Mark Todd and Esther Pearl WatsonFriday May 11th 7PM
SAY WHAT? YOU HEARD IT RIGHT. ROLL OVER TO QUIMBY’S TO MEET MARK TODD AND ESTHER PEARL WATSON (OF UNLOVABLE FAME). ARTISTS, ZINESTERS AND AUTHORS, READY TO TALK ABOUT THEIR LATEST BOOK, WHATCHA MEAN, WHAT’S A ZINE?, A VISUAL HOW-TO OF COOL TIPS AND TRICKS OF SELF-PUBLISHING. IT WILL SURELY BE A FUN FILLED EVENING OF INTERESTING STORIES, ENTICING TIDBITS AND VISUAL OVERLOAD.
Mark Todd graduated with honors from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California in 1993. He then moved to New York City, working with clients such as Mtv, Coca-Cola, Sony Music, The New Yorker and The MTA. In 2003, he moved back to southern California with his wife and fellow artist, Esther Pearl Watson and their 5 year old daughter Lili, an avid artist herself. Mark also co-teaches with Esther at Art Center College of Design. Their latest book for teens, “Whatcha mean, What’s A Zine?” about creating zines and mini-comics, published by Houghton Mifflin, was recently released.
Esther Pearl Watson grew up in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Her family moved often, since her father’s hobby of building huge flying saucers out of scrap metal and car engines didn’t always sit well with the neighbors. Esther’s pieces are often overtly narrative, clear but mysterious scenes of houses or figures ornamented with snippets of prose telling just enough to get the viewer’s own imagination engaged, wanting to know more. Some are about family, some about places, all have a rich interior life. Her works without words are just as suggestive of story, also exerting a deep emotional pull. Her works have been comissioned for magazines including Time, New York Times, and Entertainment Weekly.