This Thursday, December 1, as part of the Filmmaker in Residence Program, I will be giving an artist talk at AFCOOP. I will be showing some of my Super8 films, discussing my new work POSE
and engaging in a discussion with the subject of POSE
, artist and raconteur Dave Cullen. Dave and I will be discussing art, comic books and the Zen of nude modelling. As a way to introduce you to Dave, and pique your interest, I presented to him a version of the Proust Questionnaire. Here are his answers.
What is your idea of perfect of happiness?
I don't believe in such a thing. It sounds redundant.
Where would you like to live?
Halifax, NS, Lower Manhattan or upstate New York, Freiburg, Germany or Montpelier, Vermont.
Who are your favourite heroes of comic book/garphic fiction?
Batman, Wolverine, Green Arrow and Conan (although he originally comes from the pulps).
Who are your favourite heroines of comic book/graphic fiction?
Black Canary, Catwoman and The Black Widow.
Who are your heroes in real life?
My parents, Jon Bogdanove, Walt Simonson, Neal Adams, Neil Young, John Lennon, David Bowie and Nellie McClung.
Your favourite artist? (comic book or otherwise)
Neal Adams and Barry Windsor-Smith for comics and Caspar David Friedrich and Joni Mitchell for painting.
Your favourite musician?
The quality you most admire in a man?
Compassion, resolve, humour and an appreciation of women.
The quality you most admire in a woman?
Humour, compassion, resolve and an appreciation of men.
What do you most value in your friends?
Work ethic, an ability to focus, a robust sense of humour and a healthy contempt for conformity.
What trait do you most dislike in others?
Fearfulness, laziness, conformity and a respect for "authority."
What is your favourite occupation?
Drawing comics on a rainy day (a lost ideal), meeting friendly, loquacious strangers, travelling and seeing live music.
Who would you have liked to be?
Your most marked characteristic?
I'd rather not mention it in mixed company.
What is your most noted fault?
Laziness, procrastination and a lack of focus.
What is your present state of mind?
Anxious, glib and New York.
What natural gift would you most like to possess?
How would you like to die?
What is your motto?
Never answer questionnaires on an empty stomach.
The talk starts at 7pm and takes place at the new Atlantic Filmmakers Co-operative headquarters on 5663 Cornwallis Street, Halifax. Come on down and see the new space, meet some other artists and filmmakers and join in the discussion.