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Sunday, September 30, 2007

Dexter Premier

We just watched the Dexter premier. It seems that Dexter has a case of the yips. My guess is that Dexter's current problems are somehow related to the curse that the blind voodoo store owner uttered at Dexter just before Dexter tried to kill him. Bob thinks I am overanalyzing. Again.

Regardless, it is a tribute to the writing that I hate Sgt. Doakes, even though he is entirely right about Dexter.

Shift Drink

I was profiled in Shift Drink this week. Here is the link:

Saturday, September 29, 2007

Happy New Year!

October 1 is the first day of Federal Fiscal Year 2008. In honor of this day, I have prepared an Alphabet of Federal Acronyms (AFA). I don't think I'll illustrate this one, but the text alone is interesting. Click here for the answers, or visit for a complete list of Federal acronyms. (Hint: Q, X, and Y are Military acronyms.)

V – VA
X – XO
Z - ZIP (code)

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Letter P

I chose “Pfft!” for P, as exclaimed by Berkeley Breathed’s Bill the Cat. Bill said both “Pfft! and Thbbbt!” as approximations of the raspberry noise.

I had forgotten many of the details of Bill the Cat’s past. Here: it’s well worth the read.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Dexter Returns

Season 2 of Dexter begins this Sunday at 9PM. Dexter, for those of you unfamiliar, is a Showtime series about a serial killer (Dexter) who only kills other serial killers. We rented Season 1 from Netflix, and I am completely hooked. So hooked, in fact, that we plan to order the books which inspired the series.

Click here for the Season 2 preview.

Monday, September 24, 2007

Poster Sighting

Bob was in San Francisco last week, and he took a picture of my poster at the SFMOMA MuseumStore. He didn't visit the museum, mind you, but at least he got a picture of the store.

Friday, September 21, 2007

Letter O

I chose "Oy vey!" for O, as uttered by Shelia Broflovski from South Park. This was the most innocuous way I could think of to include South Park in the poster. Of course, South Park offers a whole host of catch phrases to choose from, but not all of the catch phrases are interjections, and very few are appropriate for children.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Stefan G. Bucher's Daily Monster

This artist is much more prolific than me. I thought I would post up his site tonight since I am currently stalling on my interjections project. Stefan G. Bucher draws a new monster each week, and video records the creative process. The process is interesting, as are the monsters, but what impresses me the most is that he can write and draw upside down and backwards for the benefit of the camera. Seriously, check out his site!

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Hot Fuzz

I know I am late in coming to this, but the only way we see movies any more is through Netflix. We watched Hot Fuzz the other night, and I enjoyed it thoroughly! As you probably know already, this is a police action/comedy done by the same people as Shaun of the Dead. I liked the movie, especially the portrayal of the overzealous Neighborhood Watch, which reminded me somewhat of the PA at my daughter's school. To me, though, the most interesting part of the movie was the use of the The Kinks / The Village Green Preservation Society in the soundtrack. This was one of my favorite albums when I was in high school, and the songs fit beautifully with the movie.

If I ever have time, and right now I don't, I think it would be fun to illustrate the Village Green album as a poster. I would illustrate one song per square, in the same grid-style as my alphabet posters. Maybe I will start a music series when I am done with my Art and Grammar series.

Monday, September 17, 2007

Man Dies After 3-day Gaming Binge

Good God.

Letter M

This is the letter M of my Interjections Alphabet. "Merciful Rao!" is what Superman exclaimed in moments of astonishment or distress. Thanks to the DC Database, I now know the history of Rao:

Rao was the name attributed to a divine entity observed in Kryptonian religious practices. In Krypton’s ancient past, Rao was regarded as a god of the sun, and as such, Krypton's star was named in his honor. Erok-El, founder of the El family dynasty considered beings born with red hair a sign of Rao's divine influence and made it a common practice that all male citizens with red hair were automatically accepted into the Kryptonian military.

The Kryptonian leader,
Jaf-El, later established a monotheistic culture, wherein Rao was the sole god of all of Krypton. Churches were established in Rao's name and it was common for people of reputable bearing to procure lives for themselves as priests of Rao. Those who follow the path of Rao are often referred to as Raoists.

Here is the link if you want to read more.

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Plagiarism Show Pictures

Gallery RFD posted up pictures from the Plagiarism and Appropriation show. Here are scenes from the reception. Here is a slideshow of the exhibit.

Friday, September 14, 2007

Ed's Debut

Our cousin Ed has a part on Sesame Street! He can be seen as a background extra in show #4141 (Big Bird Breaks Elmo's Trike). He plays a man with an African American wife and small child. The show airs November 5th in NYC, Channel 13 @ 7AM.
Speaking of Sesame Street, I found this clip of "Mahna Mahna" on Youtube.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Art Spiegelman

Here's something I didn't know. Art Spiegelman, Pulitzer Prize-winning creator of Maus, was also a co-editor and art director for the Garbage Pail Kids. He discusses it briefly at the end of this interview. (Thanks, Nadia!)

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

UrbanBaby Daily

My website got picked up by UrbanBaby Daily today! Here is the link:

Monday, September 10, 2007

The First 13

I have now completed exactly half of my interjections alphabet. Here are the first 13 letters again:

A - "Arr!" - Captain McAllister from The Simpsons;
B - "Billions of blue blistering Barnacles!" - Captain Haddock from Tintin;
C - "Curses, foiled again!" - Snidely Whiplash;
D - "D'oh!" - Homer Simpson;
E - "Ew, double ew!" - Jackie from Cyberchase;
F - "(Oh) Fudge!" - Dudley Do-Right;
G - "Good grief!" - Charlie Brown;
H - "Hey hey hey!" - Fat Albert;
I - "I tell you what!" - Hank Hill from King of the Hill;
J - "Jinkies!" - Velma from Scooby Doo;
K - "Kowabunga!" - Bart Simpson;
L - "Leapin' Lizards!" - Little Orphan Annie;
N - "Narf!" - Pinky from Pinky and the Brain.

Now on to the next 13.

Letter N

I went out of order a bit here and did N before M. I chose "Narf!" for N, as exclaimed by Pinky in Pinky and the Brain.

Sunday, September 09, 2007

Magic of Astoria Show

I had a spot in the Magic of Astoria Arts & Crafts Show today. Here were the details:

Queensview Community Rooms
21-15 34th Avenue
Astoria, NY 11106

Sunday, September 9th
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Next time I should probably announce the event before it happens. Ah, well . . . .

Saturday, September 08, 2007

Oompa Loompa Cake

My daughter Megan turned 5 on Friday, and she asked me to decorate her cake with the Oompa Loompas singing "Horrid smell." She was referring to this scene from Tim Burton's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

Her initial request was beyond my expertise, so I drew an Oompa Loompa from the book instead. The book illustrations are by Quentin Blake, one of my favorite illustrators. Blake did the illustrations for many of Roald Dahl's books, including The Enormous Crocodile.

Thursday, September 06, 2007

Plagiarism and Appropriation Show

I decided to apply to this show after all. I am happy to report that I will have two pieces included in the exhibit! Here are the details:

Gallery RFD
106 N. Green St.
Swainsboro, GA 30401

When: September 8th - October 6th
Opening Reception: Saturday September 8th, 5-8pm

Since the gallery is in Swainsboro, GA, I will not be able to see the show in person (Billions of blue blistering barnacles!!!!! Curses, foiled again!). However, the gallery said it will post photos of the exhibit on its website starting Wednesday.

Jack Kerouac and the Beats

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Letter L

I chose "Leapin' Lizards!" from Little Orphan Annie for the letter L of my alphabet. My 3-year-old liked this picture so much that she asked me to put it on her birthday cake back in July. I did a modified version for the cake.
Meanwhile, my older daughter turns 5 on Friday, and she has asked me to decorate her cake with the Oompa Loompas singing "Horrid smell." Um, I'll keep you posted on that request.

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Tim's Article

My friend Tim McCarthy wrote a great article for The Nation about the recent Larry Craig scandal. Here is the link:

Monday, September 03, 2007

Letter K

I think "Kowabunga" is technically spelled with a C, but I cheated a bit here and used it for my K. I was tempted to use "Kickass!" from South Park, but I decided that I really didn't need my 3-year-old repeating "Kickass!" all over the playground. For that reason alone, I chose "Kowabunga." "Kowabunga" is my third of four Simpsons interjections.

Saturday, September 01, 2007

A Weekend in Chelsea Show

We were at the Weekend in Chelsea show Friday night and Saturday. Here are some highlights from the show. I think my favorite part was the moving plastic frog that was swimming in the punchbowl.

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