JUL
2008
25

Ceccarelli Pears: Pretty Tasty!

This is the first freelance assignment I’ve had the time to accept in a while, and while I’m thrilled with how it turned out, I’m stumped as to how I should categorize it here in my blogg. I created the Shalampti category for unpaid projects, but what should paid projects be called? If only all problems could be so pleasant. A larger version can be seen here.

JUL
2008
24

More Anacharsis

“‘Laws are like cobwebs, for if any trifling or powerless thing falls into them, they hold it fast, but if a thing of any size falls into them it breaks the mesh and escapes.’” Anacharsis, c. 600 BC, quoted in From Hell, Chapter 12, ii. Paddington Q, Australia: Eddie Campbell Comics, 1999. Following up on my recent blogg entry on the efforts to protect the Bush administration from the legal consequences of its lawbreaking, I just read an article by Philip Gourevitch and Errol Morris from the March 24, 2008 issue of The New Yorker on Sabrina Harman, the woman…

JUL
2008
24

“I Am an Amanuensis” 45: Weezer

“[…] I can’t work a job / Like any other slob / Punch it in / And punch it out / And sucking up to Bob / Marrying a beeatch / And have seven keeads / Giving up / And growing old / And hoping there’s a god.” Rivers Cuomo, channeling Kubla Khan, in Weezer’s “Troulbemaker” from their latest self-titled album, also known as “The Red Album.” Amanuensis –noun. A person employed to write what another dictates or to copy what has been written by another.

JUL
2008
22

The Scratch Papers, Page 60, “Self-Loathing Portrait”

2008. This adorns the cover of my little pocket notebook, in which I write down ideas, quotes, to-do lists and little missives of self-hatred.

JUL
2008
22

“I Am an Amanuensis” 44: Samuel Taylor Coleridge

That with music loud and long, I would build that dome in air, That sunny dome ! those caves of ice ! And all who heard should see them there, And all should cry, Beware ! Beware ! His flashing eyes, his floating hair ! Weave a circle round him thrice, And close your eyes with holy dread, For he on honey-dew hath fed, And drunk the milk of Paradise. Excerpt from Coleridge’s “Kubla Khan, or, A Vision in a Dream. A Fragment,” originally written in 1797 or 1798 and published in 1816; reprinted online by HistoryofIdeas.org, University of Virginia…

JUL
2008
20

The Scratch Papers, Page 59, “Hey, Fatty!”

Clave and I have started working our way through Jessica Abel and Matt Madden’s comics-making textbook, Drawing Words and Writing Pictures. One of the earliest exercises is to depict “a person running,” the results of which are below. Clave said it looks like he’s barely moving, to which I responded, “Since he’s supposed to be me, that’s the point.”

JUL
2008
20

“I Am an Amanuensis” 43: Anacharsis

“‘Laws are like cobwebs, for if any trifling or powerless thing falls into them, they hold it fast, but if a thing of any size falls into them it breaks the mesh and escapes.’” Anacharsis, c. 600 BC, quoted in From Hell, Chapter 12, ii. Paddington Q, Australia: Eddie Campbell Comics, 1999. I got to thinking about this quote after reading an essay by Andrew Sullivan in which he argues, quite convincingly, that the Bush administration’s “enhanced interrogation techniques” are very similar to those developed by the Nazis for special prisoners, such as the paramilitary insurgents Germany faced in Norway.…

JUL
2008
17

Once, Twice, Four Times an Uncle

The newest member of the hardpressed Baggs family, Carissa Alana Baggs, was born yesterday to my brother David and his wife B. Congratulations guys!

JUL
2008
12

Curious Band of Artists Show TONIGHT!

Don’t forget! The Brick House Gallery, 2837 36th Street (on the Corner of 36th Street and Broadway) tonight from 6-10 pm.

JUL
2008
11

The Scratch Papers, Page 58, “Doodle Fantasy”

A scrap of paper I’ve been doodling on all week. You may notice both Batman and a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle; Clave says I always find a way to fit them into any doodle, even if they’re almost hiding in this one. There’s also a new character here: Mat Cauthon, AKA “The Gambler,” from Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time fantasy series, which I’ve been listening to lately as audio books on my iPod. I don’t enjoy Jordan’s work as much as I do George R. R. Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire (which will hopefully be an amazing new show on…