This is the last of my irregular series of posts about stories in my 24 hour comic collection SLEEPLESS, published this spring by Dark Horse. I LIKE TO RIFF is something of a victory lap, both for myself and for any reader who has made through all eleven of my previous 24 hour comics. I constructed the story by putting the names of the eleven previous comics in a sack, and drawing one out at random every two hours. See if you can spot all of them (the first six are in my previous volume, EVERYBODY GETS IT WRONG!).
David Chelsea is watching: Krampus
directed by Michael Dougherty
It saddens me to report the death of Bingo, our family cat for the past twelve and a half years. Although he was already pretty old by cat standards, Bingo’s last illness came on very suddenly. Last Saturday, Eve noticed that his belly was strongly swollen. It was more so on Sunday. Instead of purring, he was cooing like a dove, which was odd. Monday, Eve called for a vet appointment. Since it did not seem to be an emergency, they gave her a Tuesday appointment. When they took his temperature, the nurse thought it was a mistake because it was only 95.5° The vet said it was cancer causing fluid to build up, which explained the swelling, and that Bingo’s temperature meant that his body was actively shutting down, and he might not last to the weekend. Quite a shock, since we had vaguely thought this might be worms or a bowel obstruction. The vet recommended euthanasia on the spot. Eve decided to have it done at home, so Rebecca would have a chance to say goodbye. Bingo had not seemed to be in pain before, but he spent Tuesday night squirming around on the floor, yowling piteously. The end of life vet arrived Wednesday morning. Eve and I had a chance to hold him one last time before she stopped his heart. We buried Bingo in the yard that afternoon.
The plans for this one have been in the works for some months, but seeing it up on Amazon and elsewhere makes it seem real: EVERYBODY GETS IT WRONG! AND OTHER STORIES, the new collection of my 24 Hour Comics from Dark Horse, is coming out this June. Here’s copy from the website:
David Chelsea is reading:
Family Britain, 1951-1957
by David Kynaston
Rebecca’s latest summer project Frog Chase, which she animated on the iPAD using cut paper, shed snakeskin net, rippled glass, soil, leaves, and a bear she felted over a wire armature last week, went up on Youtube Sunday, and already has 65 views. You can view it here.
It’s shaping up as a busy summer. Rebecca is already at work on another animation starring Bingo the Cat.
This year’s Portland event is at the Backspace, and as usual l will be there, though this year I’m somewhat wussing out- instead of drawing a 24 Hour Comic I’ll spend the time catching up on inking pages from my perspective book. It used to annoy me mightily when other artists would work on not-24 projects at 24 Hour Comic events at my house- it felt like they weren’t bringing their A game- but what goes around comes around. Continue reading Countdown To 24 Hour Comic Day