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Inktober: Peter Kuper’s “Ruins” is an Epic Adventure in Storytelling

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During October artists and illustrators hone their craft by committing to posting one inked work a day with the hashtag #Inktober. Illustrator Peter Kuper is no stranger to drawing every day. Kuper’s latest illustrated work runs 256 pages, a gripping story that explores the shadows and lights of Mexico past and present. His regular monthly gig fills one magazine page, an ongoing battle between two cartoon characters trying to destroy one another. In each case, though, writer and illustrator Peter Kuper is stretching the boundaries of illustration, in terms of its visual impact as well as its ability to tell a story, no matter how long or short it may be. “There’s a certain cinematic nature to illustration and comics,”…

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Woody Guthrie in ruins, the sad fate of the grandfather of American song

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If you heard Bruce Springsteen and Pete Seeger sing “This Land is Your Land” at President Obama’s 2009 Inauguration, or if you sang it yourself in school as a child, if you’ve heard Bob Dylan sing “Hard Travelin’,” or really heard of Bob Dylan at all, chances are you’re familiar with the work of Woody Guthrie, whether you know it or not. Despite the relative youth of our nation, some things within it are like that — they belong to a secret history that lives in the American subconscious, remembered clearly by only a select few. Woody Guthrie was born in 1912 and spent his childhood in Oklahoma during the Great Depression, spending much of his later life as an…

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