Friday, September 30, 2011

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

28 september 2011

27 september 2011

Several times this year the LAT has turned over prime front page real estate to götterdämmerung moments for neighborhoods or towns or, in the case of today's A1, entire civilizations. Joe Mozingo's story on the twilight of the Kumeyaay is a well wrought (and heartbreaking) example of this kind of reporting. Certainly journalists today have a deep well of personal experience to draw on when crafting these stories, and maybe that's partly why they're such affecting reads. Of course we are all living in a time of exceptional cultural, economic, and political upheaval, so maybe these stories are natural expressions of the zeitgeist (at this point i'd like to point out that I've used pretty much all the German i know in a single paragraph--Vielen Dank und gute Nacht!), stalactites in our collective cultural cave.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

24 september 2011

23 september 2011

What I learned about myself today: when given the choice to draw land-based wreckage or explosions, I will find a way to split the difference between them.

What I learned about Susan Lucci today: she's ending a pretty impressive run. And here I thought it would be interesting to do the same thing daily for a year. I'm clearly not thinking big enough.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

21 september 2011

20 september 2011

Only after I completed this entry did I take a step back and realize, "hey, this drawing is going to confuse those readers who don't get the actual physical paper. And is that cat puke on the rug?" so while I was cleaning cat puke and giving my cat the stink eye, it occured to me that I should just include a photo of the front page as it arrived today. So here it is . Oh, and rest in peace, Dolores Hope.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

7 september 2011

There is some skepticism surrounding Eddie Murphy's Oscar gig. Personally I'm looking forward to it. There's at least a chance that it will be hilarious/insane. And really, why not him? Why not anybody? It's the fucking Oscars. If it's terrible you get to do it all again next year, and maybe this time you'll get it right. Of course you won't, because you're the Oscars, but we'll tune in to see how you do anyway. You're like the friend with the crappy band who plays out once a year, and you go to see them because they're good people and they share their drink tickets. But I'm not discouraged this year. It could happen. And if it does, and it's a hit, you suddenly have a new Billy Crystal, which is great for everybody. Except Billy Crystal, who will henceforth be known as the old Eddie Murphy.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

6 september 2011

Man, it's been awhile since I've drawn a good old-fashioned plume of smoke. Hang in there, Texas. And congratulations, um, sweet potato, for making the front page. Your time is now, baby.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

3 september 2011

2 september 2011

Better late than never! This entry was, indeed, drawn (partially) in the middle of Berlin's set, and Between The Fixx and the B-52s, with the aid of a booklight (yes, i brought a booklight to a concert. Feel free to yell "NERD!" at me at your leisure. Anyway, my concert going experience generally involves a certain amount of revelry, so the work on the drawing ended when the revelry kicked into high gear.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

1 september 2011

Well well well. Today, on the cusp of a Labor Day holiday, at the end of summer (for me summer always ends with Labor Day weekend), exactly (roughly) two thirds of the way into this project, we get baseball and butcher's knives. Appropriate! I'll tell you what else is appropriate here at the end of the summer season: this song. Enjoy it!

Tomorrow I will, somehow, draw the day's entry while I'm at a concert at the Hollywood Bowl. So if you're there and you see me leaning against a wall somewhere scribbling away, stop by and say "Hi". If I'm in a good mood I might just draw you with a big head, sitting in a dune buggy.

31 august 2011