MCAD MFA Thesis Exhibition – May 11, 2012

This past spring I was a member of the Thesis Committee for MFA student Luke Ellison. The other members of the Committee were writer Will Alexander and Luke’s mentor, MCAD Associate Professor Linda Frichtel.

Just this past Friday the MCAD MFA students had a reception for their Exhibition.

Northrup King Building in Minneapolis – Cool fire door.
MCAD MFA Thesis Exhibition
Luke Ellison’s mug shot, reading corner and pillows.

Luke’s thesis project was comprised of two books; An original story titled AVES told in a mixture of ink drawings and verse, and an illustrated adaptation of  Ray Bradbury’s All Summer in a Day.

“All Summer in a Day”

I really admire the hard work Luke put into his project. Both books came out beautiful.
Here’s to continued success in whatever he ends up tackling next…

To see more illustrations from his adaptation, check out Luke’s Deviant Art page

Artists - Cartoonists Guy Delisle

Guy Delisle at Magers and Quinn

Just got back from a genuinely entertaining lecture given by Guy Delisle at Magers and Quinn. He’s out promoting his new book, Jerusalem – a travelogue of his experiences living in the Holy City.

Guy Delisle at Magers and Quinn

A review from the Minneapolis StarTribune can be found here.

Many of vignettes shown of his work were not of the sensational but of the everyday – Walking his daughter in her stroller around a foreign country or being spoken to in a language he doesn’t understand.

Delisle knows how to tell an engaging story. Previews of a number of his books can be found at I’d advise checking them out – then going out and buying some…

Artists - Cartoonists Conventions Gary Gianni

Gary Gianni – The Prince Valiant Page

For those who haven’t already heard, Tom Yeates has replaced Gary Gianni on the Prince Valiant strip.

To commemorate Gianni’s run, I STRONGLY suggest Flesk Publications’ The Prince Valiant Page. I finally picked it up myself recently when I was at C2E2 this year. Gary Gianni had sold all the copies he had brought to Saturday’s show, so he promised to bring more on Sunday. I was so busy running around Sunday that I almost missed him – he had packed up when I finally got to his table. The picture below was taken just as he was about to leave (with my copy in hand).

Gary Gianni

Flesk Publications did a fantastic job on the reproductions in this book. Gianni chronicles the transition between John Cullen Murphy and himself with a generous amount of artwork and reference. There’s also foldout pages so you can see the Sunday pages at their best.

I can’t recommend this book highly enough.

-Jim Keefe.