The Modern Love Podcast: A Cup From The Fountain Of Youth With Mel Rodriguez

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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

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American Bystander #7 Has Arrived!

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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

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Help Out American Bystander #7!

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Hungry for comic humor? American Bystander, now up to its 7th number, will do it for you.

Here are just some of the contributors in this issue : Charles Barsotti, R.O. Blechman (who’s provided the cover for #7), Harry Bliss, George Booth, M.K. Brown, Roz Chast, Tom Chitty, Randall Enos, Drew Friedman, Rick Geary, Sam Gross, Tom Hachtman, John Jonik, Lars Kenseth, Stephen Kroninger, Peter Kuper, Sara Lautman, Stan Mack, Brian McConnachie, P.S. Mueller, Mimi Pond, Mike Sacks, Maria Scrivan, Rich Sparks, Ed Subitzky, Shannon Wheeler, P.C.Vey, and Jack Ziegler. Oh, and an illustration by one David Chelsea.

Think they don’t make magazines like this anymore? Well actually, they do. Or they will, if we meet our funding goal. Click here to find out how you can support the funniest kickstarter on the web, and make lucky issue #7 a reality.

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Palindromes In Print! American Bystander #6

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The latest issue of AMERICAN BYSTANDER, America’s freshest humor magazine, is out, by which I mean I’ve finally gotten my contributor’s copies in the mail. Issue #6 has a cover by the legendary Arnold Roth, as well as some choice humor, illustrations, and comics from a stellar stable of regulars: MK Brown, Rick Geary, Ron Barrett, Randall Enos, Mimi Pond, John Cuneo, Peter Kuper, etc.

David Chelsea is reading: Night of Camp David
by Fletcher Knebel, Co-Author of Seven Days in May

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Modern Love Podcast: Sasheer Zamata Reads ‘Was I on a Date or Babysitting?’

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The Modern Love Podcast is again reusing one of my old illustrations from the New York Times column. On this week’s podcast, the actress and comedian Sasheer Zamata reads “Was I on a Date or Babysitting?”, a column from 2008. In it Julie Klausner shares her story of playing second banana to a musician’s young son and his guitar and everything else in his life.

David Chelsea is reading: Who Is Rich?: A Novel
by Matthew Klam

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RIP, Liz Smith

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I learned the other day of the death at 94 of Liz Smith, the gossip columnist who had been a long-running fixture of the New York media scene. Back during the 90s and Aughts when I was illustrating the New York Observer’s calendar page The Eight Day Week, Liz was such a frequent subject that she had her own folder in my clippings file:

David Chelsea is watching:
Shadow Of The Vampire
starring Willem Dafoe

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American Bystander #5!

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Breaking news- my personal copies of the fifth issue of the recently resurrected humor magazine AMERICAN BYSTANDER (editor Brian McConnachie produced a prototype issue in 1982; regular publication began last year) just arrived. This edition continues its peerless tradition of fine quality in excellence, with humor pieces by Jack Handey, Merrill Markoe, and Ron Hauge, a cover by the late New Yorker cartoonist Jack Ziegler, as well as comics by M.K.Brown, Howard Cruse, Ron Barrett, Randall Enos, Thom Hachtman, and others. It also makes space for my own full page illustration to the humor piece All STAFF-PLEASE READ by Steve Young. The illustration depicts a pair of very particular restaurant patrons, the Pauloofs:

David Chelsea is reading: My Favorite Thing Is Monsters by Emil Ferris

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THE AMERICAN BYSTANDER Blog Is Online!

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To regurgitate the headline, THE AMERICAN BYSTANDER blog is online! The formerly print-only humor magazine has graciously condescended to share some of its content on the interwebs, including my Rockwell-inspired illustration from last November. Check it out here!

David Chelsea is listening to: A Pentatonix Christmas

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Modern Love Podcast: Kyra Sedgwick Reads ‘Our Joy Knows No Bounds, or Lanes’

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The Modern Love Podcast has recycled another of my illustrations from the New York Times column. On this week’s podcast, the actress Kyra Sedgwick reads Ellen Graf’s essay “Our Joy Knows No Bounds, or Lanes,” about a love that transcends language and bad driving.

Ms. Graf is a writer and sculptor who lives in upstate New York. Stay tuned after the reading for a catchup with her and reflections from the Modern Love editor Daniel Jones.

Ms. Sedgwick stars in the new ABC series “Ten Days in the Valley” and the film “After Darkness.” If you can’t quite place her, she’s the actress married to Kevin Bacon.

David Chelsea is watching: The City Of Lost Children
starring Ron Perlman

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