I gave a talk on "Creating Webcomics" at PodCamp Pittsburgh 4 this past weekend. (Yeah, yeah, let's make the obvious jokes about my current productivity.) If anyone's interested, you can download the presentation files by clicking the image below. I realize that this sort of presentation is practically useless without some accompanying audio. Fortunately, local startup Vivo was recording and streaming all the sessions and as soon as they're available for download I'll add a link to this post.
Walk of the Dead
This past Sunday was the annual "Walk of the Dead," where Pittsburghers of all stripes put on their best zombie finery and and march — well, shamble, really — through the Monroeville Mall (famous as setting for George Romero's landmark Dawn of the Dead). Of course, I was there to take photos of it for you at great personal risk. (Zombies can smell high-quality brains like mine from miles away.)
You can see some more photos over in my Flickr photostream and read more about the event here.
Earlier this week I noticed another Shepard Fairey mural on the side of Smokin' Joe's Saloon on the South Side. When I first went hunting for murals Rob and I ate at Smokin' Joe's and completely failed to notice the mural. In addition, my office is only two blocks away from the mural which means I've been passing it every day for two months without noticing it. Frankly, that's embarassing.
"Shepard Fairey: Supply and Demand, SuperTrash & Unnatural Rubber" starts tomorrow at the Warhol Museum and continues through January 31st.
Higher-resolution versions are available in my Flickr photosteram, as usual.
Two Minis by Matt Wiegle
Here are two minis by cartoonist Matt Wiegle that I picked up in Toronto... god, was that really six months ago? Anyway, they're both short, 16-page comics that somehow manage to milk every last drop of humor from their simple premises. "Is It Bacon?" is a field guide to identifying bacon (which, as it turns out can be quite easily confused with a bunch of other substances). "Monsters & Condiments" is devoted to the premise that "when properly seasoned, all fiends inspire delight rather than terror."
Both comics are actually highly entertaining. The off-kilter erudition of "Is It Bacon?" and the sheer left-field absurdity of "Monsters & Condiments" are complemented by Wiegle's drawing style, which makes extensive use of hatching to help ground their high-concept underpinnings.
Is It Bacon? p. 8-9
Monsters & Condiments p. 6-7
Unfortunately, there's no denying that both minis are a bit, well, slight. They rarely stray too far from their initial premise, and while they're guaranteed to provide a few laughs they're not the sort of work that rewards serious scrutiny. They'd feel right at home in an anthology, or in a compilation of Wiegle's total works, but as individual works they can sometimes feel like a poor value for your money. Fortunately, Matt Wiegle manages to side-step the entire issue by pricing them at a mere $1.
You can get more information about Matt Wiegle at the PARTYKA web site, and order copies of the minis through the PARTYKA store (well, except for "Is It Bacon?" which is predictable sold out).