I had relatively few occasions to draw the first President Bush, who died last Friday, during his single term. Probably the best was the first, a party invitation for Inaugural Day at Eve’s and my loft in New York. This was only ironically a celebratory occasion; we were good Democrats who had supported Bush’s opponent Michael Dukakis. I actually painted a caricature of Bush on our floor for guests to dance on, though it was not as detailed as the one on the flyer:
David Chelsea is reading: Seduction: Sex, Lies, and Stardom in Howard Hughes’s Hollywood
by Karina Longworth
The things you stumble across when you Google yourself- TOTAL ECLIPSE is, in its own words,”An Ill-Adviced Re-Reading of All Comics Published by Eclipse Comics”. Eclipse was a comics publisher which existed from 1978 to 1994, run by husband-and-wife team Dean Mullaney and cat yronwode, which published hundreds of comics including early work by Eddie Campbell, Scott McCloud and Dave Stevens, and was the original publisher for my first graphic novel DAVID CHELSEA IN LOVE. The unnamed blogger has taken it on himself to re-read Eclipse’s entire comics output, as well SOME of the trading cards which were their other notable business (but not BLOCKBUSTERS OF RHYTHM & BLUES, the Eclipse card set I illustrated with text by Barry & Pat Katzmann).
David Chelsea is watching: The Savages
starring Laura Linney
In Patreon page news, WELCOME TO THE ZONE wrapped up last week. DUCKLAND, the WELCOME TO THE ZONE sequel, is a natural next act, but I have hopes of placing it with a digital or print outlet that will pay more money, maybe even enough that I can do it in color. I’m giving myself until the end of the year to make this happen, and after that I’ll decide whether to do a version for Patreon or chuck the project altogether. So, the series I began this week, THE UNWATCHED LIST, kills two birds with one stone- creating a comics series for Patreon at the same time I find a use for my sizable shelf of unwatched DVDs, VHS tapes and Blu-Rays. We all have them- that guilt-inducing collection of gift movies, TV series box sets, and taped school productions starring relatives, all gathering dust as their respective formats teeter towards obsolescence. My plan is to watch one of them a week and produce a page of comics in response- maybe a review, or a story inspired by my viewing, or maybe just random doodles drawn while the thing is playing. The list is below- some of these are classics, some are obscurities, so very, very many are Emmy screeners- but all are guaranteed to be new to me- unless I’ve watched them already and forgotten, which is certainly possible!
David Chelsea is watching: Electrick Children
starring Julia Garner
The latest issue of AMERICAN BYSTANDER has just arrived. Well, actually I got the PDF for it over a month ago, but I don’t REALLY think it’s arrived until my package of physical copies shows up on the front porch. This issue continues the high standards the fledgling humor magazine has set for itself, with contributions by mainstays M.K.Brown, Howard Cruse, Drew Friedman, Randall Enos, Ron Barrett, Rick Geary, and Peter Kuper, a cover by Barry Blitt, as well as an illustration by yours truly.
David Chelsea is reading: At the Strangers’ Gate: Arrivals in New York
by Adam Gopnik
Today is the day! The long-awaited final installment of WELCOME TO THE ZONE drops on Patreon! To briefly recapitulate the situation, Jones the banjoist/wheatpaster has finally burst out of the cocoon of flyers that he was pasted into on page 35 by the caveman band The Bedrockers, whereupon he immediately lands on the back of a giant dog chasing a mounted policeman. All of them eventually plunge off a dock into the East River, and Jones finds himself in an underwater version of The Zone:
David Chelsea is reading: The Adventures of Phoebe Zeit-Geist
by Michael O’Donoghue and Frank Springer
Saturday, October 6th 2018 was 24 Hour Comic Day, and just like last year, I drew my comic (my 19th!) at Enthusiasm Collective from 9 am Saturday to 9 am Sunday. Given the (in my opinion) absolute necessity of electing a Democratic Congress this November, I made my comic a benefit for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. Much like my S. Clay Wilson benefit in 2009, I took pledges for a specified dollar amount for each page completed (as usual, I hit it on the nose with 24). I collected seven pledges before the event, for a grand total of $289. Presumably, the DCCC will spend the money on a lot of ads with creepy music and a gravelly voiceover saying stuff like “Walter Wunkett SAYS he cares about people with pre-existing conditions, but he voted against the Affordable Care Act EIGHTY ONE TIMES!” The seven people who pledged each received a print copy of the completed comic.
David Chelsea is reading: The Confidence Game: Why We Fall for It . . . Every Time
by Maria Konnikova