December 5, 2002
Trying to finish all the artwork for Daltons Debacle. Have about six pieces to go. Spent all day in office yesterday trying to wrap up loose ends. R.G., Meghan, Gus and I have been slaving over this Classic Gunfight piece for weeks now. Hard to believe how many hours go into some of these articles. Also created a new page with Gus developed by Jana called Living in the 1880s (Dan did logo). Went through one of my Punch annuals from 1882 and we picked out several items we are going to highlight under the heading “Nothing New Under The Sun.” For example, the term “La-di-da” which you may think was started by “Annie Hall” is in a cartoon from Sept. of 1882. An anti-smoking cartoon describes the horrors of cigarettes, there is a women’s rights cartoon, the lies of photo retrouching. And the drawings are magnificent. That is fun, finding and creating those kinds of things.
We are going to be increasing our print run significantly on this next issue and Carole, Bob Brink and I lined out costs. Banta came in with a very good bid on the increase issues.
Got photos back from Sunday’s shoot ($32 Sue debit) and we are trying to pick one for our Christmas card (here’s my two finalists). John Beckett did a great job.
Came home at five and heated up spaghetti. Wanted to bail into art, but ran out of gas. Went to bed at eight, woke up at two, got up at three, made a fire in stove and bailed in on Dalton images. Started at the end with an overview of death alley. I feel good.
"I know that you believe that you understood what you think I said, but I am not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant."
—Robert McCloskey, State Department spokesman