American Bystander #9 Is Here!

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The latest issue of AMERICAN BYSTANDER has just recently arrived. Considering the figure on the cover by Rick Geary, this issue may have been SLIGHTLY delayed in getting to me, but hey, who says Santa Claus is just for Christmas? This issue continues the high standards of hilarity the fledgling humor magazine has set for itself, with contributions by mainstays Shannon Wheeler, Roz Chast, Drew Friedman, S. Gross, Ron Barrett, Brian McConnachie, and Peter Kuper, a cartoon by newcomer Lila Ash, and multiple contributions by yours truly.

David Chelsea is reading: The Goat Getters
by Eddie Campbell

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Belated RIP, Joe Erceg

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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:

David Chelsea is reading: Carrying the Fire: An Astronaut’s Journeys
by Michael Collins

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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:

David Chelsea is reading: Seduction: Sex, Lies, and Stardom in Howard Hughes’s Hollywood
by Karina Longworth

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DAVID CHELSEA IN LOVE Gets Some Love

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The things you stumble across when you Google yourself- TOTAL ECLIPSE is, in its own words,”An Ill-Adviced Re-Reading of All Comics Published by Eclipse Comics”. Eclipse was a comics publisher which existed from 1978 to 1994, run by husband-and-wife team Dean Mullaney and cat yronwode, which published hundreds of comics including early work by Eddie Campbell, Scott McCloud and Dave Stevens, and was the original publisher for my first graphic novel DAVID CHELSEA IN LOVE. The unnamed blogger has taken it on himself to re-read Eclipse’s entire comics output, as well SOME of the trading cards which were their other notable business (but not BLOCKBUSTERS OF RHYTHM & BLUES, the Eclipse card set I illustrated with text by Barry & Pat Katzmann).

David Chelsea is watching: The Savages
starring Laura Linney

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New Feature On Patreon! The Unwatched List #1: GIANT

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In Patreon page news, WELCOME TO THE ZONE wrapped up last week. DUCKLAND, the WELCOME TO THE ZONE sequel, is a natural next act, but I have hopes of placing it with a digital or print outlet that will pay more money, maybe even enough that I can do it in color. I’m giving myself until the end of the year to make this happen, and after that I’ll decide whether to do a version for Patreon or chuck the project altogether. So, the series I began this week, THE UNWATCHED LIST, kills two birds with one stone- creating a comics series for Patreon at the same time I find a use for my sizable shelf of unwatched DVDs, VHS tapes and Blu-Rays. We all have them- that guilt-inducing collection of gift movies, TV series box sets, and taped school productions starring relatives, all gathering dust as their respective formats teeter towards obsolescence. My plan is to watch one of them a week and produce a page of comics in response- maybe a review, or a story inspired by my viewing, or maybe just random doodles drawn while the thing is playing. The list is below- some of these are classics, some are obscurities, so very, very many are Emmy screeners- but all are guaranteed to be new to me- unless I’ve watched them already and forgotten, which is certainly possible!

David Chelsea is watching: Electrick Children
starring Julia Garner

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American Bystander #8

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The latest issue of AMERICAN BYSTANDER has just arrived. Well, actually I got the PDF for it over a month ago, but I don’t REALLY think it’s 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, Drew Friedman, Randall Enos, Ron Barrett, Rick Geary, and Peter Kuper, a cover by Barry Blitt, as well as an illustration by yours truly.

David Chelsea is reading: At the Strangers’ Gate: Arrivals in New York
by Adam Gopnik

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WELCOME TO THE ZONE Touches Bottom!

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Today is the day! The long-awaited final installment of WELCOME TO THE ZONE drops on Patreon! To briefly recapitulate the situation, Jones the banjoist/wheatpaster has finally burst out of the cocoon of flyers that he was pasted into on page 35 by the caveman band The Bedrockers, whereupon he immediately lands on the back of a giant dog chasing a mounted policeman. All of them eventually plunge off a dock into the East River, and Jones finds himself in an underwater version of The Zone:

David Chelsea is reading: The Adventures of Phoebe Zeit-Geist
by Michael O’Donoghue and Frank Springer

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