Thank You to the Kelly Writers’ House!

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.

Tonight: LIVE At The Writers’ House!

Philadelphia! Tonight is my last night in town, and the last event associated with my residency with the Kelly Writers’ House. I will be reading at a recording of the radio show LIVE at the Writer’s House, along with Box Brown, Hawk Krall, and Jean-Christophe Cloutier, with a performance by the band Lantern. We’ll be performing in front of a live audience that could include you — yes, you!

Come to the Kelly Writer’s House at 3805 Locust Walk on the University of Pennsylvania campus to join us. The show starts at 7pm! My art is still up in their gallery space here, so you can check that out, too. If you can’t make the show, but would like to listen, you can catch it on Monday, November 3rd on WXPN at 8pm!

TOMORROW: Locust Moon Comics Festival!

For those of you in Philadelphia, why not swing by the Locust Moon Comics Festival tomorrow? I will be there. All the cool kids are going. C’mon.

Poster by Ron Wimberly

The show will be held from 10am-6pm at The Rotunda, located at 4014 Walnut St. in Philadelphia. I will be debuting the print version of Trepanation: Elective Surgery You Need Like A Hole In The HeadYou can get your copy for $4! I’ll be at table S-28, right near the entrance. Make sure you come say hi!

Brand new minicomic, for sale at the show!

 

Tonight: “From The Beyond” Opening at the Kelly Writers’ House!

If you live in Philadelphia please consider coming by the Kelly Writers’ House (3805 Locust Walk) tonight for the opening of From The Beyond a gallery show of the pages from my most recent comic. I will be speaking a 6pm, after which refreshments will be served and fun will be had!

If you are not in Philadelhpia, or can’t make it, and would still like to hear my talk, you can livestream it here.

Photo from the Penn instagram (@uofpenn)

New Minicomic – Just In Time For Locust Moon!

Can it really be that I haven’t published a new minicomic in over a year? Obviously, that situation needs to be remedied immediately – and it shall! I will have a brand new minicomic debuting at the Locust Moon Comics Festival next weekend. Trepanation: Elective Surgery You Need Like A Hole In The Head is the print version of a comic originally published on The Nib. It explores the history and practices of the International Trepanation Advocacy Group, a small group of people who believe that drilling a small hole in your skull may be beneficial or even necessary to full brain function and mental health. This is a 16-page black and white comic with a full color cover, and will be sold at the show for $4 each.

Not going to be at Locust Moon this weekend? Fear not! After I return from Philadelphia, issues of this comic will be made available through my Etsy shop.

Interested in minicomics? I will be teaching a minicomics workshop in Philadelphia on Thursday, October 23rd. We’ll discuss various production methods, look at examples, and each student will have the opportunity to make a minicomic of their very own! The workshop will be held from 7-9pm at the Kelly Writers’ House (3805 Locust Walk). To sign up, email wh@writing.upenn.edu with subject line: MINICOMICS, yes!