I generally have no idea what I'm doing and I never have.
I jump into things and figure out how to do them as I go along. I've never had the patience for proper instruction, training or reading manuals. As a kid, I taught myself how to ride a bicycle on a bike with only one pedal. I became a professional illustrator and cartoonist without having ever gone to art school (it shows). I fell into broadcasting from print because I gave good interviews.
Why not write a blog.
So, background (this is the easiest way to write my first post and I will always find the easiest way to do things): My name is Dave Rosen.
I'm a cartoonist and a seller of vintage movie posters. The former is actually now a little uncertain since I lost my regular gig when the Montreal Mirror shut down a couple of weeks ago (more on that later). The latter started as a sideline, became a full-time business and now may be drifting back to sideline status as our economy continues its slow, inevitable implosion. I don't know what the future holds (if I did I'd be a rich lottery winner). More blog-writing, I suspect.
I'm also a former-lot-of-things. A former broadcaster (I mentioned), former standup comic, former freelance journalist, former librarian, former idealist. I almost know how to do a lot of things but none of them really useful (like fixing stuff and building things) should there ever be a zombie apocalypse.
I don't get out as much as I should. And, even though I'm a little scared of them, I like people, but I have to keep reminding myself of that, otherwise I try to avoid them.
Last week (and this will be a whole separate blog post) I attended a cartoonists convention in Montreal. And, shockingly, enjoyed myself. I had many great conversations with many interesting people. Like most people who don't get out enough, I talked too much. I realized I had stuff to say. And some people even thought some of it was interesting. But maybe they were just being polite.
Anyway, some of that stuff is going to end up here. Because I have opinions. And theories. And a whole lot of people outside my family haven't heard any of my stories or jokes yet. So they'll seem fresh to a lot of you.
I'll mainly be writing about cartooning. I've been a cartoonist since I was 15 and if there has ever been any thread running through my life, then cartooning is it. But I'll include a lot of other stuff as well. I just won't know what that is until I write about it.
About the blog title: It's from Mitch Hedberg, one of my favourite dead comedians (the others are Lenny Bruce, George Carlin, Richard Pryor and Bill Hicks). A line he used whenever a joke didn't work, which could be often in his case: "I'm gonna go back and fix that joke by taking out all the words and putting in new ones."
More to come. And I promise the posts will be shorter and there will be pictures, maybe even some cartoons.