Characters of Colfax: Becky Stutsman

“Colfax is this city, the good and the bad.”

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.

You can check out the Characters of Colfax website HERE.

I’m in the Media!

So, with the new Colfax banners, my artwork is suddenly getting some attention.

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 never actually said that though.

You can watch the full 9NEWS segment HERE.

My Illustrated Colfax Banners are up!!

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.

New Artwork for Banners Along Colfax Avenue

This is pretty brilliant. So, I was approached by the Colfax Avenue Business Improvement District (Colfax BID) that represents businesses along the section of East Colfax Avenue between Grant Street and Josephine Street, about a 2 mile stretch of the 30 or so miles that Colfax fully runs.

Now, I’ve done work with Colfax BID in the past (just see the Characters of Colfax comic that I’m currently doing for them.) Every year or so, the BID provides banners that hang on the light posts that run up and down this 2 miles stretch. In the past they have been holiday themed, or focusing on various businesses, or (like the past year) featuring artwork from some of the artists that work in the tattoo shops along Colfax.

Well this year, the BID asked me to provide the artwork for the banners, featuring illustrations of the architecture of Colfax buildings from the past and present: The Ogden Theatre, Tom’s Diner, The Newhouse Hotel, The Lion’s Lair, Pete’s Kitchen & Satire Lounge, The Aladdin Theatre, Sid King’s Crazy Horse, and (of course) an illustration of RTD’s 15 bus that runs up and down Colfax. This is a brilliant opportunity that I jumped for.

So, the artwork is now all completed and you can see below. The files are at the printers and should be up along Colfax around Thanksgiving. The BID is having a party, celebrating their 30 years of representing the Avenue on November 20th at the Filmore. You can see all the details at the link.

… and here’s the artwork. I’ll post more photos once the banners go up!