Mar 3, 2014

Speaking at Emerald City Comicon

This month Bezango, WA will be speaking at Seattle Central Community College as well showing some excerpts of the film at The Emerald City Comic Con.

Bezango, WA will be giving a guest lecture at Seattle Central Community College for Professor Leonard Rifas’ course on comic theory. We will speak about Bezango,WA and the history of comic art in the Pacific Northwest, Tuesday, March 18th 1:00-3:30.

Sunday March 30th @ 2pm, in room TCC LL2 - Bezango, WA. has been accepted to showcase works-in-progress at The Emerald City Comicon 2013, in Seattle, WA. The screening will last about thirty minutes.

Feb 27, 2014

Harvey Pekar's Last Interview?

One of the stars of our film, Frank M. Young, interviewed Harvey Pekar in 2010.  According to James Gill: "I love the first 45 seconds, in which Harvey enacts a final Pekar 1-pager for us. A month before Harvey Pekar died, Frank did a skype interview with him for a series of articles he was writing about the creative processes of comic book creators. Here are the first 7 minutes of that conversation."

We think this may be the last interview that Harvey ever gave. For those of you who may not know about Pekar, he was the author of many autobiographical comics as well as the subject of a 2003 film, American Splendor.

Listen to Pekars interview conducted by Frank Young on Soundcloud:

Nov 11, 2013

The Desert Peach in Concert

We are happy to have helped to support The Desert Peach in Concert Kickstarter campaign!

The Desert Peach started as a comic book created by Donna Barr, chronicling the adventures of the eponymous protagonist, Erwin "The Desert Fox" Rommel's fictitious homosexual younger brother, the "Desert Peach."

The Desert Peach was originally produced as a musical 21 years ago and they  are looking to recreate with paid artists and an even higher production quality. 

Learn more about The Desert Peach and the musical campaign.

Lear more about Donna Barr and The Desert Peach

Oct 28, 2013

Jeff Willis - Creator of Gutsy McDivot

One of the best cover artists in the Northwest spoke to Cartoonists Northwest members October 19th.  Jeff Willis has created artwork for such character titles: Looney Toons, Rugrats, Garfield, and much more.

Jeff is now a full time artist with Seattle-based Big Fish, a casual-based gaming company. As previously mentioned he started his career creating a lot of excellent cover art, but now he has moved on and is better known as the creator of Gutsy McDivot. This is the mascot for Fairway Solitaire, the most successful title that Big Fish has produced.

Jeff recently spoke about his start in the illustration/cartooning industry and how he also began working with video game design. He had a brief stint at Microsoft Casual Games, where he designed the user interface for their Texas Holdem Game.  This led him to Big Fish, where he has worked for seven years.

It was an honor to hear him speak at CNW.  The CNW site has much more information about his recent interview.