Clowes’ Chicago

I’m in Chicago this weekend for the 2013 American Library Association annual conference (woo, librarian party!), and lucky me, the Oakland Museum of California-organized Daniel Clowes retrospective that I lusted after from across the country will now be opening in Chicago this Saturday at the Museum of Contemporary Art!  Will have to see if I have time to see this…  or do anything else besides party hard with all those librarians…

Chicago illustration by Daniel Clowes

Chicago illustration by Daniel Clowes

This illustration is part of a pair of murals made specially for the Chicago version of the show, depicting as they do his own memories of Chicago, his birth town.  Looking forward to seeing me some Ghost World art!

I’m in Chicago, Probably!

Flying to Chicago today for the American Library Association‘s annual conference, so here’s some stuff from Kander & Ebb‘s 1975 musical Chicago, cuz why not.

1975 Chicago production

1975 premiere Chicago production, from NYPL Digital Gallery

And here’s Bebe Neuwirth‘s Tony-winning turn as Velma Kelly in the 1996 revival:

Verrry slinky…

Comic Con at your Library Con

So tomorrow I’m flying out to Chicago for the 2013 American Library Association annual conference.  Thankfully, there’s a set of events I have to go to, otherwise I wouldn’t have known how to choose…  However, I was excited to see there’s a whole con within a con devoted to Comics, called the GraphiCon!  Click the link to see all the relevant panels, talks, and events.

There’s a whole Artists Alley with big names like Raina Telgemeier, Gene Luen Yang, Faith Erin Hicks, & Paul Pope, and even a Zine Pavilion of local zinesters!  There’s the annual Eisner award for Libraries that provides one lucky library with a full set of Eisner‘s work, works nominated for this year’s Eisner Awards, and a further budget for buying comics.

Individual creators like Dave Roman, Matt Kindt, & Jeffrey Brown get their own spotlight events, there are plenty of panels on new releases, discussions on comics for teens, library collecting of comics, comics in the age of e-publishing, and even talks and events about making comics!

All this on its own would be a pretty excellent con in its own right  😛

49th meeting June 24 at 7pm

The next NYCPSS tomorrow at The New School showcases R. Sikoryak on his digital art practice. I actually proctored a class he taught at MoCCA with Kriota Willberg and they even had an exhibit on his work process, which I recall as being pretty analog, so this should be interesting to see, maybe even a primer on Wacom, Cintiq, etc…

New York Comics &Picture-story Symposium

The forty-ninth meeting of the NY Comics & Picture-story Symposium will be held on Monday, June 24, 2013 at 7:00 PM at Parsons The New School, 2 West 13th Street, in the Bark Room (off the lobby). Free and open to the public. Facilitator: Connie Sun.

Scheduled Presentation: R. Sikoryak will talk about using digital tools in comics and illustration work, specifically the Cintiq pen display and Wacom tablet, as well as programs such as Photoshop and InDesign.  He will also discuss the ways he integrates traditionally drawn elements (that is, watercolors and ink drawings) into mainly digital work.

R. Sikoryak is the author of Masterpiece Comics (Drawn & Quarterly). He’s drawn for The Onion, The New Yorker, GQ, MAD, SpongeBob Comics, and Nickelodeon Magazine, among many other publications, as well as the TV series The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.  He’s done storyboards and design work for Augenblick…

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Sleeping Betty nel Bosco

From The National Film Board of Canada, here’s a fun take on the story of Sleeping Beauty by director Claude Cloutier:


SLEEPING BETTY from National Film Board of Canada on Vimeo

You can find lots of full films from throughout their history up on the NFB site (you can limit it to animation too, if you’re so inclined).

To offer an operatic counterpart, here’s the opening of Ottorino Respighi‘s 1922 opera, La Bella Dormente nel Bosco (available in full on Spotify too).


It was actually performed in 2005 by New York’s Gotham Chamber Opera in conjunction with Lincoln Center Festival and puppets by Basil Twist, as seen below.  Both the GCO & LCF have exciting events coming up this summer, so check them out. audio

Gotham Chamber Opera, Respighi's La Bella Dormente

Gotham Chamber Opera production of Respighi’s La Bella Dormente, photo by Stephanie Berger

Opera in the Garden

In the midst of finals, I missed the first of only two performances by Gotham Chamber Opera of a rarity in a unique & appropriate site-specific setting…

Cherry Blossoms at Brooklyn Botanic Garden, 1941

Cherry Blossoms at Brooklyn Botanic Garden, 1941; Image from Brooklyn Public Library

La Hija de Rappaccini by the now late Mexican composer Daniel Catán was based on a play by Mexican Nobelist Octavio Paz in turn based on a story by American slut-shamer Nathaniel Hawthorne.  A scientist keeps his daughter locked in a garden where she’s exposed to his poisonous plants and acquires their deadly touch herself.

Gotham Chamber Opera‘s production is set outdoors, at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden; very cute no?  There’s just one more performance next Monday, so here’s a review from Parterre.

Also, the first image comes from the cool new collaborative photo collection sharing site, Brooklyn Visual Heritage, which brings together archival image collections from the Brooklyn Library, Museum, and Historical Society.  Hours of fun, and plenty of lovely pics too!

Burn All Libraries Forever.

Hey all, sorry for the long absence, this was my last week of double summer classes, so got a bit swept up in finals…  After all that, this new Dinosaur Comic by Ryan North sort of summarizes my feelings…

Dinosaur Comics: Too many books

Dinosaur Comics copyright Ryan North

I went into library science in large part because of how overwhelmed i felt about all this info overload, and I thought I could learn to do my part to help preserve vulnerable materials.  But sometimes I wonder if it wouldn’t be easier to just destroy things instead…