The team at the Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo asked me to be part of a pretty fun project this year: doing some graphic recording at a panel interview with the "Queens of Darkness" from hit TV series Once Upon a Time. That was a lightning-fast job for me - I often work all day on a graphic recording poster, but this was a 45-minute-long talk in a giant space! I'll post some more about this when the Expo madness is over, but for now, here are a few pictures of the poster - which was donated to the Expo Charity Auction and purchased by a huge fan of the show!
I took some notes during Stephanie Chan's panel on "Women Into Comics." It was a pretty engaged audience... and the discussion took a whole bunch of unexpected turns.
It was great to hear from Stephanie, as well as other panels Brittney Leblanc, Mary Arroz, Kara Swanson and Erin Millar. Hope this isn't too small to read! The whole image is here, followed by some closer-ups which I hope are not too small to read.
I am so NOT ready for this year's Expo. Somehow two kids and a full time job got in the way of things this year. But, I'm here! We'll just make things up as we go along. For now, here's what I've got:
1. A new compilation of comics about life in my neighbourhood - Ramsay. Special for the Expo! Come take a look, local comics fans (and fans of local comics)! This is the cover:
And, well, I do have a couple of other things up my sleeve, but I think that will have to wait. Sleep is more important right now! See you soon!
A quick update! Things are always busy around here these days and I just don't have as much time to post things on this blog. The good news is, I have been working on so many cool projects, so one of these days if I ever have the chance, there will be some really fun pictures to look at here. Meanwhile, I just thought I'd post this one short series of pictures about... you guessed it, my neighbourhood, Ramsay.
The Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo is coming up soon (April 16 - 19th)! I will be there (in Artist Alley), and I have been putting together a little book of the comics I drew about Ramsay for my community newsletter over the past three years. You can see those here. But I also included a few new things, too.
For example - the drawings I'm posting here were part of a project I worked on a couple of months ago. Swerve Magazine published a few artistic maps of Calgary neighbourhoods, and my contribution was a Ramsay map. These extra drawings were meant as "pop-ups" that you could see when you clicked on the map. Enjoy!
Right at this minute, the third annual Mayor's Lunch for Arts Champions is happening in Calgary!
I can't make it this year, but I just remembered that I wrote a blog post about last year's lunch... and then got busy and forgot to post it.
So here it is - a retrospective on last year's event. I am quite sure that what's happening at this year's lunch is equally inspiring for all the attendees. Hopefully I will make it there next time!
Now, back to work...
Mayor's Lunch for Arts Champions 2014
I was delighted to attend the second annual Mayor's Lunch for Arts Champions last week.
This celebration of the arts in Calgary happened for the first time in February 2013 (I went with the find it team - some amazing volunteers from Inglewood & Ramsay who are currently hard at work getting ready for the 2014 Inglewood Night Markets). Here's my post about last year's Lunch.
The Mayor's Lunch happens at the BMO Centre on the Calgary Stampede grounds. Before the lunch began, everyone mingled around in the lobby enjoying performances by a bunch of youthful Calgary artists.
When we went in for lunch, I recognized the numbers on the tables - as well as the handwritten name tags - as the work of Calgary artist Kirsten Horel. I love her lettering!
Dave Kelly was the MC...
Here's what I learned about Edward, who was also at my table:
One of today's featured Immigrants of Distinction Award finalists was Edward Perez Beltran. He was nominated for the Arts and Culture award.
Edward grew up in Valle De Santiago, located in Central Mexico.
As a child, Edward’s love of sculpture began after seeing his eldest brother playing with modeling clay, which he naturally began playing with as well. With community support, Edward gravitated towards sculpture as not just a hobby, but as a potential career. Upon finishing high school Edward travelled to Salamanca Guanajuato to study the traditional method for sculpting in wax. He was soon making a living as a wax sculptor.
In December 2011, Edward arrived in Calgary where his wife and sculpting partner, Danira Miralda, was waiting for him. At present Edward is working on a body of work that he intends to exhibit here in Calgary. It consists of nine sculptures of which five have already been completed. The work is called Dinamica Perfecta.
Last year, Ian Fero, the principal of Andrew Sibbald School, asked me if I'd do an artist residency at his school, providing graphic recording of the students' comments and activities with the goal of "Making Learning Visible," and reflecting back what students are doing at school every day.
And another note: Who was Andrew Sibbald? Alberta's first schoolteacher, who lived to be 103 years old! Now you know.
This has been a hard year, but through it all, there were so many people who were amazingly kind and helpful to me and to my family. I couldn't draw all of them in here, but I hope they know what a difference they've made. This holiday season is all the happier for me, because of you. Thanks everyone and happy holidays to all of you!
Kellie Leitch, Minister of Labour and Minister for the Status of Women, was in Calgary yesterday and I was fortunate enough to get to listen in on her conversation with some local business leaders. What a great opportunity to hear about ways in which Canadian women entrepreneurs (like... yours truly) can be provided with the resources they need. So of course I took notes.
It is a bit hard to make out the details in the image, so here's an experiment - I made the image into a "Prezi," which converts it into a format that allows you to zoom in really close. I've seen this technology before (and was interested to discover it comes from Hungary!), but this is my first attempt at using it. Let me know if this works (in case it doesn't, a plain old-fashioned version of the picture follows). It certainly seems like this would be handy when it comes to viewing complicated text-heavy graphic recording images just like the ones I'm always drawing!
Earlier this year I did some graphic recording at a symposium put together by the City of Edmonton and Edmonton's Urban Development Institute. I just came across some pictures taken by the event photographer, David Rauch (take a look here to see them. They are great!) I'm going to put some up here because I actually don't have any pictures of that poster and I enjoyed remembering how much fun this was to draw. Thanks for posting these pictures, David!!
P.S. Looking at David Rauch's photographs leads me to discover that he seems to be the man behind the very cool OpenPianoYEG, "Edmonton's first outdoor public piano project" (of which more here). Wow! I love this idea. And I know of an old upright piano which needs a home soon... or else! Could this kind of thing happen in Calgary? Is this a project for "find it" (of Inglewood & Ramsay pop-up event notoriety)? Oh... I'd better get to sleep before I start getting too inspired by all the possibilities! More soon!
It's about time I posted these long-overdue comics, written for my community newsletter. This is something I've been doing for almost three years now, but I think it's the end of an era - time for me to find another way I can contribute to my community. After all, there are so many things going on - the Community Association, Ramsay School, our amazing skating rink... Or maybe I should just walk around taking pictures of doors in the neighbourhood?
Yes, I actually did that a few days ago... but that's another story. Meanwhile, here are the comics!
Calgary graphic recorder.
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