>WLU graduate Amanda Carney was recently commissioned to create a short-form comic about the importance of voting. The Senior Editor of Oni Press, Robin Herrera, approached Carney about their “Voting Comics” anthology after finding Carney’s work on Twitter. Carney said, “I decided to illustrate my experiences with Loma Nevels last election season. Now the fruits of all our labors are on display! I hope I represented West Virginia well!” Find Carney’s work and the comics from every other state here: drawoutthevote.com. Carney lives in Wheeling and owns and operates Cat’s Paw Art Studio.
Josh Revels, Newscast Director at WPXI Pittsburgh, was just nominated for an Emmy Award! The Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences nominated Josh for his direction in the “Outstanding Newscast – Morning” category. Josh graduated with a Broadcast Communications degree from West Liberty in 2010. Josh also stays active as a musician, performing with the bands Nineteen and Chaos Killed.
Congratulations to Michael Matthias Dotson, a 2013 West Liberty Music graduate, who was recently selected to be a Young Artist Intern with the Pittsburgh Opera Theater. Matthias will be performing in several productions and as a member of the choir during the upcoming summer season. For more information about the Pittsburgh Opera Theater Young Artist programs, visit their website: http://otsummerfest.org/education/young-artist-program
At present, he is working with a couple of local artists: Golden Arrow (with WL alum Christian Mikula), pianist / composer Kevin Kalany (also a WL pal), a young punk band called Pleonasm and a folk singer / songwriter, Zoe Buccella, with a couple of long distance projects in the pipeline, and a collaboration with Derik Board (WL alum).