The Sorrento Hotel is a wonderful experience from the moment you walk in the door and you’re greeted at the front desk. I think the staff are very courteous and friendly and I find the Sorrento to be so full of character. I love my room. It has a nice view that provides me a catbird’s seat to new arrivals and the activity down below. There’s plenty of room to settle into and a big fancy desk to get to work on.
I’ll have to get some dinner soon. And I’ll settle into the Fireside Room later on and listen to some jazz. I have a good layout already under way with plenty of room for changes and additions, just the way it should be for a 24 Hour Comics Day. And thanks always to Comics Dungeon for their sponsorship. And expect an awesome book to come from all this. You can see some of my previous work here. A page from “The Dog Who Would Be King” was auctioned off this year at the annual Artist Trust Benefit Art Auction.
The Artist Trust 25th Anniversary Benefit Auction in Seattle, on February 25, 2012, will go down as a very inspiring event. Artist Trust has been supporting artists for 25 years! It is the only organization in Washington state of its kind. It provides support for artists and it TRUSTS that artists will do what’s right and put Artist Trust grant awards to good use.
Wow, I can’t tell you how much it is an honor to be part of this year’s event. I’m very grateful to have gotten one of my works accepted to be part of the auction and I am overjoyed that my work was sold. My work for this year was an original page from some comics I created for a 24-Hour Comics Day event I curated in 2010, “The Dog Who Would Be King.” You can read it here.
In a nutshell, I will tell you here that I am someone with a burning passion to create both written and visual art. Just read my graphic novel, “Alice in New York” to see how both passions collide to turn out something worthwhile and exciting. I graduated with a BFA in Painting but, not too far behind, I also earned a minor in Creative Writing. Since college, I’ve been actively pursuing both art and writing. This site, Comics Grinder, is a testament to that. I simply gravitated to the comics medium–it was inevitable. I write and draw my own comics as well as write about the comics medium. I believe my fine arts background helps inform my writing and my comics and, in turn, my involvement in comics helps enrich my life in so many ways. I’m not alone in this. You could say I belong to a small club of kindred spirits. Fellow aritst/writer/cartoonists get it right away. And organizations like Artist Trust certainly get it. Being part of this year’s Artist Trust Auction has been quite a thrill from my head down to my toes. I hope to join Artist Trust again in the future. And, as is most fitting, Artist Trust leaves me feeling even more hopeful about being an artist.
The Artist Trust Benefit Art Auction is right around the corner: February 25, 2012, Seattle, Fisher Pavilion at Seattle Center, from 4 to 9 PM. More details can be found here.
For those of you in Seattle, mark your calendars now for Artist Trust’s biggest fundraising event of the year. Your participation helps Artist Trust with its vital grant-making and career training programs for Washington State artists of all disciplines. And, while you’re there, consider a bid for a piece of art of mine that was accepted for this auction. It is my honor to donate an original work of art, a page from a comic I created for the annual 24 Hour Comics Day event that I put together here in Seattle. This piece is entitled, “The Dog Who Would Be King, #12.” The number refers to the page in the 24-page piece. You can read it here. And you can read my graphic novel, “Alice in New York,” here.
You can purchase a print of this work as well as the 24-page comic book directly from me. The print is a limited edition on archival paper for $40. The 24 Hour Comics Day comic is 24 pages and goes for $3. Just go to CONTACT if you’re interested. And also feel free to contact me anytime. As a writer and artist, there are any number of reasons you may want to reach me. Artwork to buy? Illustration or writing gig? Publisher interested in my work? The list goes on. Thank you.