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The Donovan Ford Files (AKA I Like Terrible Music) Volume 2 : Weird Al Yankovic [Jul. 15th, 2014|06:40 pm]
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Not sure if anybody caught this post I made awhile back about Helloween. But I like considerably bad bands un-ironically.

This one is not that strange though. Most people really like Weird Al. He came out with his possibly last full length album "Mandatory Fun" today and the internet is all about it.

I was in a record store a couple of years ago specifically to pick up the first Weird Al record. On the sleeve an employee wrote "To put on during one of your 'ironic' parties". That made me kind of mad. Then I had to convince the store clerk that I legitimately wanted the record.

I've always liked the originals and pastiches more than the parodies. Although, I like the parodies more than the songs they are derived from. Especially Stop Dragging My Car Around and I think I'm a Clone Now.

Here is a 12 song mix of Weird Al's Originals and Pastiches of whatever albums I have on my computer. DOWNLOAD!
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Strangers are Assholes [Jul. 6th, 2014|06:36 pm]
I was riding my bike out of the Kroger parking lot when two dudes were walking right where I was riding in the middle of the street. I easily avoided them but one of the guys said "out of my way asshole" without even looking at me.
Feeling stupid, I rolled back up on the curb and circled him a couple of times on my bike while smiling very friendly like. After the second circle the guy just made a wild face and made jazz hands.

That's when I figured that the guy was probably alright and I rode home.

But really, don't call strangers assholes.
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BUY! [Jul. 1st, 2014|02:41 pm]

Look what is finally out! You can order it through me and paypal (rick(at) for $8 (or $9 if you feel like being a pal about shipping) or you can order it through Plan-It-X Records.
You can also send $8-$9 in your favorite form of currency (check / money order / concealed cash) to Rick V. /213 S. Clark St. / Bloomington IN / 47408

This is a collection of my old diary comic zines from 2003 and beyond. The comics are cleaned up a little, there are some new wrap arounds and a bonus zine I never put out with comics about drinking booze. It’s about 100 pages and in my opinion, very funny. But don’t take my word for it!

"The best autobiographical comics are those in which the author’s personality comes through on the page. Rick accomplishes this feat with apparent ease. But, more than that is the fact that, in real life, Rick is just a super awesome guy. Funny, fun to be around… And so his comics are similarly funny and fun to read. The vast majority of autobiographical comics are so maudlin and dry (mine included, I suppose), it’s refreshing to read someone with such an upbeat attitude and a strong sense of humor relay stories from his life through comics. This books is great, and very fun." -Mitch Clem (My Stupid Life, As You Were, Nothing Nice To Say)

"Rick's comics are everything a good diary comic should be. Simple, succinct, fun but not always funny; and when you read them, you feel like you're hanging out with a friend" - Ben Snakepit (Snakepit, Shazaam)

"'s cool" - Chris Clavin (Ghost Mice, Free Pizza For Life)

Come and get it!
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Photo Safari: Pix Fest 2014 [Jun. 24th, 2014|10:58 pm]

Here are some pictures I took at Plan-It-X Fest this year. There is one picture of a band. You get to guess which one it is!

Dropping off recycling and trash bins in the trails.

These cool folks directed traffic in the "parking lot" in pouring rain. I took this picture from a very dry porch.

The one band picture, Operation: Cliff Clavin. And they aren't even playing.

This porch is where I spent a good portion of the fest.

We had to put a headlight in Bella's car before the second day of the fest. Not Pictured: A very worried Penina sitting on the curb. Penina had to make it back to the campgrounds in time to get a tire put on her car before the tire place closed at 12. She got to watch Bella and I drop and retrieve tiny bolts in tiny crevices of Bella's car for twenty minutes.

This was our last staff/band meal at the fest. Dillon the cook announced it was ready and told us to get it quick before it runs out. This giant tub is what we were greeted with in the kitchen. Dillon put a sign on the bin reading something like "limit 6 plates and 6 pocketfulls".

Kara found this tiny bunny with both of their legs broken. She took it to a wildlife hospital in Bloomington.

Somebody with purple hair got a haircut next to a barn. Or somebody dyed a small mammal before they skinned it and ate it.

I like to think that Spoonboy and John No are having a conversation about the future of music. In my mind, John No is a mysterious legend.

That guys whose name I always forget, Dani and Steve.

I tried to take a picture of the staff members without looking. Someone noticed...

This pose happened so quickly. I figured they practiced it for awhile the day before.

Matt and Bruce making Jenkam hangover faces.

Possible fun stories in drawing form later.
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Bethy and Collin Squikens [Jun. 15th, 2014|08:27 pm]

Two cool and talented people got married yesterday! Collin (front) and Bethy (walking the opposite direction of the camera) are two Bloomington originals who both do cool shit that you would probably enjoy.

They got married on my birthday which wasn't so bad. When I told Collin that their wedding was overshadowing my special day, he pointed to the piles of boxes at their reception (a public pool they rented out for the evening) and said "You get to eat all this free pizza!".

Their wedding made my birthday cool. Thanks guys!
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Tattoos I wanted when I was a teenager [May. 23rd, 2014|01:37 pm]
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GAME LORD [May. 10th, 2014|10:58 am]
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Wants/Needs [May. 2nd, 2014|05:42 pm]
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The Noise [Apr. 7th, 2014|06:42 pm]

I made this in under three hours (and it shows) for the film challenge "Speechless". I had to tweek it a little bit because at the screening nobody could hear a very specific part.
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Suave Scarfy: I Used to Work in a Restaurant #2 [Mar. 12th, 2014|06:20 pm]
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This happened to my friend Amy Small at a diner I used to work at. Even the last panel is true.
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