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“It Is What It Is” – our new comic strip goes behind the scenes at the museum

We’re going to mix things up a bit around here in 2012. You’ll see more content on the blog, in general, and specifically, we’re going to be trying out more multimedia features. Keep your ears out for the debut later this month of our new literary podcast, You Are Hear, hosted by writer and bearded […]

We’re going to mix things up a bit around here in 2012. You’ll see more content on the blog, in general, and specifically, we’re going to be trying out more multimedia features. Keep your ears out for the debut later this month of our new literary podcast, You Are Hear, hosted by writer and bearded funny-man Brian Beatty.  And today, we’re  launching a new weekly comic strip by Todd Balthazor - a Twin Cities-based illustrator who moonlights as a museum guard at the Walker Art Center.  Give it a read for a few weeks, and let us know what you think in the comments. (You can click the image to enlarge it.)

About the artist: Todd Balthazor is a satirical, often anthropomorphic illustrator, fine artist, muralist and children’s art instructor from St.Paul, MN, with a BFA in illustration from the College of Visual Arts (CVA).  He has done artist residencies at Jackson Elementary and the St. Paul University Club, and his work has been displayed in venues both locally and abroad, including: illustrations in the Altered Esthetics Gallery (Minneapolis), the Walker Art Center blog, and multiple Red Leaf Press publications (St. Paul); visual narratives at the Adugyama Art Exhibition (Ghana, Africa) and the Save the Children Nepal Project (Nepal, India); and murals at an orphanage in Jaurez, Mexico.  Samples of his work can be found at toddbalthazor.com and toddbalthazor.blogspot.com.