My Parental Units

I wonder who they’re gonna vote for?

I wonder who they’re gonna vote

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Eats for Endorsement

A new feature in which I recommend the work and websites of people who buy me dinner. Today’s entry: Thomas Florek!

Songwriter. Filmmaker. Humanitarian. Thomas Florek seems determined to make the world a better place – by any means necessary. Already he’s turned to such extreme methods as documenting philanthropic bike rides, making a feature doc about semi-obscure singer Jack Stock, and creating yarncore video Gangsta Knitter. He achieved the latter with his colleague Doug, with whom he forms the duo Tom and Doug. Florek is a supporter of the Christmas Resistance Movement, and if I recall correctly wrote a holiday jingle called “I Maxed Out My Credit Cards For You,”

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Courage

“Don’t be embarrassed. Especially if you write humor….We all have our kinks (I’ve got all their albums!), our weirdness, our neurosis and our strange ideas–God knows you could fill a city with mine–but most people are afraid to admit to them for fear of being laughed at. Well, you’re writing humor, so that’s the point?….My whole life I’ve hated conformity and everybody trying to act like everybody else. You know what? Act and write like who you are. Don’t be ashamed of yourself. Your wierdness is what makes you special. Share it. Embrace it. If someone doesn’t like it or is offended by it, then fuck them. Why would you want

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I didn’t even have to buy him lunch!

Fellow animator Lee Rubenstein came by last week with a little video camera, and now here I am on Youtube. The piece above is almost 8 minutes long (that’s close to infinity in animator time) so Lee also made a short (01:40) version for today’s on-the-go interweb entertainment audience:

Thanks, Lee!

Fellow animator Lee Rubenstein came by last week with a little video camera, and now here I am on Youtube. The piece above is almost 8 minutes long

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Links for Lunch

A new feature in which I recommend the work and websites of people who buy me lunch. Today’s entry: Gordon Fitch!

Gordon Fitch is a friend to artists. He’s a friend to me, a friend to my friend Signe, and a friend to all the other artsists whose work he put on the interwebs long before everyone and their cow had their own web site. Veterans of Usenet may know Gordon from his devastatingly witty and well-thought rants and arguments. I’m still waiting for him to collect a “best-of” anthology of his Usenet essays so I can read them all. Also he writes short stories, but I can’t find a public link

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Coney Island Memoirs

My pal Gordon suggested checking out Coney Island before it’s eaten by condo developers. Since I hate crowds, we chose today – a Tuesday – to pay our respects to this historic neighborhood. Click here to see the 144 photos I took.

My pal Gordon suggested checking out Coney Island before it’s eaten by condo developers. Since I hate crowds, we chose today – a Tuesday – to pay our

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Links for Lunch

A new feature in which I recommend the work and websites of people who buy me lunch. Today’s entry: Marty Wombacher!

You may know Marty Wombacher as the publisher of Fishwrap, a 1990’s ‘zine about magazines, or as the author of 99 Bottles of Beer Off The Wall, an answer to Zagat guides. Lately Marty’s been on fire with essays and anecdotes which you can read on his myspace blog. Now I happen to hate myspace – it’s ugly, clunky, unweildly and occasionally even confusing design-wise, and the very word “myspace” is an embarrassment. I’m not registered with myspace, I avoid it…but I’ve been reading Marty’s blog almost daily, due to the

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Enemies of the Muse

At a Platform Festival panel on intellectual property, I heard Rick Prelinger – filmmaker, founder of the Prelinger Archive and archive.org – warn animators against “internalizing the permission culture.” I’d never heard it phrased that way, but I can dig it. This morning I’ve been ruminating on this and other “enemies of creativity.” They are:
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Eats for Endorsement

A new feature in which I recommend the work and websites of people who buy me dinner. Today’s entry: Roz Warren!

Back before the interwebs, we independent cartoonists struggled in obscurity, seldom finding the audiences who would most appreciate our work. That anyone saw marginal comics like Nina’s Adventures at all was due to the good graces and herculean efforts of small publishers – publishers like Roz Warren. Throughout the 90’s, Roz selflessly devoted herself to the cause of “getting it out there,” editing and publishing humor collections through her Laugh Lines Press. I hadn’t seen Roz in over a decade, which was far too long; but apparently we’re both still as

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Maximum Boost to Norway!

I don’t like beer, and I don’t like to party, but I like Party With Beer:

Apparently some people were offended by “Heinrich Stämmler”‘s (I love how a Norwegian cartoon features German English) cartoon wee-wee. It’s part of Norges Televisjon‘s animated talk show project, which postulates TV talking heads don’t wear pants, since they’re (supposed to be) shot from the waist up, behind desks. Some Youtubers were so outraged by the flappin’ flaccidity, that Stämmler issued a video response:

Finally, NRK cleaned up their act with this Family-Friendly Version:

Some comments indicated “Party with Beer” is a parody of the band Scooter, which I’d never heard of, but after seeing their videos I have

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30 Second Bunnies

While in Portland I had the pleasure of hangin’ out with Jennifer Shiman, the genius behind 30-second Bunnies. Haven’t seen 30-Second Bunnies? Go.

While in Portland I had the pleasure of hangin’ out with Jennifer Shiman, the genius behind 30-second Bunnies. Haven’t seen 30-Second Bunnies?

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Back from Portland

The Platform Animation Festival was a big success, classy from start to finish. The Sita Sings the Blues work-in-progress screening went exceptionally well. The theater was beautiful, the projection system outstanding, and the audience was exceedingly kind and generous. I sampled some fine films, hung out with old friends and colleagues, and met some very cool people for the first time. And now I must get back to work!

The Platform Animation Festival was a big success, classy from start to finish. The Sita Sings the Blues work-in-progress screening went exceptionally well. The theater was beautiful, the

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