PechaKucha Presentation

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Caitlin Cass

Artist and Art Teacher, Great Moments in Western Civ Cooperative and Buffalo Seminary in Buffalo

Fabricating History


"I make art about ineffectual dreamers who try really hard to succeed at something but always fail miserably."

In Fabricating History from PechaKucha Buffalo Vol. 16, artist and founder of the Great Moments in Western Civilization Cooperative, Caitlin Cass, focuses on the need for diverse sources in creative research, especially when you invent them yourself. She reflects on the subjectivity of history and explains how she co-opts historical authority to create comics and counterfeit historical exhibits. Walking us through her artistic process from the stage of “tadpole” to “strawberry dart frog,” Cass presents highlights of her recent comic book an counterfeit historical exhibits, such as “Folktales of American History” and “The Museum of Failure.” 

This was "PechaKucha of the Day" on Thursday, July 14th, 2016. 

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Climbing Everest

@ VOL 33 ON MAR 03, 2015

In Climbing Everest from PechaKucha Night Chicago, Vol. 33, Ken Krimstein shares his weekly agony over his drawing board in the quest to please the most gruelling editor in the history of publishing - the cartoon editor of the New Yorker magazine.

"Presentation of the Day" on March 24, 2015.

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Buffalo Vitascope: The Story of the World's First Movie Theater

@ VOL 16 ON APR 14, 2016

"The world's first movie theater was in Buffalo, New York."

In Buffalo Vitascope: The Story of the World's First Movie Theater from PechaKucha Buffalo Vol. 16, comedian and cartoonist Pat Kewley tells the true story of Vitascope Hall, which opened on Buffalo, New York's Main Street in 1896 and was likely the world's first permanent, specially constructed movie theater. Using period photographs, newspaper clippings, and his own cartoon drawings, Kewley spreads the word about Buffalo's amazing & unique place in film history, touching on the early days of moviegoing, the first films, and the unsung Buffalonians who helped pioneer the film industry in our own backyard.

This was "PechaKucha of the Day" on Wednesday, Jun 29th, 2016. 

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Harp of Myth, History and Healing

@ VOL 2 ON MAY 21, 2016

Debra Sawyer is a former Corporate Communications Designer who transformed into an evolving artiist/musician and educator. Her passion and intrigue unfolds in her PechaKucha " Harp of myth, history and healing".

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Site-Based Performance: Development of a Process

@ VOL 17 ON SEP 15, 2016

“We devised a few rules: Start with the architecture. Consider its history. Draw from its mythology.”

In "Site-Based Performance: Development of a Process" from PechaKucha Buffalo Vol. 17, Artistic Director and Co-Founder of Torn Space Theatre in Buffalo, NY, Dan Shanahan, reveals Torn Space's process of developing site-based performance. Drawing from over 10 years of experience and eight original pieces for non-traditional performance venues, Shanahan addresses the influences, aesthetics, and rules for Torn Space's site-based performances.

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A Return to Comics

@ VOL 7 ON SEP 14, 2016

Cartoonist Summer Pierre discusses her return to making comics.

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Marvel Through the Eyes of a Nine Year-Old

@ VOL 1 ON MAR 15, 2018

Matias Caicedo is an expert on Marvel comics who also happens to be 9 years old. He received a Marvel book for Christmas last year, and was so excited he couldn't stop reading it for one and a half months. In his PechaKucha presentation, he shares the history and development of Marvel comics and their characters from 1939 to today. 

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History of Comics

@ VOL 33 ON FEB 22, 2018

Hope Nicholson thinks that her presentation wouldn't be inspiring as the others in PKN Winnipeg Vol. 33, but she does not fail to captivate the audience with an entertaining overview of 20 renowned female comic artists from the past 80 years. 

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Walking through history

@ VOL 23 ON APR 18, 2018

Angela Mombers makes detailled and rich reproductions of historical costumes, usually of nobility. het costumes frange from the 15th till beginning of 20th century. She is inspired by antique paintings and museum artifacts. The process of costume making is followed by thousands of fans via her Instagram account Walking Through History and on FB Walking Through History with Jasper and Angela - from inspiration, via tutorials towards the end result.

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Kennebec: Drawing a River History

@ VOL 28 ON JUL 12, 2018

Maggie Libby shares with us the story and images of her art installation centered around the Kennebec river.