Shadow Art Fair live blog

11:00 Super busy. No time to write…. Someone must have smuggled in a cello or something. I can hear it coming from across the room, and it sounds great.

8:44 I’ve got great videos that I want to post, but it looks like my camera battery has died… I’m pissed off.

6:20 The special Shadow Brew just went on sale and it’s some of the most complex shit I’ve ever tasted. I have no idea what he meant, but, Ryan, one of the guys who made it, told me they outdid themselves this time, by “making it weird… TWICE.” Apparently there are two steps in the process where someone can make beer weird, and they took advantage of both. And it’s sour as hell. Here’s a quick video interview I shot with Ryan in the restroom about 45 minutes ago.

5:16 Someone else came along to match the Mayor’s $2, so I guess some of you are reading this, even though there aren’t any comments…. As of right now, about $25 bucks have been pushed into the Money Hole by the dollar dozer.


3:46 It’s getting crowded now, and kind of hot. And it looks like rain outside. The music is still going on outside, though. A girl is handing out crazy pizza stickers in front of my table. Someone else is shining a light in my eyes from across the room. I’m stuffed on Zingerman’s. I’m happy, but I miss selling stuff. I miss taking people’s money – the feeling of my pocket swelling with cash. So far, I probably have about $10 in donations. I’m going to have to start twisting arms… Oh, there’s also a clown here, walking through the crowd, making balloon animals for people. And there were trumpeters earlier. Five of them made their way through, winding through the crowd like a snake. Lots of good stuff.

2:48 So far, the Twits seem to be on board. Here’s a screen grab from Twitter.


2:30 The Mayor just stopped by the table. He said that he wanted to match the $2 that I already got. I guess he was reading the site… And he did match the $2, by the way.

1:50 It’s almost time for the music to begin. You’d better hurry.


[The folks from Dreamland have a great Michael Jackson puppet… which, apparently, was made prior to his passing.]

12:15 Doors are open. So far, I’ve got $2 in donations toward the Cycle Powered Cinema project. Not bad for the first five minutes. At this rate, I should be able to buy our first generator by the end of the night.

11:30 People are almost setup. Only half an hour until doors open to the public.


11:20 I’m wearing a “volunteer” tag around my neck, on a string. I was just outside, putting up cones so that cars don’t park in the space where bands will be loading and unloading, and a violent gust of wind came along, spinning the tag around like it was the propeller on a rubber band-powered airplane. I’m not exaggerating when I say that the string twisted to the point where it nearly closed off my windpipe. It would have been a stupid way to die, but maybe appropriate.

11:00 People are starting to show up with their stuff. Lots of activity. Lots of good new stuff this time around. I think something like 40% of folks are new vendors.


10:00 This year at the Shadow Art Fair, since I won’t be selling all the regular merchandise (no issues of Crimewave, no My Life In Ypsi Comics, no paintings of unicorn heads, no Ypsipanties, no Iggy shirts, no Monkey Power Trio records), I plan to just hang out and talk with people about the Cycle Powered Cinema project and other stuff. So, I’m hoping that I’ll have time occasionally to update the blog. At least that’s the plan. Right now, the Brewery’s pretty dead… OK, I’ve got to go now and put up a banner for the folks at Zingerman’s, who were nice enough to donate bag lunches for all the Shadow vendors this time around.

If you drop by the Brewery today for the Shadow, drop by my table and say hello. I’ve got the second table on the right, up against the wall, as you walk in. Or, feel free to leave a comment here, and I’ll try to respond.


[The guy who did this won’t be here this year, but I love his stuff.]

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  1. Posted July 18, 2009 at 1:28 pm | Permalink

    Not one fucking comment? What’s up with that?

  2. Posted July 18, 2009 at 2:33 pm | Permalink

    Hey! The mayor matched my $2. Cool.

  3. Posted July 18, 2009 at 4:57 pm | Permalink

    @Mark: Maybe everyone is at the Shadow Art Fair and that’s why they’re not online :P

  4. Posted July 18, 2009 at 5:31 pm | Permalink

    Yeah, I guess…

    And, thanks for the donation, Patti. It was nice to finally meet you.

  5. Posted July 18, 2009 at 6:22 pm | Permalink

    Likewise! And you just say the word re: beer blogging. :)

  6. Posted July 18, 2009 at 7:23 pm | Permalink

    No comments on the Ryan bathroom interview?

  7. Posted July 18, 2009 at 7:24 pm | Permalink

    I’ve got another bathroom interview coming, too.

  8. Posted July 18, 2009 at 7:47 pm | Permalink

    Looks like that other bathroom interview isn’t going to happen tonight. My camera battery died…. And it’s pissing me off… If you see me at the SAF, don’t even try to talk to me.

  9. Posted July 18, 2009 at 8:27 pm | Permalink

    Sorry! I was canning dilly beans and making pumpkin butter with my hopefully-still-good frozen pumpkin goo from last fall. Bathroom interviews are cool! If I were there I would have done one in the girls’ room re: no tax on unicorns and listen to vampires (graffiti in the stalls). Camera batteries dying suck. My camera is from my school district and as you might imagine, the battery lasts for about an hour. I’m sorry about that :(

  10. Posted July 18, 2009 at 9:54 pm | Permalink

    Thank you, Patti, for being my only reader.

  11. sitterhitter
    Posted July 18, 2009 at 11:05 pm | Permalink

    Mmmmmz. I came. Yes I did. Almost funz butz TV much much better so far.

  12. Posted July 19, 2009 at 9:57 am | Permalink

    The art fair was great. But you need more room. You could get twice as many artists to come out i’m sure. Also they need to make more Shadow brew it’s always sold out when I get there.

  13. Posted July 20, 2009 at 4:22 am | Permalink

    Very unusual doll Michael Jackson, and frankly still do not believe that this man is dead!

  14. Kelly
    Posted July 20, 2009 at 12:30 pm | Permalink

    Did anyone else notice that Ryan, after using the urinal, had his hands all over Mark? He might have washed his hands afterward, but the tape clearly shows him rubbing his cock-hands all over Mark.

  15. Patrick
    Posted July 21, 2009 at 12:37 am | Permalink

    I only count one cock-hand touching Mark’s shirt – the other is holding his camera …

  16. Patrick
    Posted July 21, 2009 at 12:41 am | Permalink

    Cudos to everyone from the Michigan Design Militia, Corner Brewery & VG Kids for another awesome Shadow Art Fair!

  17. dp in exile
    Posted July 21, 2009 at 10:08 am | Permalink

    it’s nice to know Mark welcomes having splashed urine droplets shared on his person and his camera. hopefully Ryan read the “employees must wash hands” sign before leaving the restroom, if not he is really GROSS and our friends at Arbor Brewing Company need to review sanitation policies with the folks who make their beer. hopefully Washtenaw County Health Inspectors do not read this site or a SAF controversy may be in the works.

    Yucky, Mark.

  18. Ryan
    Posted July 21, 2009 at 10:45 am | Permalink

    I actually don’t even hold my cock when I piss so my hands never end up getting all cocked up. Since Mark was standing there watching me the whole time he knew my hands were clean and free of any cock fallout, so he was obviously cool with me pawing him a bit.

    Also, I always dip my hands in bleach, scrub them with a wire brush, then put on latex gloves before brewing, so you guys can rest easy. You should see the hairnet they make me wear for my beard…

    We’re working out some ideas for making a larger quantity of beer so it doesn’t run out as quickly. Sorry to anyone who didn’t get a chance to try it! It’s pretty awesome it sold out in 40 minutes, though. Quite a complement, really!

  19. Andy Ypsilanti
    Posted July 21, 2009 at 11:39 am | Permalink

    What a show! First time I was able to go to summer SAF and it was a blast. My liver wasn’t so sure, though.

  20. Lisele
    Posted July 21, 2009 at 12:06 pm | Permalink

    TeacherPatti — you have green beans already?!?! Mine are about 2″ long. Envy.

  21. Posted July 21, 2009 at 2:14 pm | Permalink

    Lisele, I had to buy them at the farmers market. I’m actually envious of *you*…I got mine in late and they are but little pods, eagerly awaiting growth!

  22. Posted July 22, 2009 at 10:33 am | Permalink

    I meant to leave a comment here saying that it’s been 5 years since I was last able to go to the Shadow Art Fair… and this time I was there for the *entire* day. And I heard several people say this year was a really good year. Everyone involved in putting it together did an awesome job. Go SAF!

  23. Jules
    Posted July 22, 2009 at 3:39 pm | Permalink

    Glad to know that Ryan wasn’t rubbing cock all over Mark and also not getting it on his camera. Ryan, you can’t ever pee at my house if you’re NOT holding your cock. I already have one 14 year old male who can’t figure out how to get it all in the toilet. Looks like I missed a good SAF and I would have loved to have sampled the beer. But thanks for putting up the videos, Mark.

  24. Posted July 23, 2009 at 3:35 pm | Permalink

    Next year, we’ll have a booth at the SAF where Ryan will rub his cock-hands on people. And I’ll have the booth right next to it, selling antibacterial wipes. Or, maybe I’ll have a big tank of bleach that I can dip people into for a buck.

    And, for what it’s worth, I don’t hold mine when I piss either. I just lower it into the bottom of the urinal, where it coils up like a snake.

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