Archive for July, 2010
I was watching the movie Bronson this evening and enjoying its theatricality. Lots of grotty cells and prisons that looked great but their reality was irrelevant, all that was important was that they were texturally appropriate for the scene in question. And that made me think that maybe these days movies are more likely to go for the loose realism of the Puffy Chair than the deliberate composed theatricality of Derek Jarman or Peter Greenaway.
Today’s sad news is that comics legend Harvey Pekar died, which hits me much more than general celebrity deaths. All the news articles I read today are short and garbling the details. This one is okay. I think it is most worthwhile for the second David Letterman clip posted. Not the Last Time on Letterman one, the other one. A crazy and heroic dismissal of Letterman.
The Pekar comic of his that comes up first when I think of his work was a page or two called Making Lemonade, which just showed him doing just that. Then enjoying a glass. I think it had a transformative effect on my mind, like “What?! Can… can you do a comic like that? But… nothing happened!” Seeing the beauty and magic in the everyday.
The Pixies album Come on Pilgrim keeps popping into my head after my Scott Pilgrim reread last week (so good!), and thus mutating into Come On (scott) Pilgrim.
Have you been following along with the 30 Days of Plant Comics? Those updates will continue on for the rest of July. I still need to figure out what I am going to do for the July installment of my Year 40 Project.
I got to continuing my leisurely crawl through Twin Peaks last night and did a drawing of this classic confrontation. The only part of drawing Sheriff Truman that interested me was his hair. And the wrinkles on his shirt.
Happy Canada Day! It is almost 1pm and I haven’t gotten dressed yet. I am listening to music from South Africa as I scan some comics. I am feeling happy thinking about (and twittering about) all the great Canadian comic people I know and enjoy.
Don’t forget to keep following my 30 Days of Plant Comics, updating weekdays. I just drew the last one today. What to do in July now?!