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[THERE IS THREE LIFE LESSONS WE LEARNED FROM GIL AT THIS POINT] 

# [THE FIRST: IT’S OKAY TO SHOOT MOMMY IF SHE ISN’T LETTING YOU HAVE YOUR FREEDOM] 

# [THE SECOND: IT’S TOTALLY FINE TO LIE ABOUT YOUR OTHER CHILD’S EXISTENCE TO THE LOVE OF YOUR LIFE] 

# [AND NUMBER THREE: IT’S OKAY TO LIE TO YOUR SIGNIFICANT OTHER—SO LONG AS THEY DON’T FIND OUT] 

# [NICE LIFE LESSONS—DAD OF THE YEAR]

    “I DID NOT TEACH YOU THAT,”

     Sure you didn’t Gil. Not directly, anyway.

What’s up, Doc?

75 years ago a prototypical “Wascally Wabbit” debuted in Porky’s Hare Hunt, although Bugs Bunny would not make his first official appearance in a more familiar form until 1940.

Footage from “Bond Rally, 1941.” Excerpted from Uncle Sam Speaks, ca. 1987, a compilation of U.S. savings bond and stamp promotions by celebrities used in a National Archives and Records Administration exhibit entitled “Uncle Sam Speaks: Posters and Broadsides.”

(Image of Bugs Bunny copyrighted by Warner Bros.)

The photo caption: October 24, 1963

Annette Funicello gleefully holds up $46,950 in savings bonds which she collected in Los Angeles Superior court yesterday the day after she became 21. The Bonds represent 20 percent of her salary while she was under contract to Walt Disney as a Mousketeer on “The Mickey Mouse Club” television show. She said she’s going to buy her parents a new car and then “buy myself some clo-o-o-thes.”

What’s up, Doc?

Bugs Bunny made his first official appearance in a A Wild Hare, released seventy-five years ago on July 27, 1940.  (A prototypical “Wascally Wabbit” first debuted in Porky’s Hare Hunt, in 1937.)

Footage from “Bond Rally, 1941.” Excerpted from Uncle Sam Speaks, ca. 1987, a compilation of U.S. savings bond and stamp promotions by celebrities used in a National Archives and Records Administration exhibit entitled “Uncle Sam Speaks: Posters and Broadsides.”

(Image of Bugs Bunny copyrighted by Warner Bros.)

I’m fascinated by old printing blocks and ornaments because they are a tangible connection to the past. Lots changes but cranking prints doesn’t much. I fantasize that there is something inherently radical about the act of printing and imagine the first printer who held this reflecting on their role in the war machine. Also while I’m printing I think about the way that industry has played into capitalist (false) progress narratives. Also I think about pizza and wish someone would bring me some.