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Friday, December 2nd, 2011
The most French-Colonial thing I have ever seen (by Manning, 5:58pm)
Imagine a beautiful African beach covered with a mixture of tourists from mainland France and local Créole folks, all melting under a boiling sun in front of an impossibly blue ocean, framed by swaying palm trees. A tiny old man comes by, carrying a platter with a huge silver urn and little paper cups, calling, "Caféeeee... Caféeeee... Caféeeee..."
Monday, November 28th, 2011
Things that remind me I'm technically in Africa (by Manning, 12:33pm)
Things that remind me I'm technically in Africa:
Saturday, November 26th, 2011
My reunion with Réunion (by Manning, 5:03pm)
I'm on Réunion Island! The last time Marjorie and I came here we were living in Paris, and the eleven-hour overnight flight was pretty tough. But this time, since we're living much farther away, way over in New York, we had to endure an even longer trip. The most direct way to get here was to leave JFK at 11:30 Wednesday night, arrive in Paris at noon on Thursday, spend all day at the airport in Paris, and then take the overnight flight to Réunion, making a total of something like thirty hours' travel time. Absolutely exhausting. We arrived on Réunion about 10:30 Friday morning, after two nights with very little sleep. I took a nap in M's parents' guest room around noon, and when I woke up I was slightly alarmed to see that the sun was down!
Wednesday, November 9th, 2011
Hey, an illustration of mine is in Wired (by Manning, 8:55am)
Hey, neat, my pal Culann just noticed that an old freelance illustration I did is in a Wired article! Check it out: Arcade Improv: Humans Pretending to Be Videogames — I illustrated that there Action Castle logo a couple years ago, for a game designed by my old friend and client Jared Sorensen. The logo was Jared's idea, and closely based on the old Zork logo. Fun!
Monday, October 31st, 2011
Either the wallpaper goes, or I do (by Manning, 10:21am)
I was really pleased with how the wallpaper came out, and I only wish I'd had the time to start earlier on this particular project, because I was still making and hanging wallpaper half an hour before the party started, and I only had time to do about half as many walls as I'd wanted to. No one could tell, of course, so it was fine. I think it's funny that we had guests enjoying our decorations in our apartment while the paint was still wet, but (I think) nobody touched it and noticed. If I'd had more time I would've made the pattern tighter as well, with less empty space on the paper, but I was trying to save time and whip up the maximum wall coverage in the least amount of time. It was all good in the end. The work involved in making the stamp itself probably took more total time then printing all the nine or ten sheets of wallpaper we ended up with.
I love making Halloween stuff! But sometimes it's a relief that I can only get tied up in these crazy projects one month a year.
P.S. I got a bat for my birthday.
Sunday, October 30th, 2011
Snow on Halloween is a bit of a nightmare before Christmas (by Manning, 11:10am)
So, I'm still trying to find out if anybody got a good photo of my makeup and hair and contact lenses from my drowned zombie costume from last week's undersea ball. Meanwhile, last night Marjorie and Audrey got dressed up as Black Swan and White Swan and braved the snow and wind and cold and went all the way uptown to watch some roller derby championship match or something, and I stayed in a while in order to go out here in the neighborhood with our friends Francisco and Melanie and Katie. I didn't want to do the same makeup again, so I grabbed a few items that were left over after our Halloween party and went as, I guess, a Mexican wrestler designed by Jean Paul Gaultier.
Francisco got me that mask for my birthday last week! It was awesome to have a reason to use it. The sailor cap was part of an abandoned costume idea by Marjorie from last weekend. Oops, and I forgot to put on my skeleton gloves for this pic. Nuts.
We went out to a local bar that was doing a surprisingly fun Halloween party with a good turnout of costumed people despite the crazy snow and cold. The French girls joined us later, and they and their swan get-ups took second place in the costume contest! (First place was an awesome couple dressed as Walt and Jesse from Breaking Bad; they were handing out blue rock candy from a big ziploc bag and the young lady dressed as Jesse kept yelling at everybody and calling them "bitches!") A bit later, a very proud moment for me was watching Marjorie and Audrey convince the hipster-ish dj to play The Monster Mash — it worked, and I was proud of them for being brave and successfully employing their French feminine wiles, and also proud for how much they've taken to this holiday that is so foreign to them and so dear to me. It was a very good and very strange pre-Halloween night, and I'm hoping that we'll have more options on the real-ass night of the 31st; I wanna get really decked out and do some ridiculous things for that one. Man, Halloween still remains the very best reason I've found for staying in America for a few years. I want to do this all the time.
Tuesday, October 25th, 2011
Some photos of our Halloween party, by my friend Francisco (by Manning, 5:59pm)
Monday, October 24th, 2011
Portraits from the undersea ball (by Manning, 5:31pm)
In coming up with decorating projects for the undersea Halloween ball, I figured it might be fun to do something with these nine picture frames on our living room wall. The images we have in there normally are already slightly spooky — eight of them are weird black and white postcards from the medical history museum in Berlin, and then I made a deer skull graphic for the big oval frame in the middle. (You can see them in this post about our apartment.) So last year we just left them alone for the party.
For Acide and Kyubi, I just Googled old sea captains and sailors and Photoshopped their heads on.
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Video of our undersea Halloween ball aboard the R.M.S. Albatross (by Manning, 10:50am)
My buddy Francisco took video of our decorations! Holy crap! That's me in the suit near the beginning. Check out our place!
Sunday, October 23rd, 2011
Halloween Ball aboard the R.M.S. Albatross (by Manning, 7:13pm)
Hey folks! It's been a while! Marjorie and I just had our second annual pre-Halloween Halloween party last night, and it was a total graveyard smash. As usual, I wanna show off the animated invitation I made! Please check it out:
Whew, this animation represents a pretty intense two days of my life right there. I love that Halloween has basically become the one time a year when I try to remember how to do some Flash. Otherwise I never really touch the stuff.
Anyway, about the party. We got really heavy into the theme this year, and the decorations we put together were even more elaborate than we usually do. Marjorie and I were also fortunate to have our friend Audrey visiting from France, and that girl has a real talent for putting up some fake seaweed, it turns out. I'll be taking lots of pictures of all the decorations tonight so I can get them online asap. The party was really a blast, and I'm very excited that there's still a whole week and then some of Halloween stuff left to do!
Friday, October 14th, 2011
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Funky But Chic (by Manning, 9:00am)
Hey hey! My photoshoot for the Time Out New York Most Stylish New Yorkers article is up!
Click to see the whole set!
Haha, oh man, well, okay, I hate these photos less than I thought I would, but I still feel pretty silly about a lot of them. Some of these outfits worked better back when I had crazy wild hairsprayed hair, and I didn't realize that when I was throwing clothes in a suitcase to head over to the Time Out New York offices. All in all they're fine I guess.
Make sure to read all my captions about the items to see how much of an asshole I am! Oh man. Filling out their questionnaire afterward was fun, and I think I might've gone a bit overboard.
When you get to the 16th photo one of a scarf by itself that's no longer my stuff, but rather a selection of items the style editor(s) are suggesting you pick up if you want to dress like me (and who in their right mind would want to do that?). Interestingly enough, I hate most of these items and would never be caught dead wearing any of them, the only two exceptions being the ones that look exactly like my own stuff, those being the simple aviator shades, and the pink dress shirt. I guess the stripey scarf's not bad. The other stuff, ugh: jeans? Casual shoes? Trendy bowtie and zipper cuff? Ick. No no no. Not on me, not ever. But hey, that's fashion for ya.
By the way, I wouldn't want anyone to think some fashion editor ran up to me in the street and said, "Please, I must photograph you!" (Although that did sort of happen once.*) My good pal Heather (petit_chou) works for Time Out and recommended the fashion folks check me out and see if they were interested in using me for the stylish New Yorkers issue. The next day I got an e-mail. So that's that. Thanks Heather!
*(One time a long time ago a fashion blogger lady came up to me in the subway station at 8th Avenue and asked to take my picture. This happens a lot in New York. Here you go, scroll down a bit. I wasn't wearin' nothin' special. I'd actually just woken up and hadn't showered or done my hair; that's yesterday's hairspray still standing tall.)
You can see all the other clowns from the the 2011 Most Stylish issue here. You can click the thumbnails to see each person, and then click their larger photo to go to their whole set.
Anyway, the actual style issue came out in print a couple months ago, but the issue with my spread comes out today! I'm gonna go find me a couple copies. I'm suddenly sad for the first time that fridge magnets don't work on my fridge. Fucking aluminum or whatever.
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