illustration http://wamc.org en Joe Sacco's "The Great War" http://wamc.org/post/joe-saccos-great-war <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>Launched on July 1, 1916, the Battle of the Somme has come to epitomize the madness of the First World War. Almost 20,000 British soldiers were killed and another 40,000 were wounded that first day, and there were more than one million casualties by the time the offensive halted.</p><p>In <em>The Great War</em>, acclaimed cartoon journalist Joe Sacco depicts the events of that day in an extraordinary, 24-foot long panorama: from General Douglas Haig and the massive artillery positions behind the trench lines to the legions of soldiers going “over the top” and getting cut down in no-man’s-land, to the tens of thousands of wounded soldiers retreating and the dead being buried en masse.</p><p>Printed on fine accordion-fold paper and packaged in a slipcase with a 16-page booklet, <em>The Great War</em> is a landmark in Sacco’s illustrious career and allows us to see the War to End All Wars as we’ve never seen it before.</p><p> Mon, 18 Nov 2013 15:35:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 78020 at http://wamc.org Joe Sacco's "The Great War" "Seriously Silly: A Decade of Art and Whimsy by Mo Willems" at The Eric Carle Museum http://wamc.org/post/seriously-silly-decade-art-and-whimsy-mo-willems-eric-carle-museum <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><em>Seriously Silly: a Decade of Art &amp; Whimsy by Mo Willems</em> marks 10 years of the artist creating picture books. The show, at <a href="http://www.carlemuseum.org/Home">The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art</a>, surveys the full range of his prolific output from the award-winning Knuffle Bunny series to Elephant and Piggie.&nbsp;</p><p>Mo began his career as a writer and animator for television, garnering six Emmy Awards for his writing on <em>Sesame Street</em>, creating Nickelodeon's <em>The Off-Beats</em>, Cartoon Network’s <em>Sheep in the Big City</em> and head-writing <em>Codename: Kids Next Door</em>.</p><p>Often called “the Dr. Seuss of his generation,” Mo is among the most popular book author / illustrators of all time. He is a New York Times #1 Best Selling author and illustrator, and his work has garnered 3 Caldecott Honors, 2 Theodor (Seuss) Geisel Medals, 2 Carnegie Medals, and a Geisel Honor.</p><p>The <a href="http://www.rmichelson.com/">R. Michelson Galleries</a> also have a show of Mo's work, entitled <a href="http://www.rmichelson.com/Artist_Pages/Willems/Mo-Willems.html"><em>Don't Pigeonhole Me!</em></a></p><p> Wed, 26 Jun 2013 14:10:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 67920 at http://wamc.org "Seriously Silly: A Decade of Art and Whimsy by Mo Willems" at The Eric Carle Museum "Point Your Face at This" Tour and Drawings by Demetri Martin http://wamc.org/post/point-your-face-tour-and-drawings-demetri-martin <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Stand-up comedian, <a href="http://www.demetrimartin.com">Demetri Martin</a>, brings his “Point Your Face at this Tour” to <a href="http://iheg.com">The Calvin</a> in Northampton, MA tonight. (He will also be at <a href="http://theegg.org">The Egg</a> in Albany on Saturday - but that show is sold out.)&nbsp;</p><p>Demetri Martin has appeared on <em>Comedy Central Presents</em>, has two one-hour Comedy Central stand-up specials, he was the Trendspotting/Youth Correspondent on <em>The Daily Show</em>, a writer on <em>Late Night</em> <em>with Conan O’Brien</em>, had a Comedy Central Series entitled <em>Important Things with Demetri Martin</em>, appeared on HBO’s <em>Flight of the Conchords</em> (which I mention because it is a personal favorite), and starred in Ang Lee’s film,&nbsp;<em>Taking Woodstock</em>.</p><p>Next Tuesday, Demetri’s new book, <em><a href="http://www.demetrimartin.com/#!books/c8yz">Point Your Face at This: Drawings</a>,</em> will be available - it is published by Grand Central and is available for pre-order now. The book is a new collection of Demetri’s drawings - single panel, single page line drawings like the one’s he presents on a large pad of paper during many of his stand-up shows.</p><p> Wed, 13 Mar 2013 14:10:00 +0000 Sarah LaDuke 59743 at http://wamc.org "Point Your Face at This" Tour and Drawings by Demetri Martin "A Kiss Before You Go: An Illustrated Memoir of Love and Loss" by David Gregory http://wamc.org/post/kiss-you-go-illustrated-memoir-love-and-loss-david-gregory <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">After the loss of his wife in a tragic accident, artist Danny Gregory chronicled his grief in the medium he knows best—the pages of his illustrated journals. His new book, </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1452101949/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=1452101949&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wamcnortheast-20">A Kiss Before You Go: An Illustrated Memoir of Love and Loss</a><img alt="" border="0" height="1" src="http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wamcnortheast-20&amp;l=as2&amp;o=1&amp;a=1452101949" style="border:none !important; margin:0px !important;" width="1"></em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, reproduces these journal pages in a visual memoir of Gregory's journey towards recovery.</span></p><p>Gregory's process reminds us that creative expression offers its own therapy, and that living each day to its fullest may be as simple as putting pen to paper. Anyone who has experienced loss will take solace in this candid look at grieving.</p><p> Tue, 12 Mar 2013 14:35:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 59650 at http://wamc.org "A Kiss Before You Go: An Illustrated Memoir of Love and Loss" by David Gregory Brian Selznick - "Hugo" at The Mahaiwe http://wamc.org/post/brian-selznick-hugo-mahaiwe <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">New York Times-bestselling author and illustrator Brian </span>Selznick<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> will talk about his Caldecott Award-winning book, </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">The Invention of Hugo Cabret</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and how it became Martin </span>Scorsese's<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> 2011 Oscar-winning film </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Hugo</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> on Sunday at </span><a href="http://www.mahaiwe.org" style="line-height: 1.5;">The Mahaiwe Theatre</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> in Great Barrington.</span></p><p>Following a screening of the film, Selznick will participate in a Q &amp; A with his Scholastic editor, Berkshire resident Tracy Mack, and then sign books.</p><p> Mon, 11 Mar 2013 15:35:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 59600 at http://wamc.org Brian Selznick - "Hugo" at The Mahaiwe MA Trooper in Rockwell Work Dies at 83 http://wamc.org/post/ma-trooper-rockwell-work-dies-83 <p>A retired Massachusetts state trooper who was a model for Norman&nbsp;Rockwell&#39;s 1958 Saturday Evening Post illustration, &quot;The Runaway,&quot; has died.&nbsp; WAMC&rsquo;s Tristan O&rsquo;Neill reports&hellip;</p><p>Massachusetts State Police said 83-year-old retired Staff Sgt. Richard Clemens Jr. died Sunday after a brief illness.</p> Tue, 08 May 2012 11:41:11 +0000 Tristan O'Neill 38502 at http://wamc.org MA Trooper in Rockwell Work Dies at 83