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The Charming-Yet-Infrequent Newsletter– So Much To Tell

Hi Friends!
Well, there’s A LOT to catch up on.

The highlights, in “I Statements”:

–I got a huge surprise after I went roller skating this weekend, in the form of a puzzle.

–I took on a full time collaborator for Rhymes With Orange.  It’s been awesome.

–I visited a grave stone maker.  (Not for personal reasons, thank goodness.)

–I visited some Greek Islands with The Notorious B.U.Z.  (Also known as my mom.)

–I taught a cartooning class.  (The students ROCKED.)

–I made another comic book.  All about dogs.  It’s for OPEN STUDIOS Nov 11 & 12.

–I will be in an exhibition at the Library of Congress in DC

–There’s a Cartoon Art Auction Fundraiser for Hurricane Relief starting Thanksgiving Day.  (This is not an “I Statement.”  Sorry.)

–iPhone travails, bonus quote from my mom, and a picture of my gym shorts.  (This is an “i” statement.)

SIXTEEN ACROSS

Finally, a clue I could actually get!  This was Saturday’s New York Times Crossword Puzzle.  I hope I can last as long as long on this earth as 17 Across…

 

MEET RINA PICCOLO!

Co-writing a play a while back made it crystal clear to me that I enjoy collaborating more than I enjoy doing things by myself.  So, after 22 years of doing the strip solo (I’m a slow learner!), I invited Rina to come aboard.  I have been a fan of Rina’s since the 90s, when I walked into a bookstore and saw Rina’s Big Book of Sex Cartoons.  Here was someone young and female drawing funny single panel cartoons.  There weren’t many of us out there, and this was the pre-Google era, and I was in San Francisco, and she was in Toronto.  And I barely spoke Canadian. We ended up getting to know each other through The National Cartoonists Society.  Working with Rina has really revitalized me, and the strip.  It’s been a blast so far.  Check out her website at www.rinapiccolo.com

Sometimes when we have conference calls about biz stuff, she sends me her phone doodles afterward.

It makes me want to talk longer.

 

ROCK OF AGES

My partner Kristin and I went to see an enormous granite quarry in Vermont this summer, then got the factory tour of the gravestone making process.  This headstone confused us.  Isn’t it late for this?

ANCIENT GREECE UNDERSTOOD TRAGEDY

In the 5th century B.C., the theater was entertainment and education.  Everyone went.  But back then, when an actor in a play was killed, the audience never saw the death.  The actors went back stage to simulate the action, and then the deceased would come out with mourners behind him.  The point was to emphasize the pain of the mourners versus glorify the violence of the death.  The thinking was that if people saw the killing part, they might want to emulate it.  They were onto something.

BUT GREECE WAS ALSO A PAINT-YOUR-OWN-POTTERY STUDIO

All of those beautiful white marble statues we associate with Ancient Greece?  They were ALL painted.  Meet Athena.  To me, she looks like a lawn statue. Made at a birthday party.

By the time they were dug up, the paint was gone. Historians only realized this in the last two decades, when they had the technology to detect it.  Nutso.

 

HOW GREEKS WENT TO THE BATHROOM

It was a social affair.  Everyone sat knee to knee.  The gutter in front near their feet had fresh water, and people used a sponge attached to a stick.

TEACHING AT THE CENTER FOR CARTOON STUDIES

Four days, ten students, over 100 drawings made.  I’ll be teaching at The Center For Cartoon Studies again June 11-14, and will be most likely be doing another online class in the winter or Spring.   Here’s an intrepid student enjoying our reverse caricature.

CANINE COMICS… AT OPEN STUDIOS!

Just got the new CanineComics from the printer yesterday!  It’s a comic book of dog cartoons, and a companion to my previous comic books Catacomics and Hanukkomics.

You can get signed copies only at Open Studios, but it will be available online from www.IndyPlanet.us very soon.  Stay tuned.

OPEN STUDIOS info: NOV. 11 & 12, 10am-5pm.  221 Pine St. Florence, MA 01062

What’s Open Studios? 50+ Artists open their doors for the public to snoop around and touch things.  Unique gifts for the holidays.  Small cups of wine. I’ll have all manner of funny cartoons.

LIBRARY OF CONGRESS SHOW

One of my cartoons will be in the exhibition Drawn to Purpose: American Women Illustrators and Cartoonists, but the Library of Congress hasn’t yet announced the show on their website.

The exhibition Drawn to Purpose: American Women Illustrators and Cartoonists  is scheduled to open at the Library of Congress on November 18, 2017, and will run through October 20, 2018, in two rotations, with a completely new selection in May.  Inspired by the Library’s rich collections, the exhibit features the remarkable but little known contributions made by North American women to two popular art forms—illustration and cartooning. In fields traditionally dominated by men, many women have long earned their livelihoods creating art intended for reproduction and wide dissemination in newspapers, periodicals, and books. Spanning the late 1800s to the present, some sixty selected drawings and prints highlight the gradual broadening, in both the private and public spheres, of women’s roles and interests, addressing such themes as evolving ideals of feminine beauty, new opportunities emerging  for women in society, changes in gender relations, and issues of human welfare. An online version of the exhibit is planned for the Library’s website and a companion book Drawn to Purpose is scheduled for release in spring, 2018.

 

CARTOON AUCTION FOR HURRICANE RELIEF

There will be an online auction through Heritage Auctions starting Thanksgiving Day (Nov 23rd) of original cartoon art donated by members of the National Cartoonists Society.  The auction runs for a week.  All proceeds  will be sent to Direct Relief, a charity that specializes in providing humanitarian aid to victims of natural disasters.  The auction is not live yet, but here’s the link: www.HA.com/NCS

I will have a piece up for auction, and so will many of your favorite cartoonists.

WHAT BUZZY SAID THIS SUMMER

My friend’s kids sat eating Klondike bars at the kitchen table at my parent’s home in Cape Cod. Ice cream and chocolate bits were everywhere.  One of my friends warned her kid not to let the ice cream drip onto the wooden cane chairs.  Without missing a beat, my mom said, “Oh please– don’t worry about getting ice cream on the chairs– their wet bathing suits will soak it up.”

My kind of housekeeping.

NECESSITY IS THE MOTHER OF WHATEVER YOU CALL I JUST MADE

It was finally time to get off my ex-wife’s and her new wife’s cell phone plan and strike out on my own.  It had only been about a decade since we parted ways… why rush it?

So I got my new phone and my new carrier this Sunday, and the phone store didn’t have the cell phone case that I wanted, so I had to order it online, and I am too cheap for expedited shipping.  The phone is incredibly slippery without a case, and in fact slid out out of my pocket and landed onto the movie theater floor that very evening.  (You’d think the cinema floor would add some nice stick to it, but it was not sufficient.)

So I made one, today, in the interim.

 

BONUS PHOTO

When I wear gym shorts, I’m not just a Champion, but a Championampion.

Thanks for tuning in!
See you at Open Studios!

Hilary

 

 

 

 

The Charming-Yet-Infrequent Newsletter: Big Happenings!

Hi Friends!

In this Newsletter:

  • The Quick Draw this Friday in Brattleboro, VT
  • Teaching a class in June at The Center For Cartoon Studies
  • RWO turns 22
  • Guest Cartoonist Rina Piccolo
  • The Reuben Award Nomination
  • Visiting Ed Emberley

THE BRATTLEBORO QUICK DRAW!

May 12, Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Brattleboro Museum & Art Center

Watch three speedy cartoonists go Sharpie-to-Sharpie to outdraw their opponents as they answer zany challenges by Quick Draw Quizmaster host Hilary Price (That’s me). See hilarious cartoon art cooked up right before your very eyes!

Modeled on the famous crowd-pleaser at San Diego Comic-Con, this event showcases the talents of Mike Lynch (Reader’s Digest, The Wall Street Journal), Maria Scrivan (MAD, National Lampoon), and a VERY special award-winning Mystery Guest!

Cash bar provided by Whetstone Station Restaurant & Brewery.

ADMISSION: $10. Space is limited. Call 802-257-0124 x101 or reserve tickets at http://bit.ly/2oY34C1

WRITING AND DRAWING SINGLE PANEL CARTOONS WITH HILARY PRICE

June 5-8, Center For Cartoon Studies, White River Junction, VT

This 4-day intensive workshop which examines the essentials for producing your own single panel comics – characters, environment, plot and the gag. A combination of lectures and studio time provides an in depth look into the form and an opportunity to leave with completed works. Writing and Drawing Single Panel Comics is for both beginner and advanced adult and college students.

Questions? Call (802) 295-3319 or registration@cartoonstudies.org

THE BIG TWO TWO

As this past year was year 21 for Rhymes With Orange, much of my time was spent wandering Vegas with a yard-long plastic margarita glass hanging from my neck.  It’ll be good to finally get back home and put my feet up.  My cat suggests an extravaganja, but I’m more inclined to a cupcake. (That’s just catnip, I swear.)

THIS WEEK’S GUEST CARTOONIST

Once again, welcome back the amazing and talented Rina Piccolo!  While I was in SF cavorting at the Queers and Comics conference last month, Rina took the helm.  So you’ll be seeing her work all this week.

Rina is a avid sketchbooker.  Here’s a piece from her blog post “Musings On Keeping A Sketchbook Journal.”

THE NOMINATION

I am honored this year to be nominated for the National Cartoonists Society Reuben Award.  The big party is over Memorial Day, this time in Portland OR, and there’s some stiff competition for the big prize.  Check out the other nominees:

Ann Telnaes:

Lynda Barry

Mark Tatulli

Stephan Pastis

WHAT I’M WEARING TO THE AWARDS DINNER

I just need to find a turtleneck to match.

VISITING THE ED EMBERLEY EXHIBIT

A couple months ago, a bunch of New England cartoonists went to Worcester, MA to see a retrospective by the Ed Emberley, who wrote THE most influential drawing book I’ve ever had. AND here are the original pages of that book!  AND Ed himself was there.  AND he signed my book.  Mind blown.

So that’s the wrap up.  Thanks for tuning in!

Hilary

The Winter Charming-Yet-Infrequent Newsletter

Hi Folks!
I’ve taken a break from the care and feeding of my driveway to send out a newsletter on the latest happenings.  If the plow goes by again, and with it a foot high of icy crud, I will be back in a minute.  Actually, thirty minutes, which will be sweaty and laden with swear words.

Today’s highlights:

  • Visiting Cartoonist Elwood Smith
  • Going To The Movies
  • The Online Cartooning Class in March 6-10
  • The In-Person Cartooning Class June 5-8
  • My New Fashion Accessory
  • Some International Editorial Cartoons About Freedom of Speech
  • The Iranian Cartoonist Eaten Fish
  • Dogs Who Steal Stuff And Then Totally Deny It
  • Our own Gong Show in Northampton Feb 28th

The Great Elwood Smith

I’ve known Elwood Smith’s work from Parade Magazine and Reader’s Digest since I was a kid.  Turns out, he lives an hour west of me.  A field trip was obviously in order.   It’s always great when you meet an artist and you like their personality just as much as their work– Elwood is awesome!

When he’s not illustrating the science section of The New York Times, Elwood’s been focusing on personal drawings under the theme Death At The Circus.

Here’s Elwood Smith and Mo Willems and Elwood’s drawing assistant, Pickles The Cat.

Some sketches:

 

Going To The Movies

When my movie pal had to cancel our date to see La La Land a couple Tuesdays ago, I decided to go solo.  I had no idea idea how solo.  That’s my jacket.

I decided NOT to turn my phone off, even though the previews warned me again and again.  Since this evening was turning into a “me” date, I followed it up with some glamorous shopping:

The Online Cartooning Class, March 6-10

If you ever wanted to try your hand at drawing a single panel cartoon, I will personally teach you.  The class is online, but you don’t have to be present for a lecture.  Read today’s lesson on your own schedule and then get your homework in to me that night.  We go over how to come up with ideas and how to craft a cartoon. I will be clear, yet firm…

SIGN UP NOW!

The In-Person Cartooning Class June 5-8

Instead of your living room, this will be at The Center For Cartoon Studies in White River Junction.  Check it out!

My New Fashion Accessory

I now draw my strips on a Cintiq Companion, and just got this nifty drawing glove so the fleshy part of my palm doesn’t bother the touch screen. I feel like one part Michael Jackson, one part Phantom of The Opera.  Here- I’ve dressed it for you.

International Editorial Cartoonists And Free Speech

One of the reasons I like international editorial cartoonist is that they are really good at using no words, so the message can cut across different languages.  Here are a few I saw at the Society of Illustrators exhibit in New York around the holidays.

Iranian Cartoonist Eaten Fish

Speaking of international cartoonists, there is currently an effort by cartoonists the world over to aid Iranian refugee cartoonist Eaten Fish, who is being held in a detention center in Papua New Guinea on the orders of the Australian government.  He is hoping to resettle in Australia.  Look for drawings of fish on Twitter with the hashtag #EatenFish

Here’s an example. 

Dogs Who Lie And Deny

Say you were cooling a loaf of banana bread on the stove and there were two dogs in the house.  And say you walked out of the kitchen for a minute or so.  When you return to the kitchen and half the loaf is gone, who claims responsibility?  No one.  Even when you put your nose really close to their snouts and try to smell banana on them. No one says a word.

 

Local Event This Feb 28th- The Really Big Show

I’m going to be one of three Gong Show judges for the second half of of Northampton’s  giant talent show, aptly called The Really Big Show.  It’s a great event!

 

If you want more frequent updates from me, you can follow me on these platforms.  I post the latest strip daily at the Facebook site, sometimes on the Twitter site, and just take goofy pictures on the Instagram site.

  • Instagram account: price.hilary
  • Facebook Page: Facebook.com/RhymesComic
  • Twitter Handle: Hilary_Price

Thanks for tuning in!!

Hilary

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