I cannot draw, I truly don't have great penmanship either, so I am constantly in awe of folks that have this ability. I think most of us are "drawn" to them, the creatives. Having a talent that may take some shaping, but is really THERE. I feel as though my first form of influential artwork was comics. I loved them. I am sad to say, that Barbie was one of the first ones I had because of my catholic grade school upbringing. Anything I didn't get to smuggle in, was provided for by my older brother, and sister.
I will admit, they had a great *ahem* book and film collection that was well past my years, but no comics. Barbie was the only subscription service allowed to be delivered to the house I could go into the whole theory about self esteem, and why this, for me was a poor subscription choice from my parents, but that's what I got. Shortly after Barbie, came Batman. What a jump, a release, a slight breath of seeing a glimmer of who I am as a person. Someone I could relate to, finally look up to, and envision myself working side by side. Yes, I know.... Batman.
I would think that this is pretty standard for folks that enjoy comics. Which is why, after my long rant (thank you for humoring me), I present to you a man with ridiculous talent, creativity, and passion, Marcel Lamont Walker.
I met Marcel at a Toonseum event through our mutual friend Stu Neft. He was instantly likable, and I found him to be genuine in his enthusiasm about..... everything. I feel rather confident in saying that people who have met Marcel, would say he is a spot of sunshine. It is always refreshing to meet someone, and know quickly that you would like to hang out with them more than a passing greeting. Marcel was very much this person.
Aside from having a long list of creative traits- musician (yes the man can sing too!, author, teacher, writer, artist, photographer, and illustrator. He has things that I just wanted to chat with him about, mainly his comic Hero Corp., International, and the collaborative effort with The Holocaust Center of Greater Pittsburgh called, CHUTZ- POW! Superheroes Of the Holocaust.
I have a in depth and charming interview with him. I loved having him on my show, and you will love all of the inspirational things he has to say. Enjoy.
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#76 Fun A Day Pittsburgh
Happy 2017! We are going to make this year RULE! Starting off the new year with a super fun project for all of you. Fun A Day Pittsburgh is an event that has been in "play" for over a decade in Pittsburgh, and I JUST found out about it. I need more fun in my life, and what better way to start the new year, than participating in something that is committed to just doing what you love for 31 days. So that is the whole deal, do something fun for 31 days, and at the end of those 31 days, display your project in an art show.
That is it! Now, don't think too much into it, and don't freak out like I did. (I had no clue what I was going to do for the longest time). I am super happy I got to sit with Laura Greenawalt and Angela Stabryla because they calmed me down, and explained the event in detail. Tune in and check out how you can join in the fun. Because if you aren't having fun, what's the point? OH! and don't freak out also because this releases Jan 8th, you can STILL participate in Fun A Day! Just start now!
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2016 was a crazy year for me, I got published in Huffington Post, featured in NY Media The Vanguard as an influential woman in media, got to interview people I thought I would never, ever meet including Alec Baldwin, and Patrick Wilson........ I am so thankful, and so happy to be a part of everyone's lives. I really hope 2017 is a million times better! Cheers all!
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Photos by Jack Fordyce! Especially like the one he snuck in their of Phil and I's new ornament! Thanks Jackie!