Saturday, March 28th, 2009
James, the American Elf, is pretty disciplined when it comes to his daily comic. That means, if he plays a rock show that lasts late into the night and doesn’t stumble home until 3am, he will sit down and draw his comic. Last night Shawn and I played a set at Mother Fool’s, and even getting home at 11 I was dead tired. I sat down to draw, remembered I had to get up early this morning to set up a volunteer group, and opted for sleep. To make up for it, I’ve got a 4 comic post today AND some photos from last night.
My friend Jason took some awesome photos:
Thanks to everyone who came out to see us last night! I had a blast, and would have probably choked if not for seeing the smiling faces of my friends in the audience 🙂 And the rest of the music that night was awesome (Kelly Carrell and Macabret).
And then there was today…
Also, happy birthday Reem!!
Sunday, March 30th, 2008
I realize that a truly disciplined blogger will write every day, regardless of personal circumstances, they will find a way. But sometimes I am sick, or sad, or busy (this weekend it has been a mix of the three, in fairly equal parts) and I just don’t care to make the effort. Sorry for those times, if it affects you in any way.
Today, still sick, we set the show up at Mother Fool’s, we being my wonderful brother and me. I ended up limiting myself to nine pieces, which was good because it allowed me to edit a bit. The biggest challenge in setting up today was working around the coffee sipping patrons (who were accommodating and also forgiving) but what do you know, it’s up. It feels pretty good to have that art somewhere out of my personal living quarters. People will actually see it! Imagine that. I will return tomorrow to add the title cards and my artist statement, and then it’s on to planning the reception which will be two weeks from today. Hopefully by then I will have gotten rid of this cough and recommenced a normal pattern of sleep. Nyquil, do not fail me!
Also, I feel like a bit of an idiot and a lousy comic strip aficionado, but I only recently learned that Bill Amend has retired from doing dailies of Fox Trot! Apparently this shift in the universe occurred all the way back in January of 2007. I just assumed the Wisconsin State Journal didn’t print the Fox Trot daily (and it should be said, I held this against them mightily). To me, this is as great a blow to the comics world as Bill Watterson’s retirement, and even a greater blow than Gary Larson’s retirement (though many would take issue with that). Fox Trot has always been my favorite comic strip. I know we still have the Sunday issues but it is a mere sliver of the comic glory we once took for granted. I know this is a bit overdue, but well done, Bill, and thank you for not leaving us completely.
Monday, March 24th, 2008
Things happened in the wrong order today. First I bought tickets to the Rilo Kiley show in Milwaukee, and then I realized I already had a previous engagement that night. It’s maybe not such a big deal, I can sell the tickets and it’s not like I haven’t seen them before in various forms, and they aren’t even my favorite anymore in the same way that they once were. But it’s still a little disappointing.
After work today I went to measure my space at Mother Fool’s. Setting up a show is not my favorite part of having a show, really, although I’ve recruited some more class-A help this time! I always get the nicest people to help me set these things up, I must say. Since I don’t think I’ve posted the details here yet, here they are in advance (why would you want them after it’s over?)
The Black Line
Paintings by Breena Wiederhoeft
Month of April @ Mother Fool’s Coffee House
Reception on Sunday April 13, 7 – 9 pm
1101 Williamson St.
Madison, WI 53703
Now nobody go and tell me I’ve got something else going on that night–I can only take one major scheduling conflict per day, all right? Please make it to the show if you can!