Shadow 2012 live blog poop

10:29 AM Who knows what the future holds, but, for now, I’m going to be working the first formal complaint booth at the Shadow Art Fair. Complaints are just $1 a piece, unless you require that action be taken, which costs an additional $4. (After ignoring complaints for the first 12 Shadows, it felt like time for a change.)

10:39 AM Someone added “poop” to the title of this post, illustrating how important it is that you not walk way from your computer at an event like this.

10:45 AM After the Shadow this evening, I’d suggest that you go over and visit our friends at Woodruff’s, for the 39th installment of the best damned drag show this side of Atlanta, Elbow Deep… Speaking of Elbow Deep 39, I think it’s time they stop numbering them, and start naming them like hurricanes. (What’s the gayest name starting with an “A” that you can think of? Is there something gayer than Alfonso? Surely there’s a resource online for parents looking to choose gay names for their children. Actually, I think that’s a great business idea. I should make a “Gay Baby Names” book.)

10:54 AM It just occurred to me that the 20% off coupon for the Rocket is still good today, so, if you’re coming to Ypsi for the Shadow Art Fair, be sure to drop by the a href=”” >Rocket on Michigan Avenue.

11:22 AM In addition to the articles in Concentrate,, and the Eastern Echo, there’s also something out today on The Awesome Mitten. This has been a good year for press. Hopefully it translates to people coming out and complaining.

11:29 AM I’m not positive yet, but I’m thinking about allowing people, for a dollar, to post anything they want under my name on Facebook.

12:17 PM Fifteen minutes in, and no complaints yet. I think that’s pretty good. Also, I’ve seen two sales already, which I think it a pretty good sign. I’m going to shoot a few pictures now. Hopefully I’ll have photos to share soon.

12:33 PM If you’re finding it hard to locate me, in order to wage your complaint, my booth is wedged between John “pooping wizard” Maggie and Nathan “space panty” Hoste. And, yes, this is the spot that I requested.

12:40 PM If you leave a complaint on this threat, you will be billed $1. (Be sure to leave your address.)

12:45 PM OK, I’m thinking that it’s time to try something else, before real complaints start coming in.

1:30 PM I just asked Dustin Krcatovich about the fact that the dog’s snout, in the poster that he designed for this year’s Shadow Art Fair looked like something from the Kama Sutra. I’m downloading the video now. I hope to share it soon. Here, in the meantime, is video of Patrick Elkins, explaining how his comedy/beard-kissing booth works.

1:45 PM I just had my first complaint. It wasn’t about the Shadow Art Fair so much as it was about the nature of evil and the current intractable issues facing mankind. Sadly, there was nothing I could do to help… I chose not to accept the dollar.

2:20 PM Speaking of complaints, someone left the this comment on Facebook a couple of days ago, explaining why she wouldn’t be attending this year’s Shadow Art Fair. I don’t agree with her, of course, but it’s healthy, I think, to have people saying negative stuff about the Shadow. I don’t know about everyone else, but I find that I’m motivated by criticism. And this comment made me want to make this year’s Shadow even weirder…. Speaking of which, you can be completely manscaped at this year’s Shadow, just a few feet from where I’m sitting.

3:27 PM The former editor of Ann Arbor’s version of the Onion just stopped by. Before him, it was a guy running for Washtenaw County Judge. Neither had complaints. Both just wanted to sit down and chat, which was nice… The music has started outside. I’ve only caught a few numbers so far, but they were good.

3:53 PM Just had a nice talk with Clementine’s 2nd grade teacher.

6:30 PM No one took us up on it, but we just tried a “Talk to a Breastfeeding Mom” booth.


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  1. anonymous
    Posted July 21, 2012 at 11:55 am | Permalink

    Would definitely buy a “Gay Baby Name” book to give as a gift to pregnant friends.

  2. Posted July 21, 2012 at 1:21 pm | Permalink

    Hey Mark,

    I’m freshening up and getting ready to ride over there, but I’m worried about shaving. Are clean shaven men allowed in Ypsi these days? Is there some sort of permit I need to get?

  3. Jules
    Posted July 21, 2012 at 1:42 pm | Permalink

    Did you get your beard kissed, Mark? If not, why not?

  4. Posted July 21, 2012 at 2:08 pm | Permalink

    That beard/comedian dude is going to be buying a lot of beers, I predict.

  5. Thom Elliott
    Posted July 21, 2012 at 7:00 pm | Permalink

    This was a excellent time, thanks so much for letting me play, I enjoyed myself… and thank you Dan, for not showing up with a gun.

  6. Mark k
    Posted July 22, 2012 at 9:45 am | Permalink

    How do you Dan didn’t show up with a gun? Not everyones into thrill killing like you.

  7. Thom Elliott
    Posted July 22, 2012 at 10:24 am | Permalink

    Well no one took a potshot at me while I was performing, so I assumed you and Dan either didn’t show up, or you were both too caught up masturbating and weeping together in your white ‘rape & ride’ van in the parking lot. Thanks for not killing me yesterday, hopefully when the state finds out about the reeking hoard on the outskirts of town you send white supremacist materials through the mail from, your neglected children will be placed in a positive foster home.

  8. Dan
    Posted July 22, 2012 at 11:18 am | Permalink

    you’re welcome.

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