with little sleep, he grows more paranoid

The Shadow Art Fair is a little over a day away now, and we’re beginning to feel the strain of the home-stretch. Jennifer and I did an interview on WCBN tonight, and, unless they were lying to me, a piece is supposed to run twice on WEMU tomorrow. (The WEMU interview sucked. The WCBN interview went pretty well, at least up until I insinuated that the interviewer was trying to seduce us.) The posters are all up. The buzz is getting deafening, and those of us in charge are getting a little panicy. We all want things to go well, and we’re all smart enough to know that there’s a very real possibility that they won’t. The big fear, though, at least my big fear, is that I’ll be too busy doing administrative stuff to sit at my table, sell my stuff and enjoy my beer.

Speaking of the administrative stuff, I’ve been so busy trying to get things done (between this and the mayoral debate) that I haven’t really had the time to work on anything new to sell. Linette and I collected my comics into a booklet (which I plan to sell here on the site as well), and we made some more “Ypsipanties,” but that’s about it. The bitter, angry part of me (which was last estimated to be about 63% of me by weight) is pissed that we’ve done all of this promotion and that, because of it, I haven’t had the time to create any new items to sell.

Fucking Catch 22s.

OK, that’s all I have time for tonight. If you’re in the area on Saturday, stop by my table and buy something from me out of pitty.

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  1. mark
    Posted July 13, 2006 at 11:50 pm | Permalink

    (The poster shown was designed by Linette and printed by VG Kids.)

  2. ol' e cross
    Posted July 14, 2006 at 8:22 am | Permalink

    Find a way to bottle your anger and sell it. I’m guessing I’m not the only one who’d pay a pretty penny for a little Passion de Maynard.

  3. Ted Glass
    Posted July 14, 2006 at 8:38 am | Permalink

    And, while you’re at it, why not sell little (or big) vials of semen for the young ladies who want little Clementine’s of their own.

    “Make Your Own Maynard” kits!

  4. UBU
    Posted July 14, 2006 at 12:11 pm | Permalink

    Buy something out of “pitty?” Is that anything like playdoh?

  5. muppster
    Posted July 14, 2006 at 2:15 pm | Permalink

    here’s me the optimist (also exhausted from prepping until late late every night lately, and wondering when i’ll finally have time to clean my bathroom & pay my bills)– this art fair is one day– and it will be a long, fun, and exhausting day… but really, it’s ONE day, and what ALL the work has done is potentially created the beginning of something big, and long-term and real community change– like a whole series of art fairs that ypsi becomes as known for as it is for elvisfest… or hey, even a downtown mich ave filled with galleries and crafter stores and more… and then imagine more cool artists– you included– who might have the opportunity to make a living out of their love & creativity and not have to have other day jobs… so hoorah to you and jennifer and everyone else working their rear ends off for this. and, thanks in a great big way. people don’t say that enough.

  6. cswilba
    Posted July 14, 2006 at 4:09 pm | Permalink

    I second Amanda’s thanks in a big way! Looking forward to seeing everyone tomorrow and drinking much beer.

  7. schutzman
    Posted July 14, 2006 at 4:11 pm | Permalink

    Maybe I’m being over-critical, but why would someone go to the Ugly Mug and order a pizza delivery?

  8. mark
    Posted July 14, 2006 at 5:37 pm | Permalink

    It took me quite a while to get that, Brett. Thanks for helping to keep my mind sharp.

    As for the nice comments, they’re appreciated, but I think they might be a bit premature. Let’s hold off and see how it actually goes though. There’s still the possibility that it could go horribly wrong.

  9. kez
    Posted July 15, 2006 at 11:07 pm | Permalink

    mark, are those “ypsi” signs silkscreened on brownpaper grocery bags? damn, that’s swift. i’d really like to have a few of my own after the shadow art fair is over… if i pay for postage, would you, could you, carefully roll a few and mail them to my home address? i’ve been collecting handmade-printed on “paper” signs for years, and would love to add yours to my downstairs hallway. that would be swell…

  10. j7uy5
    Posted July 16, 2006 at 12:13 am | Permalink

    Thank you for the cultural experience. Our photo set is up at:


  11. Matt
    Posted July 16, 2006 at 7:05 am | Permalink

    What can I say? Wow. Just wow. What a day!

    Big thanks and congratulations to you and everyone involved in organising it all. I’m still buzzing from it all, and have a huge swell of old-fashioned pride for Ypsi DIY and all who sail in her. An absolutely brilliant day, Mark – bravo!

  12. oliva
    Posted July 16, 2006 at 8:17 am | Permalink

    I wouldn’t mind some “Fucking Catch 22s” panties, like the Ypsipanties . . . next year?!

  13. muppster
    Posted July 16, 2006 at 8:34 am | Permalink

    mark, you and EVERYONE who put it on and participated rocked. i almost shed some ypsi-proud tears… and thanks for the awesome table spot– next year i volunteer to be in the corner “sun on my neck making me sweat all day” spot to make up for how great a spot i had this year… so big thanks to all y’all, and big thanks to everyone who came and bought my stuff and everyone else’s!

  14. muppster
    Posted July 16, 2006 at 8:35 am | Permalink

    i know the event’s over, but would james make up some shirts with the poster image on them– they sure rock and i bet lots of folks would buy them…

  15. murph
    Posted July 16, 2006 at 12:51 pm | Permalink

    Second the request for shirts!

    Shadow Art Fair was teh awesomenest. Way to go, Mark, et al.

  16. Dr Cherry
    Posted July 16, 2006 at 1:53 pm | Permalink

    Nice goin mark, there were a ton of people there.

  17. It's Skinner Again
    Posted July 17, 2006 at 12:36 am | Permalink

    It sounds like a success! I hope next time you can offer more Maynard products. I wanted to send you prototypes of the Ypsilantern and the Whipsilanti, but i’ve been so busy here.

  18. Kristen
    Posted July 17, 2006 at 7:24 pm | Permalink

    I third the request for shirts! They’d make fine gifts for non-Ypsi residents too.

  19. kez
    Posted July 17, 2006 at 11:56 pm | Permalink

    shirts… and silkscreened posters on brownpaper grocery bags.

  20. mark
    Posted July 21, 2006 at 12:43 am | Permalink

    We’re still thinking about shirts and stuff. We might do something… Stay posted.

    And thanks for all the kind words. It’s nice to know that the hard work of the Michigan Design Militia is appreciated.

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