A week ago I dropped by the alternative radio station KBOO-FM to talk comics with host S.W. Conser on the long-running comics talk show WORDS & PICTURES. On previous shows I’ve promoted my 24 Hour Comics collections SLEEPLESS and EVERYBODY GETS IT WRONG!, the documentary 24 HOUR COMIC, and my instructional books on perspective, but this time I was there to talk about the new digital version of my 1995 graphic novel WELCOME TO THE ZONE, which I have been serializing on my Patreon page. Our discussion also touched on my time illustrating for the New York Times and The New York Observer (where I cashed checks from Presidential son-in-law Jared Kushner), 24 Hour Comics, and the uselessness of clients who insist on paying artists in the Coin Of Exposure. Since my appearance was on short notice, I didn’t have time to blog about it in advance, but the audio is archived here

David Chelsea is reading: Something Wonderful: Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Broadway Revolution
by Todd S. Purdum

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Photo by Atsuko Yamaguchi
Photo by Atsuko Yamaguchi

Last night was the long-awaited theatrical premiere of 24 HOUR COMIC, the documentary film directed by Milan Erceg, in which I appear along with seven the other artists including my daughter Rebecca, drawing– what else?– 24 hour comics. The premiere at the Laurelhurst Theater in Portland went well; we had a near-full house, the audience laughed in all the right places, and there was a lively question-and-answer session afterward. My fellow participant (and ARE YOU BEING WATCHED? colorist) Jacob Mercy still refuses to watch the film, but showed up for the q and a and seemed to have a pretty good time despite his misgivings. Rebecca (thirteen at the time of filming, seventeen now) was unfortunately barred from attending due to restrictive Oregon Liquor Control Commission rules, but she will be on hand for a matinee showing today at the theater at 4 PM. If you missed the first time, even if you didn’t, I urge you to attend.

24 HOUR COMIC matinee with Q&A
Friday, 4-6 PM,
Laurelhurst Theater
2735 E Burnside St, Portland, OR 97214

l’ll be on KBOO-FM radio today at 11:30 am PDT to talk about the film with Milan and KBOO host S.W. Conser. Listen in Portland at 90.7 FM, or worldwide on the web.

David Chelsea is reading: Absurdistan: A Novel
by Gary Shteyngart

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Second Thursday: A Double Mugg Of ARE YOU BEING WATCHED? on Patreon



It’s the second Thursday of the month again, and time for me to post two more pages of my serialized web comic ARE YOU BEING WATCHED?, to Patreon, along with a selection of archived comics– in this case the third and final part of my 24 Hour Comic version of ARE YOU BEING WATCHED?, which serves as something of a first draft for the webcomic.

David Chelsea is watching:
Rewind This!
with Atom Egoyan

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Are You Being Watched? On The Radio


Heads up, comics fans- tomorrow, Wednesday August 13th, at 11:30am PDT, I will be discussing comics, and specifically my Patreon webcomic ARE YOU BEING WATCHED? with the cultured and literate S.W. Conser on the long-running radio talk show about comics, WORDS AND PICTURES, on Portland’s listener-supported station, KBOO-FM. I’ll bring along some appropriate music, and possibly act out a scene from the comic as well.

Portland area listeners can tune in at 90.7 FM, and the rest of the world can stream the signal at KBOO.com. If you missed it the first time, I’m pretty sure the show will be archived.

Wednesday August 13th
11:30am PDT
90.7 FM

KBOO Interview Archived!


Just in case you missed hearing it live, the good folks at KBOO-FM have kindly archived Monday Sampler host Fortunato’s interview with me and my daughter Rebecca from last Monday (the segment with us begins at the 58:00 mark). There was chat about my new book, Everybody Gets it Wrong! : David Chelsea’s 24-Hour Comics Volume 1., as well as strange and exotic A Capella records from my collection, interspersed with charming live performances from the group Boy & Bean.
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Cartoonists On Radio 8



I’ll be dropping by Matt Clark’s show The Monday Sampler on KBOO-FM again this Monday, June 17th between 2 and 4pm PDT. I’ll be discussing my new book Everybody Gets It Wrong! And Other Stories: David Chelsea’s 24-Hour Comics #1, published by the fine folks at Dark Horse. and I’ll spin some records from my collection, many on the original vinyl. This time I’ll concentrate on weird and strange acapella recordings from the 1930s up to whenever, including songs by Tete Noires, The Modern Barbershop Quartet, The Songbirds Of The South, and Zap Mama, and as many more as there is time for.

David Chelsea is watching:
Moonrise Kingdom

Portland listeners can tune in on 90.7 FM, and the rest of you can listen online at the KBOO website.

Cartoonists On Radio 7

Since we had so much fun last time, I’ll be dropping by Matt Clark’s show The Monday Sampler on KBOO-FM again this Monday, March 21st between 2 and 4pm PDT. I’ll be discussing my comics projects a bit, but mostly I’ll be there to spin some records from my collection, postwar jazz vocal groups of the LP era (roughly 1950-1985) among them such groups as The Metronomes, The Invitations, The Anita Kerr Quartet and Rex Middleton’s Hi-Fi’s, many on the original vinyl. The show will also include a live performance by the band Sexy Water Spiders, and a possible phone appearance by folk legend Michelle Shocked.
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Another Chance To Be Heard

In case you missed it live, Thursday’s Words And Pictures program on KBOO-FM, in which I discuss my new book Extreme Perspective! with host SW Conser, is now archived at the KBOO website. In other audio news, I just recorded a podcast interview with Chronic Rift host Andrea Lipinski. The audio will be available March 29th.

Cartoonists On Radio 6

Continuing the media juggernaut for my new book Extreme Perspective! For Artists: Learn the Secrets of Curvilinear, Cylindrical, Fisheye, Isometric, and Other Amazing Systems that Will Make Your Drawings Pop Off the Page, I’ll be making my second appearance of the week on local radio station KBOO-FM 90.7, chatting with Words And Pictures host SW Conser. I’ll let Conch tell it:

Comics artist, illustrator, voice actor, and bon vivant David Chelsea pays a return visit to Words & Pictures this Thursday morning (March 10th) from 11:30am to noon PST on KBOO. Tune in as we tour David’s Portland studio and follow the twists and turns of a thirty-year career in the lively arts.

David’s new book and DVD set Extreme Perspective! For Artists has just been published by Watson-Guptill. Years in the making, the book features surprising tips and entertaining background history about the role of perspective in art, and the DVD includes resources useful to both mainstream and experimental cartoonists.

Words & Pictures airs the second Thursday of each month on KBOO Community Radio, 90.7fm. KBOO’s real-time webstream is available at http://kboo.fm/listen via iTunes or Abacast. More info and links to recent webcasts can be found at http://www.tooningin.com

Special thanks to Emily Young for editing this month’s show!

— Conch

Cartoonists On Radio 4

Corny Trio
Corny Trio

It’s been quite a while since my last radio appearance, but tomorrow I pay a visit to Matt Clark, who is sitting in for the regular host of the Noontime Jamboree on KBOO-FM at noon. I’ll be dropping by around one PM Portland time to play some of the kind of music I like to listen to while working- mostly 1920s and early 1930s dance bands and singers.
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