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Support the Interstitial Arts Foundation!

One last shout-out before logging off for the night: a very heartfelt plea to join me in supporting the Interstitial Arts Foundation, an excellent group dedicated to the fine art of boundary-blurring creativity. Here's the official letter from the IAF board:

Dear All,

Only a few nights remain before the turn of the year, providing the opportunity to thank you for your help and support, and to share with you all that the Interstitial Arts Foundation has done during 2008:
  • Interfictions, the critically acclaimed Interstitial Arts anthology, was released in 2007 and quickly named to this year's Tiptree Award honors list. We have the next volume, Interfictions II, underway for publication in 2009 - with hundreds of submissions from all over the world being read this month by editors Delia Sherman and Christopher Barzak.

  • A chapter of the Interstitial Arts Foundation has been started in Boston, with the help and able direction of Wendy Ellertson, one of the IAF's board members. They have begun meeting regularly, and are planning a visual arts-oriented salon.

  • Speaking of salons, we've hosted two exciting salon discussions this year through our website . Lively online conversations have enabled people to explore across disciplinary boundaries, and find new places and ways to connect and express themselves.

  • The IAF was also present at Readercon in New England and WisCon in the Midwest, holding get-togethers with people interested in interstitiality and the arts. Connections were also made with other arts organizations in New York City; Amsterdam; Paris; Kenosha, Wisconsin; and Boston, Massachusetts.
Supporting all of this were a variety of activities, including the very successful online auction led by K. Tempest Bradford that led to IAF's own dedicated auctions site at; the launch of our own reading group at and on, and raising funds for and awareness of the IAF around the 'net. Supporting the IAF salons, website, and blog is a newly-formed web committee, made up of volunteers like you.

In February, the IAF Board of Directors met with local IAF supporters and friends in NYC at a tea hosted by Delia Sherman and Ellen Kushner, and conducted some long-range planning using the input gathered from attendees.

Throughout all of these activities, we've been reaching out to friends and supporters and getting more people involved in interstitial arts. Our success has largely been made possible by the support we have received from people like you.

In the upcoming year, the Interstitial Arts Foundation has several new programs in the works, including:
  • A new IAF blog and web presence. This will add more views of interstitial art from new voices, and will help us highlight the range of IAF activities across North America and even around the world.

  • An online Art Show is being planned, to build greater awareness of interstitial art that is visual in character and support the work of visual interstitial artists.

  • More salons are also being planned on a variety of topics, including academia.

  • ...and, of course, the next volume of Interfictions.
To make this all work, we need you! We look forward to meeting everyone as we expand across the country and across other boundaries in the arts. We want to invite new ideas, new perspectives, new members, and new and renewed support for the IAF. Your emails, attendance at IAF-related events, volunteering, and financial support have been vital to our success. Please take a moment now and consider making a gift to the IAF, so we can make 2009 as much of a success as 2008 - and thank you for everything you have done already.

When you contribute $25 or more, you become a "Friend of Interstitial Arts." You can make an online donation immediately by going to our Click & Pledge page. If you're making a donation by check, please make it payable to Interstitial Arts Foundation, Inc., and send it to: P.O. Box 35862, Boston, MA 02135. Please include a note with it giving us the URL you'd like us to link to from your name on our "Friends of IAF" page, if you'd appreciate such a link.


Deborah Atherton (Secretary)
Wendy Ellertson
Ellen Kushner (Vice President)
Victor J Raymond (President)
Stephen H. Segal
Delia Sherman (Treasurer)
The IAF Board of Directors

Go, hie thee to their website and sign up. It's a great, terrific bunch of people and an even better cause! (More news from me on this front soon, I promise.)


David's got a brand-new reel!

My old friend (and I do mean 'old') just posted his new 2007 portfolio. There's some great stuff in there, and I love the way he spliced some of the dialogue in his pieces together into a conversation. Anybody need an animator?

Caitlin at

Wow. My ex-girlfriend Caitlin just got a nice little writeup over at Attagirl!


Congratulations, Jamie and Erik!

A quick shout-out to congratulate my (relatively) newly-engaged friend and business associate Erik Martin and his fancee Jamie Blythe. Way to go, man – looks like you got yourself a keeper!


The Professor becoming a professor!

Woo-hoo! I just got word that my old friend and housemate Nick "Professor Bosley" Ferraro is headed to Cornell! Attaboy, Nick – welcome back to the Northeast! :-)


A well-animated man.

My old brother David from my Advisory Board days is back in school too, down at the Digital Animation and Visual Effects School in Florida, and boy howdy is he doing some amazing stuff down there. If you swing by his Photojournal you can see some of his new work – make sure to check out the zombie head, the bouncing balls, Pinkeye and the demo reel. Good on ya!


Huff and Cooper got married!

Holy catfish! A great big congratulations to my friends Andrew Huff and Cinnamon Cooper, who just tied the knot in New Orleans!
Conga rats to the Huffencoopers!


Powazek on Threadless.

Check it out – Derek's got some posts up for review on Threadless. Go throw his designs some props and help a friend realize his dream as a fashion designer! Submission - I Still Believe Submission - Starbound


Event: Kevin Smokler in Chicago.

Event! My friend Kevin is going to be right here in Chicago tonight as a part of the Gapers Block Authors' Roundtable: On Authorship, Blogs and the Changing Literary Landscape. I'll be there – come join us!


Oh, yes, we need a little Kenyon, right this very minute...

The old social calendar lately has been packed. Last weekend my parents came into town for a visit, bearing some belated Christmas presents: a set of customized kitchen cabinets and a coffeetable that my Dad and I designed. This thing is amazing – it's made of solid cherry with a half-and-half stain that really brings out the grain, built with a new industrial riser system under the top so it can be lifted up to make a regular-height table, and designed with a piece of brown leather stretched across the top beneath a pane of glass, between which I've sandwiched a reproduction of an antique map of Venice and a 1950s-era postcard of a Vespa motorscooter. I'm so proud of this thing, and this weekend I get to show it off when my friend Nick Ferraro shows up.

Nick's not just coming into town to see me, though – a veritable platoon of Kenyon grads are descending upon our friend Emily's place in Lansing for a belated Super Bowl party. Really it's just an excuse to see old friends, but I'm really in the mood for a mini-reunion. For some reason I've been kind of bummed for the last couple of weeks, which I suspect has to do with the somewhat bleak Chicago winter. The sun is finally coming out and there are hints that spring might put in an appearance here someday, so I should start perking up here soon, but for right now... Man, this little get-together couldn't come at a better time.

Then my Untyped co-conspirator Matt Jadud is showing up the week after that, and then before you know it SXSW will be upon us. Wow. Where does the time go?

Oh, right. It goes into projects. One reason why I've been quiet around here lately is the frenzied completion of a new big site, over at If the URL sounds familiar, it's because I've been doing a lot of work with these guys for the last year-and-some-change. Now a new site has been rolled out, with much better graphics, a weblog of their very own (for which the TOTQ install of CaRP was a dry run, I should add) and a bunch of bells and whistles still to come. This is yet another site where a judicious install of SlideShowPro might be in order. I'm excited about the prospects of SSP joined with Flickr. One could easily hammer out a spiffy photoblog using SSP, Flickr and RSS. I need to find a couple new photographer guinea pigs clients to try out some of these ideas...

I have another couple of gigs bouncing around in the hopper and nearing completion. Just like always, a couple of months will go by when everything's percolating, and then in the course of a couple of weeks, it's Finishing Season again, when everything goes live. Feast and famine, my friends, feast and famine... Look for some niftiness coming down the pike soon.