“slippery shanty” debuts at today’s shadow art fair

In classic Crimewave tradition Linette and I are still working on the new zine – called “Slippery Shanty” – and there’s less than half an hour to get down to the Brewery and start setting up our table. As each issue of the magazine has a hand-painted cover, they’re all still wet. The photo here is of the hood of our car, where the first batch are drying.

I haven’t told Linette yet, because I think she’ll be mad at me, but I threw my back out a little this morning. I was driving across town to pick something up, and, while flipping around on the radio dial, I got the song “Footloose” at a particularly catchy point. I took my hands off the wheel, clapped my hands, and jerked my upper body spastically from left to right. In doing so, I pulled a muscle in my neck. It’s not killing me right now, but I suspect it’ll have me incapacitated by noon.

See you at the Shadow.

P.S. The inside cover of “Slippery Shanty” says that Linette and I are responsible, but it’s really her baby. I just did some of the writing and bugged a few people for contributions. Somehow she was able to do the whole thing in a week. The mix of modern Ypsi stories and imagery from generations past is really quite beautiful… Get them while supplies last. [Thanks to all the friends who contributed stories. ]

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9 Comments

  1. elviscostello
    Posted July 20, 2008 at 6:17 pm | Permalink

    Mark,
    It was great to finally meet you and Linette last night. Glad to buy a copy of Crimewave (for my daughter), and thanks for the copy of “Slippery Shanty”.
    I’ll be bringing my 16 year old daughter next time, I know she’d love the artowrk!

    All the best!

  2. Ol' E Cross
    Posted July 20, 2008 at 8:31 pm | Permalink

    Slippery Shanty turned out real fine.

    I’d like to buy one of those big green monsters to keep my car keys in.

  3. Ol' E Cross
    Posted July 21, 2008 at 12:21 am | Permalink

    Oh. And the thing that I took away from my copy of SS, was that we need a sister city. (You know how when you drive into A2 they have a list of a half dozen global sisters?)

    I feel rather strongly that our sister city needs to be Ypsilanti, North Dakota, for no other reason than the simple pleasure of entering Ypsi and seeing a sign saying, “Sister City, Ypsilanti, North Dakota.”

  4. thirdcity
    Posted July 21, 2008 at 2:37 pm | Permalink

    OEC, I like that! (Add to the fact that I don’t really know any other Ypsilanti.)

    Mark, I was at the art fair but missed seeing the SS. Will you have them available anywhere else? I think it would be cool to support some of the local stuff through our neighborhood retail outlets.

  5. Posted July 21, 2008 at 6:37 pm | Permalink

    OEC: I love the sister city of Ypsilanti, ND idea. I wonder how much it would cost to fabricate a reasonable facsimile of one of those signs — I’d be tempted to just make one and put it up on one of the posts holding an Ypsi city limits sign.

    Of course, we should probably find someone in Ypsilanti, ND with which to establish diplomatic connections.

  6. mark
    Posted July 21, 2008 at 8:13 pm | Permalink

    Yeah, I had a great time… Probably the best time I’ve ever had at an SAF… I wasn’t as frantic as usual. I just kind of stood there and talked with people. I didn’t break any sales records, but I enjoyed talking about Ypsi and about my various projects. It’s absolutely amazing to me how many of you there are out there that read this site and care about it. It’s really gratifying.

    As for “Slippery Shanty,” I haven’t talked with local retailers, but we’d be into doing something like that. I’m sure we’ll also have the remaining issues for sale here on the site. Just give us a week or two to make the PayPal buttons and stuff.

    And I too like the idea of a sister city in North Dakota… OEC, if you can write up a paragraph or two, I’d be happy to post it here on the front page and see what kind of interest we can drum up… As for ambassadors, I’d suggest Leighton. He apparently knows the way.

  7. freeman
    Posted July 21, 2008 at 10:36 pm | Permalink

    SS was a good read. Nice lookin’ zine, too. Am I right in thinking that the dude pictured on the cover is Gen. Ypsi himself?

    I would have introduced myself when buying it, but you were talking to someone else and I’m socially challenged and didn’t want to butt in or anything.

  8. Vera
    Posted July 23, 2008 at 10:43 pm | Permalink

    Mark, it was nice meeting you and Linette in person at the SAF. You were both very friendly, welcoming, and easy to talk to.

    Don’t forget you mentioned an Alternative Energy Conference at UofM and promised to blog about it so I could get the date.

  9. mark
    Posted July 23, 2008 at 11:00 pm | Permalink

    It was nice meeting you too… As for the conference, if all goes according to plan, it will be October 23rd at the Power Center. I should be posting something shortly.

    And, yes, Freeman, the dude on the cover is Greek General Demetrius Ypsilanti.

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