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“Piece A Cake” group show at FOE Gallery 5.14.13No Comments

Northampton’s FOE gallery has been a life-saving pillar of insanity in this otherwise sane and respectable land of Western Mass. I’m thrilled to have been invited to join the upcoming group show “Piece A Cake,” which opens with a 6pm reception on Friday, June 14th, and runs through July 7th. It’s going to be great to have a piece hanging next to work by artists like Bwana Spoons and Rick Beaupre and Martha Rich. My contribution is a watercolor/ink/collage on paper piece called “Just like Mom Used to Make.” Like Mama Used To Make

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Paint and Pixel free children’s comics workshop 4.2.13No Comments

I am joining mighty metal comics man Colin Panetta for another free comics workshop for kids in Northampton, Mass. The Paint and Pixel Festival presents this workshop, which will happen every Thursday afternoon in April, from 4 to 5pm, at Modern Myths  comics store. Bring your kids or borrow one and show up ready to create. Check out the poster, a collaboration between Colin and my own 9 3/4 year old Ben.

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Wandermonster in Natural Child World magazine 3.18.13No Comments

The project my son and I collaborate on, Wandermonster, is featured in the latest issue of Natural Child World magazine. I share some thoughts on creative parenting and being a father, and there’s a pair of full page “before” Lunch Posts for anyone to finish.

We’re pretty excited about it, so grab a copy. You can find it at Barnes and Noble, Target, and Whole Foods, or from their site.

If you’re not familiar with Wandermonster, check out this quick video.

 

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Wandermonster free robot art workshop at FOE this Saturday 3.7.13No Comments

Our sister blog, Wandermonster, is hosting a free Robot Art Lab Workshop this Saturday, March 9th, at FOE Gallery, a bastion of middle brow epicness in Northampton, Massachusetts.

For the past five years, my son and I have created collaborative comics we call Lunch Posts. With this free art workshop, we’ll bring the parent & kid madness to the masses. We’ll be joined by Colin Panetta and Adam Connor, two wonderful comic artists. Thanks to Jim and Nicole Shea of FOE Gallery, we’ll be running the workshop surrounded by epic robot art, the Rise of the Robots! show.

We hope you’ll join us.

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Wondrous Tales of Old Japan 2.15.13No Comments

The play I’ve been working on opens Monday! I’ve been assisting director Charles Raffetto, transforming American teenagers into heroes, princesses, and ogres for Willliston Northampton school’s production of The Wondrous Tales of Old Japan.

Playwright David Furumoto retells four traditional Japanese stories in The Wondrous Tales, slathering these fairy tales in kabuki styling. Kabuki is a hyper-theatrical form of drama that has been performed in Japan since the 16th century. It has no Western equivalent…you’d need to make a cocktail of Shakespeare, opera, Warner Brothers cartoons, Fred Astaire, and puppetry to even approach it. I was fortunate to study kabuki with Shozo Sato, a gifted master of several Japanese arts, decorated with the Order of the Sacred Treasure,  and I hope I’ve been able to bring a taste of his teachings to our show.

I also created puppets, masks, and projection art for the production (though the best projections were painted by the talented Williston student Yuwei Cao).

My 9 1/2 year old son Ben is making me proud with his acting debut in the show, holding his own with the teenage cast.

If you are in Western Massachusetts, join us—the shows are specifically timed for the kids who have the week off from school. There are six performances, February 18–23, 3:30 pm, at Williston Northampton School.

 

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Free Robot Art Lab Workshop 2.12.13No Comments

Our sister blog, Wandermonster, is hosting a free Robot Art Lab Workshop on Saturday, March 9th, at FOE Gallery, a bastion of middle brow epicness in Northampton, Massachusetts.

For the past five years, my son and I have created collaborative comics we call Lunch Posts. With this free art workshop, we’ll bring the parent & kid madness to the masses. We’ll be joined by Colin Panetta and Adam Connor, two wonderful comic artists. Thanks to Jim and Nicole Shea of FOE Gallery, we’ll be running the workshop surrounded by epic robot art, the Rise of the Robots! show.

We hope you’ll join us.

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South Africa’s Magnet Theatre 2.3.13No Comments

I’m not much of a fanboy or groupie, but I feel pretty honored to have been able to create the poster for the US premiere of South African theatre company Magnet‘s Every Year, Every Day, I Am Walking. Three performers—two actor/dancers and a guitarist, who also composed the music for the show—craft an epic journey across a continent and through years. Using multiple languages, a handful of evocative props, and every muscle of their bodies, they tell the story of a mother and girl who flee the burning wreckage of their happy early life to become refugees in the bewildering new world of a South African metropolis.

Live theatre this good has a visceral power that awakens something in an audience that the texture-less perfection of digital media can never reach. Fortunately, we have artists like Magnet to keep physical, theatrical, performance alive. Unfortunately, this week of performances in Western Massachusetts is their only scheduled visit to the States. Hopefully some others in the US will follow the lead of UMass professor Megan Lewis and work to get Magnet to return to America.

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Wandermonster free kid art workshop 1.31.13No Comments

We are bringing Wandermonster to the physical world. We’re holding a free workshop of collaborative kid + adult art from 2pm to 5pm on Saturday, February 9th, at the awesome FOE Gallery in Northampton, Massachusetts. We’ll be joined by two talented comic-making friends: Adam Connor, and Colin Panetta. This will be part of FOE’s February show, Rise of the Robots! which opens the night before, Friday, Feburary 8th, from 6pm to 9pm. FOE looms over downtown Northampton like a kaiju over Tokyo, at 114 Main Street. Bring your kid, or borrow one from a friend.

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New logo for QED, Chicago’s Youth Mathematics Symposium 1.29.13No Comments

Last year, we designed a logo for the Payton Math Circle, run by Chicago’s much-lauded public high school, Walter Payton College Prep. Following the success of that mark, we were asked to create another logo for Payton Prep’s mathematics educator Paul Karafiol, recipient of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching. This logo is for QED, Chicago’s Youth Mathematics Symposium

This logo is based on Henry Perigal’s proof of the Pythagorean Theorem, a graphic representation that almost makes sense to a number-phobe like me.

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