Archive for March, 2014

See America First! digital edition

see-america-book-coverHot on the heels of my first ebook, Welcome to Falling Rock National Park, comes See America First!
See America First! was one of the most popular books I ever made. Unsurprisingly, it was also one of the first books that went out of print.
Like Welcome to Falling Rock National Park, I have meticulously gone over the comics for this collection, correcting small errors that got past me in the first printing. I redrew a few things as well, though not nearly as many as Welcome. Turns out I am getting better at drawing!see-america-book-back-coverSee America First! is priced at $1.99, a full four dollars less than the print version.
Unlike a standard definition episode of NCIS on iTunes, See America First! is totally hi-def.
Buy it HERE on iTunes.
Buy it HERE on Amazon.

discarded couches of portland

Couch 3-3-14

On this sunny March afternoon, I stopped my scooter on the corner of SE 51st and Tibbetts to immortalize this gorgeous darling.

Mars Rover at Falling Rock

Mars Rover

A little known fact: the first Mars Rover was field-tested in Falling Rock National Park.

discarded couches of portland

Come on out to SE 52nd and Tibbetts if you care about quality discarded furniture! You will find this beautiful creature:
Couch 3-18

discarded couches of portland

I saw this couch on my ride in to work yesterday morning, but I didn’t have time to get a picture. All day long I hoped and prayed that it would be there on my ride home. So many good couches get snapped up during the day, and while I’m happy they have found a new home, I wish I could’ve documented their transitional period.

It was with much relief, then, that this couch was awaiting me in the afternoon.
Couch 3-19

I, the Jury commentary track

In October 2004, I flew to Studio City, California where my uncle Biff and his wife Connie lived. Biff Elliot was an actor; his career lasted from the 1950s through the 80s. His list of credits is impressive, but he only had one starring role in a film. I, the Jury came out (in 3D, no less). Biff was the first Mike Hammer!

This impressive film noir has been unfairly overlooked. It has, to my knowledge, never been released on any home video format, and has only been screened once or twice since its original theatrical run ended back in 1953. The copy I have was taped off TV in the 80s or maybe early 90s. Knowing Biff might not live long enough for a proper re-release of his film, I asked him to sit with me and record a commentary track. My thinking was if someone ever did get around to mastering I, the Jury for DVD and Blu-ray and Biff was no longer able to participate, I could offer this recording for inclusion. Biff was an excellent storyteller and I knew he could provide an entertaining commentary track.

Sure enough, Biff gave a rollicking, informative commentary on this little-seen cinematic gem. When he passed away in 2012, I knew I had done the right thing by recording this piece of history. Alas, no one has stepped up and given I, the Jury an official release. I have taken it upon myself to share Biff’s last words on his first, and biggest, film role.

For the first time available anywhere beyond my Mac, listen to Biff Elliot provide commentary for the Harry Essex-directed I, the Jury:

Meet me in Emerald City

Convention season 2014 begins this weekend in Seattle!
If you’re in the greater Seattle area March 28-30, stop by the convention center and say hello.
I’m at table V-09, next to the Stoutian Reid Psaltis and the Ginsbergian Matt Ocasio.