End Strips: The Definitive Catalogue

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This week I posted my 100th End Strip on Patreon (actually, 102nd- I mistakenly gave a couple of strips the same numbers). End Strips are short comics drawn in a vertical format on random strips of paper, usually ones trimmed from larger sheets by my daughter Rebecca for some school project or another. These have tended to fall into a few main groups: drawings of celebrities from my various clippings folders:

David Chelsea is watching: Alien
starring Sigourney Weaver.

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24 HOUR COMIC: Getting The Gang Back Together At Rose City

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Hey everyone!
For all of you who may be attending the Rose City Comic Con, “24 Hour Comic” is going to have a panel on Saturday featuring many of the great artists in the film, including myself as well as Rebecca Celsi, Paul Guinan, Pete Soloway, Tom Lechner, Opal Zyncren Pence, director Milan Erceg, and moderated by comics writer Anina Bennett! Get all the inside dish on the acclaimed documentary which has screened at major film festivals, as well as the San Diego Comic Con!

Hope to see you there! You can have view the trailer at the official website here.

David Chelsea is watching: Death At A Funeral
starring Chris Rock.

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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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PERSPECTIVE IN ACTION: The Critics Rave!

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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:


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This Week on Patreon: A Curtain Call For ARE YOU BEING WATCHED?, And THE CRUMB BUMS Begin!

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This week it’s a bumper crop of posts on my Patreon page. Last week I ended the two-year run of ARE YOU BEING WATCHED?, my webcomic about 24 Hour Comics. I follow it with a personal shout out to my loyal subscribers in comics form:

David Chelsea is watching: 24 HOUR COMIC: The Documentary
directed by Milan Erceg

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One More Day To Preorder 24 HOUR COMIC!

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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

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24 Hour Comic: The Movie Premiere!

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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

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PERSPECTIVE IN ACTION Arrives!

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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

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DAVID CHELSEA IN LOVE: THE WEEKLY STRIPS on Patreon

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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

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24 Hour Comic: The Events

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It’s going to be a full summer of activity for me, trying to build the 24 Hour Comic documentary into a hit. Here are some of the events I’m going to to be involved with:

– Tonalli’s Doughnuts in Portland on Saturday June 24th 6-9pm

– Premiere at Laurelhurst Theater in Portland Q&A Thursday July 6th at 7pm

– Matinee at Laurelhurst Theater in Portland Q&A Friday July 7th at 4pm

– Release day screening with Q&A at the Kiggins Theater in Vancouver, WA
Tuesday July 11th 7:30pm

– Wild Things Games in Salem, multiple events
Saturday July 15th (approx 10:30am-8:30pm)

– Film screening at San Diego Comic-Con (July 20th-23rd)

Details are somewhat sketchy as of now; I will add more as they come in.

David Chelsea is reading: Not Waving But Drawing
by John Cuneo

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