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Blast Furnace Funnies by Frank Santoro
I got this a SPX over the weekend. Just finished reading it now. It’s really great. Has me thinking about my own childhood, the locations and environments that I grew up around. 
It’s printed on newsprint. Large. You open it up wide and the spreads fill your field of view. You’re in there. 
We don’t read comics in this size really. Newspaper comic strips were presented like this, sure. But never a single narrative. Just tons of different comic strips and styles fighting for your attention.
It’s very different (for me, anyway) to have a single comic be this big. I remember seeing that huge Little Nemo book that printed McCay’s comics at the large original size. Seeing the art at that size does make it feel different. Just the physicality of reading it changes how you experience it.
I found myself scanning over each large panel, my eyes doing dolly moves and pans, looking at the fields and houses Santoro drew. Perhaps the large size helped dictate the speed I read it. Or the narration broken up with “silent” panels of landscapes, trains, skies.
Whatever it was, I really dug it. 
I recommend you buy a copy and read it. Preferably late at night/early in the morning when you’ve got the world to yourself. (That’s just my romanticized opinion of how you should do it…But I’m right!)

Blast Furnace Funnies by Frank Santoro

I got this a SPX over the weekend. Just finished reading it now. It’s really great. Has me thinking about my own childhood, the locations and environments that I grew up around. 

It’s printed on newsprint. Large. You open it up wide and the spreads fill your field of view. You’re in there. 

We don’t read comics in this size really. Newspaper comic strips were presented like this, sure. But never a single narrative. Just tons of different comic strips and styles fighting for your attention.

It’s very different (for me, anyway) to have a single comic be this big. I remember seeing that huge Little Nemo book that printed McCay’s comics at the large original size. Seeing the art at that size does make it feel different. Just the physicality of reading it changes how you experience it.

I found myself scanning over each large panel, my eyes doing dolly moves and pans, looking at the fields and houses Santoro drew. Perhaps the large size helped dictate the speed I read it. Or the narration broken up with “silent” panels of landscapes, trains, skies.

Whatever it was, I really dug it. 

I recommend you buy a copy and read it. Preferably late at night/early in the morning when you’ve got the world to yourself. (That’s just my romanticized opinion of how you should do it…But I’m right!)

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I got my Ledr Tool Roll this week.  I had backed their Kickstarter. 

So far I’m loving it. Great size. Leather feels and smells good.

Coupled with my larger pen/brush roll and sketchbook cover, I think I’ve got enough leather items in my kit and should probably slow down this madness.

Maybe.

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comicsworkbook:

Aaron F. Gonzalez - aaronfg.tumblr.com Made for Comics Workbook

comicsworkbook:

Aaron F. Gonzalez - aaronfg.tumblr.com 
Made for Comics Workbook

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Still sneaking in sketchbook stuff when I can

Still sneaking in sketchbook stuff when I can

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At the Museum of the Moving Image for a screening of "Love is Strange" waiting for the movie to start.
Those are chairs on the stage for the Q&A after.

At the Museum of the Moving Image for a screening of "Love is Strange" waiting for the movie to start.

Those are chairs on the stage for the Q&A after.

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Quick sketchbook comic update


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Still working on that headache comic.

Still working on that headache comic.

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Some of the shapes my kneaded eraser takes on as I work.

Some of the shapes my kneaded eraser takes on as I work.

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My MoCCA 2014 haul.
I only got to go Saturday since my sinus/cold issues got worse later that day and Sunday.  Boo…
Here’s what I got (starting from the top left):
1. The Comics journal Cartoonist’s Diary March 10-14 by Mike Dawson. This is a printed mini version of the diary comics he recently did for The Comics Journal. In case you haven’t read Mike’s 4 part run over at tcj.com, go do that now. 
2. Sofia the First by Mike Dawson. Another comic that started online. This time for Slate.
3. Angie Bongiolatti by Mike Dawson. Yeah I bought everything Mike was selling that I didn’t already have. What of it?  This is his latest book. Haven’t read this yet, but I’m looking forward to diving in this week.
Mike Dawson on Tumblr: mikedawwwson
4. This Won’t Last by Claire Connely.  I have only recently found Claire Connely’s work on tumblr but I love her linework. Nice and loose and feels alive.
I had already read this comic online, but I like to support people’s work when I see them in person at a con. She makes good comics. Go read them. 
Claire Connely on Tumblr: thinkillustration
5. I’m a Shark. A Nimona Zine by Noelle Stevenson.  I love Stevenson’s artwork. Nimona is great fun. Go read that.
6. Art print by Noelle Stevenson. Hopefully this will get a frame and go up on my wall soon.
Noelle Stevenson on Tumblr: gingerhazeNimona: http://gingerhaze.com/nimona
7. Dash: The Case of theMysterious Zita Makara by Dave Ebersole and Delia Gable.  I met Delia from a comics meetup here in NYC and she had shown me the early art for this before. Glad to grab the preview now.
Also, the back of this comic has a sketches section showing all of the different cover ideas and thumbnails of pages along with commentary by Delia showing the process. (There’s a similar post on their wordpress site here). I love this sort of thing and wish more people would do it. 
8. A print of “KishKish”. This is apparently a character in an upcoming comic titled "The Realm of REM" by Tommel Designs. You can see more of the art here. I just loved the art and stopped to chat up the artist. Great stuff.
And that’s it!
MoCCA looked way better this year as a whole. I still miss the beautiful bright white pillars of the puck building, but at least MoCCA is no longer this dark, sweaty, hot depressing place that it had become. Glad to see it’s back on track to being a great NY con.

My MoCCA 2014 haul.

I only got to go Saturday since my sinus/cold issues got worse later that day and Sunday.  Boo…

Here’s what I got (starting from the top left):

1. The Comics journal Cartoonist’s Diary March 10-14 by Mike Dawson. This is a printed mini version of the diary comics he recently did for The Comics Journal. In case you haven’t read Mike’s 4 part run over at tcj.com, go do that now

2. Sofia the First by Mike Dawson. Another comic that started online. This time for Slate.

3. Angie Bongiolatti by Mike Dawson. Yeah I bought everything Mike was selling that I didn’t already have. What of it?  This is his latest book. Haven’t read this yet, but I’m looking forward to diving in this week.

Mike Dawson on Tumblr: mikedawwwson

4. This Won’t Last by Claire Connely.  I have only recently found Claire Connely’s work on tumblr but I love her linework. Nice and loose and feels alive.

I had already read this comic online, but I like to support people’s work when I see them in person at a con. She makes good comics. Go read them

Claire Connely on Tumblr: thinkillustration

5. I’m a Shark. A Nimona Zine by Noelle Stevenson.  I love Stevenson’s artwork. Nimona is great fun. Go read that.

6. Art print by Noelle Stevenson. Hopefully this will get a frame and go up on my wall soon.

Noelle Stevenson on Tumblrgingerhaze
Nimonahttp://gingerhaze.com/nimona

7. Dash: The Case of theMysterious Zita Makara by Dave Ebersole and Delia Gable.  I met Delia from a comics meetup here in NYC and she had shown me the early art for this before. Glad to grab the preview now.

Also, the back of this comic has a sketches section showing all of the different cover ideas and thumbnails of pages along with commentary by Delia showing the process. (There’s a similar post on their wordpress site here). I love this sort of thing and wish more people would do it. 

8. A print of “KishKish”. This is apparently a character in an upcoming comic titled "The Realm of REM" by Tommel Designs. You can see more of the art here. I just loved the art and stopped to chat up the artist. Great stuff.

And that’s it!

MoCCA looked way better this year as a whole. I still miss the beautiful bright white pillars of the puck building, but at least MoCCA is no longer this dark, sweaty, hot depressing place that it had become. Glad to see it’s back on track to being a great NY con.

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He’s not happy

He’s not happy