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Industry Arts
Occupation Freelance Illustration, Cartooning and Teaching
Location Hatcher Pass, Alaska, United States
Introduction Said to be “afflicted with an unremitting sense of the absurdity” Jamie Smith is the creator of the cartoon features “Nuggets” and “FreezeFrame,” which have been appearing weekly in the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner (Sunday edition) since 1988. His cartoons also run in the Anchorage Press along with editorial panels in The Ester Republic. Originally from Western and Central New York, he grew up hiking the forests of the Alleghany and Catskill mountains before migrating to the Interior of Alaska, where he has trekked across much of the state on long-distance solo backcountry trips. He teaches studio art classes in drawing at the University of Alaska Fairbanks as an adjunct, including a "Cartoon & Comic Art" class. Active in the community as a literacy advocate and prominent supporter of the arts, he also does freelance illustration out of his cabin when not working on larger projects.
Interests Baking cheesecakes, daydreaming, doodling when I'm supposed to be paying attention, re-reading favorite books, playing with cats, watching the dog roll around in the fresh snow, listening to the aurora while in the outhouse at fifty-below zero...
Favorite Movies The Iron Giant, Harold & Maude, The Big Lebowski, The Straight Story, Schultze Gets The Blues, Donnie Darko, The Fountain, Crumb, Alien, Dead Man, Manhattan, The Purple Rose of Cairo, Serenity, The Simpson's Movie, Gojira, Moon etc.
Favorite Music Donna the Buffalo, John Brown's Body, Drive-By Truckers, Peter Gabriel, Split Enz, Cowboy Junkies, Pete Seeger, Bruce Cockburn, Ani Difranco, Tim Robb, Kelly Joe Phelps, k.d. lang, Keith Frank, Pat Metheny, Keith Jarrett, Pink Martini, Djivan Gasparyan, Storyhill, Richard Thompson, The Detroit Cobras, The Avett Brothers, Leon Redbone, The Decemberists, Morphine, James, King Crimson, Meat Puppets, Brian Eno, Turbid North etc.
Favorite Books Julia Child, Roger Tory Peterson, John Muir, Henry David Thoreau, Wendell Berry, Gary Snyder, E.M. Cioran, Carl Sagen, Sheri S. Tepper, Ambrose Bierce, Joseph Campbell, Tchich Nhat Hanh, Maurice Sendak, B. Kliban