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2008
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The Scratch Papers, Page 62, “Couldn’t Do Tough to Save My Life”

1989. It’s tough for me to date drawings from this period because I always I assume I was very young when I drew them, but if I’m quoting Tim Burton’s Batman it must be June of 1989, when I was ten. These drawings are hilarious for several reasons: note Robin’s short pants (drawn here at a modest length, rather than the Speedo-briefs Robin normally wears while fighting crime), the 1960s television Batman versions of The Riddler and The Penguin, my barely competent imitation of Brian Bolland’s famous Joker art, but, most of all, Batman’s silly grin beneath the famous movie…

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2008
23

“I Am an Amanuensis” 46: Rancid

Playback, rock and roll come and save me It’s a safe bet that you will never ever betray me And I’ll give back everything that you gave me And I know that no one can ever ever constrain me Rancid, “Indestructible,” from the album of the same name. This is how I feel about comics. Amanuensis –noun. A person employed to write what another dictates or to copy what has been written by another.

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2008
20

Shocking News: Rush Limbaugh Racist

In what will hopefully become his “Imus” moment, Rush Limbaugh went on the air today and called Obama “‘[…] the little black man-child.” Media Matters has a recording of the audio online, which can be heard here.

AUG
2008
19

Fun with Clave

I’ve been quite pleased with my student Clave’s progress as of late. Not only is he putting together some truly awesome pages for his soon-to-be-released mini-comic The Intern, he’s also completed one of the most important tasks for any aspiring artist: a photo of the artist as a serious young man: These days I’m not giving Clave as many specific lessons; instead we’re having fun creating jam comics based on suggestions from Jessica Abel and Matt Madden in their great book Drawing Words & Writing Pictures! In our last meeting Clave and I created an “Icons” jam comic, in which…

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2008
18

Ben Stein Flunks Critical Reasoning

Last night I caught the end of an interview with Ben Stein on C-Span in which Stein said something truly ridiculous: [Interviewer Brian] LAMB: You said, for instance that there is a course offered at Brown [University] called the black female body in American culture. STEIN: Right, none about the white female body or the Hispanic or the Asian female body, but the black female body. Lots and lots of classes in lesbian studies and gay women’s and gay men’s studies, but interestingly enough, not a single class – I believe that as a sister of Brown, in military history,…

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2008
10

The Scratch Papers, Page 61: “HardPressed Jess versus Clutch McBastard”

In my recent post about The Bridge Project anthology I neglected to mention another cartoonist whose work I admire that is also contributing to the book: Greg Means. Creator of the long-running mini-comic “Clutch McBastard,” Means’s work is a nice mix of the pleasantly mundane (autobiographical details about normal life) and the ridiculously absurd (one of his friends is drawn with a peanut body, a gum drop head and toothpicks for arms, one of which is always holding a doughnut). After encountering his work for the first time back in 2003 or 2004, I drew and mailed him the following,…

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2008
10

Putting the “Pro” Back in “Protest”

Keeping the troops entertained at a recent protest. Socialism never looked so good …

AUG
2008
09

The Bridge Project Anthology

I haven’t blogged for a couple of weeks, but with good reason: I’ve been busy working on print projects for the upcoming Alternative Comics Expo! God willing, I won’t fall off the wagon and start playing video games again, thus eliminating any chance of finishing everything in time. One major project I’m working on is a story for Matt Leunig’s new anthology The Bridge Project, which teams an artist from San Francisco with an artist from Portland to “create a ‘bridge’ in which [artists from] both [comics communities] can work together,” as Matt puts it on the book’s web site.…