About Peter Kuper [BIO]
Peter Kuper’s work appears regularly in The New Yorker, The Nation, and Mad, where he has written and illustrated “Spy vs. Spy” – every issue since 1997. He is the co-founder of World War 3 Illustrated, a political comix magazine, now in its 40th year of publication. He has produced over two dozen books, including Sticks and Stones, The System, Diario de Oaxaca, Ruins (winner of the 2016 Eisner Award) and adaptations of many of Franz Kafka’s works into comics, including The Metamorphosis. His most recent graphic novel is Kafkaesque (winner of the 2018 Reuben Award) and an adaptation of Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness, which will be available November 5th, 2019.
Peter has lectured extensively throughout the world and has taught comics and illustration courses at Parsons, The School of Visual Arts and Harvard University’s first class dedicated to graphic novels. A frequent guest at literary festivals, Peter enjoys traveling the world, but will always call New York City his home.
More about Peter Kuper: http://www.peterkuper.
Our Co-host – for 11/16
Zeea Adams – coloring career started under the tutelage of her artist/painter father Neal Adams and colorist mother Cory Adams. She started coloring, naturally, on Continuity Comics with the occasional stint at Valiant and Red Line Comics. She worked both using watercolors and, later, Photoshop. Zeea also colored the Betty Boop Landmark calendars from 1996-2000 (so fun!). When things went digital, Neal and Zeea pioneered advertising animatics, techniques that years later would be adapted for motion comics. Always having the most fun with special effects and explosions, she joined in to work on the last 3 episodes of The Astonishing X-Men: Gifted motion comic. Zeea now finds the greatest pleasure in returning to her coloring roots.
Our Show Host 11/16
Phil Dejean is an art teacher in a Manhattan public middle/high school, where he uses his own life experiences and training to help and inspire others to identify and cope with challenges that they face.
Phil has also established a name for himself as a veteran in public Access TV, for over 20 years now, with his show, “Checkerboard Kids”. His show interview/variety show, at Manhattan Neighborhood Network, includes feature interviews with community personalities and new bands and musicians.
Upcoming D2D Events
Dare2Draw ComiX Pop-UP ShopP:
Every FRIDAY 3 – 7 pm @ Uptown Grand Central – NHEMA
Dare2Draw ComiX Pop-UP ShopP @ Uptown Grand Central – NHEMA
The D2D Creator-CODE “Comix Pop-UP ShopP” with the support of Uptown Grand Central – NHEMA, to help raise funding to support the Harlem Dare2Draw programs and events hits Harlem on Fridays from 3 – 7 pm, at this new location in NYC, to pick up some comic books and cool stuff for the commute and ride like a hero!
At the Pop-UP on Park, we’ll have:
- With guest artists
- Original art & art prints … and more!
The interactive mentoring Dare2Draw is back! With Peter Kuper & Hosted by Phil Dejean & Zeea Adams! on Saturday November 16th
Peter Kuper is a renowned comix creator and illustrator, best known for his autobiographical, political and social observations. He creates images that make us think and question our place in the current world, with excellent humor and wit.
Peter Kuper will be joining us at our next interactive event, for this unique series of creator drawing experiences, at MNN Studios.
All basic drawing supplies will be provided (please feel free to bring your drawing weapon of choice).
The Quick Draw Challenge theme will be posted on the Dare2Draw twitter feed 24 hrs before the taping of the show.
Housekeeping - for this series of Dare2Draw events @MNN Studios, your drawing participation is key. As a part of our studio audience, we invite you to come draw with us, have some fun and smile - you’ll be on TV creating a digital echo of this experience with us.
Past Dare2Draw Creator Code Guests
From Pete’s BIO on his site pete-lepage.squarespace.com/about:
PETE LEPAGE is a comedian and writer. He is currently on the PIT house team Joan Wilder and co-hosts the popular Tuesday night talk show Comic Book Club (Guests have included SNL’s Bill Hader and Seth Myers). It is featured on the nerdist channel. He has submitted jokes to SNL’s Weekend Update, as well as “Tough Crowd With Colin Quinn.” Pete wrote, produced and performed in “Police Procedures,” a long-running show for Channel 101 and has performed in all the major clubs in New York City. He was awarded funniest comic of the month at Comic Strip Live. He has studied improv at UCB, Second City, and The PIT and was awarded The PIT’s Ensemble Member of the Year for 2007. He wrote and performed with The Nefarious Popes a NYC Favorite comedy troupe. He also taught improv on the television show “Blind Date.” He currently teaches Improv class at the PIT and has been performing improv, stand-up and sketch comedy for 12 years.
From Gamal’s BIO on the site CreativeContractConsulting.com:
I am an experienced entertainment transactions attorney with an expertise in comic book publishing and comic IP licensing. During my career, I’ve represented major corporate clients including AfterShock, Amazon, Mad Cave Studios, and Marvel, as well as independent entertainment professionals and independent publishers. Central Park Media gave me my first real taste of entertainment law. As general counsel of a startup publishing company, I acted as the sole owner of all drafting and negotiating of international IP licenses, work for hire agreements and statements of work associated with anime and manga production. Our catalog included everything from the painfully tragic Grave of the Fireflies to the infamous Legend of the Overfiend and everything in between.
From Simon’s BIO on his site SimonFraser.net:
I draw comics and I come from Scotland. I am best known for travelling a lot and drawing The Adventures of Nikolai Dante for 2000AD. Though I have drawn Dr Who comics , Judge Dredd, Lux & Alby, Family, Hellhouse and many other things. I am currently working on Lilly Mackenzie’s adventures and running the ACTIVATEcomix.com webcomics collective. I speak French, Italian & Kiswahili ( quite badly )
Alitha Evelyn Martinez
Alitha Evelyn Martinez – Her professional career began in 1999, penciling Iron Man for Marvel Entertainment. Since then, she has worked on titles such as X-Men; Black Sun; Marvel Age Fantastic Four; Black Panther; Voltron; NBC’s Heroes; New 52 Bat Girl; Archie Comic’s New Crusaders; and, currently, WWE Superstars and WWE Slam City for Paper Cutz. She has been constantly working on larger projects and graphic novels, including – Vampire My Boyfriend Bites; Kung Fu Masters; Quest for Dragon Mountain for Lerner Publications; also, Political cartooning for the New York Post. In her spare time, she works on her creator-owned titles, Yume and Ever, Foreign, and Ningyo, which she publishes through her own boutique company, Ariotstorm Productions, LLC.
From Steven’s BIO on his site StevenZelin.com:
Steven Zelin CPA is the founder of Steven Zelin CPA LLC. Born and raised in New York City, Steven (aka The Singing CPA) has been a licensed CPA for over fifteen years. He has an MBA in Finance and Marketing and a B.S. in Accountancy. Steven has taught as an Adjunct Professor of Accounting at Long Island University. Steven conducts many seminars each year on The Business of Being an Artist, and Tax Tips for Small Businesses. He is active on the Not-for-Profit and Taxation of Individuals committees of the New York State Society of CPAs, and is the chair of the CPA Career Committee.
From Fred Harper’s BIO on his site FredHarper.com:
Fred Harper has illustrated stories for DC Comics and Marvel Comics. Most memorable (at least to Fred) would be penciling for Animal Man at DC Vertigo. He started out with Savage Sword of Conan, Ghost Rider, and Doctor Strange at Marvel Comics. He went on to do illustrations for White Wolf and Magic the Gathering as he transitioned to magazine illustrations for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Time, The Week, SPORT, The Sporting News, Muscle and Fitness, Men’s Health, Muscular Development, and Sports Illustrated… to name a few. Fred currently resides in an apartment where he conducts experiments about the effects of copious amounts of espresso on an artist’s brain. Results have been inconclusive, but sometimes secrets take time for the beans to spill.
Zeea’s coloring career started under the tutelage of her artist/painter father Neal Adams and colorist mother Cory Adams. She started coloring, naturally, on Continuity Comics with the occasional stint at Valiant and Red Line Comics. She worked both using watercolors and, later, Photoshop. Zeea also colored the Betty Boop Landmark calendars from 1996-2000 (so fun!). When things went digital, Neal and Zeea pioneered advertising animatics, techniques that years later would be adapted for motion comics. Always having the most fun with special effects and explosions, she joined in to work on the last 3 episodes of The Astonishing X-Men: Gifted motion comic. Zeea now finds the greatest pleasure in returning to her coloring roots.
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