Wednesday, December 27, 2017

RAUCOUS CAUCUS: Experiments in Comic Book Stenography

When you're a freelance Illustrator, you have to find jobs wherever you can, invent jobs you didn't know existed, and leap head-first into interesting challenges, whether you've got your water wings on or not! One of my favourite jobs of this past year was as a "Comic Book Stenographer" for the emerging artist workshop Raucous Caucus, run by the wonderful Alberta Theatre Projects.

They thought it would be a great idea to have an embedded illustrator follow the participants throughout their day, attempting to capture the energy, emotion, and insight that is packed into this truly special event. I was so excited to be a part of it, I barely thought about the work that would be involved - the sheer amount of drawing to be done, and how the heck to assemble them afterwards - and I'll tell you: when this 12-hour day was done, I was so damn burnt out, but so damn inspired!

What follows are my on-site drawings and observations throughout this crazy day. I hope it gives you a glimpse into the manic energy and crazy talent of all those involved. Visit ATP for more info on their incredible programming!

If you're interested in the idea of comic book stenography/comic journalism/graphic recording, I highly recommend you check out Sam Hester's fantastic work. She's a local comic legend, a huge inspiration to Calgary comic types like myself, and probably the nicest person you're likely to meet. 

I was truly fortunate this year, as my 2017 was chock full of teaching, for the Catholic School Board, the Calgary Board of Education, Arts Commons and the Alberta College of Art + Design. All that combined with some truly awesome comic collaborations have made 2017 a banner year for me. I hope your year was equally awesome, and here's to a relaxing holiday and a Happy New Year!

Bring it, 2018. Bring. It.


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