Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Friday, October 23, 2015

Fortune Friday #63

Learning is a treasure which accompanies its owner everywhere.
 ~Chinese Proverb
The Girl with the Curious Hat visits Rodriguez Calero's
exhibit at El Museo del Barrio

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

El Museo del Barrio, NYC

Rodriguez Calero: Urban Martyrs and Latter Day Santos
Our Lady (Nuestra Senora), 2013
Urban Martyrs and Latter Day Santos is a wonderful retrospective of Calero's art.
Rodriguez Calero at El Museo del Barrio, NYC
Calero's work is powerful, 
and acts like a moonbeam piercing darkness.
Our Lady of Pop (Nuestra Senora del Pop), 2013 
She masterfully combines urban street culture with Catholic iconography and Medieval religious paintings to give us a luminous vision that evokes the spiritual. 

Jesus y Magdalena, 2000
Acrollage painting
Acrollage is Calero's original mixed media technique that combines intricate layers of acrylic mediums/paints with various washi papers and images.

Rodriguez Calero's exhibit will be on view until 19 December.

Monday, October 19, 2015

Make A Beautiful Book Workshop

Many thanks to everyone who attended the "Make a Beautiful Book" workshop and 
the library staff at Baltimore County Public Library, Parkville Branch.
We began with blank papers and turned them into books.
Everyone took home at least one hand-bound mini book.
At one point it became so quiet, with everyone working hard on their books.
This colorful 100 page accordion book was created by 5 year old Sasha.
My books were on view somewhere between "Fiction and Mystery"

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Life is a Hurricane

Now that my exhibit, Life is a Hurricane, is on view at the Baltimore County Public Library, Parkville Branch, I must finish my series Parodos.  (I have four more layers to go.)

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

The Pestle by Carl Antonowicz

During the month of October I want to take you on a tour through my library.  The first book I would like to feature is The Pestle by Carl Antonowicz.  

Beautifully hand bound, The Pestle is a thoughtful and provocative comic book loosely based on Il Schola Medica Salernitana, the first medical school of Christendom.
The Pestle by Carl Antonowicz
I had the pleasure of meeting Carl and asking him a few questions:

1.  Where did you study? 
I did my undergraduate degree at Austin College in Sherman, Texas, and my master's at the Center for Cartoon Studies in White River Junction, Vermont.

2.  I noticed that your books are hand bound.  Where did you learn how to bind books?

That would've been at the Center for Cartoon Studies. The amazingly talented and very friendly Jon Chad focuses a lot on bookmarking in his classes, which results in the production of many incredible handbound publications.

Page from The Pestle by Carl Antonowicz
3.  What is your greatest inspiration?
My greatest source of inspiration is my nonfiction reading. There are so many idiosyncrasies between what I learned in the Texas Public School system and what recorded history of the world actually is that I can crack almost any book of history and have my view of the past changed completely. Events in my own life also greatly inform character relationships and plot.

 4.  You create both the images and the text for your books.  Which comes first, the story line or the drawings?

Often they come at the same time. I used to work full-script, writing out all the dialogue and panel descriptions before I even started drawing the characters, which resulted, usually, in my needing to edit the script a lot more heavily before doing any pages. These days I tend to do tiny (usually around 1x2") sketches of the pages while I write the dialogue. Sometimes I'll type the script up, print it out and redraw those same sketches with a little more clarity just to make myself feel crazy. Then I draw the dang pages on 9x12" Bristol board, scan them into the computer, edit them for web/print in PhotoShop and compile them in InDesign.
Page from The Pestle by Carl Antonowicz

5.  Where do you create?

Where ever I can find the peace of mind and space to do so. I do a lot of my writing on the bus, which is a good way to utilize that otherwise idle time. I sometimes put my pages on a nice big piece of masonite that I can lug around while I go about my daily business. I've done pages in bars, cafes, restaurants, greyhound terminals, airports, moving cars, and laundromats.
If I had my druthers, I'd be able to work at my drawing desk in my apartment all the time, but it's hard to carve out that space when transportation and day jobs take so long.

6.  When did you know that you wanted to be an artist/creator?

I started drawing comics when I was a kid, 7 years old probably. I took an extended break from them when I was in high school, probably because of theatre, but also probably because I was already a skinny nerd and didn't want the further stigma of drawing comics on top of that. I picked it back up in college, and from the second pen touched paper I knew that this is what I wanted to do with my life.

7.  What is the one thing you want people to know about your work and process that I did not ask?

I'm continually excited by other people's responses to my work. Hearing what other people think--whether they like it, hate it, or have no opinions on it--is really what keeps me hunched over my pages. So, if your readers have interest in seeing more of my stuff, they can find a fair bit of it at Cantocomics.Wordpress.com. Interested parties can also email me at cantocomics@gmail.com.  You can get a copy of the second edition from me at cantocomics.bigcartel.com. 

Friday, October 9, 2015

Fortune Friday #62

People fool themselves.  They pray for a long life but fear old age.
  ~Chinese Proverb
Page from 365 series, 2015
Lucky color: Silver

Tuesday, October 6, 2015


Handmade in Baltimore with love . . .
Parodos, 19" x 24" linocut print, 2015

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Baltimore County Public Library

Parkville-Carney Branch Exhibition, Life is a Hurricane
Hanging my artwork at BCPL, Parkville-Carney Branch
Please stop by to see my art exhibition during the month of October.
One of a kind, handmade book with matching box on exhibit at BCPL, Parkville-Carney Branch
On Monday, October 19 at 7pm I will teach the "Make a Beautiful Book" workshop.
Baltimore County Book Arts Exhibition, October 2015
"Make a Beautiful Book" is FREE.
Life is a Hurricane Exhibition at BCPL 

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