I've got mad love for the single panel strip.And in high school I was a Yankees cap fan. Never watched a single game. Eventually I pulled the white stitching out because I was sick of people trying to talk to me about baseball.There's nothing wrong with liking the New Yorker's comics. Although I've heard disparaging remarks about 'em from other people.You might be interested in a cartoonist named Seth. (No last name, just Seth. Makes for a tough Google search.)His published work is here:http://www.drawnandquarterly.com/shopCatalogLong.php?st=art&art=a3dff7dd55a576And you may be able to find a collection in the downtown library.I used to read Palookaville back when it first started, and I vaguely remember a storyline where Seth (written during the autobiographical boom in the '90s) obsesses over an obscure New Yorker cartoonist.Later in his career, I believe he ended up illustrating a couple of the New Yorker's covers. Every illustrator's dream. I'm sure he was thrilled.He also illustrated the new version of the Portable Dorothy Parker:Look here:http://a4.vox.com/6a0123ddd1cc6f860d0123ddbe1bac860c-500piand here:http://www.dorothyparker.com/images/portable_flap2.jpgLastly, he designed the book covers for the Complete Peanuts collection (which I'm sure you've seen):http://bigpicture.typepad.com/writing/CB.jpgActually, now that I think about it... there's been a recent trend for publishers to ask "underground" cartoonists to design/illustrate their book jackets. The Dorothy Parker book was the first I noticed, but later I stumbled on Chris Ware's cover for a Voltaire collection and Charles Burns' frightening cover for Upton Sinclair's The Jungle.-SusanPS - That last strip you posted was amazing.
Dear Sue,I like living in a universe where a Portable Dorothy Parker not only exists, but exists in an incarnation illustrated by some fella who goes by the name of Seth. Thanks for the linkage. I also like stories where starving artists end up working for the very people they once obsessed about. In high school, I was fortunate enough to work for a radio station and befriended the DJs I used to idolize. If these tales are any indication of the way the real world works, in three years' time I should be hobnobbing with our friends Spike and Wes at Grauman's Chinese Theater. I'll also make a record with Andrew Bird. Speaking of whom, did you know Chris Ware and Andrew Bird are not only collaborators, but friends? (Yeah, you probably did.) They joined forces for the live simulcast version of "This American Life" and made this cartoon. It's weird, but ideally syncopated. http://vimeo.com/4412391
I happen to love me some Dorothy Parker. I've even been in at least two heated arguments whereby I was called to defend her. Apparently, the snobs of lit crit have no use for her anymore.Thanks for the link.I've always love This American Life. There's a much longer discussion to be had there... I'll spare you.One good link deserves another:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WbVeN13wGFc(The chances of you having already seen that one is highly likely... but just in case.)Where do you see yourself on the the Writer's Food Pyramid? Smoking the adorable pipe in the The Nicotines?
My Writer's Food Pyramid would look a little different. Caffeine would be replaced by a massive level called Warm Beverages, because I almost always drink decaf. This level would take up two-thirds of the pyramid. And alcohol would take the place of pizza, right up there in the "use sparingly" section. I wish smoking pipes wasn't bad for you, because I have to admit, it looks pretty awesome when people smoke pipes. Rather Sherlock-y. I love This American Life too. At one point, I was convinced I wanted to intern for them. The show gets smacked around sometimes for being pretentious, but what doesn't? I don't really listen to it anymore because I don't drive as much, but I was once a faithful listener. And though I had indeed already seen the link, thanks for passing it along. Yay Chris Ware. (Is it WAR-e or WEAR?) And I can also do an impression of Ira Glass that's pretty dang good. If I do say so myself.
The message articulation one is a classic.