Work In Progress: The Men Of SANDY & MANDY

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SANDY & MANDY, the story I drew as an upcoming series for DARK HORSE PRESENTS, was designed specifically to pass The Bechdel Test, cartoonist and MacArthur Genius Grant recipient Alison Bechdel’s set of rules for determining if a story is sexist or not. To wit:

1. It has to have at least two women in it,
2. Who talk to each other,
3. About something other than a man.

Some people amend the rules to require that both women have names.

David Chelsea is watching:
American Horror Story: Season 1
starring Connie Britton

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Work In Progress: From CANDY & MANDY To SANDY & MANDY

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I recently wrapped up work on SANDY & MANDY, an upcoming story for DARK HORSE PRESENTS, so here are some more preview images from it. The sequence of panels below shows my working method, from sketchbook rough to pencil to inks to watercolor to the final assembled frame:

 

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David Chelsea is reading:
The Invisible Bridge: The Fall of Nixon and the Rise of Reagan
by Rick Perlstein

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Work In Progress: Sandy & Mandy

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Here’s a story for Dark Horse Presents that I have been working on for over two years. I have mentioned it in passing in a few previous posts, but I haven’t done a full post about it before because I was making such slow progress. However, now that I’m at the two-thirds point (16 pages finished out of 24) I at last feel ready to offer a sneak peek.

David Chelsea is watching:
Codependent Lesbian Space Alien Seeks Same (Special Edition DVD)
Directed by Madeleine Olnek

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First Thursday at Fotoeffect

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Happily timed to coincide with the publication of SNOW ANGEL, I am having my first ever one-man show, opening this Thursday at Fotoeffect Gallery at NW 6th and Everett in Portland.

David Chelsea is reading:
The Entertainer: Movies, Magic, and My Father’s Twentieth Century
by Margaret Talbot

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Perspective Police!: Bechdel

I owe Alison Bechdel big time. The cartoonist responsible for the comic strip Dykes To Watch Out For and the graphic novels Fun Home and Are You My Mother? may be best known for The Bechdel Test, which she formulated to determine whether a movie is sexist or not. For a story to pass the test:

1.    It has to have at least two women in it,
2.    Who talk to each other,
3.    About something other than a man.

Some people amend the rules to require that both women have names.

David Chelsea is reading:
Manara Erotica Volume 1
by Milo Manara

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