A friend of mine, Saul Gray-Hildenbrand, is producing a daily comic blog for our local Santa Barbara citizen news website City 2.0, called The Bellicose and the Bucolic.  They are all single frame comics that are inspired by conversations that Saul has overheard and then written underneath each image.

I can’t help but smile at each one, or at least sit and wonder, ‘In what circumstance would anyone say such a thing?’

I hope you enjoy these examples.  Keep up the good work Saul.

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comic from my mom

December 1, 2008

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John Kricfalusi’s Blog

November 14, 2008

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One of the blogs that I check almost daily is written by John Kricfalusi, the man who created Ren and Stimpy.  Not only is his blog visually oriented but it is insightful and often very opinionated.  He seems to have two main focuses in his writings: one is to start up new projects and the other is to educate, not only the people he intends to hire for the projects, but also the general public.  His educational portions consist mostly of John breaking down the slow degradation of cartoons since their creation in the 20’s.  His descriptions about how bad 80’s cartoons are is really interesting.  He also injects his blog with cartoon clips that he thinks are fun and well made like the mother goose clip above (this is currently my desktop picture).  So if you like cartoons, and really there isn’t any reason you shouldn’t, check out his blog by clicking here.

This was originally posted as “John Kilpatrick’s Blog” but I have been corrected by John Kilpatrick that he didn’t in fact create Ren and Stimpy.  I salute both John’s though I have yet to find the true blog of John Kilpatrick.

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Over Thanksgiving my brother told me about a commercial that he worked on for a new flavor of DP called Diet Cherry Chocolate Dr Pepper. I was mystified that a product that sounded so revolting could make it to grocery store shelves but was enticed by the bazaar commercial that had been made to promote it. Based on a song by new-to-the-spotlight Tay Zonday called Chocolate Rain, this product forward music video is gorgeously disgusting (as is the soda label) featuring scantily clad women being drenched in chocolate sauce. So my boyfriend Tristan, and I have made it a mission to look for this new flavor every time we go to the grocery store and today we found it. For all you out there who were also curious, don’t be. It tastes like someone emptied a bottle of chocolate syrup into a Dr Pepper and shook it up. Not the best idea I’ve heard of and not the best taste either. Instead of enjoying the soda enjoy the video.

‘Helvetica’

January 20, 2008

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So here’s an interesting documentary. As you might guess, this film presents not only the time-line of the famous font but its significance in the modern global culture. Having been created in the early mid-’50s , Helvetica was intended to be clean and universal while retaining a curvature which denoted a welcoming, human atmosphere. In essence, an institutional neutral font was borne. Come the ’60 corporations were jumping at the opportunity to re-invent their image with clean lines. You can now see Helvetica almost everywhere you go, in corporate logos such as American Airlines, Urban Outfitters and Sears, and yes in all public governmental signage. Helvetica is the worlds most readable font, and this film is about the people who made it, the people who love it and the people who hate it.

The above image was my spin off of a design my boyfriend was working on. He found out that the word heart does not look good in Helvetica.

Fun Filled Fact of the Day

December 11, 2007

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On June 6, 1944, the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus had their most disastrous moment.  On that day, their twenty-ton big top tent, measuring 550 feet long by 250 feet wide and 75 feet high, caught fire killing 168 people and injuring another 250, this out of more than 6,000 attendees.  Incidentally five circus members of the circus were indicted for manslaughter.  The tent had been waterproofed with paraffin that had been thinned with gasoline.

Bonus Fact: To keep people calm in times of disaster the circus band has been trained to play the song “The Stars and Stripes Forever” in order to secretly alert circus folk.

Facts were taken from the book “Darkest Hour” by Jay Robert Nash