Friday
Nov082013

Brian Buniak on My Small Diary...

Brian Buniak (cartoonist for Mad Magazine, DC Comics and more) mailed in this unexpected review of the My Small Diary Collection:

I love Delaine's "My Small Diary." It is so good in so many ways. It's fun... it's quirky... it's addictive. Her pages are like potato chips... you cannot stop with just one. If "My Small Diary" was a song I imagine it would be "Brand New Key" by Melanie.

Delaine's cartoon version of herself is instantly recognizable. So much so that she made it into two of my projects for DC Comics. She was in the audience of Howard Coselle's TV show "Saturday Night Live" cheering on the Backstreet Boys in "The Big Book of the 70s." More recently I slipped a cheesecake shot of "our gal from AL" into the "Angel and the Ape" portion of "Joe Kubert Presents" #1. But perhaps my most successful drawing of Miss Derry/Green appears on page 106 of her small diary collection. She brought out the best in me.

My absolute favorite, no contest, drawing of Delaine by Delaine appears in the first panel of page 51. The "best bathing suit on the beach" pic. She is so utterly adorable in that panel. Everything... EVERY... THING about it works. I have it bookmarked so, whenever I'm feeling a bit blue or bleagh, I can quickly turn to it and, before you know it... bingo, bango, bongo... I'm smiling again.

Perhaps someone out there is reading this and wondering whether or not to give Delaine's title a try. In all honesty you may not like it. There are no superheroes. No mutants. No altered DNA. No mad scientists. No mechas. No zombies. No time travel. None of that cool comic book stuff....

It is the illustrated diary of about a decade's worth of life, love, hopes, dreams, triumphs, failures, embarrassments, tears, joy, laughter and just plain silliness presented to us in a winning way by one of the most marvelous women God ever pieced together.

No, this is not your typical cool comic book stuff. It is infinitely superior. You may not be able to handle it.

Thursday
Oct172013

THEY'RE HERE.

Happy Halloween 2013. Here's my costume this year - Carol Ann from Poltergeist!

Thursday
Oct032013

Another My Small Diary book review!

Optical Sloth has posted a review of 'I Am My Own Stereotype - The My Small Diary Collection.'

Here is a taste: Subjects include her very early days and the imagination she had even then (we’re talking grade school here), various sights seen at concerts and bars, boyfriends and ex-boyfriends (and what they were up to with their current girlfriends), her obsessions with Pez dispensers and Emo Phillips, drinking, employment, unemployment, and everything that goes into 10+ years of a life. If this all sounds like stuff you’ve read before in other auto-bio comics, well, there’s only so much new ground to be covered there, but that doesn’t stop this from seeming completely fresh and original. It could have something to do with her general attitude of wonder (that, happily, seems to have lasted into her 40′s), or the fact that she never lets anything really get her down. For me a big part of it was that nothing here really felt mean-spirited, even when it seemed like the subjects had it coming. This was constantly smart and funny, and good luck reading this and not coming away feeling like you missed out by not somehow being Delaine’s friend (even if that meant you would have lived in Alabama).

Order your copy TODAY, only $5, HERE.

Wednesday
Aug282013

Birmingham's Artwalk looms large... come see me & my wares!

I've been busily preparing for Artwalk for months now! Come and see me, my art and comic books at What's On 2nd, 2306 2nd Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203 on September 6 & 7. I will have over 50 brand new pieces of art, big and small, including this new 12x12 mixed media piece - "Super Stars" (check out that tattoo)...

For more information on Artwalk please go HERE.

Wednesday
Aug282013

I Am My Own Stereotype - The My Small Diary Collection - REVIEWED!

Check out this review from Laura-Marie. She says "In addition to the evocative and charming drawings, Delaine has a way with words and an eye for what's truly interesting.  It's real life, but what of real life she chooses to share with us tells a story. The details are sometimes amazing and almost unbelievable."