WBEZ | cartoonist http://www.wbez.org/tags/cartoonist Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Video: Cartoonist Anders Nilsen talks 'Big Questions' http://www.wbez.org/blog/mark-bazer/2011-10-05/video-cartoonist-anders-nilsen-talks-big-questions-92841 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-October/2011-10-05/big questions_flickr_austin kleon.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Cartoonist Anders Nilsen showed up at The Hideout 30 minutes before <em>The Interview Show</em> began, sat by himself and immediately began drawing. That continued during the show, when, while waiting to be interviewed, he sketched a fellow guest — comedian Cameron Esposito. Anders writes in his <a href="http://themonologuist.blogspot.com/2011/09/sketchbooks.html">blog</a>:</p><p>"I was drawing the person sitting in the audience in front of me at Mark Bazer's <em>Interview Show</em> the other night, and then she turned out to be another guest on the show. Her name is&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/mark-bazer/2011-09-20/video-stand-comedy-cameron-esposito-92202">Cameron Esposito</a>. She's a comedienne. She was completely hilarious. This is her ear.” (See his sketch <a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-0cPp5tsMgiw/TmUaXu5tCRI/AAAAAAAACYY/XWNMwXrqhsM/s1600/RBxi23%2528CameronEsposito%2529.jpg">here</a>).&nbsp;</p><p>I love that.</p><p>Anders was on to talk about <em>Big Questions</em>, which collects over a decade of smaller installments of his epic tale of, in his words, "a bunch of birds in the middle of nowhere who find an unexploded bomb and think it's an egg and then a plane crashes and they think it's a giant bird and then they spend about 600 pages trying to figure out what's going on."</p><p>The book, published by <a href="http://www.drawnandquarterly.com/">Drawn and Quarterly</a>, is beautiful and captivating. Anders talks about it, his career and his life below.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/dPTMvvCVxZ8" width="560" frameborder="0" height="315"></iframe></p></p> Wed, 05 Oct 2011 14:01:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/mark-bazer/2011-10-05/video-cartoonist-anders-nilsen-talks-big-questions-92841 Cartoonist Lynda Barry discusses the process of drawing http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/cartoonist-lynda-barry-discusses-process-drawing <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/lynda_barry_self-794489 resize_0.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Cartoonist Lynda Barry has Midwestern roots that run deep: She was born in Wisconsin and she moved to Chicago after her comic strip, &quot;Ernie Pook&rsquo;s Comeek,&quot; was picked up by the &quot;Chicago Reader.&quot; In her drawings, Barry explores the highs and lows of childhood and young adult life. Her characters Marlys, Arna and Maybonne have won her great acclaim and a devoted following. She is is an award-winning cartoonist, painter, writer, playwright and teacher. She is the author of books and plays, like <a target="_blank" href="http://www.amazon.com/Good-Times-Are-Killing-Me/dp/157061105X">&quot;The Good Times are Killing Me.&quot;</a>&nbsp; Her latest is called &quot;<a target="_blank" href="http://www.amazon.com/Picture-This-Near-sighted-Monkey-Book/dp/1897299648/ref=ntt_at_ep_dpi_1">Picture This</a>.&quot;</p><p>Her new books focus on the process of drawing &ndash; which is why she&rsquo;s returned to Chicago. Monday night, she speaks at 6 p.m. at the School of Art Institute&rsquo;s ongoing <a target="_blank" href="http://www.saic.edu/art_design/vap/">Visiting Artists Program.</a> She told Alison Cuddy about this process and her career as a cartoonist.</p><p><em>Music Button: Six Parts Seven, &quot;The One Thing That Won't Matter&quot;, from the CD Silence Magnifies Sound, (Troubleman Unlimited)</em></p></p> Mon, 15 Nov 2010 14:10:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/cartoonist-lynda-barry-discusses-process-drawing