My Eurydice

Finally, the wait is over! (If you’ve been waiting all this time, seriously, mad props to you!) I am thrilled, by all definitions of the word, to present my latest 24-page comic My Eurydice. This is an adaptation of the ancient Greek mythologies regarding Orpheus, a divine musician, and his lover Eurydice.

I will probably make more posts later on, explaining the inspiration for the storytelling approach, the significance of the original Greek myth, and other random goodies. But for now, without further ado, ladies and gentleman, boys and girls…

Oh wait, one more ado, make sure you click here before going to read the comic – you won’t regret it, I promise!

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VanCAF Report

What a blast this weekend at Vancouver Comic Arts Festival! Here are some highlights from the event, from my point of view:

-Meeting other awesome artists such as Elaine Will, Katie So, Wei Li, Cindy Chiang, Cloudscapcomics, and many others. Make sure you click on the links to check out their work!

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-Am impromptu performance of the music in my new comic “My Eurydice” by three strangers!

dino_simpson_a-I am now a Simpson’s character, how cool is that? Courtesy of James Lloyd, who has been pencilling the Simpson’s comics for the last almost-14 years. I told him I look like a fusion of Edna and Milhouse, hah!

-Having worked on a project called Haikucomics, it was wonderful meeting Jessica Tremblay, who has been making cartoons about haiku since 2007!

Finally, it was great to be there to meet the gracious people who told me they enjoyed my work or bought my book. Many thanks to the new and old faces who showed up and showed their support <3

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Dr. Sketchy Vancouver

So I finally made it to this “Dr. Sketchy” thing I’ve been hearing about all over the place. It’s a life drawing event at a local diner / bar that features a burlesque model. This month’s theme is the TV show Breaking Bad, which unfortunately I can’t say I’m familiar with.

01The venue was packed with fellow drawers. I loved the beautiful wallpapers. The sun shone brightly through the doors – perfect day for a beer (or two).

02Started off with some one-minute poses. I love quick poses, they really get your adrenaline pumping! The quickness forces you to stop thinking and just react to what’s happening in front of you. These quick ones often set the tone for the rest of the session.

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It was my first time at a Dr. Sketchy’s event, and I really enjoyed the sequential aspect of it. The model started off covered in a yellow plastic suit and a pair of goggles, and in fun and dramatic fashion took off her clothes from pose to pose, allowing great storytelling potentials.

04050607The model had a very retro, pin-up, look and feel, so I tried to incorporate a little Jules Chéret and Alfonse Mucha into some of the designs.

08During the intermission the model came out and did a little strip tease dance. It was the funnest part to draw!

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The session ended with some longer poses. At this point the beers started kicking in so I just relaxed and drew.

What a way to spend a Sunday evening – friends, drawing, burlesque, and beers!

Coming to an Internet Near You…

I know I haven’t posted in a while, that’s because I’ve been working on a new 24-pager! The good news is – it’s finished! Here’s a sneak peek for you while I put it all together and upload it. Please have patience and stay tuned, my dear friends!

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Art Spiegelman Lecture

Last afternoon I had the pleasure of attending a lecture featuring celebrated comic artist Art Spiegelman (of “Maus” fame) in conversation with Bruce Grenville, senior curator of the Vancouver Art Gallery. This event served as a highlight to kick off the retrospective exhibition at the Vancouver Art Gallery while Spiegelman gave insights to pivotal works and moments of his career.

Very often, cartoonists go through extensive troubles designing each panel meticulously, as if the comic is a Swiss watch, only in the end to cover up trails of their blood, sweat, and tears with a tone of nonchalance as they tell their stories. This is to ensure that the readers are submerged in the storytelling as opposed to being distracted by the mechanics that make the stories work. It was thus a wonderful and rare treat to get a peek beyond the facade of Spiegelman’s carefully designed machines as he explains his thought process and reveals the blueprints to the most important and memorable works of his career.

During the lecture I whipped out my not-so-smart phone and made some finger doodles – for your entertainment 🙂

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The vastly knowledgeable and opinionated Spiegelman was also very charming and funny.  I admire his ability to draw from literature and fine arts out of his wide range of repertoire. Being able to see the works of a prolific comic artist was a very inspiring experience for a younger artist like myself.

Spiegelman2Spiegelman conversed casually with Grenville as they went through a series of slides.

After the lecture Art Spiegelman came back out to sign some books. I giggled like a school girl as the Pulitzer-winning author drew me his iconic character!

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Press Release: Urban-FairyTales Presents Xeric-Winning Graphic Novel!

Some seven months after the announcement of the final Xeric Grant winners, Urban-FairyTales.com is proud to present creator Dino Pai’s grant-winning debut graphic novel Dear Beloved Stranger.

“Dino Pai’s sweet and surprising debut works at a number of levels: it is a fairy tale, an ode to lost love, and a young artist’s search for his place in the world. What I find most refreshing and compelling about this debut is the way Dino uses shifting drawing styles and modes of storytelling to a convey the emotional and philosophical turmoil of his young protagonist.” — Matt Madden, author of 99 Ways to Tell a Story: Exercises in Styleand co-author of Drawing Words & Writing Pictures and Mastering Comics

About Dino Pai – Having graduated with a bachelor’s degree in illustration from Parsons the New School for Design in New York in 2007, Dino is currently working as a children’s art teacher in his hometown Vancouver. His latest comic works can be found right here on Urban-FairyTales.com.

Feel free to download the preview for Dear Beloved Stranger here.

Plastic Dynamism


Happy belated New Year, everyone! I hope y’all had a grand holiday. I had some time off from work and was able to go home and see my family and get some rest, and now I’m ready for an awesome 2013 🙂

I stumbled upon this little video uploaded by the MoMA today of one of my favourite artists from one of my favourite art movements of the last century.

Umberto Boccioni and the Italian Futurists have been a huge influence of mine. Check out a couple of my older illustrations inspired by Plastic Dynamism:

 

 That about wraps it up for today. See you soon!

Training Room

It has been snowing like crazy here in Vancouver. There is nothing better to do than cozying up with a cup of tea and a sketch book. To the lab we go!

“One must study the same subject over again ten times, a hundred times. In art nothing must resemble an accident, not even movement.”

-Edgar Degas