ARE YOU BEING WATCHED? On Patreon: Expulsion Island Immunity Challenge!

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Apologies to followers of my Patreon webcomic, ARE YOU BEING WATCHED?; this week’s installment is two days late. I have an excellent excuse, however- Eve & I spent two days this week engaged in the bittersweet task of helping our son Ben move into his freshman dorm at the University of Washington. Here he is, comfortably ensconced with his portrait of President William McKinley:

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David Chelsea is watching:
Skidoo
starring Jackie Gleason

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New from Rebecca: The Summer Dragons

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View the highly awaited new animation from Rebecca Celsi’s StudioAttic Productions on YouTube. A story of the secret world in one child’s garden- and how she discovered it. Music by the infinitely talented recent high school graduate Ben Celsi. Here are some screen captures to give you a taste:

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David Chelsea is watching: Fargo: Season 1
with Martin Freeman

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Dream A Little Dream Of God

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Let’s ring in the New Year with a musical video selection from my son Ben, a musical mashup of the Beach Boys song God Only Knows with Mama Cass Elliot’s version of Dream A Little Dream Of Me. Ben has a musical intelligence that can find common ground in two familiar songs that seem worlds apart, and I don’t think I’ll ever hear these two the same way again. Ben has taken time out of his busy schedule of preparing college application to create this video to go with his remix; I particularly like the montage of lead singer Carl Wilson growing grizzled with the years (Mama Cass did not get to grow grizzled, alas- she died only six years after recording Dream A Little Dream Of Me).

Another Frog From Rebecca

It’s a big week for blog posts, what with my latest 24 Hour Comic, and a couple of new books coming in, but first up, here is a new stop motion animation from Rebecca, Kelso’s Choices. Like Frog Chase from a few months ago, this also features a frog protagonist and was animated on the iPad. One big difference is that this one comes with a soundtrack (created in Garage Band). Big brother Ben Celsi contributed the music and Rebecca’s school friends Samuel Redding and Krystyna Klucznik did the voices.

David Chelsea is reading:
The Accidental City: Improvising New Orleans
by Lawrence N. Powell

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A Model Family 3

Illustration from the New York Observer, late 90s
Illustration from the New York Observer, late 90s

Here is a late addition to my series of posts about illustrations featuring my family as models– this one hasĀ Eve keeping an anxious eye on baby Ben (who is now fourteen and taller than me). After so many years it is impossible to remember what the story was about, but my guess is it has something to do with cognitive development.

David Chelsea is listening to: “The Point” by Harry Nilsson

Ben’s Cleveland

Portrait of Grover Cleveland. Acrylic on canvas by Ben Celsi.
Portrait of Grover Cleveland. Acrylic on canvas by Ben Celsi.

Ben has been busy through the summer attending sleepaway camp, learning to surf, and working on various projects including his Scratch game opus Hotel Griven and a video thriller called Apple Jack The Ripper: The Cereal Killer, but he has also found time to add one more to his series of Presidential portraits.
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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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