Dream Inspires Cartoon, Life Imitates Cartoon: Book Club Recap with Roz Chast

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The award-winning New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast has been places … a conversation with Henry Kissinger at the dentist … cradling an adoring Danny Devito like a baby … a terrifying convenience store named Stop and Chopsomething about her mother finding O.J. Simpson’s glove and renting it out for parties. All of these dreams are fodder for her real-life cartoons.

I’m very happy to wake up and ask, where did I go last night?

Roz Chast

Illustrations from I Must Be Dreaming, © Roz Chast

In a hilarious conversation with Debbie Millman and Steven Heller, Chast discusses her start in cartooning, why she sent in her work to the New Yorker (her parents subscribed), and why she loves cartoons and to-do lists, sometimes one-in-the-same (they are shorthand for conveying bigger things).

The illustrator talks about her process and why/when she draws on both paper and her iPad. Chast also offers pearls of wisdom from her more than 50 years as an artist, particularly when it comes to dealing with rejection and creative block.

If you missed the live stream, register here to watch the discussion.

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