Two Days To Save AMERICAN BYSTANDER #3!

Cover of AMERICAN BYSTANDER #3
Cover of AMERICAN BYSTANDER #3

I pass along this message from AMERICAN BYSTANDER editor Michael Gerber:

Folks,
Big week for Bystander: Newsweek just called us “the last great humor magazine.”

But we hit a perfect storm with the crowdfunding on #3 — the election, and a change in Facebook’s algorithm that artificially suppresses our Kickstarter links (they want everybody to buy ads).

But the issue is still on track: an angel has agreed to make up any shortfall as long as we get to $25,000. We’re at $22,205 as I type. Deadline is Tuesday, Oct. 11, at 7:00pm PDT.

Please tell your friends to go back the issue.

We need to raise at least $2,795 before Tuesday at 7:00pm PDT. It should be a piece of cake, if everybody tells a pal or five.

Well, now I’ve told EVERYBODY.
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This Saturday: UNDERGROUND USA

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This Saturday, October 15th, I will be taking part in UNDERGROUND USA, a one-day symposium examining Portland’s radical past through the history of its underground newspapers, The Willamette Bridge and The Portland Scribe. Or, to quote the copy from the event’s official website:

UNDERGROUND USA is a one day public history/arts education event focusing on one chapter of Oregon print cartooning history.
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Two underground papers, the Willamette Bridge (1968-1971) and the Portland Scribe (1972-1978), provided first jobs for a generation of artists and writers who went on to have national careers. Oregon Cartoon Institute invited five of them – artists Bill Plympton and David Chelsea, and writers Norman Solomon, Richard Gehr and Maurice Isserman – to return to Portland to taIk about these early experiences.

Among the questions they will address: What makes Portland so comics and cartooning friendly?

Two time Oscar nominee Bill Plympton drew covers for the Scribe. Political journalist Norman Solomon wrote for it. Historian Maurice Isserman edited it. Graphic novelist David Chelsea illustrated it. Village Voice columnist Richard Gehr sold it on the street.

Patrick Rosenkranz, the author of Rebel Visions: The Underground Comix Revolution 1963-1975, is our keynote speaker. He too worked for the Scribe.

What was the underground press?

Who read it?

Who wrote it?

What role did underground comics play in creating the sensibility of the underground press?

Was Portland’s current affinity for comics/cartooning already in evidence during this forgotten period of regional media making?

Through talks, presentations, onstage conversations and one gigantic culminating panel discussion, UNDERGROUND USA participants will explore these and other questions.

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UNDERGROUND USA is open to the general public. It is presented by Oregon Cartoon Institute in partnership with UO Comics & Cartooning Studies and PSU Comic Studies, and with support from Oregon Historical Society.

David Chelsea is reading: War in the Neighborhood
by Seth Tobocman

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I’m Going Off Caffeine!

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The reason being, that I’m drawing my first 24 Hour comic in three years this Saturday to Sunday from 8 am to 8 am, at Books With Pictures, a comics store at 1100 SE. Division St. in Portland (this is the store that was also the site of my recent SNOW ANGEL signing). My traditional method of preparing involves going off caffeine for a week before the event, then taking a ritual first sip at the eight-hour mark, after which I chomp chocolate-covered espresso beans all through the night. Feel free to stop on by and have a chat- if you missed the signing, I’ll even sign a copy of SNOW ANGEL for you!

David Chelsea is reading:The Fade Out Volume 3
by Image Comics

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Snow Angel Signing at Words & Pictures

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Mark your calendars- this Saturday at 11 I’ll be signing copies of my recent SNOW ANGEL collection published by Dark Horse, as well as demonstrating art and coloring techniques (including airbrush) ably assisted by my daughter Rebecca, at Books with Pictures, a new comics shop at 1100 SE Division St, in Portland, OR. The store, which opened in June, carries a wide range of books, including super hero comics, indie comics, kids’ picture books, all-ages comics, LGBT comics, and small-run handmade comics.

David Chelsea is reading: Whistlestop: My Favorite Stories from Presidential Campaign History
by John Dickerson

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24 Hour Comics: The Documentary

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A 24-hour comic is a 24-page comic book written, drawn, and completed in 24 hours. As I have mentioned before, I believe myself to be the World Record Holder in number of 24 Hour Comics completed, sixteen in all. My last 24 Hour Comics session was in May 2013 at Things From Another World in Portland (I’ve been busy, but I hope to draw at least one more later this year), which was recorded for posterity by documentary filmmaker Milan Erceg (who in a prior life served as assistant on my book PERSPECTIVE!), in his long-awaited documentary 24 HOUR COMIC. Three years in the editing, Milan now has a fine film ready to send out to the festival circuit, and you can have a preliminary look by viewing the trailer at the official website here.

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David Chelsea is reading:
Harvey Kurtzman: The Man Who Created Mad and Revolutionized Humor in America

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New Stuff On Patreon: WELCOME TO THE ZONE Rebooted And More!

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I have been preoccupied with edits on my latest book, PERSPECTIVE IN ACTION, for the past few weeks, and so I have not been putting up regular blog posts about my Patreon page. However, I have been faithfully posting material every week – fan art from my illustration days, cards from the BLOCKBUSTERS OF RHYTHM & BLUES set, and so forth, as well as new pages of my web comic ARE YOU BEING WATCHED?

David Chelsea Is Reading:
Peter Arno: The Mad, Mad World of The New Yorker’s Greatest Cartoonist
by Regan Arts.

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OK, Here’s ANOTHER Modern Love Podcast

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Right on the heels of last week’s podcast with Catherine Keener comes another audio version of a Modern Love column I illustrated for the New York Times back in the day. In this case, it’s the very first one from October 2004. Veep and Arrested Development star Tony Hale reads Steve Friedman’s essay about a guy who can’t quite grasp that his girl is trying to let him down easy.

David Chelsea is watching:Rock That Uke
starring Janet Klein

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Another Modern Love Podcast

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Here’s another podcast version of a MODERN LOVE column I illustrated for the New York Times back in the day, with the illustration nicely displayed. The essay “Live Without Me, I’ll Understand” by Katherine Friedman Holland is read by the actress Catherine Keener, familiar from The Forty Year Old Virgin, Capote, Being John Malkovich, and every Nicole Holofcener movie ever.

David Chelsea is reading: Forgotten Fantasy – Sunday Comics, 1900-1915: Visions from Lyonel Feininger, Winsor McCay and Many More (Giants of the American Comic Strip)

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David Finally Makes It Into The American Bystander!

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I had a very odd experience on Facebook a few months ago. I noticed an item posted by my friend Howard Cruse, about a new humor magazine called The American Bystander, which was mounting a crowdsource campaign to get into print. What struck me as odd was that I had been peripherally involved with a magazine by the very same name launched by National Lampoon editor Brian McConnachie in 1982 that never made it past prototype.

David Chelsea is listening to: M Train
by Patti Smith

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