Woodland Creatures

DSC01375Sam Brown at Exploding Dog offered to do an original drawing for everyone who sent in a SASE and title to him. I was a huge fan of ED back in its early days, but eventually stopped visiting every day for no real reason. I once made a huge jpg of my 16 favorites and printed it out on the archy plotter at Bond Hall during my sophomore year. I still have it on my wall here. Then this offer comes along...

The title I sent in was "Woodland Creatures." The paper is slightly warped because it was folded in my mailbox during the whole damp weekend. I'm pretty sure framing will flatten it out nicely though.

Plus free sticker! [Already on my laptop]. You can see the rest of the submissions here.


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  1. Saw this, and want­ed to share. Reminds me of what’s hap­pen­ing with the Church.

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    No Shelter
    Why an all-ages club grew old so quick­ly.
    By Jason Bracelin
    Article Published Aug 132003

    In a lit­tle more than a mon­th of op­er­a­tion, the all-ages club Shelter was al­ready show­ing signs of pro­gress.

    “We were kick­ing butt,” says own­er Doug Kirschner. “We had some pret­ty good shows, where the place was packed, and the kids were lov­ing it. Parents were lov­ing it. Parents were drop­ping their kids off and ac­tu­al­ly stay­ing to see the shows.”

    But if par­ents and kids were lov­ing the Shelter, the City of Cleveland wasn’t. While Kirschner was out of town on busi­ness in late July, the club was shut down by the city for op­er­at­ing with­out an oc­cu­pan­cy per­mit. Kirschner says he ap­plied for the per­mit and was un­der the im­pres­sion that he could run his club in the mean­time.

    “I did talk with the City of Cleveland be­fore we did this, to see if they were about it, and a lot of peo­ple we talked to were right on with it,” Kirschner says. “Then, when push came to shove, they weren’t with us any­more.”

    The city has a dif­fer­ent take.

    “I talked to Doug, I told him what some of the con­cerns were from the com­mu­ni­ty,” says Merle Gordon, coun­cil­wom­an for Cleveland’s Ward 15, which in­cludes the Memphis-Fulton Plaza where the Shelter was lo­cat­ed. “I asked him if he had all the ap­pro­pri­ate per­mits, and at that time, he wasn’t sure what per­mits they had; nor did he re­al­ly know what time the club closed. He told me every­body is out by 10 o’clock, and that’s not in fact true.

    “There was nev­er a de­sire to close the es­tab­lish­ment down — that was not the in­tent at all,” Gordon adds. “It’s just that he needs to have the ap­pro­pri­ate per­mits, and we need to make sure that they’re not both­er­ing the neigh­bors, that they’re not there past a cer­tain time, that loi­ter­ing is­sues are dealt with.”

    For his rush to open the Shelter, Kirschner is left clutch­ing a good idea that went bad — and strug­gling to climb out of a hefty fi­nan­cial hole.

    “I lost over $10,000 with­in the last mon­th,” he says with a sigh. “I lost my house. I lost my car. I lost every­thing I had.” He may con­sid­er get­ting back in­to club book­ing, on­ce he gets his fi­nances in or­der. For now, he’s look­ing for a new line of work.

    “I can’t re­al­ly book shows any­more, be­cause all the book­ing agents are pissed off with me be­cause I had to can­cel shows,” he says. “My ca­reer in this is pret­ty much dead.”

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