Archive for the 'Art' Category

TO BE VIEWED ONLY ON BRIGHT SUNNY DAYS…

November 2nd, 2016

For my money, Alien was either No. 1 or No. 2 on my list of all-time scariest movies. (The other is The Exorcist.) The conception of the title character is key to that horror and so, looking into the mind of the artist HR Giger, is a journey you don’t want to take when the […]

THE BLANK PAGE IS ALSO TERRIFYING/TERRIFIED…

August 23rd, 2016

BEAUTY AND PEACE FOR A SUNDAY MORNING…

July 10th, 2016

The Art and Business of Creating Life-Like Baby Dolls…

COMING TO CLEVELAND ON MONDAY, 18 JULY…

July 9th, 2016

Derf’s interpretation of George Bellows’ Stag at Sharkey’s.

DAVID RETURNS FROM TWO YEARS IN AMERICA…

June 18th, 2016

Brought to you by McDonald’s, Burger King, KFC, Pizza Hut and Starbucks… Thank you Katie Walsh.

MEET ANOTHER RED HEADED LEAGUE MEMBER…

April 18th, 2016

One of the superficial, but fun, aspects of the Internet is becoming acquainted with all the people with whom you share a name. I created Google alerts years ago for versions of my name and those of my blogs Have Coffee Will Write and The Writing On The Wal to stay on top of what […]

THE WALLS HAVE BEEN REBUILT, EVEN HIGHER…

August 5th, 2015

And I know now that I was right. But it takes a lot of telling to make a city know when it is doing wrong. However, that was what I was there for. When it didn’t seem to help, I would go and look at a stonecutter hammering away at his rock perhaps a hundred […]

ODE TO… ODIFEROUS REALITIES OF GETTING BY

July 13th, 2015

John, Derf, Backderf writes: I’m happy to report that Trashed is delivered and in the can. All 240 pages of it. Took a bit longer to put the finishing touches on it, as it always does, and MAN am I sick of looking at these pages, but it’s completed at last. Here’s the wraparound cover […]

BLACK AND WHITE, STROKES OF RESISTANCE…

June 1st, 2015

When art becomes a death defying act, then there is much more at stake than art. Bravery is doing that which terrifies you because you realize that what you do is more important than your self. Cartoonist Aseem Trivedi fully understands the concept. In January this year, Trivedi announced he planned to launch a magazine […]

IRISH EYES ARE SMILIN’…

June 1st, 2015

MOVING ON…

May 31st, 2015

Back in 2010, while working on Tim Russo’s campaign to become a member of the Cuyahoga County Council, I had the chance to see Tim’s attic man-cave where one wall was dominated by an oversize reproduction of Shepard Fairey’s iconic Hope poster. Like Tim, I was captivated by the message of Hope (I should have […]

ROLDO RIGHTS ON A TAX YOU CAN EASILY AVOID…

May 19th, 2015

Cleveland Arts want to be like Cleveland Sports. And who can blame them. Free money. No strings attached. Easy to get. No spending monitors. And the biggies get Big Bucks. Dollars that is. By the millions! Since the cigarette tax started in Feb. 2007 they have access to more than $144 million as of the […]

WE CAN’T PICK AND CHOOSE… JE SUIS CHARLIE

March 17th, 2015

Censorship is wrong. Full stop. How many times do I have to say: the right response to objectionable speech is never censorship (or the threat of violence) but rather more speech. On 16 March, DC Comics released a statement saying that the Albuquerque cover was now not going to run—at the artist’s request—and said that […]

IF YOU’RE NOT LEARNING YOUR DYING…

February 24th, 2015

I DISCOVERED A NEW CARTOONIST TODAY…

February 16th, 2015

KEEP TALKING, KEEP BUILDING…

January 13th, 2015

I have said, many, many times, just ask any of my friends, that the proper response to offensive speech must not be censorship, but rather more speech. I would now make and addendum to that maxim: the proper response to offensive speech must be neither censorship nor violence, but rather more speech. When any confrontation […]

SATIRE, INDEED ALL HUMOR, BY DESIGN, HURTS…

January 12th, 2015

I’ve contemplated Joe Sacco’s graphic essay (cartoon just doesn’t work here, if ever) over the weekend and I still haven’t arrived at a satisfactory position or even framework other than to say that I know not what. Reading Ophelia Benson’s post this morning led me to The Great Hiatus which attempts to enlighten readers so […]

JE SUIS CHARLIE

January 7th, 2015

[Update at 0441 on 13 January: Derf elaborates…] Derf is far from alone…

AYN RAND’S ALPHA AND OMEGA IN PICTURES…

November 6th, 2014

From Ayn Rand by Daryl Cunningham…

HIERONYMUS BOSCH MEETS AMERICAN BEAUTY…

November 1st, 2014

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