Stumptown Preview #1: Perspective Grids

The Stumptown Comics Festival approaches. This year’s event will be held at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland on April 16th and 17th. As usual I will be attending, signing books and selling artwork at my own table, but this year I will also be doing a presentation, a demonstration of drawing in perspective using the pre-existing grids from the DVD which comes with my new book Extreme Perspective!

David Chelsea is listening to: “Packing For Mars” by Mary Roach

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Return To The Chronic Rift


I once observed that the World Wide Web is like the second coming of Public Access Cable; in the case of a program called The Chronic Rift, this is literally true. This talk and interview show about science fiction, fantasy and comics began on public access TV in Manhattan in the 1990s, ended after a few years and then was revived recently as an audio-only podcast.

David Chelsea is listening to: “Kind Of Blue” by Miles Davis.

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Cartoonists On Radio 7

Since we had so much fun last time, I’ll be dropping by Matt Clark’s show The Monday Sampler on KBOO-FM again this Monday, March 21st between 2 and 4pm PDT. I’ll be discussing my comics projects a bit, but mostly I’ll be there to spin some records from my collection, postwar jazz vocal groups of the LP era (roughly 1950-1985) among them such groups as The Metronomes, The Invitations, The Anita Kerr Quartet and Rex Middleton’s Hi-Fi’s, many on the original vinyl. The show will also include a live performance by the band Sexy Water Spiders, and a possible phone appearance by folk legend Michelle Shocked.
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Cartoonists On Radio 6

Continuing the media juggernaut for my new book Extreme Perspective! For Artists: Learn the Secrets of Curvilinear, Cylindrical, Fisheye, Isometric, and Other Amazing Systems that Will Make Your Drawings Pop Off the Page, I’ll be making my second appearance of the week on local radio station KBOO-FM 90.7, chatting with Words And Pictures host SW Conser. I’ll let Conch tell it:

Comics artist, illustrator, voice actor, and bon vivant David Chelsea pays a return visit to Words & Pictures this Thursday morning (March 10th) from 11:30am to noon PST on KBOO. Tune in as we tour David’s Portland studio and follow the twists and turns of a thirty-year career in the lively arts.

David’s new book and DVD set Extreme Perspective! For Artists has just been published by Watson-Guptill. Years in the making, the book features surprising tips and entertaining background history about the role of perspective in art, and the DVD includes resources useful to both mainstream and experimental cartoonists.

Words & Pictures airs the second Thursday of each month on KBOO Community Radio, 90.7fm. KBOO’s real-time webstream is available at http://kboo.fm/listen via iTunes or Abacast. More info and links to recent webcasts can be found at http://www.tooningin.com

Special thanks to Emily Young for editing this month’s show!

Cheers,
— Conch

Signing at Cosmic Monkey

I’ll be doing a signing for my new book Extreme Perspective! For Artists: Learn the Secrets of Curvilinear, Cylindrical, Fisheye, Isometric, and Other Amazing Systems that Will Make Your Drawings Pop Off the Page (whew!) this Saturday, March 12th from 2-4 PM at Cosmic Monkey, the fine comics store on Northeast Sandy Boulevard. I’m very much at home in the place, having drawn a number of my 24 Hour Comics there. Stop by if you’re in town- I haven’t seen you in AGES.
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Cartoonists On Radio 5

I’ll be dropping by Matt Clark’s show The Monday Sampler on KBOO-FM this Monday, March 7th between 3 and 4pm PST to discuss my new book Extreme Perspective! For Artists: Learn the Secrets of Curvilinear, Cylindrical, Fisheye, Isometric, and Other Amazing Systems that Will Make Your Drawings Pop Off the Page, and also to spin some records from my collection. I’ll be featuring postwar jazz vocal groups of the LP era (roughly 1950-1985) and the selections will likely include but possibly not be confined to such groups as The Metronomes, The Invitations, Lambert Hendricks and Bavan and The Suntones, many on the original vinyl.
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Extreme Perspective Day!

Today, February 15th, 2011, is the official publication date for my new book Extreme Perspective! For Artists: Learn the Secrets of Curvilinear, Cylindrical, Fisheye, Isometric, and Other Amazing Systems that Will Make Your Drawings Pop Off the Page. Theoretically, you can walk into your nearest bookstore and buy a copy today. In the meantime, here’s a review worth reading by Johanna Draper Carlson from the website Comics Worth Reading.

“Codependent Lesbian Space Alien Seeks Same”

Writer-director Madeleine Olnek’s film was just screened at Sundance, and got this positive review in Variety. You can view the trailer for it here. However, years before it was a film, “Co-Dependent Lesbian Space Alien Seeks Same” was a play performed at WOW Cafe in New York (and the same actress, Susan Ziegler, played the lead role). Coincidentally, I was just looking through a box of old drawings in search of something else and found the poster I drew for the theatrical version in 1992.