Saturday, July 26, 2014
I just finished watching Ken Burns’ magnificent documentary on Jazz.  If I could put a sound to joy, it would be Louis Armstrong’s music.

I just finished watching Ken Burns’ magnificent documentary on Jazz.  If I could put a sound to joy, it would be Louis Armstrong’s music.

Thursday, July 24, 2014
hungry on Flickr.

hungry on Flickr.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014
When I say it’s you I like, I’m talking about that part of you that knows that life is far more than anything you can ever see or hear or touch. That deep part of you that allows you to stand to those things without which humankind cannot survive. Love that congers hate, peace that rises triumphant over war, and justice that proves more powerful than greed.

Fred Rogers in a commencement address in 2002.

This is why I love receiving letters.  My friend Kathryn sent me this quote in a letter she wrote me.  I’ve had it in mind to illustrate it ever since, but screw it—we all need it now.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014
I’m definitely more careful about what I reveal and how I reveal it now, although that was something that was already changing in my work after I’d written so much material on relationships. It was also perhaps easier to write the intimate details before my work became as widely distributed as it is now. After my son Oscar was born, I was especially aware of how I would write about him, and it’s taken me a while to figure out what exactly I’m comfortable about writing with him involved. At the same time, I still try not to compromise whatever idea I want the work to express, so it’s usually a case of trying to walk that line.

- autobiographical cartoonist Jeffrey Brown on chronicling intimate life after having a child. More Here.

I think about this all the time.  I wonder if Gus will resent the comics I make about him—I also worry he will become a sort of “character.”  What’s the line?

Monday, July 14, 2014

Correction: after I wrote this I realized the show was called American Top 40 (not America’s)

Friday, July 11, 2014
The Camino is a metaphor. How wonderful to leave things behind…All of life is a process of leaving things behind. We can read that as loss, or a new chance. Artist Suzanne Edminister in mid hike of El Camino Santiago in Spain has a beautiful post about what the Camino is teaching her about loss and redirection.
Wednesday, July 9, 2014
Children are gone before you know it. I would advise artist parents to remember that their work is always there, ready to be resumed, but those first few years with your child can never be replaced. Through the fog and frenzy, remember to relish the moments and not worry about being “productive” unless your livelihood truly depends on it. Children refresh us. Having them is the one truly great nearly-universal human experience. Listen to them, let them affect you and inspire you as deeply as possible, and just watch how your work takes off.

Cartoonist Marian Henley’s words of wisdom on the balance of art making and parenting.

See more here.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014
Happy Birthday Madeline! on Flickr.
Madeline just turned 75. I just saw a gorgeous show on Ludwig Bemelmans’ Madeline and New York art at the NewYork Historical Society. Everyone GO SEE IT!

Happy Birthday Madeline! on Flickr.

Madeline just turned 75. I just saw a gorgeous show on Ludwig Bemelmans’ Madeline and New York art at the NewYork Historical Society. Everyone GO SEE IT!

Saturday, July 5, 2014
You’d better love it. Not the money, not the fame or power, not the press and the clapping just the DOING. Love it, or else get out of the fucking way, you’re a pain the ass for those of us that do. And if you love it it’ll all be worth it, it’s a grand adventure.

-Hamell on Trial on a life in the arts.  

Read about his amazing trajectory from Pizza delivery man to signed major label musician and around and around again.