Those We’ve Lost

Regular visitors to my Patreon page are aware that for most of a decade I have been posting End Strips, that is, short narrative and non-narrative comics drawn on strips of paper left over from other projects, in a vertical format which looks good on phones.
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Earthlings One Night Only At Cinema 21

Copied from Steve Doughton’s Instagram:

“ILY2 is pleased to present a screening of Earthlings, a film by Portland-based writer and director, Steven Doughton on November 6 at 7:15pm at Cinema 21. The screening will be followed by a live conversation between Doughton, writer Jonathan Raymond, Earthlings actor and Executive Producer Luis Chávez, Brooklyn-based film writer Nolan Kelly and artist Patricia Vázquez Gómez.

Based on the short story “The Suckling Pig” by Portland writer Jonathan Raymond, Earthlings follows a small group of strangers from vastly different cultural backgrounds who share a singular meal and evening together. Actor Luis Chávez and director Todd Haynes serve as Executive Producers for the film.

On Earthlings, Doughton writes “I’ve always been drawn to dialogue-rich movies, in which dramatic shifts in plot or character can hinge on a single thread of conversation. So when I read Jon Raymond’s story ‘The Suckling Pig,’ its cinematic possibilities struck me immediately. In it, a group of people with almost nothing in common spend an intimate evening together which they will never forget. I want to place the audience directly within the disquieting situation of a dinner party among strangers, thereby allowing them to experience the struggles of the characters as they try to relate to one another across a well-appointed table and a vast sea of cultural and political differences. The audience should discover (as the characters themselves do) that these five people have secrets and depths they rarely share with anyone.”

Tickets for Earthlings are NOW ON SALE at Cinema21.com. Tickets are $15 and all proceeds from ticket sales go to the Oregon Worker Relief Fund
Poster by David Chelsea”
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In My Dreams, You Win

My very talented nephew Ivan Pyzow recently recorded and released a new song which includes cover art by me. I’ll let Ivan tell it:

Today, my song “In My Dreams, You Win” comes out on all streaming platforms (Spotify, Apple Music, Bandcamp, everything). I’ve attached the lyrics below. I sent out a demo of this song to this mailing list in March and I’m so happy to share a studio version now. And it features cover art by my lovely uncle, David Chelsea (also attached below). I’m really grateful to everyone that helped develop this song – Jake, Danjuma, Matty, Chris, Gus, Sam, Brok, and Anna.

Let me know what you think of the song! And if you like it, please send it to someone who would like it 🙂

Bye!
Ivan

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I Pick The Best Books To Make You A Better Artist

I was recently approached by Sheperd.com to compile a list of books to recommend. What is Shepherd? Here’s what their website says on the subject: “Shepherd is like wandering around your favorite bookstore but reimagined for the online world… along with little notes from authors pointing out their favorite books.”

The recommendations on the website are all over the map. Some recent ones are: “The best young adult shifter romance books” “The best science fiction books in aesthetic universes” “The best historical fiction books about the Tudors” and “The best Christian romance with spiritual and romantic passion”. Since the Shepherd people had chosen me because of the popularity of my perspective instructional books, I decided that my list would be “The best books to make you a better artist.”

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Quarantine Continues

A month and change into the quarantine, and things have settled into a routine. Every morning I wake up around 6:30, have coffee and a frozen banana for breakfast (I’m trying to avoid putting on quarantine weight as well as using less toilet paper), feed Winston, post dreams to Facebook, and then work until noon, when I have… another cup of coffee (and feed Winston some dry food). Eve usually answers work emails for an hour or so in the morning, then goes outside to do stuff in the garden. After noon I usually put in a little time pulling weeds (the focus this week- bluebells!), work in the studio for a few more hours, maybe take a leisurely bike ride around the neighborhood in the afternoon. At seven, just before dinner, (and around the time Winston gets his third feeding- he’s a growing boy), Eve & I go outside and bang pots and pans or beat on a drum with our neighbors. Theoretically, this ritual honors essential workers, but mostly it just lets off steam. Then Eve & I watch TV: So far we’ve watched Season 3 of Ozark, Mrs. Fletcher, Avenue 5, Season 9 of Curb Your Enthusiasm, Some of Dave and What We Do In The Shadows, and two and a half seasons of Better Things. I usually get sleepy and head off to bed between 9 and 10.

Some weekly events punctuate the Groundhog’s Day sameness. Saturday morning we do our weekly Zoom conference with scattered family. Wednesday evening garbage goes out. Various podcasts arrive on schedule to tell me what day it is. Ken Jennings’s Trivia Quiz email tells me it’s Tuesday.

I’ve been making little tweaks here and there to my Patreon page. Recently, I decided to add links connecting all the Call Slip Comics I have posted over the past few years. Cheer your confinement by recalling the bygone days of when libraries were still open! Now you can read the strips in order, starting from the very first:

David Chelsea is reading: Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me
by Mariko Tamaki and Rosemary Valero-O’Connell

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Two Modern Love Illustrations For February

 

I had two of my old Modern Love column illustrations from the New York Times repurposed for the podcast in February. From the website:

“How do you fall in love again after loss? How do you feel with all the complicated, conflicted emotions that come from grieving one person, and also opening yourself up to loving someone else?

That’s what Brendan Halpin explores in his essay. It’s called “Dedicated to Two Women, Only One of Them Alive.”

It’s read by Terry Crews. He stars in “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” which returns to NBC on February 6th.”

David Chelsea is reading: She Said: Breaking the Sexual Harassment Story That Helped Ignite a Movement
by Jodi Kantor & Megan Twohey

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Modern Love Podcast: Never Tell Our Business To Strangers | With Ruth Wilson

I’m usually more on top of this, but I’ve been extremely busy lately, so I let almost two weeks pass before I noticed the appearance of another of my Modern Love column illustrations from the New York Times, repurposed for the podcast. From the website:

“Never tell our business to strangers.” That’s what Jennifer Mascia was told growing up. But it wasn’t until she was an adult that she learned the reason why.

Jennifer’s essay is read by Ruth Wilson. Ruth has starred in “The Affair” and “Luther.” You can see her now in “His Dark Materials” on HBO.

David Chelsea is reading: She Said: Breaking the Sexual Harassment Story That Helped Ignite a Movement
by Jodi Kantor & Megan Twohey

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