ARE YOU BEING WATCHED?: Up The Yin-Yang!

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Last Friday, I put up another two page installment of my continuing webcomic about Reality TV, ARE YOU BEING WATCHED? on Patreon. This week we meet our three celebrity judges who will decide who is this week’s winner, and who will be eliminated on the 24 Hour Comic Reality TV show hosted by Eisner-award nominated graphic novelist and perspective expert David Chelsea:

David Chelsea is reading:The Sleep Revolution: Transforming Your Life, One Night at a Time
by Ariana Huffington

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This Saturday: UNDERGROUND USA

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This Saturday, October 15th, I will be taking part in UNDERGROUND USA, a one-day symposium examining Portland’s radical past through the history of its underground newspapers, The Willamette Bridge and The Portland Scribe. Or, to quote the copy from the event’s official website:

UNDERGROUND USA is a one day public history/arts education event focusing on one chapter of Oregon print cartooning history.
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Two underground papers, the Willamette Bridge (1968-1971) and the Portland Scribe (1972-1978), provided first jobs for a generation of artists and writers who went on to have national careers. Oregon Cartoon Institute invited five of them – artists Bill Plympton and David Chelsea, and writers Norman Solomon, Richard Gehr and Maurice Isserman – to return to Portland to taIk about these early experiences.

Among the questions they will address: What makes Portland so comics and cartooning friendly?

Two time Oscar nominee Bill Plympton drew covers for the Scribe. Political journalist Norman Solomon wrote for it. Historian Maurice Isserman edited it. Graphic novelist David Chelsea illustrated it. Village Voice columnist Richard Gehr sold it on the street.

Patrick Rosenkranz, the author of Rebel Visions: The Underground Comix Revolution 1963-1975, is our keynote speaker. He too worked for the Scribe.

What was the underground press?

Who read it?

Who wrote it?

What role did underground comics play in creating the sensibility of the underground press?

Was Portland’s current affinity for comics/cartooning already in evidence during this forgotten period of regional media making?

Through talks, presentations, onstage conversations and one gigantic culminating panel discussion, UNDERGROUND USA participants will explore these and other questions.

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UNDERGROUND USA is open to the general public. It is presented by Oregon Cartoon Institute in partnership with UO Comics & Cartooning Studies and PSU Comic Studies, and with support from Oregon Historical Society.

David Chelsea is reading: War in the Neighborhood
by Seth Tobocman

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Piggola Goes Motoring on Patreon

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It is the second Thursday of the month, and if you have been following my Patreon page, then you know that’s when I post a comic from the archives. This month’s comic is PIGGOLA GOES MOTORING, part two, a previously unpublished story from one of my sketchbooks, drawn in 1974, when I was fifteen. (Since this comic is on the long side, I broke it into two parts; I posted the first part last month.)

David Chelsea is reading:
Becoming Richard Pryor
by Scott Saul

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Go Patreon!

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I have important news, everyone! I am beginning a new project which I hope will make a huge difference in my life, if not in the world. I am launching a Patreon page to support my work in comics. Actually, I launched the page a month ago, but I wanted to make sure that everything worked to my satisfaction before making a general announcement.

What is a Patreon? Well, it’s like a Kickstarter Campaign, but instead of making one big contribution to fund one big project, you make a series of little contributions to keep me drawing comics on a monthly basis. Really, it’s like a tip jar for the cartoonist, and like a tip jar, you can give as much or as little as you like.

This video shot by my awesomely talented friend Milan Erceg lays out the details. You can watch it on the home page, or on YouTube:

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David Chelsea is reading:
The Sculptor by Scott McCloud.

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