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Wednesday, July 29th, 2009
5:46 pm - Housemate wanted – to share my duckpond house
$500 per month plus ½ utilities - available starting August 1:

644 NE 9th Avenue, Gainesville, Florida 32601

Graduate student or professional wanted to rent half of a beautiful historic duckpond house. The house has wood floors throughout -- you get your own bedroom and an enclosed Florida room, which you can use as a sitting room or study. The house has a large living room and dining room, a clothes washer and dryer, dishwasher, brand-new water heater, and energy-efficient central heat and air conditioning units that keep the utility bill low. The house is located on a scenic tree-overhung street near downtown Gainesville. Room is available for your living room or dining room furniture. Half of the utility bill runs approximately $80 to $90 per month. You will be sharing the house with a man (me) and his two friendly indoor cats. The Landlord covers the yard and pest control maintenance.

Political progressives welcome!

Please feel free to forward this to your friend(s) as you see fit.

Contact me (Jeff Mason) at 373-6336 (home) -- or by contacting me here on-line.

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Sunday, October 12th, 2008
2:58 am - Governor Sarah Palin abused her power
For an expansion of that 6 word sentence, take a look at the full 263 page PDF of "Volume One" of the Stephen Branchflower Report to the Legislative Council dated October 10, 2008 to see government in action!

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2:46 am - Watching my cat fall asleep
It is 2:47am.

I haven't posted here since June.

One of my two cats (Gatty) likes to hang out with me, and when I stay up really late (like 2:47am) she tries to stay up too. She is adorable.

She's falling asleep.

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Saturday, June 21st, 2008
10:14 am - Joshua Kemble assembles new website

Cartoonist Joshua Kemble has a new website at:

Alternative Comics helped Joshua distribute his Xeric Grant award winning book Numb.

His old website is still alive and kicking at:

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Monday, June 2nd, 2008
5:47 pm - MoCCA - New York - June 7-8
The annual MoCCA Art Festival is being held this weekend in New York at the historic Puck Building in lower Manhattan.

Alternative Comics has a number of exciting new books debuting at the show:

Sam Henderson will be debuting Magic Whistle #11: Body Armor For Your Dignity
Body Armor For Your Dignity

Karl Stevens will be promoting Whatever

Scott Campbell will be selling art prints, mini-comics, t-shirts, and promoting the latest issue of Hickee
Hickee #4

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Tuesday, May 27th, 2008
12:18 pm - Memorial Day
I was lucky enough to be invited this year by Veterans for Peace to help set up their annual Memorial Mile display. Although I am fervently against having troops in Iraq, I respect and appreciate those who participate in military service.

Video of the memorial

Video of the memorial

Read and see more about the memorial here:

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Wednesday, May 14th, 2008
10:50 pm - Rich Tommaso starts blog for Miriam graphic novel “Filmography”
Rich Tommaso has just started a new blog where he will be posting pages for his Miriam graphic novel “Filmography”

Look here:

Rich Tomasso also has his own personal blog here:

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Sunday, May 4th, 2008
8:29 pm - Comic book retailer moves to overdurn murder verdict
This news article popped up as I was doing web searches for comic book conventions. Comic book store owner Michael George, who has run the Pittsburgh Comicon for years and years, was recently convicted of the 1990 murder of Barbara George, who was then his wife. This news article describes the case and the beginning of the appeals process:

From the Macomb Daily, April 26, 2008:
Judge grants motion that may negate murder verdict

Michael George can ask for directed verdict, even though trial is over

By Jameson Cook
Macomb Daily Staff Writer

Still protesting the jury's guilty verdict, defense attorneys for the man convicted of killing his wife in their comic book store nearly 18 years ago have gained a sliver of hope in the case... [click for the rest of the article]

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Wednesday, April 30th, 2008
9:11 pm
It was a few days after my surgery before I was physically able to sit up and actually open up my laptop to take advantage of the hospital's free wi-fi, not to be confused with the hospital's very not-free surgical costs. While I was in the hospital I was coherent enough to successfully take each of my "inbox" e-mails and put them into sub-folders of my newly created "hospital" e-mail folder - which ended up being three folders:

After getting out of the hospital, up until just a few weeks ago, I was not able to comfortably sit down for more than a minute or two, so I handled almost all of my e-mails the same way as in the hospital. I am surprised to discover that I can type pretty fast while standing, hunched over my keyboard. Reading much while standing was really not very workable for me.

I am now not a fan of the practice of hospitals giving their patients the illusion that they have control over their pain management by allowing them to administer their own medication by pressing a button when they felt the need, to cope with their pain. When I spent years in grad school aspiring to be a social psychology professor, "locus of control" was one of many research interests of mine. Yeah, I understood that I got to choose when to administered my pain medication, but the doctors' orders were rather specific as to exactly how often my button press would actually let the IV administer medication and as to exactly how much medication. It took about an hour for me to learn that I could administer pain medication every 10 minutes, and that the amount of pain medication was rather minimal. This was especially obnoxious when I was attempting to go to sleep the first two nights, when I was in the most pain. I was in too much pain to sleep, and for me to get any significant amount of pain medication into my body I would have to be awake at each 10 minute interval to hit the button to get a few drops of pain medication. Of course the night-shift nurses were absolutely afraid and unwilling to call the doctor that was specifically on call to handle calls from night-shift nurses. On the third day after surgery, I described my pain control plight my actual lead surgeon. He readily agreed to change the order from self administered meds to a nice cocktail of happy happy pain medications which included pill, patch, and IV delivery methods that truly handled the pain, and kept me pretty blitzed during my hospital stay.

I am currently surprised to say that I have absolutely no abdominal pain. I'm still weak as a kitten, and don't yet have stamina - but that will improve with time.

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Sunday, July 1st, 2007
5:19 pm - Hickee v3 #3 - Now In Stores
Hickee #3

Hickee v3 #3 (Alternative Comics)
By Graham Annable, Paul Harvey Brown, Scott Campbell, Vamberto Maduro, Razmig Mavlian, Nathan Stapley, and Joe White.
For Mature Readers; 32 pgs; 6.625" x 10.25"; $2.95; ISBN-10: 1-891867-95-4; ISBN-13: 978-1-891867-95-8; Diamond Code: APR07 3315; June 2007

The third installment of this humor anthology is a gamey one! All manner of games: bouncy games; square games; gladiatorial games; ball games and more are given the Hickee treatment by a crew of expert funny men. Hailing from such diverse backgrounds as animation, illustration, and surfing, these cartoonists bring all their skills to bear in Hickee. In the tradition of Mad, Weirdo, and Plop!, this book is for lovers of screwy, humorous comics. It's packed from cover to cover with cartoons that will delight, shock and prod your funny bone! Giggle away at the latest works of Scott Campbell, Graham Annable, Razmig Mavlian, Joe White, Nathan Stapley, Paul Brown, and Vamberto Maduro.

"If this anthology of humorous comics by a group of San Francisco-area young artists is any measure, the spirit of anti-mainstream cartooning is alive and well."

—Publishers Weekly

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Hickee v3 #3 full cover

Hickee v3 #3 sample page

Graham Annable is the award winning animator, editor, story artist, and cartoonist behind the Grickle books, Stickleback, and Hickee anthology from Alternative Comics. When he's not swamped by his day job in Portland, Oregon, he stays up late making comics.. Contact Graham at or visit

Paul Harvey Brown is an artist living/working in Toronto, Canada. Better known in the industry as "Dr. Amazing," Paul has been working in animation since the days before computers were invented. When he's not animating, he can be found enjoying life's simple pleasures — smelling roses and public streaking. Contact Paul at or visit

Scott Campbell — has comics and paintings in a number of anthologies, including the new Flight4, Beasts!, and Project:Superior. He also does a daily comic at: and is responsible for some mini comics such as “Pyramid Car”. His paintings have been shown in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Portland, and Montreal. E-Mail Scott at or you can see more of his work at

Vamberto Maduro — Currently living in Toronto, Canada, Vam is the only member of Hickee with webbed toes. He works as an animator on a 3D children's show, where his award for "Most Improved Student" in Grade 8 comes in handy. Contact Vam at or visit

Razmig Mavlian — Livin' a wicked lifestyle in the downtown core of San Francisco, Razmig finds time to animate and draw funny cartoons. Contact Raz at or vist

Nathan Stapley lives in San Francisco and enjoys drawing, painting, and surfing in front of his house on Ocean Beach. He works as a texture artist at a video game company, but has also had several gallery showings of his own paintings and drawings. Nathan enjoys drawing comics, and hopes to put out a collection of his own. Contact Nathan at or visit

Joe White — Hailing from Ontario, Canada and now living in the San Francisco Bay Area, Joe White has formulated a fascinating theory that places the soul of America in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He works as an animator and lives in a little hut on a mountaintop. Contact Mr. White at or visit

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Saturday, June 30th, 2007
11:48 am - Thunderhead Underground Falls - New Reviews
Thunderhead Underground Falls
Joel Orff's Thunderhead Underground Falls graphic novel just hit stores, and is now starting to get reviewed:

Joel Orff’s latest graphic novel packs an emotional wallop that hits like a thunderbolt, a fact belied by the delicately rendered, highly abstracted art and the light touch with which Orff tells his sharply observed story...
[full review]
Las Vegas Weekly, June 28, 2007

...Thunderhead Underground Falls is an extraordinary graphic novel that brilliantly shows the spirit of young love that a couple feels in the face of impending life events...
[full review]
—Silver Bullet Comics, June 27, 2007

Joel Orff's work has a rich, lovely quality that makes it difficult for me to make a rigorous appraisal of its overall worth...
[full review]
—The Comics Reporter, June 26, 2007

What a thoroughly beautiful book...
[full review]
—Optical Sloth, June 20, 2007

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Wednesday, June 13th, 2007
9:25 pm - Thunderhead Underground Falls - Now in Stores
Now In Stores

Thunderhead Underground Falls
Thunderhead Underground Falls
By Joel Orff

For Mature Readers
128 pages; 8" x 10"; $14.95
ISBN-10: 1-891867-88-1;
ISBN-13: 978-1-891867-88-0;
Diamond Item Code: MAR07 3088
Published by Alternative Comics
June 2007

Joel Orff’s new graphic novel Thunderhead Underground Falls tells the story of Jack, a young army reservist who has one weekend left before shipping out for combat in the Middle East. He and a friend find themselves behind the wheel of his parents’ car, driving farther and farther west into a snowy landscape. The book is an impressionistic exploration of Jack’s flight from his future, as well as an exploration of this place that he’s pledged his life to fight for. Jack and his friends want to experience the simple freedom of taking a drive, of seeing familiar things before his outlook is changed forever by the violence that he knows he will soon face. As the hours go by, Jack begins to consider desertion, but he knows that if he stays to hold onto the life that he knows, it will still be changed forever.


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Thursday, May 24th, 2007
2:45 pm - CBLDF Salon Benefit In NYC This Thursday!

This Thursday, April 26, The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is proud to present a benefit book launch party for Nick Bertozzi's controversial graphic novel THE SALON. Bertozzi's graphic novel about the birth of Cubism is the subject of the Fund's current casework. The launch party will be at The Village Pourhouse at 64 3rd Avenue in Manhattan, and will feature an open bar & appetizer reception from 7 - 8 PM, live music by The Cangelosi Cards all night, and a free signed Picasso print by Bertozzi for all attendees.

Since 2005, The Fund has been defending Georgia retailer Gordon Lee for distributing a preview of THE SALON which depicted Picasso in the nude. To date the case has cost upwards of $80,000, with the Fund successfully knocking out 5 of the 7 charges originally brought against Mr. Lee. A trial is expected in early June where the Fund's legal team will work to defeat the two remaining counts.

The Salon benefit launch party is presented to benefit the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund in cooperation with JahFurry and St. Martins Press. The Village Pourhouse is located at 64 Third Avenue at 11th Street in Manhattan. The party is this Thursday, April 26 from 7 PM to Midnight. For more information, please contact Charles Brownstein at 212.679.7151.

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Tuesday, April 10th, 2007
7:24 pm - My health insurance company is killing me
some mildly icky medical stuff behind the cutCollapse )

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Sunday, April 1st, 2007
2:45 pm - Comix Reading at KGB Bar - New York - Easter Sunday - April 8

Graphic Novel night at KGB Bar is back, this Easter!

Easter Sunday, April 8, 2007 - Starting at 7:00pm

Reading from their new works are K. Thor Jensen (Red Eye, Black Eye), Miss Lasko-Gross (Escape From "Special"), Matthew Thurber (1-800-MICE). Also: Puppet videos from Heather Sehrt and Ben Ross. Hosted by Tom Hart.

Located at 85 E. 4th Street, New York, New York 10003

K. Thor Jensen

K. Thor Jensen is the author of "Red Eye, Black Eye," an autobiographical ramble across post-9-11 America by Greyhound bus that Publisher's Weekly called "one of the first important graphic novels of 2007." He has been published in dozens of books and magazines. He lives in New York City with his wife and their dog, cat, and unborn, currently gender-unspecified child.


Miss Lasko-Gross

Miss Lasko-Gross will be reading from her new graphic novel, Escape from "Special", is a coming-of-age story of Melissa, who we first meet as a small child and depart from at the end of the book just before she enters high school.

Her work has been seen in such galleries and anthologies such as the New Museum of Contemporary Art, Alt.Youth.Media show, CBGB's gallery and Screw Magazine.


Matthew Thurber

Matthew Thurber is a Brooklyn based artist and musician. His work has appeared in publications such as The Ganzfeld and Kramers Ergot. A new comic book,“1-800-MICE”, has just been published by PictureBox.


Puppet videos from Heather Sehrt and Ben Ross.

Heather and Ben are cartooning majors at the School of Visual Arts who annoy people with puppets. They have their own internet TV show called The Heather and Ben Show that has been on the 'air' for over a year now. Both enjoy pizza and root beer and get their super powers from chocolate milk.


Hosted by Tom Hart

Tom Hart is creator of Hutch Owen graphic novels and comic strips, critically acclaimed by The Comics Journal,, Publishers Weekly and the Library Journal. "Hutch Owen" is currently running in the daily newspaper, METRO.


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Thursday, March 29th, 2007
8:17 pm - Punk Indy Creator Showcase - Jim Hanley's Universe - New York - Saturday, March 31

SATURDAY, MARCH 31 6:00 to 8:00 PM

Punk Indy Creator Showcase

  • J.D. GLASS (Punk Like Me)
  • K. THOR JENSEN (Red Eye, Black Eye)
  • MISS LASKO-GROSS (Escape from "Special")
  • JACOB CHABOT (Mighty Skullboy Army)

    At Jim Hanley's Universe
    4 West 33rd St
    New York, NY 10001
    (off 5th Ave. - opposite the Empire State Building) [map]

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    Thursday, March 22nd, 2007
    1:58 pm - Hickee art show - Montreal, Quebec - April 26, 2007
    Hickee art show
    Montreal, Quebec - April 26, 2007

    The Hickee crew will be putting on a fine display of original comic-type paintings at:

    Redbird Studios
    135 Avenue Van Horne (corner of Waverly, two blocks east of Du Parc) [MAP]
    Montreal, Quebec, Canada

    8 pm, Thursday, April 26th, 2007

    More details and art at

    Alternative Comics will be releasing Hickee #3 in June 2007!

    Hickee v3 #3

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    Friday, February 2nd, 2007
    11:47 pm - athf

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    5:38 pm - San Francisco - need advice
    I'm going on a weeklong trip to San Francisco/Berkeley/Napa Valley in early March with my fiancee.

    I've got a few days of our stay nailed down - can anyone give advice about really good but not so expensive hotels?

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    Thursday, February 1st, 2007
    8:48 am - REMINDER: Red Eye, Black Eye book release party tonight in NYC!
    Check out K. Thor's brilliant interview for UGO. Even I'm impressed by K. Thor Jensen's aggressive self-promotion with this one:

    Listen to the Inkstuds interview podcast of K. Thor here:

    Don't forget, K. Thor is having his book release party TONIGHT starting at 7pm:


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