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Tue, Jan. 31st, 2006, 07:58 pm
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Happy New Year!

Still No Sound, i.e. I, Ben Cohen am slowly producing new comic work and updating the old website. A number of comic work is being contemplated, the format and which project to do first is still being debated. In addition some prints and novelty design ideas are being knocked around. I am currently producing an album cover for a Jordan Cohen (my brother, San Francisco guitarist) project. Then perhaps a number of murals in a collaborative effort with my studio partner, Jeweler E.E. Crandall. I will have visual updates of both, as they are finished. This should prove to be a productive year as time allows. I am returning to school, acceptance pending, to study Art Education in the hopes of landing a gig as a full time High School Art teacher to compliment my Cartoonist and College Professor carriers. I know it sounds impossible, even lame, but it will make me a better artist and teacher to focus equally on all three. These are my callings in life.

It is also time for the annual Ben Cohen Ten Best of Last Years lists.

Comics
The Complete Calvin and Hobbes- Bill Watterson
ACME Novelty Library # 16:“Rusty Brown” –Chris Ware
Why Are You Doing This? –Jason
Los Hernades Brothers-
Krazy and Ignatz-Design by Chris Ware
JLA Animated Series (Hay It’s Cartooning)

…Read some other’s even a few super titles, but nothing top ten.

Movies

40 Year-old Virgin… great pacing, story, character development… fucking funny as hell.
Family Stone… one of the great family comedies of all time… I hate sex in the City bitches. Coach gives the performance of his carrier.
Batman Begins… Should have been number one.
Elizabethtown… second place for family films.
Serenity… better story then star wars… fun if you have seen Firefly.
March of the Penguins… who knew?
Walk the Line… Interesting, enlightening and amazing acting.
Brokeback Mountain… pure…not best movie, but pure movie.
Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith… take out the NOOOOO! And you almost forget about episode 1 and 2.

Not seen but could have made the list I suspect at 10 or higher.
FireCracker… best movie I was unable to see… on DVD this spring through Amazon… Co-Stars Mike Patton… YES THAT MIKE PATTON. Probably better then 40 Year old Vergin.
Capote… Oh I love Phillip.
Shopgirl… Steve Martin… you go banjo player.
North Country…maybe I like?
Paradise Now… best foreign film?
2046… preview was perfect.
Syriana… not sure?
Munich… really that good?
Match Point… my in-laws loved it…surprisingly.

Worst movie of the year:

King Kong… ok there were others, but this one really deserves it, the big Ape.


Music

Mezmerize/Harmonize – System of a Down
Lullabies To Paralyze- Queens of the Stone Age
Crazy Price- Messer Chups
Church Gone Wild / Chirpin Hard- Hella
Demon Days- Garillaz
The Desert Sessions, Vols. 9 & 10- Desert Sessions
General Patton vs The X-ecutioners- General Patton vs The X-ecutioners

I am sure there are others but I gatta go…

Thu, Feb. 2nd, 2006 07:52 am (UTC)
templeemc

I'm glad to see you're still working on projects.
I've recently started work in a sketchbook to compose some paintings/scratchboards and images that can be used as tattoo flash as well. I'm hoping to get a gallery show here locally in the next couple years with the work. I'm also doing it to prepare for the book I'll be working on after and maybe get a job tattooing elsewhere. Tattooing is going stronger this year than last, by far. If I keep going at this rate I'll grow by leaps and bounds, not just in technical skill and portfolio but income as well (YEA!).
James Vining has also finished inking his first graphic novella, which I'm hoping he'll publish in the next year.

Shopgirl... great, but read the book first.
I love Phillip too and am bummed I missed "Capote".
You're probably the only other person I know on this earth (besides my wife, of course) who knows what "2046" is and I'm going to rent it next time we hit Blockbuster... if it's not already checked out. The preview was gorgeous and very much piqued my curiosity.
I'm afraid I have to disagree with you on Worst Movie of the Year. I actually enjoyed "King Kong" in spite of it's flaws and I'd have to say the worst movie I saw was "The Devil's Rejects"... yech... Rob Zombie sucks at film.
Question: Why SHOULD "Batman Begins" have been number one, though it wasn't?
I too love "Mezmerize/Harmonize" and "Demon Days"... but I haven't heard the others on your list (I'm sure to my musical misfortune)

Thu, Feb. 2nd, 2006 04:57 pm (UTC)
stillnosound

Sounds like you are doing really enjoable work... congratz.

Eh... Kong trully was bad... how do I know... my wife agrees with me.

Batman Beins, was well done all around and its the Dark Knight so there is a leg up on the compation.

well gatta go... I need to make it out your way some time... let me know when James work is done and your show is up...

Thu, Feb. 2nd, 2006 05:14 pm (UTC)
templeemc

I'll be sure to keep you posted.
If you see another comment similar to this one but by another user, that's just me forgetting to log my roommate out before commenting (yeah, I just got up).

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