Perspective Police!: The Album

A reader writes in, apropos of my recent Perspective Police! post revising Alison Bechdel:

“I just wanted to say, it was nice to see the perspective post but I also wanted to suggest perhaps you provide a link to a side-by-side comparison of the original and your revision.
I dragged the thumbnails and opened each up side-by-side in different windows using an image viewer. But, if there were just a link to a side-by-side on the blog, that would give people a great option to see what you did.”

David Chelsea is reading:
The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business
by Charles Duhigg

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Juvenilia: Tricentennial

shirley

No fair criticizing the perspective- or lack of it- in this drawing done for The Portland Scribe in the Bicentennial year of 1976 (when I was seventeen); my big breakthrough on that front didn’t happen for another seven years. It illustrates a short story predicting a very grim and dystopian Tricentennial in 2076, written by future novelist, rock musician, Bram Stoker Award winner and comics writer John Shirley. (By the way, Shirley and I had no contact at all on this collaboration; we didn’t actually meet until I went to hear his band years later in New York.)

David Chelsea is listening to:
Thinking, Fast and Slow
by Daniel Kahneman

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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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Sylvania Preview II

Here are three Youtube videos similar to the kind of drawing I will be showing you how to do in my demonstration and workshop tomorrow at PCC Sylvania. I can’t promise it will go this fast:

Perspective Grid Speed Drawing Demonstration

Fisheye perspective grid speed drawing demonstration

Cylindrical perspective grid speed drawing demonstration

David Chelsea is reading:
Republic of Dreams: Greenwich Village: The American Bohemia, 1910-1960
by Ross Wetzsteon

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Stumptown to Sylvania

Not my best side
Not my best side

I had a perfectly swell time at Stumptown Comics Fest last weekend, signing my books, passing out copies of The Survey and chatting with friends and fans. But don’t take my word for it, check out this time lapse video of Stumptown Day One. I can be seen front and center, next to the big red screen, wearing a black vest. Don’t I look like someone having a good time?

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The Survey: Early Returns

I had a chance to pass out copies of The Survey to attendees at Stumptown Comics Fest last weekend, and the results are somewhat surprising. I was expecting the overwhelming popularity of superhero comics to be reflected in the voting, but actually Superhero ended up in a three-way tie with Pirate and Humor for fourth place in the Genre category, behind Fantasy, Sci-Fi and History. Least-liked genre? Funny Animals.

David Chelsea is watching:
The Descendants
with George Clooney

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The Survey Is Online!

Photo by ocean yamada
Photo by ocean yamada

It’s very early days on The Survey, my new project to pick the brain of the great comics buying public by polling readers on what kind of stories they most want to see, in which style, even down to details of lettering and coloring technique. Based on their answers, I will produce two stories- one, assembled from elements that respondents say they most want to see, the other featuring the qualities they least want to see. (Full disclosure: I was inspired by Komar and Melamid’s People’s Choice painting project, in which they commissioned a poll to determine what qualities people most wanted and did not want in a painting, and then created two paintings with just those qualities.) In case you missed my previous post about it, here is The Survey:
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