Sunday 26 August 2007

Personal confession time

A colleague recently told me that a sure fire way to attract attention to a blog is to write confessional posts. Well, my time has come.

One of my longstanding passions in life is reserved for chip trucks ... not the food itself, which I can take or leave (mostly leave) but the art painted on their sides. I recently returned to live in Ottawa, Ontario and was reminded of the itinerant, rolling beauty of this unique form of street art.

The picture below is just one of the dozens of chip trucks throughout my fair city. Luckily I had my camera with me. Why "TnT" fries anyway? Who chose the name? And why would you transpose those next to Bert and Ernie from Sesame Street? After you see enough of these, you stop asking questions and just revel in the absurdity.

Am i the only one who shares this obsession?

- B.

One on one w/ Lynn Johnston

My interview with the soon-to-retire Lynn Johnston, creator of For Better or For Worse, is now up on CBC Arts Online:

Eager to retire from the daily grind of cartooning (yet apparently reluctant to give up her strip’s valuable newspaper real estate), Johnston has devised an unorthodox plan. After completing her current storyline in September or October, she will stop telling the continuing story of the extended Patterson family and begin running a mix of older strips and occasional newly drawn panels that will help reintroduce old storylines. No matter what the strip’s many fans think about this compromise, one thing is for certain: in a few weeks, the 28-year saga of the most famous Canadian family in the funny pages will come to an end.

More here