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February 28 at 4:51pm

Where The Paths May Lead You

I watched graphic artist & writer Dean Haspiel on the Artist To Artist series that BRIC has this morning.   In a lot of ways Dean is responsible for my making American Splendor.  Back before he was the recognized great artist he is today, he was our receptionist on The Ice Storm.  As we both shared a love for underground comics, it was only a matter of time that Harvey Pekar came up.  The years went by and Dean did some drawing for Harvey and told him and Joyce of my dream of making an American Splendor movie.  One night, late as it was, my phone rang.  Joyce was on the other end and my journey began.

Dean’s just done me another pleasure, by introducing me to the work of photographer Seth Kushner, the other artist on the Artist To Artist show, and the man behind this great portrait of Harvey, shot just last week.

Seth has done a lot of great portraits and whole bunch of the indie film scene.  You should check them all out but here’s a nice taste to get you started.

You check out Seth’s book The Brooklynites here.  He’s working now on a book of photos of NYC Graphic Novel scene, Graphic NYC (and hence his connection with Dean).


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February 27 at 12:13am

The Changing World Of The Trailer

I love how the internet has redefined what a trailer is and what a trailer isn’t.  Post modern times indeed.


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February 13 at 12:02pm

Perhaps The Greatest (In Their Own Special Way)

Wow.  1965.  Germany.  Four American GI’s shave the tops of their heads and give in to that delicious beat.  The first punk band?

I once played these guys for my friend Anthony and we fought to the near death on whether they were a past or present band.  In the end I think neither of us were right as that clearly they were time travelers.
By the way, I knew they were from ’65.  Thanks for the tip Rob!


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February 6 at 10:00pm

Simple Is Best (Well, Maybe, Best After Complex)

BankRobber music hipped me to Anni, and I was immediately won over by this song and video.  Granted, in my dreams I play a fiddle (some people fly, others breathe underwater, but me, I fiddle).  I just got her new disc Rockwell and it is one of the bright spots on the horizon for the weekend (NY Comic Con being another!).  I find myself won over more and more by the simple things.  Give me a unique voice and unique style, and I’m there.

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February 2 at 11:47am

Pranks In The News: Super Bowl Porn

Fans in Arizona got a special treat after a touchdown yesterday….

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February 1 at 11:27am

The Origin Of My Love Of Pranks?

My son and I share a great enthusiasm for pranks.  Maybe it is a gene.  I have been trying to pinpoint when I recognized that they were one of the great things that could be accomplished in our short stay.  I am still searching the memory stacks, but this rates in terms of filmed history.  I was probably eight years old when I saw it.  And granted, it’s not an outright full throttle prank, but in watching it you know rules are broken and fun is had.

Giving myself over to these short seven minutes, I also get caught up in the filmmaking.  What a great simple idea.  The wind alone makes it all feel so free.  The sense of spontaneity and the growing awareness as the crowd gathers are so rich.  That one shot of Yoko is so romantic.  And John will forever have one of the greatest rock and roll voices.  Fashion-wise, I think they are at their peak here too, with their maximum radical cool phreak flag high.  And where is the piano?  The cameras?  And who are the bald guys that first gather on the roof?  Are they going to steal their hair?


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