SOU’WESTER ARTIST RESIDENCY

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The Sou’Wester Lodge is located in Seaview, Washington on the Long Beach Peninsula. It’s about 15 miles north of Astoria, Oregon. While guests can book a room in the main lodge or dwell in a cabin, the most alluring place to stay is in one of the vintage trailers and airstreams.

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Last week I had the pleasure of staying at the Sou’Wester. During my residency, I resided in a vintage trailer for five days and worked on issue four of my comic book series, Gumballs.

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Calm and quiet are the best words to describe my time there. It was very peaceful. For the most part, the only sounds I heard came from the podcasts I listened to, the birds chirping outside my window, vinyl records spinning, and two days of solid rain. Overall, it gave me a distraction-free place to work.

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Every day I woke up at 5 AM, made coffee, and began working. By 10 PM, I’d put my pen down, and go to bed.

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To break up the monotony and avoid cabin fever, I made a couple trips into Long Beach and walked on the beach.

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By the end of my visit, I felt a sense of achievement. I was pleased with my output.

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You can read more about my time at the Sou’wester in Gumballs, Issue 4 (Release Date TBA)

It’s Been Awhile…

This is the oldest blog I’ve ever had, yet I seem to update it the least. Sorry about that, y’all. I’ll try to do a better job at being more present on all platforms.

So, here’s what’s been going on since my last update…

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In April, Gumballs (Issue #1) was nominated for a Dinky Award in the category for Outstanding Work – Diversity.

The Dinkys are an award ceremony that take place at DINK (The Denver Independent Comic & Art Expo) in Denver, Colorado. They are “committed to recognizing excellence and helping to promote independent comics from a diversified group of submissions.”


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I also had the pleasure of attending the biennial Queers & Comics Conference which took place in San Francisco this year.

During the Welcome Address, Jennifer Camper, the creator and director of the conference, posed the question, “What’s with so many queers doing comics?” She went on to say that Queers are doing things in all art forms, but comics are accessible to anyone. You just need a pencil and paper. There are less gatekeepers so we can share them through the internet, we can self publish, and have events like this.

I had the opportunity to attend many panels, browse so many comic books and zines by queer creators, and meet other queer cartoonist/publishers/writers from around the world (even though I was way too shy to interact with any of them.)


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For the past 3 years, COMICOSITY has put together a list of 35 indie comic titles that include queer characters or themes. Each title offers significant queer representation that the folks at COMICOSITY recommend you check out. This year, they included 30 more indie comics to wrap up an even 100, and Gumballs was one of the titles listed!

“Transforming his comic strip style to a brand new anthology, cartoonist Erin Nations tells a semi-autobiographical tale of his gender transition, depression, and just general awkward life.”


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And today, Vision Quest Issue #8 comes out!

The dudes that put this thing together are throwing a party at Floating World Comics for the release of Issue #8.

If you live in Portland (Oregon), you should stop by and grab a free issue, browse and buy some cool comics at FWC, and chill with chill cartoonists and comic book fans. It’s the perfect way to spend your Tuesday night!

P.S. I have a new comic in this thing too, so check it out!

 

VISION QUEST 7 Release Party + Art Exhibit

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The 7th issue of Vision Quest, Portland Oregon’s FREE comic newspaper, arrives this March! Vision Quest is a collaborative effort, published and distributed by local comix writers and artists. We are excited to host a release party and art exhibit to celebrate the latest issue. Featuring artwork by Sophie Franz, Josh Simmons, Lark Pien, Alex Chiu, Jason Sturgill, Erin Nations and many many more!

Tim Goodyear (Teenage Dinosaur / Video Tonfa), one of the publishers and contributors elaborated on the inspiration behind it saying “Vision Quest is a boiler plate we got from The Intruder up in Seattle. I have been bummed on the commercial structure of comics for a long time and have tried many times to get comics to folks with out all the barriers that are in place. Ian Sundahl asked me how The Intruder paper was structured and I told him what Max Clotfelter had told me. He asked if I’d want to do that here, I said I wasn’t sure. 6 or 8 months later he asked me again and I said yes. It’s been great. I love it.”

“Money is gross,” Goodyear says. “Money is a terrible obstacle for the growth of comics. People think they like comics but most don’t really know—finding, choosing and paying for them is not something I see much. Mini comics have such small quantities that few people ever get to see them. How can an artist get seen and find the audience who will love them?” The solution? Vision Quest. “It’s free so we don’t need to be present and their curiosity is the only cost,” Goodyear says, speaking of the paper’s various drop-off locations, scouted by the artists and publishers.

WHO: Tim Goodyear, Ian Sundahl, and a host of local artists
WHAT: Vision Quest 7 release party
WHEN: Thursday, March 2, 6-9pm
WHERE: Floating World Comics, 400 NW Couch St.

LINKS: FLOATING WORLD COMICS ll FACEBOOK EVENT