Gridlines is our recurring feature about the world of visual arts, performing arts, media arts, and beyond. We’re talking about the latest and greatest (and less-than-greatest) happenings—what’s grabbing our attention, bringing us joy, piquing our curiosity, and otherwise making us stop and take note. Today's Gridlines comes from Jennifer Wray, Wex marketing & media assistant.
Jean-Michel Basquiat-inspired images as seen in the Netflix series BoJack Horseman
I’m a big fan of all things BoJack Horseman. The Netflix series about the washed-up 90s-era TV star horse/man is nuanced, layered, blisteringly funny, and achingly sad. Plus, I’m a sucker for its puns and visual gags. Over on Art of the Title, BoJack Horseman’s creators discuss the show and its perhaps-surprisingly complex title sequence. (Can’t get enough BoJack? Check out this New Yorker piece that discusses the show and its place alongside television comedy classics like Cheers and Seinfeld.)
- Over at Paste magazine, Columbus illustrator Julian Dassai (who you may remember from his work on the Weinland Park Story Book) was enlisted to translate Saintseneca’s upcoming album Such Things into comic art. The Columbus band debuted its last album, Dark Arc, here in 2014. Hear Such Things streaming on NPR.com now.
- Paste also has a terrific feature on Cartoon Crossroads Columbus (CXC), which continues today with presentations from award-winning cartoonist Jeff Lemire (Essex Country Trilogy, Sweet Tooth) and underground comics legend Bill Griffith (Zippy the Pinhead). Then at 7 pm tonight, catch a free—and freewheeling—conversation among Kate Beaton (Step Aside, Pops; Hark! A Vagrant), Craig Thompson (Habibi, Blankets), and festival co-organizer Jeff Smith (Tüki, Bone), the latter of whom starred in Dassai’s most recent “Columbusonian” cartoon for (614) magazine. The three will be signing books beforehand, so be sure to stop by the Wex store in advance of the talk for books by these and other CXC participants, on sale now at up to 20% off.
- Everything’s coming up Bojack. Over on Jezebel, BoJack Horseman designer Lisa Hanawalt talks with Beaton, a former studio-mate, about getting older, making art, and much more. Meanwhile, you can find the BoJack-Basquiat mashup up top (and other art-world references in TV and film) here.