May 20, 1990: Advice on Life and Creative Integrity from Calvin and Hobbes Creator Bill Watterson

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Bill Watterson in his studio.                                        A frame from a Calvin and Hobbes comic strip

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Maria Popova's Brain Pickings article and transcript of laudable Calvin and Hobbes creator Bill Watterson's Kenyon College commencement address on May 20, 1990, provides some insight into the cartoonist's work process and career ideology.

"In fact, the central message of Watterson’s speech is that the myth of the overnight success is just that — a myth — something cultural icons like Thomas Edison and Alexander Graham Bell knew well. At the end of the day, what counts is not prestige or money but pure joy in the work:"

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Last Updated on Thursday, 21 November 2013 09:30

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Blank Books Comic Day: Event Photographs

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Onlookers at the comics market.

Photograph by Blank Books

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Journalist Mandy J Watson chatting with Christopher Beukes.

Photograph by Blank Books.

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Archie Birch at his comics stand.

Photograph by Blank Books

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Su Opperman and Christopher Beukes.

Photograph by Blank Books. 

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Andy Mason at his exhibition stand.

Photograph by Blank Books. 

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 November 2013 19:06

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Hanging Out at "Blank Books Comic Day"

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Despite the bad weather, comics artists participating in the Blank Book Comics Day at the Salt Circle Arcade in Woodstock showcased their work in what proved to be a successful new platform for independent publishers and artists. The market included comics by a number of illustrators including Warren Raysdorf, N.D. Mazin, Archie Birch, Luis Tolosana, Susan Opperman, Daniël S. Hugo, Moray Rhoda, Christopher Michael Beukes and  Andrew Cramer. Onlookers visitng the market took advantage of the opportunity to chat with comics creators and discuss their work, while buying their favourite South African comics.

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Poster illustration by Warren Raysdorf.

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Cover of Free Beer issue 10. Illustration by Alastair Laird.

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Free Beer cover issue 1. Illustration by Alastair Laird.

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An image from Luke Molver's Nero.

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N.D. Mazin's The Legend of Blue Mamba cover artwork.

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Graflit: Graveyard Literature in Black & White (edited by Andy Mason and Roberto Millan) and Deon De Lange's Gofu.

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Christopher Beukes' Wrath.


Su Opperman's Die Een se Dood.

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Illustrated by Andrew Cramer.


Cover of The Number 1 Game by Archie Birch.


Some artwork from Archie Birch's The Number 1 Game.

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Daniël Hugo's Oneironaut.


Luis Tolosana's Project Tilian-Rep

Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 November 2013 18:10

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"Blank Books Comic Day" to showcase local independent comix publishers and artists this coming Saturday

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As part of the Salt! Courtyard Bash, Blank Books is hosting a South African Comic Day this Saturday 16 November between 12h00 and 15h00. Come meet local comic artists at the Salt! Courtyard Bash at the Salt Circle Arcade for Blank Books South African Comic Day and peruse through your favourite South African independent comix titles and publishers including Week Daze, Velocity, Falcon Comix, Stupor Model, Agenda 3 and Free Beer to name a few.

Artists include but are not limited to Andy Mason, Andrew Cramer, Jarred Scott Cramer, Luis Tolosana, Chris Beukes, Archie Birch, Daniël S. Hugo, Stefan Blank-Thomet, Alastair Liard and more.


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Last Updated on Thursday, 14 November 2013 08:57

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Looking Back: CCIBA "Handbound" Exhibition Stand at Design Indaba Expo 2012

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Photographs by CCIBA Director Keith Dietrich.

Handbound: a collection of illustrated bookworks, a group exhibition curated by the Centre for Comic, Illustrative and Book Arts (CCIBA), had an official stand at the Design Indaba Expo 2012 at the CTICC. The group exhibition showcased a collection of handcrafted books illustrated, designed, printed and bound by postgraduate illustration students from the Department of Visual Arts at Stellenbosch University.

The Honours programme at the Visual Arts Department currently stands as one of very few postgraduate illustration programmes in the country at the moment and has witnessed the growth of some of South Africa's top illustration talent.

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 Photograph by CCIBA Director Keith Dietrich.


 Photograph by CCIBA Director Keith Dietrich.


 Photograph by CCIBA Director Keith Dietrich.


  Photograph by CCIBA Director Keith Dietrich.


  Photograph by CCIBA Director Keith Dietrich.


  Photograph by CCIBA Director Keith Dietrich.


  Photograph by CCIBA Director Keith Dietrich.


  Photograph by CCIBA Director Keith Dietrich.


  Photograph by CCIBA Director Keith Dietrich.


 Photograph by CCIBA Director Keith Dietrich. 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 13 November 2013 14:12

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