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NEW FOR OCTOBER 5 2006 --------
1950s Kitsch Comics:
BULB MAGIC(!) and IN TUNE WITH FUN
LIST/Cold Weather Lesson Plan:
1) Learn the Accordion
2) Plant a lovely tulip bulb garden
some fun candy to chew on for October.
TUNE WITH FUN" - Sporting a pretty funny
front cover, this is a 1950s comic about
learning to play the accordion. It also has some good
Modern mp3 music players have nothing over the
portability of yesterday's Accordion!
then, for the main act, a personal gardening favorite:
MAGIC!" (Discover the Real Beauty of
in 1956, this is about as useful and cool a guide
as you could ask for to plant your own attractive
tulip or daffodil garden (or Hyacynth, Scilla, etc).
We're posting this early October for a reason, as
September through November is the time of year for
planting bulbs for a healthy springtime garden.
can't help but feel happy and goofy when reading this
comic, who can resist it?
unintended jokes too, like:
a tone! Why are you arguing? ("FINE!")
TO READ BULB MAGIC
TO READ IN TUNE WITH FUN
should remind you about SKATING
SKILLS here, too. Don't worry--many more
political comics on the way; A great one planned for
late November, especially. Just felt like posting
some goofy shit.
oh, hey, the CHARLIE
PICKLE story will be updating
soon. Many new pages. New installment will be
posted here before October
26th. Check back regularly over the month, or
to know when it's up.
through Dutch Bulbs and Accordion Keys, --Ethan
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September 19 2006 UPDATE
Poodle screening ANNOUNCED
It was last Saturday night
Location: Washington DC
Four walking blocks from the White House
and across the street from the FBI Building
we didn't mention this earlier, but we felt it was
better to be quiet until the event went over, just
to make sure it actually happened. It's not every
day you make a cartoon with the GOP committing foul
gay sex acts - and get an opportunity to screen
it within walking distance of Bush and Karl's bedroom.
played this weekend to a packed sold-out house for
the Saturday screenings of the DC
an earlier post, we
promised this second Poodle screening would be at
an amazing location. We were not lying - Note
the map (White House on left, the Dept
of Justice south)
second screening of Poodle marks the end of its
life as "Poodle Samizdat" - we've just
finished the final and absolute version of the Poodle
Film, which will premiere soon.
Details to follow. We are very happy the Poodle
project started with screenings in New
York and in Washington
thanks to DC Shorts
for this unique combination of a great screening
location and potential audience. The short was grouped
randomly with eight other pieces, only description
being "a short film with instructions"
- who knows who saw it; Here's hoping Poodle was
the fun satisfying or offensive surprise it's intended
to be. Thanks to Galapagos for
the previous screening, as well.
Much more soon.
Best to you all - Ethan
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Late August 2006:
- NEW ADDITION TO OUR COMICS LIBRARY -
"TEEN-AGE BOOBY TRAP"
1970 Comic book from the US Bureau
of Narcotics & Dangerous Drugs
Some of the finest government
commissioned drug art you will ever see
course, please be advised:
"Fear, uncertainty, and doubt (FUD) is a sales
or marketing strategy of disseminating negative
(and vague) information on a competitor's product.
The term originated to describe misinformation tactics
in the computer hardware industry and has since
been used more broadly. FUD is a manifestation of
the appeal to fear." (link)
advisement aside, This is a government comic about
practically every illegal drug you could shove into
your system back in the 70s. Also, the illustrations
are fantastic. You're going to enjoy the living hell
out of this, believe me. Things really get cooking
around page twelve.
Keen-eyed visitors to this site will also recognize
the cover as our longstanding
chosen image for the main COMICS WITH PROBLEMS page.
We've held onto this comic for a while. It is indeed
a very big Comic with a very High Number of Problems.
to a topic: Depressants
- Opium - Hash
- LSD - Amphetamines
- Meth - Cocaine
- Heroin -
Codeine - Methadone
The art is GREAT - and while I disagree with a lot
of the negative statements about every drug leading
to certain unavoidable peril (count how many times
you see someone squirming in PAIN and hallucinating
in AGONY in this thing!) - one still has to be impressed
with the open candor of the US Govt's 1970 view on
drugs compared to our current policies.
TO READ "TEEN-AGE BOOBY TRAP"
- Hip candor aside, it's interesting to see even the
70s had the current govt saw of "Marijuana serves
no useful purpose and has no known medical value"
be having TWO OTHER UPDATES this month.
RSS to keep in touch - Best,
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August 17 2006:
17 2006 NEWS POST
It's been a while since we did a news update. Here's
POODLE IN BROOKLYN WITH NEGATIVLAND, TODD
We're delighted to announce that, over the next
four weeks, the POODLE FILM will be screening in
two important American cities. The first of these
two cities is Brooklyn NY:
Art Space presents
Tuesday, September 5th
@ 8:00 (doors at 7:00)
first public screening of
ME THE MERMAID"
by Negativland and Tim Maloney
by P. Vamos
and earlier that night:
by Anthony Wilson and Sam Hollenshead
LATER THAT SAME EVENING: An unpublicized screening
of a notorious and now BANNED Barbie Doll movie
If you're in or around NY, come on out. Sounds like
a very cool night.
on the second public screening of POODLE (including
which city (???), and it's AMAZING theater location)
will be posted soon. RSS
to keep in touch. Thanks and peace - Ethan
p.s. - click our news page
for news of a showing of work from TEDDY and CHARLIE
PICKLE - with Daniel Johnston, Renee French and
others, at the Royal Edinburgh Hospital, Scotland.
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August 2 2006:
2, 2006 Update:
COMICS WITH PROBLEMS #9
Now that's just lewd!
Dennis the Menace returns to Comics
With Problems to give us a message about child
abuse and neglect. I love this comic book. We've always
known Dennis to be an annoying freak; but what about
his parents? Do they not fight, drink excessively,
get tired of each other, or wrestle with their own
abusive problems with their undisciplined kid? What
about late night arguments and hangovers? This comic
sure suggests such things. Delivered with a calm narrated
voice, this is an extremely subtle book. In fact,
as a government comic it's quite an achievement, speaking
in a language code that reads harmlessly to
those that aren't dealing with abusive homes -- but
to those in bad places this is quite a guilt trip
and specific message to calm down.
What a prick!
Damn, she should swat him into that TV set.
(I joke, .... I joke)
But this is also Dennis the Menace on a comic book
about battery and neglect and that's odd to the point
of funny in anyone's book, beaten or not! CLICK
to keep in touch - Best, Ethan