I enjoyed this post so much, I read it twice.
I'm glad. I was wondering if there would be five anonymous posts saying "Like we care, you dork."
That was lovely. I'm so glad I've got you on my friends page! Maybe one day I'll get the chance to tell you in person how much I enjoy your photos and commentary. (Oh and of course, also get an autograph :D )
ps did you see on that page about Spencerian handwriting that mention is made of the Palmer method, which appeared in the 1920s? *inspects Amanda's freaking signature* Hmmm...
I actually have a textbook and five workbooks on the Palmer method -- which is still taught. It's not nearly as ornate as the Spencerian, though it is probably more practical.
It looks like you used those scented markers to sign your name instead of a sharpie. :)
I actually did not. I used three fountain pens and I found it very satisfying. In this world where I don't get much of a chance to write by hand anymore it was wonderful to do.
Celebrity suits you, and well deserved.
Oh, great! Now there will be so many tears shed by people who do not get a personalized Gaiman/Cassidy photo!!!
you should have pre-ordered the book and taken your chances, baby.
Kewl! I totally understand your stokedness!!! Man, and who wouldn't be stoked to have their name among that collection! You have a really interesting signature, btw.
I sold some prints to people for Christmas presents this year and got some very cute emails about folks being excited that I signed them. :? That's such a great feeling. :)
Believe me, it's just as great a feeling for the recipient to have something lovely that a friend has created, with their signature on it :D
This post is awesome :D Makes me wish I pre-ordered the book (which I just found out existed since reading this post, good marketing job guys!) I'll certainly have to get it in the future though
amanda, neil, and i have been blogging furiously about it for months now! (if you haven't read the posts back from the "making of" you should go back and find them, there's a link in my lj a couple of days back when i posted the video of amanda singing with the ukulele), there's some pretty cool stuff in there.
You get to hang out with the coolest people, ever. Can you please kiss Neil for me?
I'm not a fan girl. :(
PS: I understand what you mean with your autograph. While I don't have people who would accept a signed card in lieu of anything, I do feel like much of my day is spent signing papers. I too forget how to sign my name.
So fuckin' cool!
I loved the whole story. And the photos. (I preordered the book, but haven't gotten a card yet. Now I am excited!)
I used to practice my signature and get lectured by the teacher too...
let me know if you get a card with a little dead amanda on it!
2008-12-17 02:34 pm (UTC)
Loved the Story - Kicking Myself Like Everyone
who didn't pre-order.
BTW - pschophant! I LOVED it!!!!
I certainly hope I get a personalized card! I can't wait for the book, though. I read every blog entry about the "making of" and it made it much more personal and special. A lot of love and care and fun seemed to have gone into it and that makes it priceless!
I pre-ordered the big fancy package, and I've been waiting on pins and needles! I didn't order it in time to get the signed editions of everything, so I don't know that I'll get a card. I hope I do, though. :)
you'll probably get one. i think it's going to everyone who pre-ordered the book. but let me know, i'm curious.
Wow, I thought I was the only person of my generation who grew up with that Mcguffey's Reader... My script still resembles my grandmother's as a result (when I don't take care to omit the swirls, that is). :)
Also, you're a riot, and I love your work. Just saying.
The summer of 1996, I was working in a coffee shop/micro-roastery owned and run by one of Newt Gingrich's daughters. Papa ordered up god knows how many pounds of 2 oz bags of "Gingrich Blend" to give out to conventioneers at the RNC. I had the pleasure of writing the cards that went with those little bags of coffee, welcoming people to the 1996 RNC on behalf of his current wife and Newt. And then signed Newt's name to it. I think I have autographed more things as "Newt Gingrich" than I have as me.
When I was covering the 2004 RNC for Silicon Alley they gave all the journalists a "welcome to the RNC" bag -- there was coffee in it from someone, and REPUBLICAN MACARONI AND CHEESE made out of little elephants. i traded my coffee for another mac and cheese. i still have both of them. i also photographed newt gingrich there. and g. gordon liddy, which was cooler, because i'd read Will years before....
Can I print out this post, bring it by your house, and have you sign it?
you may. i'll even draw a dead amanda on it.
In addition to being an amazing photographer, you are a great writer.
One of my reviews, years back, said "Kyle Cassidy is a mediocre photographer, but a great writer."
I was actually pretty happy with that review.
Well, a funny thing happens when you've been signing your name for a long time. Occasionally you realize you're signing your name and you start to think about how to sign your name AND YOU FORGET HOW TO SIGN YOUR NAME. Sometimes this happens mid signature and you stop and look at the paper and you've no idea where to go from where you are or what letters are or how a pen works. You end up with something that doesn't look like your signature at all but more like someone taped a sharpie to a spastic rat and let it go.
In re-reading your post, I had to laugh out loud at this part because I do exactly the same thing, and it's the reason why my married name signature now has a hiccup in it. The night before getting married, I was practicing my new signature, as you do, and after a few attempts my brain went *glitch* and suddenly I had a capital letter B with three loops. I've never been able to undo it, no matter how much I try, so every time I have to sign my name now, I have this little spasm where I have to wrestle my brain to the ground to prevent it writing Bbbbb...
and the above story is one many of the reasons why we love all of you (including trilian_stars
) - brilliant writing about all sorts of things, many of which we'll never get to experience as we're not you...
so bummed i am sick and couldn't make amanda's show in la last night; this made me happy (and gives me something to look forward to in 2009 - new art ftw)
this was an awesome warm fuzzy post this morning. and made me scamper off and order a package for myself! as i type this i'm even listening to my instant download of the album. can't wait to see the book!
woohoo! my marketing scheme works!
I'm in the fantastically awesome position of having to devise a new signature (I'm getting married!) and your post is further inspiration to go old-school.
As an added bonus, I think my fiance might have gotten me the big whiz-bang Who Killed Amanda Palmer Extravaganza Package for Christmas, so I might be the proud owner of one of those nifty autographed cards of yours!
i'm so excited for the book to come
now, granted, i was at the show last night and i got both neil and amanda to sign my poster (fangirlsquee) so all it's missing is yours. it was lovely that they seemed to still genuinely care for each person who walked by, even though there were a lot of us.
wish you had been there!
i hope you were all like dropping my name and shiznit.
This post rocked my morning. I love reading your blog.
thanks so much -- that's right nice to hear!
Absolutely hilarious. Thanks!
EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPP!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Now I've really excited!
I did pre-order the book and promptly listened to the CD about 142 times the day it arrived.I'm not sure if I'll get one of the cards, but will be extremely pleased if I do.