Hourly Comic Day 2019

Comics

I participated in Hourly Comic Day this year (which is February 1, every year). This is a fun creative exercise to stretch the cartooning muscle, where the idea is that you document every hour of your day with a comic, as it happens. There aren’t any real requirements, but I try to draw my “hourlies” within the hour I’m portraying, though inevitably I fall behind as the day goes on. This year I tried to incorporate color into my hourly comics for the first time, and for the most part I drew these with pencil on watercolor paper.

Have a peek at what my Hourly Comic Day 2019 was like:

New show: This Is How It Starts (Cambridge, MA)

Shows

I’ll be part of a group show held by the Cambridge Art Association at the Kathryn Schultz Gallery, called “This Is How It Starts,” running February 7 – 27 2019. The show, juried by Martha Wakefield, focuses on the artistic process and how it all begins in the sketchbook.

My Japan 2018 travelog and sketchbook will be in this show, and if you follow me over on Instagram you likely saw some of my sketches from my trip as I made them:

I do hope you’ll join me in seeing the show this February. I’ll be at the show opening on February 9th as well if you’d like to say hello.

Artwork to help heal

Miscellany

I’ve now twice worked on artwork for healing. My first time was teaching a friend on how to use acrylic paints to convey something she wanted to make: A picture visualizing her body and her chemotherapy and immune system battling the cancer inside her. The second time I worked on a commission visualizing a friend fighting a part of her body that was causing her pain and was to be surgically removed.

I couldn’t help but reflect that this kind of artwork is so sacred to me. Just as Orthodox iconographers pray and fast when creating their icons to the Saints, these healing artworks were made as a supplication to the doctors, medicines and the fates that hold our health in their hands. A manifestation of our deepest fears, of our bodies working against us, and our non-body selves in conflict with that, trying to vanquish pain, frailty.

New comic: Have a Good Paradise

Comics

I completed a new comic last week called “Have a Good Paradise.” This is a new direction for me as it’s strictly autobiographical, about growing up in the Greek-American diaspora and my relationship with my maternal grandmother. I’m really proud of this story and hope you enjoy it.

The first three pages are below, and you can read the entire comic (for free!) right here: http://photinakis.com/portfolio/have-a-good-paradise/

Paradise - Maria Photinakis

 

Paradise - Maria Photinakis

 

Paradise - Maria Photinakis

Read the rest of this comic: http://photinakis.com/portfolio/have-a-good-paradise/

More of a Tumblr person? You can love or reblog the comic here: http://merakimou.tumblr.com/post/140573826535/my-new-autobiographical-comic-have-a-good

While working on this comic, I really pushed myself to slow down and add more detail and texture to my panels. The magic of comics and graphic novels is when you can just get lost in a great drawing and feel like you jump in the panel and explore.  A great sense of place and real atmosphere lingers with me long after I’ve put the comic away. That’s a feeling I’d like to capture in my work more and more with each comic that I make.

 

I need to say a HUGE thank you to Heide Solbrig and the Boston Comics Roundtable, as I took the BCR’s class on autobiographical comics that Heide taught, and her edits and crits were crucial in making this comic come to fruition. Heide’s experience in telling fantastic stories through film, comics and other media was so crucial in helping me understand how to tell an effective story here.  I came to this class feeling quite “blocked” and now I feel a lot more confident in knowing how to move forward, how to find the key elements of stories I want to tell, and being brutally honest with what edits need to be made!

And if you are thinking of taking a class via the Boston Comics Roundtable, I say YES! Jump in and DO IT! My classmates were all incredible and I learned so much from each of them. Honestly I’m going to miss seeing everyone now that class is over (though I suppose this is even more motivation for me to show up to the Thursday BCR meetings 🙂 )

I hope to take what I learned from this class and apply it to even more stories — I think I have enough stories about my experiences growing up that I can make a full graphic novel from this.  I’m thinking of calling it Benedictions. So if you hear me referring to Benedictions… this comic is just the first chapter, so to speak 🙂

Hourly Comics Day 2015

Comics

For my third year in a row, I participated in Hourly Comics Day, the first day of February, where you create a comic for every (waking) hour of the day. This year I wanted to make my hourly comics quickly and on the spur of the moment, so my style is even more un-restrained than usual. Please note: Some salty language is in there, if that’s a concern.

You can see the collection of all my off-the-cuff hourly comics below. (It happened to be Superbowl Sunday, for reference.)

Upcoming event: SubCultures reading and Q&A at the Cambridge Public Library – January 20

Shows

On Tuesday, January 20 at 6:30pm, I’ll be taking part in a reading and Q&A at the Cambridge Public Library for the Subcultures anthology (you can read more info about the Subcultures anthology right here).

This event will have a bunch of us contributors speaking about our topics — it’s an awesome list:

  • E.J. Barnes (Ham radio)
  • Holly Foltz (Steampunk)
  • Dan Mazur (Esperanto)
  • Anna Mudd (Self-identified scientists)
  • Dave Ortega (Pochos)
  • Maria Photinakis (Cosplay)
  • Liz Prince (Punks v. ravers)
  • Whit Taylor (Realdoll owners)
  • Nick Thorkelson  (’60s radicals)

Subcultures-Poster

Find out more about this cool (FREE!) event at the CPL on the official event page — hope to see you there!

Red Flag: Now on ComiXology

Comics

My one-shot scifi comic Red Flag is now available on ComiXology here:  http://cmxl.gy/1Fvcl36

Red Flag

Red Flag
Written by: Maria Photinakis
Art by: Maria Photinakis
Price: $4.99
“What’s most important is now I’m living my dream. I’ve finally done SOMETHING with my life. So everything is going to be okay.”How far would you go to pursue your dream? To what degree would you tolerate hardships to hang on to those dreams-and what’s the final breaking point that would force you to give up on them?

Cassie wants more than anything to live and work in space, and has ever since she was a little kid.

But once she’s in orbit in a decrepit, barely-functional spaceship, she soon realizes that the ship’s poor condition and amoral owner are putting both her life and her sanity at stake.

She has to make the decision: Her life, or her life’s dream?

Buy Red Flag now on comiXology!

Cosplay SubCulture comic now available: Devotion in Every Stitch

Comics

I’m excited to announce that the SubCultures Comic Anthology, edited by Whit Taylor and printed by Ninth Art Press, is now available for purchase — and my six-page cosplay story called “Devotion in Every Stitch” makes an appearance.

Here is the first page as a teaser:

CosplaySubcultureComic-Photinakis

Those of you who visited me during Somerville Open Studios may remember seeing it on display in my studio space. Cosplay in America also shared my work on its Twitter and Facebook recently, so if you found me from there, hello!

The official book description:

36 indepenent cartoonists explore the various and varied worlds-within-the-world we know as “subcultures.” from Star Wars conventioneers to bigfoot hunters, from goths and gamers to record collectors and cosplayers, these stories reveal the rules, rituals and relationships that define these infinite and intricate subsets of humanity. Contributors include Sam Alden, Liz Prince, Alex Robinson, Darryl Seitchik, Noah Van Sciver, MariNaomi, Box Brown and many others!

I am happy to be one of those “many others” and really excited to share my cosplay experiences in comic book form.  This book made its debut at SPX this year and now it’s available for purchase to the general public: Buy SubCultures here from Ninth Art Press and let me know what you think!

And a special bonus just for you, dear blog readers — here are photos of me in the cosplay outfits I mention on my comic:

Nanny (Rose of Versailles)

Me as Nanny (Rose of Versailles)

 

Me as Kefka – photo by Amanda of Elemental Photography (elemental-photography.net)