Katherine and I will have a booth at the St. Louis Small Press Expo at Central Library downtown on Saturday, October 14th. My comic, CHEAP FUN, will be available for purchase. Katherine will be slinging comics, prints, and stickers. Will will be joined by Katherine's art students who will be presenting some rad zines and comics. So come out and see us! Hey, if you don't like us there will be plenty of other talented artists there to support. We take cash and compliments. I will also be manning the Natural Bridge booth for a bit.
In the Comics section of my (Liam) half of this site you will find a brand spanking new edition of the KU KLUTZ KLAN. If you like watching white supremacists expire in humiliating ways this comic may be for you. I also added a lot of new photos including the above featuring my lovely wife who loves me a lot and loves the beach and also giving the finger.
I added some new photographs taken in Orange Beach, Alabama during last fall including the toothy fellow above. I have been developing back rolls of film the past few months so expect more. I also have been working on some new illustration and painting projects. Those images will be up in the next few months.
On Tuesday May 9, Natural Bridge is joining forces with Boulevard Literary Magazine to launch a Spring Issue event at Urban Chestnut Brewing Company. We will have four readers and lots of beer. The reading will also be recorded for a future episode of the Natural Bridge Podcast so come make a ruckus in the audience.
ALSO! There are a bunch of new Natural Bridge Podcast episodes up, so go to iTunes to download now. You can also get the latest episode on Soundcloud. Readers include Alexander Weinstein, Rion Amilcar Scott, and our nominees for the Puschcart Prize.
I am back doing a podcast, but this time it is for Natural Bridge Magazine. Our first episode features a story read by Leslie Pietryzk from her collection of stories This Angel On My Chest, winner of the 2015 Drue Heinz award. You can download the episode form iTunes. The theme music for the NB Podcast was provided by Sam Clapp from the band Strong Force. Check out his music here.
I interviewed Chinelo Okparanta for UMSL Daily, you should check it out. Her new novel Under the Udala Trees is "sparse and haunting" as I said in the article, but I failed to mention that it is also beautiful and uplifting especially for anyone who believes in the importance of novels. Chinelo was very cool to put up with a first time interviewer.
I have some good news starting out 2016:
A story of mine was nominated for a graduate fiction award. The winner will not be announced until the end of the spring semester but I'm plum happy to be nominated. It's a wonder what a little encouragement can do for a writer's ego. Now I'm running around campus with a loaded revolver, regaling innocent bystanders of the magic of opium and old fashioned type-writers.
Also, the Regional Arts Commission has taken pity on me again. Ok, well, they awarded me an individual artist support grant to help fund my trip to Galway, Ireland this summer where I will be studying Irish literature and writing. Thank you RAC!
Like I said, not a bad start. Though David Bowie died. How come KSHE95 doesn't play more Bowie? Rush, Rush, Rush, Zeppelin, Rush, Bob Seger, Rush, Billy Squire, Rush, Sammy Hagar... anyway, that's a St. Louis problem.
here if you are so inclined. C&B is a postmodern epic, a work as exhaustively significant to the 21st century as Joyce's Ulysses was to the 20th. Its sprawling, encyclopedic narrative and penetrating analysis of the impact of talking chickens and rabbits on society make it an intellectual tour de force.The first six pages of Cluck & Buck are now online. You can see them
Nahhh, its mostly dick jokes.
A new Ku Klutz Klan comic, this one titled NBA KLAN! Oh whitey, when will you ever learn?
Christ / Anti-Christ
Here is the first KU KLUTZ KLAN comic strip. It takes me forever to digitize comics so I have more that will be up eventually, with the goal of eventually having a full CHEAP FUN COMICS book done before the end of the year.
Thank you to those who came to N@B last Friday and the other readers who participated in the debauchery. It was great, and now I have too many books to read.
I will be a reader at the NOIR AT THE BAR STL event taking place at Meshuggah Café this Friday, July 17th at 7:00 pm. N@B is hosted by Jedidiah Ayres, and will feature Scott Phillips, Joseph Hirsch, and John F.D. Taff.
For those who listen to the podcast I will be ending the show here in a week or so, and all episodes will subsequently be unavailable to download or stream. Thank you to those who emailed me or otherwise commented on the podcast, I enjoyed doing it but will not have time once I start graduate school in the fall. I am also doing some revisions on Shamble, including some adjustments to the plot that may differ from the episodes already released. Thank you again for listening. If you want to catch an episode before its gone go here.
Adding some new images to the site, you should poke around and check it out.
Cheap Fun! The Short Story Podcast returns with two new parts of the serial SHAMBLE. Part 9: Home of the Bluffs and Part 10: Follow Me (I said parts 10 & 11 in the episode but I was drunk). Did a little field recording for this episode to add some atmosphere, I hope you enjoy it. You can listen here or download through iTunes.
This month's episode of Cheap Fun! The Short Story Podcast features two short stories. In A Loose Screw, a violent gutter punk dines and dashes, and in Old Money a American trader is reborn into British royalty. Check it out.
Are you saying you would kill a dolphin?
No I’m saying I would kill a dolphin, if I had to, for food.
You would eat a dolphin?
If I had to.
But they’re intelligent.
They have feelings. They recognize themselves in a mirror. They’re almost as smart as humans.
That’s not saying much.
Its like eating a human.
Not the same.
Totally the same.
How is that the same?
They have sex for pleasure.
So do humans.
So basically you would eat a human.
Monkeys have sex for pleasure.
Yeah like chimps. Bonobos have sex for pleasure. They also kill for fun.
Chimps aren’t monkeys.
Whatever. They’re as smart as dolphins.
So you would eat a chimp?
You would eat a chimpanzee and a dolphin?
Now that you mention it, yes, I guess I would.
You would murder these animals and eat them?
If I had to…
What scenario would have to come up for you to kill and eat a chimp.
No seriously, I want to know what circumstances you imagine where you would kill and eat a chimpanzee or dolphin. You’ve never killed anything in your life.
You’re just being mean now.
No I want to know how your mind works. How do we get to this moment where you are feasting on dolphins and chimps.
I don’t know, some kind of apocalyptic situation.
You figure you’re going to encounter a lot of the dolphins after the world is destroyed?
Maybe I’m lost at sea.
Dolphins save people lost at sea.
They have been known to save people lost at sea.
They come right up to people, you know, floating on debris or whatever, and they let people hold onto their dorsal fin and swim them back to shore.
So they come right up to you?
That’s when I would strike.
After a long battle with sickness, Christmas, and turning 30 I have returned with a new episode of Cheap Fun! The Short Story Podcast. This episode features The Last Hurrah, part 8 of the SHAMBLE series (note that I changed the name again). The old man goes on a final bender and comes upon a grisly scene. Check out here, here, or down below.
This months podcast episode is postponed due to some medical emergencies (I'm ok thanks) and impending deadlines for other projects. If I can I will record a new episode and put it up soon, or else the next episode will be up January first. Remember, you can catch up on all the old episodes via iTunes or cheapfun.libsyn.com.
I know we're all so disappointed. Don't cry, really, it's embarrassing.
In other news Katherine Avant, the second half of this website, is participating in the Cherokee Print League Holiday Sale with her students. This will take place Saturday December 6th. They will be selling all sorts of goods, check out the poster.