3435.The weather forecasters say we are between snowstorms, which is a strange thing to say in Oregon but that's the new normal, we suppose, but this morning was crystal clear as the sun was coming up on my way home from The Job™.Here's what the mighty warrior
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By Samuel John Klein of Portland, Oregon - An Independent Graphic Designer living in a city that was built upon an ancient Unicorn burial ground.
3434.I mentioned, in the last missive, the pleasure of watching Arnold World, he of the exquisite paper flowers, do his art in the middle of Powell's Coffee Room.It's truly a treat. Submerged in his jam, he moves with he music and the world (or perhaps the world
3433.We have a nickname for our regular Sunday night sojourn to Powell's City'o'Books, or I do, anyway:Book Church. It's a sacrament, a worship. I can be as spiritual as you want, as worldly, or as profane. The Wife™ dabbles in metaph
3432.With OryCon 33, in 2011, the dark theme continued, script flipped to the side: the them was The Lighter Side of Horror. With Author GoH E. E. Knight, author of Vampire Earth, that premise was delivered on. The other side of the look'n'feel coin was, of co
3431.This in over the transom: there is now a sign up on West Olive Street near downtown Newport, down on the Oregon Coast. And people may not know this up to now, but the longest continuous road in America begins here, and doesn't let up until it's gone through 12 states,
3430.The next year, OryCon 32, I was back as publications again, and this was the first of two years when the theme went 'dark', as they say.The Author GoH was P.N.Elrod, creator of The Vampi
3429.Here's one way you can tell you're in greater Portland: in Hillsboro, our neighbor city about 20 miles to the west on the edge of the greater Portland urban disk, the public library will let you check out a theremin.It's part of the Hillsboro Pu
3428.There are a lot of people right now who are discouraged by politics, and I get that. Boy, do I have the 2020 ticket for you:
3427.A blandishment from The Seattle Times recently displayed my way:
3426.The year after my triumphant debut as OryCon publications, I managed to finagle another go at it. OryCon 31's Guests of Honor included urban fantasy author Patricia Briggs and
3425.The tradition of the TV art instructor, as it turns out, goes back about as far as TV itself does.A name I haven't heard up until recently was Jon Gnagy (which I believe would be prounced NAH-djee, and I say this because I knew a kid in Jr. High name
3424.Starting with this post, I'm going to do a little look back. The centerpiece of our year is OryCon, Oregon's premier SF and F convention. All the people I've known and loved over my years of living as a Portlander co
3423.Another example of the OryCon logo in action. This year we got the chance to purchase a travel mug with my OryCon logo on.This is what it looks like:
3422.Charlie Brown is, in many ways, along with the fox, my totem. No explanation should be required.
3421.When I first got the chance to come up with a design for the OryCon 38 program books, the rationale pretty much wrapped itself up for me and gifted itself to me on a silver Manticorean platter.The real challenge to designing an SFF Con's program book is fin
3420.I wasn't able to get right back to blogging about OryCon, but there were two more days of it. And it was very, very good, of course. And here are some highlights.Day two was the one where I got to some panels. OryCon isn't just a great place to hang with so
3419.Spent yesterday evening and afternoon at OryCon 38, at the Marriott down on Naito Parkway.This is the 29th consecutive time I've attended OryCon. It's like a homecoming, it always is. And I have more than just a history of being a member, I've contributed:
3418.The Coffee Room at Powell's City of Books has become an addiction to us not merely because of the caffeine content and that you have to go through the rest of Powell's just to get there, though those are very powerful draws. No, I've seen art in its many manifes
3417.Right now, on one of the endcaps on one of the aisles of graphic novel and comics rows in the Coffee Room of Powell's City of Books, there are 6 roughly drawn yet thoughtfully-done and skillfully-executed cartoons. Here's one set.
3416.Saturday, traditional Library day, I'm diarizing trying to make sense of the all, and what should I see but some rather feline patrons.One was a wild African cat. Well, really just wild about playing with his friend.
3415.Well, I'm back after getting through some stress. Some of it is dealt with; some of it, a little more intractable, but we're working on it. This caused a break in blogging, which see, which I'm hoping I'll break with this posting. It's got some pretty special pictures.
3414.As reported in the PMerc, in this age of changeable Portland, a Sellwood stalwart may be going away rather too soon from the Sellwood corner of SE 17th and Tenino:
3413.As reported by many outlets that look at such things, the Kodak logo has been changed again. The new looks a whole lot like a certain golden age.
3412.John E. Williams (no relation), a comic artist of great amounts of ilk, has entertained before with a look at Law and (dunkdunk) Order. Now, on TV hour at Spiral Notebook Comics, he takes a rocket ride through any given episode of The West Wing,
3411.Despite the wide-spread social consternation over the forced retirement of Peanuts' Snoopy from the logo of the insurance firm MetLife, I was a little bemused to find very little … nothing really at the time … about the new look of MetLife other
3410.The BS here refers to baloney sandwiches. I don't know what you were thinking, reader.Oh, OK. I know what you were thinking. But what DJT pushes is baloney as much as anything else, and will serve for the terms of this missive.
3409.Much consternation in the public as the nationally-recognized insurance icon, MetLife, is doing away with a multi-decade branding institution by ending its identification with Snoopy and the Peanuts characters, themselves American icons. But why?It s
3408.Well, since it's all Donald Trump all the time, now …Agent Orange has this way of communicating verbally. He has this way of communicating in writing which perfectly resonates with that. His handwriting is quizzically blocky, squat, rounded, bold, as thou
3407.While it's not exactly an art lesson per se, it is highly instructive and a great illumination on why illustrators are such dead-fascinating people.It's hard to do a good subjective caricature. The ones in Vanity Fair and The New Yor
3406.Did you know that you can get back in to a 1972 VW Beetle with a lockpick?That's the kind of thing someone says to one that the interlocutor typically responds to one with a request for the story pertaining to that remark. Yes, there's a story attached.