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The other day, I officially graduated from college! I now am arbitrarily qualified in the fields of Art and Art History. Hopefully I’ll find good uses for what I learned in these past few years at school, both on this blog and out in the real world. 

To celebrate, here is a very very relevant New Yorker cover illustration from one year ago by R. Kikuo Johnson. As a recent graduate, a cartoon like this should make me feel depressed, but I’m ready for the tough challenges of entering business-land. 

For anyone curious about my plans right now, this summer I’ll be teaching art to elementary schoolers at a day-camp type thing (I get a whole classroom and everything!), and then after that I’ll be hunting down graduate schools to get an MFA and hopefully someday become a professor IRL. Along the way I’m gonna keep making art and comics and hopefully will be doing more writing about art on this blog and in videos. 

I’ll share updates about how all this is going every now and again, and of course I’ll keep sharing cool art stuff on this blog on the regular. Thank you again to everybody who follows my ramblings, the past few years blogging for you all has been a blast and I’m looking forward to getting back into it even more this summer! 


A comiXologist CREATOR recommends

Fantagraphics’ groundbreaking anthology MOME is releasing today on comiXology.  I caught up with contributor Dash Shaw to get an insider’s perspective on what it was like to participate in this highly acclaimed series:

“I was excited to contribute to MOME because it was one of the only alternative comic anthologies at that time to come out frequently and be in color. It was a consistent, regular venue. At the time it started, Fantagraphics wasn’t publishing many new one-artist anthology issues, and the other publishers’ anthologies were irregular and different formats. Literary cartoonists still made short stories, but there just weren’t many places for them to appear in print. Also, it was during a wide interest in long, single graphic novels, which I contributed to but never felt were inherently superior to short stories. Obviously, a good comic is a good comic, in any format. Tim Hensley and Gabrielle Bell and Lilli Carre and Olivier Schrauwen, to name just a few, have comics in MOME that are as great as they come. Tom Kaczynski’s “Million Year Boom” (in vol. 11) is one of my all-time favorite comic short stories. Most of Eleanor Davis’ “How to be Happy” originally appeared in MOME. Plus there were never-reprinted stories by R. Kikuo Johnson, Laura Park, Al Columbia, David Heatley, John Pham, and many more… There’s a lot there to dig through!“

(Pictured- MOME Vol. 11 cover by Al Columbia, comics by Dash Shaw, Tom Kaczynski and Gabrielle Bell)

Dash Shaw is an award-winning animator and cartoonist.  His books include Cosplayers, Doctors and Bottomless Belly Button.  He contributed stories to MOME 10-17 and 20-22