Sunday, July 4, 2010

Fourth of July


Here are a few old Almanacs that are appropriate for today. This first one is a parody of a feature the Washington Post ran throughout its 125th anniversary year, each day featuring a story and a small copy of the front page from that day in history. It was very fun to write, especially those f's. 

When I was a small kid large fireworks shows freaked me out. Eventually I came to enjoy them a lot, but the noise was too much for me. My aversion probably dated to a huge fireworks show I went to when I was two at Fort McHenry in Baltimore. I dove under a blanket and didn't show my face for days, or I wouldn't have if my folks didn't pretty much insist on it.
This last was from back about 7 or 8 years ago when there was some talk of designing a memorial for John Adams down on the memorial-choked Mall. For me it was all about drawing that huge disapproving face and those clouds of hair.

4 comments:

gilda92 said...

Is this the origin of Petey?
"My aversion probably dated to a huge fireworks show I went to when I was two.... I dove under a blanket and didn't show my face for days..."

paul bowman said...

I'm imagining a world in which you & Claes Oldenburg are co-chairs of a national monuments commission for the U.S. — It's blowing my mind a little.

Dist said...

This is utterly unrelated to the topic at hand and I'm too lazy to go back and see if it was posted before, but I just saw this on the "Making It" site--a cartoon concerning the National Cartoonist Society Banquet, featuring finalist Mr Thompson. (That would be him on the bottom right...)

http://www.intellivisiongames.com/makingit/archive/mi100530.html

richardcthompson said...

Hahaha, snort. Yes it is!