Portable Time Machine


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I’m still working out a couple of the kinks in this PTM (Portable Time Machine) but it’s close.  I’ve rigged it so a battery can  jump start the  cathode which initiates the chronal displacement. As for  the rest…well you know, it operates like any other time machine, set it to an open field (vs. closed with positive ions moving from the electrolyte to the positive cathode) and pftt! you’re back in time.  Well more like hummm then pftt!

(above left) a modified 1920’s ‘B’ Battery  (right) The cathode core. Don’t forget, cathode polarity isn’t always negative which works out fine since I’m not going back before 1900.

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(above) Fortunately for me, when these photos got passed around  no one noticed the curious device on my dresser.

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(above) My AEF I.D.  Thankfully it doesn’t list a date of birth.  “uh…43 years from now?”

Mammal and Hemingway at ComicCon and MoCCA

This is a bit late but Mammal was present at MoCCA Art Festival 2008 of course showing off their very cool wares (issues, posters, tee shirts, original art). I’ll be stopping by their table and checking out what’s going on. I just can’t say enough nice things about them.

Tom Forget (left) and Devin Clark (right) man the Mammal table at ComicCon in the Javits Ctr.

Tom Forget (left) and Devin Clark (right) man the Mammal table at ComicCon in the Javits Ctr.

There’s a lot of talent there between Tom, Ben, Matt, Devin, Dan and Jim. Ben (Marra) has been gracious enough to stop by my illustration concepts class at Parsons School of Design to show his work and bare his very strange soul. With a little luck, in the fall, I’ll be able to wrangle all of the founders/contributors of Mammal into my class to have them discuss the ups and downs of self-publishing, branding, and their creative process in general. It should be a great discussion and an interesting class.

A Hemingway spread from Mammal #2

A Hemingway spread from Mammal #2

Here is a Hemingway spread from the 2nd Mammal issue “Machismo”.

R.I.P. Papa

R.I.P. Papa

R.I.P. Papa

Today, July 2nd marks the 47th anniversary of Hemingway’s death. In observance of the date I’d like to pass on something I came across while researching his suicide. There is a fascinating story concerning the belt that Hemingway was wearing at the time he shot himself at his house in Ketchum Idaho. The belt is a Nazi souvenir from WWII and has a buckle inscribed with the german phrase, ” Gott Mit Uns”, Tom Sanders, (whose site is linked) is a journalist and Hemingway aficionado did some excellent research how Hemingway came in possession of the belt. Click on the link it is a fascinating story of as Tom calls it: “…my Quixotic search for a literary Holy Grail of sorts, Hemingway’s Gott Mit Uns.

On a lighter note there is a drink called “Ernest Hemingway’s death in the afternoon” as reported by by the Esquire drink database. It’s made with absinthe and champagne but that’s all the instructions you’ll get out of me, I’d feel somehow responsible. Rest in peace old man.

What to Do With Your Old Cardboard

When I’m working on an illustration that involves a particular object I’m not familiar with and find hard to draw (or I’m having trouble visualizing the hand position on the object), I’ll often mock up a prop. This might involve using something as a stand-in that has a similar shape ie: a swim kick board for the ten commandments, or it can get more complicated. Every once in a while I get a little side tracked and I find myself challenged by making the prop and It takes me on a little…uh…detour.

Here is one of my finishes for my story based on Ernst Hemingway’s suicide part of which appears in Mammal Magazine #2. Hemingway pg.6

While researching Hemingway’s suicide, I found that he killed himself with a shot gun (a Boss & Co ordered through Abercrombie and Fitch). I felt that the gesture he would have used to shoot himself was something I would have to see to draw accurately. At first I thought I’d just take a broom stick to get approximate the shotgun. That was not to be, 2 hours later I had my glue gun out and was scouring the studio for cardboard (a very underrated medium for sculpture). Here is my lovely, supportive wife Deb demo-ing the safe handling of a cardboard firearm.

cardboard-prop gun1cardboard-gun2I’m sure I spent way more time than I had to getting the gun to break at the breach and making a little shell to fit in one of the barrels. I’m actually quite proud of it and sat in my studio staring down the sight for more time than I’d care to relate. For those of you wondering, though tempted, I did not fold origami birds and yell out “Pull!” as Deb threw them into the air. I do plan on designing more objects out of cardboard. There are some wonderful trophy heads sold on line created out of cardboard (cardboardsafari.com), so I am far from alone. I do think that I created a better illustration having made the gun. Which after all, was where I started.

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Ready for any big cardboard game.

Me and my card board gunBelow is one of the reference shots I took of me as Papa Hemingway. A particularly gruesome way to commit suicide. Not only using a shotgun but also that position. It seems not exactly fool proof, but then Hemingway spent his life around guns and a lot of time musing about death and dying. His act in itself was done out of despair over his inability to create and despondency over his bad health.

On a much lighter note I’ll post more photos of props I’ve constructed. Most of them aren’t this macabre. I can only image that there are a number of other artists and illustrators with trunk fulls of pasted together objects used as props in projects, or a least the reference photos of them.