Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Life's Questions Answered

6 pages from "Life's Questions Answered by the good citizens of Hamden Connecticut, as found in the Hamden Journal Photo Forum".

The local paper would do a "man on the street" style feature every week, with photos and quotes from passers-by answering that week's question. I gathered these up, and presented the answers as published, with only one small tweak. I changed the questions.

Friday, March 26, 2010

New blog links for your reading and viewing pleasure

I added a few links to a few blogs that you should take a few minutes to check out:

More Regrettable Incidents in a Life Filled with Bitter Remorse, which you will find in the Blogs of Interest sidebar under "David Fullarton", because I couldn't be bothered to type "More Regrettable Incidents in a Life Filled with Bitter Remorse." David Fullarton makes pictures with words on them.

Simon Goode A talented book artist. Besides following his blog, you should check out his website, especially his wonderful book Agglutination.

Bike Snob NYC Some really great writing about things bicycle in New York City.

Slice Harvester Some really great writing about things pizza in New York City.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010


Out driving around last weekend I saw a very large sign by the road that looked pretty much like this:

By large we're talking billboard size. I loved it for a couple of reasons. It gave you no clue about the business (store? restaurant?) except that it was owned by Al, and it got the apostrophe right. It was very legible. A good sign that said almost nothing.

So I started thinking about signs I'd seen that weren't as good as AL'S. I decided that if I were to be forced to open one of those fake stores in a place like Williamsburg or Epcot Center, I would name it:

Then I challenged myself to come up with a business name that would be so repellant that I would refuse to shop there. Not repellant due to political concerns, or the nature of the business, but from being the polar opposite of AL's sign. So here it is:

It gets the apostrophes wrong. The backwards "N" is in quotes, just like the annoying backwards "R" in Toys "R" Us. It doesn't tell you what you can buy there, but you know the place has a very sickly sweet smell that makes you wonder how the sales staff tolerate it for any length of time. It uses multiple fonts, and is hard to read. It has cute fake olde spelling.

Though, I have to admit, one of my favorite store names was one of the models for this. If you drive through Blawnox PA you will find "Pianos N' Stuff". I've always loved that name. I've never been in the store, but I'm always intrigued by the vagueness of the "stuff" combined with the much more specific "pianos". If it were my store, there would be mostly pianos, with a few mops, lightbulbs, and bags of dog food scattered about, and maybe one of those rotating hot dog grills or a cotton candy machine. Y'know, stuff.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

American Dreaming

The cover and a two page spread from "American Dreaming", one of the artist's books that FIMP has mailed out over the past 10 years.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Makes A Lousy Gift!

The first two pages from "Makes A Lousy Gift! 6 Things You Shoudn't Give That Special Someone: A Catalog of Poor Choices for Discerning Persons".

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Spring is in the air. . .

What with the snow melting and green things starting to appear around the yard, I thought I would post this energetically misregistered image from an old postcard, to help encourage Spring to keep springing.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Casting Call

When creating an angry piece of political satire, an artist or writer needs to pick just the right animal to portray a crazed power hungry military dictator. FIMP's book "Casting Call" presents 6 animals that didn't make it past their first audition for the part.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Still Waiting, Episode 2

Here's the sequel to "A Different Place, A Different Time, But Still Waiting", in which Estragon once again attempts to lighten things up with a joke:

Here's the first "episode", in the event that you want to watch them in order. A little film festival, no doubt.

Lousy Names for Boys

Have a new baby around the house? Here are two names for the little darling to cross off your list. Musky and Gristle are two of the excellent suggestions to be found in FIMP's "Six Lousy Names for Boys".

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Right Answers Wrong Questions

Here are the first two pages from "Right Answers Wrong Questions". This is the only FIMP book where I made separate linocuts for each page. Linocuts reproduce wonderfully on the xerox machine! A couple of these tiny prints packed quite a punch. I made a separate edition of the Suppress Dissent linocut, adding a background plate and playing with the color. A pretty satisfying book.

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

The Quantum Theory of Monkey Superposition

This is the first two pages from FIMP's book "Understanding Quantum Mechanics".

Did you know that the typical "wave" travels in a clockwise direction at about 20 seats per second? Or that the quantum theory of monkey superposition can be used to elect a president? Amazing stuff!

This book got me in a little trouble at an open studio session. I had a bunch of little books out for the browsing public. One of my younger readers, maybe ten or so, studied this book and noted the "Hello Kitty" that I had used for Schrodinger's cat. She looked up and said, "That's not very nice." I was properly ashamed of myself.

Monday, March 08, 2010

Be Better!

A two-page spread from the FIMP book "New Year's Resolutions, Or How To Be A Better Person".

Saturday, March 06, 2010

Do I dare to eat a peach?

A two page spread from the FIMP book "Startlingly Lifelike Tableaux: Illustrating Dramatic Moments from Great Works of Literature".

Thursday, March 04, 2010

Dirty Words

Subscribers to the FIMP Book of the Month Club will soon be receiving "Dirty Words" in their mailbox. Fortunately the opaque envelope the book is mailed in will hide it from the neighbors, preventing subscriber embarrassment.

This month's book, besides being an excuse for me to put a "wiener" on the cover, was a response to the ban by the Menifee Union School District of the smut-filled Merriam Webster's 10th edition dictionary from its elementary schools. Apparently nobody pointed out to these officials that a kid generally has to have encountered a term in another context before looking it up in the dictionary. Odds are Merriam Webster's definition of "oral sex" ("oral stimulation of the genitals", in case you're curious and don't have the dictionary handy) is a lot less exciting than whatever sent the inquiring student to the library in the first place. If there is a problem, it's probably not with the dictionary.

Now in all fairness, and I do mention this in the book, the school district in question has eased up on its ban, now allowing parents to "opt out" of allowing their children access to the dictionary. My understanding is that they are also considering allowing children to opt out of learning the alphabet, as it was pointed out at the recent school board meeting that any number of obscenities can be written by an innocent student once he or she is given access to the letters by which they are spelled.

All that said, this month's book was really just an excuse for me to indulge in some puerile potty humor, for which I am rightfully ashamed.