David Chelsea’s Savage Modern Love Podcast

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The Modern Love Podcast has recycled another of my illustrations from the New York Times column. In this week’s podcast, the author and advice columnist Dan Savage reads “DJ’s Homeless Mommy,” his 2005 essay about the baggage that can come with an open adoption (that the author reads his own piece is unusual; previous podcasts have almost all been read by movie or television stars).

David Chelsea is reading: Playing Dead: A Journey Through the World of Death Fraud
by Elizabeth Greenwood

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ARE YOU BEING WATCHED? On Patreon: Name Two More Characters!

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As I mentioned in my last post, ARE YOU BEING WATCHED?, is taking a hiatus while I work up new pages. The next sequence will take place entirely at the taping of a Reality TV show on which contestants draw 24 Hour Comics. Mugg is of course among the contestants.

David Chelsea is reading:How to Cook a Moose
by Kate Christensen

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Wiper Woman: The Reveal

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I didn’t post about it last week, but I have added two new installments of my recent 24 Hour Comic WIPER WOMAN to my Patreon page. Last week, we saw Wiper Woman in her secret identity as wealthy socialite Misty Arbogast-Glassner, and were introduced to two new characters: Police Chief O’Malley, and Misty’s husband Cyril:

David Chelsea is watching: The Voices
Starring Ryan Reynolds

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ARE YOU BEING WATCHED?: Name That Character!

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What’s My Name?

As I mentioned in my last blog post, ARE YOU BEING WATCHED?, my serialized webcomic on Patreon, is taking a hiatus while I work up new pages. The next sequence will take place entirely at the taping of a Reality TV show on which contestants draw 24 Hour Comics. The host is World 24 Hour Comic record-holder David Chelsea (I just drew my 17th 24 Hour Comic, WIPER WOMAN, at Books With Pictures on October 1-2). Mugg, the protagonist of ARE YOU BEING WATCHED? is of course among the contestants, and his perennial crush Mandy is also on hand as a production assistant.

David Chelsea is listening to: Carrie & Lowell
by Sufjan Stevens

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24 Hour Comics At Books With Pictures: Wiper Woman and 24 Teachers

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I did promise some time ago to do a report on my recent 24 Hour Comics Day experience at Books With Pictures, my first in three years. Here it finally is! What can I say? I could not have felt more at home in this wonderfully creative space, and I was most impressed with the work being done around me by a gifted crew of mostly beginner cartoonists, including my daughter Rebecca (who is not QUITE a beginner– she drew her first 24 hour comic at Things From Another World three years ago).

David Chelsea is watching: Disturbia
Starring Shia LaBeouf

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Chelsea Illustration In THE SCHIZ

Copy of THE SCHIZ by Bob Levin
Copy of THE SCHIZ by Bob Levin

News flash: I have one illustration in a new novel, THE SCHIZ by Bob Levin, described as “Hot off the presses, the much-reviled, much-rejected, black-comedy masterpiece, featuring illustrations by 19 cartoonists spanning five generations”. Bob Levin, by the way, is the author of many books, including the definitive history of the Air Pirates vs. Disney case. It was his idea to enhance his new novel with illustration by 19 different cartoonists, myself among them, as well as Dan O’Neill, RL Crabb, Shary Flenniken, Gary Hallgren, Ted Richards and Mark Bode.

10% of the proceeds go to a fund for the care of ailing ZAP cartoonist S. Clay Wilson.

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Back cover

The multi-artist approach results in a very diverse look to the book. Most of the artists chose to work in a cartoony vein, but I went with a photorealist collage approach on coquille board. The basic situation here is a middle-aged character remembering his boyhood on Coney Island:

My illustration on page 158
My illustration on page 158

You can buy THE SCHIZ from Bob Levin’s website here, or use the Amazon Associates link below, and I’ll get a small kickback:

New On Patreon: Mugg’s A Winner, And The Secret Stash: Scribe Illustrations!

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I haven’t been keeping up blog posts about it, but I have been posting regularly to my Patreon page each week. The story has progressed further on ARE YOU BEING WATCHED? Mugg’s latest Reality TV adventure takes place on the program Peewee Princesses, on which Mugg wins a million billion dollars in a toddler beauty pageant:

David Chelsea is reading:How to Cook a Moose
by Kate Christensen

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RIP, Jack Chick

Christian cartoonist Jack Chick died this week at 92. To pay tribute, here’s a return look at a post from 2011:

A selection of Jack Chick tracts
A selection of Jack Chick tracts

It will be a busy Stumptown for me this year. I will be on two panels (one a perspective drawing demo, the other about the relaunch of Dark Horse Presents) and I’ll be selling books and decorated envelopes at my table the rest of the time. This year, in addition to my new Watson-Guptill book Extreme Perspective! For Artists: Learn the Secrets of Curvilinear, Cylindrical, Fisheye, Isometric, and Other Amazing Systems that Will Make Your Drawings Pop Off the Page, I have a new minicomic to sell, a parody Jack Chick tract written by me and drawn by my friend, Portland cartoonist and animator Chad Essley.

David Chelsea is reading: The Trouble with Dilbert: How Corporate Culture Gets the Last Laugh
by Norman Solomon

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UNDERGROUND USA: The Pictures

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Don’t you wish that you had been at the recent UNDERGROUND USA symposium, which was a celebration of the legacy of Portland’s underground newspapers, the Willamette Bridge and the Portland Scribe? Here’s what you missed: Comics historian Patrick Rosenkranz blew our minds by proving that Basil Wolverton made it into print as a cartoonist by 1929- the crack of dawn of comic books. Also by identifying the exact points in the lives of Basil Wolverton and Carl Barks when their careers paths crossed those of the underground cartoonists who followed them. Former Scribe staffers Maurice Isserman and Norman Solomon discussed the urgency and political outrage behind the deceptively casual “fly by the seat of your pants” appearance of the underground press. Event organizer Anne Richardson talked about the several “undergrounds” which influenced the thinking and film writing of Sheldon Renan. I, David Chelsea, gave a tour of the artists/cartoonists who appeared in Portland’s underground press. Event moderator Richard Gehr and surprise guest Matt Groening drew a verbal map of a Portland stuffed with record stores, bookstores, live music, and Ken Kesey sightings, and both identified themselves as former Willamette Bridge newsboys. Animation legend Bill Plympton joined the panel discussion and Portland’s Poet Laureate Walt Curtis spoke in appreciation of Norman Solomon. A very complete experience! These photos may give some idea:

David Chelsea is watching: The Witch
Starring Anya Taylor-Joy

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