Belated RIP, Joe Erceg

Joe's House. Acrylic on world globe by David Chelsea, 2008. Not for sale. Photo by Tom Lechner. tomlechner.com/
Joe’s House. Acrylic on world globe by David Chelsea, 2008. Not for sale. Photo by Tom Lechner. tomlechner.com/

2018 is winding down, and I have some unfinished business. The graphic designer Joe Erceg, a longtime friend, died this past June. From the Oregonian obituary:

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RIP, George HW Bush

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I had relatively few occasions to draw the first President Bush, who died last Friday, during his single term. Probably the best was the first, a party invitation for Inaugural Day at Eve’s and my loft in New York. This was only ironically a celebratory occasion; we were good Democrats who had supported Bush’s opponent Michael Dukakis. I actually painted a caricature of Bush on our floor for guests to dance on, though it was not as detailed as the one on the flyer:

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LIFE OF THE PARTY: The Last-Ditch Appeal

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Saturday, October 6th 2018 was 24 Hour Comic Day, and just like last year, I drew my comic (my 19th!) at Enthusiasm Collective from 9 am Saturday to 9 am Sunday. Given the (in my opinion) absolute necessity of electing a Democratic Congress this November, I made my comic a benefit for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. Much like my S. Clay Wilson benefit in 2009, I took pledges for a specified dollar amount for each page completed (as usual, I hit it on the nose with 24). I collected seven pledges before the event, for a grand total of $289. Presumably, the DCCC will spend the money on a lot of ads with creepy music and a gravelly voiceover saying stuff like “Walter Wunkett SAYS he cares about people with pre-existing conditions, but he voted against the Affordable Care Act EIGHTY ONE TIMES!” The seven people who pledged each received a print copy of the completed comic.

David Chelsea is reading: The Confidence Game: Why We Fall for It . . . Every Time
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Modern Love Podcast: “An Ancient Coda to My 21st Century Divorce.”

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Just in time for Halloween, here is my most recent illustration for the Modern Love Podcast. From the website:

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24 Hour Comic #19: Life Of The Party

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Last Saturday, October 6th was 24 Hour Comic Day, and just like last year, I drew my comic (my 19th!) at Enthusiasm Collective from 9 am Saturday to 9 am Sunday. Given the (in my opinion) absolute necessity of electing a Democratic Congress this November, I made it a benefit for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. Much like my S. Clay Wilson benefit in 2009, I took pledges for a specified dollar amount for each page completed (as usual, I hit it on the nose with 24). I collected seven pledges before the event, for a grand total of $289. Presumably, the DCCC will spend the money on a lot of ads with creepy music and a gravelly voiceover saying stuff like “Walter Wunkett SAYS he cares about your health, but he voted against the Affordable Care Act EIGHTY ONE TIMES!” People who pledged will each receive a print copy of the completed comic.

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24 Hour Comic For A Democratic Congress!

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Next Saturday is 24 Hour Comic Day, and just like last year, I’ll be drawing my comic (my 19th!) at Enthusiasm Collective from 9 am Saturday to 9 am Sunday. Given the absolute necessity of electing a Democratic Congress this November, I’m thinking of making this one a benefit for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. Much like my S. Clay Wilson benefit in 2009, I will be taking pledges for a specified dollar amount for each page I complete (typically, it’s 24). People who pledge can send checks to me that I will turn over to the DCCC (or you can donate on your own- I trust my loyal readers), and each will receive a print copy of the completed comic. If anyone reading this wants to pledge, please get in touch with me via my contact link, let my know your name and address, and specify a dollar amount.

And if you’re in Portland, feel free to drop by and visit Saturday or early Sunday!

24 Hour Comic Day at Enthusiasm Collective

Sat, Oct 6, 2018, 9:00 AM –

Sun, Oct 7, 2018, 9:00 PM PDT

Location

Oregon Story Board

411 NW Flanders St

#100

Portland, OR 97209

RIP, John McCain

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I had remembered drawing a lot of caricatures of recently deceased Senator and Presidential candidate John McCain over the years, but I was only able to find a few in my archives. This group caricature from the 2000 New Hampshire Primary, drawn for INX, was the earliest. In case you don’t recognize them, the other figures are Texas Governor and eventual winner George W. Bush, Senator and former basketball star Bill Bradley, and Vice President Al Gore:

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