Wizard World- One Day Only!


Well, it’s come to be that time of year again– February, when I make an appearance at Wizard World Comics Convention. My appearance will be briefer than usual this year, because of a schedule conflict– the premiere in Washington, DC of 24 HOUR COMIC, the documentary in which I appear along with seven other accomplished cartoonists: Paul Guinan, Sera Stanton, Tom Lechner, Jacob Mercy, Pete Soloway, Rachel Nabors, and my daughter Rebecca, at the DC Independent Film Festival.

Therefore, I will be in Artists Alley at Wizard World only on the first day, Friday, February 17, from 5 PM to 10 PM, signing copies of my books and meeting the public. I’ll have two books that weren’t available last year: SLEEPLESS, my second collection of 24th Hour Comics, and SNOW ANGEL, my all-ages superhero collection.

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24 Hour Comic, The Documentary World Premiere!


I promised to keep you blog readers updated on any future screenings of Milan Erceg’s documentary 24 HOUR COMIC, and I am as good as my word. I am pleased to announce that the film will have its world premiere at the DC Independent Film Festival on Monday February 20, Presidents Day. Milan and I will be present at the screening. You can have a preliminary look by viewing the trailer at the official website here.

David Chelsea is watching:Death At A Funeral
starring Chris Rock.

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RIP, Carrie Fisher

Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia (with Paul Simon), illustration for the New York Observer, 2006
Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia (with Paul Simon), illustration for the New York Observer, 2006

Carrie Fisher came along a bit too late to be the focus of my adolescent fantasies. By the time the first STAR WARS was released in 1977, I had already seen Sissy Spacek nude onscreen in PRIME CUT and CARRIE, as well as Cybill Sheperd in THE LAST PICTURE SHOW, FAYE DUNAWAY in CHINATOWN and NETWORK, Carol Kane in THE LAST DETAIL, Shelley Duvall in THIEVES LIKE US, and Valerie Perrine in LENNY, not to mention any number of real-life and up close actresses in the Storefront Theater, both onstage and in the dressing room, so her chaste appearance as Princess Leia didn’t do much for me. Her harem girl outfit in RETURN OF THE JEDI might have made more of an impression, but that didn’t come out until 1983, by which time I was 24, and well past fantasizing about actresses.

David Chelsea is watching: 6 SOULS
starring Julianne Moore

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24 Hour Comics At Books With Pictures: Wiper Woman and 24 Teachers


I did promise some time ago to do a report on my recent 24 Hour Comics Day experience at Books With Pictures, my first in three years. Here it finally is! What can I say? I could not have felt more at home in this wonderfully creative space, and I was most impressed with the work being done around me by a gifted crew of mostly beginner cartoonists, including my daughter Rebecca (who is not QUITE a beginner– she drew her first 24 hour comic at Things From Another World three years ago).

David Chelsea is watching: Disturbia
Starring Shia LaBeouf

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RIP, Jack Chick

Christian cartoonist Jack Chick died this week at 92. To pay tribute, here’s a return look at a post from 2011:

A selection of Jack Chick tracts
A selection of Jack Chick tracts

It will be a busy Stumptown for me this year. I will be on two panels (one a perspective drawing demo, the other about the relaunch of Dark Horse Presents) and I’ll be selling books and decorated envelopes at my table the rest of the time. This year, in addition to my new Watson-Guptill 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 have a new minicomic to sell, a parody Jack Chick tract written by me and drawn by my friend, Portland cartoonist and animator Chad Essley.

David Chelsea is reading: The Trouble with Dilbert: How Corporate Culture Gets the Last Laugh
by Norman Solomon

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Don’t you wish that you had been at the recent UNDERGROUND USA symposium, which was a celebration of the legacy of Portland’s underground newspapers, the Willamette Bridge and the Portland Scribe? Here’s what you missed: Comics historian Patrick Rosenkranz blew our minds by proving that Basil Wolverton made it into print as a cartoonist by 1929- the crack of dawn of comic books. Also by identifying the exact points in the lives of Basil Wolverton and Carl Barks when their careers paths crossed those of the underground cartoonists who followed them. Former Scribe staffers Maurice Isserman and Norman Solomon discussed the urgency and political outrage behind the deceptively casual “fly by the seat of your pants” appearance of the underground press. Event organizer Anne Richardson talked about the several “undergrounds” which influenced the thinking and film writing of Sheldon Renan. I, David Chelsea, gave a tour of the artists/cartoonists who appeared in Portland’s underground press. Event moderator Richard Gehr and surprise guest Matt Groening drew a verbal map of a Portland stuffed with record stores, bookstores, live music, and Ken Kesey sightings, and both identified themselves as former Willamette Bridge newsboys. Animation legend Bill Plympton joined the panel discussion and Portland’s Poet Laureate Walt Curtis spoke in appreciation of Norman Solomon. A very complete experience! These photos may give some idea:

David Chelsea is watching: The Witch
Starring Anya Taylor-Joy

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The Modern Love Podcast: Take Me As I Am, Whoever I Am


The Modern Love Podcast has repurposed another of my illustrations from the long-running New York Times column. In this episode of Modern Love: The Podcast, English actress Rebecca Hall (“Please Give”, “The Prestige”) reads the essay “Take Me As I Am, Whoever I Am,” Terri Cheney’s explanation of what it’s like to date while having bipolar disorder.

David Chelsea is reading:The Trouble with Dilbert: How Corporate Culture Gets the Last Laugh
by Norman Solomon

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UNDERGROUND USA On Words And Pictures

I recently blogged about Saturday’s Symposium UNDERGROUND USA, a nostalgia-fest about how awesome Portland’s underground papers, the Willamette Bridge and the Portland Scribe were. Tomorrow I talk about the event on KBOO-FM’s comics program Words And Pictures with fellow panelist Patrick Rosenkranz and KBOO host S.W. Conser. Listen in at 11:30am on 90.7 FM or online.

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Words and Pictures
Air date:
Thu, 10/13/2016 –
11:30am to 12:00pm

David Chelsea is reading: What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions
by Randall Munroe

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