When in doubt, go to the library

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One of my favorite things about my [day] job is how it inspires my artwork. From maps, to printmaking techniques, to nature studies, they all manage to work their way into my pieces somehow. I am especially lucky when I can be creative at work. One of my jobs is managing our collections-based social media with my colleague and work-wife Arielle Middleman. Together we took a GIF workshop so we can bring some of our collections to life. Now we can do all sorts of fun things, and I hope animation makes it way into my creative digital life more in the future. I suggest to all, do as Hermione does, you might even find a monster book of monsters.

I first learned about the manticore as a kid, when I was obsessed with The Last Unicorn (think 1970s anime of the Hobbit era). I also think that movie influenced my drawing (all that intertwining and wild hair). Anyway, a manticore is a ancient monster said to be a head of man, body of a lion and tail of a scorpion. This illustration also shows that the manticore was a regular at his local barber.

Topsel, Edward. The history of four-footed beasts and serpants… . London : Printed by E. Cotes for G. Sawbridge .. T. Williams .. and T. Johnson .., 1658. 

Ephemera! extended & online!

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Hello hello,

Fantastic news everyone, FANTASTIC. The Philadelphia Cartoonist Society’s EPHEMERA! exhibit has been extended!! What’s that you say? You haven’t been to see it yet? Well now you have through FEB 18TH, 2014 to take a gander of the wonder that is our show. Need further enticement? Well, click no further than this link: http://www.librarycompany.org/cartoonist and feast your eyes on the online exhibit!

Remember folks, the majority of this visual delight is for sale!! Any interest feel free to contact me.

Big thanks to the Library Company of Philadelphia, the Ephemera Society of America and the general positive response we’ve been getting.

Ephemera!
The Library Company of Philadelphia
1314 Locust Street
Open M-F, 9am-445pm

Ephemera! Ephemera!

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You may have noticed I am a bit Ephemera daft lately – at least if you follow me on Twitter, or Facebook, you would see the theme. It is not just because historical ephemera is one of the most amazing and eclectic visual resources available, but because I co-curated an exhibit inspired by the Library Company’s vast ephemera collection.

Together with Christian Patchell (my long-time exhibition collaborator) and fellow member of the Philadelphia Cartoonist Society, we invited 9 cartoonists to participate in a show that compliments Remnants of Everyday Life, a show on historical ephemera, at LCP.

Basically, this show rules, and you should come see it. Both shows actually.

I’ll post some of my art soon! You can find out more here – just scroll down to “Getting Creative with Ephemera”.

Ephemera! is open now through December 13, 2013 at the Library Company of Philadelphia.
1314 Locust Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Hours: M thru F, 9am – 4:45pm

Ancient Influence

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You may not know, but I work at one of the coolest places for anyone who likes really old things, especially books, prints, and maps. The Library Company of Philadelphia has been a great inspiration to me creatively – especially their map collection (if you remember my A is for Atlas piece). For the Grafixx // Zine Fest I mentioned a few days ago I worked with the map idea along with my other favorite thing to draw – buildings. Above is an example of one of the maps and you can see the sea serpent made another appearance. 

Art & Libraries


An artist is used to reference. Models, landscapes, period clothing, patterns, expressions – we cut and paste pieces of what surrounds us into what we make. Libraries are a hub for this kind of material and recently, The Library Company of Philadelphia decided to take advantage of its employee talent.

What I like to call a bit “Biblio-creativity” is a display of art inspired by the collection created by myself (Digitization Tech), Andrea Krupp (Conservator), Alice Austin (Conservator), Arielle Middleman (Cataloging Assistant), Edith Mulhern (Reference Assistant), and Jennifer Rosner (Chief of Conservation). The exhibit showcases the source of inspiration alongside artistic pieces.

Below (and above) is a selection of photographs I took of the exhibit.

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If you happen to be free before the end of February stop in and take a gander. Also the main exhibit, Capitalism by Gaslight is superb.

Library Company of Philadelphia
1314 Locust Street
Gallery Hours: Mon – Fri, 9AM – 4:45PM