Modern Love Podcast: Groomzilla!


Yesterday, another of my old Modern Love column illustrations for the New York Times appeared with a podcast reading of the essay it originally illustrated. On this week’s podcast, the actor John Cho reads “Men Don’t Care About Weddings? Groomzilla Is Hurt,” about a groom who, in the process of planning his wedding, becomes a person he doesn’t recognize.

David Chelsea is watching: The Nice Guys
starring Ryan Gosling

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Here is another in my irregular series of posts about stories in my 24 hour comic collection SLEEPLESS, published this spring by Dark Horse. I drew “Now Open The Box”, my tenth 24 Hour Comic, at the Cosmic Monkey Drawpocalypse event on April 5-6 2008. I loosely based it on that week’s Modern Love column, which I was then illustrating for the Style Section of the New York Times. That piece, by Lori Jakiela, was about a couple who buy a sex chair online, but find themselves too embarrassed to test it out after their seven year old son appropriates it as a battleground for his plastic army men.

David Chelsea is reading: Fighting American
by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby

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OK, Here’s ANOTHER Modern Love Podcast


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


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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Wednesday Heads-up: SNOW ANGEL and Modern Love Podcast


It’s Wednesday, when new comics go on sale at all comic shops across America, and today is the first day that you can buy the newly published collection SNOW ANGEL from Dark Horse. This book includes the original 24-page Snow Angel story from Dark Horse Presents, the eight-page Halloween story that appeared in DHP last October, and five more stories that have not appeared in print before, as well as an introduction by my daughter Rebecca, the original inspiration for Snow Angel!

David Chelsea is reading: Creepy Archives Volume 13
by Bill Dubay and others

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Isometric Exercises

Theater flyer, 1984
Theater flyer, 1984

That hexagonal envelope in my recent post about letters to Amy got me to digging out other images I’ve done over the years in isometric projection. Wikipedia defines it as “a method for visually representing three-dimensional objects in two dimensions in technical and engineering drawings. It is an axonometric projection in which the three coordinate axes appear equally foreshortened and the angles between any two of them are 120 degrees”.
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David Chelsea Takes On Wonder Woman

Wonder Woman as Venus Of Willendorf, Acrylic on paper, 2010
Wonder Woman as Venus Of Willendorf. Acrylic on paper, 2010

Wonder Woman Day is coming! And this year I have managed to come up with a suitably themed piece of art for their annual charity auction. I chose to depict the classic comic book character as the Venus of Willendorf, a Stone Age figurine found in Austria in 1908, which has become a familiar icon of femininity. I also used the figure in one of my favorite Modern Love illustrations in the New York Times.
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A Model Family

New York Times piece, 2004
New York Times piece, 2004
Wedding Day, 1990
Wedding Day, 1990

Just in time for Eve’s and my twentieth wedding anniversary, here is a selection of illustrations in which I have used our family as models (a tradition which goes back at least as far as Norman Rockwell). First, Eve and the children pose for a Modern Love piece in the New York Times, about a family abandoned by the father. It appears that Ben is a bit grumpy at having to stand in for a nine year old girl.
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