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Pathway Foods: Free Love Forum

February 12th, 2008 by Jeff Simmermon

My friend Anne is FUNNY. Real, real funny. If she were completely black-hearted and evil, the sort of person who steps on toddler toes just to hear the squeals, I’d have to grudgingly admit that she was funny. She probably could make hurting a toddler funny somehow.

Anne and a bunch of her friends have a sketch comedy group here in New York called Free Love Forum. They had a pretty big hit on YouTube a while ago with their take on an advertisement for MS Paint, but that’s far from their only achievement.

From their site:

A month ago freeloveforum and a handful of sketch groups attending Sketchfest San Francisco were invited to submit a video sketch for the SFSF video contest. In tone with its sponsor, TBS’s 10 Items or Less, groups were asked to involve a supermarket. Well, the judging is over, and we’re excited to say our video, “Pathway Foods”, was the chosen winner.

Here’s their winning video …

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Paul Pope Draws Comics Like Tom Waits Sings Blues

November 8th, 2007 by Jeff Simmermon

Paul Pope is comics’ dark wizard with a foot in the world of fine art and one sqaurely planted in the world of four-color mass-produced pulp. A spiritual heir to Frank Miller’s throne, Pope’s drawings are simultaneously sensuous and completely cracked, a fusion of Egon schiele, manga and lashings of Ralph Steadman. Even if I didn’t speak English I’d feel Pope’s creepy, sexy genius seeping through the page and into my pores. His Batman: Year 100 (.pdf excerpt here) is an instant classic, but his own characters and storylines stand ahead of all the franchise work in the world.

“Airplanes” captures the brilliant sweet sadness of a goodbye between lovers that don’t want to part. Check it out here — it’s on, but safe for work.

Pope’s Flickr photostream is really, really fun. You can see sketches, finished works, drafts, a glimpse behind the curtain at the wizard’s work. I love this tablecloth sketch of Aragorn. I boosted the thing into my own stream so I could post it, but it’s worth seeing it in a larger size, with the artist’s notes.


I love this drawing of the Silver Surfer. It’s this fusion of Schiele and Jack Kirby, crackling with the power cosmic — and again, you’ve got to see it in full.


You can see his blog here, although it doesn’t update all that frequently. If you’re looking for more background, this story from a 2006 edition of Wired adds to the legend.

I’m pretty new to his work, myself, and I’m looking forward to a lot of long cold rainy days with time to dive deeper. And man — if Pope was as gifted with a tattoo machine as he is with pen and ink, I might have to reconsider my position on sleeve, neck and facial tattoos …

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