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Shortbox!

I ordered a shortbox! Here is a review of everything in it!

The candy: there was a “fruit-salad flavored” square thing that tasted like every single starburst mashed together. Terrible.

a black licorice flavored square that was far more licorice than I ever cared to taste. Also terrible.

a milk chocolate frog thing that was like a hershey kiss but larger, so also terrible.

British candy is a disappointment.

BUT ON THE BRIGHT SIDE, THE COMICS WERE GREAT!

I ordered the Shortbox for Rosemary Vallero-O’Connell’s What is Left because I love everything she’s ever made, she’s amazing, god bless Rosemary V-O. I was not disappointed! It’s beautiful–the colors are limited to pinks and purples, and the story is clear despite the nonlinear narrative. It is sad and made me sad but it’s okay because it is beautiful. You can feel the yearning, the pain of talking to someone who can’t hear you, of falling for someone who no longer exists. I did spot a few typos though.

Barbara by Nicole Miles was interesting. I like the idea of personifying a cactus, and I’ve never really seen veganism framed in such a nonagressive way. That one vegan girl in my high school class was always very…militant about it. I haven’t really thought so much about how other people treat vegans/vegetarians, and I’ll probably think more about how I react to this subject in the future.

Hot Summer Nights by Freddy Carrasco was pretty visually striking, but it was hard for me to tell what’s going on or tell the character’s apart. Not my kind of thing.

Musings of a Muslim Hipster by Areeba Siddique was also not really my kind of thing. That sort of graphic, sharp style reminds me of rookiemag and ban.do products, and to me it works best as prints and patterns and stickers, not as pages of a book. I was expecting a single narrative comic instead of a collection of stuff, but the stuff was interesting and I did learn some things.

The Pit of Tar had a lot more text than I thought it would, but I love the soft pencil art style a lot. The story is depressing, but intriguing. I have a soft spot for old hollywood things.

I really enjoyed all these things except the candy, and I may order another shortbox someday! But it was kind of expensive so idk maybe.

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Hong Kong Week 4

Well, for travel portfolio, crit was Wednesday, and then Thursday we went to Monkey Mountain to draw monkeys and take reference photos for our last topic, which is NATURE.

The monkeys were evil. And there were so many, like, we sat down at this rest area and there were literally 8 of them just walking around looking for a fight.

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After that, for comics class, we had critique of our character designs/development.

Then Friday, we went to the botanical/zoological gardens for drawing of nature things. I can’t believe these are free to visit here, in the states a place like that would’ve been like $30 USD to enter at least. It was awesome.

Then my roommate and I watched some SCAD kids lose at soccer to a bunch of old men, and wandered around the Dragon Center until it was time to leave for swing dancing.

Friday night was my last Friday night swing dancing, but it was fun and I had a good time.

Saturday I went to Mong Kok to buy some souvenirs for my family. I learned I cannot haggle. I am as assertive as a salted slug. I probably paid too much money for the things I obtained. But then I got to drown my sorrows in Ten Ren bubble tea which is supposed to be The Best so it was fine really.

After that me and my roommate met up with a swing dancing friend for cheap and delicious seafood! It was extremely delicious. And then we got milk pudding for dessert and wandered around the Causeway Bay area. Very fun, despite some rain that happened.

And then today, I met up with Ingrid again to go to PMQ and wander around a bit. We had a very nice lunch at a very cute cafe and saw some very cool things. We also hit up the antiques street, which was so cool I love antiques.

I finally finished my 100 literary characters! check #100literarycharacters on instagram for the full array.

What else? Here’s a sketchbook page for travel drawing.

Reading list: read Seconds by Bryan Lee O’Malley, which was interesting, but not my favorite thing by him. Also read Filmish, a graphic nonfiction work explaining film theory and criticism, which was really interesting and brought several movies to my attention that I hadn’t heard of before but want to watch now. The art style was too similar to Understanding Comics, though, and it threw me off a little.

Also read 17776 which I really like, it’s like homestuck but short and self-contained and SATISFYING. I’ve sent links to all my friends. I’m very excited about it because it’s a thing that will definitely appeal to my friends from high school, unlike volleyball anime and figure skating anime, which appeals more to my art school friends. I miss geeking out over homestuck with people I’ve known for half my life.

That’s about it, I guess. I’m going to japan late Friday night. It’s surreal, I still can’t really believe it. Man.

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Hong Kong Week 2

I feel like every week is more packed with things to do than the last. Taking two studio classes was A Mistake.

First off, last Sunday I went to Causeway Bay with Ingrid! It was fun. We went to a Ghibli store and a lot of other places too but the Ghibli store stands out because I got to stand in a cat bus for a photo op. I bought a LOT of washi tape and five pairs of socks. Very cute socks.

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Monday was critique for travel portfolio and new assignment day for comics, so basically a normal day. Crit went well.

For Travel Portfolio, on Tuesday we went out to the IFC mall and then went to the monetary museum on the 55th floor to draw the city from a high vantage point. It was pretty fun. I’ve been to a lot of fancy malls here, but the IFC mall might have been the fanciest. It kind of reminded me of an airport.

Then after all that, I went back to SCAD to meet my comics class (plus some alums who hang around because they can) to get on a bus to Mong Kok to go to Sino Centre. Sino Centre is like a 3-story mall/flea market that specializes in anime and manga merch. It’s absolutely amazing. And we got to go there on class time. And my prof treated us all to bubble tea because there were like 5 people on this trip. People rent out these cubes and fill them with things they want to sell and then the shopkeeper sells them and gives the money to whoever put the items there in the first place.

I bought a Haikyuu charm and a Yuri!!! on Ice charm, because I’m weak. Everyone keeps telling me stuff because I’m the only one in the class who’s not a native HKer and I’ve never been to Sino Centre before. One of the alums freelanced for Minecraft for years. She told me a lot about the history of BL manga and how it’s a genre popular with girls who like girls because it allows them to explore romantic attraction without participating in it.

Wednesday my roommate took me swing dancing again. It was in the basement of a fancy building in Central this time, at an Italian restaurant, and they were offering free beginner lessons, which was cool.

Thursday we climbed the hill behind SCAD to do more drawing for travel portfolio, but this time outside, in the heat, for half an hour. My classmate had bug spray for everyone, which was a help, but like. IT WAS STILL, SO HOT.

I’m making slow progress on my watercolor Finished Piece for this assignment. I hate watercolor and architecture and everything. It sucks.

Friday was kind of a nothing day, really. I went to SCAD to work on my comic a bit, and I wanted to print some photos in color for my travel drawing sketchbook, but I couldn’t find a functional color printer.

Saturday I met up with Ingrid again! We walked around the midlevels for a bit, then went to her house and played with her dogs. She has 7 amazing poodles.

We took the ferry from Central over to TST. TST is basically Times Square, NYC, except even more crowded. Not the most fun, but still a new experience!

I also met a sequential arts professor from Savannah, here to visit his wife, who also works at SCAD apparently. That was interesting.

Recent reading: Bakuman, still. Ran through the 11 volumes in the library.

I read a comic in French! Kylooe tome 2, by Little Thunder who’s an HK native. It was really pretty, but felt kind of hopeless near the end.

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Ingrid let me borrow this amazing adaptation of the Great Gatsby by Nicki Greenberg, which reimagines Gatsby as a seahorse in the pages of an old scrapbook. It gives this classic story such a cool surreal feeling. I enjoyed it a lot.

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Yesterday was also the 20th anniversary of the handover of Hong Kong from Britain to China, but I decided to skip the crowds and the traffic in favor of going home and getting some work done.

Today I’ve been doing homework and writing fanfiction all day. And that’s basically it!

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Hong Kong Week 1

 

So, if you would like the short version of my week, check out my travel comics, which I’ve collected into a moment on Twitter here.

For the long version… classes started Monday. I was super terrified. There’s seniors in both my classes, my HK Comics class is 5 people (one of which is a photo major) all of whom are natives to Hong Kong and know each other really well. My professors are both really nice and super legit. Here’s my comics professor’s portfolio site. He’s given me so many great tips on how to make things look good in photoshop really fast. My travel portfolio professor was a war artist in Iraq! He follows me on instagram and comments nice things on the assignments I post on there.

It’s amazing how after such a short time I already feel so much more comfortable drawing environments and cityscapes. Because I have to draw them. A lot.

I’ve been to the Bird, Fish, Flower and Ladies’ markets in Mong Kok, the art supply store in Yau Ma Tei, and the bars in Lan Kwai Fong (I’m legal here!). Also, swing dancing near the Macau Ferry stop, and the Gold Coast Beach today. I don’t swing dance but my roommate’s obsessed and dragged me with her so she didn’t have to take the bus by herself. I’m slowly getting the hang of the bus system here.

We had a Food Tour yesterday, and I tried egg tarts, pineapple bread, hong kong style tea, fish balls and shu mai, a fancy fruit tea, and takoyaki. My favorite was probably the egg tart, but everything was really cool. We went to the markets with my travel portfolio class on Wednesday, and I tried fried pig intestines on a stick then. They tasted okay.

I have way too many pictures of all of these places and I don’t want to go through them all for this blog post to be honest. Just check my twitter, @mashazart.

Thursday night we went bar-hopping, which was a first for me. We started at this place at the top of the Ritz hotel called Ozone, which was expensive, but very fancy and with a very nice view. I had an…okay-tasting drink, and forced myself to drink all of it because it was almost 20 USD and I felt guilty spending so much money.

Then we went to Lan Kwai Fong which was not fancy at all. Very loud, lots of people grabbing me and trying to sell me things. But we danced at a place for a while and that part was fun. Getting back was not fun. We missed the bus and ended up grabbing a taxi and got back to Gold Coast at 5 am. Then I got on the bus for the food tour just 5 hours later. It Was Fine.

Here’s some of the drawings I’ve done for Travel Portfolio so far. We have to fill 40 sketchbook pages of various sizes by monday, which is intense. One of them has to include collages of ~ephemera~, meaning paper scraps and things we find around the city. Also writing. I feel like I’ve learned a lot in a short time, and that I have the leniency to play more than I usually do.

On a related note, here are my tips for making good collages, learned from AP Studio when everyone was doing the collage thing for some reason:

  1. booklets, newspapers, thing with small text are textural elements. Those words aren’t gonna be read by anyone not even if you highlight the important stuff. The arrangement of the words on the page will impact the final composition more than what they say.
  2. Try to have a focal point the rest of the composition is founded around.
  3. Repeat similar elements throughout the piece to generate cohesion.
  4. Cut out background elements like the sky. Put in something else instead. Art.
  5. Try to create a narrative with the images you choose.
  6. It is not illegal to draw and paint in addition to cutting out and gluing bits of paper in a collage.
  7. Colored label stickers are great.

I kept all these things in mind when making my 4 collage spreads for class. I might do one more because I don’t like my second one very much, but I don’t want to run out of ~ephemera~ and I’d rather wait until the next assignment is officially assigned.

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In comics class, I drew this illustration for a concept I’ve had brewing for a while, a few years now, actually. We have to create an IP from zero to pitch-ready in the 5 week term, and it has to be connected to Hong Kong somehow. I decided to work with my millenial hell concept because the hell landscape could easily be reimagined to be inspired by Hong Kong street architecture. My professor helped me a lot with the coloring of this. First, my inspiration board.

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Here’s what I came up with, inspired by all of that.

I’m fairly proud of it.

Also in comics class Howard Wong local comic book writer came in and talked to us and gave everyone individual feedback on their concepts and it was super cool, I learned so much, what a cool dude.

Our Resources folder for that class contains rips of Blade Runner, Akira, and an episode of Samurai Champloo.

It’s kind of amazing.

Also, my prof told us all to read Bakuman, and I have made it through 6 volumes so far. It’s kind of sexist at the beginning, but overall very funny and interesting. I like getting an insider’s look on the manga-making process. It certainly seems like a better system than the US comics market.

Tomorrow, I’m meeting a good friend at Causeway Bay, which is super exciting, both because I haven’t been there yet and because my friend is a great person I haven’t seen in a while.

 

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I’M IN HONG KONG!!

Man oh man. SO, I’ve been semi-offline for the past couple of days because I was having a hard time locating plug adapters for a) my phone charger and b) my laptop charger. Yesterday we went to a mall and I checked all 5 electronics store and NONE OF THEM had the type of adapter I needed, so I couldn’t use my laptop at all until this morning because my nice new friend Kathie who is familiar with HK and went downtown yesterday found me the perfect adaptor for 10 HKD (about $1.30 USD.)

I don’t feel like typing walls of text right now, so I’ll just post the pages of my travel diary comics I’ve been making since my flight here late Tuesday night/early Wednesday morning.

The highlight of this trip so far has been the food. Like, even the cheap instant food. Even the Starbucks. Everything is new and different and better-tasting here. Do you know how many more flavors of Pocky there are here than at the Asian Food Market back home? So many. I had green apple and mango and blueberry pocky…all of which were delicious…

And strawberry marshmallows filled with chocolate, purchased in Muji of all places. MUJI. WHICH THEY HAVE, RIGHT IN TUEN MUN.

Here is a selection of pictures from my first few days in Hong Kong. First, my dorm. SCAD rents out several apartments in the Gold Coast Apartment complex, and every student living on-campus at SCAD HK gets a room. My room’s the biggest in my apartment, with a bathroom inside it. Sheets and towels and things are provided, which is super convenient for me. Also, it’s the rainy season, so everything is damp and unpleasant. Not as hot as it could be, though. There’s plumeria trees right outside my window, and the flowers are so, so beautiful.

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I made a snail friend yesterday, while waiting for the SCAD Bus to take us up to The Peak. IMG_20170617_164450694

At the Tuen Mun shopping complex, there was a store selling these super cute chocolate truffles. I wanted to buy some, but the store didn’t take card and I also just spent a lot of money at Muji, so. IMG_20170617_130843355

We also visited a wet market (a market that sells raw fish and poultry and even live animals for cooking purposes) and a guy in our group bought a whole cooked chicken and ate it. I can’t stand the smell of fish, so I spent as little time in there as possible. Still snapped a picture though.IMG_20170617_135512973

Then we went up to The Peak, which has the best view of the city ever, as well as two more shopping centers. I guess HK people love to shop. I went to a Starbucks and got a green tea frapp with earl grey jelly at the bottom, and I think it tasted better than green tea frapps in America. Two levels below the observation deck, there was this traditional HK-style restaurant that was hella fancy, and it had the same nice view of the city as the observatory, and my roommate and I had dinner there. I got noodles with duck and vegetables. They were extremely delicious. I’ve basically been subsisting on noodles with things in them and interesting pocky flavors. I should go grocery shopping today.

Classes start tomorrow! I’m taking Travel Portfolio and Hong Kong Comics. For Travel Portfolio, we already got a pre-quarter assignment. “Students will Research and Collect images and other reference from a journey, holiday or distant memory of a place. Consider computer print outs, photocopies, stills from moving image, found text, ephemera. This research can include primary and secondary sources. Students will make a collage of one of these memories in their A4 sketchbook pages. Write a brief story about this memory with emphasis on neat handwriting in your A6 sketchbook (150 words.) Produce one illustration in your larger A5 Sketchbook in response to all the
information gathered.”

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So, yeah! HK!

Oh wait I forgot to mention: when I went to SCAD on Friday for Orientation, I stopped by the library and checked out Truth is Fragmentary by Gabrielle Bell and I Kill Giants: Titan Edition!

Reviews: Truth is Fragmentary made me feel self-conscious about my own travel comics, but also I don’t really like Bell’s style. Lots of words. Maybe I’m not ~deep~ enough to get the appeal, though.

I Kill Giants I’d read before and loved it and it was great, but I hadn’t read the Titan Edition before. Titan in this case means in addition to the story, the book came with character designs, breakdowns, original scripts and insights into the creators’ workflow. Which was amazing to see. Definitely worth checking out.

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Summer vacation and seeing old friends

So, I’ve been fairly busy this past week.

Wednesday, I went to get dinner and see Wonder Woman with two of my close friends. I really enjoyed Wonder Woman, but I’m not a big DC/Marvel fan, and I made the mistake of binge-watching Every Frame a Painting the day before, making me be super critical of the editing choices and the generic soundtrack.

Thursday, I went to Princeton with several of my friends, and then we ran into two more friends, and then we all went to my high school literary magazine’s end of the year party and spent some time hanging out and talking afterwards. I drew.IMG_20170608_193738.jpg

I went to Barnes and Noble and picked up a print copy of My Lesbian Experience with Loneliness, which I reviewed on this blog a few months ago, and I was really pleased with it! The print edition includes an extra chapter and an epilogue, and the author is in a much better place after her worked received the positive attention it deserved.

I also picked up Kase-San and Morning Glories, which is a cute fluffy yuri manga. I was alerted to its existence by this semi-viral animated short and decided I had to read it. It is extremely cute.

Then Friday I met up with a friend in Princeton, again, this time so she could enable me to buy a lot of books and two Haikyuu! folders. (I like volleyball anime now, apparently. I don’t know what happened either but I finished the anime and am on chapter 71 of the manga and I’m mildly embarrassed but not enough to stop myself from buying these.)IMG_20170609_190923805.jpg

I’ve finished reading Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda and Tell Me Again How A Crush Should Feel (enjoyed both, viscerally offended at the blurb on Simon that says it’s a cross between John Green and Rainbow Rowell because how rude), haven’t started I’ll Give You The Sun. I’ll make a post about my LGBT book and comic recs soon, because it’s Pride Month and that’s my job.

Saturday my friend group and I went to Grounds for Sculpture and then to a friend’s house to play a board game, eat fruit, and relax. Grounds for Sculpture is a central Jersey thing featuring famous paintings turned into sculptural figures, and also weird modernist sculptures. Modern sculpture has been ruined for me since I took 20th Century Art History and realized everyone is copying Henry Moore, David Smith, and Alexander Calder. Here’s a picture of me and my friends posing with Manet’s Dejeuner sur l’herbe.19030509_892074567599479_8080471439124986116_n.jpg

Then, I took a train to NYC and saw Hamilton. On Broadway.IMG_20170610_212109.jpg

I still can’t believe it really happened, but it did. My train got delayed and I ran into the theater like 5 seconds after the opening song started and had to find my seat between Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr, Sir, but it was so amazing. Google play says I’ve listened to Hamilton all the way through 7 times, and to my favorite numbers 16 times. I know all the words to all the songs. I bought the ticket way back in September, justifying it as a birthday gift to myself, and I didn’t expect to enjoy it as much as I did after so much time has passed. But, I did enjoy it a lot. I loved how the set stayed more or less the same, but the dramatic lighting cues changed the shape and tone of the place to feel like different locations whenever necessary. Burr and Jefferson were both played by chubby guys one of whom was genie in the Aladdin musical apparently, and it was weird at first but they were really good at it. Eliza smiled too much in the Schuyler sisters and did burn as if she was literally in the middle of crying, which was interesting. The new Hamilton played it a lot more comedically and kind of overacted at some parts but his voice was nicer. Overall, extremely enjoyable, except for the part where I missed my train by 2 minutes and got home at like 2 in the morning.

Then today my mom dragged me to the circus. Yeah. The Cirque Italia, or something like that, is open in the parking lot of the local mall, and I have a 4-year-old sister. So we went. It was pretty cool, but the tent was so humid and dark I felt like death.

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Artwise, I finished this four-page comic, and some commissions!

You too can commission me! For $10 I can draw your face or the face of a fictional character you like. Email 6masha@gmail.com for more!

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HerCampus Sketch Crawl Exhibition and other fun things

Okay so, last Sunday I joined the HerCampus sketch crawl trip to the Atlanta Zoo, and did some drawings. I submitted one of those drawings to the Sketch in the City show HerCampus held yesterday, and it was really nice! It was one of their favorite pieces of the night, and they even featured it on their instagram account!

 

On Friday, Marksmen had a combined meeting with the improv club where we drew the improv kids while they played funny games. It was really fun and I got some great gestures.

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Besides that, there’s new graffiti on the side of the Spring House dorm. It looks super cool. I don’t really know why it’s there now, but it is and it looks great.IMG_20170513_122344773.jpg

Reading: I stayed up late last night catching up with Shimanami Tasogare and, OH MY GOD, WORDS CANNOT DESCRIBE HOW MUCH I /LOVE/ THIS MANGA!!!

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First of all, even if you’re not a member of the lgbt community desperate for representation, you have to admire the art. It’s gorgeous. Every panel is worthy of being framed. It has this lovely magical realism element to it that makes the world of Shimanami come alive.

The story follows a high school student coming to terms with his identity and finding a place he belongs. He joins a sort of club for renovating abandoned houses in the area that doubles as the nexus for the local LGBT community, and there’s a lot of discussion of homophobia, both internalized and from the character’s friends and families. It’s really emotional and resonated with me hardcore. I caught up in like an hour and now I can’t wait for the next update, and I need everyone I know to read this immediately and then talk about it with me. If you need more information here is a great review of it I just found that goes into way more depth.

Also, here are this weeks Mermay drawings!

The may 11 drawing was of my bff Margarita, because it was also her birthday that day. I also drew her a portrait. We became friends in freshman year of high school when we were in the same French and Bio classes and also joined the same nerd club (academic decathlon) and now we’re bffsies 4evers. She’s great.

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I also illustrated an article for The Connector a few weeks ago and it finally went up today!

I’ve also been drawing a lot of fanart for Tanya Grotter, the Russian children’s series of books that was originally supposed to be a parody of Harry Potter and then immediately went way, way off the rails. It’s really inventive and really funny and really fun, and I’ve been rereading the books lately and remembering how much I loved them as a kid, and how interesting these characters and the situations they end up in are. So I’ve been drawing them. A lot.

The goth girl is Tanya’s bitchy roommate she’s the worst and I love her.  She is literally ebony dark’ness dementia raven way’s life goals. Her name’s anya but she named herself coffinya cryptova and everyone just goes with it including the teachers. She’s super popular because she accidentally scored a goal in a game of dragonball, she’s tall and pretty and has different colored eyes and does everything by magic and HATES the protagonist, but not in an obsessive “will actively do things to hurt you” kinda way they mostly just sass each other amusingly. In the second image she’s paying a mafia cupid to shoot this rich famous british boy full of love arrows to make him fall in love with her but she doesn’t actually care about him she just wants his bank account and fame. In third image tanya’s annoyed w/her so she casts a spell that makes coffinya’s pet skeleton come to life and start dancing w/her. She’s so funny, so overdramatic, so active, she’s my favorite.

Don’t forget to check my instagram @mashazart for updates on my 100 days project, which is still going strong!

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Free Comic Book Day 2017!

HEY GUYS HAPPY FREE COMIC BOOK DAY!! This is actually the first time I’ve been able to get myself to a comic book store and take advantage of the free comics. And then buy some more comics, because I like to support small businesses and I am very weak.

But for those of you who don’t have access to a physical comic book shop, Gaming Fridays by Tristan Yuvienco is free today if you input the code fcbd2017 at checkout! I just got it and it’s really cute.

Anyway, my loot today:

I went to Oxford Comics in Atlanta, which allowed customers to pick up 6 free comics and had a lot of other stuff half-off today.

I got: I Hate Image, Guardians of the Galaxy, Barbie, Fresh Off the Boat, Betty and Veronica, and Buffy.

Thoughts: I Hate Image was cute and funny, but I’d probably appreciate it more if I was more familiar with Image’s lineup. It definitely made me want to check out I Hate Fairyland. I loved the gentle mockery of Chew and Paper Girls and The Wicked and The Divine.

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Guardians of the Galaxy: Eh. Still not much of a superhero person.

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Barbie: I would be all about this if I was eight but now I realize I am not the target audience for Barbie comics.

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Fresh Off the Boat: Cute, funny, really dynamic art style, definitely recommend to any fans of the show.

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Betty and Veronica: The art is really pretty in some places and in other places the layout is muddy and the faces are like, uncanny-valley. Also, the plot doesn’t make any sense. I don’t think I like this one very much, which is disappointing.

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Buffy: Cute, but the art’s kind of bland. Not a fan of the color choices. Not a fan of the plants vs. zombies bonus story.

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Additional, not FCBD purchases: Steven Universe 2016 Special: adorable!

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Giant Days: I love Giant Days so much John Allison is my favorite if you want to read good free webcomics please check out Bad Machinery and Scary Go Round do it it will improve your life.

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Shenzhen Travelogue: Guy DeLisle is a good dude. I’ve read…Pyongyang, Jerusalem, and The Burma Chronicles by him so far. Really excited for his new book.

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Blacksad: A Silent Hell: I only actually bought this because there’s a discussion of the artist’s process at the back of the book and I need to know how he does watercolor like that. It’s so beautiful. What the hell.

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Tina’s Mouth: An Existential Comic Diary: this one was half-off and so far it reminds me of Diary of a Teenage Girl meets Amelia’s Notebooks, but about the South-Asian Diaspora and existentialism. The narrator has an older sister named Anjali which is the name of one of my best friends ever (hi, Anjali) so I had to buy it.

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Speaking of comics, here’s the 1-page comic I drew for my Intro class!

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I’ve also been working on mermay drawings this past week!

Besides that, yesterday was Out To Launch, a reverse career fair for SCAD Atlanta students where seniors, grad students, and alumni all have tables and important industry people come and talk to them. I walked around and saw the stuff the illustration, animation and sequential majors were showing off. They’re all so cooooool. I hope I can be that good when I’m about to graduate. And that I can get a job/internship when I’m about to graduate and don’t need to have a table at the event. They also gave out a lot of pins and stickers, which was nice.

I also went to the High Museum to get field trip credits for art history yesterday. I wrote a short paper about it. TL;DR: I love N. C. Wyeth deeply and I wanna go home.

And that’s about it for now!

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Week 3

Okay so first off I WON FIRST PLACE IN PLEIN AIR AT THE ART THROWDOWN LAST SUNDAY!

I was going to update the last post to add that but then I realized no one was gonna look at it anyway, and then the Connector asked me to do an article about the event, so here’s a link to that article instead for more info.

this is the piece that won! It’s in marker on an 18 by 24 inch piece of paper, and took me about half an hour to draw. It was really fun to do!

Yesterday morning I went to the SCAD Student Leader meet-and-greet in the SCADPad. the SCADPad is part of the parking garage attached to the main building with fake grass and comfy chairs to turn it into this hangout spot and place events are sometimes held at. It’s. Strange. But the meet and greet was nice, we played dumb ice breaker games and learned about important dates and deadlines. I learned that as an Ambassador and Orientation Assistant, I get paid for both going to the meet-and-greet thing and the biweekly meetings as well as SCAD Days. So that’s nice.

After that I stopped by the Digital Media Center for the Collab fair, an event where senior animation majors recruit underclassmen to help them out with their senior films. I put my name down for colors, backgrounds, and storyboards for a lot of films, but most of them weren’t interested, which is fine.

Then, after that I went back to the main building to go on a tour of SCAD Fash for my Art History class. We got a really in-depth tour of Omar Victor Diop’s exhibition, Project Diaspora.  It was absolutely fascinating, though I feel like as a white girl it’s really not my place to analyze it critically I liked looking at the photos.

Then after that, I ate brunch and then went to the wood shop in the basement where I got a wood shop certification. I was terrified of all the saws and things, but it wasn’t that scary and I got to try all the tools. The wood shop manager gave me a tape measure for my trouble. I only went because we needed it for my 3D Design class, but maybe I’ll need it for something eventually. I also heard we have a laser cutter somewhere at SCAD, which would be cool to try. I don’t know, I’m not really a super crafty person.

Then after that, I finished inking my comic strip for sequential art!

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The prompt was “a turtle wants to cross a busy street, so he does.”

I’m still doing the 100 days project, and still doing Camp Nanowrimo. Check my tumblr tag for the 100 literary characters.

I also drew this comic.

Reading material: I finished Lynda Barry’s One! Hundred! Demons! and started reading What it Is, and I really really love it? I love how she combines autobiography and fiction and the handmade collage elements are so cool to look at, and she’s so funny and emotionally true and talks about her childhood in a way I can connect to. I am a huge fan of autobio comics in general, but like, her comics feel so fresh and new and I can’t believe how long it took me to discover her.

I’m also thinking of starting a youtube channel, but that’s still up in the air until I actually get some free time to make one of the videos I have in mind.

And I’m going to Hong Kong this summer to study abroad! Visa’s in the process of getting approved and plane tickets have yet to be purchased but the paperwork’s all done and the classes have been registered for so it’s like, 89% definitely happening.

So yeah!

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MoCCAFest 2017!

So I went home this past weekend and missed a day of classes because of my flight time, but all of that’s irrelevant because I went to MoCCAFest yesterday and it was amazing!

MoCCAFest is a small indie comics convention in New York City, hosted by the Museum of Comics and Cartooning Arts at the Society of Illustrators. This is my second time going, and I managed to have some self-control this time around and not buy everything.

I got a sketchbook review from K. L. Ricks! It was really encouraging. They’re very nice.

I drew things for Wendy Xu, Gene Luen Yang, and Meredith Gran, and they were all really nice about it and liked my things and signed my comics that I bought from them immediately. American Born Chinese is one of the graphic novels that got me into comics back in middle school but I only borrowed it from my school library and now I have my own copy with my name in it, so yay.

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There was a great moment where Gene Luen Yang asked me “So how is SCAD? Would you recommend it to people? Because I get a lot of questions from high schoolers about colleges and I don’t know anything…”

Lucy Bellwood was really nice and easy to talk to, and I wish I’d had more money so I could buy more of her books. I got Rim to River, about white water rafting in the Grand Canyon, and it made me actually want to go there someday.

I also picked up No Ivy League by Hazel Newlevant. I don’t know what I expected from the title, but what I got was a really sweet grayscale autobio comic about a summer volunteering thing. It was nice. Hazel spoke at the Diversity in Comics panel and had some really interesting things to say about publishing and editing comics.

I went to two panels: Diversity in Comics, and Q + A with Cliff Chiang. I learned Cliff Chiang went to Harvard, is older than my mom, and doesn’t know how to ride a bike. Does know how to draw amazing comics though.

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My favorite things I bought were Diana’s Electric Tongue, by Carolyn Nowak, and Add Value/Add Time by the Dandelion Wine Collective (probably because I spend a lot of time on trains).  Diana’s Electric Tongue was weird and wonderful in an almost magical-realism, Haruki Murakami kinda way, except the tone was extremely low-key and slice-of-life-y at the same time, it’s great, I love it. Add Value/Add Time is a really tight and coherent anthology, especially for college students. It’d be cool to start a collective like Dandelion Wine here at SCAD Atlanta.

Also Soviet’s Daughter, by Julia Alexeyeva, because it’s a comic my grandparents were actually interested in reading! And a comic by a Russian-American about being Russian-American!! MY FAVORITE THINGS! I gave my copy to my grandfather and didn’t take it back to SCAD with me though.

And Baopu by Yao Xiao, about a lot of things, all of which I can relate to somehow. I walked past the table and was like oh my god, someone UNDERSTANDS. It was a very emotional moment for me.

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After MoCCAFest I met up with my friends from summer camp and we all hung out and got banhmi and it was really nice. I’ve missed them. I don’t get to see them very often, especially now that I’m all the way down south.

I’ll make a separate post with the work I’ve produced recently later, I’m running on like 4 hours of sleep and I am basically not functioning right now.