Monday, January 31, 2011

Sunday, January 30, 2011

30 january 2011

No, these are not suggestions for a new Egyptian flag. The Sunday paper's wrap-around ad happened to have a lot to contribute to this post, is all. It did not, however, persuade me to purchase any goods and/or services. Better luck next time, advertising!

29 january 2011

When Charlie Sheen is on the front page, the only question you need ask yourself is, "what color will I make his hair when I sketch him?" At least that's the only question I ever ask myself. Although sometimes I also replay this scene in my head. And then I chuckle. And then I give him green hair.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

28 january 2011

The letters are unfettered. The youth, oh you pretty things, are starting to change; go be the country you want to be, Egypt.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

27 january 2011

What up, Jackie? What up, Egyptian riot police guy? You two have, improbably, ended up on the front page together. Enjoy your shared, fleeting spotlight.

26 january 2011

Well, yesterday's mixed media daily is finally up now, the morning after. Apparently my ISP went fishing or something and didn't leave anyone behind to mind the store, thus I could not access the internet from home last night. It felt very 2001.

The State of the Union dominated the front page, as expected, which gave me the opportunity to draw Obama for the first time for this project.

Looks like it'll be all about Egypt today (tomorrow? we'll see if my internet connection wants to stay connected tonight).

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

25 january 2011

The wrap-around ad sort of took over this one; I can't resist drawing a map. That central image, that huddled pair in the center of it all, comes from an article about the Domodedovo Airport bombing.

Monday, January 24, 2011

24 january 2011

Those Hmong guys really anchored the page today (and in this case the online photo is the same as the print ed. photo!). Oh, and RIP Jack LaLanne. I'm sure you're up there, uh, doing one-armed pushups with Hendrix.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

23 january 2011

Today's A1 features a story Tony Perry wrote about the heavy toll on the Marines who are fighting in the Sangin District in Afghanistan . . . and an unfortunately placed adhesive ad. Perry's article was topped by a list of fallen soldiers from the 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, in a spot on the front page that was being co-opted by the ad, which featured Mr. Rooter and his saucy, winking grin.

And who's that dapper gent in the yellow tie below the fold? That, my friends, is Bijan. He dresses the most powerful men in the world. But what if you are a really powerful man? What else can Bijan do for you? He can create a limited edition Rolls-Royce Automobile for you, that's what.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

22 january 2011

It is a primate-themed post today thanks to the photo accompanying amy kaufman's piece about the working life of film festival screeners. In the article the screeners explain that their job entails performing a normally pleasurable activity at many times the rate at which the average person would reasonably perform it, and doing it on a very strict, barely sustainable schedule. I for one am glad I have no idea what that's like.

21 january 2011

That is a lot of smoke. We Angelenos are too far away from Vandenberg to experience any rocket launch sonic boom firsthand, but we did get to enjoy Brian Van Der Brug's fantastic photo of an insanely tall, coiling plume on A1 today. And even though it was reported to be some big top secret spy satellite launch, and we'll never get a straight answer out of anyone in charge about what went on that day, I like to imagine that the people who were there listened to this during the rocket's liftoff.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

20 january 2011

A text-heavy day. A break with LA Times style on the banner font. A world in peril. A special shout out to Brian Kloppenborg for being the unwitting below-the-fold talking head in today's drawing! Go follow Mr. Kloppenborg and let him school you on the mysteries of what was happening in 2009 (you need to update your twitter feed, Brian!). And read about his work on Epsilon Auringae here. And read about it here, if you have access to Nature's website.

Also, maybe you noticed that today's front page looks...different. More like the original drawing, you might say, if you had seen the original drawing. Well, I have seen the original drawing and this image is the closest thing to it without being it. Thanks, new scanner! We live in a truly magical age. All future posts will avail themselves of this new technology, and I intend to scan the early drawings and repost them at some point in 2011.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

19 january 2011

Baby Doc's impassive, Droopy-Dog mug made it to A1 again. I guess you got your wish, anonymous.

Monday, January 17, 2011

17 january 2011

Man, those Glee kids had to share the front page with a couple of real jerks.

Oh, and let me apologize in advance for the wonky, not-very-true-to-life colors in the photo of this drawing. I'm making do until my scanner arrives.

16 january 2011

Sunday, January 16, 2011

15 january 2011

So, the front page today had an article about pie consumption in the US, and to illustrate the rise in pie eating, they used a pie...graph? C'mon, guys. If there was ever time to use a pie chart, it's in the article about pies.

Also, when I form my post-post-rock, experimental, all-instrumental 17 piece band I will name it semi Tunisia.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

14 january 2011

I know, I know, it's like being back in Dorothy's Kansas---where's all the color? The thing is, I begin work on a new show this coming Monday, and I will thus have much less time each day to doodle these A1s. I've been thinking about other ways to draw them (and other styles in which to draw them---but that's another conversation) since before I began this project, and the all-pencil execution makes sense for those days when time is scarce. And I like the way it looks, dammit. So I guess what I'm saying is that you'll be seeing this style in the future. Embrace it. Love it. Feel the 2B Tombow positivity.

Friday, January 14, 2011

13 january 2011

Back to shooting w/ daylight. I think it's time to buy a scanner. Oh, and first drawing with a wrap-around ad! Frigidaire, baby.

For you non-Angelenos let me give a little background on that stout gentleman in the lower right corner. That's Robert Rizzo, the disgraced former city adminstrator of Bell who defrauded his city for millions of dollars. As of the taking of that photo, he was working as a parking lot attendant at a surfing museum in Huntington Beach. As of this morning, the local news is reporting that he has lost that job as well. 2011 is not his year!

Thursday, January 13, 2011

12 january 2011

In the interest of posting these drawings the same day that the paper comes out, I am testing out indoor, artificial-light photography on this post. Not at all perfect, but it seems . . . doable. I will see what I can do about acquiring/jury-rigging a diffuser and hotter lights.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

what about the real thing?

Some folks have requested that I post the original LA Times front page along with my drawings, which is a totally fun idea but also one I feel will get me in all sorts of trouble with the coven of scary lawyer types the LA Times undoubtedly keeps on retainer. Still, for anyone who is interested in just what the hell my scribblings have in common with the actual front page, and who lives in an area where the physical paper is not available, or who lives in LA and is too damn lazy to go to the newstand and buy/look at/steal a copy of the LAT, there is a solution: go to, scroll down to the Print Edition section, and there you will find a downloadable pdf of the front page. Keep in mind, however, that I generally post my drawings of the front pages a day late, and the LAT only has a pdf available of the current day's front page. Thus you will have to download the pdf today to have it available for all of your compare/contrast purposes tomorrow. I haven't looked very deeply into it yet, but it's possible that the LAT has these front page pdfs archived somewhere on their site. If I find out that this is the case, I'll post it here. And if anyone out there finds out before I do, please let me know.

10 january 2011

Friday, January 7, 2011

6 january 2011

a few stray blades of grass got into the photo of this one, but i kind of liked them so i left them in.