Archive for May, 2012

Nils Osmar Presentation

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

Nils Osmar is a renowned comic artist, filmmaker, and art teacher, who draws comics using both traditional and digital media.  Today, he presented samples of his work.  We also handed out copies of the GNS Anthology today.

An example of Nils Osmar's work.

If you want more information, visit his Web site here.

Officer Elections

Thursday, May 17th, 2012

Congratulations to our new 2012-2013 GNS officers!  Here they are:

  • Win – President
  • Joseph Swan – Secretary
  • Diou Shi – Public Relations Officer

Each candidate had to give a brief speech, followed by some grueling questions from the audience about how they would handle the club if elected.  In general, their answers were impressive — or at least really funny!  As a club, we look forward to discovering where they’ll take us next year.

Webcomics Exhibit at Henry Art Gallery

Thursday, May 10th, 2012

Today, the club visited Morning Serial, the Henry Art Gallery’s Webcomics exhibit.  In the room next to the front desk, there are several screens displaying comics — including two computer stations for browsing interactive comics.  On the right, there’s a table with print copies of webcomics, and a couch for visitors to read them on.

The Morning Serial webcomics exhibit is next to the front desk.

The exhibit runs from March 3rd to June 30th, 2012.  Admission to the Henry Art Gallery is free with a Husky Card (although due to the exhibit’s location, you may not even need a card).  If you can’t see it in person, check it out online.

Travis Bundy Presentation

Thursday, May 3rd, 2012

Travis Bundy is a local comic artist who works with both digital and traditional media.  Today, he presented his critically acclaimed comic book “Jeff”, as well as some posters he produced for the Bellingham Roller Betties and the Show Devils.  Light refreshments were served, and club members were able to ask questions and buy copies of Jeff.

Jeff is a comic about an average guy who mysteriously disappears into an alternate world every now and then.  Every time he disappears, he must accomplish some heroic feat such as saving an attractive lady from a hideous foe by using an axe.  Usually, this causes Jeff to miss work in the real world, especially since his boss and coworkers don’t understand what’s going on.

During the presentation, Travis described how the comic began as a caricature of an actual guy named Jeff, and evolved into an entire series.  The coloring was done with markers rather than Photoshop to obtain a uniquely garish and eye-catching look, and many of the characters were based on Travis’s coworkers.  The comic is full of references to other media, such as the Men’s Room radio show — in fact, Travis obtained permission from the Men’s Room to use their logo on Jeff’s cap!

Travis is also the Artistic Director and Submissions Director for Creator’s Edge Press, an independent comic company based in Puyallup, WA.  If you’re interested in getting your comic published, get in touch.

If you missed the presentation, or had to leave early, you can check out his work on his Web site, Thoughtbox Comics.  Hopefully, we’ll be able to post a video of the presentation soon.