The Cartoonist in Comics, a panel at Housing Works in New York City
Housing Works is a non-profit charity in New York, dedicated to fighting homelessness and helping those living with AIDS/HIV. This was a chance for me to discuss varying levels of autobiography in comics, with four of my favorite people: Dean Haspiel (Billy Dogma), Bob Fingerman (Minimum Wage), Ethan Young (Tails), and Laura Lee Gulledge (Will and Whit). Video courtesy of Trillian Media.
Comic New York Symposium at Columbia University: New York, Real and Imagined
Karen Green, the graphic novel librarian at Columbia University is a rock star, so when she asked me to be part of the library's first ever symposium on comic books and graphic novels, how could I resist? When she told me that I'd be interviewing a panel that included both legendary Romitas, I couldn't help but feel like a rock star myself. Do, however, forgive that I don't look like one in the screen capture below:
The Artist's Craft
I met Michael Graziano when I was living in Raleigh, North Carolina in 2007. We were in a coffee shop and I recognized the Republic Pictures logo on his baseball cap as the movie studio who produced rock 'em sock 'em movie serials in the '40s. We became pals and he invited me to come on a local interview show hosted by his friend and cohort Stacey Cochran. It was a torrentially rainy day when I made it into the studio but luckily, the interview was the complete opposite of the miserable weather, and I still count this as one of my favorites.