November 1st, 2008 | Uncategorized

Here are a few things to take the edge off. I made another drawing video with my groovy new screen capture program and my graphic tablet.

Check out the latest installment of Holly’s Birkenstock composting experiment.

Kochalka Elf 10th anniversary

Her’s my tribute drawing for the 10th anniversary of James Kochalka’s American Elf, a really wonderful daily cartoon diary strip in case you’re not familiar with it.

38 Responses to “distractions”

  1. Dale says:

    Ha! Nice Obama caricature. What program are you using? I can’t get the hang of Painter to save my life.

  2. Ian says:

    It feels churlish to say this, but when I first saw Obama’s ears, I thought you were going to draw Dubya! I think I’m too used to Steve Bell drawing Bush as a chimp/human hybrid, so when I see sticky out ears I must just have a Pavlovian response!

  3. ksbel6 says:

    I thought that too Ian! Rachel Maddow is my new tv addiction!

  4. freyakat says:

    On the other subject: Yay Compost Maven! Somehow the Birkenstock video was the perfect ending to a long long day of teaching music to kids. (Not that I don’t love the teaching, actually…)

  5. makky says:

    For those who are interested, Salon.com gives a nice plug in todays’s Critics’ picks for Alison’s book.
    Thanks for today’s hello Alison as we wait it out.

  6. testing…can I make a comment? $&#(%

  7. Hmmm. Someone reported a problem. BUt it’s working for me.

  8. Pam I says:

    Nine minutes of distraction. Here’s a fine explanation of the Crunch – being used for Economics 101 classes I’m told
    Race references go somewhat awry IMHO, tho of course it was black people who lost most in sub-prime loans.

  9. Sara says:

    It’s nice to have the distractions, but there’s nothing that’s gonna take the edge off my need for a new posted DTWOF installment… Please?

  10. Josiah says:

    For a weird and vaguely Bechdel-related distraction, check out this YouTube video. It looks as if some college kids decided to adapt/film a few scenes from Fun Home for a school project. The quality is pretty abysmal, but it’s kind of neat that they’re treating Fun Home as the modern classic it is.

  11. l.k.j. says:

    Postovani, I’m starting a blog that will focus among other things on women who make comics, and the women as characters in comics. I decided to do the first article about you, so this is my way of asking if I can use your images (from DTWOF, FunHome etc.) on the blog, to go with the article?
    The text will be in Croatian, and there is a possibility that it will also be published on another Croatian site (a site that is also dedicated to women in media/literature/art etc.)
    Let me know what you think,

    l.k.j. lil

  12. l.k.j., please use anything you like!

  13. Ellen O says:

    Loved the mormons. Though I think the gay guys playing them looked too good.

    Here’s another good Prop 8 ad on YouTube:


  14. Ready2Agitate says:

    Yikes, now I’m suspect ~ there have now been two posts abt that awful You Tube video that pretty much has nothing to do with Fun Home. Josiah, did you see the thread about this on the last post? (Something nefarious afoot…?)

    Hip! Hip! for Holly’s berks! Can’t believe I expected more degradation in such a short time (shows how foreign I am to composting…) That was a delectable distraction. (((smiles))) (Also noticed the comment below the vid. abt taking 2+ years for ‘biodegradable’ noodle bowls to break down. Bummer.)

    Tuesday’s almost here, folks. Anyone going to Grant Park?

  15. Josiah says:

    Nope, I missed the earlier discussion of that weird YouTube quasi-Fun Home thing. (Nothing suspicious about two readers of this blog finding it: YouTube is recommending it as a “related video” after you watch Alison’s sketch videos.) Yes, it’s awful, but there’s a weird sort of victory in something as remarkable as Fun Home getting mainstream enough that random community college kids re-enact scenes from it. In a strange way, it reminds me of the daughters in Little Women putting on their plays for Marmee.

  16. Juliet says:

    Who’d have thought that my very own city was once the centre of production of 75% of the worlds pens! And that they have a museum about it! and that I’ve never been before!

    In true spirit of distraction and procrastination, I’m going to pay a visit and bring back photographic evidence for you all. Is there anything you pen geeks would particularly like a picture of?


  17. Juliet says:

    Here’s the link to the PenRoom website: http://penroom.co.uk/default.aspx

  18. Ian says:

    The Mormon video made me laugh! I read somewhere (Towleroad probably) that approx $60 million in total has been spent by both camps in the Prop 8 battle. Considering the economy is going down the toilet and the Congo issue has finally been recognised as a problem, doesn’t it make you wonder what the world would be like if these lunatics put as much energy into solving real problems?

    I have to admit though, the so-clean-they-squeak, Middlewich Cuckoo, young, handsome missionaries with perfect teeth they send over here in their shiny suits do give rise to some very wicked thoughts!

  19. Ginjoint says:

    R2A, I work in downtown Chicago, and I’ll be at work Tuesday until about 7 pm. I plan on walking over to the rally afterwards – I’d like to get some pictures. The weather is supposed to be great, too (sunny & low 70s).

  20. Ginjoint says:

    Grrrrr…Mormons….I can’t believe they’ve spent $20 million on discrimination and hate. Ian, you nailed it – wouldn’t it have been nice if they spent that money on something that could’ve eased suffering instead? BTW, I left a comment for you at the end of the “oopsy” thread.

  21. Ian says:

    Thanks GJ, duly noted (and responded)to!

  22. l.k.j. says:

    Thank you (:
    I will send you the link as soon as I finish it and post it on the blog.

  23. Ready2Agitate says:

    Thx Josiah for explaining how easy it is to get to that awful youtube vid. Suspicions of nefariousness abated.

    My fave No on 8 video was the teens of queer parents representing, which I first saw posted here. Loved it.

  24. Aunt Soozie says:

    Re: Distraction
    Guess what came today???
    oh stop! your minds are in the gutter!!
    I didn’t say WHO I said WHAT!
    My mint copy of Essential DTWOF!!! YAY!!!
    I opened and started reading immediately!
    Thanks Alison!!!!

  25. Ian says:

    In terms of book-type distractions, the wonderful “What it is” by Lynda Barry arrived last week. It’s taken me a little while to get into her methodology, but I had a glorious moment of connection when she mentions having mental arguments with people she’s not seen in 15 years! Never mind the creative writing skills stuff, just that piece of info made it worth buying!

  26. LondonBoy says:

    Of course, not all mormons are like that… And there are certainly a few whose underwear would be of interest to me, fnar fnar… (Did I really say that, out loud, and right where people can hear?!) Oh I’m so sorry, I just can’t help myself, it’s just those cute white shirts and dark ties do it for me every time.

    I’d better go for a little lie-down before I ruin my reputation completely.

  27. LondonBoy says:

    Of course it is absolutely unacceptable for any religious grouping to seek to impose their views on anyone else, but that barely needs saying. I only know one person in California: I’ve left a message on his voicemail reminding him to vote.

  28. Sara says:

    I’ll be at Grant Park tuesday- I had to get a guest ticket from CL. I’m a little disappointed with the distribution of tickets… I wish the people who volunteered had priority. But I’m really looking forward to it! Go Barack!

  29. Ready2Agitate says:

    When I was like 7 years old, it was 1972, and I had a knit short-sleeved shirt with a brass half-way zipper (with big “O” loop on the zipper pull) that said: vote vote vote vote vote vote vote vote vote vote vote vote vote vote vote vote vote vote vote vote vote vote vote vote vote vote vote vote vote vote vote vote vote vote… in small print diagonally across the shirt. It was red, white, and blue and was my favorite shirt. (You know where I’m going with this, right?)

    It’s here. It’s time. We can do this. Let’s do it.

    (and then we can whine later 😉 ).

    Good cheer, DTWOF bloggers – e-day is here!

  30. Juliet says:

    Happy Election Day Americans of the Blog! My partner has been completely obsessed with this election in which she is ineligible to vote. We’re having an election party tonight: two Brits and a Canadian.

    Our hands are tied.

    We’re watching you.

    and I’m SO excited!

  31. Anonymous says:

    Yes, Oh Happy Day – I hope.
    I mailed in my absentee ballot from Quebec City to Burlington (VT) about 3-4 weeks ago.
    And, I would prolly be cockpitted on another blog for saying this, but I just have to say it here:
    “Jeepers Crullers!” : D
    Go Obama!
    Thanks Alison for this cool space where we can vent!

  32. Calico says:

    Sorry – Anonymous at 8:48 was me. Don’t know what happened to my interbiscuit/name.

  33. Ginjoint says:

    O.K., after several years of never having to wait to vote, I just waited in line for over an hour. Totally worth it. Now I head downtown to work, and (hopefully) later, a joyful maelstrom.

  34. lurker-no-longer says:

    The mood at my small Vermont town hall was downright giddy when I went to vote this morning – what a difference from 4 years ago! A 4 yr. old neighbor boy was hanging by my booth, and kept asking me who I was voting for. Not wanting to cause a ruckus, I tried to distract him, but he wouldn’t relent. Finally I leaned down and whispered in his ear, “I’m voting for Obama”. He beamed up at me, and shouted for the whole place to hear, “I’m voting for Obama too!!”

    My poor daughter, who won’t let me forget that I gave birth to her 2 months, six days and 7 hours too late for her to be able to vote in this historic election, is spending the day across the river in NH, holding an Obama sign on the side of the highway. Dare we believe yet that it might actually happen?

  35. Aunt Soozie says:

    I feel like an ALL AMERICAN girl! I just cast my vote and there was NO line!! no wating! Guess I timed it right. I saw a whole lot of young people voting too and that was so exciting! Two young men were walking out as I was walking in and I said… “first timers?” They both smiled and said… “yes” and I gave them a dorky old lady thumbs up! I’ve been voting for about thirty years but never saw so many young people at the polling place before… how refreshing. and you know what I think that means about the outcome of this election… doncha??? doncha????

  36. Alex the Bold says:

    Well, I voted. First thing, was there before the polls opened in New Jersey by about 10 minutes. There were a few people ahead of me. By 6:10, when I finished voting, there were about 20 people in line, the small parking lot was filled, there were cars parked on the side of the road, and about five people walked past me as I was driving out, so it looked like a huge turn out in my little corner of the Princeton-region of New Jersey.

  37. cz says:

    Realize there are much more important things, but anyone know anything about janesworld on comics.com? I haven’t been able to get in for about 2 days? Help!