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Saturday, August 11, 2012

The Western Cannon

 Some Things!
1. I've started a new series of drawings called THE WESTERN CANNON (pun intended).  LOOK!

These drawings go next to each other (so that the pile continues right to left) but blogger doesn't like that idea. Anyway this is where they throw the prisoners. To see who they are keep watching. The tower will grow up into the sky approximately once a week!

2. I've finally given this blog the proper name! Good-bye Sleeping-In-Cars hello Great Moments in Western Civilization Blog! It's about time. For those of you who were wondering Sleeping-in-cars just happens to be one of the cooperative's favorite things to do. We like to sleep in moving cars while people talk around us. We also at one point thought it was a good name because it indicated the likely outcome of pursuing an art career. It is left over from an earlier time. Don't worry, the old blog address still works too, it now redirects to blog.greatmomentsinwesternciv.com

3. www.greatmomentsinwesternciv.com has had some serious updates, in the "constructions" and "drawing" categories check it out!

4. Optical Sloth reviewed The Index No. 1. Read it here: Optical Sloth. Also note that optical sloth is pretty good at guessing. This comic costs $3.50 and is available for purchase in the Great Moments In Western Civ Internet Emporium. I didn't put a price on it because I sell basically all of my products online, where price tags are kind of unnecessary.

 5. The Great Moments in Western Civilization Cooperative's Museum of Failure's Nomadic Display mechanism had it's first public display and performance last week. We talked about archiving and indexing and explained why our Museum was a failure before we even opened it. All on a sweltering afternoon in Buffalo's lovely Days Park. It was part of the Buffalo Infringement Festival. More pictures here.

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Thursday, August 2, 2012


This months issue of the Postal Constituent doubles as the first issue of a new serial comic called THE INDEX. We at the Great Moments in Western Civilization Cooperative have spent the past two and a half years in brevity. We've summed up men's lives in less then five pages, we've given you the vast history of Western Failure in one brief accordion scroll. We have short attention spans. We like to keep things short and keep things moving, but we also like to experiment, and so, we have begun a long form comic and the first issue will shortly be in subscribers mailboxes and available for order over at the Great Moments in Western Civilization Internet Emporium.

No. 1 The Prelude, lays the groundwork for what's to come: Two people, one small house in the high New Mexican desert and a cabinet full of index cards. THE EXCITEMENT.

Here I am below, cutting out the prelude-wedge 75 times (and more to come).

We at the cooperative are not yet sure how long this series will be, but we cannot imagine finishing in less then ten issues. Over the next few months, new issues of the postal constituent will be split between new issues of the Index and our more traditional short form and fold out (suitable for framing) comics.

In other news I've just recently finished graduate school at the University at Buffalo, which means I had to move out of my posh studio with giant skylight. But not to worry, the Cooperative has found a new home in the attic. It is the best attic ever and it is included in my already cheap rent. This is why you should move to Buffalo.

Please note the quality of that eave reading nook. I built the flat file shelf on the bottom right using pre-fabricated handrails I bought at home depot. YES I DID. It fits perfectly into the eave AND holds most of my drawings and prints.

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