Tuesday, September 05, 2006

WILL THIS BE THE 700th HOBO?


The Hobotones
Originally uploaded by dutchb0y.
The answer is no. This picture was uploaded last week.

But I am informed that e-hobo will reach its full complement of 700 hobo illustrations today, TUESDAY, Sept 5.

It will be provided by "El Sloth," the slow, updside-down-hanging fellow who provided this very first illustration.

Then Apelad, Annje, Jawbone, Xadrian, Boxcar Avenger, Marcus Parcus, Juco, Dark Mark, Halcyon Snow, Dutchboy, Horsemask, the Grey Engima, Dan Coulter, and so many more* will at last be done with their strange marvel of a project. Except for 100 more hoboes, just added.

(*And then, perhaps, they will take up the equally time-consuming, abitrary, and necessary charge of illustrating 700 hobo illustrator nicknames).

Meanwhile, if you wish, you may listen this evening forthe secret messages on the radio(if you are not doing so already. And if you are not doing so already, what is wrong with you?).

And finally, to bury the lead, the very soft, pliable, paperback edition of my book is officially published today.

Please note: it can be rolled up into a stake, but if you use it to stab the undead, you will be in for a bad surprise.

That is all.

17 comments:

Glenn Peters said...

For the sake of honesty, I should point out that I have not actually contributed a hobo illustration. I was planning on creating "'Taxachusetts' Glenn", but Mr. Ape Lad, as is his wont, beat me to it.

To my shame, and no doubt your horror, I was engaged in emergency domesticity for most of the weekend.

marcus parcus said...

thanks for the superb source material, mr. hodgman. i doff my cap to you.

Mr. Austin said...

As of this post, all 700 have been officially drawn.

El Sloth (aka Daniel Scardenas) did both the 1st and the 700th drawing.

We all look forward to doing the next 100 and all the projects we've banded together to accomplish.

Thanks!

Annje said...

Glenn, feel free to submit your version of "Taxachusetts' Glenn." Even if there's one version I'm always amazed at the different views of the names. Come join the hobo party!!

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RougeRogue said...

I've been wondering if Mr. Frederick Bannister and Sam Raimi's friend, Bruce Campbell, are one-and-the-same person . . . I mean, you've never seen them in the same room together . . .

. . . and, does Mr. Bannister buy his arm patches and jacket-closing thumbtacks at the same store? I bet he gets a discount on the patches . . . lucky bastard.

Enjoyed it, thanks -- will be getting the book, soon.

kim said...

I thank you Dr. Hodgman. For years now, I have carried a burden no single human being, visible or invisible, shoud have to carry. At this moment with my family gathered 'round, a large Boodles by my side, Shep the terrier snoring sweetly, and the good people at 911 poised and at the ready, I can finally tell the world that, in 1966, when I was but a mere child in pigtails, my "parents" (so-identified) dressed as "Hobos" for a "costume party". It was an elaborate spectacle, one I dare not share here lest the young and tender-hearted of this world should learn of these hard things. I now know from this, and other undeniable episodes, that the Hobo movement is not dead, oh no. Indeed, my "husband" - if that is indeed he turns out to be - and my "children" - hah! - have each left "lint" for me in their pockets AND - please bear with me, I know this a hard shock, have been building "play" houses out of cardboard boxes in the back yard. Truly, I no longer know which end is up or why some neighborhood cur is snoring in my house. All I can say is that I know the movement goes on. And on. God help us all.

kim said...

I thank you Dr. Hodgman. For years now, I have carried a burden no single human being, visible or invisible, shoud have to carry. At this moment with my family gathered 'round, a large Boodles by my side, Shep the terrier snoring sweetly, and the good people at 911 poised and at the ready, I can finally tell the world that, in 1966, when I was but a mere child in pigtails, my "parents" (so-identified) dressed as "Hobos" for a "costume party". It was an elaborate spectacle, one I dare not share here lest the young and tender-hearted of this world should learn of these hard things. I now know from this, and other undeniable episodes, that the Hobo movement is not dead, oh no. Indeed, my "husband" - if that is indeed he turns out to be - and my "children" - hah! - have each left "lint" for me in their pockets AND - please bear with me, I know this a hard shock, have been building "play" houses out of cardboard boxes in the back yard. Truly, I no longer know which end is up or why some neighborhood cur is snoring in my house. All I can say is that I know the movement goes on. And on. God help us all.

Ape Lad said...

Now it behooves each hobo artist to draw all 700 several times in a variety of media and sizes. When this is completed, all original artworks will be collected and freighted via boxcar to a secret location and subsequently disappear from existence forever in a mysterious fashion. There will be no flash photography allowed at this event.

At least that's my plan for the future of the project.

Len said...

I got the paperback today and I can't wait to draw a couple of those for good measure. Thanks for the wealth of source material, Mr. Hodgman.

capnjoy said...

congratulations! i like that amazon points out that AOME contains the statisticly improbably phrases "former professional literary agent" and also "pajama man". now THAT's a book.

Glenn Peters said...

Thanks for the encouragement, Annje. I may yet create an illustration.

hodg-man said...

Thank you all. Please spread the word via long distance typing.

I am Jh.

That is all.

Marah said...

Hodg-man-
have you ever heard hoboetry? I wonder if you ran into it anywhere in Seattle, since that is where I first encounted it myself.

dutchb0y said...

I must purchase a LEGAL and 100% AUTHENTIC copy of the paperback powerhouse. Thank-you JH, there is an eponymous boxcar in heaven waiting for you

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