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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.

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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.

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andy k watercolor

After initially getting the idea for this painting after my friend Andy got married last year in the mountains of Colorado, I made a Photoshop collage of all the elements, got out a nice piece of watercolor paper, did a rough sketch, and left it on the desk for over a year. Finally, last weekend, I decided to finish (or perhaps more accurately, “start”) it.

I don’t do enough with watercolors. This was a fun project. Happy belated first anniversary, Kate and Andy!
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dad day

My dad taught me to have a sense of wonder.
That, and to never take things too seriously.
(Words he lives by: the first picture is him in Vietnam.)
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Happy Father’s Day, Dad.

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new business card!

Although I was quite happy with the postcards I’ve been handing out at conventions for the past few years, I felt it was time for a change.
When I run out of the remaining postcards, I will be using these brand-new designs, fresh off the press:

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I’ll be the envy of all my peers.

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pretty girls and fancy ketchup

One night not long ago Isis and I chose to pateronize a local burger joint. Their special, house-made ketchup was every bit as delicious as advertized. There was, however, one small glitch in an otherwise delightful dining experience.

Upon receiving our fries, we were handed small containers of what can only be described as a devil’s stew. Ketchup mixed with mayonnaise. Why they chose to give this to us, when there was plenty of fancy ketchup lying around, remains a mystery.

Knowing what a monstrosity this was, I texted a photo of both the devil’s brew and one of Isis holding the bottle of fancy ketchup to mayo-free partner blogger McBone. He responded by sending me a photo of his sometimes-popular wife holding a bottle of their spicy (fancy) ketchup. A meme was born.

A good meme deserves to be shared. McBone and I are proud to present: Pretty Girls with Fancy Ketchup. No mayo allowed.

Portland Ketchup Company

Maya Kaimal Spicy Ketchup

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springtime

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Emerald City ComicCon 2013

This was my first time at the Emerald City ComicCon. My sometimes-tablemate Reid, who last year conquered this Con, was back for a second round. He gave me the following advice:

With that in mind, I set up. I shared space with Tyrell Cannon, who is at this point more legend than man. Think Alan Moore mixed with Jake Gyllenhaal. We were a smashing success, hailed by one attendee as his favorite table at the show.

Between the two of us and Reid and Matt, you’d think there was nothing else worth visiting. You would be wrong. The following are just a few of the cartoonists who made the show Twitter-famous:

Farel Dalrymple

Francois Vigneault

Lucy Bellwood

Miriam Libicki

Victoria Ying
Mike Yamada

Bill Robinson

Hannah Partlow

Eric Esquivel

Covering the Con was intrepid reporter Henry Barajas. Henry does not have a household name. Yet.

Morgan Gendel, writer of “The Inner Light,” the very best episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation was selling copies of his Hugo Award winning script. I got to chat with Morgan and bask in the glow of his genius. I learned he went on to write for Law & Order, which surprised me since I don’t recall that show being set in outer space.

Thanks to the kind people of Washington for putting on such a great show. I will return next year!

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emerald city map

My tablemate Tyrell posted this handy map on his blog. Here’s where you can find us this weekend at Emerald City ComicCon:
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meet me in seattle

March 1-3, 2013
March 1-3, 2013

Hello Seattle friends! I will be in your city this weekend, from Friday March 1 through Sunday March 3, for the Emerald City ComicCon. This will be the first year I’ve gone to this show, but it comes highly recommended by my fellow cartoonists. You can find me in Artist Alley table S-09. I will be sharing space with the heartbreaking work of staggering genius known to the public as Tyrell Cannon. Stop by and say hello!

I’ll have all my Falling Rock comic strip collections, as well as Tomb of the Zombies and Dancing with Jack Ketch. Making their debuts at this show: the inaugural issue of Falling Rock National Park (the comic book) and two screen prints. Plenty to choose from. Hope to see you in Seattle.