Here’s a piece that I drew just to have fun: I’ve always loved Quintilian’s
description of Ovid as nimium amator ingenii sui (that loves too much
his own wit), because not only it is
completely true (and I love him for that), but also because I’m 90% sure
he would very self-consciously laugh at that and put it on a t-shirt to
wear. So I did that. I added Catullus, partly to honor my thesis,
because I also love that marvelous poem that Catullus writes to Cicero,
Cat. 49, which goes: “Most eloquent of Romulus’ descendants, of those
who are, were, and will be, oh Marcus Tullius, I, Catullus, thank you
greatly; I, Catullus, the worst poet of all (pessimus omnium poeta): the
worst poet of all as much as you are the best orator of all.”, and I
think he would totally wear his own quote (possibly when Cicero is
around to see).
So back when I was doing this piece, I was trying to decide on which John Denver shirt to draw banjo-playing Fidds wearing. It was a close thing. So here, a version of the shirt that I almost did instead, from the cover of the Spirit album (1976; but clearly a reference to the earlier song “Sunshine on My Shoulders”).
So like, I know that a lot of people draw post-finale older Fidds in cute sweater-vests and bow ties and stuff, or Mabel sweaters, and don’t get me wrong, he looks adorable like that. But what if he just goes right back to his hippie roots? I thought. He could pull it off.
Listen. I know all I do is talk about Murder, She Wrote, but let’s be real for a moment. Angela Lansbury has been a spokeswoman for organizations providing shelter to victims of domestic violence, a proud supporter of the LGBTQ community since the 1940s, and has advocated the necessity of depicting strong, single females in lead roles on television. Plus, her famous detective series became subtly and hilariously self-aware when her production company became a partner in the show and she became executive producer. Her career spans SEVEN decades and she shows no signs of stopping! I mean, what else do you want from her??? Dame Angela Lansbury is my hero.
“I know this sounds weird coming from me but I’ve never been more serious.”
“What’s funny? Oh god, am I being ridiculous? Of course I am. You’ve been a bachelor for how many years so if you’d have wanted it, you’d have been married by now. I knew this was a bad idea. I should have listened to Harley OMYGOD I - I’m sosoSO SORRY BRUCE PLEA-”
“No! No, stop right there. I’m so beyond touched. It’s just…the ring.”
“What’s wrong with it?”
“J, it’s for women.”
“What? No it’s not.”
“The big pink diamond and thin band tells me otherwise.”