Wednesday, October 27, 2010
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Posted by J. Lemon at 10:37 PM
Thursday, October 14, 2010
Alternative Press Expo which, as always, takes place at the Concourse Center in San Francisco, conveniently only a few short blocks from the old homestead. I will be there both days, primarily at the Cartoon Art Museum booth (#239) although on Sunday at 1PM I will be teaching a short workshop on "Developing A Comic Strip". There's a whole bunch of fun events as well as actual famous guest cartoonists including personal heroes Lynda Barry, Dan Clowes and Tony Millionaire. I may have to take a spare pair of trousers. It's alway a wonderful event and it's so big tis year they had to move it to the bigger hall. Hope to see you there.
Posted by J. Lemon at 4:02 PM
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Tom Waits video. Art imitates art! I'm a huge Tom Waits fan (in particular everything since the 1983 Swordfishtrombones album) but hadn't seen the video which is from his hard to find "live" movie "Big Time". Classic stuff.
This isn't the first time I've run a "singing in the shower" joke. Weenus serenaded Trixie way back in the heady days of April.
Posted by J. Lemon at 11:12 AM
A friend of mine rents out apartments in San Francisco and frequently comes across odd and quirky little buildings. Recently he alerted me to this gem of a basement which was used as a speakeasy during the prohibition years which ran from 1920 to 1933 when the eighteenth amendment was repealed. It's under this pretty respectable looking Victorian house up towards Twin Peaks.
This tiny basement is decorated with the popular cartoons of the day including Barney Google and Popeye.
You can see some buttons on the front of the sink here which would be used to communicate with the house upstairs in the event of trouble. Speakeasy's were also called Blind Pigs. This was a way of circumnavigating the law by offering the viewing of an attraction such as a curious animals (Greenland pigs were popular for some reason) during which a complimentary cocktail could be offered, thus circumnavigating the law.
A lot of the cartoons are signed by Doug Hale 1926. Some of them are pretty risque, particularly this casting couch one. Hubba hubba.
There is a handy slanted escape hatch at the back which leads into an alleyway behind the building and through to another street.
San Francisco was ground zero for bootlegging due to its coastal proximity and the hidden inlets around the bay which were used for running liquor. There was also lax enforcement of the laws by sympathetic cops.
The ceiling was incredibly low. I'm 6'1" tall and was unable to stand upright. All the more reason to drink more and fall down I suppose.
There's a fascinating KQED radio show about prohibition in San Francisco here.
Posted by J. Lemon at 10:59 AM
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
GoComics pages, Dark Side of the Horse which is drawn by the super talented Finnish cartoonist Samuli Lintula who goes by the name Samson. The strip started out in June 2008 when it was drawn on what appeared to be Post-it notes. Since then, Horace the horse and his sparsely surreal world have evolved into a beautifully rendered and spectacularly offbeat strip. I really can't say enough about it. Everything from the bleak humor to the restrained use of colors really blows my socks off. Since I'll be in Helsinki at some point next year I'm planning to stalk him.
Posted by J. Lemon at 10:52 AM