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Comics and artwork created by cartoonist Mike Dawson, as well as podcast stuff, and other things too.

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Everything is political.

mikedawwwson:

Everything is political.

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Sketchbook comic about Kajieme Powell’s death at the hands of police on August 19th.

The video that the bystander recorded and the police released, apparently to exonerate themselves, is very disturbing. The police go to their guns too easily too often. There is less than half a minute between the time they pull up and the moment where this man is shot to death. Again, they must have had some knowledge of his potentially disturbed mental state - the reason the police were called seems to be because the man was acting strange. Other police arrive on the scene within a minute.

For more thoughts on this incident I thought this link was good.

I saw this video too, and it shook me very deeply.  In this society we hold institutional authority too dear and human life far too cheap.


Agree. Well put.
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ANNOUNCING BROOKLYN BOOK FESTIVAL COMICS PANELS AND BOOKEND EVENTS! →

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FESTIVAL EVENTS ON 9/21/2014 

Locations surrounding Borough Hall Plaza, see more at www.brooklynbookfestival.org

BROOKLYN HISTORICAL SOCIETY (128 Pierrepont St.)

10:00 A.M. Single Facing City: Coming of Age Comics. New graphic narratives by popular comics creators Mike Dawson (Angie…


Comics Panels at the Brooklyn Book Festival are announced, and I’m on one of them.
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New TCJ Talkies: Caitlin McGurk and Jim Rugg on Ghost World and The Death Ray by Dan Clowes.

Jim Rugg and Caitlin McGurk are my guests for this episode where we’re chatting about the depictions of teenage friendships in the books of Dan Clowes.

There’s a photo of Dan Clowes sitting at his drawing table that I’d seen floating around the Internet, and it had made me think he works very large. Here’s the photo in question. Caitlin, who has seen a lot of Clowes original pages, informs me otherwise. It looks like the pages he’s drawing in the photo are the endpapers from the big Death Ray hardcover, so maybe those are drawn larger than usual.

Caitlin McGurk is the Engagement Coordinator for the Billy Ireland Museum and has also worked for The Center for Cartoon Studies’ Schulz Library, the Bulliet Comics Collection of Columbia University, and Marvel Comics. At Billy Ireland, she is tasked with cultivating and raising awareness of the collection among students, comics communities, and the greater public. It is a mission she tackles with pleasure, sharing the treasures of the collection through social networking, classroom instruction and workshops, building relationships with contemporary cartoonists, and giving presentations at conferences and conventions. She has also written for Diamond Comics’ Bookshelf magazine for educators and librarians, published her own comics, and remains active in the comics community at large.

Jim Rugg makes comics, books, drawings, illustrations, and designs. His books and comics include
Street Angel, Afrodisiac, The PLAIN Janes, Rambo 3.5, Notebook Drawings, and Supermag. He has exhibited drawings at iam8bit, Gallery1988, Mondo, and the Society of Illustrators. Honors include an Ignatz Award, The Pittsburgh Foundation’s Investing in Professional Artists grant, and AIGA’s 50 Books/50 Covers selection for best-designed books. He teaches classes in the MFA Visual Narrative program at the School of Visual Arts and co-hosts BoingBoing.net’s Tell Me Something I Don’t Know podcast.

Mike Dawson is a cartoonist whose books include
Freddie & Me, Troop 142, and Angie Bongiolatti. Follow him on twitter and Tumblr.

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#Dan Clowes  #ghost world  #Jim Rugg  #The Death Ray  #Caitlin McGurk  #The Comics Journal 
http://www.mikedawsoncomics.com/post/95911034261/this-is-an-example-of-an-angie-bongiolatti-page-i →
I don’t know how to reply to a reply, but Frank Santoro popped up pretty quickly to let me know that squishing the grid doesn’t work.

“if you squish the circles it doesnt work :) Measure the width of the page then measure up from the bottom - define the bottom square - then define the top square - then make the circles within the squares http://www.tcj.com/layout-workbook-4/

This is why I introduce myself as Comics Animist Mike Dawson, and not Comics Formalist Mike Dawson.
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#process  #frank santoro 

This is an example of an Angie Bongiolatti page I made where I considered Frank Santoro style grid theories while working on the layout. I think it came out nicely. I didn’t think too deeply about it, I just drew the circles and diagonals on the page before starting the layout*. There are probably ways to improve upon these layouts. I imagine Frank has a lot of ideas about how this works, and I think he knows what he’s talking about.

Either way, I think it was a simple way for me to make this page stronger.

I don’t think of myself as a natural comics formalist. It’s an area where I could certainly improve.

* I had to squish the grid layer in Photoshop to make it more narrow to match the dimensions of my comics page. Maybe this screws things up a bit. I think it still basically works.

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#process  #frank santoro 
Fear the Chief #wip

Fear the Chief #wip

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#wip 

It’s the first ever Ink Panthers Show podcast! Listen to Mike and Alex fumbling their way onto the air, and into your hearts.

Original airdate: June 24, 2009

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#The Ink Panthers Show! 

Sketchbook comic about Kajieme Powell’s death at the hands of police on August 19th.

The video that the bystander recorded and the police released, apparently to exonerate themselves, is very disturbing. The police go to their guns too easily too often. There is less than half a minute between the time they pull up and the moment where this man is shot to death. Again, they must have had some knowledge of his potentially disturbed mental state - the reason the police were called seems to be because the man was acting strange. Other police arrive on the scene within a minute.

For more thoughts on this incident I thought this link was good.

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#sketch comic  #kajieme powell 

An American Werewolf in London

This week I was a guest on the Nerd Geek Dork podcast talking about An American Werewolf in London, one of my favorite movies ever, in part because of warm fuzzy nostalgic memories of watching it over and over again at my Grandma’s house when I was a little kid (it was the only movie they had on video, so we’d watch it almost every time we visited).

But, it’s not just nostalgia that makes me love the movie so much. If that’s all it took, then I’d have love in my heart for the Carry On movies or Benny Hill, which I don’t. I like horror movies, but most horror movies are dull waits for the horror bits to happen. Not the case with American Werewolf. The movie is entertaining in it’s own right. It’s funny. The friendship between Jack and David is believable. Unlike many teen horror movies, I feel there’s some allowance in this film for David to be upset about what happens to him and Jack on the moors, there’s room for him to mourn his friend (somewhat - we don’t see any tearful breakdowns - but the fact that he’d be traumatized by the attack plays into the plot nicely).

Not a lot of detail is ever given about Jack and David’s background. We assume they’re roughly college aged. They’re young enough that they still seem like kids, but old enough that apparently David’s parents don’t feel the need to come to the UK to be with him when he’s comatose for three weeks. That part’s a bit weird. I feel like his parents would come out, whatever the cost of airfare.

When I was a kid in England I’d have no sense of what kinds of guys Jack and David were, but I’ve been interested to realize upon more recent viewings that they’re guys from Long Island, and that David is Jewish. These are very much the kinds of people I now know very well. I read this one article about the possible significance of David’s Judaism.

The story of a man equipped only by his wit (if not his wits) in a country that neither understands nor particularly wants him. A man who is dazed by his recent bloody and brutal ordeal who does his very best to get along, despite being racked by the guilt and self-hatred of knowing what he is inside. I’m not arguing that director John Landis set out to make a hairy Jewish allegory, I’m just saying that there was an incidental subtext that continues to speak to and comfort me almost 30 years later.

My daughter is currently six, so I’ve not yet shown her the movie, but I figure in a few years she’ll be ready.

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#americanwerewolfinlondon  #freddie & me  #judaism 
#tbt #RISK #the90s

#tbt #RISK #the90s

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#the90s  #tbt  #risk 
More War of the Worlds drawing in progress

More War of the Worlds drawing in progress

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#war of the worlds  #tom cruise