My second Guitar - I hope you like it.
Friday, April 8, 2016
I was invited to speak at a regional elementary school about creating comics. I packed a crate of sketchbooks, sculptures and books I use while brainstorming, along with a comprehensive PDF of my work over the last 25 years. The kids were working on a 12 page graphic novel about the Revolutionary war (1775-1783), and were required to include a number of facts about it in their stories. Each kid had to include two characters: Local Assembly Guy and Loyalist Man. (I think better names are in order for next year's group)
I told them about brainstorming, word association with a Thesaurus, Character naming with Rhyming Dictionaries, Period clothing and supporting object research, and character sheets depicting multiple angles and views.
I burned up 2 hours and thanked them for inviting me. It was a real fun time. I drew two characters when I got home, and email it to the teacher to print for the class: Patriot Parrot and Tory Turtle.
A week later, I was in the Produce aisle of the local store, and I hear;
"MR. ZDEPSKI!!! MR. ZDEPSKI!! Remember Me? I was in Mrs. D's class! I love comics! Thank you for "Patriot Parrot" and "Tory Turtle" Thanks for coming!"
-- and he was gone! There is no reason a 9 year old would be in the Produce Aisle, except to deliver a message.
I got an email from Mrs. D. last weekend to come to the after-school Book Fair to see the top 4 picks from the class. They were super! I was supposed to vote for my favorite, but each one exhibited great promise in art, storytelling, humor and pacing. I couldn't pick a winner... The teachers let me write in a vote for each of them.
I was bidding goodbye to the instructor, when she handed me a pile of "Thank You" letters from the kids. I read them when I got home... Very funny - lots of drawings and "kid logic".
The best of them were these:
Dear Mr. Zdepski, Thank you for teaching my class. I was not here, but I seen your art and it is beautiful. I wish I was there. Sincerely Davon R.
To Mr. Zdepski Thank you for coming. Although I wasn’t here. I’m still happy you came for my friends. From Connor
Dear Mr. Zdepski, Thank you for taking your time to come into our class to give a wonderful presentation! Even though I wasn’t there to see you, we love the pictures. From Piper H.
Dear Mr. Zdepski Thank you so much for coming to our classroom and telling us about your comics. I wasn’t in school that day, but everyone says you did a great job. - Eleanor H.
To: Mr. Zdepski Thank you for teaching our class about comics, even though I want not there!!!! Awesome Logan
Wednesday, March 2, 2016
Opening Night Interview with David Paul Perry and WinLife TV
Here it is... Daniel Rioux and I are interviewed about our work on WinLife TV, on February 23rd, 2016. Dan looks good on camera, though I seem to have a face for radio.
Museum of the Shenandoah Valley Curator, Cory Garman tries to make me look legit. It doesn't work, but thanks!
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The show is up until April 17th, 2016 if you'd like to see it in person.
Page 38 in the latest Magic Bullet Issue 12, from your pals at the D.C. Conspiracy. DCC is a comics collective in the Washington D.C. region, publishing the Magic Bullet twice a year - FREE to the public at Comic-Cons, Metro Stations, Bookstores, Comic Shops and Music stores.
Thursday, February 4, 2016
Super endorsement for my show at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley:
ME: "Here's two stacks of Magic Bullet Comics to give to patrons when they visit the show... one of the pieces on the wall is on page 34."
Lady 1: "OOoooo!!! Do you like comics? Have you been in the gallery? They're FUNnnEEEEE... I laughed out loud!"
Lady 2: "Yeah, and I'm originally from New Jersey, and there's one called "Down the Shore!"... that's what we called it!...
Lady 3: "You'll really like it. Have you seen it?"
ME: "Yes, I've seen them.... I'm the one that drew 'em!"
Showing NOW through April 17th
OPENING on Tuesday, Feb 23rd 6-8 pm.
Thursday, December 24, 2015
Monday, November 30, 2015
Thanksgiving is about a Sikh mechanic stepping in and saving my brother as his jack gave way whilst changing a tire in the pre-dawn darkness. The Sikh mechanic held the truck from tumbling down upon my squatting brother.
Thanksgiving is about a Sikh mechanic offering to cook my brother dinner, because there was "no need to thank him – it was God that saved my brother."
Thanksgiving is about a Tiffin, the traditional lunch pail filled with curried chicken and other good things from that Sikh mechanic’s kitchen.
Thanksgiving is my brother filling that same lunch pail with a full turkey dinner and assorted desserts – delivered to that Sikh mechanic working at the garage on Thanksgiving Day.
--- Be thankful for your immigrant neighbors. They’re good people.