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ANNOUNCING: “You Did Such A Cool Thing!: WUD Art’s Comic Symposium”

We are so thrilled to announce our first ever Comic Symposium, You Did Such A Cool Thing! This symposium celebrates the artistry behind comics, zines and illustrations, and brings together local Madison comic artists to share and distribute their artwork. Not only will WUD Art host artists including John Porcellino and Rachal Duggan, we encourage all comic artists to be involved in the art and share their work in our Zine Swap and Comics Slam.

 

Lineup of Events

4/13 - 5/18: Exhibition of John Porcellino’s Work, "COMIX and LIFE", Gallery 1308 in Union South
This exhibition will showcase the work of prolific comic artist John Porcellino. Porcellino’s celebrated self-published series King-Cat Comics, begun in 1989, has inspired a generation of cartoonists. According to cartoonist Chris Ware, “John Porcellino’s comics distill, in just a few lines and words, the feeling of simply being alive.” His most recent published work include South Beloit Journal (2017) and From Lone Mountain (2018).

4/15: Zine Swap, Gallery 1308 in Union South, 2-5PM
Comics authors at UW-Madison will have the opportunity to sell and trade their comics.

4/28: Comics Slam, 2088 Atwood Avenue, 7-9PM
Comics artists will have the opportunity to have their work projected while they read it aloud to an audience. Our headliner is John Porcellino. This event is occurring in conjunction with Print and Resist, which will occur April 28th from 11am-4:30pm at the third floor of the Madison Public Library.

5/4: Portrait Slam: A Workshop with Rachal Duggan, Union South
Rachal Duggan is an illustrator living in Madison. Her work consists of accessible and whimsical line drawings. She was the Madison Public Library’s artist-in-residence for January/February 2018. This workshop is centered on illustrating faces. We will examine famous faces as well as use each other as models to examine the complexity and subtlety of the human face. There is a 20 person cap on this event. This event is in collaboration with ACK! (Applied Comics Kitchen! Learn more here: http://humanities.wisc.edu/research/workshops/ack). 

 


Comics Slam: a Comic Symposium event

WUD Art's Comic Symposium continues with the Comics Slam! This free, public event will be held at Everyday Gay Holiday (2088 Atwood Ave.) in Madison on Saturday, April 28th from 7-9pm. 

Our headliner is prolific comic artist John Porcellino, author of the self-published series King-Cat Comics. Local Madison and UW comics artists will also have the opportunity to have their work projected while they read it aloud to the audience at the Slam. We've received a number of fascinating comics submissions for the show, and the lineup for the Comics Slam will be announced very soon, so sit tight!

This event is occurring in conjunction with Madison Print & Resist Zine Fest, which will occur April 28th from 11am-4:30pm at the third floor of the Madison Public Library.

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"COMIX and LIFE": an Exhibition of John Porcellino's Artwork

WUD Art hosts the exhibition of prolific comic artist John Porcellino's work, titled "COMIX and LIFE". This exhibition is in Gallery 1308 at Union South, running from April 13th through March 18th. Porcellino’s celebrated self-published series King-Cat Comics, begun in 1989, has inspired a generation of cartoonists. According to cartoonist Chris Ware, “John Porcellino’s comics distill, in just a few lines and words, the feeling of simply being alive.” His most recent published work include South Beloit Journal (2017) and From Lone Mountain (2018).

 

Artist Statement:

"I was born in Chicago in 1968, and from an early age began writing and drawing, and putting this work together into small, handmade booklets. When I was fourteen, with accessibility to a photocopier for the first time, I began reproducing these booklets and sharing them with my friends and family. Then, in the mid-80's, I discovered both punk rock and the "zine world," a network of idiosyncratic self-publishers who had created an autonomous publishing and distribution system operating outside the bounds of the traditional publishing world. This network became my creative community, one I still find my home in.

In 1989 I began self-publishing a comics-zine called King-Cat Comics and Stories. My intention was to create a title that was open and adaptable enough to evolve as I grew older and my own life evolved. I filled it with mainly short, autobiographical stories drawn from my own experience... day-to-day life, memories, and dreams. Over time, King-Cat went from being something I did for fun, to being something I did, to being whatI did. At a certain point, the boundaries between my life and my work dissolved, and King-Cat became my life, and my life became King-Cat.

Now, I'm "doing King-Cat" not only when I'm writing or drawing, but when I'm washing the dishes, walking the dogs, sleeping, or eating. It's just one continuous whole."

Opening Reception of "COMIX and LIFE": Friday, April 13th, 6-8pm in Gallery 1308
Thank you for attending the opening reception of John Porcellino's "COMIX and LIFE", which was on April 13th from 6-8pm in Gallery 1308 at Union South! It was an exciting kickoff for the first ever WUD Art Comic Symposium. This exhibition will be open to the public from 4/13 through 5/18.

Zine Swap! a Comic Symposium Event

WUD Art presented the Zine Swap, part of the You Did Such a Cool Thing! Comic Symposium in Gallery 1308 at Union South on Sunday, April 15th from 2-5PM. Comics authors at UW-Madison had the opportunity to sell and trade their comics at the Zine Swap. As a part of our Comic Symposium, we want to encourage a fun, inclusive, environment predicated on sharing comics and zines with other exhibitors and the UW and local Madison community. Thank you for joining us at the Zine Swap - we had a great time seeing and sharing all of the amazing talent from all backgrounds!

 

More details to come about the first-ever WUD Art Comic Symposium!