Shameless Self-Promotion, also comics.

November 30, 2010 § 3 Comments

Drawn and colored by Alisa McQuaid

Hey!  Do you like comics?  Do you like supporting student artists?  Then boogey on down to 21st Century Comics and Games anytime between 5 and 7 pm on December 15Ryan Claytor‘s latest batch of students will be presenting the comics they created in the class, bound into awesome little books and available for purchase!  They’ve got some mad skillz (the students, not the books).  Arthur’s very own Virginia Heinen will be there with her comics (whether or not her skillz are mad is up for debate).  She’s hoping bring some issues of Arthur to hand out too.

Here’s the Facebook event, and here’s Ryan’s considerably more elegant post about it.

The picture above is by Alisa McQuaid, who is awesome, and the one below is by Chris Schneider, who is also awesome.

Drawn and colored by Chris Schneider
Also, did you know?  Arthur’s very own Jon James also took this class last semester!  He made some badass stuff, yes he did.

“Missoula” by John Olson

November 28, 2010 § 1 Comment

We at Arthur often think of ourselves as poets, and because we are poets, sometimes we listen to other people’s poetry.  (We like our own better, like all poets.)  So here’s John Olson reading a poem called “Missoula.” It takes a while to get going, but once you’re midway through, you’re not going to want to leave this poet on a road trip to give a poetry reading in Missoula.

Oh, It’s On

November 27, 2010 § Leave a comment

We here at Arthur love it when someone is critical about art.  (Where would most of our articles be without that premise?)  Which is why we’re particularly fond of ON Contemporary Practice, which is a literary magazine that explores contemporary poetry and practice.  The articles are written by poets on poets, and we couldn’t admire them more for it.  We’re this close to assigning our poets the task of writing about each other’s poetry, just to see what happens.

Hungarian Literature

November 26, 2010 § Leave a comment

For those of you not up on your pretentious literature, Hungarian literature is in right now, which means everyone cool is talking about it and some of them are even reading it.  So, obviously, since we’re cool, we’re going to talk about it.  (Read it?  Maybe when exams are over.  Maybe.)  So we’re pointing you over to an article about Hungarian Literature.

We also liked this article because he pointed out that he’s never been able to find a book by a Hungarian woman that’s been translated.

The King’s Speech

November 25, 2010 § Leave a comment

Okay, yes, we will admit it: we at Arthur are susceptible to Oscar Bait.  We love a good film, especially a film that endeavors to be good.  (Though we also appreciate a film that doesn’t endeavor at all.)  And so here we have The King’s Speech, which is apparently about some king (we say “some king” because we’re Americans and we only bother knowing some of our Presidents) who struggles to give speeches and then, after a montage or two, some back steps, and, because this is a British film, a heart-to-heart in an English garden, triumphs and all is well.  And even though we’ll be sarcastic about a film like this, we’ll enjoy it all the same.

Yoshitomo Nara Slide Show

November 23, 2010 § Leave a comment

We here at Arthur love a good “Yeah, but is it art?” debate.  Here is a slideshow of Yoshitomo Nara’s art, which will be on display in New York soon.  Throughout the slideshow, the author discusses Nara’s artistic influences and whether or not Nara is really an artist, seeing as so much of his work is influenced by anime.  So go ahead, readers, tell us: is this art?

American Book Covers

November 18, 2010 § Leave a comment

We here at Arthur love a good book cover.  So imagine our delight at this blog, The Art of American Book Covers.  The blog is a visual history of hardcover books.  They’re the sort of thing that makes you wish you could just simply have your own old school library, and just curl up in a big chair by the fire and read one of these, still in lovely condition.

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