Archive for September, 2013


Labor

Over this long weekend:

Bike ride to and picnic on Mount Tabor, with Isis
Fed and provided a lap to my friend’s cat Beezus
Veronica Mars marathon

I always have my favorite Bob Dylan songs, and then I have my current favorite. The rerelease of Another Self Portrait, which includes outtakes from the much under-appreciated New Morning, has led me to give the latter another spin. “Sign on the Window” is absolutely beautiful. Lyrically one of the more joyful songs Dylan wrote, it also features a lovely piano melody and understated but essential back-up vocals. It is the words of a grown-up; a man who is content and happy. So different from Highway 61 and the early political albums. I urge all of you to listen to New Morning and in particular this wonderful song.


friday robots

I’ve been migrating all my old blog posts to this website, which has the side benefit of letting me stroll down memory lane.
This Friday Robot caught my eye, not as a particular successful robot (I don’t think it is), but because it has potential.
Here I go, three years later, trying that design again. This watercolor version is better. Maybe I’ll give it another crack in 2016.
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watch Biff Elliot in I, the Jury

Longtime readers have read much about my uncle, movie star and master storyteller Biff Elliot. Very few have actually had the chance to watch him in action. Here, presented in its entirety thanks to YouTube and ambiguous copyright issues, is I, the Jury.

If you could only play one lead role in your lifetime, as Biff did, you could do much worse than Mike Hammer. Biff was, in fact, the very first Mike Hammer of the screen. There would be many more, but like Sean Connery and James Bond, Biff left a long shadow.

Since I, the Jury is unavailable on any home video format, this is your best chance to watch a little-seen film noir.


SPX

Come see me at SPX this weekend!
Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center!
My friends will be there with comics both bold and beautiful.
I will have a brand new comic. Interested? You’ll have to stop by table A1 to see.


friday robots

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discarded couches of portland

A newly discarded couch greeted me the day after I arrived home from SPX. Come and get it on NE 33rd street.
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SPX 2013

Literally hundreds of cartoonists descended on the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel and Conference Center last weekend. This imposing portrait of the Marriott Brothers hung near the ballroom like a stained glass portrait of Jesus and Mary in a cathedral.

I still had a few Dear Mr. Watterson postcards, which were a great conversation starter. It was a great joy telling people that there is a movie about Bill Watterson coming out soon. Everybody loves Calvin and Hobbes. If you happen upon this post during your nightly Googling of your name, Mr. Watterson, take note: you would be welcome at SPX any year. If noted misanthropes Seth and Chris Ware made it out, you can too.

By far the coolest thing to happen was my inclusion in the Library of Congress. Three of my Falling Rock comic strip collections (Great Wave of Falling Rock, Scenic Byways, and Falling Rock National Park 2012) will live forever in the LoC until the Psychlos have driven us from our cities and strip-mined our planet for precious gold.

I was seated at table A1. This, I thought, must have meaning. While I searched for this elusive meaning, I stared across the aisle at Jeff Smith, who signed approximately 5,482 books during the course of the weekend.

A large part of my success at SPX is due to one man: Nick Offerman. In addition to being the genius actor who portrays Ron Swanson on the genius show Parks and Recreation, he built his own canoe and filmed an instructional video so any of us non-Offermans can join him on the lake. BYO Scotch.

I was given a very cool foldy comic about the age-old question of chicken/egg. Which came first? You’ll have to decide.

The day after SPX I made my way into our nation’s capitol, where I saw but was unable to ride one of the Wright brothers’ custom-made bicycles. I think it says something that the guys who built the first airplane were also bike mechanics.

Thanks to the SPX team who put together another great show. A big thanks to my comic book buddies, including (but not limited to) Kenan & Cate, Neil, Tyrell, Jason, Cara, Kevin, Alec, Greg, as well as the new friends I made. Your energy and bone-deep enthusiasm literally took my breath away. Literally, it took my breath. I can’t wait to have a similar yet refreshingly unique experience at the Bethesda Marriott next year.


friday robots

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discarded couches of portland

Couch 9-20-13This couch can currently be found on NE 72nd and Sacramento. It might be leather!

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friday robots

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