Apr 17, 2013

breaking news

Last year I contributed to what is a 2013 Will Eisner Comic Industry Award nominee, under Best Comics-Related Book- Team Cul de Sac! Pretty cool to be associated with such a worthwhile project.

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Sep 24, 2011

Peace Party

Just got back from a benefit concert for the Community Mediation Center (CMC). Connie Dover. The woman can sing. The benefit happened also to be the unveiling of the 15 month Peace calendar I designed for CMC. On sale now at http://www.communitymediationkc.org/

The world needs more people like these good folks.

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Aug 24, 2011

how hard

Graphic novelist James Sturm has a thought-provoking article - illustrated with some good cartoons - about trying to get a cartoon accepted at the New Yorker (at least it was for me, 'cause I'm trying the same). Reading the comments was like a walk through familiar territory: the different tastes expressed on this cartoon or that, the consoling and encouraging remarks, the defensive identification with the artist, the verbal pats-on-the-head, and the summary judgments made. 

http://www.slate.com/id/2302171/?fb_ref=fb_like_button&fb_source=home_oneline

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Aug 10, 2011

talking turkey

Faulty perceptions. How a guy might draw a turkey to look like a hand. How childhood memories are formed. I wrote in an earlier entry that all FIVE of my older brothers practiced piano (I since corrected that). My younger brother, the sixth son, the one who actually HAS five older brothers, pointed out my math error (I'm not real good with numbers). My oldest brother pointed out he DIDN'T take piano lessons - he had five years of accordion lessons. Even more cruel sounding than piano lessons. When I was a teenager, or thereabouts, (I'll wait to find out from my brothers or sisters before I write a more specific number) I think Mom noticed my lack of cultural development and poise so present in the older children, and felt like accordion lessons would be just the ticket. I only lasted three lessons. I think they say playing a musical instrument is good for brain development. That might explain some things.

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