Photos curtoesy of Kate Black and Justin Lussier
On any other day of the week The Bowery Poetry Club plays host to a slew of great open mic nights and poetry slam sessions. However every other Sunday the performance space behind the tall red and black curtain is transformed into a realm of renegade illustrators and alternative art models, courtesy of Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-art school. Serving up a fine afternoon of drawing, drinking and a whole lot of laissez faire creativity.
Founded in 2005 Dr. Sketchy’s has become a staple in the alternative drawing world and a sort of second home for many an indie comics superstar with it’s branches scattered across the globe. This past Sunday featured a tribute to Warren Ellis’ and Darick Robertson’s grim and gritty masterwork Transmetropolitan with renowned Adult Performer’s Jizz Lee and Ryan Keely giving life to the iconic comic characters Spider Jerusalem and his “filthy assistant” posing for small intervals of time while working their way toward a series of full on twenty minute sittings.
The afternoon proved entertaining with contests and surprises for a packed house of illustrators, photographers and fans of good times and great art. Topping the afternoon off was a massive twitter bomb to the King of Gonzo Comics himself, Warren Ellis, who recently celebrated a birthday! A select few of the attendants will actually have their art featured in the upcoming Transmet art book with proceeds going to both The Comic Book legal defense fund and The Hero initiative. Proving that while the now classic Vertigo series concluded way back in 2002 the legacy of Warren Ellis and Darick Robertson’s work is just a influneiual now as it was back when the series debuted in 1997.
Past events at the NYC branch of Dr. Sketchy’s have featured tributes to the X-Men, Neil Gaiman’s Sandman and a plethora of other great creators and works, with new themes being announced all the time. It’s no secret the Masterminds behind Dr. Sketchy’s are none other than Molly Crabapple and John Leavitt, whose latest chapter in their Zuda hit Puppet Makers just came out last week.
Dr. Sketchy’s is a leader in the alternative drawing movement for more information on their sessions and branch locations check out their website. For more on Puppets Makers check back right here later this week! and as always for all the great comics from DC and other publishers check out our Web Store and comics app.
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