Panter & Kalman in New York

Two comics-ish events today and tomorrow featuring two interdisciplinary art, comics, & illustration luminaries.

At tonight’s New York Comics & Picture-Story Symposium the underground-influenced painter, illustrator, and cartoonist Gary Panter will…  Actually, I’m not really sure what he’ll be doing, so here’s the official NYCPSS description of tonight’s 7pm event at Parsons The New School, 2 West 13th Street:

Gary Panter attempts to invoke the unfolding lotus of the 1960s by thumbing through an old magazine missing pages – LOOK, Jan 9, 1968.

LOOK magazine, January 9, 1968

LOOK magazine, January 9, 1968, subject of Gary Panter’s talk(?) tonight

If you want something a little more structured, idiosyncratic illustrated book creator Maira Kalman will be at the New York Public Library for Books at Noon in light of her latest releases, Ah-Hah to Zig-Zag and My Favorite Things, both of which were inspired by items in the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum‘s collections.

My Favorite Things by Maira Kalman

My Favorite Things by Maira Kalman

And in conclusion:  Hello again faithful readers!  Sorry for abandoning the blog!  Not sure if anyone noticed, but since I haven’t been thinking of comics & opera any less since my last update (all the way in June!) I figured I’d try to revive this hobby blog!

Since we last spoke, I’ve launched my own little webcomic at SebaSM Comics!  It updates twice a week with mostly autobio-ish gag comics, so I’ll be sure to plug those here too 😀

Ok, see you around!

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The Wayne White Story

wayne white beauty is embarrassing

Copyright Wayne White

Missed this on PBS the other day, but seems borderline appropriate for the blog.  PBS‘ Independent Lens recently aired Beauty is Embarrassing by director Neil Berkeley, which is all about Wayne White, a former underground cartoonist, eventual designer on Pee-Wee’s Playhouse, and now an unexpected fine art world success.

The full documentary is available on PBS Video until Monday, Jan. 28th, so good weekend viewing.  After that, you can visit the Beauty is Embarrassing website to buy the video or learn more.

Beauty is Embarrassing – The Wayne White Story on PBS Online

gary panter last glare 2010

Copyright Gary Panter

Another interesting comics connection through Pee-Wee’s Playhouse is Gary Panter, another underground cartoonist-cum-artist (and recipient of MoCCA’s 2012 Klein Award!) who also worked on the design of that show.  I guess they knew each other?  Interesting network…