It’s the Third Thursday of the month, the day that I post The Secret Stash on my Patreon page– that is, sketches, reference photos, old flyers, and other ephemera from my files.
David Chelsea Is Reading: Barnaby
by Crockett Johnson
My mother, Lolita Marie Celsi, has been doing a lot of house cleaning lately, and keeps finding old letters with decorated envelopes I sent her and other members of my family over the years. Last month I posted a batch from the time she was getting a degree in English As A Second Language in Honolulu a few years ago; now she has brought forth a bundle mostly from the 1980s and 1990s.
This isometric view of my apartment kitchen in New York decorates a letter sent in 1985. I think the post office has tightened up its rules, and that a hexagon-shaped envelope would never make it through the mail today:
This letter to my sister Teresa from 1980 or so depicts a number of old girlfriends, almost-girlfriends, and what I might call aspirational girlfriends– which explains the presence of Farrah Fawcett and Bo Derek:
It’s not just envelopes either; one thing that turned up in this batch is a decorated 45 RPM single sleeve drawn in what looks like 1974 or so, to judge from the presence of Happy Days-era Ronny Howard and Jim Croce:
Mom is an artist herself, and has just launched a website to sell her oil paintings, many of which are quite fine (the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree). I myself am fond of these two landscapes, and this still life of peppers:
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Also on Patreon this week, the latest page of my continuing webcomic ARE YOU BEING WATCHED? In this week’s installment, Mugg stars on a Reality TV show in which he is co–owner of a comic shop. An Eisner-nominated alternative cartoonist, desperate for cash, has brought in a supposedly valuable vintage comic book to sell. Mugg’s partner does not appear to be impressed:
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