Ultimately, another human shouldn’t be relied on for your own happiness, but for a cookie or little skeleton girl, it’s perfectly okay. 😛 Lately, I’m finding a fair amount of joy in simple things like art, theater, open air markets and making stuff like this comic. I’ve taken two trips to the theater this week. No, not the movie kind. The kind with really real people.
On Friday night I saw Hamlet – The Unforgettable Fire at the Studio @ 620. It was Shakespeare’s play scored to U2. I enjoyed it. Saturday’s theater adventure was unbelievable. I saw Gorey Stories. I’m sure most of you are familiar with Edward Gorey’s work. Those who aren’t really need to check it out. Most people see artwork like mine and assume Tim Burton is my God. I love Tim Burton, sure, but it’s a shame that people aren’t aware of the artist’s that pre-date him in the dark genre. While I’m on the subject, let me also mention Charles Addams whose comics in the New Yorker were very dark and filled with offbeat humor. I’m sure you have seen the Addam’s family television show or films. Fun stuff, but it’s a bit watered down compared to his actual comic from which the other stuff sprung.
Anyway, the play was based on 18 of Edward Gorey’s short stories and limericks. It was rather saucy and wonderfully macabre. The set design was simple but splendid in greyscales and line art that mirrored Gorey’s artistic style. Costumes were uber gothed- out Victorian mahem that made my head spin with glee. Black and white over-the-top makeup completed the look. I just can’t express how well Jobsite pulled this production off. It was perfect. In case your wondering, yes they did the Gorey’s famous Gashlycrumb Tinies. It was the last act and the perfect way to end the show.
The play is done all over the US by local production companies and theaters so keep an eye out and catch it if you can. Most theater’s have email lists you can sign up for to find out what’s coming up. Join. Support live theater. It’s really a great experience.
Hope you enjoyed the comic today. I think the first panel will be done as a greeting card and t-shirt in plenty of time for Valentine’s day. 🙂 In the meantime, you can buy some t-shirts, holiday cards and other goodies here. See you next week. (ps. your haikus – i want them – gimme!) 😛