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cartoon life: Merle Tingley 1958 book of cartoons is online

With help of espresso, and the driving drums of Kate, the last few pages have been scanned. The images have had only quick cleanup treatments, but now all 96 pages are up. I didn’t scan the inside front covers as they are blank. I expect to get into enhancing the quality of the scans and adding a bit of description and tagging.

Filed under: art, book, cartoon Tagged: ldnont, Merle Tingly, Ting, TingFest, Tingly

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cartoon life: Kate Bush: Hello Earth


With just one hand, held up high, I can blot you out…. Out of sight… Go to sleep little earth…

Originally posted on The Chawed Rosin:

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PostArctica: Women Are Heroes

Courtesy of JR, this classic film shows the artist’s Women Are Heroes project in the Morro da Providencia flavela in Rio de Janiero, Brazil in 2008. JR’s intention in Women Are Heroes is to highlight the dignity of women who occupy crucial roles in societies, and find themselves victims of wartime, street crime, sexual assault, and religious and political extremism in Africa, Brazil, India and Cambodia. The film was included in MOCA’s Art in the Streets exhibition.

cartoon life: Cat with no internet

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cartoon life: Fur Elise

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cartoon life: Sketchy cat on chair

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cartoon life: Merle Tingly at Arts Project

Mark your calendars Sat Apr 26, 4-6pm meet Merle Tingley “Ting” himself! Now 92 Seth will talk about him. #tingfest

— The ARTS Project (@theartsproject) April 10, 2014

There will be a small celebratory festival upcoming in London, a little TingFest. I posted a couple of things a few years ago, Some Ting Things and Another Old Fogey Story.

I found the Ting book! — doug rogers (@dougsamu) April 8, 2014

And though It might seem expedient, it is a coincidence, because I did finally find the the 1958(?) booklet of cartoons.

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Things Are Good: Ducks: A Story About the Tar Sands

Kate Beaton of Hark a Vagrant fame once worked in the Alberta tar sands. She recently made a short comic about her time working there (which she did to pay off student debt) and it provides a wonderful human side to the tar sands narrative.

Read the comic here.

cartoon life: Cat looking at things

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cartoon life: Where can I find your free ebooks and stuff? Hmmm?

I can haz free cat books?

I’m switching out stuff from Dropbox to Google Drive. The eight wallpapers I posted earlier have a new home, and all the free ebooks, cats and landscapes are also there.

The 100 cats (nearly 150 cats only $0.99!) ebook is still at iTunes, along with the also free ebook, 20 Monsters.

Filed under: art, book, digital, drawing, illustration, iPad Tagged: 100 cats, 20 Monsters, art, book, cats, digital, drawing, drawings, ebooks, free, free ebook, free ebooks, good stuff, Google Drive, humour, illustration, iPad, landscapes, ocean, painting, seascape

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ezra winton: My second interview with the incredible George Littlechild

AAbove is a screen shot from the Art Threat site, which currently features my newest interview with an artist whose work is alive with history, heart and healing. I’ve been honoured and privileged to interview George Littlechild once before, and seized upon the opportunity for a follow-up on the heels of the release of a new book dedicated to this remarkable First Nations artist. Hop on over to Art Threat to read the full interview, and enjoy!

PostArctica: Found Art

Wellington and Woodland in Verdun.

cartoon life: Black cat looks left and right

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PostArctica: Mammoth Miners Memorial, Mammoth, Arizona

Came across this remarkable art in honour of dead miners.

“The Mammoth Miners Memorial honors 55 miners who lost their lives over the years in the San Manuel, St. Anthony and Tiger mines. Along with a statue of a hard-rock miner and ore buckets, the memorial features a sculpture of life-size metal skeletons holding mining equipment.The sculpture is the work of artist Jerry Parra.“

And you really should check out Bongolnc’s Flickr pages for an endless array of beautiful pictures of the Arizona countryside!

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PostArctica: Slogans For The Interim

cartoon life: Sunlight on the bus seats

While on the bus to UWO, overhearing two young guys talking law, professors…where they want to practice…and of course bus service in London and why it sucks. Basically why it’s abysmal and a disincentive to stay in the city, how London is built around cars.

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cartoon life: A big mug of tea for a Saturday afternoon

Discovering that Paper is great for quick choices without a lot of forethought about how things are going to be done. Still, Procreate is vaster, subtler and with more options. I do like the brushes and layers. I wouldn’t ask, or ever expect Paper to go anywhere near those capabilities.

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Politics, Re-Spun: Let’s Not Ban Books, Kamloops

Ban me? Burn me? Fear me?

OK, Kamloops, take a cool soothing breath while I take a short break today to not talk about the rebooting of the Occupy Movement in 8 days.

I know most of you in The Loops are doing just fine and that most of you are OK with literature, including that which challenges our comfort zone. After all, we revere Shakespeare and he was a crude, vulgar dude, when he wasn’t being extraordinarily profound.

But if you actually go through the process of banning The Perks of Being a Wallflower, the whole world of (Read more…)

cartoon life: The waiting room

Our health care system has stylish, comfortable chairs.

Filed under: art, digital, drawing Tagged: chair, waiting

wmtc: dispatches from ola 2014, part 3: hip-hop programming in the library

My final post about the OLA Super Conference sessions I attended saves the best for last. “Sub-Urban Beats: Hip-Hop Programming in the Library” thrilled me with possibilities. Even more exciting, it was co-presented by two librarians from the Mississauga Library System who are youth specialists, Erica Conly and James Dekens. They worked with Damon Pfaff, of the Now Creative Group and Marcel DaCosta, a street dancer, community artist, and arts educator whose performance name is Frost Flow. Frost Flow is part of the Mississauga hip-hop collective Ground Illusionz; you can see some of his work here on YouTube.

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cartoon life: Cat face. Are you looking at me again?

Oh, are you looking at me again?

As spontaneous as this drawing seems, it took four days. I have wanted to draw the cats more from life, but they generally are always sleeping. This one will look at me from time to time. Then run away. Or fall asleep curled up hiding her face. Or run away.

Filed under: art, digital, drawing, iPad Tagged: calico, Cat, madeWithPaper

PostArctica: Keep Your Coins, I Want Change

by meek in Melbourne, Australia

cartoon life: Free shipping continues for just how long?

Free worldwide shipping continues at Society6 plus $5 off every item ordered.

Check out my shop of great stuff

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Things Are Good: TradeCity: A Game That Shows You Your Own City

TradeCity: Toronto is a new expeirmental art game made by Golboo Amani that begins April 1st (no fooling’) and runs to the 12th. The game is set in Toronto and you need to physically traverse the city to play the game. TradeCity will expose players to really cool organizations in the city that they may have previously been unaware of.

I’ve had the chance to help Golboo on this project as an advisor so it’s really exciting to see the game about to start. You should sign up soon as space is limited and it looks like it’s going to (Read more…)

Rob Maguire: What it means to bring home the bacon and schtupp the schoolteacher

Copywriting can lead you down some strange rabbit holes.

While hacking together some draft web copy this morning, I typed out “bring home the bacon” as a reference to earning income. I then paused to wonder about the phrase’s origin.

Pomodoro be damned; a quick Google search brought me to a Wikipedia article:

“Bringing home the bacon” was historically a reference to the winner of a marital fidelity contest who was awarded a “flitch” (side) of “bacon” (pork). The tradition originated in a 12th-century custom linked to the town of Great Dunmow, England.

I have no idea what a (Read more…)