March 6th, 2008 | Travels and Appearances
My talk at Rutgers last night was attended by a huh-uuuge crazy crowd of 400 people. They were all really amped up, and it was nice, but a little overwhelming.
It was a strangely ardent audience, and I was signing books till the cows came home.
I think it had something to do with Hillary Chute, a Rutgers Ph.D. who had taught my book to a bunch of classes last year, and returned to introduce me. In a corduroy suit. (vide)
Someone pointed out the mellifluous rhyme, “Hilary Chute’s corduroy suit.” Speaking of which, the Seussian rhymes about episode 523 were most delightful. I should point out that all those white on black passages were actual Dr. Seuss quotes…maybe it wasn’t clear. Hope I don’t get sued…it seemed like fair use.
No, I didn’t misnumber the last episode 524 on purpose! I’ve fixed it now. It’s so funny how you guys attribute so much more intentionality to little things I do, like giving Mo and Clarice different kinds of phones. And numbering things incorrectly. Or like the students I just met at Dickinson College the other day who were reading all kinds of raunchy sexual subtexts into the panels of Fun Home. (Well, one of those was intentional, one wasn’t.)
A bunch of people said something about the accuracy of JR’s sleeping positions in #523. I have YouTube to thank for that–found this cool time lapse video of an actual five year old, actually sleeping. (the things people put online! God!) Anyhow, YouTube has had a profound impact on my drawing process–now I can get motion instead of the still pix on Google Image Search.
Oh! And thanks for the link to the Garfield Minus Garfield thing! A bunch of people have sent me that, and someone linked to it on the blog. It’s kind of stunning.
Um, random other stuff before I fly to Minneapolis…oh, if you’re in the Twin Cities and want to hear me talk/read tonight, here’s the info: University of Minnesota. 7 p.m. Cowles Auditorium at the Humphrey Institute, 301 19th Ave. S., Minneapolis.
Oh, and one of the million things I did yesterday was get interviewed by some Rutgers students. Here’s a brief fragment of our conversation.