A Brit a Day [#1235]

I’m tooting my own decidedly non-British horn in ABAD today because I am so excited that my Etsy digital download shop is finally open!

I’d love to sell a bunch of downloads of the big 10MB jpegs I have for sale there, but mainly, I’m just happy for everyone to be able to look at samples of the pictures.  Go here to check it out–


I only have about 2 dozen images up now, and I have a looooong way to go.  I think I’ve mentioned this before–the images are from the slides I inherited from my dad, and a few of my own from Europe in the 80s. Eventually, I’ll be concentrating on the ones my dad took for his personal use during his travels with the USDA.  Some of them [mainly ones I haven’t posted yet] have historical significance, IMO. I’ll try to add 3-4 items a week to the shop.

A Brit a Day [#1187]

This is such a stretch for a connection to Britain, I can hardly believe I’m writing about it, but it’s just the best thing…..This is a rendering done during the 18-month planning process that took place before the Andy Warhol Bridge in Pittsburgh became the site a very large yarn bombing on Monday.  Fan art?  Heck yeah, for fans of bridges, community spirit, knitting, public art…..and I love this simple, expressive rendering.  No wonder the knitters were able to sell the city on the idea.  British?  I don’t know, I imagine Andy Warhol spent at least one night in London at some point…..

Read more and see more “coverage” [yes, I said it] of the event here:  http://news.yahoo.com/knitters-cover-pittsburghs-warhol-bridge-yarn-151647095.html

A Brit a Day [#1131]

I got this from someone’s Tumblr [Dollychops.tumblr?], and it is a fabulous re-imagining of Lady Gaga as a Disney princess.

When I was really young, Disney soundtrack compilations on vinyl LPs were available in some gas stations as premiums if you filled up your tank.  I think it was Gulf?  Man, I wish I still had those, but after years of play on the portable record player, they would probably be unbearable.

A Brit a Day [#981]

All of the Brits have turned to face West as they raise their hands in applause for their Canadian cousin, Jeff Lemire.  Jeff has just finished a 40 month run as creator/author/illustrator of the comic series “Sweet Tooth.”  Three and a half years is a long time to preside over a fictional universe as the lone god, folks.  I would try to tell you what Jeff’s work has meant to me, but no one could say it better than Damon Lindelof, Jeff’s friend and sometime collaborator, in an interview with Jeff that he conducted for Comic Book Resource.  Here are Damon’s introductory remarks in their discussion of the final issue of “Sweet Tooth.”–

I just found myself feeling both enormously happy and enormously jealous that you had executed at such a high level and I offer my sincerest congratulations because I feel like you stuck the landing perfectly. There is no splash going into the water and I think this is the final nail in the coffin of a book that is going to live on for decades to come.

That, coming from one of the guys who wrote the finale of “Lost”–which was another ball that got hit out of the park, in my opinion.  Later in the interview, Jeff speaks about how “Lost” managed its themes in the same way he wanted to present his story.–

You can probably understand this from “Lost” — “Sweet Tooth” was never about the secret of how the hybrid children came to be or the secret of what the plague was or any of that stuff. That was all way down on my priority list. It was always about where Gus ended up, and the characters ended up. Much like you did on “Lost,” revealing the secret of the plague and all that was never really something that I cared all that much about.

“Sweet Tooth” # 40 hit the stands last Wednesday.  The series in its entirety will probably be in print for a long time.

A Brit a Day [#947]

A study of wings by incredible artist Alicexz, found on Tumblr.  I think this would be especially meaningful to fans of ‘Supernatural?’  So I don’t know if anyone associated with today’s post is actually British!  The Wikipedia describes Jensen Ackles [who plays Dean Winchester] as “of English, Irish, and Scottish ancestry.” [Aren’t we all?]  That’s close enough for me.  And I would have sworn after seeing “P.S. I Love You” that Jeffrey Dean Morgan, who has played the Winchester boys’ father, was Irish.