Friday, April 29, 2011
Thanks to Eric's strength as a teacher and mentor, having taken his class for just a year I had dramatically increased my ability to understand McLuhan. Eric spoke his dad's language with clarity and wit, having collaborated with him on a number of books in the 60's and 70's.
Thursday, April 28, 2011
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Martha and the Muffins played at my graduation - art college was fertile ground for the music scene in Toronto, it literally rocked!!
Marshall's stroke was a shock. Ironically, I already knew about the function of the right and left hemispheres of the brain because we had been studying it in Eric's class.
Monday, April 25, 2011
I had a hunch TV was having a profound effect on our world and here was someone who studied those effects. McLuhan was from a literate book culture and I was part of a post-literate one. What he was saying was rich in metaphors that I could somehow understand, in my own way.
Friday, April 22, 2011
Thursday, April 21, 2011
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Eric's Media Interface class proved to be very insightful as to how our ground shapes us in ways we are unaware of. I got to explore this idea through the billboard project, that was up at Dundas and St. Patrick for three weeks. The Punk Rock scene was in full swing in the late 70's, and OCA was a great venue for bands like the Diodes. The parties sure got more interesting...
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Monday, April 18, 2011
I didn't really appreciate the value of mainstream comics back then. What Ken and Dean were working on was part of a dramatic shift in comics which paved the way for today's graphic novels. For some reason, the Classics Illustrated version of War of the Worlds stuck in my memory (with apologies to my sister!).
Saturday, April 16, 2011
I'm very excited to announce that I'll be at The Toronto Comic Arts Festival May 7-8, where I'll be selling a special signed & numbered edition of Aurora Borealice! I hope you'll all stop by and say hi! - here's the link for more info: www.torontocomics.com
Friday, April 15, 2011
Sometimes I just wanted to be left alone but Ken wouldn't get the message, unless I spelled it out for him.
Our social life was a bit surprising at times, and I usually responded like a wallflower - and here was Marshall McLuhan! He totally astonished me with his ability to engage an audience, anywhere.