Funny Story – Thursday

Tomorrow, Thursday, three other really really funny people (and I) will be telling some stories at Brooklyn Brewery. It’s all part of their monthly Funny Story program which is co-curated by comedian Tom Shillue and Brooklyn Based.

Doors open at 8pm. Tickets cost $10 (which gets you a seat and a free beer.)


For all of the info please go here.

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Tomorrow Casey and I are off to Greece for some honeymooning!

Above is one of the many sights we hope to see.

Be back in July!

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Screenprinted case for Meridian Hill Pictures

Over the years, I’ve done a bunch of work for my friends over at Meridian Hill Pictures in DC. I was really excited when they asked me to make a design for a compilation DVD of their favorite short films from their first two years. The case was screenprinted by Tender Loving Empire in Portland, OR and it looks like they did a real nice job.

You can purchase the DVD (and it’s case) through Meridian Hill Pictures for just $20 here. You also might notice on the Meridian Hill site how a ton of the art is by Casey and I. It is.

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Brooklyn Bridge Paint Group Show

What do you do with surplus paint for the Brooklyn Bridge? Getting it to a bunch of artists for a group show sounds pretty good to me.

That is what’s happening this Friday at the Urban Folk Art Gallery (part of Brooklyn Tattoo) on Smith st. in Carroll Gardens Brooklyn.

Here is my submission. They’re really painting the arches with real paint! (The goal of the show is to use the paint somehow in your work. I guess I’m pretty literal.)

The show opens tomorrow night from 7-10 pm at 99 through 101 Smith st and has 29 other amazing artists AND has been written up all over the place. Should be a party!.

Here is the full explanation from the gallery:

Urban Folk Art® Gallery will be honoring the 130th anniversary of the opening of the Brooklyn Bridge with a group show of over 30 local artists of varying mediums. In their fourth show of this type, artists will be showing their homages to the bridge with one common element. In February 2013, curator and contributing artist Adam Suerte acquired five 5 gallon buckets of surplus paint from the NY Department of Transit that was used to do touch ups on the Brooklyn Bridge. Each artist in the group show will be using the
“Chocolate Brown Enamel” in some way within their piece. Painters, comic artists, graphic designers, photographers, screen printers, tattooers, graffiti artists, toy designers and artists of other mediums will be contributing. Suerte, as one of his pieces has repackaged some of this paint in a limited edition quart size cans that will be for sale at the show. If you ever wanted to own a piece of the bridge, this could be considered pretty close.

Brooklyn Tattoo will also be doing the Brooklyn Bridge Tattoo special on Thursday May 23rd (the actual anniversary). Come to the shop between 12-7 , Coose from our flash and get a $30 Brooklyn Bridge Tattoo. First come first served.

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Sophie Blackall is April’s 5 Questions, 1 Drawing

For this month’s 5 Questions, 1 Drawing on Brooklyn Based I got to interview/draw illustrator extraordinaire Sophie Blackall.

You might know Sophie from any of the many books she’s illustrated, her blog/book of Craigslist Missed Connections painted, or just maybe from the fantastic bit of MTA subway art she’s had up in subway trains for the past year or so:

Her poster is SO GOOD people have literally tried to steal it.

See more of everything else Sophie Blackall does on her site.

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Rainy Tuesday

All over Park Slope it’s looking like this right now.

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Happy St. Paddy’s!

I’ve been painting a lot of snakes recently. It seemed like the right thing to paint.

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This month’s Five Questions, One Drawing for Brooklyn Based is of Brooklyn Net Tornike “Toko” Shenegelia. See the full interview here.

Of course, I do equally enjoy all of these I’ve done now, whether it is John Hodgman, Emma Straub, or the couple who run Mile End, but it was extra cool getting to go the Barclays Center to interview Toko.

How cool was it?

Well let’s begin with the press pass. (Yes, it was for an older game, but it was just to get me into the practice.)

The whole thing was kind of like being a pretend sports reporter. I got to wait in their reporter room before going in. Looks crazy right?? (Out of frame: a few reporters playing YouTube videos of an Israeli Rap group and laughing.)

And then I got to wait outside of the practice court. (This was back during the NHL lockout so I got to hear lot’s of gossip. Something about Kovalchuck, but I forget now.)

And then I got stand behind all the real reporters and watch some practice. (Free throws, still not a given if you’re in the NBA apparently…)

Besides talking with Toko, the other perks included seeing how monstrously tall Brook Lopez is in person. And then also pretending to dunk on a basketball hoop in the garage.

In short, Rangers, Islanders, Devils, Knicks, Giants, Jets, Yankees, Mets, Cyclones, hit me up!

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This Thursday a unincriminating book is being launched: WHO DONE IT? An anthology by Soho Press. Casey and I have contributed along with a ton of other wildly amazing writers and illustrators.

What is this book you ask? Well… Herman Q. Mildew– 826?s evil (fictional) editor who scares children into writing books during workshops– has been murdered! All of his authors are suspects who, for this anthology, write in their alibis. In our illustrated contribution, Casey and I claim we were out traveling while learning suspiciously murderous skills…

Yes… that is a gun to the head of a giraffee. I promise. Casey and I are NOT violent people. We would never murder that annoying (not to mention smelly) editor Herman Q. Mildew. Let alone hunt big game in Africa Teddy Roosevelt style.

Go buy the book soon at your local bookstore! Here it is on Indiebound.

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And that’s what I call a coffee club card:

See these at Colson Patissiere in the next week or so. (At a convenient 2″ x 3.5″ size.)

I heartily encourage you to try and have every one of these coffees in a sitting. Run the cycle!

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