Since Dragon and Goat lived in China for a time (and where Adam met Alli), the Mid-Autumn Festival is an important holiday on the D&G calendar.
Also known as the Moon Festival, the Mid-Autumn Festival is a big festival in China celebrating the harvest of rice and wheat with paper lanterns and mooncakes.
You might also make offerings to the Moon Goddess of Immortality who stole an immortality elixir from her husband (either out of love or fear that he would be a tyrannical despot, depending on the legend you believe) and went to the moon to live as an immortal by herself.
It’s a good time to check out China town or your local Chinese grocery store or restaurant and be sure to get the mooncakes with the egg yolks! They’re egg-cellent…
And if you missed their adventures at the Beijing Olympics, check out Dragon and Goat’s Journey East
Adam is back in the classroom at Chicago State University and the College of DuPage. This semester he is teaching Painting 1, 2 & 3, Illustrator/ Photoshop, Cartooning and Storyboarding/Sequential Art. This is his 9th year at Chicago State where he is a full-time lecturer and his 8th at the College of DuPage as adjunct faculty.
So far in Illustrator/Photoshop students have used CSU’s electron microscope to capture ultra-zoomed images of personal objects and in Storyboard/Sequential Art students are gearing up to create a short comic about Social Justice- mot just changing typically male characters into female characters, but by engaging in the real stories of the fight for social equality.
In Painting II students are into a new project You Are What You Eat, exploring self-portraiture through still lifes that they are setting up themselves with actual food (looking at Wayne Thiebaud’s paintings and other delicious food depictions from art history).
We’re gearing up to not only finish the next Dragon and Goat book but launch the Kickstarter to fund a limited run of the first edition printing of the book, and we want you to be a part of it!
So what’s the book? Thyme Bandit is the 9th book in the all ages comic series Dragon and Goat. In this book Goat’s community garden is being burgled at night, and Dragon takes on the case to find who (or what!) is pilfering his best bud’s rutabegas. The humorous adventure comic is hand-drawn and inked with digital coloring. (each book self-contained so you don’t have to read them in order so don’t worry I this is ur first d&g book!
There’s still some work to be done (at least the pages above are finally finished!) but we’re aiming for a late November launch date. With the Kickstarter not only will you be able to get your name in the book for picking up a copy ahead of time, but there will be a few other tasty levels to pick up some D&G swag and original art.
Stay tuned to find out more about the next book: Dragon and Goat: Thyme Bandit!
After Cartooning class at the College of DuPage, I zipped back to the city to make a pinhole eclipse viewer just in the nick of time! Equipment used: giant grill box, a piece of aluminum foil, duct tape, a piece of bristol board and a trusty Dragon and Goat pin from the early 2000s!
Come see us at the Fotopia Press Tent L on the East Side at Printer’s Row Lit Fest today and Sunday. We’re on Dearborn just South of Harrison. We’ve got the newest Dragon and Goat book the Curse of the RoboWerewolf along with lots of Adam’s other books!
Plus you can pick up some great prints from our buddy Phil of Cape Horn Illustration right next door!
Adam is hard at work on the next Dragon and Goat book: Thyme Bandits. What, you’re asking, didn’t he just put out a new book? Yes, The Curse of the Robo-werewolf is out this year, but in comics there is no room for sleeping (except in the gutters, those little spaces between panels maybe).
He’s also teaching an Intro to Visual Art class at Chicago State and looking forward to a few other things on the horizon for Dragon and Goat and Fotopia Press:
Fotopia Press will have a tent at Printer’s Row Lit Fest June 10 & 11 in downtown Chicago. I’ll be at TENT L (on the East-side) Just South of Harrison on Dearborn- with all my usual books and the newest D&G book The Curse of the Robo-werewolf. Stop by and say hello!
October 15-October 21 Adam will be giving a week long workshop on Storytelling with Mixed Media Drawing at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, TN.
This Fall (maybe Winter?) be looking for a Kickstarter for Dragon and Goat’s next book Thyme Bandits. Here’s a sample image:Thanks for taking a look! Remember if you want to stay up to date on all things Dragon and Goat and other Fotopia Press titles like The Panopticorn, Beyond Paper Walls, and Cloud Arcadia be sure to follow Adam on Instagram @fotodragon on Twitter @adamfotos and on Facebook’s Dragon and Goat page. There’s, of course, the dragonandgoat.com website as well! If you like what you see be sure to share with your friends and circles!