The Girl With The Keyhole Eyes: See You In September

This just in: the first chapter of my three part comics story The Girl With The Keyhole Eyes has been scheduled for an upcoming issue of the anthology Dark Horse Presents. Here’s a profile of that issue, though it doesn’t go into any detail beyond listing my name with the other contributors (John Layman, Carla Speed McNeil, Tony Puryear, Bo Hampton, Phil Stanford, Nate Cosby, Jimmy Palmiotti, Justin Gray, Richard Corben, Robert Tinnell, Sam Kieth, Patric Reynolds, Evan Shaner and Tony Akins). No matter, I previewed that story on my blog plenty last year when I was working on it.

David Chelsea is listening to:
Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend
by Susan Orlean

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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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Brush With Greatness: Courtney Love

Courtney Love
Courtney Love

I remember reading an article on Iceland’s economic crisis a year or two ago which reported that it’s no big deal in Reykjavik to have known Bjork before she was famous; Reykjavik has such a small scene that nearly everyone living there crossed paths with her at some point. For those who lived in Portland during the 1980s, Courtney Love is like that, a ubiquitous scenester whom everyone has a story about. I lived in New York for all of the 80s, but I maintained close ties with people back home and many of my friends were originally from there, so it’s not at all that remarkable that I would meet Courtney when she passed through New York sometime in 1985 or 1986.

David Chelsea is watching:
Boardwalk Empire: The Complete First Season

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Letters To Steve

Another of my far-flung correspondents has sent me a batch of decorated envelopes. I met Steven Abrams when he was an intern at my first publisher, Eclipse Comics. Later Steve was my assistant on Welcome To the Zone, and now he works for the Jimmy Kimmel Live show in Los Angeles.

Steven Abrams with other Jimmy Kimmel staffers
Steven Abrams with other Jimmy Kimmel staffers

David Chelsea is reading
“The Book Of Dreams”
by Federico Fellini

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The Girl With The Keyhole Eyes: The Last Preview

Here are some frames from The Girl With The Keyhole Eyes, a three-part comics story for Dark Horse Presents. I just finished the last pages and sent them to the editors yesterday, and the first part should appear in the fall.

David Chelsea drives:
A Toyota Prius

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What The Girl With The Keyhole Eyes Wants

Line Drawing
Line Drawing

Three stages of a single panel from The Girl With The Keyhole Eyes, a comics story which will be serialized later this year in Dark Horse Presents. The line and watercolor images are combined in Photoshop to create the final art.

David Chelsea is reading: “Portland Confidential” by Phil Stanford

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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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