The summer’s final Art in the Alley event was yesterday, bringing hundreds to the otherwise forgettable passage between Cloughs Hardware and Paradise Pizza in Stratford. The Stratford Arts Guild elevates the alley to a festive popup gallery, with trellises and tents, on a regular basis. Let’s hope they bring the action back to the alley in 2013.
At tonight’s SameSex reception at City Lights, this celebration of same-sex desire and attraction imagines the cartoon heroes of our youth switching it up a little.
Most of the works presented are in the same vein as last year, but a couple of artists must have noticed a little homoerotic tension in the air during the Saturday morning cartoons. I’ll admit I never caught on the Wilma and Betty’s secret, but even at six years old I was yelling at Popeye and Bluto to get a room already.
Last year’s show, City Lights’ first foray into gay-themed art, opened with what I’d think of as the alternative social event of the season. You can have your Barnum Ringmasters this and your Rotary Club that. The SameSex reception was hot. (Not as hot as some of the erotic works on the wall. Leave the kiddies at home.)
The artists may or may not be gay. (I happen to know at least straight artist in the show, but whose portrait represents a gay icon.) What is gay art? Again, the question is out there for discussion. I mean, what’s a gay bar these days, with all of them being apparently overrun with straight ladies’ bachelorette parties. It’s an ongoing debate.
Sponsored by John Stafstrom and Dennis Murphy, the show opens with a preview reception for Patron members at 5, and to the general public at 6 tonight.
The Charles Apple Blog today reminds us about Walt Kelly, who started out his cartooning life at the Bridgeport Post as a reporter covering the Welfare Department during the Great Depresion. He also drew cartoons about our most famous mayor, P.T. Barnum.
I don’t draw anymore, and considering the shrinking pool of American editorial cartoonists, I have a better chance of being ambassador to Spain than I do paying my bills with ink and Bristol board. But times were different when Walt Kelly was in the building. He went on to work [Read more...]
Design in the Service of Narrative for Comic Books takes place 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 1. $50/$45 members.
Comic books have a language, a vocabulary, and a syntax. As a working cartoonist and writer for forty years, Howard Chaykin has spent much of that time analyzing and codifying the techniques that make for a coherent linkage [Read more...]
The Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art (MoCCA) and ECW Press will the animation and creativity of Pee-wee’s Playhouse, the 1980s Saturday morning show and included cutting-edge stop-motion animation, as well as cartoons from Ub Iwerks, Dave Fleisher, Rudolf Isling, and others from the golden age of animation.
Punk artist Gary Panter lent his avant-garde sensibility to the overall artistic design of the show’s set and many of the puppets, both of which were like three-dimensional cartoons. On the 25th anniversary of the debut of Pee-wee’s [Read more...]