10 things worth sharing + a studio with a view
Here are 10 things I thought were worth sharing this week:
It has not exactly been smooth going around here, so I’m giving myself over to my elder millennial nostalgia and enjoying Chuck Klosterman’s The Nineties: A Book and Ander Monson’s Predator: A Memoir, A Movie, An Obsession.
I did not have “write a few thousand words about The Wizard of Oz” on my 2022 bingo card. (Some really great comments from y’all in there.)
My pal Wendy MacNaughton recommended 4 of my favorite books for visual storytelling: Ivan Brunetti’s Cartooning, Lynda Barry’s Making Comics, Maira Kalman’s The Principles of Uncertainty, and her own Meanwhile in San Francisco: The City in Its Own Words. For learning to draw “realistically,” I think Betty Edwards’ Drawing on The Right Side of the Brain is a classic for a good reason. For having fun right away with simple drawings, I always push Ed Emberley’s Drawing Book: Make A World. (If you’d like a brand-new example of a bonafide cartoonist attempting an ambitious long-form memoir, check out Kate Beaton’s Ducks: Two Years in the Oil Sands.)
75 years ago, computer operators found the first actual bug.
Video games: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild was one of my favorite games ever, so I cannot wait to play the sequel, Tears of the Kingdom. (Curious elder time: My 9-year-old budding composer/video game designer is super into the games of Toby Fox: he’s been playing Deltarune, and learning a bunch of Undertale songs on piano.)
Eye candy: The special effects of Czech animator Karel Zeman. (I need to pick up the Criterion Blu-Ray of Three Fantastic Journeys.) And, I don’t know how I forgot to mention this, but I could not help loving the new Top Gun.
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PS. Some folks have told me they’ve been enjoying watching the progress on my studio over on Instagram. The end is getting closer, but we’re still not there — it’s sort of like looking forward to Christmas, if Christmas was supposed to happen two months ago but got postponed indefinitely? Anyways, here’s the above-mentioned 9-year-old enjoying the view from my future writing spot: