Tonight, in Tribeca The Tribeca Performing Arts Center presents Shooting War’s Anthony Lappé and Dan Goldman, along with other graphic novel luminaries like Marisa Acocella Marchetto ( Cancer Vixen) and James Romberger (Seven Miles a Second ) who will discuss their work in comics. The evening will be moderated by Calvin Reid, senior news editor of Publishers Weekly and co-editor of PW Comics Week. It starts at 7 and tickets are $5.
Tribeca Performing Arts Center at BMCC
199 Chambers St. NYC (btwn. Greenwich and West St.)
Who are your artistic inspirations? When did you first learn to draw, and how has your work evolved since then? I’ve been drawing since I was a kid, and it’s been a constant source of trouble and frustration. The first time I was spanked was for taking markers to my bedroom walls. I used to make these vicious fictional bio-comics of my weirdo 7th grade geography teacher . . . until someone passed my notebook to him while I was in the bathroom; that was worth two weeks indoor suspension. Slipping subliminal messages into editorial comics for my high school newspaper nearly got me kicked out as well. I hated my artwork for most of my twenties and found I was doing less and less of it; writing’s always been easier and more satisfying for me . . . words don’t have line weight, y’know? Making the jump from drawing on paper to drawing on screen with digital tools opened up whole new worlds for me, almost instantly. I remember taking my first Wacom tablet home and plugging it into Illustrator around 3 a.m.; I got up to refill my coffee and that the sun had risen . . . and I’d drawn the best thing I’d ever done before.