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Creating Comics! by Paul Gulacy, Spencer Drate, Judith Salavetz

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Joseph Arthur
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Creating Comics
J
oseph Arthur is an artist of music and pictures liv-
ing in Red Hook, Brooklyn. He recently published a
coloring book featuring his line drawings called
Color Me Courageous. He has recorded several
albums, including some on Peter Gabriel’s Real World
label, and he has written many songs featured in film
and television.
Arthur has had several art shows and opened a gal-
lery in Dumbo, Brooklyn, called the Museum of Modern
Arthur. He is currently working on an album of new
music, a graphic novel, a deck of tarot cards, and a book
of poetry tentatively titled cracked messiah.
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Creative Process
I like to start out using giant pieces of paper. On these
pieces I used 300 lb. weight, 40” x 60” (101.6 x 152.4 cm)
sheets, building up layers. I then bring them into cyber-
space and tweak them further. My inspirations come
from abstract painters and artists like Cy Twombly, Robert
Rauschenberg, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Andy Warhol, and
Roy Lichtenstein.
I like to make single-panel pieces that hopefully will
stand alone or can also work as part of a whole, pictures
that can be hung on a wall or compiled in a book. Comic
art is an exciting form of expression because it has many
new possibilities and frontiers to confront.
Like punk rock music, it blends high-minded ideas and
intelligence with something childlike and raw. An explosion
of innocence and knowing, where your inner child meets
the deranged lunatic you’ve become and gives them a
universe to dance in.
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Joseph Arthur
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