adapted from Marina Abramović’s “Rhythm 0” Performed in Morra Studio, Naples, Italy (1974)

For Frank Santoro’s  comicsworkbook COMPOSITION COMPETITION 2014. 

Planning on putting it in the upcoming SAW Anthology, "framework" for SPX. (I better get back to printing it.)


Edit: link goes to the high res files

Great work from student Eric Taylor


The Chicago Alternative Comics Expo is Proud to Announce the First Annual Cupcake Award!

Self-publishing is at the heart of our event and community, and supporting emerging artists and helping them grow is central to our mission. The Cupcake Award is a juried prize that supports the self-publishing of a new minicomic by any artist who has not yet had a solo work printed by a publisher. The winner of the award will receive $250 to print a new minicomic, a free half table at next year’s CAKE (where their minicomic will debut), and the mentor support of our special guest judge Annie Koyama. In addition, CAKE will promote the winning artist and their minicomic leading up to next year’s show.

Applications will open after CAKE 2014 concludes on June 1st and will close on August 31st. The CAKE organizers will narrow the application pool to the top 20, and our special guest judge will select the winner. The recipient of the Cupcake Award will be announced when CAKE 2015 applications open in mid-October.

Applicants must meet the following eligibility requirements:

✴ Be at least 18 years of age at the time you apply
✴ Be available to attend CAKE 2015 to promote the minicomic supported by the Cupcake Award
✴ Be an artist who has not had a solo work published by a publisher.

Our intention is to support early career comic artists. This is an honor-code application: we will not hunt through your CV to try to disprove your eligibility, so please use your best discretion. If you have work in comics anthologies, have had small freelance comics published in larger publications/platforms or if you have had success with a widely distributed self-published comic, you are eligible; if you have had a book published as a single author by a publisher but you still regularly publish mini-comics, you are not eligible.

While applicants may re-apply every year, they are only eligible to receive the award once.
If you have questions about meeting eligibility, please email us at cupcake [at]

Please send the following to cupcake [at] by August 31:

One-page artist statement and work plan: Please narrate the content and direction of the comics work you have made to date, and describe in detail the minicomic you plan to make with the support of the Cupcake Award.

One-page artist CV: Please include your most recent creative work and accomplishments to date. Be sure to include your name, address, preferred contact information (email, phone, twitter, etc), and website. (Don’t worry if your artist CV is light–this award is meant for emerging artists!)

Work samples: Please submit up to 8 examples of your art representing work done within the last 2-3 years. Be sure to highlight your sequential art, as this is an award specifically for comics. Send us clickable URLs. If you are unable to send us URLs, please get in touch with us.

[Click here for a PDF of our promotional flyer 
& tell all your eligible comics-making friends to apply!]

Kid class creatures!

Kid class creatures!

Be regular and orderly in your life so that you can be violent and original in your work.

Be regular and orderly in your life so that you can be violent and original in your work.

Our newest instructor, Kurt Wolfgang

We want to welcome our newest instructor, the amazing Kurt Wolfgang to SAW.

Kurt has been around since the 90s, doing award winning, eye-catching great comics. From Where Hats Go, the big surprise in NON#5, to his recent Nothing Eve and other work in MOME, Kurt has always done seriously playful, interesting, inventive work steeped in classic cartooning traditions. I stole one of his layouts for my book.

He’ll be teaching Cartooning for the first year students as an optional class. Students, I suggest you take it.

He’ll also be taking 6 weeks of the evening 2nd Year Program, rounding out that class co-taught with Justine Andersen, Leela Corman and myself. He’s already challenging some of them with a great 6 week summer class.

See pics of his 2013 art show at SAW here.

An interview with Kurt Wolfgang originally published in MOME.

Audio interview with Kurt Wolfgang on TCJ Talkies.

Kurt Wolfgang Tumblr. -  


Coming to SAW Spring 2015: Aidan Koch and Ed Piskor

Aidan Koch at SAWEd PIskor at SAW

We’re unbelievably excited to announce next year’s SAW Visiting Artist Workshops for Spring 2015.

Aidan Koch

March 2-6, 2015 sees Adian Koch come to Gainesville. Koch’s lyrical, moving and often abstract comics have been wowing people for years since we first saw The Whale in 2010 and then her Xeric Award-Winning The Blonde Woman. Since then, she has out-shined anyone working with similar methods or material be it abstraction, paint, color, memory or nature.

Her workshop happens during UF /Santa Fe Spring Break. You can see Aidan Koch’s website here.
Aidan Koch Images

Ed Piskor

The following week SAW welcomes Ed Piskor, crazy genius behind Hip-Hop Family Tree (Fantagraphics) and Wizzywig (Top Shelf).

Hip-Hop Family Tree was the comic destined to happen. Somewhere in early 1980s there is cosmic particle rattling around Manhattan and The Bronx, and that particle said “take me to the one who will document this” and it smacked Ed Piskor in 2010 right in the third eye.

Piskor’s website is  is here . He comes to Gainesville March 9-13, 2015.

Ed PIskor Hip Hop Family Tree Images

Registration and payment links to follow.

Coming to SAW March 9-13, @edpiskor

Coming to SAW March 9-13, @edpiskor

Coming to SAW March 2-6 2015, @aidanalexiskoch

Coming to SAW March 2-6 2015, @aidanalexiskoch

Preparing for next year’s SAW Single-Year Program, I sat down with our drawing teacher, Justine Mara Andersen and once again was overwhelmed by her wisdom, skills and brilliance.

The images at the top is new work from a project we’ve been collaborating on about Odysseus (I’m editing, she drew an amazing 17 pages, a small sample of which is above.) Then, below that, a leave-behind series of teaching doodles, and a piece she did for Lucasfilm, a glorious trippy piece from her memoir, some shots of her show here at SAW, including playing guitar, and at bottom, boxes of her artwork. She has so much of this stuff she measures it by the pound: pounds and pounds of stunning, classically drawn fantasy illustration for Wizards of the Coast, DC Comics, Lucasfilm and other places.

Justine is also fabulously opinionated. Her blog post about Boris Vallejo vs Frank Frazetta is so spot on. “Frank Fazetta’s characters are fighting for their lives, Vallejo’s “warrior” not only looks like, but IS, some bimbo he picked up at the gym. " Read that post, and visit more of her blog, here:

Students, you’re in for a great year with Justine!

Comics arrived from the John Porcellino workshop.

Comics arrived from the John Porcellino workshop.