Thursday, September 28, 2017

Past, Present, and Future with...Joe Wos!

Joe Wos has been a professional cartoonist since the age of 14. His career path over the past 30 years has taken as many twists and turns as one of his mazes, as he finds new and innovative ways to pursue his passion for the cartoon arts.

Some highlights include spending 25 years touring nationwide as a performer, illustrating stories live as he told them; founding and running a cartoon art museum in Pittsburgh; illustrating symphony performances live with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra; and exhibiting his art in museums worldwide. With MazeToons — a unique hybrid illustration that is part cartoon and part puzzle — Joe has fulfilled a lifelong dream to appear in the funny pages.

Joe has been drawing mazes since the age of 7 and is regarded as a master maze maker. In 2012, he created the world’s largest hand-drawn maze. Measuring at 140 square feet, it features more than 100 illustrations. The maze garnered international attention with articles in the Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post and media coverage throughout Europe. One of his mural-sized mazes is on permanent display at StarKist’s international headquarters.

You can reach Joe at joe@wosisme.com or see his work at Wos Is Me.




Past, Present, and Future with...Joe Wos!

What got you into comics? Was it a specific issue, a certain person, a tv show, etc?

"Charles M. Schulz. I loved his work. Snoopy was probably the first thing I can remember drawing as a kid. As fate would have it I have been the visiting resident cartoonist of the Charles M. Schulz Museum in Santa Rosa, CA for the past 15 years, an honor I have held since they opened! I visit for a week every summer and over Thanksgiving to teach workshops and do live demos."


What are you working on these days? 

"MazeToons. MazeToons is distributed worldwide by Creators Syndicate. It is the fulfillment of my life long dream to be a syndicated cartoonist. It's a lot of work 365 mazes a year. That's not counting the mazes I've done for my new books. I have two new books coming out from Barron's Books; A-Maze-Ing Animals: 50 Mazes for Kids, and Myths and Monster: 50 Mazes for Kids"


Do you have a dream project? 

"I'd love to do a book of mazes inspired by the work of Lewis Carroll. Few people know that besides being a remarkable writer he was a maze and puzzle maker."


What one piece of creative advice would you give? 

"Practice being lucky. Because you never know when an opportunity is going to come along and you have to be ready to take advantage of it when it does. "


Thanks Joe!


Tuesday, September 26, 2017

#258 - The Shawn-Shank Redemption


HOSTS: Dan, Scott, Shawn

NEWS/TALK: Fall comicons

COMICS: The Realm #1, Mage: The Hero Denied #1 & 2, 365 Samurai and a Few Bowls of Rice, Mech Cadet Yu #2, Batman: The War of Jokes and Riddles, Lone Wolf and Cub Vol 7 & 8, Slam!: The Next Jam #1

WHERE TO FIND US:

Comic Book Pitt is part of the SORGATRON MEDIA NETWORK

EMAIL: comicbookpitt@gmail.com
CALL: 412-450-0227

FACEBOOK: facebook.com/comicbookpitt
TWITTER: @comicbookpitt
INSTAGRAM: @comicbookpitt





Friday, September 15, 2017

#257 - You're So Wizard...



HOSTS: Dan, Scott

NEWS/TALK: Force Friday, Jason Aaron ends his run on Star Wars

COMICS: Star Wars Adventures #1, Star Wars: Jedi of the Republic - Mace Windu #1, Hero Squared Omnibus, Venomverse #1, Stray Vol. 1

WHERE TO FIND US:

Comic Book Pitt is part of the SORGATRON MEDIA NETWORK
EMAIL: comicbookpitt@gmail.com
CALL: 412-450-0227
FACEBOOK
TWITTER
INSTAGRAM






Friday, September 8, 2017

#256 - Because...Diversity?


HOSTS: Dan, Scott

NEWS/TALK: belated Wonder Woman movie talk, Marvel's questionable creative decisions, some Defenders talk

COMICS: War Mother #1, Star Wars #35, Hi-Fi Fight Club #1, The Walking Dead #171






Friday, September 1, 2017

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Past, Present, and Future with...Juan José Fernández!

Juan José Fernández is a visual artist and comics community organizer, most recently named as one of “Pittsburgh’s Creative Forces: 12 People to Meet in 2017” in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, and one of seven 2016 Fuerza awardees by Café Con Leche for providing Pittsburgh Latinx leadership. A native of Venezuela, he resides in Pittsburgh where he co-organizes the annual Pittsburgh Zine Fair, writes and provides educational outreach for the Comics Workbook Workshop Residency in Swissvale, and leads the Pittsburgh Comics Salon. Juan studied at Linguistics at Carnegie Mellon Univeristy and Comics Making at the Center for Cartoon Studies.

You can reach him at fernandez.juan.j@gmail.com or see his work at http://juan-fernandez.tumblr.com/.

Photo Credit: Njamie Njie


Past, Present, and Future with...Juan José Fernández!
What got you into comics? Was it a specific issue, a certain person, a tv show, etc?

"Neil Gaiman’s Sandman in my high school library collection lit a fire in my heart for the form but it was finding the comics of Rachel Masilamani at Bill Boichel’s Copacetic Comics in Pittsburgh that got me to put pen to paper."


What are you working on these days? 

"I spin a lot of plates. I co-organize the Pittsburgh zine fair with Christina Lee, Raiona Gaydos and Maggie Negrete - foster a local space for incubating pittsburgh’s comics thinking through making called the Pittsburgh Comics Salon - I’m working on the 5th issue of Dog City, an anthology that I co-edit with. And a special project called “Field Station” that is in the stages of forming. I like to work on a lot of things at once, but above all with others. I remind myself often that in all of this, despite what people want to tell you in life, there is no finish line."


Do you have a dream project? 

"A daily strip that was my main source of income. It’s a pipe dream."


What one piece of creative advice would you give? 

"Be like water."


Thanks Juan!

Friday, June 16, 2017

#254 - The Skittles of Lightsabers



We had a great night recording live at Coffee Buddha. We want to thank Mike and the CB staff for hosting us.

HOSTS: Dan, Scott

COMICS: Batman #24, Darth Vader #1, Spencer & Locke #1, Kaijumax Vol. 2