Amazingly, I had some spare time this week, so I thought I’d put together a little Christmas card. I often draw my wife and I as little kids for cards because relatives think it’s adorable, but this is the first time we’ve visited the Peanuts universe.
Whatever you call your things this time of year, I hope you have a happy one.
Here is the poster I made for the 2012 Canadian Improv Games Saskatchewan tournament.
This year I tried to come up with an image comprised of incongruent elements, like an improv scene. Throw together a couple of unrelated characters, a prop. Boom! Instant improv scene! I’m telling you, this story writes itself.
And it’s a real tearjerker.
If you visit this site semi-regularly, you may have noticed a lot of changes over the last couple of weeks. It’s all part of my final project for Alec Longstreth’s Professional Practices class at the Center for Cartoon Studies.
Originally, I started designing a basic hub/portfolio at dakotmcfadzean.com, but I quickly realized it was redundant because most of the links directed you back here to my blog. SO! Instead I incorporated what I had into my blog, and set up a blank redirect on dakotamcfadzean.com. This will be the last major overhaul to this site until I get the time/guts to install wordpress and comicpress (or some similar thing) onto dakotamcfadzean.com, thus doing away with this subdomain silliness I’ve gotten myself into.
There was a week or two before SPX when all I did was complain about how busy I was. My apologies for those around me who had to listen to my whining. I had taken on way too much work between illustration gigs, reprinting comics, and starting my second year at the Center for Cartoon Studies, not to mention spending time with visiting family members.
It was worth it though! Sure I may not have finished the weird little comic I wanted to sell at SPX, but I did get to do a lot of work for Prairie Dog and Planet S and their big Back to School special.
A friend of mine started a cooking blog, and she asked me to design the masthead for the site. BUT it’s a sassy cooking blog called Sassy Simmerings, so the masthead looks like this:
Gone are the days when thirteen-year-old Dakota would attempt to draw sexy ladies, then erase them, then crumple up the paper, tear it up, and toss out the pieces in several different garbages so that no one could ever possible reconstruct his terrible, dark secret. So needless to say, I was a little out of practice, but I’m pretty happy with how it turned out. If nothing else, I was reminded that looking at and drawing women in various states of undress might sound like a cakewalk, but it’s difficult work. I also want to mention that I’m really trying to avoid any inadvertent double entendres right now.
Anyway, if you like recipes that are easy to make, tasty, and often vegetarian, vegan (or at least possible to make them so), OR if you simply like to to be frequently reminded that sex exists, then this is the site for you!
Also, here is the page where they say nice things about me and my alleged virility.
In my other life, I do improv. There’s a nation-wide high school tournament in Canada called the Canadian Improv Games. I played on my high school’s first team in 1998. Since then I’ve volunteered for the Games, doing everything from delivering workshops, to hosting and helping to run the tournaments in Regina in Montreal.
Since about 2001, I’ve done illustrations and/or designed the poster for the Regina tournament. Here’s the poster for this year’s tournament:
And of course, you can’t have a tournament without tickets!
The Improv Games are often referred to as a ‘loving competition.’ And if the 1980s taught us anything, it’s that love is best personified as a bear shooting laser beams out of its stomach.
I’m really sad to miss Regina’s tournament this year. This will be the first time since 1998 that I won’t be present at a Canadian Improv Games tournament. Hopefully I’ll still be able to feel the tummy lasers from across the border.
Every year, The Center for Cartoon Studies sends out a Christmas Card to a bunch of supporters, visiting artists, alumni and other community members. And this lucky guy got to do this year’s card.
Why yes, that is CCS spiritual founder Inky Solomon masquerading as good ol’ Sandy Claws. Though this was James Sturm’s suggestion, as my initial sketches just had three elves working. That’s why he’s the headmaster at Hogwarts, and I’m still trying to get wingardium leviosa to work.
Anyway, this was the first thing I did after classes ended. It was a Christmas miracle!
We recently spent some time learning about Romance Comics at CCS. Robyn Chapman came in to share her vast knowledge of all things comical and romantic. After we covered the history of romance comics in Survey of the Drawn Story, Steve Bissette assigned each of us an era of romance comics in Drawing Workshop. We then had to design our own covers authentic to the assigned time period.
I was given ‘The Swinging Sixties”, which for the purposes of this assignment was about 1966-1971. This was long after the Comics Code Authority had been introduced, so while the covers weren’t particularly racy compared the pre-code comics, they did demonstrate a hilarious misunderstanding of counter-culture. I guess that’s what happens when a bunch of out-of-touch old guys get together and try to figure out what’s hep with the kids.
This ain’t your grandkid’s Facebook. The Center for Cartoon Studies Facebook is one of the first major projects undertaken by new students each year. The idea is simple: everyone creates a bio that can be reproduced on a photocopier, and a self-portrait in the form of a screen print. Then everything is bound together to make a book of memories and friendship that students will cherish into old age when they are impoverished and alone from a lifetime of underappreciated cartooning.
I volunteered to be on the design team, along with Bill Bedard, Melanie Gillman, Sean Knickerbocker, and Katie Moody. After much nerdy discussion, we decided to work with an arcade fighting game theme for this year’s Facebook. So, Street Fighter II is what I’m trying to say, I guess.