Thursday, August 13, 2015

The Academy Backdrop

The Dry Bones Academy of Cartoon Advocacy and Activism is beginning to take shape. As you probably know it will train and empower a new generation of students to survive and combat the antisemitic and anti-western forces that have bullied their way to control Western campuses with lies, libels, and Boycott, Divest, and Sanction propaganda. We wanted to let you know what kind of progress we’ve been making. The academy team is hard at work. The team includes Brian the tech guy, Sali, the LSW (Long Suffering Wife) and me, the guy who has been writing and drawing the award-winning daily Dry Bones cartoons non-stop since January 1973. Because the academy is online, students from around the world will be able to sit across the table from me as I teach them my tips, tricks, strategies, and secrets. We’ve decided that the table I'll be seated at will be our dining room table, behind which we'd want to hang a cartoon backdrop.
Here is the cartoon that I drew for the giant backdrop:

The LSW, an artist and fantastic colorist, guided my choice of colors and then worked with a Tel Aviv printer to produce the backdrop (and a set of "Shuldig" T-Shirts for me to wear.) When the print work was done she shlepped everything back home. Brian, the tech guy, and Sali then had to hang the giant cartoon backdrop on the wall in front of one of her large and gorgeous paintings. They held the cloth backdrop up to see if it was the right size, in front of where I would sit (at what had once been her beautiful dining room table. Brian and Sali, stood on a ledge behind the former dining room table

Below: Brian and Sali then attached the cloth backdrop to hang from a curtain rod. Sali had already "set the table" with Academy stuff.

Below: Brian attaches the backdrop to the ceiling with transparent plastic fishing line while "yours truly" hopes no one falls as he relaxes and continues to take snapshots of other people working.

Below: Unhappy with the fabric folds that seem to be appearing because of their curtain rod construction, Brian and Sal go off and return with a length of wood and decide on how to attach the hanging backdrop to the wood, instead of to the curtain rod.

Below: With the backdrop hanging nicely, Brian and Sali set up the lighting, cables, the microphones, tripods, and their various video cameras. All that is left is to jam me into one of the T-Shirts that Sal has had printed and to see how it all looks.

With your help we can get the first course up and functioning in four to five months. If you’d like to be part of this exciting venture, check out the Dry Bones Academy at:, or write to me at

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