Monday April 28, 2008
On Saturday, we went to the release party for Spelt-Rite Comics #1, by friend, copy editor, and fellow Modern Humorist (R.I.P.) contributor Martha Keavney. Martha has been drawing comics for years under the Badly-Drawn Comics moniker (lots of samples here), but this is her first book in more than five years. It is clever, impeccably edited, and Martha’s comics haven’t actually been badly drawn in a long, long time. The panels inside tackle topics like time travel, trademarks, and (of course) spelling. If you want a copy, you can order one from Lulu. Check here for Badly-Drawn back issues.
Friday April 18, 2008
Ben forwarded me this grab from the Times’ site. At least there was a good turnout. Those victims are nothing if not loyal. I checked in later and the picture had changed, although it still sent the wrong message.
Thursday April 17, 2008
And they do mean every frakin’ corner.
Wednesday April 16, 2008
I stopped and chatted this morning with Vic Fortezza, who was hawking his self-published novel—Close to the Edge—out on the sidewalk, just up the street from the Barnes & Noble in Park Slope. After assuring him that I was not easily offended, he sold me a copy and signed it. He also noted that it was the 250th copy he’s unloaded (all-time, not just today), which I’m pretty sure makes it a bigger hit than the last book I was in.
Wednesday April 02, 2008
“The advertising agencies are not villains whose sole purpose is to destroy the artistic integrity of a dramatic script. But, by definition, they are concerned with selling their clients’ products, and the twenty-two or fifty-three minutes of drama that go between the commercials are considered an essential part of the sales talk. The agency is most concerned with neither offending nor disturbing possible customers, a policy that stringently limits the scope of the television drama.” –Paddy Chayefsky, 1955. Brought to mind by the ad column in today’s Times.
Tuesday April 01, 2008
I cracked the screen on my Samsung Blackjack last week, and after begging AT&T for an early upgrade, I traded up. Way up. The AT&T Tilt—aka the HTC Kaiser—is a lot of phone. Maybe even too much. (Who needs to open tiny Excel files on the F train?) But it has a 3 megapixel camera, wi-fi, and a keyboard the size of an IBM Selectric, so I’m keeping it.