Admission: this TVWriter™ minion swears by YouTube’s Pantry Raid series. Here’s a big reason why you should too.
We could justify posting this video of The Doors’ keyboard player and co-writer of most of their songs by saying, “Hey! Watch and listen, kids! There’s a hell of a story in what’s being said and played here!”
But instead we’re just going to say, “We love this goddamn song! Enjoy!”
Behold the mantra of TVWriter™’s fearless (feckless?) leader, Larry Brody:
“Could be shorter. Could be cleverer. Could be tenser.”
Okay, so the rhythm there isn’t quite perfect, but the thought behind what LB says is true. Brevity sells. And if you want a crash course in how to achieve it, we’ve found just the book for you to see.
Have a quick look:
This is just some of the greatness you’ll find in Lisa Brown’s Long Story Short. 100 Classic Books in 3 panels. And no, it isn’t a textbook, it’s a book of graphic examples of how to condense great and near great literature into 3-panel comic strips.
This TVWriter™ minion found the book entertaining as all get-out. And it also set the wheels of condensation a-whirlin’. Find out more HERE
LB’S NOTE: People keep asking why Gwen the Beautiful and I moved all the way up to the Northwestern Tip of the United States after so many years in L.A. The following article is a fine example:
Local illustrator’s poster features powerful message
by Carmen Jaramillo
With summer events canceled en masse, once vibrant and colorful bulletin boards around Port Townsend now sit mostly empty.
Before the pandemic, real estate on local bulletin boards was at a premium; today it’s a buyers market. Rose Burt, local artist and illustrator, said she hopes her “Attention Citizen!” poster can bring some beauty back into these empty spaces.
Burt’s now-iconic design features what she calls an earth goddess named “Gaia Antonia,” who brings important messages of resilience to the people of Port Townsend.
The first design, which began circulating in June, features a masked and tan woman with flowing black-blue hair and a crown of flowers. She is holding a bouquet of vegetables in one arm and proudly displaying the other in a raised fist.
Burt revisited the design when protests calling for racial justice in policing began to sweep the nation and the local community. Revising the poster digitally, Burt added the words “Black Lives Matter” across the top of the and gave the goddess the scales of justice.
The posters can be found displayed in shop windows and on bulletin boards in Uptown and downtown Port Townsend.
The project started as the brainchild of local author and publisher Arendt Speser, Burt said. Speser commissioned Burt, whom he frequently works with for his publishing company, Andante Books, to create a design for a public service announcement pamphlet series titled “Attention Citizen!”
The goal was simple; a colorful image with very little text that would serve as a call to action.
The first version, titled “Our Lady of the Rona,” was designed to promote mask wearing and was originally intended to be a part of the Jeffco Cares initiative by the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce.
Then Speser began to print and distribute the posters….
Where is Peter Capaldi when we need him? The video below may not get me to sign up for HBO Max, but it’s oh-so-lovely in and of itself.
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