This is my submission for DUD#2. DUD is brought out by the Dunedin Comic Collective and this issue comes out early May.
It’s inspired by the time when Castro’s cousins, Honey and Layla were down in Dunedin and they watched Karate Kid 2 together.
On the 12th of July the great American comic writer Harvey Pekar passed away of prostate cancer, aged 70. Pekar is most notably recognized for his beloved American Splendor series [and its film adaption in 2003] which premised that “ordinary life is pretty complex stuff”, full of painful awkwardness, floundering situations, conundrums and also joy. Pekar in the 80’s became an unlikely American celebrity for his numerous, brutally honest interviews on the Late Show with Dave Letterman, most notably this one:
Pekar’s American Splendor was illustrated by a number of different artists over the years. To mark this facet of his work, on his 70th birthday, Smith Mag got contributions from different artists to assemble a collection of 70 ‘Harveyhead’. These are presented on the site [link]. Here is a sample [Paul Hornschemeier, Dylan Horrocks, Renee French and Jeff Smith]:
My new Domo slippers, um, jealous much? Bought on ebay for $1.99US [no reserve]!
Domo, for those who don’t know, is/was a mascot for a Japanese tv network. He [it] has appeared in many animated shorts in Japan and the USA as well tonnes of merchandise, video games etc… I think the character is such a sharp design. Simple but striking and memorable. Japanese designers have this knack of creating great, basic, but enduring character designs … Hello Kitty, Pokémon for example.
This image [below] had some controversy back in 2002 when it was used for a public service announcement parody with the tagline, “Every time you masturbate… God kills a kitten“. Of course this was not endorsed by the tv station [about].
How cool in John K? John who you say … heathens! Mr John K (Kricfalusi) is the creator of the great Ren and Stimpy and Ripping Friends, founder of Spumco studio and a prominent animation historian, writer (John K Stuff) and teacher. Anyways I thought I’d give him a mention because recently a great letter John wrote to a fan in 1998 has cropped up and been posted on Letters of Note . The eight-page letter is a written response to a 14 year old, which encourages him to continue with his interest in animation and provided illusted hints and tips. He also sent him a personalised drawings and a instructional book. Wow what a guy. He must received hundreds of letters a years and actually personally respond to this degree, wow! Here is the second page and the drawing:
If you want to read the rest of the letter its over at Letters of Note [link] or click on the image below where i’ve combined all the pages:
John K, what a wicked fella. Major props! I say this because out of all the people i’ve tried to contact similarly [who inspires me] , non of them have ever replied [apart from Paul Hornschemeier].
Design Studies [and especially me] are excited to have Mr. Dylan Horrocks down next week for a keynote and workshops. Dylan is one of [if not the] premier comic artist in NZ with real international chops, winning an Eisner and Harvey award for his works Hicksville and Atlas respectively. His has also been a University of Auckland Literary Fellow, written for Batgirl and in recent activity created a satiric cartoon in support of NZ’s Internet Black Out against media corporations.
It will be great. If you can come along to his Keynote on Monday. Details above.
This has been a very inspiring, enlightening and motivating week. Dylan’s keynote was fantastic [I think the best Design Studies has had, and good turn-out too] and the workshops very helpful and informative for students [and me]. We had a lot of gate-crashers sneaking in which was more than great.
A huge wealth of knowledge and body of experience.
Looking forward to Kris Sowersby next week.