My First Tattoo

When I say my first tattoo, I don’t mean on my personal skin, you understand- I don’t want to foreclose the possibility of one day being buried in a Jewish cemetery- but Brandon Smith of Tellico Plains, Tennessee was so taken with this 1977 gag cartoon I drew for Chic Magazine that he has chosen to carry it around with him always.

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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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PERSPECTIVE! In Railroad Heritage

 

I’d like to alert my loyal readership to a recent reprint of my work in a specialty magazine: Railroad Heritage

This is the magazine of the Center For Railroad Photography In Art, which comes out twice a year. A page from my instructional book Perspective! appears in an article which takes up half of the magazine, a very comprehensive survey of the subject train tracks meeting at the vanishing point on the horizon by historian Gregory P. Ames, which includes an extensive cache of photos and illustrations using the train track vanishing point motif along with dozens of descriptions of the effect from literature, journalism and private letters.  I am honored to be included in this article.

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David At Artist Alley Comics Fest 2023

Testing, testing. It’s been quite a while since I’ve put up a blog post, but I have news. This August 5, I am attending my first comics convention since pre-Covid days. I quote from the website for Artists Alley Comics Fest:

Like a great many unique and innovative comic creators, Artist Alley Comics Fest (AACF) was founded and made its home in Portland, Oregon and debuted on Sunday, August 2nd, in 2015, at The Spritely Bean, the late indie comics café. AACF gave the opportunity and visibility to independent comic artists who have traditionally been overlooked or shut out by events that are motivated to give platform to established voices.

The festival is a minimally curated event, without assessment of aesthetic or narrative quality. Judgements for acceptance as an exhibitor are based on an artist’s ownership of their work, a prohibition of hate speech and advocation of violence, and a minimum approximation to the definition of “comics artwork.”

Our goal is to showcase the talents of independently creative voices in comics by giving the public a place to interact with comic creators. While publishers and distributors are welcome to apply for exhibition space, those who are willing to be represented by comic creators are likely to receive greater consideration.

Come out and support many talented independent comic creators selling their creative and amazing work! This is a free general admission event!
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Bicentennial Dreams In American Bystander

The digital version has been out for a while, but it never seems real for me until I get my three contributor’s copies of the American Bystander’s latest issue in the mail. This one has a 70s theme, and contains a comic based on my bicentennial dream diary.
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Nudity I Have Witnessed

I completed the final panel of the final page of my most recent 24 Hour Comic at ten in the morning of Sunday, October 2nd, only four hours behind schedule (according to rules laid down by 24 Hour Comic inventor Scott McCloud, this is an acceptable variant- some projects just take longer, and this one involved a prodigious amount of shading). My final count was 23 pages and a cover image- which I consider a page on its own, but your mileage may vary. As promised, the story is titled Nudity I Have Witnessed, and it is a memoir of my years drawing the figure at Hipbone Studio and elsewhere.
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