01/12/2017

Sam and Sally here to share info on the 5th Annual Black Comic Book Festival, work from Derick Jones and Shannon Wright, a whole pile of comic strips, and thoughts from Sam on influences in film.

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Sally here – This Friday and Saturday the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture at the New York Public Library will be hosting the 5th Annual Black Comic Book Festival. You can register to attend HERE. Expanded this year to fill two days, the schedule of events includes panels with Kyle Baker, Trevor Von Eeden, and Ronald Wimberly among others, a tribute to Jackie Ormes, and a number of “how-to” workshops including “How to Draw Afrakan Superheroes” with Akinseye Brown. There will be a comics exhibition both days as well.

More details on the event HERE.

Ronald Wimberly is pumped about going – he reported via Instagram:

Of course white people are welcome! Who’d exclude white commerce after the opium wars?! …. This weekend I’ll be at the Black Comics Festival (@schomburgblackcomics) at the Schomburg Center. I’ll be selling and signing copies of Prince of Cats, the Attack on Titan Anthology and maybe something else… On Saturday 5:30-6:45, I’ll be on the Comics and Hip-Hop panel moderated by Jonathan Gray featuring Andre Leroy Davis, Eric Orr (@orrdesigns), and Sole Rebel in the Langston Hughes Auditorium.

Be there!

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Shannon Wright drew this cute comic about “A proud father recording his son demolish DDR” and went on to comment on these rare cool Dads:

…in a lot of cases it’s shocking because we don’t see that involvement, especially when the hobby or interest doesn’t revolve around a sport or a prominent musical instrument. It was refreshing to see.

I love when Shannon makes these quick comics – her skill set is incredible and I enjoy her more illustrative work – but her 4-panel strip comics and work like the piece above really capture moments in a special way. More please!

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Dead Days in Kowloon – Ch 2 pg 12

Derick Jones is publishing a webcomic called Dead Days in Kowloon – he’s been at it since October of 2016. He updates it twice a week – read it from the beginning HERE.

I really like the work Derick has been posting on his Instagram recently – check it out @skudsink – straight inks, no midtones is his tune for the year so far!

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Sam Ombiri here: The quote of the week comes from Jafar Panahi – “Every film is worth watching.

This is from his last risky movie that he “didn’t make”, using a security dash cam, called Taxi. (Editor’s Note: Jafar Panahi has been making films while under house arrest in Iran since 2010…!) He’s more optimistic than his buddy Abbas Kiarostami was. I read somewhere that Abbas Kiarostami was optimistic about the idea up until he realized, eventually, that the public having cameras wasn’t enough, and the promise he had felt about the general population having easy access to the camera didn’t yield what he had hoped.

What Jafar Panahi says reminds me of Andrei Tarkovsky’s whole thing of “zen in art”, that it can be something like nature – you can choose to interact with it or not. I think it’s really interesting the amount of danger both directors put themselves in for their movies. (They also each made great movies called The Mirror.) 

At the beginning of Powr Mastrs 3 CF says, “I see you all imitating me – Disappointing – Follow your own star.

One hope with looking at how movies are made – it’s something like what Robert Bresson said, something along the lines of  “I’m often influenced by other mediums.” (He was actually quoting someone else whom I can’t remember. He was about to walk off the interview because he thought they were going to ask questions that he didn’t want to engage in. or in the context with which they were asking.) Anyways, I’m thinking about the way people like Lynne Ramsay, Jafar Panahi, Abbas Kiarostami, and Michael Haneke process their Bresson/Tarkovsky influences. (With Panahi I’m only guessing that he’s influenced by them – the other two I know for sure, and with Ramsay I only sense Bresson). Whereas there are others who are processing that influence in a way that can feel… I don’t really know the right word. I don’t want to be more harsh than necessary.

I think Haneke’s work studies the relationship between projected reality and reality as it’s happening. In White Ribbon, which I haven’t seen for a long time, I think it’s the relationship between the photos taken in that time in relation to what could have been going on in those photos, that could suggest that this generation of kids will be the ones that accept Hitler. There is the ideal image being imposed…or, well…because of being caught up in these ideal images that are being imposed, the adults remain naive and too blind to see this other mysterious “behavior” rise from their romanticization of their children. The behavior is only being suspected, as you can’t tell whether or not the children are lying. – Sam Ombiri

Sam Ombiri

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  • Adam Griffiths brings us another ‘Zine Tree Interview – this time with JB Brager – a Philadelphia-based cartoonist and writer, and a PhD candidate in Women’s & Gender Studies at Rutgers University.
  • Tarantula by Alexis Ziritt & Fabian Rangel Jr. & Evelyn Rangel is coming out via AdHouse Books any minute now – and they have released a gorgeous full color preview for us to drool over – HERE.

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From the Comics Workbook school store – Zona #3 – all student work – 40 pages of comics – stories by Kurt Ankeny, Jacqueline Huskisson, Paddy Lynch, and Tyler Landry. Covers include an additional unique hand drawing by Frank Santoro – edition of 100 – signed and numbered. Get a copy of this book HERE!

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Suzy and Cecil – 1-12-2017 – by Sally Ingraham

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Joanie and Jordie – 1-12-2017 – by Caleb Orecchio

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1-12-2017 – by Juan Fernández

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Dungeon Lollers – 1-12-2017 – by Tyler Landry

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