I’m having a tough time with what’s going on in Japan right now. I never visited Sendai but we did travel through/nearby in 2009, on our way from Nikko to Aomori. It’s further south than I had thought, about half way between the northern tip of Japan’s main island and Tokyo. Travelling by train I saw a lot of the countryside; the news reports from the area matched my memories of travelling which has made the disaster more personal. I still can’t imagine what it’s like for the people who are there though, and my sympathies and condolences go out to everyone affected.
I’ve donated a few dollars and watched the news constantly, and at this point there’s not much else to do. I did want to put up a brief post saying that I hope things get better, and if you’ve ever enjoyed my travelogues or photos of Japan I hope you’ll consider donating a few dollars to the various organizations trying to aid folks in distress.
I recommend: http://www.doctorswithoutborders.org/, who are the first organization to send people and aid into the hardest-hit areas.
Also the Red Cross is setting up a relief fund. If you text REDCROSS to number 30333 in Canada, or 90999 in the U.S., you can donate $5 or $10 really easily and every little bit helps.
Thanks for anything you can do,
If you’re in or around Toronto tonight, we’re throwing a launch party for my buddy Jim’s new graphic novel SKULLKICKERS. It’s from 5-7pm, and we’ll probably go for a drink after and Jim will tell stories about comic books.
Feel free to drop by!
Free and open to the public
The stubborn work ethic of Chicago’s independent publishers and comic makers will be explored in the second annual Small Press and Comics Symposium of Chicago, hosted by the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) on March 24, 2011. Through panel discussions with ten Chicago presses and comic artists, SAIC’s Small Press and Comics Symposium will investigate the who, what, why, and how of comics and independent publishing—exploring the means and modes of self and small-run publications.
The SP&CSC will be composed of two separate panel discussions featuring comic artists Chris Ware, Onsmith, Corrine Mucha and Aaron Renier, as well as representatives from small-press publishers Front 40 Press, Featherproof Press, Green Lantern Press and the Poetry Magazine. The discussions will be moderated by two of Chicago’s most prominent publishing and comics scholars: Sally Alatalo and Hillary Chute. The questions posed to the panelists will address many issues including: the art of self-publication, the changing cultural status of comics, and the efficacy of collaborative working situations.
For more information: www.saic.edu/spandcsc
Poster Design by Lilli Carre
About the School of the Art Institute of Chicago
A nationally accredited leader in educating artists, designers, and scholars since 1866, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) offers undergraduate, graduate, and post-baccalaureate programs to nearly 3,200 students from around the globe. Located in the heart of Chicago, SAIC has an educational philosophy built upon an interdisciplinary approach to art and design, giving students unparalleled opportunities to develop their creative and critical abilities, while working with renowned faculty who include many of the leading practitioners in their fields. SAIC’s resources include the Art Institute of Chicago and its new Modern Wing; numerous special collections and programming venues provide students with exceptional exhibitions, screenings, lectures, and performances. For more information, please visit www.saic.edu
Hello! I’m going to be in Boston this weekend (March 10th-13th) for PAXEast, the East-coast edition of the Penny Arcade Expo! I’ll be working for UDON Comics, Booth #124. PAXEast is put on by Penny Arcade (the webcomic) and ReedPop (the New York Comicon people) and I’m expecting it to be a lot of fun.
I don’t think I’ve ever mentioned it on the blog, but this September I headed out to Seattle for PAX “Prime”, as the employee of UDON Comics. It was a fun time and it went well–record sales and all that–so they invited me out to help them run their Boston appearance too. I’m happy to do it. I really like UDON’s output, it’s extremely high quality licensed comics and the industry needs more of that. And on a personal note, UDON Publisher Erik Ko is an exceptionally fair and generous guy (let alone for a comics publisher) and I’m happy to get behind their work. And hell, I just like going to conventions, seeing how they run… and what I can steal for my own event. :)
This weekend should be a hell of a lot of fun, as UDON’s got a couple of new convention exclusive books at the event and I hand-picked the selection of books we’ll be carrying. Lots of art books, lots of comics, and UDON peeps Jim Zubkavich (Street Fighter Legends: Ibuki) and Omar Dogan (Also SF Legends: Ibuki) are gonna be drawing and chatting with fans all weekend long. While I sell mad amounts of books to all y’all reading this (hopefully!). Also, I’ll be at a giant video game convention, and those tend to be pretty fun all on their own, even standing behind a booth for 12 hours a day.
Oh, and I should mention that the fine folks from Oni Press are going to be our booth-mates for the show, Booth #123/124. We’re directly across from the Show Store. All kinds of books and swag will be available!
As a final note, a very cool thing I discovered in getting ready for the show is called The Conventionist (http://conventionist.com). It’s an iphone/Android App that lets you plan convention attendances by downloading the maps, schedules, exhibitor lists, etc., for a whole whack of different shows. It is fantastically useful and highly recommended, and I sincerely hope I can work with them to put together a similar schedule for TCAF!
Alright! If you’re going to PAXEast speak up in the comments and tell me what you’re most looking forward to (especially if it is seeing me).
TANK TANKURO: PERWAR WORKS
by GAJO SAKAMOTO
Japanese Manga Classic Masterpiece!
Roots of Astro Boy!
The Pioneering Robot Manga from Pre-World War II Japan.
COVER DESIGN BY: CHRIS WARE
$29.99. This Spring.