The Art of the Narrative @ The Stranger Factory
Palmiotti and Conner have achieved commercial success by drawing and penning for high-profile characters like Jonah Hex, Hellboy, Wonder Woman, Batman and others, but also through the creation of their own graphic novels, which they work on together to self-publish.
Conner said she always dreamed of being in the arts. “My dad was a frustrated comic artist, so when I said I wanted to go into it, he supported it.” She spent time working in advertising before making her way into the comic business. She encourages aspiring artists to show their portfolios to her and to anyone else who is willing to look.
Palmiotti got into the business as a collector. He began buying cells and originals in the '80s and used them to learn how to draw. Since then, he has been a freelance artist, contributor and writer.
“Making comics was a hobby,” Palmiotti said. “I always had love for the story telling medium.” Like Conner, Palmiotti left a career in advertising and was able to earn a living in the comic book industry—in part with the support of crowd-funding models like Kickstarter and Indiegogo. He says it's a great way to connect with and test your audience, and allow fans to show their support by contributing. He also loves looking at others’ work and offering feedback and guidance.
Each month, Brandt Peters and Kathie Olivas will launch a new exhibit at The Stranger Factory. The public is welcome.
Skulls and Sickles: The Visual Rhetoric of Death in ASARO's Woodblock Prints at UNM Zimmerman Library
When the regional Mexican government violently put down a peaceful teacher’s strike in Oaxaca de Juárez in 2006, the brutality of the police inspired a group of artists in the community to form themselves into a collective called the Assembly of Revolutionary Artists of Oaxaca (ASARO) to protest the bloodshed. Two current exhibits in Albuquerque showcase their work. One exhibit at the National Hispanic Cultural Center was curated by the University Libraries and Learning Sciences Curator of Latin American and Iberian Collections Suzanne Schadl and her graduate student Michael de la Rosa. One at the Herzstein Gallery on the second floor of Zimmerman Library on the UNM campus was curated by graduate student Megan Jirón. She writes “Unlike the European or Anglo-American perspective, Mexico’s inhabitants embrace death. They confront it with a sense of playfulness, defiance and acceptance.”
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