Scott McCloud Visits Champlain College


Graphic novelist Scott McCloud will visit Champlain College for a talk titled “Comics and the Art of Visual Communication”. The talk will take place at 7:30 PM on Monday, February 23rd at the Alumni Auditorium.

McCloud is a well-known cartoonistand is known for several books on the creation of comics. He is also the main author for the Creator’s Bill of Rights and the creator of the 24-Hour comic event. His latest book, The Sculptor, has recently been optioned for film.

This should be a really interesting presentation for all comics fans and artists.

Kickstart This: “Name that Game” Posters by Mark Gonyea

Mark Gonyea recently kickstarted the The Mythical Alphabet and Cryptozoology Icon Posters, which were pretty cool. Now, he’s got a new poster project, one based around some of his favorite boardgames.

The games featured in these minimalist posters are Settlers of Catan, Ticket to Ride, Lords of Waterdeep, Puerto Rico, and Pandemic.

My first Euro style game was Settlers of Catan. From there on I was completely hooked! There are so many games in regular rotation for game nights, Catan, Ticket to Ride, Lords of Waterdeep (my newest go to game), and so many more!

These posters are inspired by some of my absolute favorite games. As a graphic artist, I really loved the challenge of taking a wonderfully complex strategy game and distilling it down to an extremely simple, but still recognizable design.

I hope you’ll help me create these 5 strategy board game posters. Each poster will be 18×24 and printed on at least 100 lb. matte paper. Rolled, labeled as fragile, and shipped in a sturdy tube. The dollars pledged will go directly to the production of the posters, supplies (tubes & labels), and cost of shipping rewards.

These look pretty stunning, and they’d be right at home hanging on the wall of someone’s game room. He’s looking to raise $2,800 in the next 18 days. a $20 pledge gets you a 18×24 poster.

Pledge here.

Ralph Rayburn Philips


Born on this day in 1896, Ralph Rayburn Philips was born in the Rutland area, and would go on to become an artist for various publications.

From Teller of Weird Tales:

Phillips was born on October 17, 1896, in Rutland, Vermont, the son of a dentist and physician. In about 1914, the family moved to Portland, Oregon, where Mr. Phillips sold farm implements. Ralph Rayburn Phillips studied art in high school and attended the School of Applied Art in Battle Creek, Michigan. At the time he filled out his draft card during World War I, he was living in a hotel in Los Angeles. By 1920, he was back in Portland and working as a commercial artist.

More details on his life can be found here.

The Art of Horror 2014

The S.P.A.C.E. Gallery in Burlington has a really cool looking showing coming up: The Art of Horror 2014. There’ll be an opening reception on Friday, October 3rd from 5-11pm.

The S.P.A.C.E. Gallery and Soda Plant are pleased to present a juried group show for Halloween. Guest curators, Sarah Vogelsang-Card and Beth Robinson, have chosen work that best defines the “art of horror.” Works in the exhibit will represent the beautiful side of decay, the finer points of blood letting, and that special something inside a depraved mind.

You are invited to kick off the Halloween season at our opening reception on October 3 from 5 – 11pm. Costuming is highly encouraged. For one night only, indulge your senses with bloody burlesque, fire dancing goddesses, spirit conjuring performance art from Shakti Tribal Dance at Green Mountain College, Dread Shaman Manic Dan, Graveyard Girls, Merrique Hysteric, and Aeshna Mairéad Dance

Top off the night (from 9 – 11pm) with brooding metal from local favorites, Cruciferion and Vultures of Cult, performing in The Backspace. Visual noise provided by The Retinal Exploitation Cooperative.

The exhibition will run through October 25th.

There’s an impressive number of artists included in this showing. Here’s the list:

  • Aaron Reil
  • Akino Fukawa
  • Andrea Currie
  • Andy Gimino
  • Andy Van Ness
  • Ashlin LeBlanc
  • Athena Kafantaris
  • Avram Halperin
  • britta brickell
  • Collin Albury
  • Cullen Johnson
  • Dan Flanders
  • Dan MOran
  • Dana Dale Lee
  • Danny Bryant
  • Dave Mahan
  • doug hoffman
  • Hillary Kelly
  • Holly J Danger
  • Jamie Meehl
  • Jennifer LeBlanc
  • Jeri Miller
  • Jme Wheeler
  • john finn
  • Josh St.Onge
  • Kristin Richland
  • Lila Rees
  • Lisa Eldred
  • Lucie Stein
  • Mary Ellen Boisvert
  • matt morris
  • Matthew Sylvester
  • Melissa Chaput
  • Melissa Kristiansen
  • Mike Turner
  • morgan stark
  • Nicole Christman
  • Nikki Laxar
  • Noah Hirka
  • Rachel Hooper
  • Rachel Laundon
  • Robert Waldo Brunelle JR
  • Samuel Balling
  • Scott Monteiro
  • Sierra Skye Makaris
  • Simone Claxton
  • Stephen Mease
  • Taylar Main
  • Timo Frosch

RSVP here!

“Dead Cthulhu” Looks Pretty Lively

Cthulhu miniature, all painted up.Local gamer, spinner, knitter, painter of miniatures and generally crafty person Toby recently completed a huge undertaking: painting up the enormous Cthulhu model from Reaper Miniatures’ absurdly successful Bones crowdfunding campaign. The model’s scale and detailing are amazing to begin with, but Toby’s work elevates the piece to a whole new place. Check out more pictures on Toby’s Flickr account.

Interview: Brian Drourr and his Astronomical Photos


Brian Drourr has caught our eyes with his stunning photographs of Vermont’s night skies. We’ve really enjoyed his work, and when we asked if we could use one of his images for the site, he readily agreed. We sat down to chat with him about his work:

Geek Mountain State: First off, your photographs of the night sky are absolutely gorgeous. What draws you to photograph the cosmos?

Brian Drourr: Well, I have always been a star gazer. I guess I was fortunate and spent my summers as a kid in ME and got hooked early on. Now however, with a full time job at Fletcher Allen and a 5 year old it seems like the night time is the only time I have to get out and shoot.

GMS: How did you come to become a photographer in the first place?

Brian: Well, when your father, grandfather and great grandfather (one of the engineers who designed the Polaroid) and your first “toys” were a camera, chances are you’re going to wind up a photographer of some sort or another.


GMS: What about the Vermont sky leaves such an impression with you?

Brian: It’s the rural dark skies that are easily accessible. A 30 min. drive and you are in great night sky viewing territory. We may not have the HUGE mountains and vast horizons of other paces but we do have lots to offer for interesting foreground shots with barns and rivers and lakes and smaller mountains to shoot. But in the end, Vermont is my home and I love telling stories with my images and sharing things people would not generally get to see. Vermont is beautiful during the day but it’s downright magical at night.

GMS: Do you have any tips for local amateur photographers about how to take pictures of the stars?

Brian: My tips would be this; you will never get the shot sitting on your couch at home. Aside from a camera that allows full manual controls of exposure and focus (a point and shoot won’t cut it) and a way to manually trigger your camera, it does not take a lot of fancy gear. A lot of the magic does happen in processing, but anyone with a bit of patience and practice can get a great night sky shot with really basic gear. I started with an info level Canon DSLR and aftermarket wide angel lens. I would use a piece of duct tape and a small pebble over the shutter button to get a long exposure shot with my camera on a homemade sand bag. The most important part is just getting out, though.


GMS: What’s your favorite picture of the night sky that you’ve taken?

Brian: That is hard to say, it’s [that] I have a few that stand out from Milky Way reverence (whales tails is a sculpture named reverence), to a Night Lights a shot of a great old Shaker barn up on Rt7 in Sheldon with the aurora raging over head, to a shot I captured down in Groton of the Milky Way rising out of the valley fog, to my most recent shot of the aurora and some beautiful horse sculptures I found by chance.

Many of Brian’s pictures are up for sale on his website. We’d also recommend following him on Twitter, or like his page on Facebook.

Mandible|Photography Nightmare Project Gallery at Studio 266, Burlington!

On June 6th, Amanda Paulger will be showcasing some of her photography at the Burlington Writer’s Workshop headquarters in Burlington.

Amanda Paulger, owner of Mandible|Photography, is showcasing some of her Nightmare Project Photos at Studio 266 on Pine Street in Burlington. Come check it out, chat, and explore the project!

Amanda’s a very good photographer and all around cool person. This looks like an excellent showcase! RSVP here.

Center for Cartoon Studies Graduate Thesis Exhibition Now Open

Now that the latest class of students from The Center for Cartoon Studies has graduated, the school’s Thesis Exhibition is now on view, featuring original work by the class of 2014. The exhibition will run through June 22nd at the CCS Gallery Gallery, 94 South Main Street in White River Junction. You can visit on Monday through Friday from 10am to 4pm.

Cover & Synopsis: The Expeditioners and the Secret of King Triton’s Lair

The Expeditioners and the Secret of King Triton's Lair

Last year, local author S.S. Taylor and artist Katherine Roy released a YA novel, The Expeditioners and the Treasure of Drowned Man’s Canyon, which really looked awesome. Now, they’re poised to release the second in the series, The Expeditioners and the Secret of King Triton’s Lair, in September.

Here’s the synopsis:

Kit, Zander, and M. K. West are settling into their new lives as students at the Academy for the Exploratory Sciences when Kit finds another mysterious map left for him by their father, the brilliant, famous — and presumed dead — explorer Alexander West. Why did Alexander leave the maps behind, and why are government agents so determined to seize them? What is really going on in a mysterious and unknown stretch of the Caribbean, famous for its violent storms and shipwrecks? And what is the huge contraption M. K. is building in her workshop? As two world powers come to the brink of war, Kit must find a deadly hidden island and unlock its secrets, hoping he has the courage to follow the trail of maps, wherever it may lead.

Looks excellent. It’s set for release on September 23rd, 2014.

“Gravity” book launch with Jason Chin


This week is Jason Chin’s week around here – his latest children’s book, Gravity, was released earlier this week. Tomorrow, he’ll be at Phoenix Books in Burlington for a book launch. The event starts at 2:00pm.

Join us for the book launch event for Gravity! Jason Chin – who both authored and illustrated this book – will present an interactive drawing demo, live and in person. All ages welcome.

Sign up here.