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.
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 quality of the writing. If you still can’t bear to visit any myspace page – and I can’t blame you – you can buy Marty’s upcoming, ink-on-paper book, The Boy Who Would Be A Fire Truck. Actually you can buy the book regardless.
Would YOU like to be featured in Links for Lunch? Then buy me lunch. My email address is at the bottom of the middle column, the one with the pictures linking to my movies and cartoons and stuff.
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 charming and brilliant as ever, although one of us has become a public librarian (guess which!). Indeed, conversation remained entertaining and fascinating as Roz treated me to an extremely delicious dinner in the West Village. Check out her web site which includes several stories and humor pieces, including this one which apparently has become a literary cult classic.
Would YOU like to be featured in Eats for Endorsement? Then buy me dinner. My email address is at the bottom of the middle column, the one with the pictures linking to my movies and cartoons and stuff.
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 StÃ¤mmler”‘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 StÃ¤mmler 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 to agree – a brilliant parody at that.
Now I want to move to Norway.
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.