I had a great time at the Second Life Community Convention (SLCC) last week but it didn’t leave me with much time to work on a proper comic. I’m not sure if it was the lack of sleep or alcohol consumption but I found myself seeing my characters peeking at me from various places in the city. I don’t know if it’s like this for most comickers or writers but my characters are with me all the time.
Walking through the airport I saw those Blues Brothers statues and immediately envisioned GingerDead as you see him above. It made me giggle which I hear is a good thing at airports nowadays. Frowny people are being ‘watched’.
The second image is polish artist Magdalena Abakanowicz‘s Agora installation at a park on South Michigan Avenue downtown. It really was amazing to walk among these giant headless torsos. There are 106 of them and every angle you view it from looks different. Here’s an awesome article about it by Edward Lifson which has some good images and a bit about the artist.
Finally, on a morning java hunt I came across Monument with Standing Beast by urban artist Jean DuBuffet. The sculpture represents a tree, an animal, a portal and an architectural element. Peeking inside I expected to see a homeless person resting or at the very least be struck with strong urine odors, but it was all shiny and clean in there. I’m from New York originally so that sort of surprised me. Downtown Chicago is unbelievably tidy and quite friendly as well. Anyway, it was a cool sculpture, very cartoony black and white which of course made me think of my little pals.
Other highlights of the trip were the Art Institute, meeting up with Chicago’s coolest comicker Chris Hallbeck (The Book of Biff) and stumbling upon a puppetbike show. Big thank you to Gabe for showing me around, taking the Agora pics when I forgot my camera and rocking so hard in general.
See you next week with the usual comicky goodness you expect.