Welcome to the web log of illustrator, cartoonist, writer, motorhead, and future Wal-Mart greeter Lou Brooks. I've gone cold turkey blogless for the last few months, and let me tell you, friend, it hasn't been easy! Have you missed all your old familiar pals?... Balloon Face, Typositor Tom, Mr. Irresponsible, and those endearing rascals, The Ass Puppets? Well, to be honest, they're not here, and they're never coming back. But lots of others are just waiting to make all this worth your while, so let's get going! Shall we?

Oh, yeah, I almost forgot... check out my newest Internet brainchild, The Museum of Forgotten Art Supplies, where tools of the trade that have died or have just about died a slow death are cheerfully exhibited -- Over 300 of them and counting (all submitted by folks like you!).

 

Labor Day, September 5, 1944. I remember the day I was born. I suddenly noticed there was a lot more room, which was nice. There was a radio on. Then a man in the room said, "Jesus Christ, that nurse talks too much!" That would have been my father. I didn't know who this Christ guy was, but as life went on, my father brought his name up a lot. My mother would occasionally call out, "Jesus Jenny!" I have no idea who that was either. August 6, 1945. Things had been going pretty swell. Then there was this sadness, and everybody seemed to get real quiet. Beginning that day, the world seemed different. Like I was put in exile or sumthin' for no reason. April 27, 1962. My father still wouldn't give me permission to smoke in the house. I told him in the kitchen that I wanted to spend my life as an artist. He smoked Camels and blew out one of those quick sarcastic smoke puffs, you know, the kind they blow out the side of their mouth and it makes their one eye squint and gives them this really scary half-grin besides. "What are you gonna paint," he said, "FLOWERS?"

 

Let's get down to... MONKEY BUSINESS!

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Wednesday
Oct022013

The True Story of Lou Can Now Be Told!

A Guy Named Lou from Lou Brooks on Vimeo.

Back in 1988, I was slotted as the Friday night presentation event for American Illustration Weekend. It was to be in the FIT main theater in Manhattan, and I was following a Thursday night presentation by Robert Zemeckis, who had just released "Who Framed Roger Rabbit?"... not bad company!

For my budget, the technology available to me at the time was sketchy. I remembered those educational filmstrip showings in grade school, so friends and I cobbled together a sort of "industrial slide show" of a Lou Brooks history that never really existed. Most of the money went into the narration and sound track, which I wrote. I was so fortunate to get the late Joe Hamer as the main narrator. He was amazing. He actually did narrate some of the industrial films from back when, and his every word and nuance still plays perfectly today. My voice was done by Patrick Horgan. He was the narrator of Woody Allen's "Zelig."

Technology has slightly(!!) advanced since then, and thanks mainly to that wonderful sound track trapped in my brain all these years (like one of those haunting dance records from some long forgotten date) I found myself recently lost in months of monastic film production in order to do justice to that crazy soundtrack (which I STILL can't get out of my head). Anyway, after all that fun and monkey business, here it is. Frame-by-frame production done by me in Adobe Flash CS3 was later exported to QuickTime. Special thanks to AI-AP and Edward Booth-Clibborn, and also to Sound Director Rich Mendoza.

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