Archive for August, 2009

Celebrating Bad Poetry Day

Posted in Blogging, Miscellaneous, Somewhere Else, Writing on August 20, 2009 by gladlad

For the tiny minority of you who didn’t know that August 18th was national Bad Poetry Day… it was.  We held a reading at Somewhere Else, the hang-out spot we staff at in Cambridge.  Don’t you wish you could staff at a “hang-out spot”?  I did, when I was seven and watched a lot of “Silver Spoons“.  Dreams DO come true!

Anyway, here’s a picture of us getting ready for it,

BadPoetryDay

Click “read more” to experience the three poems I crafted just for the occasion.  Drumroll, please:

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Viking. Tattoo. Mutant puppy.

Posted in Blogging, Drawings, Music on August 14, 2009 by gladlad

I have a tip (recently discovered) for any parents out there who enjoy singing lullabies to their kids: learn “There’s a Hole in the Bucket (Dear Liza, Dear Liza).”  It’s a very calming song with a nice rhythm, and if you can make slightly different voices for Henry and Liza, it’s entertaining, too.

And with that randomness out of the way, here are a couple of recentish drawings, just to spice up the site while I’m working on other things:

vikingBike VikeThis is an illustration for a church biking/camping trip to Alexandria, the “Birthplace of America”; I’ve done a t-shirt design for them the last four years.

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skull tattoo

Every few weeks I get re-convinced I need a tattoo.  I’m holding out for the perfect design idea, though, and it hasn’t appeared yet.  This one comes dang close, though.  Any suggestions?

SmokePuppy

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And here’s… …       …      …anyway, here it is.  I was in a Jim Woodring mood.  Take him with you in your heart today; he needs love.

Forty-eight Pages of AWESOME!!!

Posted in Comics, Drawings on August 10, 2009 by gladlad

Well, the Big Funny gallery opening party-o-rama has come and gone.  And it was…

-~*!!! SO AWESOME !!!*~-

I had only seen two or three of the other comics online in the weeks before the show, so 90% of the content was totally new to me.  (I had to skip Thursday’s Conspiracy jam where they were handing out copies to contributing artists early.)  It was a really special thing to be able to see people’s original artwork to begin with, then the (sometimes full-color) print version in the actual newspaper.  I was really blown away by the overall quality of the work; if you haven’t seen it, it’s really worth ordering a copy, even for the 10-dollar online price (which includes shipping), or you can buy it for 5 at the actual gallery.  I want to shout out some props (‘cuz they got hella chops) to Jamie Schumacher and the rest of the Altered Esthetics crew for putting on a heck of a show.  The gallery made awesome use of space, and made dying of muggy suffocation almost fun.  Man, big crowds can breathe!  It was fun to be in the same room with all these cool people who had contributed to the project, to see all our work together for the first time, together.  (I’m totally available for advanced English sentence construction, by the way.  Call me.)   Also, I really hope Steve Stwalley gets some attention for the great writing in the “articles” and “editorials” on the front page, which were actually one of my favorite parts of the paper; he’s a great writer.

I’m just so fortunate to have been connected with this group of people: artists, writers, jokesters, storytellers, draimwaivahs (Garth Marenghi accent) that are all really helping me a ton to get motivated and actually DO SOMETHING!

Speaking of doing something, I really want to accomplish two things this fall.  1) I want to finish the “pitch” comic project I’m doing with Ted Anderson, who is a great comic writer you should pay attention to, because as soon as we make the scene you’ll be using money with our faces printed on it in your everyday transactions.  Because we’ll be RULING THE WORLD.  Or maybe you won’t be using money at all, which is one thing I might implement if I actually could rule the world.  So now you’ll know who to thank when that happens.  And 2) I want to make at least one mini-comic to share with folks who come to FALLCON!  I’ll probably help host the Cartoonist Conspiracy table there, and probably all my good jam buds will be there.  They all do cool self-printed stuff, and gosh-darnit, I want to join the crowd!  Who knows, maybe we won’t be broke by October and I’ll actually have the means to do so.

Lastly, here’re some snapshots from the opening, for your vidial enjoyment!  (You know, the English language is starving for expression.  Only YOU can help.  Make up a word today.  Thank you.)

big funny wall 1big funny wall 2

a bunch of pages on the wallbig funny gallery opening

the crowdbig funny jesse gillespie little emothe sweaty, excited dork