Monday, November 25, 2013

Art Swap 2013: Your Trip to New Orleans

New Orleans: it's all t-shirt shops and restaurants.

Jesse Roessler submitted this week's final Art Swap entry, the story behind his five-page comic and 
 postcard collection, Your Trip to New Orleans:

You resist the urge to reach out and touch the gator.

The inspiration for the postcard project came from a good friend of mine coming to stay. As we were going around town sightseeing (as well as doing touristy things such as a swamp tour), I started thinking about what makes visits to the city unique and what parts of the experience are consistent across visits. It can seem that whatever odd things one comes across are actually quite normal thanks to their consistency.

St. Louis Cemetery #1. "All the graves have to be above ground," the guide explains. "We're essentially standing on water."

The comic is a bit of lagniappe (the term used down here for "a little extra"). I've been making poorly drawn, loosely plotted comics since I was bored studying for an AP Art History exam in high school. The theme is, well, my frustration with having to answer the question "why did you move to New Orleans?" as if there were one solid answer.

Jesse Roessler is currently a graduate student in clinical health at Loyola University in New Orleans. You can read more of his musings and adventures at his blog, crawfishclovis.

That's all the Art Swap projects for this year, and I'd like to extend my thanks to everyone who participated, followed the weekly blog entries, retweeted links, shared Facebook posts, and in general spread the love.  Watch for info about next year's swap in late winter or early spring.  

Interested in joining for 2014?  Post in the comments, e-mail ianmrogers[at]hotmail[dot]com, or hit me up through the usual channels.

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