Category Archives: Fun

The Title of that one Jonathan Coulton Song Everyone Knows.

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I have returned. I’m still alive, you might say. Just finished some comic strips for a remake of the gag series Two Word Title (the original can be found in the comics section). Even after taking out all the objectionable content I was still left me with enough material for new strips, so now I’m back to work on the 19th Century adventures of Hollander and Wakefield for the fine people at St. James Comics, among other projects. I finished an oil painting a little while ago, and once I get it back from the venue I’ll have some pictures as well. I really need to get a new camera…

Trying to think of some new project ideas… I’m currently stuck in “comics mode” but at a BBQ the other day I was describing some gallery installation ideas that kind of got me fired up to write grant proposals again. I need some capital, after all, if I’m going to buy fancy enough objects to be worth “monsterizing.”

Not much in the way of new work I’d like to show right now, but I’ll share with you this clip from “Vermilion Pleasure Night,” a surrealist late-night Japanese sketch comedy show from the mind of conceptual artist Yoshimasa Ishibashi (Skit dubbed into English for your convenience):

The Japanese version has an funny, tripped-out deadpan that’s missing here, but this sketch still gave me a side ache from laughing so hard, and I’m probably going to buy the complete DVD collection (it’s only 3 discs). It exists at the intersection of modern art and sketch comedy, two things I try to keep a foot in, but Vermilion Pleasure Night definitely isn’t for everyone; it wants to make you work to understand it. As the kind of person, however, who often tries to think outside of the box, but then re-reads or looks over everything he does until he can just draw another, bigger box around it, and then repeats the process, it’s fun to see someone else obviously thinking the same way – VPN is full of the kinds of ideas I’d bring up when writing in a group, that would quickly get shot down with a “no one else thinks like that, Jon.” Well, this show does.

More Corn!

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Haven’t posted in a while, but I haven’t been working on anything I’d feel honest posting up here in public until it’s finished, so this’ll just be some incidental sketches and musings to prove I’m busy and not dead.

Here are two 4-panel strips I recently did for a project that later got cancelled:
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Here’s a quick drawing I did a month or two ago as a kind of summer fun thing – Haven’t drawn those characters from Urusei Yatsura in a while:
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Speaking of summer fun, I downloaded this album last night, and part of the reason I’m posting today is because I want to evangelize:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Flight-602-Aim/dp/B000GPI3NU
It’s billed as “dance,” but it’s a bit too musically ambitious and intelligent for that description alone – Yeah, there are some clever polyrhythmic beats and basslines so rubbery you could use them as a trampoline, making something you can definitely get up and bop around to, but a better use is to sit calmly (drawing…?) and nod to the beat as the music puts images in your brain. Niko delivers some excellent vocals, as well, turning the album into a kind of musical chronicle of an entire urban summer. This is music for the “slacker cognoscenti” – If you’re one of those people who bristles at electronic music as soulless beeps for weird skinny kids in baggy pants, this will change your mind.

Rough on things.

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I think one day every kid discovers, against their parents’ warnings, that the green, rough, scratchy side of the sponge removes grease and dirt so much more effectively.  But I think you become an adult the day you start to wonder, “why do all my utensils and plates have scratch marks on them?”  This is probably a metaphor for a lot of things, but what they are is left as an exercize for the reader.

Take This Job and Poet.

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…Didn’t even know it…

Today is the last day of National Poetry Month, and, well, I just had to do something… I had earlier uploaded some old MSPaint doodles I did a while ago into a “misc” folder on this site, then started rhyming about them idly while washing the dishes today, and decided to make a little thing of it:

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The Buddha Balloon, the Budda Balloon!
It must have come out of some kind of cartoon,
defending itself with a thund’rous kaboom
As it floats through the clouds on its way to the moon!
The wonderful, magical Buddha Balloon!

With gold and brocade it is always festooned,
catching all eyes from man down to raccoon
Such a wondrous sight you won’t see again soon
The stupendous-superlative Buddha Balloon!

magmaslug
The Magma Slug
Just wants a hug.
Though he is dumber than a bug,
He’s dangerous as any thug,
For while he has no cranium
His slime contains uranium.

nanopie
The NanoPie
is very shy.
It hides while days and weeks go by
But when the season urges
it finally emerges
And though it makes no scream or “boo”
Most are surprised by its gray goo.

….Can you tell I like Ogden Nash?

When Culture gives you Lemons…

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Did some sketches to accompany the grant proposal in addition to the actual descriptions of the thing. I’ll just re-use the fancy collaged forms I made for the hotel gig, at least as far as the descriptions of the thing itself goes. Here are the two (very rough! These will all be full oil paintings!) sketches to accompany the app:

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The basic idea is that there are LEDs behind each of the paintings, and a central control console with a button corresponding to each one. You have to press the buttons in sequence to get the cover over the large central painting to retract, and as you “activate” each painting, a section of it is backlit, providing you with a clue as to what the next painting in the sequence might be. You can’t see all those clues here, since this is just a rough sketch, but they’re described in the accompanying text (Here, they’re drawn in the left-to-right sequence you’d activate them – Try to find the connections!) The sequence is supposed to represent a progression of various styles and media in art, but have them circle back and eat their own tail, with the central painting being a kind of synthesis of the whole deal. Looking at it now, from a more objective viewpoint, I can see how it would be a bit of a head-scratcher, but it’s already a literal puzzle in the first place, so I think it works out….Well, I wouldn’t have posted it, otherwise.

I’ve got three other developed conceptual installation ideas involving building rather elaborate objects, two that require old cars, and one that also requires a boat, so I’ll see if this simpler one flies first.
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Excellent Madison comedian Alan Talaga, AKA Dan Potacke, has put together this video for his live talk show. Consider this a plug.

Thanks, other fool.

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I am, and my life is, the proverbial tale told by an idiot. Several dozen times a day I quietly cry out, “ow!” as I remember something un-smooth or embarrassing that I said perhaps yesterday, or perhaps when I was five. I know I should let it go, but that’s like saying that if you have fair, easily burned skin, maybe you should go tanning. Thanks. But today I was forwarded this poem that at least eloquently expressed that same feeling. Maybe one day I’ll be able to shrug off all my blunders, but if I had that kind of Cask of Amontillado wall built over my ego I wouldn’t have considered being an artist in the first place.

Oh yeah, poem:
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Account
By Czeslaw Milosz, translated by Robert Pinsky and the author

The history of my stupidity would fill many volumes.

Some would be devoted to acting against consciousness,
Like the flight of a moth which, had it known,
Would have tended nevertheless toward the candle’s flame.

Others would deal with ways to silence anxiety,
The little whisper which, though it is a warning, is ignored.

I would deal separately with satisfaction and pride,
The time when I was among their adherents
Who strut victoriously, unsuspecting.

But all of them would have one subject, desire,
If only my own—but no, not at all; alas,
I was driven because I wanted to be like others.
I was afraid of what was wild and indecent in me.

The history of my stupidity will not be written.
For one thing, it’s late. And the truth is laborious.
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Every line of this poem is a morning-after story – I have lain in bed after many a night on the town and gone over my various actions and pronouncements, and come to the same conclusions. I only wish I could say them with such economy and compression. If I could, no doubt I’d have much less to be embarrassed about.

Winding Down

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Added this one at the last minute – It can fit in anywhere in the sequence. Not sure if I like how it turned out, though; it’s a little different from how I envisioned it, and I just kind of flew by the seat of my pants. In any case, I can still cover up parts with words, and there’s only one page left now.

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Despite the occasionally clunky acting, I have to say that “Fringe” is a surprisingly decent show. I had it on in the background while I was working on this and thought it was entertaining enough to cue a bunch of them up. EDIT 4/29: OK, saw a few more episodes, and the main character seems to have a Harry Potter-like “special destiny” that’s slowly being revealed. My surprised enthusiasm in the show has cooled off a little.

Sometimes I do things.

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Sometimes.

I just got what I feel is, in all objectivity, quite a rad album. Right now I am listening to the first track, “Carolina,” on loop – It is just that awesome.

A man said to me, “give Pikachu a new face.”  So I did:
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Finished a logo for a comedian I collaborate with, and a little 3D modeling project for fun. I might have those up later.

But right now, it’s time to get back to work on that graphic novel proposal…

To the Sky!

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I just finished a 4-page sample for a possible collaboration on a graphic novel – A drama this time, as opposed to a comedy or a big existential “look how smart I am!” festival. I’ll refrain from posting it because this is just between me and said collaborator, but rest assured, I am not resting on any kind of assured laurels or, heaven forbid, sitting around drinking scotch and drawing goofy cartoons that shall remain unposted for fear of embarrassing loved ones…

In the mean time, however, feast your eyes on this:

This is, and I feel I can say this without hyperbole, the greatest thing to ever be on TV, ever. I don’t even like TV that much – in the ’50’s they told the public that this magic viewing tube would be a window unto knowledge heretofore unseen by the general public….

…That space above is my only reaction – However! This program that I have linked to is one of the very few things I’ve ever seen that actually fulfills that promise of humanism and knowledge. Here is not only a view of the entire universe on an emotional, meaningful level, but a manifesto for human cooperation rarely seen in any medium. I defy you to watch this episode and remain dry-eyed. For those in a hurry, the 37-minute mark starts off The Greatest Story Ever Told.

You know what was fun?

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Hair Metal was fun.
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(Recycling this from an online art exercise.)

Added a drawing to the (gasp) Drawings section. It was in the blog earlier, but it’s dropped off the radar, so to speak, and people seem to react to it as if it were gallery-worthy.