Jim Shorkey


VOTD – Great Pumpkin
October 31, 2009, 10:17 am
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The Peanuts specials were never really touted as great animation but everytime I watch The Great Pumpkin, I end up getting lost in the backgrounds. The autumn settings and the nightime “war” settings bring me back to chilhood faster than a Proust’s Madelaine cookies. Justin Hildend has written an essay on the colour choices for the special and can be found here (this link is thanks to the Cartoon Brew  site).

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VOTD – xtc
October 30, 2009, 10:48 am
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I wasn’t writing posts in September so I wasn’t able to mention the passing of Heinz Edelmann (June 20, 1934 – July 21, 2009) The German illustrator and designer of Yellow submarine. He also did the cover for xtc’s Oranges & Lemons which contained maybe my fave xtc songs, The Mayor of Simpleton.

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and here’s a sample of his actual work:



VOTD – The Bodines
October 29, 2009, 9:28 am
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Another in the lost bands category, the Bodines.

 



VOTD – Close Lobsters
October 28, 2009, 10:36 pm
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Another of the great unappreciated bands, The Close Lobsters has a new collection that just went up on emusic. Plenty of old songs that are new to me. Please check them out.



Chris Ware in the New Yorker
October 27, 2009, 12:21 pm
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Chris Ware is in the latest issue of the New Yorker.

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Chris Ware cover

Chris Ware part 1

Chris Ware part 1

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Chris Ware part 2

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VOTD – Monty Python
October 27, 2009, 12:13 pm
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I watched the last couple episodes of Monty Python: Almost the Truth (The Lawyer’s Cut) documentary last night and thought I would post the link to the Monty Python channel on YouTube as the video of the day.



Dinosaur Jr in concert
October 26, 2009, 6:24 pm
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Dinosaur Jr concert currently streaming on NPR:

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=113550890

Dinosaur Jr