Tuesday, August 31, 2010

COMBO #1: Gallery Show and Release Party

The Bureau of Drawers is excited to announce its first-ever collaborative gallery show!

For one night only during Greenwood Art Walk, the Bureau will represent the forces of good and righteousness at UrbanLight Studios (8537 Greenwood Ave N), Friday September 10, 6-10PM - with its first-ever gallery show, COMBO: Original Artwork by the Bureau of Drawers!

But wait, there's more: This isn't just a gallery show, it's A RELEASE PARTY! That's right, the Bureau of Drawers will be debuting COMBO #1, a box-set crammed with exciting original minicomics from our awesome artists!

We'll have original art from and inspired by our minicomics on display and for sale, plus we'll be making Combo #1 available for purchase for the first time ever - You could be one of the first people in the WHOLE OF HUMANITY to own one of these original, limited edition box sets, featuring excellent cover art by Dalton Webb and each box painstakingly screenprinted by hand!

This is a big to-do - several members of the Bureau of Drawers will be in attendance, we'll have live drawing events with the Bureau, and our own Calamity Jon has once again promised that he will draw pies for a dollar (trust me, it was a big hit last time around).

Our current guest list includes Breanne Boland, Nikki Burch, Tom Dougherty, Scott Faulkner, Billis Helg, Tyler Hill, Sean Kent, David Lasky, Calamity Jon Morris, Marc Palm, Sean Robinson, Gina Siciliano, Mark Stockbridge, Stevie VanBronkhorst, Adam Watson, Dalton Webb and even more!

Be sure to be there!

The Deets:
COMBO #1: Gallery Show and Release Party
Featuring the Bureau of Drawers
Friday, Sept 10
UrbanLight Studios
8537 Greenwood Ave N
Seattle, WA (206) 913-2834

Monday, August 30, 2010

Dalton Webb on Love+Water

Bureaucrat Dalton Webb is featured in the artist spotlight at the Love+Water Design Blog, and talks a bit about his work.

Also, check out the other artists - there is some great stuff on here!

Sunday, August 29, 2010

The Bureau of Drawers at BUMBERSHOOT 2010

Check it out: Your favorite cuddly cartoon canards - The Bureau of Drawers - have been called in to liven up the proceedings at this year's Bumbershoot, Seattle's top music and arts fest!

Bumbershoot is celebrating its 40th year providing the premiere Pacific Northwest live music, art, comedy and alternative entertainment experience, and so who else would they call? It was us and Bob Dylan, together we're lending the place a little bit of class.

You can find us in the Northwest Rooms under the bright and bountiful banner of the COUNTERCULTURE COMIX: A 30-Year Survey of Seattle Alternative Cartoonists event. Check out the description of the event via the official Bumbershoot page:
This retrospective examines the Northwest's legacy as the birthplace of alternative comics (aka comix). Beginning with the work of Lynda Barry circa 1980, and running through today, the emphasis is on the role of comix in Seattle's youth movement of the '90s that went on to influence global popular culture. Curated by Larry Reid in conjunction with Fantagraphics Books, this exhibit features original artwork on display together with demonstrations by Friends of the Nib and Bureau of Drawers, as well as screenings of Hooked on Comix. Artists include Lynda Barry, Charles Burns, Peter Bagge, Jim Woodring, Ellen Forney, Patrick Moriarity, Mark Zingarelli, Roberta Gregory, Megan Kelso, Jim Blanchard, David Lasky, Justin Hampton, Ted Jouflas, and others.
You'll find the Bureau of Drawers there all three days, inviting passers-by to contribute to an enormous collaborative comic/mural, so please stop on by and add your art to an exciting, living piece of art! Meet the Bureaucrats! Feed them oyster shells and coffee grounds in the manner to which they're accustomed, which is to say "...hurled over a wall from a bucket". Adopt one of us and take us home, let us live under your porch and teach us to respond to simple commands! It'll be fun for all!

We'll be there from 1:00PM-2:30PM, and again between 4:00PM-5:30PM, all three days (we'll be spotted between those sessions by our chums and pals in The Friends of the Nib, so you owe it to yourself to swing by and say "hey ho" to them, as well!).

This is TOP-NOTCH stuff, and like Billy Red Lyons used to say, don't you dare miss it! We'll see you there!

Photos from the SAM Remix event!

The Bureau of Drawers was pleased as punch to be part of the recent SAM Remix event on August 27th at the Olympic Sculpture Park. It was a total blast, and if you were one of the folks who was lucky enough to make it in - despite lines that literally wrapped around the block - then you might've gotten to participate in our open-air cartoon jam.

Dozens upon dozens of attendees joined members of the Bureau in illustrating a collaborative comic-mural on an uninterrupted piece of paper. The end result is pictured below, and as you can see, it's a monster!

Nikki Burch, Mark Stockbridge and Tyler Hill do their best to display the banner...

Success! Now they just have to stay like that forever...

A close-up of the damage done. If you recognize any of the people whose likenesses
are captured in these illustrations, please do not approach without a police escort
and a flamethrower.

If you'd like to join up with the Bureau for an upcoming collaborative comic jam project, be sure to keep an eye out for us at Bumbershoot this weekend (see the next post for details)! The SAM Remix comic/mural will be on display, and we'll be inviting folks to continue drawing with us on all three days.

Big ups to Bureaucrats Tom Dougherty, Mark Stockbridge, Stevie VanBronkhorst, Billis Helg, Marc Palm, Nikki Burch, Adam Watson, Tyler Hill, Scott Faulkner, Dalton Webb, Kaia Chessen, Calamity Jon Morris, several special guests and probably a half dozen more I'm forgetting, plus our undying thanks to everyone who hung out, chatted, participated and observed. We're looking forward to seeing you all at Bumbershoot!

Tom Dougherty, the man with the big tube.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Bureaucrat Breanne Boland @ the 10th Annual Portland Zine Symposium

Breanne Boland will be tabling at the 10th Annual Portland Zine Symposium this weekend. The symposium is open August 28 from 10 AM to 5 PM and August 29 from 10 AM to 4 PM and is being held at the Peter W. Stott Main Gym on the Portland State University Campus. In addition to a full roster of workshops and panels, more than 180 local and further-flung zine makers and comic artists will be exhibiting their work.

Breanne will be selling issues one and two of Furlough as well as her zines, which cover creativity matters, family awkwardness, and talking politics with family on Facebook. Her newest mini, an illustrated story called Sausage Stew, is a tour of the special social conditions that come with going to a gym. You can see more of her work at breanneboland.com

SAM Remix event this Friday August 27th!

Greetings friends and drawing fiends,

The Bureau will be out this Friday night at the Seattle Art Museum's second annual SAM Remix Project. We will be organizing and drawing like mad in a large-scale collaborative comic, and we want you to participate! This large scroll-like jam comic will be developed over the course of the evening as cartoonists of all stripes sling some ink, drink, eat, and then possibly drink some more.

In addition to our marathon participatory stunt drawing comic, there will be a tremendous range of art activities, music, food and drink. The activities will all take place at the Olympic Sculpture Park from 8 PM to midnight, or as long as you can stand the awesome. Prepare for overwhelming artistic destruction.

All the pertinent details and tickets can be found at the SAM website for the event.

If you can't make it out this Friday, please stop by to see us at Bumbershoot the following weekend, where we will be working on a jam comic of similar epic scale.

All the best,

the Bureaucrats

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Dalton Webb Solo Art Show

Exceptionally talented artist and fellow Bureaucrat Dalton Webb is having a solo show at Tart Beauty Studio through the end of September.

The show features sixteen pieces (including seven new illustrations), which you can view at Dalton's site - www.mrmanifesto.com/Illustration

Tart Beauty Studio
2221 Northwest 56th Street
Seattle, WA


Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Banjo-Pluckin' Pig Pals!

Several Bureaucrats have been contributing to the Dueling Pig Banjos blog, the brainchild of artists Guy Francis and Stacy Curtis.

So far, you can check out the submitted pigs from Tom Dougherty, Breanne Boland, Dalton Webb, Scott Faulkner and Calamity Jon Morris - go give 'em a looksee!

Sparing your poor little fingers a whole mess of typing!

Just to let you know, it's now easier to find our blog: you can get here from BureauOfDrawers.net, BureauOfDrawers.org and the classic BureauOfDrawers.com! No need to type in the full blogspot address any longer, hooray!