Monday, July 25, 2011

25 july 2011

Today's A1 is all about the long haul, the long struggle, the big event. It's a theme I find encouraging when starting drawing # 206. In terms of their front page coverage, newsworthy events are here and gone in the blink of an eye. When the story is your life, of course, you don't have the option of moving on to the next cycle of breaking news. What am I saying here? I guess today's front page has made me think about the inevitable (and probably necessary) disconnect between media time and real time.

Speaking of time, today is also the day when legendary time signature switchin' drummer Neil Peart appears on the front page in connection with an article about his exercise habits. What?

Saturday, July 23, 2011

22 july 2011

An open letter to all of my favorite remaining living painters:

Please stop dying. For a little bit, at least. It's not supposed to be a group show, you know.


Mixed Media Daily

Thursday, July 21, 2011

21 july 2011

20 july 2011

Horses and pies have both popped up on occasion during this project's run, but never before have they combined, Voltron style, into one mighty drawing. I will surely remember this moment for the rest of my life.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

12 july 2011

11 july 2011

So long, Will and Kate! You breezed into town and staged all sorts of public tableaux with horses and celebrities and inner city students, doing your part to break up the long, slow burn of the Southern California summer. We'll miss you, but we'll check in again when you have that baby.

And now that you're gone, what other mildly interesting news generators are on the horizon? Oh, yes--carmageddon.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

6 july 2011

Back when I lived in Philadelphia I spent a lot of time at the PMA, and a good portion of that time was spent loitering in the space where Cy Twombly's "50 days of illium" paintings hang. I don't think I've ever had my experience of an artist go from utterly confounded to complete love in quite the same way. Twombly's work, if you get a chance to live with it, will transform a lot of your beliefs about all kinds of things, art included. Rest in peace, Cy; it'll give the rest of us time to catch up.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

5 july 2011

The space shuttle always makes me think of sneakers for some reason. I've drawn the shuttle quite a bit during this project because, of course, it's being retired this year. So long, shuttle! There's a really great Rick Meyer photo of the shuttle circa 1979 being towed through the desert accompanying the rest of the story inside the A section. I can't find it anywhere online, so I guess that was a little present to the readers of the physical paper. Or I'm no good at searching for stuff online. But I'm pretty sure it's the former.

Monday, July 4, 2011

4 july 2011

Happy fourth, y'all. To get us all in a sexy, independent mood the LA Times A1 gave us the requisite photo of locals cooling off at a public pool, but they also gave us a couple of stories about messy, messy democracy in action, and also democracy inaction. Something to mull over while you're pounding beers and setting shit on fire, which you may now resume doing.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

2 july 2011

Well, we here at Mixed Media Daily Central Command are officially halfway through our mission as of today. We've met all of our milestones, and we're on target to pull out at the end of the year. There will be no mission creep. Not on my watch.

I guess the biggest change, process-wise, from when I began this thing until now is that I haven't had time recently to append commentary and hyperlinks to each post. However, because I know you all crave a content-rich internet experience, I'm hoping that will change a little in the second half. But really, who knows? Every day is a struggle, baby. Fortune is a fickle mistress. Just ask Dominique Strauss-Kahn! He could tell you some stories.