The Baystate Objectivist

The Baystate Objectivist

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Steve's Book

For Bohemians

UMass cartooning legend Steve Lafler received a lot of emails when the following image appeared in the fashion mags:

The model is wearing headgear that UMass alumnus of a certain age would recognise. Lafler explains:

People have emailed me since yesterday regarding the appearance of a funny hat in New York during fashion week on a male model. The hat, from designer Thom Browne, looks just like the foil hood that my character Gerald Forge wore in my college comic strip, Aluminum Foil.

Gerald appeared with his side kick Benb for four years in the Massachusetts Daily Collegain. The strip was so popular in it's hey day in the late Seventies that the foil hat became the default Halloween costume for the tripping masses at UMass (yup, the late 70s saw Halloween become a three day psychedelic bacchanal at the UMass, Amherst campus).

Was Thom Browne even alive then?! Who knows. But I got a huge kick out of seeing Gerald's doppleganger on the runway. The only thing missing was a GIANT DOOBIE OF STINKY BUD!

As Steve explains, he also has a new book out:

Part entrepreneurial primer and part swashbuckling memoir with lots of hilarious anecdotes, Self Employment For Bohemians is available for $12.00 plus shipping. The book offers a lot of nut & bolts advice for freelancers, wound up with tales of my adventures in cartooning, publishing and running a wholesale custom T Shirt shop. Just like the header on this blog says, if having a regular 9 to 5 job is your idea of a living death, this is the book for you!

To order your copy go here.

An Outrage!

From Google News:

NEW YORK — New York's iconic Empire State Building will light up red and yellow Wednesday in honor of the 60th anniversary of communist China.

The Chinese consul, Peng Keyu, and other officials will take part in the lighting ceremony which will bathe the skyscraper in the colors of the People's Republic until Thursday, Empire State Building representatives said in a statement.

The upper sections of the building are regularly illuminated to mark special occasions, ranging from all blue to mark "Old Blue Eyes" Frank Sinatra's death in 1998 to green for the annual Saint Patrick's Day.

Just last week the tower turned bright red.

However, that was not to mark some other communist achievement, but the 70th anniversary of the film "The Wizard of Oz" in which Dorothy wears ruby slippers rather than the silver of the original L. Frank Baum novel.

So those are moral equivalents? The Wizard of Oz and Chairman Mao?

Hamp Things

This truck parked in downtown Northampton this morning reminded me of the amazing Paolo, still twittering away in New York City.

Is this sign in front of First Church serious?

On the woodland way downtown this morning after the rain stopped.

1 comment:

Umie said...

I'm not surprised that Steve's hat didn't catch on, but the comic was really funny.