Gustave Caillebotte - The Floor Scrapers (1875-6)

Original on top, later version below

"Despite the effort Caillebotte put into the painting, it was rejected by France’s most prestigious art exhibition, The Salon, in 1875. The depiction of working-class people in their trade, not fully clothed, shocked the jurors and was deemed a ‘vulgar subject matter.’ 

The images of the floor scrapers came to be associated with Degas’s paintings of washerwomen, also presented at the same exhibition and similarly scorned as ‘vulgar’”.

I’m teaching Art Appreciation at a Community College, and the question “Why is/isn’t that art?” is near constant. 

Master Chef sketches, and the beginning of my self-imposed ban on disembodied eyeballs in the sketchbook

Pep Talk number 8! 

Also, I went to #SPX this weekend, and it was nice. I got a special Ignatz nominee badge and a balloon(!) and these great stickers to put on my book. 

I did not win (Congrats to Sophie Goldstein, Cathy G Johnson, and the other winners!) but I was thrilled to be nominated. It’s great to see my extended comics family, and meet some new folks. I sat with Meg Gandy, who did an amazing job of selling my book to strangers, since I was having trouble distilling pseudo-science-fiction short story about fictional sub-class of construction workers and personal family dynamics in a tumultuous economy into a good elevator pitch. 

That said, I did not sell nearly as many books as I hoped I might, with the nomination and the balloon and all. I know it’s largely me being a bad hype-man for my work, but it was hard not to feel like the room was too big for random mini-comics that didn’t already have some kind of buzz or following. Sounds like fellow Philadelphia comicer Pat Aulisio felt that way. It’s amazing to sell books to new people and have them discover your work at a table at SPX, but I’m not sure I wouldn’t be better served just wandering the room. At least half the books I sold were to people I already knew, and I didn’t get a chance to introduce myself to many of the people I wish I had because I felt like I had to be at my table, ready to sell the books. I traded for books with some great people (Anuj Shrestha, Lucy Bellwood), and I could have done that without a table. Of course, I only got a space because Jared couldn’t make it since his wife was busy almost having a baby, so maybe if my name was on the map with that little Ignatz box around it, I would’ve felt differently. I also brought some screen prints that I thought in the past would’ve been a moneymaker, and they might as well have been invisible this year. Though, maybe that’s because they were next to Jen Tong’s screen prints…. While I’m shouting people out, seeing Rob Ullman and J Chris Campbell and Sam Sharpe and Neil Brideau and Kevin Czap are part of what make it the most fun show. 

Now my Ignatz Balloon is staring at me, so I have to go make more comics. 

I got press! Thien Pham was one of the Ignatz judges and he mentions how much he liked my book! Thanks! Also, I must be from one of those comics schools because he’s never heard of me!

I guess I am not shouting into the internet loudly enough. 




The Ferguson City Council convened for the first time since Mike Brown’s death, and proved that they literally give no fucks about what the community has to say. Added to their vague, paltry proposed reforms, seems real change will have to come in Ferguson via the ballot box. I don’t care where you live folks— let this be a lesson in voting/participating in your local elections and government! #staywoke #farfromover 

My people getting it!

these people are the real heroes. not the military, not politicians, not the Hollywood actors. they risked their lives and livelihoods to challenge white supremacy and institutionalized racism.

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I’ll also have a small stack of this screenprint. Probably won’t be able to display it, but if you want one, come find me, table C3 #SPX

I’ll also have a small stack of this screenprint. Probably won’t be able to display it, but if you want one, come find me, table C3 #SPX

My Ignatz Nominated mini comic Up to the Top will be available at table C3 at #SPX this weekend!!! I couldn’t get a table, but classy gent Rob Ullman has agreed to let me sell my book at his table, so that’s where to find it, and sometimes me. 

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Pep Talk number 7. I’ll be at SPX this weekend, let’s talk about #comics

Pep Talk number 7. I’ll be at SPX this weekend, let’s talk about #comics

Screenprint PSA, inspired by Robert Muchley’s 1936 print for the WPA #screenprint Many more WPA prints:



This appears to be the back of a hand written note that the great Alex Toth sent to Michael Avon Oeming, which was then reprinted in the back of the third issue of The Cross Bronx.

All the evidence you’d need to call Toth an all-time great artist and illustrator is there in those little…

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