"Uncompromised" is the theme Audi has attached to its new A3 vehicle. Sure, it's the kind of lofty, poetic thing you'd expect a luxury car manufacturer to say about its latest model, but when it comes to expressing that theme in appropriately uncompromising ways, you have to hand it to Audi, who put on quite the show last week in an event that gathered eclectic talents from all around the creative arts for an interactive, live art installation fueled by crowd-sourced stories of perseverance, hard work and success.
As part of the event, comic book artists and illustrators Jim Mahfood (Everybody Loves Tank Girl, D.I.S.CO. Destroyer) and Lisa Hanawalt (My Dumb Dirty Eyes) were on hand to interpret tweets submitted with the hashtag #paidmydues into original pieces of art -- live and on site. Fans of both artists would agree their work reflects a truly uncompromising vision of personal expression, and it was cool to see such wildly different talents represent comics and the illustrative arts alongside similarly idiosyncratic luminaries from across the creative spectrum.
Each year at Comic-Con, amidst all the chaos, there's one moment that stands out. It's a significant moment that, even if you don't witness it, you remember exactly where you were and what you were doing when you heard it happened. And while I've not taken any kind of formal survey, I feel confident saying that this year, that unforgettable moment happened when writer Christopher Yost closed his eyes and drew Batman with a giant set of balls.
Inspired by the website Blind as a Bat, artist Olly Moss approached a bunch of industry friends at Comic-Con with a task: close your eyes, pick up a marker, and draw Batman. Among those who stepped up to the challenge were Becky Cloonan, Mark Chiarello, Jock, Jhonen Vasquez, Duncan Jones, Mark Buckingham, and many more, and the results are amazing. You can check out a few examples, including Yost's masterpiece, below.
Most Americans typically associate 4th of July celebrations with food and fireworks, but for those attending yesterday's "Red, White and Brews" event for the newly launched pop culture website SEEN in New York City, the day will likely be remembered for its footwear as well.
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