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Rhapsodies at Three Thousand!!

Rhapsodies at three ThousandGreat news, I just posted strip number three thousand of my online comic strip, Rhapsodies!

This feels great, though as admittedly not quite as great as the last two times. Back then it felt like a great accomplishment, and now… while it’s still a great accomplishment, it feels like laps that I knew I’d get to eventually.

Still it’s a whole LOT of laps so I still feel stoked.

My Third Column For Cartoonists Northwest – Some Thoughts on Comic Conventions

Cartoonists Northwest logoMy deadline for writing my third presidential column for the Cartoonists Northwest newsletter happened to coincide with the weekend of The Emerald City ComicCon so I thought I’d share some thoughts about participating in Comic Conventions as a creator

The convention season is finally upon us, starting with Emerald City Comic Con this weekend (as of writing this), with Northwest Comic Con and Sakura Con following soon after. While I’ve been mostly priced out of the big ones, hanging out in the Convention Center lobby, or the city park directly behind it, and sketching the cosplayers is one of my favorite artistic exercises. I highly recommend it.

Going to the cons to meet artists, and buy swag and whatnot, is lots of fun – but going there professionally is even better. Doing a convention ‘on the other side of the table’ is one of the best way to do a convention and in my opinion once you’ve done it you never want to go back to only attending as a fan.

An obvious reason why is that this is one of your best opportunities to meet people with similar interests and promote your work face to face with potential fans. The other reason is that this is an opportunity to become part of a community. When you have that artist badge you’re treated as a potential colleague and fellow creator, even by all of the rock stars. And, for what it’s worth, you can also sell stuff.

My luck with attending conventions as a professional has been mixed at best, but I like to think that I’ve learned from mistakes and can provide some useful advice.

  • You want to make your table stand out with as good a sign as you can afford. It doesn’t have to be huge, just flashy enough that people can see it from a distance. Having your sign on the table’s apron is not a good idea, anyone visiting your table will be standing in front of it.
  • Pack a lunch, all the food within a square mile is overpriced and will have long lines.
  • If you’re selling merchandise make sure you have plenty of petty cash to make change with.
  • Bring some strong tape – you’ll be surprised how often you need it.
  • Your table usually comes with two chairs. Bring a friend you can trust as a reliable backup, this will let you do things like go to the bathroom and see some of the show. Otherwise the table becomes your prison.
  • Remember basic etiquette. When you’re meeting other artists remember that, like you, they are there for business. You don’t want people blocking access to your table for more than five minutes, even if an artist is your hero you need to remember to extend this courtesy at their table too. (This means that conventions often aren’t the networking opportunity that we’d like them to be).

If you remember these pointers you will find that attending a convention as a professional is a great way to spread the word about your work. Conventions are exhausting but it’s a good exhaustion!

The Comic Art of Rube Goldberg: A Talk & Insomnia Cure by Paul Tumey

THE COMIC ART OF RUBE GOLDBERG: A TALK & INSOMNIA CURE BY PAUL C. TUMEYPaul Tumey will be giving of talk about Rube Goldberg at this month’s Cartoonists Northwest meeting on the 18th at 5:30 at the university District’s Artists and Craftsman, in conjunction with the exhibit at the Seattle Museum of Popular Culture and I thought I’d share the announcement.
Come learn all about the father of screwball comics and one of the 20th century’s premier cartoonists. In conjunction with the premier of THE ART OF RUBE GOLDBERG at the Seattle Museum of Popular Culture (MoPOP, formerly the EMP) through April 23, Comics historian and author Paul C. Tumey will present a sixty-minute slide lecture on the life and career of Rube Goldberg.
Rube Goldberg (1883-1970) had a sixty-two year career as a cartoonist and humorist, from 1904-1962. He estimated he produced over 50,000 cartoons for publication. In the 1920s, Goldberg was the most popular newspaper cartoonist in America, famous for his “grotesque” style of caricature, and his screwball sense of humor, which directly influenced artists who would later create the Dadaist art movement.
Unlike most syndicated cartoonists who work for years with one concept and set of characters, Goldberg created something new virtually every day. He created over 100 different comic strip series, which he rotated randomly among thousands of one-shot newspaper comics. In 1907, he started a new series called “Foolish Questions,” which became a national hit. In 1912, he created the first of his invention cartoons, depicting ridiculously complex chain reactions designed to accomplish a trivial task, like licking a stamp, or opening a door. In 1918, he launched his popular Sunday comic, Boob McNutt, which ran until 1934.
In 1939, after creating humor cartoons for 35 years, Goldberg embarked on a second career as a Pulitzer-Prize winning political cartoonist. He co-founded the National Cartoonist Society, whose award, the Reuben, is named after — and designed by — him. Today, Goldberg is famous for his invention cartoons, but they comprise only about 2% of his output, most of which has not been reprinted or studied until now. His work, which influenced generations of famous cartoonists, remains a lost treasure of American comic art and humor.
Paul C. Tumey has spent years researching Rube Goldberg. Drawing on his archives, and special access to unpublished material from the Goldberg estate, Tumey will display rare art, recordings and videos that will tell the story of the remarkable life and times of one of the greatest cartoonists in history.
Paul Tumey is a writer/designer living in Seattle, WA. His work appears in numerous books and magazines, including SOCIETY IS NIX: GELLEFUL ANARCHY AT THE DAWN OF THE NEWSPAPER COMIC STRIP 1895-1915 (Sunday Press, 2014) and KING OF THE COMICS: 100 YEARS OF KING FEATURES (IDW, 2015). He writes a column, FRAMED! for The Comics Journal and regularly attends the DUNE anthology jam at the Cafe Racer. In 2014, Tumey was the co-editor and primary writer for THE ART OF RUBE GOLDBERG (Abrams ComicArts), and he recently co-edited and wrote for the forthcoming book FOOLISH QUESTIONS AND OTHER ODD OBSERVATIONS BY RUBE GOLDBERG (Sunday Press, May 2017). For the MoPOP exhibit, Tumey worked with the museum to create the introductory video that welcomes visitors at the entrance of the galleries. Tumey is currently at work on his book, SCREWBALL! THE CARTOONISTS WHO MADE THE FUNNIES FUNNY, due out from IDW’s Library of American Comics in 2018.

Happy Darwin Lincoln Day!

Wpmorse Charles Darwin Abraham LincolnI Can’t believe I had to be reminded of this but a very happy birthday to Charles Darwin and Abraham Lincoln! While the two never met I still like to pretend that they would have enjoyed each other’s company over drinks as this picture implies.

My First Column For Cartoonists Northwest

Cartoonists Northwest logoCartoonists Northwest is a local organization of cartoonists and comic fans living in the Northwest (Washington, Oregon, Montana and Brittish Columbia) with meetings every third Saturday at the Artists and Craftsman, at 5:30 in Seattle’s University District (4350 8th Ave NE (at NE 45th St.) Come check it out, it’s a lot of fun, this month our speaker and guest shall be Gabriel Campanario AK the Seattle Times’ Seattle Sketcher should be great.

Anyway while I’ve been attending for years I’ve been concerned that Cartoonists Northwest has gradually become merely a social group that remains seperate from the rest of the local cartoonists community. Anyway this year I decide to put up or shut up and ran for president.

While I’m still figuring out what to do I have one definite duty which is to write the monthly “president’s column” for our monthly newsletter, Penstuff. So here’s my first one for the January edition. (more of a manifesto, really.)

Now that the holidays are over, let’s welcome in the new year with resolutions for both ourselves and the Guild. I have been thinking about this topic since I took up the president role in November, and now that it’s official I thought I’d share a couple of those thoughts.

I believe that Seattle, Portland, and the rest of the Northwest, have one of the best comic scenes in the world (both mainstream and indie), and I want Cartoonists Northwest to be part of that once again. We can, and should, serve as both a gateway for beginners and as a community for the professionals. Ideally this would be for all of the Northwest, not just those of us in the Puget Sound who can make it to the monthly meetings.

There’s many ways we can do this, and our program of great informative guests and useful workshops form an excellent base to build on.

An improvement I would like to see is increased outreach to other groups, creators, local cartoonists, the related communities. The outreach process can help us to make ourselves into a useful hub for the graphic arts communities, a hub that provides a welcome for all levels of skill and experience, from the idealistic student with their first taste of our wonderful mania, to cynical veterans determined to prosper in our craft. With this goal in mind we can be even more welcoming and inclusive by embracing just how much talent and creativity is covered under the term cartoonist! Newspaper strips, comic books, editorials, children’s books and storyboards are barely a fraction of the list!

All in all I’m very optimistic about all of the ways that our group can grow this year. Getting more visibility and encouraging more people, as well as making the group more valuable for all of us who are already here! I look forward to seeing where we go next!


Hello World!

Hello everybody and thank you for coming to check out my blog, and professional site and portfolio, W.P.Morse: Cartoons and Illustrations!

A little bit about me my name is Bill Morse and I’m an Illustrator who specializes in a relatively humorous cartoon style that is appropriate  for all of a clients needs from children’s books to commercials. I also have been doing comics and sequential art as seen in my daily webcomic Rhapsodies. I have always enjoyed storytelling and writing and one of the things that attracted me to comics and illustrations is the ability to tell stories through pictures.

I look forward to sharing this service as well as my thoughts on the art, craft and the industry.