Well, it’s come to be that time of year again– February, when I make an appearance at Wizard World Comics Convention. My appearance will be briefer than usual this year, because of a schedule conflict– the premiere in Washington, DC of 24 HOUR COMIC, the documentary in which I appear along with seven other accomplished cartoonists: Paul Guinan, Sera Stanton, Tom Lechner, Jacob Mercy, Pete Soloway, Rachel Nabors, and my daughter Rebecca, at the DC Independent Film Festival.
Therefore, I will be in Artists Alley at Wizard World only on the first day, Friday, February 17, from 5 PM to 10 PM, signing copies of my books and meeting the public. I’ll have two books that weren’t available last year: SLEEPLESS, my second collection of 24th Hour Comics, and SNOW ANGEL, my all-ages superhero collection.
David Chelsea is watching: Black Mirror – Season 1
Another of my old illustrations just went up on the Modern Love Podcast website. On this week’s podcast, the actor David Oyelowo reads “Seeing the World Through My Wife’s Eyes,” about a man whose other senses become heightened after he loses sight, and whose spouse helps fill in the details he can’t discern.
The 2006 Modern Love essay was written by Ryan Knighton, an author whose work often describes his experience of blindness. You can follow him on Twitter.
Mr. Oyelowo recently starred in the film “A United Kingdom” and is known for his portrayal of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in “Selma.”
David Chelsea is watching: The Scarecrow (Broadway Theater Archive)
Starring Gene Wilder
I promised to keep you blog readers updated on any future screenings of Milan Erceg’s documentary 24 HOUR COMIC, and I am as good as my word. I am pleased to announce that the film will have its world premiere at the DC Independent Film Festival on Monday February 20, Presidents Day. Milan and I will be present at the screening. You can have a preliminary look by viewing the trailer at the official website here.
David Chelsea is watching:Death At A Funeral
starring Chris Rock.
Late last year I did a blog post about the series of End Strips I’ve been posting lately on my Patreon page- vertically formatted, phone-friendly short comics drawn on strips of paper trimmed from larger sheets, usually for one of Rebecca’s school projects. I also included a nod to a related series of very short comics about material I’ve taken out of the library. These are drawn on another type of random scrap paper- call slips, those little white strips of paper stuck into material 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
After a hiatus in which I was running pages of my latest 24 hour comic, WIPER WOMAN, I am back to posting pages of my continuing web comic ARE YOU BEING WATCHED? on Patreon. The setting for this week’s sequence is a Reality Show in which our hero Mugg and his fellow contestants have to draw 24 hour comics, hosted by the all-time champion 24 hour comics artist David Chelsea:
David Chelsea is watching: We Told You So: Comics As Art
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
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
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
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
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