Comics, and maybe a little catharsis, on display at indie expo | Art

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  • A panel from Dave Chisholm’s “Chasin’ the Chicken: Charlie Parker in California” captures Parker’s legendary performance at Jack’s Basket Home in Los Angeles in 1947.

After taking the pandemic year off, the Rochester Indie Comics Expo (RICE) will return this weekend, showcasing far more than a dozen regional creators promoting publications, prints, and other ephemera.

Amid them are musician and comics writer-illustrator Dave Chisholm, whose graphic novels delve into his really like of jazz and jazz greats, and at occasions, dip into the realm of science fiction, way too.

Chisholm’s first ebook, 2017’s “Instrumental,” adopted the story of a having difficulties jazz musician who will come into possession of a potent trumpet that is the two a instrument for developing charming songs and a catalyst for destruction. The horn solves his stagnation problem, but at a cost.

And though almost everything was shut down in 2020, Chisholm was just one of the creatives who loaded the time with a flurry of exercise. Late in the year he released “Chasin’ The Chicken: Charlie Parker in California” as a companion to the album “Bird in LA,” which attributes earlier unreleased recordings from Parker’s celebrated time on the West Coast in the decades ahead of he died.

But before, in February he released the first chapter of “Canopus,” a 4-portion saga that follows an amnesiac scientist who has crash landed on a lifeless earth, accompanied only by a robotic-like creature. The story, Chisholm informed Metropolis, was born of his efforts to endure the poison of resentment.

Chisholm is not the only RICE participant who takes advantage of his artwork to get the job done through personal matters.

Another vendor, Jackie E. Davis, is the writer of the relatable day-to-day-musings collection “Underpants and Overbites,” a comedian known for its candid exploration of personal quirks, anxiousness, and growth. In it, a potato-shaped Davis recounts recollections and times of everyday life’s ups and downs with an overarching can-do tone (and some periodic snark).

And Tom Lake’s “Near Loss of life Traveling Turtle” collection combines existentialism and doodles of the titular reptile floating in colorful spaces or voids, at occasions developed in collaboration with other artists. Non-sequiturs, a really like of Brussels sprouts, and incredibly adult epiphanies arrive in the form of very simple, boy or girl-like wonder (just one of my favorites attributes line-drawings of the turtle in brilliant pink and yellow fields, stating “I’m so grateful for the possibility to really like and despise myself this much”).

Sponsored by Hipocampo Children’s Textbooks and Western New York Comic Arts, the Rochester Indie Comics Expo can take area Saturday, July seventeen, one to 4 p.m. at South Wedge Mission (one hundred twenty five Caroline St.). Admission is free, and attendees are required to don masks.

Rebecca Rafferty it CITY’s daily life editor. She can be arrived at at [email protected]

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