Susan and I both consider our Art Mysteries comics as owing more inspiration to fine arts that the world of graphic arts although both of us were inspired at a very early age by comics. Perhaps I'm teasing out the differences a bit to finely but many artists I know speak quite frankly about their entry into the art world via an early love of comics.
Art critic, Jerry Salz recently posted that he and his wife, Roberta Smith, art critic for the Times attended the MoCCAA Arts Fest at the Armory in NY. Quoting Jerry from his Facebook page, "What fantastic energy there. Everywhere. Roberta and I were SO irked not to see MoMA and Whitney and Gugg and New Museum CURATORS sifting through the reams of stuff. Alas, as I've written, since we persist in using the term "outsider artists" we should ALL be required to use the term "insider artist."
Although Susan and I appear throughout each issue, we are foils for the real heroes we feature in cameo roles. We feature many of our artist friends, who are all talented and work hard in a creative field where the normal metrics of achievement hold no guarantee of success.
In fact it is even hard to define what success means in the art world. Is it an opportunity to exhibit, gallery representation, an action sale or a museum purchase. Is it the respect of your peers?
Opinions abound and these days everything is aired in social media. There is debate and controversy on a weekly basis and we attempt to sort and sift and find the issues generating buzz to feature in the back story of each issue.
Frankly we're going for the thrill and to get some great new material for an upcoming issue but we still need to prepare. Business cards, stickers extra comics, panel reprints and yes that is a red tutu in on the right side of the photo. Don't ask..just come visit!
Boston Comic Con