Mourning America’s Lack of Imagination

I talked to my cartooning class today about how this election was the result of a lack of imagination on a massive scale. The racist currents running through the country affect all economic classes and thrive in unimaginative minds- minds that lack the capacity to imagine how other people live and how other people perceive the world around them.
 
As an artist and a creator I have a lot of work to do to be sure that the worlds that I create are welcoming to people from all walks of life. This does not mean that I have to dilute what I am doing to appeal to a mass audience but rather forces me to be more particular, creating richer, rounder characters- that are the foundation of good storytelling.
The election seemed to fall this year to a campaign that utterly lacked an ability to imagine an America that could stand to prosper by embracing its greatest resource- our diversity as a people. We think different thoughts and live different lives but these different experiences should be helping us forge a future America that welcomes freedom of thought and not only accepts but celebrates all of its people.
We do not need to mourn the loss of the America that we imagined and that seemed to be coming more and more in focus.  Despite the people who are working hard to turn us around to the ways things never were, we just have to now work doubly hard to get there- and get everyone there regardless of race, gender, or religion.

Pocket Con: Today Oct. 8 at Chicago Cultural Center

group-02Today you can find me, Dragon and Goat at Pocket Con, a free comics convention at the Chicago Cultural Center.  Focusing on Creators of Colour and Indie Comics Artists the convention aims to empower young creators to bring new voices into the medium of comics and beyond.

I’ll be giving a workshop for Comics Brainstorming (so bring your 20-sided dice!) at 1.30pm on the 4th flr, so try to squeeze in if you can.

Calling All Comics Nerds

group-01Tomorrow is the second day of the Graphic Novel Symposium at Moraine Valley Community College.  Last year I gave a presentation, workshopping my Random Comics Generator 2.2 system and this year the speakers are Gene Ha and Anne Elizabeth Moore.  I’ll have a table at the Library atrium  from 9am-3pm for the mini-con with other comics peeps like David and Rene from Instant Press Comics.  Hope to see you there!

There Will be Wizards- Wizard World Chicago 2016

We’re getting geared up for Wizard World Chicago tomorrow and hope to see you there!  Dragon is furiously printing books and Goat is hammering buttons together, so be sure to stop by and see Adam at Artist Alley Table H5.  This year Adam’ll be taking commissions for drawings of Dragon and Goat in whatever cosplay or scenario you want….well, within reason. D&G-Supes&Spidey

Printer’s Row Lit Fest Day II: Adam Fotos’ comics for All Ages (that means Kids and adults)

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Today’s weather should be completely perfect for the 2nd day of Printer’s Row Lit Fest in Downtown Chicago.  Stop by my table at the Third Coast Comics tent for a selection of comics for kids and adults drawn and written by a Chicago artist.  The tent is the 3rd in from the festival, so you can’t miss it!

My new book Beyond Paper Walls is finally available as well as a selection of Dragon and Goat books and my graphic novel The Panopticorn.

Brave the Heat to Check out Beyond Paper Walls at Printer’s Row Lit Fest Chicago

BeyondPaperWalls-15-aToday Beyond Paper Walls  debuts at Printer’s Row Lit Fest in Chicago.  It will be as hot as Kyoto, but the fest has lots of indoor events as well.  I’ll be braving the heat at Dearborn and Harrison downtown (visit the Festival website for more info). I should be at the 3rd tent from the corner of Dearborn and Harrison going South, but look for the Third Coast Comics tent.

If you can’t make it to  Printer’s Row the book is available for order from the Dragon and Goat Website, so check out our new shop: http://www.dragonandgoat.com/?product=beyond-paper-walls

Beyond Paper Walls Debuts at Printer’s Row Lit Fest June 11 & 12

BeyondPaperWalls-56This weekend I’ll be (finally!) debuting my newest comic book Beyond Paper Walls at Printer’s Row Lit Fest in Chicago June 11 & 12.  The fest is at Dearborn and Harrison downtown (visit the Festival website for more info). I should be at the 3rd tent from the corner of Dearborn and Harrison going South, but look for the Third Coast Comics tent.

The comic essay explores the boundaries between an Imagined and Real Japan through an autobiographical recounting of me and my wife hiking up Fushimi Inari Mountain in Kyoto. If you can’t make it to  Printer’s Row the book is available for order from the Dragon and Goat Website, so check out our new shop: http://www.dragonandgoat.com/?product=beyond-paper-walls or if you’re in Chicago you’ll be able to get a copy next week at the Book Cellar and some other area bookstores as I drop off more copies.