dream 1249447

Had a really tedious, detailed dream last night about Robert Caro's system for doing research for his multi-volume biography of Lyndon Johnson. Other than a piece in the New Yorker and maybe hearing him on NPR once, I have never read or even looked at these books. According to my dream, Caro assigned a number to each bit of information he wrote in his notebooks. So, the color of the necktie that LBJ was wearing on, say, April 16, 1965, was noted and then this note was labeled 1249448, and then who LBJ met with that morning was noted and labeled as 1249449, and the next thing he did that day was 1249450, and so on. I don't understand how this system was supposed to help him write his biographies, but I watched Caro doing this for what seemed like hours, and then I woke up. Thanks, brain.



Wild Animals I Have Known

I was looking for some good scans of Wild Animals I Have Known on the web, but the only one I could find wasn't very good, so I started scanning my copy and will be putting those here. I only have a few up now, but I'll let you know when there's more. (If you know of some good scans online please let me know.) This is a pretty great comic book drawn by LB Cole, and the inks still look great in my copy. There's something lost in the scans, though, because the way the dot patterns look on the screen doesn't match the way they look on the paper, but these scans look better than others I could find.

When I post more pages, I'll let you know.

If you scroll all the way to the right there's a "NEXT" in the bottom right corner that will take you to the next set of pages. And I could just post the links here:

1     2     3     4     5     6     7

Also, if the pages are too big on your screen, you can hold down "command" and press "-" (minus sign) (on a Mac) until you're happy, or hold down "CTRL" and press "-" (on a PC (I think?)). Doing the same with the plus sign will make them bigger.



Used - Acceptable

Here's the cover of the copy of my book that I downloaded off Rapidshare. Thanks to the original uploader. When I see an old, beat up copy of Curses I usually think it looks pretty good, like, as an "object" or whatever, and I'm happy the design turned out that way. I was just in the Elmhurst Library (IL) the other and they had a really kicked around copy. Man, that is a nice library.



Here's page 2 of Bona #1.

See the whole thing below.

I thought about just adding pages to that original post, but then my RSS readers won't see when new pages go up. So we'll try it this way for now -- posting it in both places -- and see how it goes. Who knows what tomorrow will bring?


Bona 1

I re-drew this from Kona #1. 
Drawn by Sam Glanzman, written by Lionel Ziprin

next pages:

This is a available in print in "The Half Men."


News Etc.

I finished this book many months ago, but as of today, I know of only 10 copies in the English-speaking lands. I had 9 books at SPX which went quickly (Mom got the other one, hi Mom). We’re still trying to figure out how to get more books out of Italy. Shipping costs and large email lag times are among the issues.

The last few installments of “Bad IQ” will be up at WTD soon, and then that’s THE END (seriously!) of the strip in the RFT. Mixed feelings, etc. etc., but it was time to move energy into other things. More news in the coming weeks about the complete collection.

Some of my sketchbook pages are in this new book, which is 350 pages and is fun to look through. The cover design could be better. The pages I sent are from 2009, I think? It’s a good idea to put dates on sketchbook pages. On the other hand you see how quickly time flies, and how so many ideas that once seemed so exciting have been neglected. Why?

I have had a Tumblr for a little while now, it is here. It makes me feel less lonely and inconsequential when people like and re-blog my posts. I'll take what I can get. For their own reasons, Ted May and Dan Zettwoch have also created Tumblrs -- see here and here. (Ted also has a Pinterest.)

Some new posts over at the F/R blog and New Construction.

Been reading Shazam! (this series). I started out wanting to look at CC Beck and ended up really enjoying the stories. Otto Binder himself appears in the first panel of issue #1. (Is there a good career retrospective or writing about Binder's work? A list of his best runs?) Today I'm reading "The Man Who Grew His Beard" and it's great.


Running List of My Comics that are Online

..::will be updated::..


(from Ganges #1)

Famous Ghost
(from The Wild Kingdom)
(also in spanish)


Rumbling Chapter 1
(from Or Else #5)
(from Or Else #5)

(from Kramers Ergot #7)
(click to zoom)


A Postcard from Fielder
(from The Body of Work)
The entire issue is distributed over
the course of several posts at the
Fight or Run blog. See for instance here
and here and here and etc.

(click here for minicomic)





Poster in the Shop

Hey, the Balloon poster is in the Catastrophe Shop now. Be sure to let me know if you want MATTE OR GLOSSY. Other items are also available, as you can see.


Balloon Poster

I made a poster of "Balloon" from the big Kramers. It's 18x24 and the colors are very rich and vivid. I'll have some at SPX next weekend, and after that I'll put them up on the web for sale, probably at $30 (plus $4.50 shipping). In the meantime because supplies are limited email me if you would like to reserve one -- orelse at usscatastrophe.


Top Ten Ways

1. Stay Organized (especially with notes and homework)
2. Be prepared (pencil, notebook, binder, & book everyday)
3. Stay positive and smile
4. Ask Questions, lots of Questions
5. Listen to Directions, the first time
6. Extra help is available
7. Turn in on time
8. Know what is important
9. Come ready to learn
10. Be on time, if you are absent regularly you will not do well

adapted from here, which I came upon because someone on 
Twitter said they had me for Biology and I was like ? 
... also you can adopt this classroom here