Call Slips Turn Thirty!

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I blogged some months ago about the series of “Call Slip Comics” I have been posting to my Patreon page. These are reviews of material I’ve checked out of the library- DVDs, books and audio books- drawn on call slips, those little white strips of paper stuck into items on the hold shelf to identify which library member it is being held for. For years, those slips have come in handy as bookmarks, but once a book was finished my habit was to throw them away- until now!

David Chelsea is reading:In the Great Green Room: The Brilliant and Bold Life of Margaret Wise Brown
by Amy Gary

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RIP, Liz Smith

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I learned the other day of the death at 94 of Liz Smith, the gossip columnist who had been a long-running fixture of the New York media scene. Back during the 90s and Aughts when I was illustrating the New York Observer’s calendar page The Eight Day Week, Liz was such a frequent subject that she had her own folder in my clippings file:

David Chelsea is watching:
Shadow Of The Vampire
starring Willem Dafoe

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Autobiographical Comics: The Artist Responds

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Last week I got something unexpected in the mail, a copy of a new book from Bloomsbury Academic, AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL COMICS, by Andrew J.Kunka. It wasn’t totally unexpected, since Kunka had approached me last year for permission to reprint two pages from one of my comics in the book, but in the meantime I had completely forgotten about it.

Naturally, I turned to my name first in the index. Though DAVID CHELSEA IN LOVE is my best-known autobiographical comic, there is no discussion of it in the text, or of any of my work apart from the two pages previously mentioned, which appear as “Appendix 3”. These are the opening two pages from EVERYBODY GETS IT WRONG!, a 24 Hour Comic I drew in 2006 (which gave its title to my first collection of 24 Hour Comics from Dark Horse). This story was an essay in comics form, making the argument that an artist who draws him or herself in an autobiographical comic is false to experience, and that to really recount the story as the artist experienced it, it must be drawn “subjective camera”, as seen through the artist’s own eyes.

David Chelsea is reading:
Updike
by Adam Begley

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Round Black Glasses Begins!

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Today I begin serializing ROUND BLACK GLASSES on Patreon, my 18th and most recent 24 Hour Comic, which I drew on 24 Hour Comic Day 2017 between 9 am Saturday October 7th, and 9 am Sunday October 8th, at the Enthusiasm Collective in Portland, OR. This was my first ever digital 24 Hour comic, drawn and colored in Photoshop and laid out and lettered in Adobe Indesign. This week’s installment posts pages one and two out of 17 (I fell somewhat behind on my plan, but I did manage to complete a “Gaiman Variation”, what is what you call it when you work for 24 hours, but produce less than 24 pages).

David Chelsea is watching: Don’t Breathe
starring Stephen Lang

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Recently on Patreon: Palindromes And A Date With Jesus

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I haven’t posted about my Patreon page since I posted my one hundredth End Strip a few weeks ago, but I’ve been steadily adding material. After I finished up the 24 Hour Comic THE CRUMB BUMS, I serialized my rhyming parody of a Jack Chick comic from 2011, Chastity Blasé, in two parts. Just this once, I turned the drawing duties over to the talented Chad Essley:

David Chelsea is reading: Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire: A 500-Year History
by Kurt Andersen

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American Bystander #5!

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Breaking news- my personal copies of the fifth issue of the recently resurrected humor magazine AMERICAN BYSTANDER (editor Brian McConnachie produced a prototype issue in 1982; regular publication began last year) just arrived. This edition continues its peerless tradition of fine quality in excellence, with humor pieces by Jack Handey, Merrill Markoe, and Ron Hauge, a cover by the late New Yorker cartoonist Jack Ziegler, as well as comics by M.K.Brown, Howard Cruse, Ron Barrett, Randall Enos, Thom Hachtman, and others. It also makes space for my own full page illustration to the humor piece All STAFF-PLEASE READ by Steve Young. The illustration depicts a pair of very particular restaurant patrons, the Pauloofs:

David Chelsea is reading: My Favorite Thing Is Monsters by Emil Ferris

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How I Spent My Summer Vacation

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We’re well into the fall, and I have posted only sporadically the entire summer, so it’s time I caught you loyal readers up on what I’ve been doing. One big thing was that I concluded my webcomic ARE YOU BEING WATCHED?, which I have been serializing on Patreon for the past two years. You can read the entire run of the strip on Tumblr here, at least for a while- there are plans in the works for a book version, and I will most likely take down the archive when that comes out.

David Chelsea is reading: Someone Please Have Sex With Me
by Gina Wynbrandt

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THE AMERICAN BYSTANDER Blog Is Online!

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To regurgitate the headline, THE AMERICAN BYSTANDER blog is online! The formerly print-only humor magazine has graciously condescended to share some of its content on the interwebs, including my Rockwell-inspired illustration from last November. Check it out here!

David Chelsea is listening to: A Pentatonix Christmas

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