Sunday, March 22, 2015

Coming this Fall From Penn State Press "My Degeneration" my "Graphic Novel" Memoir of Coping with Parkinson's Disease

It is official: "My Degeneration" will be published this Fall. Unlike my usual work which is normally hours, even minutes in the making, the process of going from initial concept to final images has been over three years. This is due to a number of factors, not the least being the difference in book publishing culture and newspapering. Think difference between a flash flood and a glacier.

I redrafted the initial manuscript entiely when academic publisher Penn State Press expressed interest in the manuscript. They had a number of criticisms that instantly made sense once they were  voiced. Too wordy, too disorganized, and too much humor, which they believe the readers would find tiring. It also seemed to me that I needed to recalibrate the surface of the story from a scheme that initially was meant to appeal to a general comics audience to a more straightforward narrative for patients, families and medical people.

The rejiggered manuscript went over well when it went through peer review, a normal path for academic books, but a little out of the ordinary for a comic book. It could be my imagination, but interest seemed to go up after the two very positive peer reviews came back.

The momentum has quickened. The people at Penn State are hustling to get the book into their fall catalog.  We are working on two possible cover designs, should have a decision on that shortly.

So the meat hits the counter soon. The fact that other people are now doing actual work on production and marketing make the whole thing seem more real, and a little more scary. It's one thing for one guy to fart around with his little story and pictures. It's another to have other people to throw in their sweat and time. I do think there is valuable content in the book for people with Parkinson's, their caregivers, families, and those who treat them in the medical-industrial complex. I hope the atypical format of comics will get that content out to to people who would not ordinarily encounter it.

Come Fall, I guess we'll see.

Here are a couple of sample pages

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Power and Creativity, A Talk Given to the Staff at the Anchorage Museum

Monday, February 23, 2015

Anchorage Press Cover, Caricature of Mayoral Candidate Andrew Halcro

The folks at The Anchorage Press gave this a great ride on their cover. I left them acres of room for type, but they seemed to think the drawing would hold up the page by itself, because they ran it without copy of any kind.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Pete's Upcoming Show at Snow City: Tecno-Primitive, Digital art of Peter Dunlap-Shohl

 Heads up, friends, Suddenly I'm having another show of my artwork. The venue will be Snow City Cafe, under the auspices of blue.hollomon gallery. Opening will be First Friday, Jan. 2 from 5:30 -  8:00 p.m. Here is my Artist's Statement

" I entered the world of digital art with a chip on my shoulder. The usual look for digital work is one of chilly perfection, as if untouched by human hands. My mission became creating work that hid neither its cyber nor human elements. Along the way I discovered the liberating aspects of the computer, the ability to take risks, experiment with color and to work with type and other design elements to create new ways to tell stories. The results are like the series "Posters from Cancelled Performances at the Brazen Husky", a fictitious Spenard Bar plagued by a series of cancellations of shows by everyone from Madam Pavlova's Canine Acrobats to Charlie Cactus, alcoholic Country Music legend who was simply "too good" to play Spenard. Together the nine posters tell a story of a struggling tavern, those who run it, and the performers that (almost) pass across its stage. The images are created on my iPad and my desk-top computer with Sketchbook Pro and Photoshop,  sometimes a combination of the two.  All the works are printed with Archival materials on acid-free paper. I hope viewers will find them fun and thought provoking." I hope you'll come down and see! Attendance will be taken :~)