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Wednesday, November 10, 2004 :::

Before there was blogging...

...I would doodle in a notebook. And as you can see, my entries were just as profound as they are today. This one is from early 2001:

Oh, and there's this one, too, from around the same time, which is particularily creepy because the same exact thing just happened to me a couple months ago, only this time the goth kid got some extra goopy tuna thing:

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Wow. You're a really good artist. I like the cross-hatching so it looks like an engraving.

Ummmm...did I just use the term cross-hatching on a blog comment? Sorry 'bout that. Sometimes my art historyism seeps out like barf after an undercooked turkey burger...

ps: you've actually encountered sad-face goth at a subway twice?!

By Blogger lynne, at 11:11 PM  

Seriously, these are great. You should be doing cartooning as a serious career-type thing.


By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:35 AM  

I used to be that sad goth kid in the Mall food court. So now when I see them I feel like saying "you'll be working for the man too someday! And you won't even remember where that white cake makeup is. And you'll stop buying clothes with so many zippers! ahahahahaha!"

By Blogger Biglug, at 8:01 AM  

This only reminds me that you once promised to paint a picture for me to hang in my apartment- that I'm still waiting for, by the way.

You guys should have seen the designs Dan used to draw on my legs in high school. The money & the poop burger were my two favorites. I wish I had taken pictures of them. I guess they'll just have to live on in my memory.

By Blogger hot babe, at 10:26 AM  

I never ever once in a gabazillion years promised to paint you a picture for your apartment. I've never been able to paint well and I hate drawing pictures for people. I have no idea where you got such a ridiculous idea. I do remember the poop burger, though.

By Blogger dan, at 10:59 AM  

I always have wondered what would make a goth kid take off his makeup. At what point did you sell out to the man, Jen?

By Blogger dan, at 11:04 AM  

I wish I had cartoons of fun things like devil stomachs and goth kids eating Subway to document my life. But, alas, that whole cartoon drawing skill is something I lack...

By Blogger Maggie, at 1:58 PM  

I like your cartoon hair it is a little longer on top and more pomaded looking than in real life.You should try it.

By Blogger Stacy, at 2:22 PM  

Hot Babe's comments are very telling, Dan. Designs drawn ON LEGS...IN HIGH SCHOOL!!?? Very intriguing. Perhaps you should have made your living doing tatoos or body art? Well...I don't know, maybe you do already!

Truthfully, you are very talented. (Not surprising, you are so damn creative on your website...I wouldn't expect anything less.) Post more! Post more!

By Blogger pierre, at 5:31 PM  

wow Dan you are multi-talented. I check in everyday for your humor and now I find you're an artiste!
The NewYorker

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:27 PM  

{{{Sigh}}} So much talent. If nothing else Dan, you should always keep up with your art for yourself. Don't throw it away for 20 years like I did. That reminds me, remember my title to my latest clay works "Oluf the idiot"? You had a much better name for it, but I can't remember. Do you?

By Blogger Colleen, at 7:34 PM  

BTW, Zoe saw this blog, she said "SOOOOOO COOOOOL! I'm going to be an artist just like my uncle Dan."

By Blogger Colleen, at 7:36 PM  

Very nice cartoon! And nice writing, too. You seem to have a well deserved fan club! I use to have notebooks before blogs (ah, excuse me, I had something in my throat), too. All my notebooks were full of nutty rants, oddservations and little poems though.

By Blogger haiku_girl, at 8:24 PM  

I honestly didn't post these because I thought the scribbles were good, but if you wanna gush then go right ahead. I don't mind.

By Blogger dan, at 8:51 PM  

So, the whole goth thing - in highschool I was all sad and misunderstood and into the cure (like 10 years after they peaked. I wore a lot of black on a low budget, so I ended up in a lot of black stretch pants and sweatshirts. I also tried to rock the white makeup, but since i'm asian, I just looked like I wanted to rock the kabuki thing.

So I grew out of it basically, but I'm happy to say that I still have photographic evidence of me dressed up like Robert Smith on South Street in Philly!

By Blogger Biglug, at 10:24 PM  

Stacy and I were full on Cure fanatics way back in the day, but we could never commit to the Goth culture. Stacy was cool enough to wear hip Sonic-Youth-like pigtails to Lalapalooza in '94, though.

By Blogger dan, at 10:37 PM  

I committed to the goth look for like a year. Then I jumped onto the grunge bandwaggon for a bit, segueing into hardcore (Korn/Tool) and then easing into Emo by college. I'm a music slut. :p

Now I'm stuck in "working slob" mode!

By Blogger Biglug, at 10:19 AM  

There's nothing wrong with "working slob" mode.

By Blogger hot babe, at 10:51 AM  

This is just going to come out mean-spirited, but seriously, does anyone else think the top left illustration looks like a For Better or Worse cartoon? Maybe you should quit your day job and start a comic strip with themes devoted to teen sex and getting your first period.


PS I do think they look good. Who knew Dan kept a diary? Anything in there about your first kiss?

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:22 PM  

What's wrong with being in "working slob" mode?? sucks. I have to be at the Bee's in an I might be a little biased. I'm ready to move into "discovered I have a trust fund that was set aside for me by the European royal family that sent me to live in America with Bob & Molly in the hopes I'd have a normal life" mode. Yeah...I'm ready to move on.

By Blogger Kristina, at 10:37 AM  

I don't like the "working slob" terminology, I would prefer "I don't give a f**k about this job" mode.

By Blogger ceclipse26, at 1:56 PM  

Dan, where are you from? I grew up in Minnetonka (MN, that is). Did you go to Hopkins High School??

And where did the Sr. photos go? I miss those!

By Blogger karla, at 6:27 PM  

Dan had to remove the Senior pics because some J@#$ A$$ threatened to sue him for copywrite infringement. Even though it was a parody and clearly fell within the "fair use" catagory and the D#^& A$$ had no case whatsoever, The big "D" didn't want to have to hassle with it and took it down. Once again some jerk ruins it for everyone else. What the hell is wrong with our world?

By Blogger Colleen, at 9:54 PM  

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