“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.

Legions of the Frozen North: The War Altar

Legions of the Frozen North is a photo blog run by Brennan, Vermonter, nerd, miniatures gamer and apiarist. In January, Brennan took up the Hobby Challenge put forth by the Bad Dice podcast, hoping, in part, that it “will provide me the incentive to be more regular with my painting and to actually do the last 5% on some of my projects.”

Being a recovering Warhammer player, Brennan’s working on an Empire army. Legions of the Frozen North chronicle his steps in painting figures and “finishing the final 5%” of various projects. This week, he posted pictures of a War Altar, fully painted and only needing some magnets attached for swappable components.

Check out the fruits of Brennan’s labors over at Legions of the Frozen North.

Digital Arts Technician Position at Bennington College

Bennington College has a job listing for a technician to support equipment used in their digital arts curriculum. The toys one gets to play with include: “14 Macintosh Computers, Epson 7600 and 2400 printers, an adjunct physical computing workspace with a small equipment bank, laser cutter and 2 makerbot replicator 3D printers.”

Two makerbots? Yes, please. Check out the listing for full details.

[Tip via @proscriptus.]

Call for Makers at the Champlain Mini Maker Faire

Maker Faire Bay Area 2012. Photo by SparkFunElectronics.

Maker Faire Bay Area 2012. Photo by SparkFunElectronics.

The Champlain Mini Maker Faire is looking for makers. On September 29th at Shelburne Farms, creators and crafters from around Vermont will gather for what has been called “the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth.”

So what is a Maker Faire? Well, it “brings together families and individuals to celebrate the Do-It-Yourself (DIY) mindset and showcase all kinds of incredible projects. At Maker Faire, you’ll find arts and crafts, science and engineering, food and music, fire and water but what makes this event special is that all these interesting projects and smart, creative people belong together. They are actively and openly creating a maker culture.”

And to make it happen, the Champlain Mini Maker Faire seeks makers and their goods. “Fancy yourself a Maker? If you like to tinker, sculpt, experiment, make tools, make toys, make art, make music, make anything – please respond to this Call For Makers!

Center for Cartoon Studies & Flooding


Via Cartoon Reporter, the Center for Cartoon Studies was in danger of losing the contents of the Schulz Library as floodwaters rose.

Upon hearing dozens of e-mailed and tweeted rumors, CR asked Center For Cartoon Studies Director James Sturm for an update as to possible storm-related damage hitting CCS and particularly its Schulz Library. He responded at approximately 3:30 AM Monday morning.

“Crazy night,” Sturm wrote. “Brave and tough-minded group moving books out of the library until 3 AM as White River continued to rise.”

Those following the weekend’s news closely know that as much as Hurricane Irene seemed to fizzle out of any serious impact on New York City as had been feared, the state of Vermont was hit with torrential rains and resulting flooding, with rivers that may not have crested as of Monday morning. CCS in located in White River Junction. The Center’s Schulz Library is located nearest the river of any school building. A late-night call went out for volunteers to help salvage books before they were potentially water damaged.

Fortunately, it appears as though the library and center have been spared: “Not one book lost.” However, there has been damage reported to the buildings.


The International Comic Arts Forum, 2011 Conference!

ICAF 2011 at The Center for Cartoon Studies

Vermont will be home to the 2011 conference for the International Comic Arts Forum, which will be held between September 29th through October 1st, hosted by the Center for Cartoon Studies in White River Junction.

From their website:

Since 1995, ICAF has been dedicated to promoting the scholarly study and appreciation of comic art, including comic strips, comic books, comics albums and graphic novels, magazine and newspaper cartooning, caricature, and comics in electronic media.

This new partnership with the Center for Cartoon Studies – one of the nation’s most highly-respected institutions dedicated to the training of cartoonists, writers, and designers – promises to further the mission of both units in providing a supportive, collegial environment to showcase innovative comics scholarship and comic art for critics, historians, teachers, and comics professionals from around the world. Previous forums have been held at the School of the Art Institute in Chicago, Georgetown University, the Small Press Expo in Maryland, and the Library of Congress.

It looks like a good partnership, and it should be pretty exciting to have an international group of artists decending upon White River Junction. Here’s the schedule:

ICAF 2011 Conference Schedule
Sept. 29 – Oct. 2, 2011

9:00 – 9:15: Welcome to ICAF

9:15 – 10:15: KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Guy Spielmann (Georgetown University), Cross-dressing in Early Modern Europe: Competing (?) Visions through Bande Dessinée and “Official History”

10:15 – 10:30: BREAK

Sylvia Marques (Michigan State University) – Looking Outside the Panel: Rethinking Early American Comic Strip History, 1880-1920
Lara Saguisag (Rutgers University – Camden) – Fantasies of Childhood: Constructing the Child in Winsor McCay’s Little Nemo in Slumberland
Roy T. Cook (University of Minnesota) – Charles Schulz and Metacomics

12:00 – 1:30: LUNCH BREAK

Moderated by Qiana Whitted (University of South Carolina)
Frank Bramlett (University of Nebraska)
Jason Lutes (Center for Cartoon Studies)
Mark McKinney (Miami University, Ohio)
James Sturm (Center for Cartoon Studies)
Jen Vaughn (Center for Cartoon Studies)

3:00 – 3:15: BREAK

David Allan Duncan (Savannah College of Art and Design) – A New Comics’ Pupil; A Smaller World, A Larger Potential
Brannon Costello (Louisiana State University) – “The Real Thing”: Mass Culture and the (Post)Human in Howard Chaykin’s Time²
Charles Hatfield (California State University at Northridge) and Craig Fischer (Appalachian State University) – From Hell: Local Narrative, Transnational Collaboration

4:45 – 5:30: GUEST SPEAKER: David Beronä (Plymouth State University) – The Art of the Woodcut Novel

5:30 – 6:00: John Lent Scholarship Award

6:00 – 7:30: DINNER BREAK

Moderated by Casey Brienza (University of Cambridge)
Gina Gagliano (First Second Books)
Ed Chavez (Vertical, Inc.)


Karl Ian Cheng Chua (Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines) – Adventures to the “Dark Continent” or Encountering the “Yellow Peril”
Peter Sandmark (University of Victoria) – Tibetan Mysticism in the Development of Golden Age Comic Book Superheroes
Kristine Michelle L. Santos (Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines) – The Warping of Japanese Youth Culture through English Fan Scanlations

10:30 – 10:45: BREAK

10:45 – 12:15: PANEL 4 – COMICS AND NATION
Pedro Perez del Solar (University of Texas, El Paso) – Stories of an Invisible War: Comics and the Peruvian “Internal conflict” (1980-2000)
Héctor Fernández L’Hoeste (Georgia State University) – Transnationalism and Hegemony Amid a Very Uneven Modernity: On Arandú, El Principe de la Selva and The Dynamics of The Mexican Comics Industry
Michelle Bumatay (UCLA) – Unpacking the Punch Line and Bridging the Postcolonial Gap: Humor as a Way to Re-Image and Re-Imagine Gabon and France in La Vie de Pahé and Dipoula

12:15 – 1:30: LUNCH BREAK

Jennifer Miyuki Babcock (NYU) – Ancient Egyptian Figured Ostraca
Peter Sattler (Lakeland College) – The Ends of Comics: An Argument about Final Panels
Kate Moody (Center for Cartoon Studies) – The Rise of the Zinester Amid the Death of Print: Modern Comics, New Media, DIY Culture, and the Fetish Object

3:00 – 3:15: BREAK

3:15 – 4:45: Presentation by Czech Comic Historians, Pavel Kořínek and Tomáš Prokůpek

4:45 – 5:00: BREAK

5:00 – 6:00: Artist Presentation – Robert Sikoryak

6:00 – 7:30: DINNER BREAK

Special presentation and discussion with Steve Bissette on “Uncanny Geometries: Junji Ito’s UZUMAKI and Dread Geometries in Comics & Manga”


9:00 – 12:00: Artist Presentation – TBA

12:00 – 1:30: LUNCH BREAK

Corey K. Creekmur (University of Iowa) – Continuity, Color, and Comics: “What If” Superheroes Were Black?
Matthew Domiteaux (University of Texas at Austin) – Class Identity and the Working Self in Manu Larcenet’s Le Combat Ordinaire
Michael Johnson (University of Texas at Austin) – How not to Orientalize the Afghan: Iconicity and Singularity in The Photographer

3:00 – 3:15: BREAK

Presented by The American Bande Dessinée Society
Catherine Labio (University of Colorado at Boulder) – Portrait of the Bande Dessinée as Livre d’Artiste
Fabrice Leroy (University of Louisiana at Lafayette) – Painting the Painter: Meta-representation and Magic Realism in Joann Sfar’s Chagall en Russie
Mark McKinney (Miami University) – Pastiche and Satire in Early Bande Dessinée

5:00: The International Comic Arts Forum concludes

There you have it. Looks cool, and it sounds like an excellent way to spend a weekend.

Geek Things for June 23rd

  • ‘No Injunction; Decommission Vermont Yankee Now!’, 5–6PM, Burlington City Hall, Burlington. Free. (Nuclear)
  • Basic Bike Maintenance, 5:30–6:30PM, Skirack, Burlington. Free. (Bikes)
  • Historic Tours, 9AM–5PM, Wilson Castle, Proctor. $10. (Castle)
  • Summer Sci-Fi Film Series – ‘E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial, 7PM, Town Hall Theater, Middlebury. $3. (Movies)
  • Chess Club, 7PM, Faith United Methodist Church, South Burlington. $2-3. (Gaming)
  • Open Computer Time, 3–4:30PM, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington. Free. (Teens)
  • ‘The Sword in the Stone’, 6–7PM, Bellows Free Academy, Fairfax. Free. (Theater)
  • Owl Prowl & Night Ghost Hike. Meet at History Hike parking lot. 7–9PM, Little River State Park, Waterbury. $2-3. (Spooky)
  • Ron Luchsinger – Discussion of the troupe’s upcoming presentation of Cinderella with exciting vocal and visual examples. 6PM, AVA Gallery and Art Center, Lebanon. $20. (Theater)
  • Bug Walk. 4-5pm, North Branch Nature Center, $3 indiv/$5 per family, Info. 229-6206. Montpelier. (Kids)
  • Art Opening. “Arctic Cycles” 3-5pm, Governor’s Gallery, Pavilion Building, 828-0749. Montpelier. (Art)
  • Warmachine / Hordes, 5pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games Gamespace, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • PortConMaine, http://www.portconmaine.com, Jun 23 – 26, 2011, South Portland, ME (Conventions)
  • Inside SolarFest, 7pm, Northshire Bookstore, Manchester Center. (Solar)

Geek Things for June 10th

  • Village-Building Convergence. View vbc-vt.org for schedule. 9AM–9PM, Various locations, Montpelier. Free. (Sustainability)
  • Village-Building Convergence: Village Gathering – View vbc-vt.org/village-gathering for schedule. 7PM, Twin Pond Retreat Center, Brookfield. Donations accepted. (Sustainability)
  • Historic Tours, 9AM–5PM, Wilson Castle, Proctor. $10. (Castle)
  • ‘Name That Movie!’, 5–6PM, The CineClub, Savoy Theater, Montpelier. $2.50. (Movies)
  • Shifting & Drivetrains 101, 6–7:30PM, Onion River Sports, Montpelier. Free. (Bikes)
  • After School Book Discussion, 3–4PM, Lyman C. Hunt Middle School, Burlington. Free. (Teens)
  • High School Book Group, 4:30–5:15PM, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington. Free. (Teens)
  • Science & Stories: Turtle Talk, 11AM, ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center, Burlington. Regular admission, $9.50-12.50; free for kids 2 and under. (Kids)
  • ‘The Rocky Horror Show’, 8PM, 11:59PM, Merchants Hall in Rutland. $18-20. (Theater)
  • Art Walk, 4-8pm. Details at http://www.montpelieralive.org, Montpelier (Art)
  • Art Opening. 5:30-8pm, Helen Day Art Center, Info. 253-8358, Stowe. (Art)
  • FNM – Friday Night Magic – Type 2 / Standard – $8 Entry Fee, 6pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Friday Night Magic, The Book Garden, Montpelier. (Gaming)
  • Friday Night Magic — Constructed, 6pm – 10pm, The Gamer’s Grotto, Bennington. (Gaming)
  • Middlebury Art Walk, 5 – 7pm, 51 Main at the Bridge. Middlebury. (Art)
  • Hooked on Who, http://nescifievents.org/?p=2499, 9:30pm – 9:30pm, Cambrige, MA (Dr. Who)
  • Artist Appearance: Mark McKenna, 6pm – 8pm, Rubber Chicken Comics, Bellingham, MA (Comics)
  • Joe Roman -Listed – Dispatches from America’s Endangered Species Act, 7 pm, Northshire Bookstore, Manchester Center. (Authors)
  • Palio di Stonemarche, Hosted by Barony of Stonemarche, June 10th, 2011 – June 12th, 2011, Contoocook, NH. (SCA)
  • Cartoon Lunch, 12-2pm, Big Picture Theater, Waitsfield. (Cartoons)

Burlington City Arts Screens Frazetta: Painting with Fire

Last week, entirely by chance, a friend of mine sent out a last minute note about Burlington City Arts Center screening Frazetta: Painting with Fire, a documentary about the late artist Frank Frazetta, probably best known for his evocative illustrations of Conan the Barbarian.

The screening tied in with the exhibition running at the time — now closed as of May 28th — of artist Scott Lenhardt‘s work. Lenhardt cited Frazetta’s work as one of the many influences on his own. Poking around his website, you can certainly see it, particular in some of the graphics he created for Burton snowboards.

I never would have thought BCA would screen something as ostensibly geeky as a documentary about Frank Frazetta. It was moderately well-attended, so hopefully other artists with fantasy and science fiction influences will take it as a cue to bring more such content to the Burlington arts crowd.