I really like the notion of graphic recording. And I also really like comic-strip alphabets (you can see another one I painted recently, on a Calgary utility box, here). So, the obvious thing to do at the Edmonton Comics Expo was to create an Expo Alphabet. I drew the alphabet while lounging around in Artist Alley, but I haven't had time to ink the whole thing just yet. So I'll just put the first part up here for now... with apologies to Edward Gorey, who invented this alphabet/poem style. The rest of the alphabet will follow soon! Once the whole thing is done, I'll put it up on my website in a format that's a bit bigger and easier to read. This will do for now!
This summer, I had the chance to be part of the City of Calgary's cool Painted Utility Box Program. Here are some pictures from one of the boxes I painted. It's at the corner of Elbow Drive & 58th St. SW. I drew a "Calgary Alphabet" on it... and of course the letter "U" had to be a utility box!
I am a graphic recorder based in Calgary. I like local stories. I write comics when I have free time. And I leave eraser shavings everywhere I go.
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Some nice things people said about my work:
“If Breitkreuz and Foong [founders of the Calgary Comics & Entertainment Expo] represent the Type-A side of Calgary's self-publishing community, Hester may be the community's right brain.” – Tom Babin, FFWD Magazine
“…A strong graphic style similar to other autobiographically-inclined Canadian cartoonists like Chester Brown and Julie Doucet.” – Gilbert Bouchard, Edmonton Journal
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