Center for Cartoon Studies fellow T. Edward Bak aka Bak scored in 2007 with Drawn & Quarterly's publication of Bak's graphic novel Service Industry.
Bak's now hard at work on a new project, The Last Hotel, and he's opened the hotel for public scrutiny.
Here, Bak is concocting the entire Last Hotel universe, cast of characters, and metafictional ripples from the rooms, hallways, lobby and lives.
"The Hotel Ticonderoga of legend emerged in the late 1940s and early 1950s when she was regarded as a premier lodging for artists, writers and activists in the city. But prior to that colorful and storied era when the famous (and infamous) called her home and she served as a cradle to the innumerable creative--and frequently incendiary--works conceived within her rooms, the Ticonderoga's legacy was already renowned...."
Check it out, and do so regularly to sample and savor Bak's current creative process via this innovative blog.
In related CCS fellow news, our 2008-9 fellow Alec Longstreth is visiting CCS (for the umpteenth time; he's a vet) this Thursday, offering his own brand of high-octane creativity via a session with the seniors in Professional Practices class and a CCS-wide Visiting Artists chalk talk we're all looking forward to. He'll have a tough time topping Bak's January Visiting Artists presentation, but I'm sure Alec's up to the challenge. This appearance promising the smoothest transition between CCS fellows yet; we're all getting the hang of it after three years... whatever the trolls at the Comics Journal board blather.
Animation and Golden Age comics devotees, take note! Thanks to CCS senior Dane Martin, there's this terrific ASIFA Hollywood link to share this AM featuring a very cool full-length comic story about animation industry intrigue and crime from the early '40s.