The other day, this announcement turned up on my Facebook wall:
“i have taken it upon myself to release the album Matthew has been dwelling on for the past 3 years
in a long-drawn-out debate regarding how and when to release it, time escaped us, and the initial pride of his (and his mates’) hard work swiftly dissipated into a query of whether or not this album continued to represent him. i will admit that his voice, his guitar skills, and even his writing style have evolved immensely since this recording – but i think it’s still something the world deserves to hear
you’re my favourite artist. don’t kill me”
David Chelsea is reading: View Master
by Gretchen Jane Gruber
Continue reading Dead Astronaut Drops!
One of my Modern Love column illustrations from 2007 ran with the podcast last week. From the website: “Finding the right partner can feel impossible. But not as impossible as finding the perfect parking space in New York City. Andy Raskin describes the search for both in his essay, “The Hunter-Gatherer, Parking Division.”
David Chelsea is reading: Flash: The Making of Weegee the Famous
by Christopher Bonanos
Continue reading Modern Love Podcast: The Hunter-Gatherer, Parking Division With Jason Alexander
My first foray into Adobe After Effects, this animated logo is taken from the Cellar Dwellers chapter of ARE YOU BEING WATCHED?, a graphic novel about Reality TV which ran from 2015 to 2017 on my Patreon page, and which is forthcoming in book form from Dark Horse Comics. My eventual plan is to make animated logos for all the Reality shows in the story as a video promotion for the book. I got a major assist on this one from Milan Erceg, After Effects wizard and director of 24 Hour Comic, the recent documentary I appeared in. I did the illustration and lettering, but Milan added the creepy blur-in effect and lots of digital noise to simulate the look of a vintage TV show. My hope is to eventually acquire enough chops to be able to do this kind of thing on my own with no help. Wish me luck!
Less than a week after I went through my box of caricature originals for Tom Wolfe, I hauled the box out again to unearth images of Philip Roth, who died yesterday. These caricatures were all printed in The New York Observer. Roth with Steve Martin:
David Chelsea is reading:
Nemesis by Philip Roth
Continue reading RIP, Philip Roth
Here are some caricatures of the late author Tom Wolfe drawn for the New York Observer:
David Chelsea is listening to: The Female Persuasion: A Novel
by Meg Wolitzer
Continue reading RIP, Tom Wolfe
This coming weekend I’ll be making a rare public appearance- signing copies of all my books and giving away copies of some of them this Saturday, May 6th, from 1 to 3 pm, as part of Free Comic Book Day at Cosmic Monkey in Portland, an annual event which takes place at comic shops across the country. With me will be Jacob Mercy, co-star of the documentary 24 HOUR COMIC, and co-creator with Pete Soloway of Barkles, America’s Favorite Dog.
David Chelsea is reading: Wonderland: How Play Made the Modern World
by Steven Johnson
Continue reading David Chelsea At Free Comic Book Day!
I’ve been continuing to post two pages a week from my revamped version of WELCOME TO THE ZONE on Patreon. I’m now up to part 15, including this particularly grisly death scene:
David Chelsea is reading: Winter: Five Windows on the Season (CBC Massey Lecture)
by Adam Gopnik
Continue reading Secret Stash: The Real Zoners
The Modern Love Podcast has recycled another of my illustrations from the New York Times column. In this week’s podcast, actor Mel Rodriguez reads “A Cup From The Fountain Of Youth,” a 2007 essay by animator and video editor Andy Christie.
David Chelsea is reading: Playing Dead: A Journey Through the World of Death Fraud
by Elizabeth Greenwood
Continue reading The Modern Love Podcast: A Cup From The Fountain Of Youth With Mel Rodriguez
Well, actually I got the PDF for it over a month ago, but I don’t REALLY think an issue of AMERICAN BYSTANDER has arrived until my package of physical copies shows up on the front porch. This issue continues the high standards the fledgling humor magazine has set for itself, with contributions by mainstays M.K.Brown, Howard Cruse, Mimi Pond, Ron Barrett, Rick Geary, and Shannon Wheeler, as well as blushing newcomers Ted Jouplas, Sally Gardner, and R.O.Blechman, and a portfolio feature on pastiche maestro Chris Shapan.
My contribution is an illustration for a piece on mindful meditation practice in a Mad Max-style futuristic dystopian hellscape by Lars Kenseth (a gifted cartoonist himself, but possibly too busy to illustrate his own piece this time).
David Chelsea is reading: At the Strangers’ Gate: Arrivals in New York
by Adam Gopnik
Continue reading American Bystander #7 Has Arrived!
If you missed it last night, catch it on archive! The Artcasters #126, A live show featuring art talk from artists Scott Serkland, Joshua Kemble and a rotating third guest chair. This week’s special guest is me, Eisner nominated David Chelsea, showing image files of current comics work for a scintillating hour and a half while chatting with Joshua and Scott about comics, perspective, and why the scalloped edges of a sharpened pencil are hyperbolas. Highlight: me begging for storyboard work!
David Chelsea is reading: Overweight Sensation: The Life and Comedy of Allan Sherman (Brandeis Series in American Jewish History, Culture, and Life)
by Mark Cohen
Continue reading The Artcasters #126!