Modern Love Podcast: Groomzilla!

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Yesterday, another of my old Modern Love column illustrations for the New York Times appeared with a podcast reading of the essay it originally illustrated. On this week’s podcast, the actor John Cho reads “Men Don’t Care About Weddings? Groomzilla Is Hurt,” about a groom who, in the process of planning his wedding, becomes a person he doesn’t recognize.

David Chelsea is watching: The Nice Guys
starring Ryan Gosling

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Secret Stash Plus!

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The first Secret Stash posting of the New Year on Patreon is ten more illustrations from my 1970s tenure at Portland’s underground paper, the Scribe. The subjects include such fads of the time as Renaissance Faires and Folk Masses:

David Chelsea is reading: The Caped Crusade: Batman and the Rise of Nerd Culture
by Glen Weldon

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RIP, Carrie Fisher

Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia (with Paul Simon), illustration for the New York Observer, 2006
Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia (with Paul Simon), illustration for the New York Observer, 2006

Carrie Fisher came along a bit too late to be the focus of my adolescent fantasies. By the time the first STAR WARS was released in 1977, I had already seen Sissy Spacek nude onscreen in PRIME CUT and CARRIE, as well as Cybill Sheperd in THE LAST PICTURE SHOW, FAYE DUNAWAY in CHINATOWN and NETWORK, Carol Kane in THE LAST DETAIL, Shelley Duvall in THIEVES LIKE US, and Valerie Perrine in LENNY, not to mention any number of real-life and up close actresses in the Storefront Theater, both onstage and in the dressing room, so her chaste appearance as Princess Leia didn’t do much for me. Her harem girl outfit in RETURN OF THE JEDI might have made more of an impression, but that didn’t come out until 1983, by which time I was 24, and well past fantasizing about actresses.

David Chelsea is watching: 6 SOULS
starring Julianne Moore

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Kind Of Just In Time For Christmas: American Bystander #3!

Cover of AMERICAN BYSTANDER #3
Cover of AMERICAN BYSTANDER #3

Happy Holidays! My Christmas Eve was cheered by the long-awaited arrival of the third issue of AMERICAN BYSTANDER (long-awaited by me, that is- I understand Kickstarter contributors got their copies in early November).

David Chelsea is listening to: A Pentatonix Christmas

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Just In Time For Christmas- Frog Chase With Music!

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Just in time for Christmas, my daughter Rebecca’s very first animation Frog Chase , re-released with a new original musical score by her brother Ben! Originally created in 2012- hard to imagine how far she’s come since then!

David Chelsea Is Watching:Camp
starring Anna Kendrick

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SLEEPLESS Stories: I LIKE TO RIFF

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This is the last of my irregular series of posts about stories in my 24 hour comic collection SLEEPLESS, published this spring by Dark Horse. I LIKE TO RIFF is something of a victory lap, both for myself and for any reader who has made through all eleven of my previous 24 hour comics. I constructed the story by putting the names of the eleven previous comics in a sack, and drawing one out at random every two hours. See if you can spot all of them (the first six are in my previous volume, EVERYBODY GETS IT WRONG!).

David Chelsea is watching: Krampus
directed by Michael Dougherty

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SLEEPLESS Stories: THE GIRL WITH THE KEYHOLE EYES

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Here is another in my irregular series of posts about stories in my 24 hour comic collection SLEEPLESS, published this spring by Dark Horse. THE GIRL WITH THE KEYHOLE EYES was drawn in 2009 and published as a limited-edition mini comic to raise money for the medical expenses of underground cartoonist S. Clay Wilson. The jacket flap copy (which riffs on the then-popular Facebook feature 25 Random Things About Me), should tell you all you need to know about the story:

David Chelsea is reading: Fighting American
by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby

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SLEEPLESS Stories: NOW OPEN THE BOX

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Here is another in my irregular series of posts about stories in my 24 hour comic collection SLEEPLESS, published this spring by Dark Horse. I drew “Now Open The Box”, my tenth 24 Hour Comic, at the Cosmic Monkey Drawpocalypse event on April 5-6 2008. I loosely based it on that week’s Modern Love column, which I was then illustrating for the Style Section of the New York Times. That piece, by Lori Jakiela, was about a couple who buy a sex chair online, but find themselves too embarrassed to test it out after their seven year old son appropriates it as a battleground for his plastic army men.

David Chelsea is reading: Fighting American
by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby

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The Modern Love Podcast: Haydn Gwynne Reads ‘Two Decembers: Loss and Redemption’

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The Modern Love Podcast resurrects another one of my brilliant illustrations for the long-running New York Times column, and also gives you something to listen to. In this week’s podcast, the actress Haydn Gwynne reads “Two Decembers: Loss and Redemption,” about a suicide that sets the course of a young woman’s life.

David Chelsea is listening to: Songs for Christmas
by Sufjan Stevens

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End Strips And Call Slips

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Here’s something I’ve been meaning to post about for some time, and I have finally found a break in my hectic schedule (which has lately consisted mostly of napping and coughing up phlegm- I’m coming off a bad cold).

David Chelsea is reading:Laughter in the Dark
by Vladimir Nabokov

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