The Eisner Awards were announced today, and our own Melanie Gillman received a nomination for her amazing webcomic, "As the Crow Flies" it was nominated in the category for "Best Digital/Webcomic." If you haven't already read it, do yourself a favor and check it out!
Also, our member Ted Intorcio runs an indy publishing company called, Tinto Press that received a nomination for Jason Walz's "Homesick."
A big hearty congratulations to both of you!
-Excerpt from the Westword
Epic Brewing’s Draw Off, where five teams of local comic artists — Denver Drink & Draw, Squid Works, DEAD Academy, Red Team Go! and Team Wildcard (consisting of last-minute competitors from the audience) — will compete in a live drawing competition on themes suggested by the audience.
“Most artists are always stuck in a studio, drawing by themselves and listening to music,” notes Drink & Draw team member Lonnie Allen, who says that in addition to being a good reason to rub elbows with the cartoonist community, the on-the-spot contest format is way more interesting than the live painting you see at clubs, as well as a great drawing exercise for the artists. Time limits and lightning rounds make things even more fun, he adds, and after the show, Epic will auction off the artworks to benefit Denver Drink and Draw and the Colorado Brewers Guild. Past events have yielded such winners as a punk-rock Cyclops on a unicycle, a panda and Mel Gibson eating sushi, and a giant robot singing karaoke.
And then there are the brews: “Beer is good, and they’ll be giving some of it away for free,” Allen says. “Plus, it’s a good opportunity to watch artists make fools of themselves.”Read More
On Saturday, February 15, Professor William H. Foster gave a talk entitled Changing Images of Blacks in Comics at the Blair Caldwell African American Research Library.
Speaking to a full room, he examined the presence of African American people in American comics, from the late 1930s until now. Most notably, he discussed a comic from the 1950s, Negro Romance, which was published by Fawcett Comics, the company most known for its flagship character, Captain Marvel (now owned by DC Comics).
Negro Romance was notable for its depiction of Black people as educated and refined, which was uncommon at the time. The story of this comic book's creation was highlighted in an episode of the PBS show History Detectives, where Professor Foster was featured as an expert.
"Friday's Weekly Round-Up!" features the latest work from the members of Denver Drink & Draw, both past and present, and collects them together for you to check out. You can click on any of the pictures to go the link featuring the artwork or comics. Also, unless you've been living in a bomb shelter for the last few weeks, you know that the Denver Broncos are going to the Super Bowl, so it's kind of on us Denverite's minds. For all you haters, don't worry, you only have a few more days of this (take or give a few after the game).
Also, Kilgore Books released "Kilgore Quarterly" an anthology featuring a gang of super-talented writers, poets, and cartoonists! Especially some of our own members like Noah Van Sciver (who did the nifty cover along with), Jazzmyn Barbosa, and Katrin Davis! Check it out at their store if you can, for more information visit their website: http://kilgorebooks.com/
We've also posted a few new weekly comics jams over here on this site, so read 'em and weep! Until next week...
This upcoming Sunday, the Denver Broncos will face off against the Seattle Seahawks in the Super Bowl. I've been a longtime Broncos fan and used to watch John Elway's amazing comebacks on television as a kid. So in celebration of the Broncos this week, I thought I'd review their very brief history in comics.
The comic below came out around 1992, I say "around" because not even the Grand Comic Book Database is sure. I kind of like this cover, it reminds me of the '70s style graphic illustration that I'd see on my Pee Chee folder.
My favorite thing about these Tebow comics is a quote from Marvel Comics representative Bill Rosemann who explained this short lived project in the beginning as such: “Like the Marvel heroes who pull off last minute victories, Tim Tebow has fans around the world on the edge of their seats and believing that–in our own lives–when time is running out and all looks lost, we can dig deep inside and use our various strengths to triumph over insurmountable odds.” Dear lord!
I got a copy of this from a coworker. Once it's discovered that you're into comics in the regular world, the first thing most people want to do is show your their collection and ask you how much it's worth. Most of the time, I have them look up their comic that they've been saving for years as their makeshift retirement plan on Ebay and they soon discover it ain't worth squat. Once my particular coworker discovered this, he just gave me the comic. After reading it, I can say it's one of the worst comics I've ever had the privilege of setting eyes on.
You're probably thinking, that people were just more stupid in the eighties and nineties, and that they should know better than and mix sports and comics, then expect something good, right? Well, people were stupid back then, but it turns out we still are. A few years ago, Tebomania ran wild, and far be it from Marvel to miss an opportunity to try and get in on a possible cash cow.
Doing a remedial internet search, I wasn't able to find any comic books with Peyton Manning as a Denver Bronco, but I suspect that will change if he wins the Super Bowl. However, I was able to find this Old Spice ad featuring Wes Welker, one of our current wide receivers.
-Lonnie MF Allen
"Friday's Weekly Round-Up!" features members of Denver Drink & Draw, both past and present, newest work from the week and collects them together. You can click on any of the pictures to go the link.
Also this week we have two new illustrations by Mellanie Gillman and Dylan Edwards for our Monthly Drawing Theme! Thanks for reading and until next week...
Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day! Beyond just being a day off of work for some of you nine to fivers, and/or being inconvenienced by government office closers, today celebrates the civil rights leader's birthday. He among many others, Martin Luther King Jr. led the non-violent movement to end racial segregation within the United States of America. He was assassinated on April 4th, 1968. What's boggling to my mind at times, is that this idea of treating people of different skin color as second-class citizens by LAW was going on this country within a lifetime. Some of you probably have parents that lived in this time which somewhat is genuinely disturbing to think on, but also important to remember that horrible institutional law is only an arm's length away (and some could argue, myself included, still ongoing in other forms). Anyways, to celebrate to today's holiday, I present to you some Martin Luther King Jr comics:
This thing is interesting and is also available to read online for free (you can click on the image for the online PDF). The writing is kind of standard and didactic for this type of thing, but it was made in the fifties when all of this was happening in real time, and I'm pretty sure they wanted more storybook and less incendiary. The artwork is beautiful, with great ink work, indicative of many comics of the time. I'm not sure who the creators were as there are no credits available. This was originally a giveaway item to endear young kids of that time, and was later reprinted in 2011 by the Fellowship of Reconciliation.
I bought and own Ho Che Anderson's "King" a few years ago that was published by Fantagraphics. I'm sometimes bummed that this graphic novel isn't better known and talked about. It's really good. Anderson's art is fantastic, and in the vein of Dave McKean's "Cages." I think there's always a turn off for things of this nature to be seen as too preachy (no pun intended), but it works simply as a good story that is well told.
I have no idea about this one, but this looks like something I'd definitely give a read.
I also have no idea about this thing. It looks awful in my opinion, but is probably well intentioned.
Finally, there's a blog post that goes more in depth MLK Jr.'s comics as well as listing guests appearances of him in other titles that you can visit: here.
-Lonnie MF Allen
Grabbed lunch at City O' City today with my son Ian and Katrin Davis. If you haven't been before, it's a cool place, Dan Landes books decorate everywhere and you can find a lot of Jason Heller contributed magazines while waiting. We had a nice brunch and did a little drawing. Ian lately has been really into the game "Minecraft", particularly the characters of creepers which I find interesting because it employs a lot of 16-bit style artwork. Hanging on the wall was work from Molly Bounds and it seemed several pieces were sold as well which is understandable as they were gorgeous pieces of art. Also, Mario Zoots is a seeming regular at the place, or at least, he's always there when I am there.
-Lonnie MF Allen
Some of Molly Bounds' prints on sale at the show for only forty dollars.
Artwork by Molly Bounds
Artwork by Molly Bounds
Artwork by Molly Bounds
Ian drawings of his Minecraft creepers.
Katrin and me doodling around.
"Friday's Weekly Round-Up!" features members of Denver Drink & Draw, both past and present newest work from the week and collects them together. You can click on any of the pictures to go the link as well as linked text below the images.
Be sure to check out our latest themed drawings as well as new comic jams here on this website. Until next week...