Archive for September 28th, 2008


Sunday, September 28th, 2008

Clearly, I now have time on my hands for this kind of question:
Is it just me, or is the new film “Eagle Eye” just a retardedly bloated Hollywood rip-off of “Cavite”?

Eagle Eye (2008)
Jerry Shaw (Shia LaBeouf) and Rachel Holloman (Michelle Monaghan) are two strangers thrown together by a mysterious phone call from a woman they have never met. Threatening their lives and family, she pushes Jerry and Rachel into a series of increasingly dangerous situation, using the technology of everyday life to track and control their every move.

Cavite (2006)
Adam, an American citizen visiting his home country for his father’s funeral, soon realizes this when he arrives at the Philippines Airport and receives a phone call from an anonymous caller letting him know that his mother and sister have been kidnapped and will be killed if he doesn’t comply with his demands. Helpless and alone in a country he barely knows he must submit himself to the fanatic’s every wish or face the consequences.
I’m just sayin’.

cool workshop you should take

Sunday, September 28th, 2008

In the category of “things more interesting to blog about than wofford stuff”, my good friend Stan Heller is teaching a class at San Francisco Center for the Book called “Word and Image: An Introduction to Narrative Graphics in Comics.” Stan is the notorious/brilliant father of two of my more notorious/brilliant former LHS students, Sam and Sophia Heller. He and I have had some great, great discussions around comics in recent years, and I’m delighted that he’s taking his wisdom and convictions to the masses (well, Center for the Book, anyway) in this workshop.

Word and Image: An Introduction to Narrative Graphics in Comics with Stan Heller
Area: Related Arts
Status: Available
Workshop ID: t3-100708-art
Tue Oct 07 6:30-9:30pm; Tue Oct 14 6:30-9:30pm; Tue Oct 21 6:30-9:30pm; Tue Oct 28 6:30-9:30pm
$195 plus $10 materials fee

Your ability, or lack of ability, to draw won’t be a factor in this class””it’s all about learning the fascinating dynamics of visual storytelling in comics as they have developed over the past 60 years. You’ll explore the graphic styles of manga, Marvel comics, underground comics, photo comics, graphic novels, and other innovative schools of pictorial narrative, then roughly sketch a storyboard to tell your own story, incorporating graphic, pictorial, and textual strategies you’ve learned along the way.

Tools List for Workshop (Glossary and Local Suppliers)
11×14 drawing pad, 2 pencils, 1 black pen, scissors, rubber cement. Recommended, but not required books: Understanding Comics by Scott McCloud, Comics and Sequential Art by Will Eisner



r & r

Sunday, September 28th, 2008

Long. Exhale.
And now, back to woffling somewhat more consistently. And also randomly.

Well, the Market Street posters are up, Galleon Trade BAN 5 is doing its thing, my house is finally on the market, and I’m settling into the school year. It’s been such a treat to finally dispatch the last of this round of 2008′s hyperactive artistic mania! Don’t get me wrong: I’ve been incredibly grateful for all of the opportunities that have come my way this year, but too much, all at the same time, does not a healthy Wofford make. The analogy that seems to apply best is: you know when you have too many programs running on your computer at the same time? And how, you know, even if you’re not technically using them all simultaneously, they’re still open, and they just bog down your computer unbelievably? It’s been like that.


So. As of mid-September, I’ve shut most of the  programs down, and it’s officially time to reflect and re-energize. I’m loving getting to finally feel focused on my teaching, and I’m really enjoying connecting with my students more. And I’m loving finally having time to just catch up with friends and family, see movies, get some exercise, even cook actual food in my actual home. (Well…for as long as I still have a home, although given how slow the market is, I probably won’t be moving any minute soon.) Basic stuff, all flung to the wayside whilst busy.

Lesson for 2008: a little recreational art-opp-juggling is fine from time-to-time, but if you O.D., the party’s over. I got invited to do a lot of awesome stuff, from exhibitions to teaching opportunities, but too much of it happened all at the same time, leaving me feeling overwhelmed and strung out at too many moments. There are some artists who thrive on constant busy-ness: I’m actually not one of them, contrary to popular opinion. I do love the rush of work and deadlines, but really, one deadline at a time from hereon out is fine. At various points this year, I’ve had multiple deadlines overlapping, all while teaching, too. (And teaching 3 different classes at 3 different campuses, mind you). I think that any of us who choose the life of a working artist is choosing to do a little juggling, but really, more than 3 bowling pins is just overkill, n’est-ce pas?