ACA Thank-you Card Thanksgiving

This is a week for giving thanks, so I’m penning a little shout-out to my Atlantic Center for the Art associates. They were a great group: so talented, dedicated, and inspiring! And after 20+ years of working solo in my home/studio, I have to say the experience of sharing a studio with them has made me rethink my aversion to studio environments. We shall see…

In the meantime, I wanted to show off the beautiful hand-made card my associates presented me at the end of our residency. Cliodhna Lyons fabricated the card (which measures 4″ x 5-1/2″) as an accordian-style pamphlet. It is now one of my most prized possessions. Check it out:

First, the cover, with a very snazzy French flap! “Team Bogota[s]” refers to a slight miscommunication between Neil O’Driscoll and Sara Woolley and the subject of her project:

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Sarah Howell‘s awesome pencil drawing of San Francisco Giants‘ catcher Buster Posey was just one of many references to the Giant’s World Series victory, which took place right at the end of the residency. I guess I was a little obvious in my Giants’ fandom those last few days!

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Robin Ha references my less-than-stellar exploits during our ACA karaoke nights. The less said about that the better!

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THANK YOU, Cliodhna (who allowed me to sneakily duet with her on the karaoke rendition of “Let It Go”)!

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I love Neil O’Driscoll‘s portrait of me as a husky lumberjack sailor! “Yacht”? “Soon”? Neil had arranged a post-ACA visit to Miami, where he had reserved an AirBnB-stay on a boat in the Miami harbor. Neil fancied calling the boat a “yacht.” His host had ended one of their emails with the ominous-sounding “Soon.” Thus the below…

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Kett‘s action shot of me riding the waves at Flagler Beach! (I actually did catch a few.)

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I’ve always wanted to play for the Giants! And have a nice tan! Thanks to Dave Kiersh for making my dreams come true.

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Joe Luby: awwwww!!!

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Sara Woolley‘s beautiful watercolor rendition evokes another of my karaoke screeches—post-Giants’ victory, of course.

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And that does it. Thanks again, associates. And Happy Thanksgiving!

About joshcomix
Brooklyn-based cartoonist specializing in nonfiction comics about topics like Hurricane Katrina, the media, travel, and finance.

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