Friday, September 19, 2008

Keith Knight Opening Reception

Keith Knight of "K Chronicles", "th(ink)" and "Father O'Flanity's Hot Tub Confessional" fame appeared last night at the Cartoon Art Museum in San Francisco. I went with my friend Heather and showed her my Harvey Art Show in the process. It was a fun evening and I snapped a couple photos of Knight describing his artwork.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Better Beatles

Ok, ok, ok, so I am a latecomer. I've been a Beatles fan for too long, but just discovered the Better Beatles. I had heard their rendition of "Eleanor Rigby" awhile back, but it didn't do much for me.

Recently, I was in Streetlight Records in San Jose, and I picked up the CD. A clerk whizzed by and said in passing, "You've got to buy it, man. It's the best album!"

So, I decided to give it a try. Then, I discovered it was at the listening station, so I sampled a few tracks and felt that it had a "Flying Lizards/Cure" type sound to it, so I bought it, and was hooked.

If my friend, Joe in Amsterdam, reads this (he usually does), he will probably say, "Oh yeah, I bought that back in '81. Where were you?"

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

My Favorite Mad Comics (#1-23)

I now own every issue of Mad except #1, which is proving to be far too pricey for my tastes. I may buy it eventually.

I was looking through my Mad comics and I would have to say that my favorite issue is #19, followed very closely by #18, 20 and 21.

I do have to say that there is not one "perfect" issue where all four stories are gems. #19 comes closest with three: "Mickey Rodent", "Supermarkets", and "Puzzle Pages", only "The Cane Mutiny" and the cover are a bit weak.

Best cover has got to be #11, with #1, 4 and 21 runners up.

Favorite stories of all time include "Howdy Dooit", "Starchie", "Mickey Rodent", "Mole", "Restaurants", "Puzzle Pages", "Supermarkets", "Believe it or Don't", "Poopeye", "Woman Wonder", "Superduperman", "Frank N. Stein", "Outer Sanctum", "Ping Pong" and "Bat Boy and Rubin".

Monday, September 01, 2008

Harvey Art Show Opening Now on YouTube!!

I may edit this a little further (like it doesn't have my "Fun Ideas" logo yet, and I may add a little music to it), but this is the 4-minute version of what you can see at the Cartoon Art Museum in San Francisco, recorded at the Opening Reception on August 1, 2008. It features comments by Dave Holt, Andrew Farago, Trina Robbins, and Shawna Gore among others.

There is a 26-minute version that I will sell on DVD that will feature bonus footage and a narration about the exhibits that I'm still working on, but if you would like to order one, I will be taking Paypal payments for $9.99 at Hopefully, this longer version will be done before the holidays. It needs the music and narration added.

The DVD will also have added goodies like the public domain cartoon disc shown at the museum and the Richie Rich image gallery that I presented at the Pop Culture Convention last March with Dr. Kathy Merlock Jackson.

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