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THANK YOU, NEW YORK MAGAZINE: JOHN WILCOCK COMIC IN NY MAG APPROVAL MATRIX | SUGGESTED MUSIC: THE BUREAU!

Every week, a new track from our current album in progress, "SHORT STORIES"
Last Week: "The Rubber Strip on the Interstate Quietly Counts Out Passing Cars"

New for this week: "A Calming Fog"

First time visiting this site?
Welcome - Above is our weekly track. There's lots more here, too. Here's a few recommendations:

MAIN ITEM: John Wilcock, New York Years — Currently serialized on Boing Boing. Read all issues here.

Comics with Problems
A comic to cure EVERY problem - From 1940s messages on Communism to other present-day hysteria. Featured on Mother Jones, Talking Points Memo, The Rachel Maddow Show, Metafilter, Jezebel, Wonkette, CSPAN and Air America.

Current Issue:
FREDDIE THE FOOD STAMP!

The Realist Archive
Archive of Paul Krassner's groundbreaking 1960s counterculture satire magazine. Every issue scanned, restored, and viewable for free. Lenny Bruce, Robert Anton Wilson, others.

Now Available from Fantagraphics:

THE REALIST CARTOONS
TEDDY
teddy

Winner of "weirdest website" at 2002 SXSW Interactive Festival. Have you read Teddy?

ALSO: Radio Wire
three issues now online

All print copies of Radio Wire now sold out (Thank you for your orders)

Finding other material here:

For a list of personal projects (bio, CV, list of music and comics, etc) - click here.

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August 1, 2019:

Side Two of SHORT STORIES now up on Bandcamp:


July 30, 2019:

"Sometimes you have to just say things matter of factly. Modern example: The New York Times might say ‘Mitch McConnell Blocks Another Bill.’ Paul would just cut to the chase and give the same story a different headline, ‘Asshole of the Month.’"

Spoke with Teen Vogue on PK




Wrote this appreciation of P.K. for The Comics Journal.



A NOTE FROM THE REALIST ARCHIVE:

"When eating a sandwich at the delicatessen, be sure to remove the toothpick before taking your first bite." - Paul Krassner

July 2019: In tribute and loving memory to our dear friend Paul. The world has lost a wise one. But he left an amazing treasure of work and an example of how to live life on one's own terms, compassions, and strengths.

Right up to the end, Paul was prolific and gifted. Read his last published piece, published in Variety last week. See his two collections from Fantagraphics.

If the Realist Archive has been of any value to you, please consider a donation to his family through GoFundMe.

Thanks for everything Paul. Like many, I really loved you.


June 2019 Update: The Bureau Kickstarter has completed and all pledges have been delivered. Remaining copies sold out quickly (thank you) - The album, with PDF of the book, is now on Bandcamp.

You can stream the soundtrack for free at that bandcamp link (I suggest it as the recommended way) and on soundcloud

Final books and performance assessments turned out great. My thanks to all who helped get the book and finished pieces made.


NEW: From our new project, "SHORT STORIES"
(in progress)
A new track posted every week.


Appreciated comments on Short Stories:

Damn this is dark. I love it!!
Like a soundtrack for middle-america nightmares...

This series is absolutely phenomenal!!

So cool! Your pieces are like little memories.

Superb. Such a great mix of textures—Aural cinema.

Loving the chaos and sense of discovery here!

i'm kinda lost for words but i wanted to say how much i enjoyed this, lovely little details in the sound, excellent

Love it, makes me think that if Tom Waits made Glitch Music it would sound a bit like this :)


SHORT STORIES, SIDE ONE:


September 2, 2019:

A Toast to David Berman

I posted a set of three tracks on Soundcloud and Boing Boing today. It’s for a new series of mine called “Spoken Word with Electronics” - The first issue is a tribute to David Berman, who I’d been communicating with this year. David had agreed to participate in a track, and I’d suggested we discuss it in the winter. Time ran out (love to him) but here’s a piece about the process: boingboing.net/2019/09/02/my-unfinished-sound-project-wi.html

And here’s the three tracks:


Audio for "The Moon" was completed this month, post-death, as a way of grieving his work and celebrating him. This audio comes from a performance perfectly titled "The Secret Conversation" — One of only four public readings David ever performed. The entire recently surfaced live recording is an incredible gift. There's a fragile sense to Berman's performance here, particularly in the last two sets of spoken lines, that likely would not have been delivered in a recording booth.

Love to David Berman, Thanks for the bright moments.

More pieces from Spoken Word with Electronics in a few months, as well as the finishing sections of the John Wilcock comic. But I wanted to post this today. Peace, Ethan.



March 12 2018

NEW AUDIO: AN HOUR WITH THE SOMA ETHER


Received a Soma Ether (Serial Number 25!) this week and had to take it out on the town. There seems to be no end to what sounds can be caught with this wonderful EMF receiving 'anti-radio' from Soma Labs / Vlad Kreimer. Just received the Ether from Russia via USPS this morning. Here's raw audio of an hour in downtown Austin.

Download on Bandcamp:


February 1 2018

THE BUREAU ON KICKSTARTER!
Thank you for your support in getting a book made of the comic - Includes download code for all 9.7 hours of music and other surprises. Here's a short video I put together about the project and the equipment used in the recordings:



THANK YOU SYNTHTOPIA

November 1 2018



THE WEEKLY BUREAU - Beginning Today

As stated below, The Bureau is now being serializing as a completed story. You can catch weekly installments on Boing Boing. Each post will be accompanied with a soundcloud playlist of the music for that section, and post at exactly the time indicated in the story.

Currently available:

The First Edition of The Weekly Bureau
Introduction (November 1 at 8:55am, PST)

The Second Edition of The Weekly Bureau
Soma Lyra 8 (November 7 at 10:03am, PST)

The Third Edition of The Weekly Bureau
Metasonix Modules (November 14 at 10:53am, PST)

The Fourth Edition of The Weekly Bureau
President Jung Thug (November 21 at 11:39am, PST)

The Fifth Edition of The Weekly Bureau
RF Nomad Shortwave Receiver (November 28 at 12:38pm, PST)

The Sixth Edition of The Weekly Bureau
The History of Telepathic Infant-Based Mind Control of U.S. Presidents (December 5 at 1:21pm, PST)

The Seventh Edition of The Weekly Bureau
Lockdown (December 12 at 2:18pm, PST)

The Eighth Edition of The Weekly Bureau
The Bombing of Building #4 (December 19 at 3:22pm, PST)

The Ninth Edition of The Weekly Bureau
"Your Sandwich Speaks!" — with SBaGen-based Digital Drugs (December 26 at 4:08pm, PST)

The Tenth Edition of The Weekly Bureau
"Your Sandwich Speaks!" — with SBaGen-based Digital Drugs (January 2 at 4:54pm, PST)

The Eleventh Edition of The Weekly Bureau
Hallucination Hardware (January 10 at 5:46pm, PST)

The Twelfth and Concluding Edition of The Weekly Bureau
THE END — Thank you! (February 7 at 6:09pm, PST)



Late October 2018



THE BUREAU dailies are complete!

Whoo boy, in what continues to be one of the most difficult projects I've ever done, the daily project THE BUREAU completed its first run on October 26.

Over ten months of posts: Minus one or two outages, managed to keep schedule for daily posts of comic art every day, M-F, since January 1st. Over two hundred separate audio tracks, for nine and a half hours, along with a complete day's worth of story.

There's a plan now to tidy up the art for final presentation, which you'll begin seeing starting this week as weekly installments. Check back here for more at November 1, 2018, 8:55am (PST) - And thank you for keeping up with The Bureau this far.


September 2018



Celebrating John Wilcock's Life

September was a tough month for a moment, as our longtime friend John Wilcock passed away. John, of course, is the subject of the biography comic that Scott Marshall and I have been working on for some years now. One of the goals of the comic was that John remain alive for its completion, but things didn't work out that way. Nonetheless, the project will complete in 2019. Scott and I have a bunch of nearly finished pages in the second series that will appear soon on Boing Boing, which will complete the second volume of comic strips.

Speaking of John and Boing Boing, I wrote this small piece on John on the morning of his death, Sept 13. Additionally, helped contribute to a few obituaries, read:

New York Times on John Wilcock

The Guardian on John Wilcock

All Journalism on John Wilcock

And this terrific piece from The Village Voice


Our love to John as we finish this book celebrating his work and life.



FOUR FULL ALBUMS CURRENTLY AVAILABLE:

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Postscript:

January 24 2017 - A few press items and other materials

Our talk at Parsons School of Design at the New School

Returned from New York in November, after speaking at the NY Comics & Picture-story Symposium on November 7th. I love that city. The night was a lot of fun, in a two hour talk that detailed Comics with Problems, The Realist archive, and the John Wilcock comic. I'll post photos or video soon, as it was recorded for their spoken history project on cartoonists and their work. Thank you genuinely to all that came out for the talk. Local hero (and genius/hero of mine) Robert Sikoryak was in attendance and captured some terrific sketches of the event. See all four pages of Sikoryak's wonderful sketches here. (They actually capture the mood and sequence of the presentation, in full)


Item: THE REALIST NOW IN Text-Searchable PDF FORMAT

Our thanks go out to Jason Witherspoon, who has provided The Realist Archive a set of text searchable PDFs of each issue. This vastly improves the searchability and usefulness of the archive itself. It's presently on me to add the PDFs in, and I'm doing so in order, from 1 til 146. You can presently access PDFs on the first seven issues (Begin with issue number one) I'm taking this opportunity to also add a 'Next Issue' and 'Previous Issue' button to each issue, which will allow scanning through the set much easier, as well. Our thanks to Jason for such impressive work on this. All issues will be set up with PDFs soon.


Item: BEST AMERICAN COMICS 2017

Very happy to mention the John Wilcock comic has been included in this year's BEST AMERICAN COMICS (amazon link) — Reviewing the volume, the Washington Post commented that Wilcock is "A deftly presented bio-comic that illuminates New York’s underground press movement at midcentury." (link) - Much appreciated, thank you.


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