Comics are the visual representation of language. So comics are the most ancient and the most vital and most important art form that humanity has ever known. It’s also the oldest….Cave paintings, having the form of an image that represents an idea, is what comics are. I wrote an essay called, “Fuck Other Forms of Art.”
—Skibber Bee-Bye cartoonist Ron Régé Jr. represents for comics in no uncertain terms. As well he might: His next book, The Cartoon Utopia, is nothing more or less than an attempt to distill thousands of years of esoteric human endeavor — “Angels, Jung, alchemy, patriarchy,” “all the systems before science and religion and philosophy were all split into different things,” and “peace on earth” — into graphic-novel format. It’s a tall order, so comics as an art form had better be up to the challenge.
Read all about Régé’s amazing-sounding project, and see a lot of eye-popping art from it too, in his interview with Vice’s Liz Armstrong. And you can read pretty much every page from his under-the-radar masterpiece Skibber Bee-Bye on his original art sales page at Comic Art Collective.
While the actual recognition ceremony for the first recipient of “The Ringo”: The Mike Wieringo Scholarship Award was on Saturday night (prior to the HeroesCon Annual Art Auction), Matt Wieringo posted the full scoop on his personal blog on Tuesday. The recipient of the $1,100 award is Katelyn Rae Rochelle, a Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) student who hopes to pursue a career in comic books after graduation. To quote Matt from his announcement: “Remember that name. I think you’ll be hearing it a lot in a couple years.”
Rochelle attended HeroesCon on Saturday and spent some time with one of her instructors, Tom Lyle, at the SCAD booth. She also hung out with Matt and his wife Suzanne. When asked about her genre preference, Rochelle expressed an interest in working in horror–potentially something with werewolves. According to Matt: “We took her around to meet a few of Mike’s friends who offered her some free, friendly advice. Todd Dezago, being Todd Dezago, teased her at every opportunity.”
When reached for comment, Dezago denied Matt’s vicious allegations. In all seriousness, Dezago said of Rochelle: “She was a good sport and is a very talented young artist. I loved the work that she sent in as samples and think that, as Matt says, we’ll be seeing more of her in the future.”