Signalnoise talk in Lincoln, Nebraska

I was contacted a little while ago by Nick Evans in Lincoln, Nebraska who invited me to do my ‘Back to the Future’ presentation for a posse of designers down there. Never one to turn down a challenge, I was immediately onboard. So I’ll be setting up the laptop, firing up my slides and getting to it. The small print of the event is still being ironed out, but here are the details as of launch time:

Date: Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Time: Morning
Where: Embassy Suites Hotel, 1040 P Street (map)

For those who don’t know, Nick is also the guy responsible for bringing that Aaron Draplin in for the same reason. I’m following the big guy. Looking forward to meeting you face to face, Nebraska!

Signalnoise at FOTB 2011

The countdown is on. In a few short days I will be boarding a plane with a destination of Brighton, UK to speak at Flash on the Beach. This will be my first trip to England, a place I have wanted to visit for quite some time. A lot of nice events are lined up, lots of friends will be in attendance, and many laughs will be shared. Can’t wait.

For those who will be attending Flash on the Beach this year, I will be doing my Back to the Future presentation on Wednesday, September 14th at 3:15 pm (schedule). My talk tends to change every time I present it so be ready for some new art, new stories and new ideas. Getting onstage to talk about art and creativity is one of my favourite things to do in this industry so I’m really looking forward to this one. Bigger and better. I’ll also be armed with some new swag for the conference, just flag me down to grab some.

Here are a few presentations I’m excited to see:
• Jessica Hische: Lettering is not Fonts - website
• Jon Burgerman: Working and Not Working and How to Waste your Time Proficiently - website
• Hillman Curtis: Meta Process, Making it Up as I Go - website
• GMunk: Tron VFX - website
• Joshua Davis: The Unknown Voyage - website 

Following the big event I will be spending 2 days in London to visit some landmarks and hang out with some friends and colleagues. There is a Signalnoise Meet-up scheduled for the evening of the 15th and I will be posting the details as soon as they become available. In other words, as soon as I get my act together. More to come on that, so stay tuned if you want to come and hang out.

I look forward to meeting everyone there!

New Signalnoise contributor: Paul Panfalone

Sometimes when I’m in the throes of a big project (like right now, for example) I find it pretty difficult to keep things fresh on the blog. I like to post my work, other people’s work, and inspiration bits that I find on the web. I love doing it, but only so many hours in the day, y’know?

So, for the first time since I launched the blog back in late 2007 I will be enlisting the help of a contributor, Buffalo correspondent Paul Panfalone. I started seeing “Paul Pants” in the chatroom during my Signalnoise Broadcasts about a year ago, and eventually met him during my last trip to FITC Toronto. The dude drove up from Buffalo, New York to hang at the Signalnoise meet-up and talk cartoons and hockey with us. Dedication, right there.

Not only is Paul a designer, he also grew up during the same era that I did, the ’80s. He has a keen sense of remembering awesome cartoons, toys and all the great stuff from that time period. He has been posting some great stuff over on his blog, Swivelarms, and he’ll be bringing some of that over to Signalnoise for your viewing pleasure.

So, help me welcome Paul, follow him on Twitter, and you can look forward to him bringing some great entries to the blog. And bonus points if you can spot the design reference in that graphic above.

He-man mini comic cover by Eric Powell

This past week has been very busy so things have been a bit slow around the blog. But here’s a little Sunday gem I came across last night. One of my favorite comic artists, Eric Powell, created a cover for an upcoming He-man mini comic. For those nerds in their 30s, you’ll remember every He-man toy came packed with a little comic book back in the day. Hoping I can get my hands on one of these.

And guess what? This original painting is up for auction on eBay. I wouldn’t argue if someone wants to buy it for me.

Eric Powell is best known for his funny book The Goon from Dark Horse Comics.