|‘The List’ TV Program – ‘Tulsa Representin’ at SXSW’ – March, 2014
Tulsa World Online – ‘Glenpool’s ‘Napkin Dad’ artist to appear at SXSW’ – 1/22/2014
KOKI Daybreak, ‘Oh, Tulsa! Biennial Exhibition’ interview, July, 2013.
‘Blog World LA 2011’ – Introductory Speaker’s Video
Napkin Rings True’ Tulsa People Magazine Article, December 2010
In May, 2010 The Aha Moment Tour invited me to tell the napkin story to a national audience. Click on the photo to see it. I became one of 25 finalists to have their story broadcast nationally but, alas I didn’t make the final cut.
The Glenpool Post Newspaper
The Glenpool Post, our local newspaper did a great online multimedia report on The Napkin Dad, including a 295 image animation of me drawing a napkin.
A friend from years ago contacted me after seeing one of my interviews and expressed interest in having the Napkin story featured in a new women’s magazine she was introducing.
Reporter Janna Clark and her videographer, John Gibson, came by our house at the beginning of February, 09 to do an interview with myself and my daughter, Chelsea. They spent almost 3 hours interviewing and videotaping the two of us, separately and together. They recorded us talking about the napkins as we leafed through them and as I drew one.
See the story here:
The were quite creative in their editing and I enjoyed the end result, even if I do sound like a doofus!
Good Day Tulsa – Studio Interview – 01/08/09
Kristin Dickerson of Good Day Tulsa (KTUL/channel 8), a local morning show, interviewed me about the napkin drawings and about the inclusion of the Obama napkin in Time magazine.See the interview here:
The interview was a lot of fun and the on-air and behind-the-scenes people were enthusiastic and very helpful.Ms. Dickerson was kind enough to mention my other artwork as well. In particular she directed the audience to my ‘Velveteen Woman’ photo-collage series on my website. She was also enthusiastic about contributing to that same series.
My local newspaper, the Tulsa World, published two articles about the napkins today. One was the local angle on the national Time Magazine article and the other about the original Napkin Story.Read the stories here:
They were nice enough to put a link on their front page for people to purchase the book. The reporter, Matt Gleason was a very cool guy and I enjoyed the interview quite a bit. I am very grateful people have caught on to the napkin stories and are passing it along to others!
I contacted an anchor/reporter I knew, Lori Fullbright, at KOTV in Tulsa after I did the initial interview with the Tulsa World (but it had yet to be published). She liked the idea of the napkins and arranged quickly to come visit my studio and do an interview.See the interview here:
It aired 12/31/08 and was then picked up by their sister station in OKC and aired a few days later.I really appreciated Lori’s enthusiasm and interest in the story and how determined she was to get the interview done and broadcast quickly.
On November 5th, 2008, I drew a new napkin (the first since 2004). I drew it in response to Barack Obama’s election as our next president. I happen to be a supporter of his candidacy, but the emotion and happiness went beyond the politics of the moment. I searched my napkin drawings for an appropriate image and quote that expressed my sentiment and, finding none, drew a new one.
The morning after the election I scanned the drawing and posted it on my blog and on my flickr.com site. It got immediate attention (as did many posted that morning) and a great conversation ensued below it on flickr.
Eventually Time Magazine saw it and decided to include it in their ‘Person of the Year’ issue (Obama being person of the year for 2008, obviously).
The Nun StoryIn November, 2008 I received an email from an Irish nun, Sister Patricia Murray, working on her Masters degree at a seminary in Chicago. She found my blog when she googled ‘Imagination’.
She became a subscriber and had interest in a number of my napkin drawings. She wanted to purchase the rights to 5 of them for use in her thesis on ‘Imagination and Peace Building’ and in presentations in southern Sudan where she was doing her work. She said she would use the “drawings to show how simple illustrations can be an inspiration to capture ideas and to give courage.”
I loved the idea and sent her the drawings. She is will be sending me the presentation she uses them in once she is finished with her thesis and back at her work in Africa. I am excited to have them be part of something so important in the world.