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Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Spongebob Ozpants!

So here's the image that I did for Nickelodeon Magazine for its special issue celebrating Spongebob Squarepants' 10th anniversary. They commissioned different artists to do their own interpretations of the characters, and after seeing my "Road to Oz" picture, the art director, Chris Duffy, asked me to interpret the characters as The Wizard of Oz characters.

Never having worked with licensed characters before, my first interpretation was a little bit conservative, and I made too much of an effort to stay "on model":



Then, when I realized that when Chris said "do your own interpretation" he actually meant it, I did this version:



Chris was pleased, and the image will appear in the August issue, which is coming out sometime in late July. Chris is my favorite art director, not only because he was fun to work with, but because he's responsible for the amazing comics section of Nick Mag. He hires the best small press and alternative cartoonists in the business, people that you'd otherwise never suspect could do kid friendly material. This is what a good art director should be able to do: look beyond the obvious and have confidence that an artist can do work that isn't necessarily reflected in their portfolio, and allow them the freedom to do what they do best.

Unfortunately Nick Mag has ceased publication, which is a big loss to kid magazines in general. Nick mag was a welcome exception to the usual condescending kid magazine fare.The good news is that they'll be publishing through to December, so be sure to get the last remaining issues of the best kids magazine on the stands! And here's a link to the magazine's website:

Nick Mag

Coming Soon:

I'm currently at work on a very large and detailed image inspired by a short story by Haruki Murakami from his anthology, "The Elephant Vanishes". I'll be posting it in a couple of weeks. Murakami's story describes a factory where elephants are manufactured, so I decided to draw what I think an elephant factory would look like.

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Show at the Avid Reader!


I'll be showing at The Avid Reader in Davis for the Davis Friday Art Walk from June 12th to early July. The opening will be On June 12th at 7:00. Beverages and snacks!

Update: The opening went really well, and Alzeda, the owner, was a great host. We had more turn out than previous local shows, and it was a pleasure to be there.

Comic book Making Class at the Pence!

I'm teaching a comic book making class called, How to Draw Words and Write pictures (named for the excellent book by Jessica Abel and Matt Madden) at The Pence Gallery in Davis! Wednesday Afternoons from 2:30 to 4:30 pm July 1st through August 5th for ages 10 to teen!

This is the copy on the flyer:

Whether it’s humor, manga, supeheroes or graphic novels, this class will help you make the kind of comics you want to make. It’s recommended that students have some drawing ability, but the class is designed for all skill levels. this is not a drawing class, but a class that will teach students the unique skills needed to make comics.

Students will learn: character design, storytelling, the “language” of comics, and how to tell their story clearly and concisely in the comics form. By the end of class, each student will have created their own photocopied mini-comic that they can trade, show at comic book conventions, or give away to family and friends.

Jed Alexander is a cartoonist and illustrator whose work has appeared in a variety of publications including:The Sacramento News and Review, LA Weekly, and Nickelodeon. His comics can be seen on the comic’s publisher Top Shelf’s website at www.topshelfcomix.com.

The class is $80 for members of the Pence Gallery, and $90 for non-
members. Classes will be held at the Pence gallery, at 212 D Street
in Davis. basic materials are provided, but a more detailed materials list can be attained at the gallery. Visit us at www.pencegallery.org.


Once again, here's the art for the flyer:



Followers!

Special thanks to my "Followers"! You too can become a "follower". I think. I'm not sure how that's done, though. Let me know. I just found out about the whole follower thing. I probably post about once a month. I'm working on something enormous right now, which I'll probably post some time in July.

Tuesday, June 02, 2009

New Color Kid's Strip

This is a comic I submitted to a kid's magazine. Unfortunately the magazine isn't accepting submissions at the moment. The magazine in question publishes some of the best comics for kids in the business, so it's pretty competitive.

Edit: The magazine in question was Nickelodeon magazine, for whom I did a recent illustration (August issue). Unfortunately Nickelodeon has been recently cancelled. It will be missed, as will the great work of Chris Duffy, the editor responsible for the deservedly celebrated comics section! I'll be posting the illustration I did for Nick Mag in late July when it should hit the stands.

At any rate, I'm looking for a home for this one, so if anyone knows or can suggest a kid's magazine that might be interested please let me know.





And here are some of the characters, inks and pencils.