Brief Update

I’ve not done a lot of traveling of late but that’s not all bad. (Huppy is of course gallivanting about the Caribbean again.) I’ve been busy building up a client base here in southwest Wisconsin. Two of them have kept me more than a little busy.

First, the Great River Shakespeare Festival in Winona, MN needed an annual report a brochure and some posters.

And second, and the biggest deal, was a project for the Hillview Urban Agriculture Center here in La Crosse. I started working on designs for the thing back in May and the final product was finally printed a few weeks ago. It’s a fundraising magazine for Hillview and is all about the local food system here; it’s history, what Hillview and others provide for the community and where they hope to take it all into the future.  Give it a looksee. (Hint: You’ll want to move here after you see it.)

I finally get back to my computer to do what I want to do and what’s the first thing I crank out? This!


(You might recognize the original drawing from the set of tarot cards I did. I really felt that Mr. Cheney need an update, based on the recent release of the torture report and his “defense” of it. Uff da. Why aren’t any of those bozos incarcerated?)

Don’t know who follows what

Just in case you don’t follow the twitter, Peter’s website has finally been updated. It was actually done a while ago, but I’ve been waiting for one teeny weeny lilla thing and he just finished it today. I’d love to figure out a few little design things that really bother me, but other than that, Ta Da!

However, if you know anything about coding, unless you offer to clean it up for me, I don’t want to hear about what a crazy mess it is. It works. I don’t know why or how, but it works.

Huppy’s book is ready for pre-order!

Books should be ready to ship February 1, 2013.

This book carries an ethnographic signature in approach and style, and is an examination of a small Brooklyn, New York, African-American, Pentecostal church congregation and is based on ethnographic notes taken over the course of four years. The Pentecostal Church is known to outsiders almost exclusively for its members’ “bizarre” habit of speaking in tongues. This ethnography, however, puts those outsiders inside the church pews, as it paints a portrait of piety, compassion, caring, love—all embraced through an embodiment perspective, as the church’s members experience these forces in the most personal ways through religious conversion. Central themes include concerns with the notion of “spectacle” because of the grand bodily display that is highlighted by spiritual struggle, social aspiration, punishment and spontaneous explosions of a variety of emotions in the public sphere. The approach to sociology throughout this work incorporates the striking dialectic of history and biography to penetrate and interact with religiously inspired residents of the inner-city in a quest to make sense both empirically and theoretically of this rapidly changing, surprising and highly contradictory late-modern church scene.

To read reviews of the book, visit his website.

I did some drawings.

I felt the need to do some self promotion for my illustration. Well, really, Huppy the Anarchist is on a sort of hiatus while the Dr. is applying for jobs for next year and I was jonesing for some drawing so I did a few political tarot cards. To display them, I tried setting the page up as a flash file, but honestly, what the hell has happened to flash? I mean, I USED to be able to worm my way around the program, lift some script here and there and pull something together. Now? No way. Which is just as well I guess. My hopelessly hip 15-year-old nephew told me, in a sort of know-it-all-tone, that “nobody uses flash anymore.” Apparently, it’s all HTML5 and/or CSS. Who knew? I’m grateful. It’s far easier to figure out HTML than it is flash. So long flash. Sorry to see you go. Not.

Please visit my illustration webpage to see the cards.


Back in St. Louis

and not lovin’ the reality. Lucky for us though, the temperature dropped like 20 degrees the week before we got here. According to everyone we’ve spoken with, this last summer was THE. WORST. SUMMER. EVERRRR. as far as the heat goes. The rent on our apartment in San Cristóbal was probably much less than it would’ve cost us to air condition our apartment for the two months we were gone.

Postings will be slim from now and until our next big trip. We do occasionally get out and do things around here so we’ll post if anything is very interesting. Given that it’s the milquetoast Midwest though, you can assume this blog will be in semi-active hibernation.

Keep us bookmarked and don’t forget to visit our webpage for updates on the book. Also, we are in the process of building up a facebook page and a twiitter thingy. I’m told those are important. Are they? I don’t know.