As hurricane Isaac pounds Louisiana this week, I am reminded of a time in late August seven years ago when I was undertaking another big adventure. In this instance, it was to drive an RV filled with comics across the country attending conventions and promoting my publishing company, Young American Comics. First I had to get it across the country on its maiden voyage with Corey Marie, my wife to be, and our cat Rocky. Things didn’t go as planned:
(I apologize for the low quality… I couldn’t find the original documents and had to settle for importing these through Instagram)
It took us a long time to recover from the Yacmobile incident, both financially and emotionally. Young American Comics stopped publishing when the economy went sour in 2007/2008 and Corey and I concentrated on our own projects and our family instead.
Now we have a new project and a new dream. This one doesn’t involve packing all our belongings into a 30+ year old vehicle and chancing it across some mountains, but there’s no less risk. We both have the entrepreneurial spirit. It’s in our blood and no amount of set backs or hardships are going to keep us from doing what we want to do. This time we’re going to make it more than 120 miles. This time we’re going to make it over the mountains.
The Riverside Art & Supply Co. fundraiser ends today and every dollar counts. We’ve got a lot of cool incentives at every donation level and we appreciate every dollar that has come in so far. Please spread the word and help us get closer to our goal. We appreciate the support and strive to make a real difference in our community.
Our future store front
our banner and but some of the product that will be featured in our shop
Here’s a little video we made with more information. Thanks again!
Another find from the Impact; a happy little song that sounds like the Rentals. The video seems like a good time too. Soon, once all this setting up the shop business is over, I’m going to borrow some canoes and set off from the dock behind QD and drink a sixpack of my own on the Grand River. Good times!
As a reminder there are only a few days left for the Riverside Art & Supply Co. indiegogo fundraiser. We appreciate all the support so far but we have a long way to go. Please spread the word and chip in a few bucks if you can. Thanks!
Hey look! It’s Corey and I in our first awkward video. It’s my first project in Premiere so please don’t judge too harshly . Please spread this around and help us raise money to get this shop up and running. We’re doing a whole lot and very little and every dollar helps. We’ve got some cool incentives and things for contributors and there’s only 7 days left. Donate here! Thanks!
Fawlty Towers Basil Supercut
OMG I love this show. This and The Young Ones were too short lived for my tastes. Here is a great Supercut of Basil going off his rocker and generally abusing the people around him. John Cleese stated in an interview once that Basil Fawlty was based on an actual inn keeper that the Pythons stayed at one time. He got some great material from it.
Today after dropping Jonah off at school I noticed the trash cans were out along the streets for pick up. I decided to drive around the block a few times to see what I could see and found a cool old door and a nice wooden drawer free for the taking. I drove around some more and found a can full of old window frames and 2×4 scraps that I loaded into the car as the Garbage truck was mere houses away.
Jonah had to get some shots updated for school later in the afternoon. He did such a great job at the doctor’s office. He was very brave and got a big ice cream afterwards.
We drove through Charlotte did some free picking, yard sailing and thrift store shipping. I filled the car full of stuff for a whopping $20! Just think what we could do with some REAL money for the shop. Speaking of which, we’re deep into the repairs currently, fixing up the drywall after we pulled all that nasty plastic wall cover off. We also want to get some stick on floor tiles and need more paint too. I sense a trip to the habitat in the near future.
If you would like to help out, you can check out all our cool incentives here! Every dollar helps, and you get some fun stuff from Corey and I to boot! There are only 8 days left to donate, so please give a little if you can and help spread the word too. Thanks!
The other night Corey and I were up late reliving old “New Wave Hits of the 80s” compilations we had when we were wee teens and how those specific mixes were instrumental in shaping our tastes today. We both agreed that Sweet Dreams by The Eurythmics was an all-around flawless 80s song.
Fast forward to this morning someone was blasting this song from their car at the intersection while we loaded more displays into the shop. I like it when the universe provides a soundtrack. Who am I to disagree?
Annie Lennox was the second caricature I did for my regular Column Quote puzzles back in 2010.
A new GTA mod allows you to cause mayhem and destruction as a horse driving a car. The final wreck in the video is hilarious and the song will get stuck in your head.
The evolution of 8-bit art
Another PBS off the book short. These guys have really ramped up their relevance to their core audience. Well done!
More Mitt Band Lip Reading
Tappa Tap it in… it’s a zinger!
Soft Autonomous Indestructible Earthworm Robot!
It’s can’t be stopped!
100 Great Maniacal Movie Laughs
Photo of the week:
We’re still pushing for donations for Riverside Art and Supply Co. Please consider donating and cashing in on some of the great incentives we have available. Every little bit helps and we’ve got a long way to go to get this thing up and running. Thanks!
Corey and I have been getting the best thrift Karma in the last few days (weeks even). We drove into Charlotte last night to get Jonah some new shoes and scored a nice (if not a little “distressed”) wood cabinet for $3 at the “As Is” center. Then next door at the Goodwill we found an amazing old mid-century wood and metal teacher’s desk for only $7. It was too big to fit in the car with the kiddo and the other cabinet so I had to go back to pick it up today. It fit by mere inches in the Vibe, but at least I didn’t have to drive home with the back hatch hanging open!
I stopped by the Hospice furniture outlet too and saw a couple things I’d like to pick up if they’re still there the next time I stop in including this awesome orange chair:
I’ve been on constant curb watch over the last few weeks and recently picked up a set of bi-fold doors and an old home-made toy chest, a legless table top, a rickety wooden ladder and a cool old screen door. I got some weird wheeled tables from a dumpster across the street where they were clearing out an old house. I wanted to get more from there, but by the time I got back a few days later they were knocking the house down with a big crane. It makes me sad. If I had known all that stuff was getting trashed I’d have tried harder to get in contact with the owner to pull as much trim and wood and whatnot out of there before they took the wrecking ball to it. Oh well. Still plenty of free things on Craigslist too to track down, pick up and find a use for. Fun times!
In the 80s I used to “fry” my Atari (switch it on and off until it freaked out) to get cool stripes and sounds. I even used them in a college project years later. Now it’s a full fledged art form and I love every bit of it (pun intended?) I’m planning to make some more of my own once I have a spare moment.