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Post #1220 • August 13, 2008, 8:32 AM • 16 Comments

A new comic at Top Shelf 2.0, the online comics program of Top Shelf Productions. Top Shelf is putting out some of my favorite printed comics work, notably that of Jeff Lemire, James Kochalka, and Jeffrey Brown, and I'm eminently jazzed about the inclusion. Big thanks to Brett and Leigh at TS, and to Warren for making the introduction.




August 13, 2008, 11:55 AM

You're welcome and congrats on the great piece.



August 14, 2008, 5:11 AM

Very Happy belated Birthday Franklin!
I love Oregon.



August 14, 2008, 7:19 PM

So we're prepared to hire a model for at least one drawing session at the NESW when you're here - would you prefer a model who's hard to draw, or an easy one? (Or maybe easy is what makes one hard to draw.)



August 14, 2008, 7:26 PM

Ahab! They are all hard to draw, aren't they?



August 15, 2008, 6:26 PM

Well, I'm more interested in the ones who are hard to sculpt.



August 15, 2008, 8:20 PM

My main priorities for a model is someone who shows up on time and holds still. Anybody who works for you works for me.



August 16, 2008, 11:46 AM

I'm appalled at this kind of objectification. I mean, what would Nancy Pelosi say (assuming she's not busy having more work done on her face)? You should simply get a plaster cast of something suitable (like the Belvedere torso) and draw that. If it was good enough for art academies in the 19th century, it should be good enough now.


Chris Rywalt

August 16, 2008, 12:08 PM

For what it's worth, I don't think of the models I've worked with as objects. I doubt most artists really do. (Although Pearlstein certainly paints them as if they're objects, and not very interesting ones, either.) I don't mean to sound offended or defensive because your comment's a joke, and I can tell that. But this touches on something that's been on my mind a bit lately. The more models I work with, the more I feel as if I'm exploiting them.

I could expand on this, I guess, but at the moment I don't feel compelled to.



August 17, 2008, 4:20 PM

This drawing from life business is all very well, but it's a tad vulgar. It's probably time to return to ideal forms and elevated subject matter. I mean, if I see another photo of Madonna at 50 trying to look like it's still 1985, I think I'm gonna start screaming. Again.



August 17, 2008, 5:33 PM

i am not really into madonna, but she looks pretty damn good for 50. maybe better than ever.



August 18, 2008, 6:53 AM

Well, OK, I'll take another Madonna photo over anything whatsoever relating to Angelina Jolie, pregnancy or adoption. Get these people out of my face, please.


Chris Rywalt

August 19, 2008, 7:44 AM

I thought Madonna looked good for 50, then I heard she's been getting "work done," as they say. That disappointed me greatly.

I'm actually something of a Madonna fan, I have to admit. Erotica is a great album. I saw her live back then -- my wife's a big fan, too -- and she put on a really excellent show.

I wonder how many people out there are fans of both Madonna and Tool.



August 19, 2008, 8:19 AM

Chris, wait, you're surprised Madonna, or anyone of the sort, would have "work done" the second even the slightest sign of aging appears? Tell me you're kidding (unless you've spent your life sequestered in a monastery in the Himalayas).

Hell, even Nancy Pelosi (!) is apparently a frequent rider on the "cosmetic adjustment" merry-go-round (not that there's any discernible benefit from it in her case). I mean, it's not like Madonna has built her career around being a character actress playing roles like Eleanor Roosevelt or Mother Teresa.


Chris Rywalt

August 19, 2008, 8:43 AM

I thought Madonna was different. Her career, I thought, was based on more than just looking good. She may not be the world's greatest singer or anything, but she took singing lessons at some point, learned to play the guitar, dances like crazy, and is a savvy businesswoman. I kind of thought -- hoped, I guess -- that she'd be willing to age gracefully. Certainly she worked hard for her body.

Oh well.



August 19, 2008, 11:28 AM

I'm sitting in Cinnamon Bear Cafe in Crowsnest Pass in Alberta, after a rather adventurous passage from Tacoma. You want a short, summary post of the last week right now, or a long one with pictures in a day or two? Defaulting to the latter in ten minutes unless someone says otherwise.



August 19, 2008, 11:46 AM

Pictures. We like pictures.



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