A flyer for an April 12, 2013 fundraiser for the Chicago Alternative Comics Expo (CAKE) at the Peanut Gallery in Chicago. The drawing on the flyer is by Paul Nudd.
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Another post from one of my favorite thrift store finds of the last year. A cow, from a set of Forming Sounds phonic cards, produced by the Ideal School Supply Company in Oak Lawn, IL in 1980. More here.
Another post from one of my favorite thrift store finds of the last year. A nest, from a set of Forming Sounds phonic cards, produced by the Ideal School Supply Company in Oak Lawn, IL in 1980. More here.
A small photocopied flyer for a weight loss program that I picked up in Chicago. This is from at least ten years ago this but amazing pair of drawings continues to circulate in flyers left around the city.
A drawing by Raymond Pettibon from the back cover of the sleeve for the 7” record “Popeye / Dirty Cop Business” by Pay The Man on Skyscraper Music, 1990. This drawing feels really menacing and creepy, even by Pettibon standards.
A drawing by Raymond Pettibon, featuring a man that looks disturbingly like Ronald Reagan, from the sleeve for the 7” record “Popeye / Dirty Cop Business” by Pay The Man on Skyscraper Music, 1990.
I despise visits from Jehovah’s Witnesses and have at times resorted to shouting profanity at them when they knock on my door. I do secretly enjoy the illustrations in their magazines, however, and I get a little excited when they leave publications when I’m not home. Here’s an uncredited illustration from the May 2013 issue of Awake.
Another post to mark the birthday of a late friend, Matt Hanner.
Shortly after his completely unexpected death, I borrowed two boxes of Hanner’s ephemera and mailed art from Anthony Elms - a longtime friend of mine and a close friend of Matt’s. This drawing from 2004, mailed to Anthony, is one of many that was created by modifying a Wolfgang Laib postcard.
Matt Hanner had a Tumblr blog: http://matthanner.tumblr.com/. He updated it until one month before his death and it gives an expanded sense of the way he was in the world. More Matt Hanner material on Public Collectors here.
A 2003 colored pencil drawing on paper by Lamont E.A. Scanned from the exhibition catalog for Made In Prison: Contemporary Art by Incarcerated Men and Women, Co-curated by Julia Dzwonkoski and Kye Potter, 2003-2004, Herndon Gallery, Antioch College, Yellow Springs, Ohio.
An untitled, undated drawing by Welmon Sharlhorne, from the cover of the exhibition catalog for Made In Prison: Contemporary Art by Incarcerated Men and Women, Co-curated by Julia Dzwonkoski and Kye Potter, 2003-2004, Herndon Gallery, Antioch College, Yellow Springs, Ohio.
Unsigned, undated ballpoint pen drawing (circa early 1990s) sent to me by an artist in prison. I believe this is by Kevin Fink, who was incarcerated in Walla Walla State Penitentiary in Washington.