My latest contribution to Characters of Colfax is now up on their site, putting a spotlight on some of the people that make Colfax Ave interesting. The new comic features one of my favorite “gate keeper”, bartender, and all around good people: Becky Stutsman.
Yep, prints are in stock of all eight banner illustrations that I did for Colfax Ave featuring architecture from Colfax Avenue’s past and present. Each are 11″x17″ and on 100lb cover stock. Message me for prices and shipping.
First, I did a quick interview with the Westword about the banners, which is only natural since I do the weekly Denver Bootleg comic for them. You can check out that article HERE.
… then, with little notice, I was messaged that local 9NEWS wanted to do a quick segment about me and the banners. The catch was that the interview had to be within the next two hours, to make the evening broadcast. So, I met the guy at my local cafe on Colfax, we filmed an interview for about a half hour, with some additional footage out on Colfax under the banners.
That evening, I was sitting at one of my locals and asked the bartender to turn on 9NEWS around 6pm.
“Why?”, she asked.
“Well… I’m apparently going to be on the news tonight.”, I replied.
… and I was. My friends around me started cheering once the segment started, which caused everyone else in the bar to turn around, see everyone pointing at the TV, and also see me sitting at the bar. The whole bar started cheering, so I never really caught anything being said in the segment, which is kinda funny.
The next morning, I watched the segment online. I’ve always been a bit hesitant to either watch or listen to myself after being interviewed, but I have to say that this one came off rather well. Love that it ended with “The artist kindly asks that you do not steal the banners…”
I got a notice late on Friday night, November 15, that the eight different banners would start going up at 4am on Saturday morning along the 2-3 miles of East Colfax Avenue, the longest, wickedest street in America. It was around 10 am the next morning that I was finally able to get out on my bike and pedal up Colfax Ave, dodging traffic, from the Capitol up through Josephine Street.
… and yep… there they were. All eight designs, repeated over the three miles. Still being hung up.
It’s kind of brilliant to see my artwork along East Colfax. I cannot really describes how all this feels, but it certainly puts a rare smile on my face.