Digging Up the Odd Lot - SwarmCon 2015

I'm giving a little talk at SwarmCon, if you'd like to come by and check out some weird old comics. Saturday April 25th, 2015. 1:30pm.


ICAF 2014

I will be speaking at the International Comics Art Forum at the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum. The same place I were I worked this Summer as part of an Internship.

I will be giving an edited version of the paper I wrote for my first M.A Art History course (Art DiFuria's Historiography): "Daumier's Deadline: Expedited Expressiveness and the Franco-Belgian Cartooning Tradition."

This is my second time to speak at ICAF. I spoke at the 2011 Conference.


Halloween 2014

Kristie and I made pieces for the Savannah Dick Blick Halloween show. They were giving out frames at an earlier event, so it seemed like a thing to do.
 I did a couple pumpkins making a bad pun.
I was almost done with the painting before I decided which pun to use. I can't even recall the other puns I considered...

 Here's Kristie and Ollie at the show:
She won 3rd place adult for her piece. It lit up. It's barely visible here.


John Lowe's Foundations in Comic Book Art

Friend and colleague John Lowe recently completed his comics textbook for Watson-Guptill. It's called Foundations in Comic Book Art: Fundamental Tools and Techniques for Sequential Artist.

On page 68, Lowe uses a photo he took of me at the 2012 Mini-Comic Expo as visual research for a story about a fellow named 'David Duncan' who is framed for murder in 1920's New York. 

Have my mail forwarded to Blackwell's Island.


Ages of the X-Men Book

I wrote and article for The Ages of the X-Men, a book of essays that correlate X-Men comics to the time periods in which they were published (or represent).

On pages 128 - 144 you'll find the final version of my essay on Generation X:


Kevin Cannon visit to SCAD

During the Winter 2014 quarter, I was able to invite cartoonist Kevin Cannon of Big Time Attic down as part of the Mini-Comics Expo. Athena was a able to convince him to come down. We do an expo once a year. It's my big event for the year.

As part of his visit Kevin gave a lecture at the Clarence Thomas Center for Historic Preservation (my favorite place to host a lecture--it has a little chapel for speakers). So I got to introduce his talk.


Silas the Alien: In the Briny Deep

This is a little mini-comics that I made for my Mini-Comics class. We are doing an inter-campus exchange. The SCAD sequential art department at the following campuses: Savannah, Atlanta, and Lacoste are all exchanging minis (just a quarter-size letter/a4 page, which gives you 6 pages of comic plus a front and back cover). Each student makes around 60 copies of their comic (easy to print on campus since it's only a single sheet front a back--cost is nil) and in turn each will receive 60 comics from the other students. I think I will try and organize this exchange each Winter Quarter.

Admittedly I crapped this one out pretty fast. Here's the pencils:


Usagi for the Sakai family

Here's a painting of Usagi Yojimbo for an auction to benefit Sharon and Stan Sakai. In 2009 the SCAD sequential art department took Stan Sakai to Tokyo for a little over a week. He worked with students, led daily workshops, traveled the city with us, and even got us into Ghibli studios. You can see my posts about the trip here: a Tokyo post with Stan.
On that trip,Stan led a watercolor workshop in which he produced a beautiful 11x17 painting of Usagi, which he gave to me before the paint was even dry. It was exactly four years ago (to the day). The painting now hangs in my home:

On that trip I became friends with both Sharon and Stan. Since every trip to San Diego Comic-Con included a chat, a hug, and a photo. I met up with Stan for lunch in France during the Angouleme BD festival a couple years ago. I made an appearance on his blog here. Stan carried his SCAD back everywhere and often wears his SCAD shirt. We consider him a close friend of the department. He and his lovely wife are undoubtedly one of the nicest couples I’ve ever met.
CAPS has set up a series of art auctions for benefit. It is important that Stan and Sharon know how much they mean to all of us. Please consider helping the two of them however you can: http://garageartstudio.blogspot.com/2013/11/help-stan-sakai.html

I’ve been fortunate to share several meals with Stan. Easily more than a dozen--spanning several years and several continents. He is sort of a foodie and has taken a photo of every one of those meals. It is also not lost on me that food and dining are significant elements in Usagi stories--often as narrative bookends or turning points in the adventures. I decided to paint Usagi enjoying a bowl of noodles. Here are a few sketches:


Pre-MIX 2013!

Last year our graduate students competed in a 24-hour comics challenge as part of CCAD's MIX 2013 conference in Ohio.

This year I am honored to do a workshop in Columbus, OH for MIX 2013.

Mix 2013 CCAD's Celebration of Comics
Sept. 27–28
David Allan Duncan
Mini-Comics: Pre-production and Reproduction
1:30-3:30 p.m.
Crane Center room 217
(must be pre-registered)


New Card, yo!

I got some new business cards printed up. The older ones were too old and I didn't like them. I have SCAD business cards too, but they aren't fun at all. I admit to stealing the line-art from my profile, but I at least changed the shape of the glasses to match my new ones.

I used Moo instead of Overnight Prints. The colors look better on these, and I can write on the paper (which is recycled). I like the idea of adding a word-balloon with a note above my name. I do miss the ability to add a spot-gloss, though.