when i first moved to LA in 1984 I immediately fell in love with the LA Weekly because it not only told me all the cool bands that were playing at all the clubs
but it employed two comics that were so good it was ridiculous: Matt Groening’s “Life in Hell” and Lynda Barry’s “Ernie Pook’s Comeek”.
the Weekly also ran David Lynch’s comic “The Angriest Dog in the World” which was also bizarre and awesome, but Matt and Lynda’s, despite being regularly dark in tone, often revealed a heart of gold.
last night long time chums (since college!) Matt and Lynda came to the beautiful Ace Hotel and talked and showed slides of their life and work and just were delightful.
Matt talked about how he came about transitioning from his Weekly strip to TVs longest running sitcom and Lynda talked about creativity and drawing with both hands at the same time and drawing with your eyes closed.
the crowd was in to it but the place was not at all full. Some young people were there and not impressed. but i was. here were two people who have made careers about of being weird and delightful and creative and dark.
i want that. i am that. i can be that too. but will i ever be able to get paid handsomely for it?
it made me think of my buddy todd francis and also jason ross. neither have had to sell out. both can be just as juvenile as they please AND feed their families.
isn’t that what this is all about?
afterwards Amber and i went to Mr. Ramen. then drove through Echo Park. then took pictures.
she was such a good sport because she didn’t really know Lynda and all her books and her novel
but she sat there and laughed and all was well.
this morning i woke up at 6am to drive some Lyft passengers around.
Lyft had a promotion to get us out of bed. double the fares.
it got me out of bed.
i made $80 with just two rides.
and the second ride got me back home pretty much.
where i am right now watching amber put on a little white dress in my closet.
life could be worse.