreciated. If you are not able to donate, please help us by sharing these initiatives.

Thank you so much for your help!

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COMICS WORKBOOK BENEFIT AUCTION ENDS SOON

There are ONLY TWO DAYS left for our benefit auction. Take a gander at the INCREDIBLE AUCTION of original Chris Ware artwork that is being held to benefit the Comics Workbook Rowhouse Residency.You don’t want to miss this opportunity to make this incredible art yours.

Check it out: The auction is live HERE, and will continue through mid-day Wednesday. We need your support and you need this art!

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VICE | Comics | Accepting Submissions
If you are looking for a good venue to publish some stand alone comics work, take not that VICE is taking submissions. You get a regular deadline, to make work in color, get an audience and they pay.

From Nick Gazin:

I need new comics for VICE.

The basic guidelines of Vice Comics is that the comics should all be:
-in color
-at least a page
-have characters, dialogue and stories
-not serlialized or to-be-continued
-each page should be a 2000 pixel wide jpeg no larger than 1mb.
-no racism, sexism or homophobia
-no comics about VIce or “hipsters”
-no genitals or sex acts
-should contain dialogue and moment-to-moment panel transitions
-should not rely heavily on narration. Actions and interactions should tell the story. Show, don’t tell.

Check out what I’m running at vice.com/comics

If you have stuff that’s already done or samples of comics you’ve made send them as low resolution email attachments to nick.gazin@vice.com

This might be a good opportunity for you. Shoot Gazin an email if you’re interested.

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Pouring Melted Snow in a Pan
Marc Bell does a couple life recap posts a year, he’s just posted his first one for 2016.
Catch up with Marc Bell here.

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Jay Lynch Collection finds Home 
The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum has acquired the Jay Lynch Collection. This collection includes original art, comics, correspondence and other material from Lynch, who is now 71. Lynch is best known as the creator and editor of “Bijou Funnies” in the 1960s and 1970s. This collection is a real underground gem. And it’s a huge one!

The collection totals to nearly 250 cubic feet of manuscript materials, original art, underground comix, merchandise from Lynch’s work at Topps, and letters from R. Crumb, Art Spiegelman, Lenny Bruce, Woody Allen, and other icons of the popular culture dating back to 1956. Additionally, the collection is home to an extensive number of fanzines and college humor magazines, often offering the earliest look at work from Harry Shearer, Art Spiegelman, Gilbert Shelton, and more. Also in the collection are some famous (and infamous) publicity campaigns, including groundbreaking satirical work such as Oingo Boingo’s anti-clown movement,  Ed Sachs’s Irreverent Newsletter, Alan Abel and Buck Henry’s Society for Indecency to Naked Animals press releases, and early press kits from Jay Ward Productions.

Get into the nitty gritty here.

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Visit Bosch’s Garden of Earthly Delights

https://tuinderlusten-jheronimusbosch.ntr.nl/en

Here’s a site that offers an interactive online adventure through Hieronymous Bosch’s Garden of Earthly Delights. There are two ways to virtually visit. You can choose to take a fifteen-step museum style tour, narrated by Redmond O’Hanlon, or you can “freely explore,” an option that allows you to zoom in on any part of the painting at will, clicking here and there to hear O’Hanlon discuss its motifs. Your choice! Don’t get too lost.

The Garden of Earthly Delights is a story about moral and sin in a particular time. The painting however is timeless. The journey that the visitor sets out on in the interactive documentary is a personal one. Beneath the surface we aim to invite the visitor to reflect upon and question their sins and morals.

The interactive documentary Hieronymus Bosch, The Garden of Delights is part of the transmedia tryptich: ‘Hieronymus Bosch’. The transmedia tryptich consists of the documentary film ‘Hieronymus Bosch, touched by the devil’, the interactive documentary ‘Hieronymus Bosch: Garden of Earthly Delights’ and the Virtual Reality documentary ‘Hieronymus Bosch, the Eyes of the Owl’. Website: http://jheronimus-bosch.nl

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I’ll see you Wednesday with South American happenings. I’ve got a ton of things I have to share!

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Juan Fernández

Juan Fernández

Juan José Fernández is a Pittsburgh comics community organizer, most recently named as one of “Pittsburgh’s Creative Forces: 12 People to Meet in 2017” in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, and one of seven 2016 Fuerza awardees by Café Con Leche for providing Pittsburgh Latinx leadership. He co-organizes the annual Pittsburgh Zine Fair, leads the Pittsburgh Comics Salon, and provides educational outreach for the Comics Workbook and the ToonSeum. He currently works at the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council.
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