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24 September 2009 @ 06:10 pm
Obligatory SPX Post of Obligatoryness!  
So in a mere two months Marianne, me, and 25 of our favorite cartoonist friends made a book that is so damn filled with awesome we needed to cut a hole in the cover so it wouldn't explode!

LUMBERJACKS, A FIELD GUIDE: THE PAST, PRESENT, & FUTURE OF LUMBERJACKARY written by Marianne and myself will debut at SPX this weekend and features the awesome art of Liz Baille, Scott Bateman, Greg Bigoni, Darryl Ayo Brathwaite, Carol Burrell, Eric Colossal, Liam Duffy, Robin Enrico, Jess Fink, Zach Giallongo, John Green, Dustin Harbin, Pat Lewis, David Malki !, Chris Moreno, Travis Nichols, MK Reed, Leah Riley, Ben Ross, Dave Sherrill, Ed Siemienkowicz, Jen Vaughn, and Marion Vitus!

Man that was a lot of names. I need to go and sit down and catch my breath. Eh who am I kidding! I AM SO EXCITED!

Lumberjacks: A Field Guide: A Pile

Each book has a felt die-cut "PAT THE BEARD" cover with art by Mzzzz Fink and Sir Ayo. It's 60 pages of pure helpfulness with information about how to find out if you may be a lumberjack, how to grow a beard, the difference between hipsters and lumberjacks, "where's waldo" style "find the lumberjack" images, a guide to what lumberjacks wear, eat, and do and why, some tips on how to find your own lumberjack, lovely history lessons about the famous lumberjacks of the past, and did I mention felt. I heart feeling felt. Err...um you know what I mean. Okay here's a very small (since this thing is HUGE in mini-comic terms) sneak peek under the cut:

LumberJackson Pollock
Annie's LumberJackson Pollock, throwing syrup on a giant pancake (click on any of these pics for a big "hey those fuzzy gray blogs are letters that make words!" version)

Spot the Lumberjack and "how to tell lumberjacks from hipsters"
Can you find the Lumberjack in the forest? (by Jess) Also can you tell the difference between a Hipster and a Lumberjack? (art by Chris Moreno and Chris Moreno!)

LumberJack and the Beanstalk and LumberJackee
More Lumberjacks in the world of Entertainment! Beanstalk by Pat and Dave's LumberJackee stance cracks me up every time. I am particularly proud for our description for her which is only funny if you've seen ALL of Jackee's work. Which I'm sure all of you have, since that's why we're friends. Right?

The Future of Lumberjackary
LUMBERJACKS IN SPAAAAAAAAAAAACE (thanks to Greg and Carol and that old man scientist pig muppet that never got enough camera time!)

I will now resist the urge to post the entire book here but I did post a few more pics of the inside and things we made for the show on my flickr. We also have a ton of beards with various mustaches attached, PLUS if you WEAR SOMETHING PLAID we'll give you something special for FREE until we run out of those and then we'll just give you a FREE look that says "you could have been special...I'm sorry."

ALSO! FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO WANT TO EAT A LUMBERJACK BREAKFAST WITH ME ON SATURDAY let me know! It would be fun to go with a crowd of folks and stuff our faces! I'm thinking at 9 so we have time to get all ready for the show. Who's with me?!!/!?!?! (If you are all too hungover that just means more pancakes for MEEE. Though what's better to soak up alcohol than pancakes?! They are like giant sponges to suck out the hangover from your belly!)

NOTE! For those of you not going to SPX you should still try and meet up with friends for tasty food this weekend in honor of our silly made-up holiday. It may be very silly and very made up, but it's about hanging out with friends and good food and that's awesome. You should do it!

I almost forgot to post this! Marianne and I were guests on a cooking show about Holidays called PARTY IN YOUR MOUTH. It was a whole episode in honor of Lumberjack Day! The "wait I think it's moving" ending almost made me pee my pants. Here's the recipe for the amazing pancakes Jess made for the show.

So at the :01 office they are making a conscious effort to start to make our blog more "thoughtful" and asked me to make a long intelligent post on design-ish things every two weeks. So in lew (lou? lieyou? um...you know what I mean) of being all wordy and smart I am just posting lots of pretty pictures like snowmen and sexy ladies.

This week I got obsessed with the translations of a wordless book. There is such beauty in the language of sound effects around the world. A "Gasp" becomes a startled German "Schluck" and a French "OOOH" of surprise. The "Shiver Shiver" of a snowman becomes "Bidder Bidder" in Berlin and "glagla glagla" in Grenoble. (Also can we stop and take a moment to appreciate that these are images of a snowman shivering from Sara Varon's ROBOT DREAMS. While he may be chilly, it warms my heart.)

American Edition of Robot DreamsGerman Edition of Robot DreamsFrench Edition of Robot Dreams

There are barely ever any good comment discussions on the :01 blog lately, probably because it was dormant for so long, but It's ALIVE ALIIIIIVE so you guys should totally read it and comment. Makes me sad when my heart-felt BIBBER BIBBERS fall into an abyss.
Raygun Robyn!curdburglar on September 24th, 2009 11:32 pm (UTC)
where would this fabled breakfast occur?
Colleen AF Venablecolleenaf on September 24th, 2009 11:35 pm (UTC)

Um...Im' not sure yet. I want to check and see if the hotel has pancakes and waffles in their restaurant and if they DO then we'll be there! If not there's a dinner down the road, though I fear that will be more crowded.

Raygun Robyn!curdburglar on September 25th, 2009 12:07 am (UTC)
we have a wedding to go to on Saturday so I'm not sure what the plan is. But we will be at the Atomic Books party fo sho.
Colleen AF Venablecolleenaf on September 25th, 2009 07:22 pm (UTC)
We'll be at the atomic books thing! Though maybe late. Heading to MD now!
Pat Lewislunchbreak_pat on September 24th, 2009 11:45 pm (UTC)
I believe by "old man scientist pig muppet" you are referring to the one and only Dr. Julius Strangepork.
Colleen AF Venablecolleenaf on September 24th, 2009 11:59 pm (UTC)
There are many reasons we are friends, Pat, and I just added yet another one to the list.
I Love You But I've Chosen Dorkness: crankmister_punchy on September 25th, 2009 09:04 pm (UTC)
I woulda set the record straight if he hadn't gotten there first...
Colleen AF Venablecolleenaf on October 1st, 2009 02:36 am (UTC)
And that's another reason I like YOU. I remembered the strangepork, forgot the Julius and the Dr. I am the worst muppet fan. I even love the shrimp.
Scott Batemanscottbateman on September 24th, 2009 11:57 pm (UTC)
It's beau-tee-full! Can't wait to see a real live one!

You kids have fun at SPX, ya hear?
Colleen AF Venablecolleenaf on September 25th, 2009 12:00 am (UTC)
We totally will! And I owe you some creative email brainraining! Let's plan a hang out after I get back next week. I will come with beards and books!
Scott Batemanscottbateman on September 25th, 2009 12:06 am (UTC)
I've actually made seven metric tons of progress since my last email to you, lots of big changes and nailing stuff down. We'll talk next week!
Colleen AF Venablecolleenaf on September 25th, 2009 07:20 pm (UTC)
Metric ones?! Wow! Can't wait to hear!
mrs _9clevortrevor on September 25th, 2009 12:35 am (UTC)
where do we buy this book?!?
Bronwyn!: CrazyBoybramey on September 25th, 2009 02:02 pm (UTC)
Yes, where? WHERE??

Must. Have.
Colleen AF Venablecolleenaf on September 25th, 2009 07:14 pm (UTC)
I'll put the ones I have left online when I get back!
Colleen AF Venablecolleenaf on September 25th, 2009 07:17 pm (UTC)
On the world wide interwebs! Um... When I get back!
Nedroid Comics and Artnedroidcomics on September 25th, 2009 01:20 am (UTC)
Ummm I would basically love a lumberjack breakfast
Colleen AF Venablecolleenaf on September 25th, 2009 06:58 pm (UTC)
Yay! It would be awesome to do it in the hotel restaurant but I gotta make sure they aren't super expensive or pancake-less GASP! I will let you know tonight! So friggin excited to see you minis!
Colleen AF Venablecolleenaf on September 25th, 2009 11:43 pm (UTC)
Can't get it together for tomorrow morn so lumber-breakfast is now on sunday! 930 at that dinner down the street.(Same one as last year!) Ill find you tomorrow on the floor and say hi!
(Anonymous) on September 25th, 2009 02:42 am (UTC)
Man, I'm so sad that this is the first Lumberjack Day I won't be spending with you & Marianne. I'm going to try and gather a group of folks for pancakes, though.

Have a great time at SPX! The book looks beautiful - I'm so psyched & proud of you two!

Colleen AF Venablecolleenaf on September 25th, 2009 07:02 pm (UTC)
We'll have to have pancakes when I got back! Actually the first lumberjack dinner was in maryland at spx when I first went woth carol, marianne, and anya years ago. Hopefully it won't fall on spx again for a while. It does make me sad to leave NY lumberjackless.
neighborboyneighborboy on September 25th, 2009 03:53 pm (UTC)
Oh man, I'm so jealous! That's awesome!
Colleen AF Venablecolleenaf on September 25th, 2009 06:53 pm (UTC)
Have you ever gone to spx? It's my favorite show!
neighborboyneighborboy on September 25th, 2009 07:31 pm (UTC)
Nope! I wish... we don't really publish comics, so I've never had an excuse. Someday!
A Bird Dream of the Olympus Monsgwangi on September 25th, 2009 04:44 pm (UTC)
It's lieu.
Colleen AF Venablecolleenaf on September 25th, 2009 06:48 pm (UTC)
Naw. I'm pretty sure there should be at least three more vowels in there.

(Thanks! Ill get it right next time!)
lucencylucency on September 26th, 2009 12:56 am (UTC)
not gonna lie. i really want one of these. come to the princeton area?
Colleen AF Venablecolleenaf on October 1st, 2009 02:37 am (UTC)
I'm gonna make a whole bunch more and put um online. If the princeton area starts a super awesome comics show I will totally be there, beards and all!
Weird and Wonderful New York Cityherb_lehman on September 27th, 2009 10:22 pm (UTC)
I gotta say, that book looks amazing! I want one.
Colleen AF Venablecolleenaf on October 1st, 2009 02:38 am (UTC)
Aw thanks Eric! When I make more we shoudl hang out and I can make your bookshelf 150% more filled with lumberjacks!
Daniel Barlowdanielbarlow on September 28th, 2009 02:21 pm (UTC)
The lumberjack book was one of my favorites from SPX. Great job!
Colleen AF Venablecolleenaf on October 1st, 2009 02:50 am (UTC)
Awww! I'm so glad! The pictures seriously make me laugh every single time I open it. Blows my mind we pulled it together in two months! Was one of the most fun creative projects I've done in a very long time. That said, I hate tying beard strings, but luckily Marianne seems to love it (or at least tolerate it more than I do!)

(Anonymous) on October 1st, 2009 02:09 am (UTC)
Ah maaaan... I missed the breakfast feed!

It was great meeting you guys at SPX! You should plan something in February, halfway between SPX and MoCCA... come up with a clever acronym like GUMMI or MNO... maybe a mini-indy bar-con! No... Diner-Con! An all-night show! The diner should sell alcohol, be near a subway, and preferably have those mini-jukeboxes at the tables!

Entrance fee is a drawing of a specific theme. (Cats wearing clothes, hipsters in the wilderness, strange toys, pimp my robot...) Paper and sharpies at the door, or bring your own. Flickr each drawing. Tables have paper placemats for extra doodling. Old Gold Key and Harvey comics handed out as party favors. And HATS! The paper army kind that folds flat, that's the name tag.

Torsten (I have an LJ page, but I forgot my password.)
Colleen AF Venablecolleenaf on October 1st, 2009 02:48 am (UTC)
So awesome hanging out with you and stealing sandwiches from twiggy pageant girls!

Haha that sounds like the best party EVER. All holidays centered around food are always better! I personally need to come up with some holiday so I have an excuse to eat more street meat paddies and not feel quite so guilty for eating something that may look like dogfood but is so so so delicious. Also I want an excuse to eat more brownie sundaes...um...not sure if those two should be combined though...