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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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
by Maria Konnikova

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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:

David Chelsea is reading: The Confidence Game: Why We Fall for It . . . Every Time
by Maria Konnikova

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Modern Love Illustration: “The Plain, Unmarked Box Arrived”

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My most recent illustration for the Modern Love Podcast appeared yesterday. From the website:

“Looking to revitalize your marriage? Try buying a $400 sex chair. It could work wonders — or it could be co-opted as a cool new toy by your 7-year-old son. On this week’s Modern Love podcast, Kristen Bell reads “The Plain, Unmarked Box Arrived,” an essay about one couple’s ambitious attempt to escape the doldrums of parenthood.

David Chelsea is reading: First Bite: How We Learn to Eat
by Bee Wilson

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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.

David Chelsea is reading: Flash: The Making of Weegee the Famous
by Christopher Bonanos

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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

David Chelsea Talks WELCOME TO THE ZONE on WORDS & PICTURES

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A week ago I dropped by the alternative radio station KBOO-FM to talk comics with host S.W. Conser on the long-running comics talk show WORDS & PICTURES. On previous shows I’ve promoted my 24 Hour Comics collections SLEEPLESS and EVERYBODY GETS IT WRONG!, the documentary 24 HOUR COMIC, and my instructional books on perspective, but this time I was there to talk about the new digital version of my 1995 graphic novel WELCOME TO THE ZONE, which I have been serializing on my Patreon page. Our discussion also touched on my time illustrating for the New York Times and The New York Observer (where I cashed checks from Presidential son-in-law Jared Kushner), 24 Hour Comics, and the uselessness of clients who insist on paying artists in the Coin Of Exposure. Since my appearance was on short notice, I didn’t have time to blog about it in advance, but the audio is archived here

David Chelsea is reading: Something Wonderful: Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Broadway Revolution
by Todd S. Purdum

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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:

David Chelsea is reading: Planet Funny
by Ken Jennings

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