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Interviews Self-Care

How Artists Can Avoid Hand, Wrist & Back Pain With Healthier Work Habits

Stanley Drucker became the principal clarinetist for the prestigious New York Philharmonic at age nineteen and retired from that position at eighty.

He worked as a professional artist for over sixty years.

Unlike professional athletes, professional artists can enjoy their craft for most of (if not their entire) lives.

Unfortunately, we often develop unhealthy work habits that increase the risk of serious problems like RSI, carpal tunnel syndrome and burnout.

Author/ illustrator, massage therapist and health science educator Kriota Willberg has devoted much of her long career to helping artists take better care of themselves.

She’s here today to share tips and insights from her book Draw Stronger: Self-Care For Cartoonists And Visual Artists.

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Interviews Theater

Forgotten History Of Visual Storytelling: When Black Artists Came To Broadway

It stands to reason that most Visual Storytellers want to learn everything we can about the origins and evolution of our chosen craft.

Unfortunately, certain aspects have been all but lost.

With his new book Footnotes: The Black Artists Who Rewrote The Rules Of The Great White Way, author/ historian Caseen Gaines is helping to preserve and promote the story of Shuffle Along – the first all-Black musical to succeed on Broadway.

He was kind enough to swing by Room 2 and talk about why this century-old production should be remembered…

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Interviews Personal-Projects

For Artists Who Tend To Bite Off More Than They Can Chew…

Author/ illustrator Lindsay Gardner‘s new book Why We Cook: Women on Food, Identity, and Connection is so ambitious in scope and so beautifully crafted, one would never suspect it’s her first.

The tactility of her watercolor illustrations, to the cozy-but-modern design and the humanistic ethos it conveys all combine, like an ideal family dinner, into a visceral warmth.

…and, yes, the book does, in fact, smell good.

Lindsay visits Room 2 today with insights from the creation of this epic, personal project…

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Interviews Video-Games

Unionizing & Decentralizing The Video Games Industry

Despite daily reminders that the video games industry is problematic as heck, many artists and developers still hope it will change for the better.

Games journalist and author of Press Reset: Ruin & Recovery In The Video Games Industry Jason Schreier visits Room 2 to talk about how unionization and the normalization of remote work could help to calm things down…