Exquisite Corpse is a drawing game that the Surrealists played frequently to produce collaborative drawings and images; this version was made up in the 1920s in Paris by the surrealists Yves Tanguy, Jacques Prévert, André Breton and Marcel Duchamp. The name, "cadavre exquis" in French, was extracted from "le cadavre exquis boira le vin nouveau' … Continue reading Surrealist Drawing Game: Exquisite Corpse
Sunday Evening Drawing and Podcast Listening I have a routine of listening to podcasts and drawing for fun, and often spontaneously. Lately my favorites are This American Life and Beautiful Stories from Anonymous People (hosted by Chris Gethard). Tonight I listened to a This American Life podcast episode called Private Geography about how the places … Continue reading Drawing and Podcast Listening, and thinking about Winnipeg and Toronto
Doll Hospital is an intersectional/queer/feminist literary mental health journal, founded by Bethany Rose Lamont in 2014, that often focuses on personal experiences of survival, told through art and literature. This is a super cute, well designed and important little book to own, carry with you, support, and recommend to friends and family. From … Continue reading Doll Hospital Journal
A selection of comics related to mental (and physical) health. These are honest, beautiful, and often brutal narratives. Included in this assembly (with descriptions from publishers' websites): My Favorite Thing is Monsters by Emil Ferris (2017) Set against the tumultuous political backdrop of late ’60s Chicago, My Favorite Thing Is Monsters is the fictional graphic diary of … Continue reading Book Pile: Comics and Mental Health
A picture book zine with illustrations of a beautiful poem I have kept close for several years. These are unofficial illustrations that I recently made, and I had to add a few line breaks to incorporate the illustrations. Below you will find the original poem. All the text is from the poem "Frida Kahlo to … Continue reading Illustrations for the Poem Frida Kahlo to Marty McConnell (by Marty McConnell)
The following writing is adapted from a seminar presentation for a course on graphic life narratives at the University of Winnipeg. Background Nat Turner was an African American slave who led a violent revolt on several plantations in Southampton County, Virginia in late August 21-22, 1831. These revolts resulted in the murder of approximately 57 … Continue reading Hero and Villain: The Construction of Autobiographical Slave Narrative in Kyle Baker’s Nat Turner
This summer I have been rereading a few classic children's fantasy books, and creating oil pastel drawings in response. This one is for Alice's Adventures in Wonderland written by English mathematician Charles Lutwidge Dodgson under the pseudonym Lewis Carroll. Next, Diana Wynne Jones!