Cartooning Like You Mean It

Cartooning, Teaching & Living – by Tom Hart

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5 Obstructions, Matt Madden and Me

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A colleague asked to see the original 5 obstructions post, and I realized the image links were busted. I’m uploading here en masse to reinstate into the proper posts, found here.

Matt Madden has long been my good friend and my most consistent critic and standard bearer for me. Thanks for this, Matt. It’s nice to see your face shining so large and brightly in this post.

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February 28, 2016 at 3:08 am

Damo Suzuki’s Network

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Just saw Damo Suzuki in Brooklyn, in a room the size of my living room. Rhythmic, melodic, hypnotic, meditative, loud, constant, varying, alive, awesome.

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October 24, 2007 at 6:18 am

More about Ms. Jackson

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I’ve only seen Ms. Jackson twice but they are kicking my ass! Go see them (Fridays at the Magnet Theater in NYC.)

The last show was merely 3 of the 5 women, and each one of them was in nearly every skit- 45 minutes of continuous improv, and amazing… Such a thrill to watch them, slowly, stare at each other, size the other one up, and then start something. Last show featured:

  • a weird, possibly adulterous situation with a math teacher losing his edge
  • Don Rickles’ ex-wife
  • a trio of mobsters, the main mobster who is afraid of technology
  • a 9 year old girl who had been waiting that long for a name from her mom.

I’m sorry – should go on, but what is really amazing is the slowness of them. The deliberateness and the drawn-out-ness. These scenes go on for 5-10 minutes and get deeper and deeper and funnier and funnier… Amazing!

Best line:
“Why are you hesitating?”
“…I always hesitate before the best decision of my life…”

Ok, go see them!

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October 17, 2007 at 12:36 am

My 101 improv show, Thursday Oct 18

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Gang, my 101 improv class with the AMAZING teaching genius, Tara Copeland (Above, far right, with Ms. Jackson.Go see them Fridays at Magnet!) this Thursday at the Magnet Theater.

Thurs, Oct 18, 7 pm
Magnet Theater, 29th Street between 7th and 8th Avenue.

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October 16, 2007 at 12:56 pm