As followers of this blog have undoubtedly noticed, I’ve been in Philadelphia all week! I’ve just returned home from the ArtsEdge Residency program at the Kelly Writers’ House at the University of Pennsylvania. This was an amazing experience for which I am unimaginably grateful.
My week in Philadelphia kicked off with the opening of my first solo show, From The Beyond, in the Brodsky Gallery at the Writers’ House. The show includes all ten of my pages from a story of the same name which will appear in the upcoming Then It Was Dark anthology. At the opening I gave a short talk about the history behind the story and my process creating it. This was livestreamed online and many of you tuned in (thanks so much!), but if you missed it, there is now a video of the event posted online. You can watch my artist talk at the Kelly Writers’ House here.
My work will be hanging in the Brodsky Gallery at the Kelly Writers’ House until November 7th, so if you’re in Philadelphia, make sure you go check that out!
Also as part of the residency, I attended the Locust Moon Comics Festival. This was a one-day show where I debuted my brand new minicomic, Trepanation: Elective Surgery You Need Like A Hole In The Head, a print version of a comic I produced for The Nib earlier this year. These minicomics will be available online soon, so check back for that in the coming weeks!
Photo taken from the Locust Moon Comics Festival FB page!
The show was a lot of fun, and I got to meet so many phenomenal comics people! I especially liked the venue where the show was held – a beautiful old building originally built as a Christian Science church that now functions as a community arts and culture center. The large, circular main hall where my table was situated was full of natural light and dilapidated charm that was a refreshing change from the typical nondescript, fluorescent-lit convention halls.
My stay in Philadelphia was concluded with a brief interview and a reading on the show LIVE at the Writers’ House which will be broadcast on WXPN in Philadelphia on Monday night at 8pm. If you don’t live in the Philadelphia area but would like to listen, you can livestream it!
I am completely overwhelmed by how supportive of my work the Kelly Writers’ House has been in organizing all these events for my stay in Philadelphia. I can’t thank them enough, but can only encourage you to check out their programming if you are ever in the Philadelphia area. They are an incredibly amazing group of writers, teachers, organizers, and students creating a vibrant literary and arts community on the Penn campus.