Lustlab Ad of the Week: 2/1

Spanking = I have to draw a hand, somehow. It occurred to me to do a hand tracing and have it be like one of those Thanksgiving turkey drawings, but somehow… it just didn’t strike the right chord.

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“Lustlab Ad of the Week” is a comic adaptation of one of the week’s kinky personal ads in Seattle alt-weekly The Stranger, and I post them here every Wednesday. See it on their site here. The “Lustlab Ad of the Week” book collection is scheduled to be released with Fantagraphics in early 2008.

Lustlab Ad of the Week: 1/25

This guy’s ad was all tortured poetry… I wish I could have fit in more. He is a seeker, and hopes to find someone as mind-bogglingly creative as he is, for “the dance of flesh.”

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“Lustlab Ad of the Week” is a comic adaptation of one of the week’s kinky personal ads in Seattle alt-weekly The Stranger, and I post them here every Wednesday. See it on their site here. The “Lustlab Ad of the Week” book collection is scheduled to be released with Fantagraphics in early 2008.

The Final Soundtrack, Now in 3-D (Sort Of)!

Nathaniel (of “My Date With Camille Paglia” fame) taped me performing “The Final Soundtrack” twice: very late last Saturday night in his swank pad (my glass of Scotch is outside the frame) with his charming girlfriend Esther as cheerleader and laugh track… (click on the picture below:)

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…and at a sprited, packed Rocketship Comics in Brooklyn the night before (the video is dark-dark-dark and choppy but you can still hear the laughter and tears!). Click on the picture below:

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I Am A Writer.

I’m working on a number of writer-ly, literary arts projects right now – participating in the Hugo Literary Series at Richard Hugo House, teaching workshops through Writers in the Schools (a Seattle public school program), this for the P-I. It’s interesting, and refreshing, to be grouped with other writers, in addition to being grouped with other visual artists.

From today’s Seattle P-I:
12 of the Northwest’s Top Writers Are Coming to the Pages of the P-I

A dozen of this region’s finest writers, including three winners of the National Book Award, will publish work in the Post-Intelligencer in the coming year under a yearlong program of P-I Writers in Residence.

Each month, the work of a different writer in residence will be spotlighted in the P-I. The program was inspired by a similar program at the San Francisco Examiner that was run by David McCumber, now the P-I’s managing editor.

McCumber wanted to resurrect the popular Examiner feature, believed to be the first such newspaper program in the country and still one of the few to feature a series of writers. But he vowed to make a significant change in the program at the P-I — focusing on the strong community of writers in the Northwest.

“I’m really thrilled that we’ve gotten a great response from many of the best writers in this area,” McCumber said. “This is a wonderful way to recognize their talent and also give P-I readers something very special.”

Indeed, the roster of P-I writers in residence includes some of the best-known and most respected of Northwest authors: Sherman Alexie, Rebecca Brown, Charles Cross, Dexter, Ivan Doig, Timothy Egan, Ellen Forney, David Guterson, Charles Johnson, Jonathan Raban, Tom Robbins and Ann Rule.

McCumber pointed out that each of the writers in residence has agreed to take part in an informal meeting with the newspaper’s writers and editors, so that they also will benefit from the authors’ knowledge, experience and expertise.

“It’s a great opportunity for the staff as well,” he said.

Pieces to be published in the P-I by the writers in residence are expected to be new work, unpublished past work or work excerpted from upcoming books. They will vary in length and range through several different genres in fiction and non-fiction. Forney, a young graphic novelist from Seattle, likely will contribute something in that increasingly popular format.

Lustlab Ad of the Week: 1/18

I teach at Cornish College of the Arts, and we just did a section on lettering. I demonstrated scripty letters as a way to express a singsong voice; I did not demonstrate scripty letters to express pubic hair. I’m certain several of my students could come up with that one on their own, though.

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“Lustlab Ad of the Week” is a comic adaptation of one of the week’s kinky personal ads in Seattle alt-weekly The Stranger, and I post them here every Wednesday. See it on their site here. The “Lustlab Ad of the Week” book collection is scheduled to be released with Fantagraphics in early 2008.

Rockin’ Brooklyn’s Rocketship

Megan and I did our show again at Rocketship last night, and it was a BLAST. What a great crowd! Attendees included cartoonists Lauren Weinstein, Jessica Abel, Matt Madden, Tom Hart, Gabrielle Bell, and Jen Camper, Nickelodeon Mag’s comics editor Chris Duffy, DC Comics editor Joey Cavalieri… lots of friends and writers and editors and up-and-coming cartoonists, actually, and my lo-o-ongtime friend Nathaniel, who stars in “My Date With Camille Paglia.” Many thanks to Mary and Alex for hosting!

Outside the store (I’m posing next to a poster with Megan’s and my book covers):

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Unfortunately, all the photos of my show came out too dark. During the Q&A, though, people cuddled, I patted my tummy, and Megan waved her hands around.

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My new boots.

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Lustlab Ad of the Week: 1/11

I don’t think I’ve ever tried to simulate stock art before.

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“Lustlab Ad of the Week” is a comic adaptation of one of the week’s kinky personal ads in Seattle alt-weekly The Stranger, and I post them here every Wednesday. See it on their site here. The “Lustlab Ad of the Week” book collection is scheduled to be released with Fantagraphics in early 2008.