The @AppleseedCon banners went up early this week!
Well, as a well-known giver of relationship I’d say that you should buy a pirate ship say,”hey baby, the sea is calling.” Then shove off while she cries and waves a hanky. You just stare at her wistfully while your crew raises the sails. You’ll disappear over the horizon and she will realize she has made a huge mistake.
Cut to two years later, you return to port with your treasure that you’ve stolen on the high seas. You’re a new man. Cold. Hard. Your skin is like leather from the sun. You have some new scars from quelling an attempted mutiny on your ship.
You look up as you dock your boat. She’s there, looking just as beautiful as the day you left. “I haven’t left. I’ve waited for you every day since you left.”
You don’t say a word as you step off your ship into the dock. You approach her, staring into her eyes. Your lips are mere centimeters from hers.
A tear falls down her cheek.
You grab her by the waist and begin to whisper:
"I boned all the mermaids. All of them."
Then you walk away to the end of the dock and dive into the water. Mermaids swim to meet you and you make out with all of them. They are topless of course because they are mermaids. It’s actually a pretty gross display of public nudity. Really unsettling because, I mean, mermaids are part fish. Is this bestiality?
Who knows, man. Not me.
Please write me these kinds of questions.
Ben Nichols of Lucero cut a solo album about my favorite novel, Blood Meridian. My brother informed me of it yesterday, and I’ve already listened to it four times, and it made me restart the novel again.
I don’t know that Nichols captures the atmosphere of the book (nor should he bound to it), but I think he captures each of the characters and the bleakness of their lives.
This past weekend Ben Tiede and I went to the triennial Festival of Cartoon Arts, which is an academic conference for comic and cartoon studies. It was genuinely one of the most wonderful weekends I’ve had in a very long time.
The library itself houses an estimated 200-300,000 pieces of cartoon and comic art (that’s a pretty huge margin, but there are literally thousands and thousands of pieces they have received but have not cataloged), and the new gallery is going to be rotating exhibits every three to four months.
This weekend, some of the guests included: Jeff Smith, Paul Pope, Eddie Campbell (who was there doing research for his next project), Stephan Pastis, Dave Kellett, Patrick McDonnell, Hilary Price, Jaime Hernandez, and Gilbert Hernandez. Derf was also there, but he wasn’t an official guest; he was just walking around, but he did have a strip up in the gallery.
The gallery was incredible (I teared up twice), and the speakers were outstanding. There were also a whole lot of really great people there: academics, creators, fans (or some combination of the three).
Best of all: I got to meet Jaime and Gilbert Hernandez. During their talk, Beto said that he thought Jaime was one of the 10 best comics artists ever. When I met up with them out side, I told Gilbert I thought he was selling Jaime short. I said Jaime’s one of the 5 best. Gilbert paused for a minute, and then agreed. Jaime just kinda shrugged his shoulders and nodded. For whatever reason, being able to meet and say that to him was a big deal to me—it’s not often we get to meet our heroes and tell them what we really think.
Anyway, it was an incredible weekend, and if you’re able to travel to Ohio State University, you must go to the Cartoon Library and Museum. It’s really a treasure.
Here’s a Flickr photo set from the weekend and the gallery. I’m no Dave Mathis or Chris Neseman, so the photos are of questionable quality, but you get the idea of the breadth and quality of this first exhibition.