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Portraits of Justice

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Two new portraits in my portfolio for 2017! First up is a digital portrait of pioneering Stonewall gay and trans rights activist Marsha P. Johnson, in the colors of the Transgender Pride flag for Trans Day of Visibility. When questioned by a judge what the “P” stood for, her famous reply was “Pay It No Mind.” Apparently this was the response she also gave to anybody who inquired after her gender.

Next, in watercolor, is Jesuit priest Father Daniel Berrigan, the Catholic anti-war and nonviolence activist. The composition is inspired by traditional icons of the prophet Jeremiah (a subject of Fr. Berrigan’s writing); the prophetic scroll includes an excerpt from one of his best-known poems, “Tulips in the Prison Yard.”

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Martha P. Johnson, digital, 2017

 

 

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Father Daniel Berrigan, watercolor, 2017

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One of the highlights of Emerald City Comicon this year was moderating a panel with the talented cartoonists Lucy Bellwood One of the highlights for me was moderating a panel with the talented cartoonists Lucy Bellwood , David Malki ! , and Kory Bing . Its full title was The Power Was In You All Along: how to turn your weird talents and unusual obsessions into authentic, original art.

XOXO Festival  co-founder and blessed angel Andy Mcmillan  was on hand to record the panel for us. We reference some of our visual work in the talk, so you can click through the presentation slides in the viewer under the audio player below!

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Emerald City Comicon, March 2-5!

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eccc_petportraitsI’ll be exhibiting and paneling at the Emerald City Comicon in Seattle this weekend, March 2-5! Come find me at the Topatoco booth, #1102,  right in the Skybridge.

I’ll have all of my books, a selection of prints both new and old, stickers, and more!

We recently adopted a real sweetheart of a rescue dog, Teddy “Roosevelt” Meconis. Teddy was a neglected stray, so he’s a liiiiittle behind on his healthcare. To help pay his vet bills, I’ll be hand painting wee original watercolor commissions of your very own money pits pets! 

I have a collection of ridiculously ornate miniature picture frames (collected over years of visits to art supply shops, and thrift shop expeditions), so your doggo, tabby, gerbil, python, or rancho will not just be painted, but enshrined.

There will be a limited number of commission slots available, so come find me ASAP.

I’m on two delightful panels this year as well!

First, join me for a topic that I’ll be moderating:

The Power Was In You All Along: How to Turn your Weird Talents and Unusual Obsessions into Authentic, Original Art

The creative world is full of copycats and trend-followers. It’s tempting to go with the crowd, but what if the real secret to success is…originality? And what if your best ideas lie hidden in your weirdest skills and most unusual passions? Join panelists Lucy Bellwood (Baggywrinkles), Kory Bing (Skin Deep), David Malki ! (Wondermark), and Dylan Meconis (Bite Me!, Family Man) as they explain how to turn your passion for underwater basketweaving (…or whatever!) into a creative goldmine.

Thursday Mar 02, 2017, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Room WSCC 604 (6th floor)

Then join me on Saturday as I participate in this fabulousness:

The World of DRIVE

Come hear in-depth, behind-the-scenes talk about the fan-favorite comic, DRIVE. Join creator Dave Kellett and special guests as they talk about the 9-year scifi series, and this weekend’s ECCC premier of the huge new hardcover. And since DRIVE was nominated for “Best Long-Form Comic” by the National Cartoonist Society, you’ll also get sneak peeks of what’s ahead in that long-form story! You may even win a giveaway of the new book!

Saturday Mar 04, 2017, 2:45 PM – 3:45 PM
Room WSCC 604 (6th floor)

I’ll see you all there! You can follow me on Twitter for any show-related announcements.

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Appearance: Oregon Historical Society

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I’ll be appearing at the Oregon Historical Society on Thursday, Dec. 1st for a panel discussion! The panel is being held in conjunction with OHS’s amazing exhibit on comics in Oregon. (My Eisner-nominated short comic Outfoxed is part of the exhibit.) Other panelists will include my two studiomates Colleen Coover and Cat Farris, as well as syndicated cartoonist Jan Eliot (Stone Soup).

Details below! Note that the event is free and open to the public.

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Artistic Business: Oregon Cartoonists on their Work and the Industry

Presented by Colleen Coover, Jan Eliot, Cat Farris, and Dylan Meconis, moderated by Dr. Susan Kirtley

Join us for a wide-ranging discussion among a diverse group of working Oregon comic artists, moderated by Dr. Susan Kirtley, director of the Comics Studies program at Portland State University.

Free and open to the public
Thursday, December 1, 2016
7PM – 8:30PM

  • Family-friendly

Oregon Historical Society
1200 SW Park Ave
Portland, Oregon 97205

More details, and directions, at the OHS website.

Art of the Day!

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Recent personal art from my drawing board. I’m currently working on three separate publishing projects as well as client work, so squeezing in a few minutes to draw for myself has become both more difficult and more important!

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Spring 2016 Appearances

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2016 won’t be a big touring year for me, as I’ll be spending most of it with my nose to the grindstone – that is, the drafting table – working hard on my forthcoming middle grade graphic novel, Queen of the Sea. But you can still catch me in person at a few select events!

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Emerald City Comicon, April 7-11, Seattle WA. Tickets still available for Thursday.
Floor Location: Booth 1214 (Periscope Studio) 

I’ll be selling books, art, stickers, and original art, as well as taking commissions, all four days. Buy a book and get a free sketch inside! I’ll have my convention-exclusive 2016 sketchbook for sale, as well as a sneak preview copy of Family Man Volume 2. 

I’ll also be appearing on the following panels:

Behind the Panels: Daily Life in America’s Biggest Comics Studio
Apr 08, 2016, 5:15 PM – 6:15 PM, T305
Two dozen cartoonists. Thousands of pages of comics. One office suite! Find out how the members of the Northwest’s own Periscope Studio produce some of your favorite, award-winning work – from Marvel titles to all-ages webcomics – all while sharing the same fridge. Members will share exclusive behind-the-scenes photos, stories, and free audience giveaways! Moderated by Dylan Meconis (Family Man, Bite Me!), featuring Steve Lieber (Superior Foes of Spider-Man), Jeff Parker (Meteor Men, Justice League United), Leila del Duca (Shutter), Erika Moen (OJST), and Cat Farris (Emily the Strange).

Legally Yours: A Creator’s Guide to Working Within (and Around) the Law
Apr 10, 2016, 10:45 AM – 11:45 AM, W3A
Join cartoonist Dylan Meconis (Family Man, Bite Me!) and attorney Katie Lane (WorkMadeForHire.net) as they tackle the ins, outs, and arounds of working as an independent creator without losing your shirt. They’ll show you how to handle quirky contracts, unpaid invoices, and demanding clients like a pro. Perfect for anyone interested in a creative career.

 


Alaska Robotics Minicon

Alaska Robotics Mini-Con and Artist Camp, April 22-26, Juneau AK. Tickets online soon, or at door!
Floor Location: I’ll be pretty easy to find!

I’ll be in beautiful Juneau, Alaska for just the second time ever, for this first-time ever convention! Organized by local creative dynamos and retailers extraordinaire, Pat Race and Aaron Suring, this show has an insanely great guest list the likes of which has never before been seen North of the 49th parallel!

I’ll also be making some limited classroom/library appearances, then I’ll be joining the rest of the show’s special guests for a limited-space Artist Camp, where attendees will be treated to some exclusive workshops and master classes.

 


 

Linework NW

Linework NW, May 21, Portland OR. Free admission.
Floor Location: TBA 

I’ll be appearing on Saturday of this fabulous indie convention – then on Sunday I’ll be an attendee, as they swap out their entire exhibitor floor! Organized by local retailers and creators, Linework packs a huge diversity of creators from all over the country into Portland’s own Norse Hall. You can expect food trucks outside, an excellent soundtrack inside, and more art, zines, minicomics, and graphic novels than you can shake a stick at. (Or put a bird on.)

Characters Made For Hire

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One of my favorite ongoing gigs in the world is providing artwork for the business classes given by my wife, Katie Lane.

Katie is an attorney who specializes in representing independent creators, and she also devotes a sizable chunk of her time to education – introducing current and future creative professionals to useful tools for tackling the uncreative side of the industry.

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If you’re going to be talking to artists, you’d better have a compelling presentation! We’re storytellers by nature – you can’t just unload a wall of jargon-y bullet points in Times New Roman interspersed with a few pixelated stock photos and expect to blow us away.

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Luckily for all of us, Katie’s a great storyteller too, and her presentations are full of relatable characters who walk (and stumble) through tricky but familiar business scenarios.  And luckily for Katie, she’s married to an illustrator who loves envisioning some of these folks…amyjonah

…(and getting to use her fun black/white/grey/orange color scheme).

So here are some of my favorites from one of her most recent online courses. If you’re a creative pro interested in buffing up your business skills, learning more about how contracts work, or making negotiations a little less stressful, I highly recommend Katie’s blog and Twitter feed!
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November Art of the Day!

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Another month, another set of daily drawings! Here are some of my favorites from the last thirty days.

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Sirin and Negret from Kate Milford’s lovely middle-grade novel Greenglass House.

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Coming in 2018: Queen of the Sea

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From the latest edition of Publisher’s Weekly / Children’s Bookshelf, an exciting announcement!

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You’ll be hearing and seeing plenty more about this in the months to come, but for now it’s exciting just to say in public that it’s happened! I love this story  and the artistic challenge it represents for me, and I really look forward to speaking with a young audience. Thank you to Barry and to Susan for taking me up on it!

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Art of the Days!

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A few recent art of the day entries from September/October. It was a very busy month with lots of conferences, public appearances, family visits, and travel, so I was grateful to sneak in what doodles I could!

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Most of my spare drawing time was devoted to Your Distant Homeland, my short story companion for Dave Kellett’s extraordinary space opera comic Drive. I kicked off a series of guest works that will be syndicated alongside the main story over the coming year. The final page goes live on the website later this week!

Here’s the first of the story’s 14 pages. Click to visit the Drive website to read it at full size!

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