A month and change into the quarantine, and things have settled into a routine. Every morning I wake up around 6:30, have coffee and a frozen banana for breakfast (I’m trying to avoid putting on quarantine weight as well as using less toilet paper), feed Winston, post dreams to Facebook, and then work until noon, when I have… another cup of coffee (and feed Winston some dry food). Eve usually answers work emails for an hour or so in the morning, then goes outside to do stuff in the garden. After noon I usually put in a little time pulling weeds (the focus this week- bluebells!), work in the studio for a few more hours, maybe take a leisurely bike ride around the neighborhood in the afternoon. At seven, just before dinner, (and around the time Winston gets his third feeding- he’s a growing boy), Eve & I go outside and bang pots and pans or beat on a drum with our neighbors. Theoretically, this ritual honors essential workers, but mostly it just lets off steam. Then Eve & I watch TV: So far we’ve watched Season 3 of Ozark, Mrs. Fletcher, Avenue 5, Season 9 of Curb Your Enthusiasm, Some of Dave and What We Do In The Shadows, and two and a half seasons of Better Things. I usually get sleepy and head off to bed between 9 and 10.
Some weekly events punctuate the Groundhog’s Day sameness. Saturday morning we do our weekly Zoom conference with scattered family. Wednesday evening garbage goes out. Various podcasts arrive on schedule to tell me what day it is. Ken Jennings’s Trivia Quiz email tells me it’s Tuesday.
I’ve been making little tweaks here and there to my Patreon page. Recently, I decided to add links connecting all the Call Slip Comics I have posted over the past few years. Cheer your confinement by recalling the bygone days of when libraries were still open! Now you can read the strips in order, starting from the very first:
David Chelsea is reading: Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me
by Mariko Tamaki and Rosemary Valero-O’Connell
With nearly everyone confined to quarters for the foreseeable, everyone has a quarantine story to tell. This is mine.
I was leading pretty much my normal life up to the week of March 9th. On Wednesday the 11th, I had lunch with my publisher- ordering actual food from a restaurant- and had a studio visit from a friend’s high school-age son in the afternoon. Thursday I had a date to go to the theater to see a performance of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time with my sister Teresa, but had one wary eye on the headlines- schools had already been closed, and the governor had banned gatherings of over 250 people. I checked the theater’s website that morning to see if the show was cancelled, and saw that a planned matinee was going ahead, but that the status beyond that was uncertain. A few hours later they cancelled the rest of the run.
I had my usual Friday visit on the 13th with my hangout buddy and sometime assistant Jacob Mercy, in which we were careful to avoid standing too close or god forbid, shaking hands, but that is the last social interaction I have had with anyone not in my immediate family. The store my wife Eve manages was slipping into closing by degrees- first, closing one day a week, then taking a planned two week holiday, then shutting until further notice.
Our daughter Rebecca flew home from LA on Tuesday the 17th- classes at UCLA had gone online, but she had intended to stay in the dorms through finals week, but we were worried that flights might be cancelled altogether. The three of us stayed in the house together, apart from a two-day trip to the coast, for the next ten days.
David Chelsea is reading: The Last Cruise
by Kate Christensen
I haven’t written here for a while, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been busy. I’ve been posting content regularly on my Patreon page, which of course you would know about if you were one of my sponsors. My main effort has been going to instructional perspective videos created in Adobe After Effects. Since the last time I wrote about this project, I’ve posted three more:
If you’ve been following these posts, you know that I’ve been acquiring chops little by little in Adobe After Effects. Well, I now feel adept enough to have launched a series of animated videos about something I was already good at- perspective. The first in my series of step-by-step perspective tutorials dropped on Patreon in May, and as of now, I have posted three of them:
Sorry for the late notice, but I’m in an art show, Origin Stories: Comics & Identity, part of this year’s 56th annual Lake Oswego Festival of The Arts. Appropriately enough for the origins theme, my contribution is five pages from LIFE OF THE PARTY, a 24 Hour Comic I drew about my father. I’m also giving a free talk about 24 Hour Comics generally this Sunday at noon at Lakewood Center of the Arts, 368 S State St, Lake Oswego, OR 97034. It would be so nice to see you there!
David Chelsea is reading: Flash: The Making of Weegee the Famous
by Christopher Bonanos
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
We’re well into the fall, and I have posted only sporadically the entire summer, so it’s time I caught you loyal readers up on what I’ve been doing. One big thing was that I concluded my webcomic ARE YOU BEING WATCHED?, which I have been serializing on Patreon for the past two years. You can read the entire run of the strip on Tumblr here, at least for a while- there are plans in the works for a book version, and I will most likely take down the archive when that comes out.
David Chelsea is reading: Someone Please Have Sex With Me
by Gina Wynbrandt
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