If you’ve heard of the old radio shows from yester year like The Shadow or Halloween classics like War of the Worlds then you’ll like the modern day twist Hartlife, a team of multimedia actors and artists, has given the old genre. While strolling through artist alley, their booth caught my eye and I spoke to director Jeffrey Gardner about their newfangled internet audio drama.
Funny how small the world is. Turns out Jeffrey and I are coworkers. We both began working at the Museum of Science & Industry earlier this year. I bumped into him in the museum one day a few weeks ago, months after this interview, and said “Hey, do you have an internet radio show?” He said yeah and remembered us talking at ComicCon this past summer. It was great catching up with him again.
Be sure to catch up on episodes of Hartlife’s Our Fair City, save the site and drop the guys a line to tell them how much you enjoyed it.
When we began this year’s weekend Science Achievers program at the Museum of Science and Industry, our manager in the Fab Lab had us facilitators create introductory PowerPoints as a way of introducing us to the kids. I chose to share my favorite T.V. scientists from my youth and a couple from science history who inspired me to become a technologist. Take a look at the presentation and you’ll get to me a little better too.
Still can’t figure out how I pursued engineering first before science later in life (engineers don’t have cool T.V. shows, scientists do!) but I have my act together now – LOL. Really enjoyed putting this together. It affirmed my combined scientific and artistic pursuits in my current life.
This was my group interview presentation for my current job as a fab lab facilitator at the Museum of Science and Industry. I’ve always liked physics and astronomy so I figured I’d take it back to “how it all began”. Our objective for the interview was to pretend that we were giving a real science workshop to kids. Our audience was the group of us interviewing plus a number of museum staff. Take a look at mine.
One of the goals of the fab lab is to have kids make something that they can take home with them. I had an activity where they created an atom out of pipe cleaners and wagon wheel pasta that took home as there personally made souvenir. I had a good time with it. Most importantly, I got the job
I was inspired to do some personal Photoshop work after Felix Baumgartner’s record breaking space jump a few weeks ago and created this as a Facebook Cover. I split the composition between two layers with left and right halves and learned a new tool in the process to blend the two together. The smudge tool is amazing. I just stumbled across is while poking through the menu. It’s officially a fave to use in any abstract work I do from now on.
You’ll notice from the screen shot below that all the real work happens on layers 1 and 2, the left and right half mentioned earlier. This image blending technique is easy to employ by simply keeping both layers open and working along the intersecting border to create cool transitions.
I’ve decided to continue improving my Photoshop composition skills by regularly updating my Facebook Cover with original digital work. You’ll be seeing those here as I create them.
I’ve used this as a head shot on some of my social media profiles. It’s not me but I do favor a cool beret in cool weather. What do you think of it?Read More
Uraeus – also known as Richard Tyler – is the creator of the Jaycen Wise comic book. I took the opportunity to talk to him about his time traveling character who has made such an impact on the indie comics scene that it garnered him an interview from a local Baltimore news station. He talked about the follow up benefit of that interview including enhanced branding and awareness of the character in addition to more Facebook friends and well wishes via email. Take a look at the vid.
We talked further on other points including how cool it was to me as a father that his sons were the inspiration for getting the Jaycen Wise series of the ground. He mentioned how we sometimes have to create the images that we want our children to take in. I could definitely relate to that. he took it as an obligation to do it himself instead of waiting for other entities to provide something appropriate and acceptable. And as we artists know, there’s no barrier to doing that with the current state of individual access to advanced technology.
As for current and upcoming Jaycen Wise adventures, check out Ureaus’ first motion comic Jacycen Wise and the Eye of the Storm, a modern day not-just-your-average jewel heist produced in 2010. He’s working on motion co mic number two, Jaycen Wise on the Road to Infinity, due to be released in the next couple of months. It’s set in the cowboy era and he’s taking the opportunity to teach how the black cowboys helped settle the wild west.
Ureaus says he has about twenty Jaycen Wise stories in various stages of production, some of which are dropping later this years and others in 2013 so stay tuned for the next adventure. Not only that but friend the Jaycen Wise Facebook Page and keep up with all of the series updates.
So, how do you get gigs or work with people you admire in the comics industry? Same as in any other profession. Networking.
So the next time you’re at a comic convention or similar event strike up a conversation with that other creative you’ve always wanted to meet and get your juices flowing together for the next great collaboration.
You’ve seen him referenced in a couple of earlier videos and now we profile the man himself. Joe McFee is the creator of Exigency Studios one of the independent African American companies representative of The Black Age of Comics. I first met Joe the way I’ve been meeting a lot of my artistic professional connections over the last three years, on Facebook. We met in person at ComicCon 2011. Fellow blogger Marcie Hill is asking the questions this time while I shoot. Here’s the interview.
Joe has been amassing a cadre of comic artists in his sphere of influence, most notably Kim Moseberry and Joe Currie. Kim is the interior page artist for the AWF comic series beginning at Issue #2 and Joe Currie of Strictly Underground Comics, hangs out with him with assorted comic conventions and events. And as he mentioned in the vid that’s Adrian Adams making an appearance behind Joe. He has done promo and poster work for the Amazonia Title.
Joe and Xigency have been producing books at a consistent clip so keep an eye out for their latest projects.
Shining a Light on the Hopes & Dreams of Chicago’s Youth is the subtitle of the new exhibit at HumanThread Gallery Gallery in Chicago. We Too Are Chicago! is the show featuring my wife Ramona Dallum Lindsey and Trish Williams. As the focus was on our youth, they also included a very talented high school photographer Gerald Brown. Gerry is going into her junior year of high school and she’s already an extremely gifted shutterbug. Keep an eye out for her emerging career.
While these ladies of the realm of still imagery were the focus of the show, I had a contribution as well. It was my first non-academic collaboration. I created a hand drawn Flash animation to an original score, including a narration of the poem We Too Are Chicago! written by Ramona. It’s really great the way all this came together. I had been trying for some time to figure out how to network with students in the DePaul School of Music. Only a few weeks ago I created a flyer with tear-offs containing my contact information stating that I wanted to collaborate with music students on future animation projects. I posted it on the bulletin board at the music school and a couple of weeks later a student named Matt Martin contacted me and said he’d like to talk. Take a look at the vid and I’ll give you all the background on the other side.
Matt and I met in one of the animation labs in my academic building and talked for a while, getting to know each others’ musical tastes. I showed him a few of my old animations along with the music I had selected for each. After talking about how we might work together Matt asked me when I thought I’d like to do our first joint project. I said I was thinking about the fall when I begin my final project for graduation but he might also be interested in putting something together for this project I’m doing with my wife in less than a week in case he had something on the shelf he wanted to try or an idea in his head that he could compose really fast.
I told him the gist of We Too Are Chicago and themes of perceived “hopeless”ness and striving for “hopeful”ness and achievement. He put his band of musical classmates together and they came up with a nice piece. And as it turns out I wound up gauging my work method to complete the animation. My first approach had been to create my imagery based on the lyrics from the poem but after hearing Matt’s song I decided to change tack and take visual inspiration from musical inspiration. This proved to be extremely helpful proving how music and visuals naturally compliment each other. The end result seemed to fit the spirit of the the poem. I added your Miss Whitney Jackson’s narrated track on top of it all which helped me tweak a few edits of the animated tracks and it all came together.
I’m looking forward to future collaborations with Matt. Special thanks to him and his band of merry musicians, Brett Tolcher, Kyle Licolci,Tucker Glidwell, Brandon Allen and Joe Sanchez. My animation will only be on display through Friday, July 13th, the evening of the Pilsen Art Walk but the work of the featured artists will be on display through August 3rd at HumanThread Gallery at 645 W. 18th St., Chicago, IL 60616.
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I had to laugh at myself after I finally got around to editing this video because I realized I had made the same mistake twice when I interviewed Joe Curry, the creator of the Punx of Rage universe of characters. Joe is the owner of Strictly Underground Comics but I mistakenly ask him about The Street Team which is a totally different team combination that his characters are a part of. So you’ll have to credit my error to the fact that I was still trying to figure out the various affiliations and collaborations he’s involved with . But hey it makes for good organic film making so check out the vid and get to know Joe.
Joe and I had met before at the DuSable Museum of African American History’s Annual Arts and Crafts Festival in the summer of 2011 and that’s where I hung out with him and a number of other Black Age of Comics creatives who were sharing a vendor tent. That meeting was the result of having friended him and a few other local indie comics owners on Facebook and finally catching up face to face so, thanks Joe for bringing this rising animator into your world. It’s a great professional match in my book and I’m looking forward to some collaborations of my own with this crowd.
Keep you eyes peeled for more great issues from The Punx of Rage, The Almighty Street Team, including their first video game which you can purchase here.
If you’ve ever seen a body building competition on T.V. and thought to yourself, “Hummm, they would look like natural super heroes if they had costumes.”, then your intuition is spot on. La’Drissa Bonivel is an IFBB Pro (sculpted women of La’Drissa’s ilk aren’t called body builders they are called women’s physique pros) and she travels nationally for competitions. She also has gigs as a super hero model for a couple of characters, Diva Gold and Prodigy created respectively by Chicago indie comic book creators Joe McFee’s Xigency Studios and Joe Currie’s Strictly Underground Comics. I had the opportunity to meet her in person at Chicago Comic-Con 2011. Take a look at the video and learn more about her ventures in the world of comics and professional fitness.
La’Drissa is a multitalented lady as is evidenced by her other business endeavors. She calls herself a tri-factor as a skin care pro, yoga instructor & personal trainer. She’s also a motivational speaker. Check out her company Loyal Body and see if she can’t be of service to you in some way.
Her star is on the rise so I wouldn’t be surprised to see her competing on T.V. or beating bad guys on film some day soon.
Kim Moseberry is one of the comic artists who works with Joe McFee, the founder and owner of Xigency Studios in Chicago. You’ll learn more about Joe in a future post but this one is about a very talented young lady who Marcie and I got a chance to talk to at the Xigency booth at Chicago Comic-Con 2011.
We had a good time talking to Kim and I even got a copy of the mermaid pirate print. She is a really talented artist. Check out website that she mentions in the interview and you’ll see what I mean. It’s a nice portfolio of work. Kim and the Xigency team are building up their name on the comic circuit. I look forward to great work from them.