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Dale, who writes the comics.

Short Story Reading and Convention Appearance

I've been selected to read a short piece of mine, "Blue Diamond Floor Almonds with Drug Dinner", in The L Magazine's Literary Upstart Competition. This will happen at 7:30 on May 25th at the Baggot Inn in the West Village. I'd love to have you guys come out and listen and have a drink with me, like the proud (alcoholic) parents I always wanted, but was afraid to ask for (anything).*

Also, David and I will have a booth at Mocca Arts Festival June 10-11 in Soho, which is a great convention you can't really miss. So come see us there, too!

*kidding! love you mom!

Shoes Democracy at Work

Ok, so a friend of mine is one of ten finalists in a worldwide adidas shoe design contest. He's currently in second place, and he if wins, he probably gets to design shoes for the rest of his life! And you really can't beat that. So you should go vote for his shoes! Go here, click "finalist gallery". His name is Ari, vote for his shoes, because they are the best.

The only problem is that the site is really badly designed. I had to update my flash player before I saw anything, then I had to turn pop up blockers off. And then I couldn't click on the "submit" link because another link was in the way so I had to press shift tab and enter to submit my vote. Just make sure it says, "your vote has been submitted" or something like that, or else your vote didn't count.

But it'll be worth it, when as I am slaving in some drab office environs I can imagine Ari putting magic marker to old school kicks somewhere bright and sunny.

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David, who draws the comics.

Creepily Codependent or Just Sweet?

Thanks to everyone who showed up in NYC for the Attitude 3 book signing! We just hope you didn't throw your futures away in the process. Those of you who haven't looked into this book, there's more information below. It's a nice overview of web comic artists, with exclusive interviews and embarrassing childhood photos. We're very appreciative of Ted for putting us in his book!

In other news, I'm officially looking for a job. Anyone who needs an illustrator or designer, consider me! I am hopefully less expensive now than at any future point in my career!

Now, I'm going to sleep, because I'm wiped out. Please share your reactions to the new comic in the forum, so I can read them upon waking!

ATTITUDE 3: The New Subversive Online Cartoonists is a new book by Ted Rall. Dale and I are interviewed within, along with a slendid array of our contemporaries. Please pre-order Attitude 3 through Amazon! Not only will you be a trend-setting early adopter, but pre-orders helps more copies of the book get into bookstores!

Attitude 3 features: 1. Rob Balder: "Partially Clips" 2. Dale Beran and David Hellman: "A Lesson is Learned But the Damage is Irreversible" 3. Matt Bors: "Idiot Box" 4. Steven L. Cloud: "Boy on a Stick and Slither" 5. M.e. Cohen: "HumorInk" 6. Chris Dlugosz: "Pixel" 7. Thomas K. Dye: "Newshounds" 8. Mark Fiore: "Fiore Animated Cartoons" 9. Dorothy Gambrell : "Cat and Girl" 10. Nicholas Gurewitch: "The Perry Bible Fellowship" 11. Brian McFadden: "Big Fat Whale" 12. Eric Millikin: "Fetus-X" 13. Ryan North: "Daily Dinosaur Comics" 14. August J. Pollak: "XQUZYPHYR" & "Overboard" 15. Mark Poutenis: "Thinking Ape Blues" 16. Jason Pultz: "Comic Strip" 17. Adam Rust: "Adam's Rust" 18. D.C. Simpson: "I Drew This" & "Ozy and Millie" 19. Ben Smith: "Fighting Words" 20. Richard Stevens: "Diesel Sweeties" 21. Michael Zole: "Death to the Extremist"

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