Sunday
Mar182012

Wonka Reception gone Wild

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So, Thursday night was Gallery Night at Wild Goose Creative and it was oodles of fun with lots of friends and plenty of good food and great conversation. Thanks so much to everyone who took the time to stop by and visit! My friend Peter Parker Robert Walker was on the scene with his trusty camera snapping away. IMG_1287

 

 

Origami in Flight 

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Delicious delectables by CK Catering

      

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Reading… it’s fundamental!

 

 

 

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Talkin’ about comics.

 

 

 

 

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“Juxtaposed pictorial and other images in deliberate sequence, intended to convey information and/or produce an aesthetic response in the reader.”

 

 

 

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A little extra Blink art

 

 

 

 

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Up Next, the WWK Book Release Party!

 


 

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As wonderful an evening as Thursday night was, I need to share something else with you.

It’s been remarked to me that Blink comes off as an intriguing mix of realism and idealism. I’ll take that as a supreme compliment, since that’s exactly what I’m going for. In the Blink short, “Tilting at Landfills,” I used the following quote from Frederick H. Hedge, “What we need most is not so much to realize the ideal but idealize the real.”

I also believe that it’s a foolish thing to avoid seeing and engaging in reality, no matter what avenue we use to attempt our idealistic escape. Try as we might, we cannot evade what is real and true forever. Not the “reality” which we fear to be true, but the reality that is true. The reality that is undeniable, because it is right there, the reality which exists in front of our faces.

Just before the reception, I drove down the alleyway (pictured at left), behind Wild Goose and Rumba Café to park my borrowed car and unload my supplies for the evening’s festivities. 32 WWK [p]As I slowly made my way down the uneven pavement, I passed by a man and woman, who were both dressed in shabby cloths, holding stuffed animals and looking through the trash bins. What I was a very real reflection of what happens on the final page of “Wonka Wonka Kochalka.” This is no coincidence. This is reality and I’m not interested in looking away from it any more.

But I did.

I saw this reality, the reality which I am writing about--amid the trash and refuse, and I didn’t stop. I kept on going because I had something “important” to do.

Now, I don’t feel guilty for not stopping. But I’d like to think that when I am presented with the opportunity to engage in that aspect of reality again

Tuesday
Mar132012

March ain’t so Mad—(The Imperial Reach of Blink!)

Good news everyone! March of 2012 is shaping up to be a “banner month” for me and Blink!

We’ve got the gallery show going on at Wild Goose (this Thursday is the Gallery Night Reception!).  I’ve had a few articles about me & the comic appear in (614) magazine and the OSU Lantern and I’m hoping for more. (not expecting, but hoping!)  I just received word that Blink: So Far got 2nd Place in the "General Category” for the 2011 SPACE Prize!  And to round out the month of awesomesauceness, I ordered the initial batch of copies of “Wonka Wonka Kochalka” and they’re expected to arrive at my doorstep on March 26th. (Which happens to be my mother’s 75th birthday) Smile 

If I wasn’t so busy working on all sorts of comic book/gallery stuff that needs to get done ASAP, I’d totally make a cute sketch of Blink in a Darth Vader helmet.

Sunday
Feb262012

WWK Book Release Party - The Music!

I am pleased to officially announce the music line-up for the Wonka Wonka Kochalka book release party on Friday, March 30th at the Wild Goose Creative! The party kicks off at 7pm and the live music entertainment begins at 9pm. I am soooo fortunate that three out of the four acts actually appear/are referenced in the book itself!

01 WWK [small] - Copy.tifElijah Aaron & The Saturday Giant appear on the “Folkadelic” sign outside Wild Goose Creative on page 1

 

Here’s a great example of Elijah Aaron’s style, performing "Give it Soul" in the snow (in C-Bus!). http://www.youtube.com/user/eliguy/v

 

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TSG performing “The Times They Are Up” at Rumba Café :) from the album, “You've Heard of Dragons” http://thesaturdaygiant.bandcamp.com/album/youve-heard-of-dragons

 

“When Death Comes” is from the 5-track EP of the same name. You can view the kick-ass video here and buy the album here.

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and 10 WWK [small] - Copy.tif Jason Quicksall actually performs his song, “Comic Book” on page 10 of the Wonka Wonka Kochalka book itself.

Jason Quicksall performing “Comic Book” at Rumba Café. How much more meta can one comic book be??? Jeez.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Here’s The Salty Caramels’ video of their “signature” song about C-Bus’s premier Ice Cream Shop- Jeni’s

Rounding out the evening’s entertainment will be Bree Frick and Molly Winters (which are 2/3 of The Salty Caramels). They’ll be playing under the name The PSYCHOTIC BLONDES. 

I’m determined to include these girls in a future chapter of Blink, so stay tuned!

Thursday
Feb232012

Wonka Wonka Kochalka—The Gallery Show Postcard!

 

I just put in an order to local printing company Legendary Ink (no relation) for lots and lots of 5”X7” postcards and got a great deal on the price! (I’m going to totally BLANKET this city with info about this show!) Thank goodness for the total success of the Kickstarter Campaign so I can afford this kind of publicity. (I even managed to include a bit of recognition for the Kickstartin’ Blink readers who helped make this possible on the card Smile). Much of yesterday and a bit of today was spent laying the groundwork for the March 30th Book Release Party. It is going to be an absolute BLAST of a party! I’ll update more about it when plans get finalized.

I also set up a Facebook Event page for this “Wonka Wonka Kochalka” Gallery Show that’s happening all through March at the Wild Goose Creative.

Here’s the nitty-gritty info:

**Gallery Night Reception**
Thursday, March 15th 7p-9p

A relaxed evening of comics and conversation. Copies of "Behind the Sketchbook: The Making of Wonka Wonka Kochalka" will be available for There will be complimentary food and drinks as well as free BLINK mini comics!

***BLINK: "Wonka Wonka Kochalka" Book Release Party! ***
Friday, March 30th 7p-11p

This is it! 8 years in the making, Max Ink's "Wonka Wonka Kochalka" will be released to the world!

And here's the blah blah blah stuff:

Over 30 pages of original comic book art from the newest chapter of Max Ink's BLINK graphic novel will be on display at the Wild Goose Creative. "Wonka Wonka Kochalka" is the first chapter in the graphic novel, BLINK: SO IT GOES. The art will be on view through the month of March.

Max Ink's BLINK comic book series is set in the neighborhoods of Columbus and features "slice-of-life" stories about three charming characters, Hank, Sam and Blink. Since its inception in 2003, BLINK has showcased numerous Columbus landmarks and hang outs such as Goodale Park, Stauf's Coffee House and the Park of Roses. "Wonka Wonka Kochalka" is no different: the 32-page story is set the Wild Goose Creative and the Rumba Cafe.

Ink's work has received much praise over the years, with many reviewers commenting on the beautiful art and real-life dialog. But the

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characters themselves are the focus in BLINK; to the point where they seem "less like characters and (more like) people you could easily know.” The style and tone of Ink's stories is "smooth and natural, and just happens. It's real life right on the printed page." One reviewer even likened reading BLINK to "a refreshing adult beverage — relaxing, comfortable, and yet eye-opening in noticing the world from a new perspective."

The BLINK: WWK @ WGC exhibit features all the pages from the "Wonka Wonka Kochalka" chapter in sequence, so viewers can actually read the comic in its entirety on the gallery wall! Each piece of sequential art measures 14" X 17" and is drawn in pen and ink. The printed book will be available for sale on March 30th.

Sunday
Jan222012

Shooting for the Stars

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Blink’s Super-Keen Wonka Wonka Kochalka Kickstarter Campaign is approaching its FINAL WEEK and there’s still time for you to participate!

Yes, the initial goal has already been reached, and I am astounded by the support I’ve gotten from Blink readers thus far. Seriously, you guys are the greatest!  I’ve gotten a few question over the past few weeks and I want to address them while there’s still time.

First of all, THIS CAMPAIGN IS NOT A CHARITY. All the money that’s raised through this Kickstarter campaign will go towards funding my various Blink related expenses (the printing of books, posters, t-shirts & promotional materials as well as costs involved with putting on the Blink Gallery Show in March at the Wild Goose Creative). After the campaign ends on Jan 31, the total amount raised will be deposited into my bank account (minus the percentage that Kickstarter keeps for services rendered).

You can contribute any amount ($1 or more) to the campaign and there are lots of options for people who want to give more (and if you give more, you get more). The bottom line however is that I’m essentially asking people to pre-order the “Wonka Wonka Kochalka” book for $10 (which includes shipping*). The book is going to be over 60 pages and if you’ve enjoyed Blink so far, then this new stuff is sure to knock your socks off. 

Star Wars Blink KICK START B W Poster [preview]Now, one of the “premium” rewards is a painted color version of this Blink Star Wars homage poster. I’ve had this drawing around for a couple of years and figured I might as well put it to good use. So I contacted my friend Matthew Swift and asked him to make this drawing of mine look more like the original (with color). Matthew is a professional colorist—he works with DC and Marvel and a few other comic companies, so he knows his way around a color pallet. (Check out our last Blink collaboration here.) I’ve seen a snippet of the final and it’s gonna look SUPERB!! In fact, I am so pleased with what a good job Matthew’s doing, if I reach 200% of my goal, I’m going to add an oversized postcard version of the final painted poster to anyone who pre-orders the book

So, if you haven’t become a Blink backer yet, there’s still time! I’d love for you so to put your name on the 2-page Kickstarter “Thank You” spread that will appear in the book when its printed in March.

*Please add $5 if you live outside the U.S.

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