This coming Saturday, July 22, 2017, I will be making my second comics convention appearance of the year, at the big one, the one that Scott McCloud calls The Gathering Of The Tribe: the San Diego Comics Convention– my first appearance there since 1994! I am going to attend a screening of 24 HOUR COMIC, the documentary film directed by Milan Erceg in which I appear prominently.
David Chelsea is reading: Perspective In Action
by David Chelsea
I have been posting a lot lately about 24 HOUR COMIC, the new documentary in which I appear, as well as my recently concluded webcomic ARE YOU BEING WATCHED? However, I have another big project this summer, my latest instructional book PERSPECTIVE IN ACTION, which you can buy from Amazon.com using the link below:
24 HOUR COMIC is turning into the Little Film That Could! It’s on iTunes main page on the pre sales charts… #2 on docs and #30 overall right up there with Snatched and Rough Night! Not bad for a tiny budget doc! Thanks to everyone who pre-ordered!! If you haven’t and you like supporting indie projects you have one more day to preorder. See if we can become #1 doc by this Tuesday when we release!
Meanwhile, the theatrical screenings of the film last week at the Laurelhurst went as well as we could possibly have hoped. There was a near-full house for the screening Thursday evening, and a robust turnout for the matinee on Friday. Thanks to everyone who came out!
David Chelsea is watching: Veep: Season 4
starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus
Last night was the long-awaited theatrical premiere of 24 HOUR COMIC, the documentary film directed by Milan Erceg, in which I appear along with seven the other artists including my daughter Rebecca, drawing– what else?– 24 hour comics. The premiere at the Laurelhurst Theater in Portland went well; we had a near-full house, the audience laughed in all the right places, and there was a lively question-and-answer session afterward. My fellow participant (and ARE YOU BEING WATCHED? colorist) Jacob Mercy still refuses to watch the film, but showed up for the q and a and seemed to have a pretty good time despite his misgivings. Rebecca (thirteen at the time of filming, seventeen now) was unfortunately barred from attending due to restrictive Oregon Liquor Control Commission rules, but she will be on hand for a matinee showing today at the theater at 4 PM. If you missed the first time, even if you didn’t, I urge you to attend.
24 HOUR COMIC matinee with Q&A
Friday, 4-6 PM,
2735 E Burnside St, Portland, OR 97214
l’ll be on KBOO-FM radio today at 11:30 am PDT to talk about the film with Milan and KBOO host S.W. Conser. Listen in Portland at 90.7 FM, or worldwide on the web.
David Chelsea is reading: Absurdistan: A Novel
by Gary Shteyngart
I believe I have mentioned this before, but 24 Hour Comic, the documentary in which I appear, along with seven other cartoonists, is about to have its Portland theatrical premiere. In the film, 8 Artists confined to a comic book store partake in Scott McCloud’s 24 Hour Comic Challenge. Each attempting to write, draw, and complete a 24 page comic in 24 hours. The film is the debut feature from filmmaker Milan Erceg, and features, among others, Paul Guinan, Rachel Nabors, Sera Stanton (now known as Opal Pence), Jacob Mercy, Pete Soloway, and Tom Lechner, and also has some delightful footage of my daughter Rebecca at 13, making her first attempt at a 24. Special guest appearance by comics guru Scott McCloud!
David Chelsea is reading: Fante Bukowski Two
by Noah Van Sciver
I have mentioned my upcoming book PERSPECTIVE IN ACTION from time to time, but the day of publication has at last arrived (Coincidentally, it is my wife Eves’ birthday. Happy birthday, Eve!) I of course cannot be objective, but I think the book is beautiful– kudos to my editor at Watson-Guptill, Patrick Barb, designers Emily Blevins and Mari Gill, and the entire production team.
David Chelsea is still reading:In the Great Green Room: The Brilliant and Bold Life of Margaret Wise Brown
by Amy Gary
Tonalli’s Donuts & Cream is hosting a rally this Saturday to support the documentary film “24 Hour Comic”. Swing by, meet the artist, filmmakers, get autographs, and get free stuff for pre-ordering the film! Including FREE DONUTS & COFFEE, plus enter to win your very own PDX CARPET, used from the premier! You won’t want to miss the comic art battle between me and PIZZA GUN’s Jacob Mercy!
I’m beginning a new archive comics series today on Patreon, a collection of the prototype strips for my graphic novel DAVID CHELSEA IN LOVE. These were drawn over a period from about 1987 to 1989, and distributed in the form of photocopies which I gave away at performances of the Weird Al-like stand up act which I had been doing for several years in and around the East Village. The idea was that audiences would come back to follow the story (of course, it would have made even more sense for me to come up with new material to perform, but I was a slow writer). When I finished the series, I tried to market it to alternative weekly and comics publishers, but could find no takers. Gary Groth at Fantagraphics suggested that I expand it into a full-length graphic novel, and it was that version which Eclipse Comics eventually published in four issues in 1991-92, and as a collection in 1993. This early version did eventually make it into print when Eclipse made it part of their weekly ad in the industry publication THE COMICS BUYERS GUIDE, which actually reached far more readers than the comic itself.
David Chelsea is watching: Blade Runner
starring Harrison Ford