This And That

Thanks to everyone who posted comments about Twitter. They were very helpful. I’ve been playing around with Twitter a bit more and I’m really starting to like it. If you use Twitter you can follow me at

I want to give a hearty “Congrats!” to two friends of mine, both fellow Minneapolis artists. Sherwin Schwartzrock recently submitted several of samples of his logo work to the publishers of Logo Lounge 5. Not only did he get in, but 38 of his logos were selected for publication! Another friend, Kelly McNutt, has been doing animation work for Jantze studios. Two of their animated shorts recently snagged four silver awards from the 2008 Create Awards. Way to go guys!

In other local news, Animated! is an Animation Film Festival featuring short films by Minneapolis animators (both student and professional). If you live near the Twin Cities mark your calendars for November 15. The event is sponsored by the Minnesota Museum of American Art. More info here.

Need a good laugh? Dave Barry is a Pulitzer-prize winning humor columnist for the Miami Herald and the author of several very funny books. I recently discovered that you can subscribe to his newspaper columns via RSS. Be prepared to chuckle and guffaw out loud.

(Groucho Marx with Dick Cavett)

I’m always looking for new and interesting stuff to listen to on my computer while I’m working on client projects. I recently picked up some DVD collections from The Dick Cavett Show, a late-night TV series from the 1970’s. I wasn’t even born yet when some of these episodes originally aired so I’m new to the Dick Cavett fan club. Sadly there’s nothing like it on TV anymore. Unlike modern talk shows there are no skits, stunts, or musical performances. Dick would just do a short monologue and then simply talk with his guests for ninety minutes—often just one guest for the entire time. And in most cases the guests were not there to plug a product, crack jokes, or shamelessly self-promote, they were there to carry on thoughtful and entertaining conversations. The guests are classy and the discussions are often fascinating. Dick Cavett Comic Legends ( link) and Dick Cavett Hollywood Greats ( link) features lengthy interviews with great celebrities such as Bill Cosby, Bob Hope, Groucho Marx, Orson Welles, George Burns, Alfred Hitchcock, Marlon Brando, Katherine Hepburn, and several others. Terrific stuff to play in the background while working.

Finally, I’ll be leaving town Thursday for the annual Toonfest event in Marceline, MO (Walt Disney’s hometown), where I’ll be hanging out with several members of the North Central Chapter of the National Cartoonists Society. So I may not be able to post much until next week.