SebaSM Comics Digest, Weeks of Mar. 10th and 17th

SebaSM-Comics-Trio-MarchI missed my weekly update last week because I was out of the country, but I did have two normally scheduled SebaSM Comics during my trip, and two more new comics this week too!

Today’s update is Bizarro Twins appropriate, since it’s vaguely inspired by Donizetti‘s Lucia di Lammermoor, which I saw this week at the Metropolitan Opera.  Not based on any of the big iconic moments really, just some old school relationship stuff as seen through a 21st century lens, of course…2015-03-26-R-99 Here’s a clip from the Met’s production in a previous season with Natalie Dessay:

Vancouver Mountain Majesty

Since I’m in Vancouver for the week, I’ve been thinking about my favorite Vancouverite cartoonist, Angela Melick of Wasted Talent!

Copyright Angela Melick

Copyright Angela Melick

This is kind of like New York last week, nasty winter suddenly giving way to mild spring…  Though we don’t have the same sort of majestic natural setting…  One stereotype I’ve formed about Vancouver thanks to Angela is the importance of extreme outdoor sports…  so will bust out my hiking boots!  Or walking boots at least…

Maybe she’s the only Vancouverite cartoonist I know, actually…  But you can see her depiction of her town by looking through her Vancouver tag!

Irish Songs and Secret, in Cartoon Form

This Sunday are the Oscars, and the nominees for animated feature film feature three pretty big American releases (How to Train your Dragon 2, The Boxtrolls, and Big Hero 6) and two more exotic releases, including the latest Studio Ghibli release.  Besides Japan, the other foreign country represented is, perhaps surprisingly, Ireland!

Song of the Sea was created by Paul Young and Tomm Moore, and it takes on the Irish myth of the selkie, seals who shed their seal skins to become women and take human husbands… or something like that…  The Oscars’ page on the film has some more footage, and it really is stunning!

The selkie is a pretty folk tale, but of course my favorite interpretation is John Allison’s!  Selkies figured into a 2012 Bad Machinery case, and I just love those meddling mystery-solving kids!  Click on the image below to read The Case of the Fire Inside from the beginning!

Bad Machinery: The Case of the Fire Inside, copyright John Allison

Bad Machinery: The Case of the Fire Inside, copyright John Allison

Tomm Moore is also the creator of the similarly-Irish-themed and similarly-gorgeously-animated 2009 feature film The Secret of Kells, this one about the classic monastic illustrated manuscript, The Book of Kells.

SebaSM Comics Digest, Week of Jan. 19th On…

Sooo, I’ve been pretty bad at keeping you all in the SebaSM Comics loop, huh…  Well, let’s catchup on the past four weeks, shall we?

SebaSM Comics Collage

So since January 15th when I last updated you, I’ve posted seven comics, only five of which were about me…  Who said I was self-centered?  See the new comics here or by clicking the image above.

Also, I participated in my seventh annual Hourly Comics Day!  That’s the one where you draw a comic about your day for every hour that you’re awake on February 1st…  This year’s HCD Comics are up on my boring Tumblr as well as the official SebaSM Comics site.

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Ok, all caught up!  Hope you enjoy binging on four weeks worth of SebaSM Comics!

Comical Art

In tomorrow’s New York Comics and Picture Story Symposium, artist and cartoonist Aidan Koch will discuss the popular use of comics imagery and formats in contemporary art.  A rich subject to mine surely, and I’m curious as to the timeline she’ll cover…  Will it start with Roy Licthenstein and Pop Art?  Maybe earlier or a more narrow recent focus?  We’ll have to see!

It’s such a wide topic that it seems silly to tie this post in to any one gallery show going on right now, but I’d been meaning to mention an exhibit at the Swiss Institute (yeah, first time I’d ever heard of it either) on the early work of the late David Weiss.  Known more for his more conceptual art in partnership with Peter Fischli, this exhibit showcases his early work, including some cartoony imagery and something that looks like images in sequence?  Oh boy!

Wandlungen (detail) 1974, David Weiss at Swiss Institute

Of course, will be neat to get a more rounded account of this phenomenon from Aidan Koch tomorrow night!