The Ring Returns

Yesterday, I put on my wedding ring for the first time in 13 years. The saga starts in January 2004, in an incident described in missive: “Man on the Train“. I got poison ivy—in Winter, no less—after giving a homeless guy money while riding the DC Metro. That was the suspected scenario from my then doctor, now…

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‘Kill Shakespeare’ Act IV

  My concluding “Kill Shakespeare” interview segment is suddenly existential. During San Diego Comic-Con 2010, I chatted with “Kill Shakespeare” artist/illustrator Andy Belanger and creators Anthony Del Col and Conor McCreery. Anthony and Conor put the 12-part comics series in broader context: Quest for the Almighty. “Does he even exist?” Anthony asks of Shakespeare. “There…

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Mollycules

  In my first San Diego Comic-Con 2010 interview, artist and illustrator Molly Hahn shows off some delightful monsters and offers tips for aspiring storytellers. She’s bright and articulate, Mollycules is superb branding and the storybooks are simply delightful. I debated about whether to edit the audio, because of loud talking near the end of…

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Trashed iPad/iPhone

  Storytelling is an art form, but it isn’t solely the purview of artists. Video “Trashed iPhone and iPad!” is good example. The video isn’t the most sophisticated filmmaking, but the story is compelling: A guy arrives at his office and realizes that he has neither iPad nor iPhone. He last remembers placing them on a…

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Chatroulette Calling (Don’t Answer)

  Now this is what every short video should be like. Casey Neistat’s short on Chatroulette is great artform and storytelling. Casey and brother Van have a TV show coming to HBO sometime this year. Casey’s only shortcoming is birthplace—not from Maine like his brother (Yes, I’m biased being from Aroostook County). The video’s topic will offend some…

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Fill Her Up

When I was 14, the local radio station—with 50,000 watts of power—broadcast from neighboring Presque Isle, Maine. I found one DJ, whose name is lost to memory, quite exciting. One summer afternoon, the he put out the request for a bikini. The first person to bring him a bikini would get a free album. Excited,…

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