Marc Bell & Amy Lockhart (b4b – s2.e6)

In radio show on June 7, 2012 at 3:58 pm

“It was easier to do animation on film than video, way back in the 90s”
-Amy Lockhart

“Comics are essentially diagrams, if you break it down.”
-Marc Bell

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Mark Bell; Amy Lockhart (b4b – s2.e6)

June 1st:
A live author visit to a bookstore that doesn’t involve a formal reading!? Kristel Thornell came to the Bookshelf for the Fourth Fridays art crawl, just to say hello to potential readers and show off her new novel, Night Street. Browsers had a sniff. And then there’s Matthew Stadler, a prophet of literature who talks about “Publication” as the creation of a public around a work of art. He’s in Ontario next week to deliver the Cafka/Musagetes BIG IDEAS lecture. And the night after, he hosts a literary dinner.

Feature: Marc Bell & Amy Lockhart
Hey, Amy Lockhart, tell us about your iconography: “Ladies in profile, usually their tongues hanging out, big foreheads, big necks and sort of creepy-cute is how it gets described. And ink line drawings (I used to do more corss-hatching) and also acrylic painting that is somewhere between flat and bad-illusionistic rendering. Weird muscle-y men. Lots of ladies.”

Amy is an illustrator and an animator. She can talk about razzle-dazzleless film making, but also film fundamentals. “All you need to make a good film,” she was told at school, “is a good idea.”

Amy’s current animation features a hinged-paper puppet character, Dizzler (based on the character The Dazzler), who is a pop-star returning home to give a ‘thankyou’ concert.

Marc Bell is a veteran cartoonist, but he spends more time these days on his capital”A” Art — busy, formally designed, diagrammatic drawings, inspired as much by micro-biology as by theme park maps. His work changed around 2000 when he shifted away from comic strips with casts of familiar characters, and added more density and finer mark-making to his drawings. “My art wouldn’t exist as it is without comics,” he says. “Comics is traditionally about giving people a bang for their buck.”

We also talk about what it’s like to live as two working artists in one small apartment.

Next Week:
Matthew Stadler and his Portland, Oregon based Print on Demand operation Publication Studio. A promise to inspire…

Things we talked about:
Amy Lockhart’s 2009 Dirty Dishes was edited by and uncredited Marc Bell

Marc Bell’s 2009 Hot Potatoe is a gorgeous monograph & his 2011 Pure Pyjamas is a collection of early work

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Couples Therapy for partnered artists

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  1. Yo fellows! (This is a response to this morning’s show, July 5. But I’m submitting it here for lack of a newer option. And so this post doesn’t feel left out. It is now my mission to give you lots of attention on this blog, so that you know that you are loved, don’t lose heart, and find the gumption to keep updating.)

    I am in hiding this week, house-sitting in the woods, writing my big-ass paper for grad school, taking sanity breaks (a bit too often), for which, oh yeah baby, Noir Show = Awesome. Very nice counterpoint to a head full of critical pedagogy and the Unbearable Hotness of Being that is this July. So – comments for you!

    1) I can’t believe your Noir guy is ACTUALLY named Guy. Just like Garrison Keillor’s. And is Guy’s voice real? Cause it is perfect.

    2) Double Indemnity is such a wonderful movie; it’s probably what I automatically think of when anyone says Noir. Happy sigh. And of course all the Bogart ones. (And, well, the Singing Detective…) Now I want to watch all of them again. And Chinatown too. And…

    3) Have you heard of this one? The host of one of my old-favourite book shows, Barbara deMarco Barrett, has this book (and maybe it’s part of a series or festival or something?): Orange County Noir.

    4) Also, I feel a little dirty talking about TV on a book show… but does anyone watch Castle? I started watching it purely for Nathan Fillion then stopped when I got fed up with the plot silliness and over-glamourous leading lady, then got back into it when I realized that basically, it’s noir all over. Well, and screwball. Once I thought of it through a 1940s filter, suddenly the annoying stuff became fun instead. Ha ha. And it’s often clever. So this year they actually gave that a big nod with an episode about a mystery from the 40s, which we saw played out in the imagination of all the leads (starring them). Dark alleys, speakeasies, gangsters, femme fatales, private eyes, hard-boiled fast-paced dialogue, the whole bit. (There are many other TV references I could come up with but I think I’d better stop before I get thrown out.)

    5) And I don’t know if you’ll agree with this, but I have to mention Margaret Atwood’s Blind Assassin. As a noir novel. In disguise. Sort of. With the whole pulp-novel thing, the mystery element, all that. I don’t actually have a point here; I just feel compelled to mention it, maybe just cause it’s one of my favourite books and I will take any excuse.

    Now I’m done. Back to work. And hotness.

    • 1) Guy Goldston is cream and butter. He’s got his eye on you. He’s packing heat, but no one can tell because he’s too cool. Take that bass-tone voice; add two ham-sized fists; sprinkle with a massive intellect, and look out…
      2) Double Indemnity IS such a wonderful movie. I wonder if Peter Henderson, the programmer at the Bookshelf Cinema, could be convinced to screen a Noir mini-fest?
      5) The Blind Assassin is a great book — good addition to the list.
      Thanks again, Em, for your interest and time. Hope the paper went well.

      • 1) Smooth.

        2) I would go. But then again I say that about lots of things I don’t end up having the time for. But in an unspoiled hypothetical world, I would go.

        5.5) Thanks! The paper abides. That’s the least offensive thing I can think of to say about it at the moment. I am avoiding checking my school email cause I can’t face my supervisor, who was expecting my next chapter/lit review weeks ago and probably thinks I’ve died. YES I am a huge success. Hence my compulsion to scribble all over the internets as if that will prove I am not brain-dead. Ah, self-delusion, what would I do without you…

        (I hope your stressful stuff is better too. I didn’t actually ask what it was. I am too self-involved for such things.)

        Bonus #) Your show is great and one day this site will be too. Did I mention that I am a book-show addict? My name is Emily and I am an obsessive book podcast listener. So I have opinions on these things. More on that later. (Also I know a bit about WordPress. If you’re very very good maybe one day I’ll show you how to back-date posts, oh yeah.)

  2. p.s.! That Big Sleep trailer is so meta, I love it. (In Grade 10 Drama, for my monologue project I chose Lauren Bacall: read her autobiography and condensed it to perform in half an hour. That was fun.)

    Oh and! I loved Brick. Chandler meets Shakespeare meets…the OC meets…like…Tarantino? But I had to rewind a lot of times to catch that crazy dialogue.

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