The Whelk – John Leavitt

July 22, 2009

Happy Nerd Prom!

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Molly Crabapple And I will be signing copies of Scarlett Takes Manhattan from 3-4 at the Comic Relief table TODAY! (friday)


July 19, 2009


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This is my favorite picture of myself ever.

Excuses Excuses

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Comicon-And Crap Coming Up. Posts will be light for the next, oh 2 weeks. Bye.

July 17, 2009

It was good but not 20 bucks good

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July 14, 2009

Talk Amongst Yourselves

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The M.Cee from Cabaret Got a New Job

Creed just made it worse

Filed under: Other People's Stuff, Words — John Leavitt @ 8:59 pm

Christian rock has got me thinking that rock and roll is actually a content-driven musical form. I mean, it’s not an especially complicated songwriting structure, and, like a lot of pop music, trades in some very well-established musical cliches. Christian rock bands tend to do a pretty good job of mimicking the sounds of other genres of rock. And yet they suck. They all suck, every one of them. They suck so bad you just want to cry. You just want to find whoever is making this music and beat them with a pillowcase full of oranges and bars of soap.

It sucks so bad it negates good music — have you ever heard of the Rolling Stones album The Camden Score? Of course you haven’t, and it’s a pity, because it was long considered one of their absolute masterpieces. Their chart-topping single from the album “Little Miss Business” was a staple on hard rock stations all the way through the 70s and 80s. Don’t remember it, do you? It’s because Perta put out an album that made The Camden Score disappear. We’ve lost literally a dozen Beatles albums this way — people think that they broke up in the early Seventires, forgetting their remarkable output right up until John Lennon’s death. Smalltown Poets was responsible for destroying both Bob Dylan’s best early album, “Wanderings with Bob Dylan,” and the Velvet Underground’s most popular album, “Anne and Lisa.” All forgotten now, like they never existed.

So what happened? Well, with rock and roll, it’s all about the message. And it’s a message that contravenes that of Christian rock — rock might be heavily commercialized, but is, at its core, about a revolutionary rejection of aparthy and boredom, and a radical call to nonconformity. It gets back to those roots every so often, too, which is why, every decade or so, rock manages to scare the hell out of people and congressional hearings are called and hands and squeezed and waved in alarm. Three chords can destroy the world. But they are the exact same three chords that Christian bands played, so obviously it’s not the chords themselves that are doing the work, but the lyrical content that is wedding to the chords. And that’s not even right, not exactly. Some of the most terrifying rock songs have lyrics that are just pure nonsense, such a Little Richard’s early recordings. It wasn’t the chords or the lyrics. It was the attitude. Rock is the perfect conveyance device for a revolutionary attitude, and it infects the listener with that attitide, and, when done poorly, does so at the service of selling band t-shirts and posters, but, when done well, does so at the service of the destruction of all that is cautious and careful and sober and a bore.

And that’s what Christian rock misses, and will always miss. They are the good kids on Halloween, dressing up as the devil, but they will never be anything more than innocents in bad costumes. The bad kids didn’t need costumes for Halloween. They just went out and kicked over pumpkins and egged houses, and people thought they were the devil. And maybe they were.

-Via Astro Zombie On Metafilter

July 12, 2009

Just an evening?

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July 10, 2009

Automatic Inspiration #2

Filed under: Automatic Inspiration, Other People's Stuff — John Leavitt @ 12:16 pm

The results, of AI #1 are in. Lipstick Thespian wins, but it was hard to choose. I liked them all from the comment thread and from the Metachat thread.


“So now he tells me. Like any damn fool who happened by wouldn’t have seen automatically that everyone attending the wedding looked EXACTLY LIKE everyone else attending the wedding.

I told Oversight when we got back that the team all left the tunnel too fast.

“Saturation is effective,” they said, “if you follow the arc we laid out, proper dispersal is assured.”

No. What you get when no one minds Tunnel Traffic Control is a wedding of the two same goddamn people, and the same two goddamn people all attending that wedding, together.

Sorry, gotta go. This picture is already setting off the redlines off. Yeah, I know, I know, hon. Next week – beer’s on me. I promise. Tell Kaley I miss her.”

But now Onward and upward with a new AI


Your seed phrase is “The Key is the Key.”

No, I don’t know what their arms would look like

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July 9, 2009

Lost And Found

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I Have The Coolest Friends In The World

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July 8, 2009

The Importance Of Context

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July 7, 2009


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People who say “Leigh-vitt” are loved.

People who say “Lee-vitt” are given a slight, but noticeable demerit.

People who say “L’Avitt” are charmingly indulged because at least they tried, the rascals.

My book release party is tomorrow so posts will be  scattered. More details later.


(for the record, the name is a corruption of Lovitt and the very first Leavitt in America was also a John. He  was an indentured servant who ran away from his post. I kinda like that)

July 5, 2009

New Glory

Filed under: Unwanted Illustration — John Leavitt @ 5:32 pm

Inspired by this post on Metafilter


A re-design of the American Flag.  13 stripes for 13 colonies, and since adding a new star for every state seems silly (seriously, and a design headache) a triple star representing the 3 branches of government. A more important thing to be reminded of IMHO, than how many states we’ve currently collected.

I’ll grant you that it does look like the flag of a Caribbean nation.

From the future.

Which is ruled by graphic designers.

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