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March 24, 2003

must...consume

i have been ingesting a lot lately:

Valis
The Divine Invasion
The Transmigration of Timothy Archer

Combine that with some truly excellent episodes of Six Feet Under and my brain is swimming.
More on the Philip K. Dick work will be coming soon, as this is one of the few works dealing with serious Christian thought that is not a preachy diatribe or a rally against its oppression. Well, they are that and great fiction.

March 18, 2003

Blue Opening @ Flatfile

Blue opens friday, March 21, 2003 @ 6pm at FLATFILEphotographyGALLERY in Chicago's lovely West Loop gallery district.

My piece

"Well, now," thought I to myself, "it is plain I must lie where I am, and not disturb the balance; but it is plain, also, that I can put the paddle over the side and from time to time, in smooth places, give her a shove or two toward land."

will be sharing space in the project room with some wonderful work by Monika Merva and Zandy Mangold.

March 15, 2003

Coraline

Just finished Neil Gaiman's Coraline.

The story was full of dark humor and some wonderful pen and ink drawings by the incomparable Dave McKean.

The story reminded me a lot of Clive Barker's The Thief Of Always, but nicer. And I believe that I liked Coraline's tenacity and straight-forwardness much more than the protagonist of Thief.

Despite the fact that the story is an "all ages" story, there is a lot of depth here. A fun scary read.

March 13, 2003

i have a confession to make...

it shames me to say this, but....

i put
Rift
on the cd player today and enjoyed it a lot. I haven't listened to this albums since probably 10th grade. damn.

ok. shame over.

March 10, 2003

krazy kat 1925-1926

bill blackbeard may be alienating or insulting as many people that may otherwise GET interested in Krazy Kat in his introduction to the fantagraphics book, KRAZY AND IGNATZ in "THERE IS A HEPPY LEND - FURFUR A-WAAY" THE KOMPLETE KAT KOMICS 1925 & 1926.

He decries the ignorant masses of the present day and editors of the 20s and 30s for not "getting" krazy kat. Ok. Fine bill. Act like the snotty dicks at the record store who are cooler than the customers because they know what albums are coming out. Instead of offering the reader something useful or interesting, what we get is a slight, bitter introduction.

feh.

This is a shame. The work itself is magnificent, the chris ware design for the book is very subtle and the reproductions are great. I was just left with an ugly feeling after the intro.

feh.

March 9, 2003

reading "After the Snooter"

Ahhh....
I have forgotten why Eddie Campbell is probably my favorite comics author. This book is reminding me.

One quick thing...... Eddie talks a lot about money in this book and it reminds me of some of the stuff Jello Biafra says on his recordings about how as a successful or influential artist, people have animosity towards him because of his success. This completely ignores all of the hard + art work that has been done for 20+ years to become an indie icon. Feh.