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discarded couches of portland

This cute little number is sitting right down the street from me, on Fremont. As Discarded Couch Season 2013 comes to a close, it’s nice to see the last few couches make their way to curbs. As the leaves change and fall and the winter rains begin, couches that have not been discarded this year get a reprieve thorough the fall and winter.

I’ll keep you posted if I see any more discarded couches, though that prospect is growing more remote as the days get shorter and colder.
Discarded couch 10-9-13

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discarded couches of portland

This beauty is making its temporary home near SE Dvision and 30th.
Discarded couch 7-30-13

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In one week I will be exhibiting at my very first international comics festival in Vancouver, British Columbia! Next Saturday and Sunday you can meet me at Vancouver Comic Arts Festival. Matt Ocasio, celebrated author, will be my tablemate for the show. Another first! We’ve never shared a table before. Find us both at table G5 at Roundhouse Mews. We will be two of the Americans self-consciously adding “u” to the words color, favor, and honor in our books.

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cowardly senators

The Senate didn’t pass more effective gun control legislation yesterday. It was a bad day for the American political process, but more importantly it was a bad day for anyone who has, or will, experienced the devastation of a gun crime. Since these senators all have Twitter accounts, why don’t you do like me and give them a friendly shout-out? I kept the form I used to tweet at them; all you have to do is cut and paste! With senators like these looking out for us, who needs terrorists?

Senator @SenAlexander cares more about guns than people. #GunControl
Senator @KellyAyotte cares more about guns than people. #GunControl
Senator @SenJohnBarrasso cares more about guns than people. #GunControl
Senator @MaxBaucus cares more about guns than people. #GunControl
Senator @SenatorBegich cares more about guns than people. #GunControl
Senator @RoyBlunt cares more about guns than people. #GunControl
Senator @JohnBoozeman cares more about guns than people. #GunControl
Senator @SenatorBurr cares more about guns than people. #GunControl
Senator @SaxbyChambliss cares more about guns than people. #GunControl
Senator @SenDanCoats cares more about guns than people. #GunControl
Senator @TomCoburn cares more about guns than people. #GunControl
Senator @SenThadCochran cares more about guns than people. #GunControl
Senator @SenBobCorker cares more about guns than people. #GunControl
Senator @JohnCornyn cares more about guns than people. #GunControl
Senator @MikeCrapo cares more about guns than people. #GunControl
Senator @SenTedCruz cares more about guns than people. #GunControl
Senator @SenatorEnzi cares more about guns than people. #GunControl
Senator @SenatorFischer cares more about guns than people. #GunControl
Senator @JeffFlake cares more about guns than people. #GunControl
Senator @GrahamBlog cares more about guns than people. #GunControl
Senator @ChuckGrassley cares more about guns than people. #GunControl
Senator @SenOrrinHatch cares more about guns than people. #GunControl
Senator @SenatorHeitkamp cares more about guns than people. #GunControl
Senator @SenDeanHeller cares more about guns than people. #GunControl
Senator @SenJohnHoeven cares more about guns than people. #GunControl
Senator @jiminhofe cares more about guns than people. #GunControl
Senator @SenatorIsakson cares more about guns than people. #GunControl
Senator @Mike_Johanns cares more about guns than people. #GunControl
Senator @SenRonJohnson cares more about guns than people. #GunControl
Senator @SenMikeLee cares more about guns than people. #GunControl
Senator @McConnellPress cares more about guns than people. #GunControl
Senator @JerryMoran cares more about guns than people. #GunControl
Senator @lisamurkowski cares more about guns than people. #GunControl
Senator @SenRandPaul cares more about guns than people. #GunControl
Senator @robportman cares more about guns than people. #GunControl
Senator @SenMarkPryor cares more about guns than people. #GunControl
Senator @SenatorRisch cares more about guns than people. #GunControl
Senator @SenPatRoberts cares more about guns than people. #GunControl
Senator @marcorubio cares more about guns than people. #GunControl
Senator @SenatorTimScott cares more about guns than people. #GunControl
Senator @SenatorSessions cares more about guns than people. #GunControl
Senator @SenShelbyPress cares more about guns than people. #GunControl
Senator @SenJohnThune cares more about guns than people. #GunControl
Senator @DavidVitter cares more about guns than people. #GunControl
Senator @SenatorWicker cares more about guns than people. #GunControl

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this is water

My dear friend and fellow Obie Ian Wilson is releasing his first full-length CD, titled This is Water.  Readers of this blog may remember Ian’s EP, The Crater, a five song appetizer for this album.  Ian apparently liked my cover design for The Crater enough to invite me back for This is Water.

Ian took his title from a commencement speech David Foster Wallace gave at Bill Watterson and Paul Newman’s alma mater, Kenyon College.  (Kenyon, like Oberlin, is located in the great state of Ohio.)  I find Ian’s album title to be apt.  Not only are there mentions of water in most of the songs, but like DFW’s speech the songs illuminate without explaining, leaving the listener much to ponder long after the running time has elapsed.

Of course listening to This is Water is much better than reading my words about it, but words are all I’ve got.  Oh yeah!  And pictures.  This is the sketch that became the cover image.
Ian liked the idea of a windblown tree on the (possibly Oregon) coast.  Following his approval, I drew up a few more polished ideas.
Ian hated all of these.  Just kidding.  He liked them.  We both knew the final was going to be in color, so I drew up my final image with that in mind.
This was inked with my tool of choice lately, a Raphael sable hair brush.  After scanning it, all that remained was to choose a color scheme.  We decided a monochromatic scheme would look good both on the printed package and on a tiny thumbnail that people will see on the internet.  After a few variations of blue, we agreed on the final design:
You’ll notice I removed my hand-drawn lettering to make way for a much clearer typeface.

This is the cover, but you’ll have to wait to see the other five panels I drew for the package.  Soon!  Check back here and at Ian’s blog for information regarding the release.