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Sep. 4th, 2011 | 12:15 am



Napoleon is something of an unofficial mascot to this comic, so sometimes I think I ought to throw him in more. He is at least the character whom I have pared down into a certain design over the years. However, as you can see, my depictions don't really help his uh, Napoleon Complex problem. As a person who is 5'2" myself I would tell him it ain't so bad down here, but then, if people made my height as big a deal as they did his and got it wrong anyway, I'd probably have a word or two to say about it.

I'll give you some of James Gilray's caricatures, Gilray really zeroed in on Napoleon's height and I think it's a good example of how powerful cartoons could be with the public imagination! Gilray is one of my favorites anyway, do yourself a favor and look up his work, it's all terribly mean and clever.



You have to admit though, when it came to old political cartoons, nobody got it worse than George IV.



The cheek of that! Haha a cane is going to pull me offstage for that joke. Anyway!

I want to point some friends your way, the first is my old buddy Henry Svec, who has a new album out for which I did the artwork! But there is a lot of talent in this collection, a lot of names to check out. And you can download the whole thing right off the website, and then you can sit and enjoy it, and then you can be very pleased with your day! This is my plan for you.

The second is another musical friend, the extra talented Greg MacPherson, whose newest record Disintegration Blues is juuusst coming out right now, you can catch some shows in Winnipeg this weekend ( Sept 9th/10th at the West End Cultural Center in Winnipeg )when it does! I've heard the album already and it is the best!

Holy heck, ok more news, speaking of this coming weekend. I am going to be at SPX in Bethesda on Sept. 10th and 11th, it is one of the best comic shows of the year! You can catch me at the Drawn and Quarterly booth. With my new book! For the first time! You gotta come! If it is reasonable for you to do that!

Did you know that I am going on tour with the new book? I am! I even have some confirmed dates for you!


BETHESDA: SPX Saturday September 10 & Sunday September 11th
BROOKLYN: BBF Sunday, September 18th
MANHATTAN: Housing Works with Desert Island Tuesday, September 27th
SAN FRANCISCO: APE Saturday October 1st and Sunday October 2nd
BOSTON: The Boston Book Festival October 15th
VANCOUVER: VIWF Friday, October 21st
PORTLAND: Live Write Saturday, October 22nd
TORONTO: IFOA SAturday October 29th and Sunday October 30th

Oh and there are more dates to come too! Look for Montreal, Halifax and possibly LA.

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Woodiness T. Scatological

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from: mr_sadhead
date: Sep. 4th, 2011 03:26 am (UTC)
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No Seattle dates? Why, Kate, why?

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η Φωτισμένη ~ The Enlightened One

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from: ifotismeni
date: Sep. 4th, 2011 03:42 am (UTC)
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and ohhh no boston either ;_; le sadness!

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happiness is not a potato

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from: cumaeansibyl
date: Sep. 4th, 2011 03:44 am (UTC)
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George IV: DAT ASS

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yessiika

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from: yessiika
date: Sep. 5th, 2011 01:05 am (UTC)
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I am immensely glad that I was not the only one who thought that. I mean DAMN.

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That is my real name

Yessss

from: KellanMorgan
date: Sep. 4th, 2011 03:52 am (UTC)
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Napoleon's height misrepresentation drives me nuts, glad you feel the same. Stupid British making one of the most successful generals in history into a caricature is kind of ridiculous but hey, history is written by the winners.

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Michael

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from: michaelsjournal
date: Sep. 4th, 2011 04:57 am (UTC)
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Holy crap, I know someone with a book tour. This makes me happy.

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A useful container

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from: thexphial
date: Sep. 4th, 2011 05:18 am (UTC)
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Poor George IV

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Singe Addams

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from: singeaddams
date: Sep. 4th, 2011 02:06 pm (UTC)
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I've heard so much about HH I thought I'd give your vid a try. Now I'll never get my life back. Thank you!

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Avram Grumer

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from: agrumer
date: Sep. 4th, 2011 05:24 am (UTC)
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That third Gilray illo looks like it's from a Napoleonic D&D supplement.

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El JoPe Magnífico

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from: jope
date: Sep. 4th, 2011 05:25 am (UTC)
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Curses! WHYwhywhy must Jet City Comic Show (in Seattle) be on 9/24 rather than the much more convenient 10/23? *fistshake*

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Voldemeg

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from: meg2101
date: Sep. 4th, 2011 06:35 am (UTC)
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Napoleon looks so short and boyish in the political cartoons, he reminds of Justin Beiber. Especially in the third one! XD

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Mer

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from: stripedpetunia
date: Sep. 4th, 2011 07:54 am (UTC)
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Will you be doing any signing in Vancouver, or just the panel you're scheduled for? I'd attend for a signing! It's just that 10am is early and I am a wuss/possibly coming from Parksville.

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Hark!  A Vagrant

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from: beatonna
date: Sep. 4th, 2011 12:14 pm (UTC)
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Don't know yet! Keep an eye out closer to the date.

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johnny9fingers

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from: johnny9fingers
date: Sep. 4th, 2011 11:23 am (UTC)
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I love Gilray's work....and Bunbury's and Rowlandson's, rude though the latter can be.

The second wave of English satirical cartoonists (after Hogarth) dealt beautifully with Prinny and mad ol' Georgie, as well as giving history an insight into social conditions.

Your own work, as always, never ceases to entertain and beget admiration.

[Tips hat.]

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Lina

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from: arks
date: Sep. 4th, 2011 12:28 pm (UTC)
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Housing Works! Oh, exciting. I will see you there with bells and whistles on.

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ph0enixinflight

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from: ph0enixinflight
date: Sep. 4th, 2011 01:15 pm (UTC)
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I'm in Portland (happy dance). Do you have any more info regarding where/when?

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Kassia

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from: kassia06
date: Sep. 4th, 2011 02:23 pm (UTC)
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There is a terrible error in your post. You forgot to list your Chicago dates. :(

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Ashley

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from: ten_of_swords
date: Sep. 4th, 2011 02:31 pm (UTC)
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I will try to come out to SPX in Bethesda. I went there before and met you, but had no idea who you were (my friend was a fan) and then I read your book in the car on the way home and realized that I liked your stuff. Riveting story!

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A bit of a gigglepuss

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from: voodoochild9
date: Sep. 4th, 2011 02:47 pm (UTC)
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Hahaha the second and third one, he looks like a chibi Napoleon :3

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Meg

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from: snowpuss
date: Sep. 4th, 2011 03:40 pm (UTC)
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OMG those Gilray comics are beautiful and hilarious. King George's butt definitely made me laugh out loud. Maybe we should start calling having a bodacious budonkadonk a King George Complex? Maybe that would make Napoleon feel a little better.

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_w_o_o_d_

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from: _w_o_o_d_
date: Sep. 4th, 2011 03:47 pm (UTC)
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Didn't they use the metric system ? I thought it was implemented during the revolution...

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cptnspldng

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from: cptnspldng
date: Sep. 4th, 2011 05:25 pm (UTC)
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Hey Kate. My daughter (same age & name) is 5' 2 1/2" and is very insistent of that last 1/2".

Must be something in the water.

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aylaelphaba

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from: aylaelphaba
date: Sep. 4th, 2011 11:41 pm (UTC)
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I also remember a history teacher mentioning how Napoleon once had a bad case of hemorrhoids, which made riding into battle a real pain in the derriere. Bet he loves that image getting passed down through history. XD

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aylaelphaba

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from: aylaelphaba
date: Sep. 4th, 2011 11:43 pm (UTC)
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BTW, I love the meta moment :)

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Lauren Ahkiam

LA!

from: Lauren Ahkiam
date: Sep. 5th, 2011 02:24 am (UTC)
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let me know if you need names of bookstores in LA, places to stay, recs of places to eat!

Love,

LA

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Sat-Isis/Suten Net

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from: cassiopaya
date: Sep. 5th, 2011 03:28 am (UTC)
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Napoleon, in this comic, resembles the fat pony.


YAY!

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twerpalicious

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from: twerpalicious
date: Sep. 5th, 2011 09:21 am (UTC)
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This is the first time someone has brought up James Gillray to me instead of the other way around. My appreciation of your output just skyrocketed, and I wish I knew a less awkward way of saying that. You made my day, anyway.

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Driver carries no cash

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from: lomara
date: Sep. 5th, 2011 10:05 am (UTC)
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“Possibly LA” could be either Louisiana or Los Angeles. Please let it be the latter!

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I am not Zen

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from: drakemobius
date: Sep. 16th, 2011 12:19 am (UTC)
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looking at the other cities.. boston.. new york.. vancouver..
you randomly think louisiana, and an unknown city in louisiana, at that? :P

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S Bynum (Kauthen)

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from: ubiquitouspitt
date: Sep. 5th, 2011 09:25 pm (UTC)
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Hooray for Gilray!! I'm a great fan. (I wish I had something clever to add to that, wait... no. No, that's it. I just love Gilray.)

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Vicky Hirtle and Alicia Belliveau

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from: vickyalicia
date: Sep. 5th, 2011 09:56 pm (UTC)
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More Halifax please. :D

~ Vicky

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