Usually I blow my own horn in these blog posts, and rightly so, but today I celebrate the recent accomplishments of my two brilliant and beautiful children, Ben and Rebecca. First up, the socks that Rebecca designed for the 2015 Design a Sock of Contest for the company Sock it to Me- which were third place finishers- are finally here in their true physical form! Show them off to your friends and family- you are sure to have the coolest slidy penguin socks around.
David Chelsea is watching: Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! – Season 1
by Warner Home Video
Mark your calendars- this Saturday at 11 I’ll be signing copies of my recent SNOW ANGEL collection published by Dark Horse, as well as demonstrating art and coloring techniques (including airbrush) ably assisted by my daughter Rebecca, at Books with Pictures, a new comics shop at 1100 SE Division St, in Portland, OR. The store, which opened in June, carries a wide range of books, including super hero comics, indie comics, kids’ picture books, all-ages comics, LGBT comics, and small-run handmade comics.
David Chelsea is reading: Whistlestop: My Favorite Stories from Presidential Campaign History
by John Dickerson
I have been so busy over recent weeks that I have not kept up with blog posts, though I have been posting material to my Patreon page on a fairly regular basis: drawings of Tom Terrific from when I was five, end strip comics drawn at the beach, and the like. I have also managed to keep up a page a week on ARE YOU BEING WATCHED?, my Reality TV webcomic. Right now we’re in the middle of a return to Expulsion Island, Mugg’s second chance to appear on the Survivor-like program from which he was ceremoniously voted off earlier in the story. One of his fellow contestants is a slumming celebrity you might recognize:
David Chelsea is watching: Series 7: The Contenders (Marathon Edition)
starring Brooke Smith
A 24-hour comic is a 24-page comic book written, drawn, and completed in 24 hours. As I have mentioned before, I believe myself to be the World Record Holder in number of 24 Hour Comics completed, sixteen in all. My last 24 Hour Comics session was in May 2013 at Things From Another World in Portland (I’ve been busy, but I hope to draw at least one more later this year), which was recorded for posterity by documentary filmmaker Milan Erceg (who in a prior life served as assistant on my book PERSPECTIVE!), in his long-awaited documentary 24 HOUR COMIC. Three years in the editing, Milan now has a fine film ready to send out to the festival circuit, and you can have a preliminary look by viewing the trailer at the official website here.
David Chelsea is reading:
Harvey Kurtzman: The Man Who Created Mad and Revolutionized Humor in America
The Modern Love Podcast has revived yet another of my old New York Times illustrations and put it on the web. In this episode, the actor Tituss Burgess (“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” “30 Rock”) reads the essay “A Prince Charming for the Prom (Not Ever After, Though),” about a gay student who forgoes the prom of his dreams to help his female friends realize theirs.
David Chelsea Is Reading: THE GOLDFINCH By Donna Tartt
I have been preoccupied with edits on my latest book, PERSPECTIVE IN ACTION, for the past few weeks, and so I have not been putting up regular blog posts about my Patreon page. However, I have been faithfully posting material every week – fan art from my illustration days, cards from the BLOCKBUSTERS OF RHYTHM & BLUES set, and so forth, as well as new pages of my web comic ARE YOU BEING WATCHED?
David Chelsea Is Reading:
Peter Arno: The Mad, Mad World of The New Yorker’s Greatest Cartoonist
by Regan Arts.
Right on the heels of last week’s podcast with Catherine Keener comes another audio version of a Modern Love column I illustrated for the New York Times back in the day. In this case, it’s the very first one from October 2004. Veep and Arrested Development star Tony Hale reads Steve Friedman’s essay about a guy who can’t quite grasp that his girl is trying to let him down easy.
David Chelsea is watching:Rock That Uke
starring Janet Klein
Here’s another podcast version of a MODERN LOVE column I illustrated for the New York Times back in the day, with the illustration nicely displayed. The essay “Live Without Me, I’ll Understand” by Katherine Friedman Holland is read by the actress Catherine Keener, familiar from The Forty Year Old Virgin, Capote, Being John Malkovich, and every Nicole Holofcener movie ever.
David Chelsea is reading: Forgotten Fantasy – Sunday Comics, 1900-1915: Visions from Lyonel Feininger, Winsor McCay and Many More (Giants of the American Comic Strip)
I had a very odd experience on Facebook a few months ago. I noticed an item posted by my friend Howard Cruse, about a new humor magazine called The American Bystander, which was mounting a crowdsource campaign to get into print. What struck me as odd was that I had been peripherally involved with a magazine by the very same name launched by National Lampoon editor Brian McConnachie in 1982 that never made it past prototype.
David Chelsea is listening to: M Train
by Patti Smith
It is the Second Thursday of the month, when I always post comics from my archive on my Patreon page. I had hoped to be able to post some pages from WELCOME TO THE ZONE with revamped art, but I am lagging a bit on the schedule, so that will have to wait until next month. Instead, I am posting more PalmPilot strips from 2004-2005, my first foray into digital comics (and, since these were posted at the time on the Comics Lifestyle website, I guess they qualify as my first webcomic series). These strips are a bit of a time capsule, including a lot of topical material about the 2004 election:
David Chelsea is watching: Room
starring Brie Larson