Posts Tagged ‘John Hodgman’

Post-Its and Subways

Monday, September 26th, 2011

There’s a new book coming out in October called Post-It Note Diaries. In it, stories are compiled from various artists and writers, including the likes of Andrew Bird, Kristen Schaal, Jeff Simmermon, and Beth Lisick. Basically, each contributor tells a short story about their life and the story is then illustrated and edited by the man who put the project together in the first place, Arthur Jones. On the book’s website, Jones describes how the concept was created.

I found 3 inch yellow pads of Post-its to be perfect little sketchbooks and I could swipe hundreds of them at a time from the supply closet without anyone noticing. Eventually I started reading these work stories in public — at bars, bookstores and art galleries. To accompany my performances I projected a slideshow of my Post-it Note drawings behind me. It was a little like narrating a comic one panel at a time or presenting a hand drawn lecture.

To promote the project’s upcoming release, the chapter written by The Daily Show’s John Hodgman has been put online in its entirety. It weaves a tale about the New York City subway system’s price increase from $2 to $2.25. Like all Hodgman pieces, it goes in a direction no one would expect it to go. Be sure to read it all the way to the end to truly understand why this tale needed to be told.

In addition, for those living in the New York area, there will be a book release party and reading this Tuesday, September 27th at Little Field in Brooklyn. Entry is free and doors open at 7pm. Hodgman will not be in attendance but a bunch of the other authors will be, so it is probably worth a look for anyone interested in the book.

Reading in the Rain

Tuesday, September 14th, 2010

Despite the rain, a decent crowd turned out for the Brooklyn Book Festival, filling up the indoor spaces but still staking out spots for outdoor events like the talk with Sarah Silverman and even the graphic novel panels. The “International Graphic Novel” panel also had a special guest in form of a crazy lady who started shouting at the stage, though due to the crowds and weather it was hard for us in the audience to make out what she was saying, but Jessica Abel did her best on stage to hear the woman out.

The “Cabaret BBF Style” I mentioned was a bit of a bust; while I wondered whether they meant “comic” as in funny or as in the medium, it turned out to be neither. Perhaps the lack of a crowd in front of the Main Stage threw off their nerve a bit.

More enjoyable was the “Finding the Funny: The Humor of the Everyday” panel, which took place inside the Borough Hall Courtroom and featured John Hodgman, Sloane Crosley, Kristen Schaal, and Rich Blomquist. It really has nothing to do with comics, but I mention it so that you don’t think we were totally down on the festival.

Further images below the cut.