Thursday, February 09, 2012

Art and books you should check out

Here's a few links I've been meaning to post...

First, head over to my friend Helena's website. She's an amazing artist, so go check out her paintings!

Second, if you haven't already been seeing it in airport shelves and bookstores everywhere, you should check out the new book Situations Matter, by my friend and colleague Sam Sommers, a professor in the psychology department here at Tufts. The book explores how the contexts and people find themselves in often affect the way they behave...
"Every day and in all walks of life, we overlook the enormous power of situations—of context—in our lives. Just like the museum visitor neglects to notice the frames around paintings, so do most people miss the influence of ordinary situations on the way they think and act. But frames do matter: your experience viewing the paintings wouldn't be the same without them.

The same goes for human nature."
Go check it out! There's a reason it's been getting so much attention! And here's a short video promoting it as well:


Saturday, February 04, 2012

Downloadable Un-Defining "Comics" article

It's not exactly a new article, but I realized that my article "Un-Defining 'Comics'" from the International Journal of Comic Art way back in 2005 was not downloadable from my site. That is now fixed! A downloadable pdf of the article is now available.

This article was among my first published works on visual language (and it kind of shows...gulp), and is the first that argues for a separation between the idea of "comics" and a "visual language" made up of images (i.e. "comics ≠ sequential images"). Enjoy!