Archive for the ‘Other stuff’ Category

More music I like: Bonnie Prince Billy DJs on NPR

Wednesday, March 25th, 2009

This is a lovely show: All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen sits and chats with Bonnie Prince Billy (aka Will Oldham), and they play some tracks from Oldham’s record collection and a few from his new album, Beware. The highlights (for me) are the first two tracks: ‘Seven Little Girls Sitting in the Back Seat’ (by Paul Evans) – which Oldham describes as an “erotic ballad” – and ‘The Girl in Me’ (by Bonnie Prince Billy & Cheyenne Mize). One of the (many) things I love about Oldham’s music is his ability to revel in sexuality while still being sweet and thoughtful, and sometimes very funny. Somehow those two songs, one after the other, seemed like a perfect example.

Music I like: Weird Weeds

Wednesday, March 25th, 2009

Weird Weeds from Austin, Texas, make some pretty interesting sounds, and even sell a t-shirt drawn by the legendary Mark Beyer. What more could you want?

I Wish I am Fish

Sunday, March 22nd, 2009

I wish I am fish

Yesterday, I had one of the strangest experiences I’ve had in a while. I was recently asked by a friend at Auckland Art Gallery if I would do an illustration for the invitation to a one day sculpture event they were arranging. The work was called ‘I wish I am fish,’ and I was given just enough information about it to produce the picture above.

As this was part of the One Day Sculpture series, I was also asked if I would produce a “writer’s response” to the work, which will later be collected in a book of responses to the whole series. Curious, I agreed.

So yesterday afternoon, along with about 100 other people, I was allowed into a hangar at Auckland Airport, where a private Whisper jet was waiting, having just arrived from Sydney. On board there were 87 seats, and on each seat was a round glass fishbowl, and in each fishbowl a single comet goldfish was swimming. We were allowed onto the plane in small groups to visit the fish. Inside it was dimly lit, quiet, and peaceful. Walking down the aisle, past rows and rows of individual fish was way more bizarre and surreal than I had expected.

I went on board twice, the second time alone – escaping the noisy art crowd who were sipping their glasses of wine and catching up on gossip – and had the extraordinary feeling I was creeping into someone else’s dreams.

After a little over an hour, the plane was wheeled out to the runway, the crowd was ushered out of the hangar, and the fish took off once more into the bright blue sky.

The artist responsible for all this is Paola Pivi, an Italian now living in Alaska, whose previous work has involved alligators, a donkey, butterflies, a leopard, and dozens of white animals of all sorts. She’s giving a talk at Auckland Art Gallery this Tuesday 24th March at 5pm.

Here’s a few of the sketches I did in the hangar:

And this is a sketch of the screening later that night on a wall in Freyberg Place:

freyberg screening

New story: Dull Care

Wednesday, March 18th, 2009

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Dull Care is a story I drew for a beautiful book called Little Nemo 1905-2005: Un Siècle de Rêves, edited by Benôit Peeters and published in French by Les Impressions Nouvelles in 2005 (there are also Spanish and Italian editions). This enormous book (it’s nearly 34cm tall) includes rare work by Winsor McCay, essays by comics scholars and tribute strips by cartoonists from around the world, including David B., Lorenzo Mattotti, Moebius, Katsuhiro Otomo, Art Spiegelman, Craig Thompson and more.

For my story, I decided to do a wordless account of McCay’s career, as I saw it. My main source of information was John Canemaker’s biography of McCay. In print, the story was four pages long, but for online reading I’ve split those pages into a longer series of individual panels.

Little Nemo 1905-2005 Un Siecle de Reves (cover)

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New pages: The American Dream

Friday, March 13th, 2009

The American Dream - page 4

The American Dream - page 4

The American Dream page 5

The American Dream - page 5

My computer’s been in the repair shop, so I haven’t done much posting. But it’s back now, and I’ve got a backlog of pages to scan and colour. Here’s the first two (more next week!).

New page on The Magic Pen

Thursday, March 5th, 2009
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New page: The American Dream page 2

Wednesday, March 4th, 2009
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