pair TAKE HUMOROUS RUN AT TRACK TOWN BOOK.Byline: Karen McCowan The Register-Guard
Two of Eugene's funniest folks have teamed up to enlighten Olympic Trials visitors about Track Town USA and the sports events they'll witness here.
Comedian Leigh Anne Jasheway-Bryant and cartoonist Jesse Springer lampoon both local life and soon-to-unfold Olympic events in "Laugh Track & Field" ($12.95, 88 pages, Comedy Workout Publishing).
"No one ever accuses a female hammer thrower of `throwing like a girl,'" it observes in a typical zinger zing·er
1. A witty, often caustic remark.
2. A sudden shock, revelation, or turn of events.
Noun 1. .
The book is the first full-blown collaboration for Springer, a national award-winning editorial cartoonist An editorial cartoonist, also known as a political cartoonist, is an artist who draws cartoons that contain some level of political or social commentary. The most common outlet for political cartoonists is the editorial page of the newspaper not the dedicated comic section, , and Jasheway-Bryant, a former winner of the Erma Bombeck Erma Louise Bombeck (February 21 1927 – April 22, 1996), born Erma Fiste, was an American humorist who achieved great popularity for a newspaper column that depicted suburban home life in the second half of the 20th century. Humor Writing Competition.
"It was Leigh Anne's idea," said Springer, who designed covers for some of her previous books. "She is definitely more the business person than I am."
Jasheway-Bryant readily copped to exploiting a market niche.
"I thought, `There's going to be a bunch of people in town who might want a souvenir,' " she said. "I knew there would be track and field books, but nothing funny. Jesse is such a funny chronicler of life in Eugene. I immediately thought of him."
Indeed, the book's "IntroDucktion" provides a Dead-on skewering of our quirky culture.
"Don't worry about all the people you meet named Sky, River or Garcia," it advises. "It's the ones named Dave or Susan you should keep an eye on."
It urges visitors not to be confused if they encounter certain nostalgic smells:
"You really are here. You are not having some kind of flashback flash·back
1. An unexpected recurrence of the effects of a hallucinogenic drug long after its original use.
2. A recurring, intensely vivid mental image of a past traumatic experience. caused by things you did a long time ago that you shouldn't have. And no, it's not your imagination. That is sandalwood sandalwood, name for several fragrant tropical woods, especially for Santalum album, an evergreen partially parasitic tree either native to India or introduced there centuries ago. and patchouli patchouli or patchouly (both: păch`lē, pəch you smell everywhere. Well, mostly."
There's so much stand-up stand·up or stand-up
1. Standing erect; upright: a standup collar.
2. Taken, done, or used while standing: a standup supper; a standup bar. in Jasheway-Bryant's writer voice that the book begs to be read aloud - perhaps over local microbrews or pinot noir. But listeners should make sure they also see Springer's illustrations. (In fact, for a full understanding of our fair city, visitors should also pick up his masterful "Only in Eugene.")
Most of "Laugh Track" pokes fun at track and field lore, in event-by-event chapters. This material likewise offers potential group fun. Trials-goers might fill the lull between events, for instance, by debating which "facts" came from Jasheway-Bryant's research and which she flat-out made up.
Sample "tracktoid": "The women's hammer weighs 8.82 pounds, or about as much as a human head. Don't ask why we know that."
Jasheway-Bryant feigned feigned
1. Not real; pretended: a feigned modesty.
2. Made-up; fictitious.
Adj. 1. offense at the notion she'd skimped on facts.
"I did start with Wikipedia, which is `truthiness,' according to Steven Colbert," she said. "So this is truthiness once removed."
The book has a decidedly University of Oregon The University of Oregon is a public university located in Eugene, Oregon. The university was founded in 1876, graduating its first class two years later. The University of Oregon is one of 60 members of the Association of American Universities. look, with a green and yellow cover and a Springer-penned Duck that appears to be hurdling...a pole vault bar.
"I didn't have a lot of experience with track and field when I started," he confessed. "But if you look on Page 40, you can see I got the hurdles right there."
He collaborated closely with the UO athletic department's Duck Shop to ensure he didn't trample on its trademarked "O logo" or Duck mascot.
"They said, `Give us U of O, but not official U of O,'" he recalled.
Springer said the project, which required him to produce a large number of cartoons quickly, stretched him as an artist.
"They're drawn a little differently than the way I normally draw my cartoons," he said.
"I sketched small thumbnails, essentially stick figures, that I would scan and enlarge to the size I actually wanted, then just freehand See Macromedia FreeHand. the rest. I'm usually a lot more controlled. But I learned I like being looser."
MEET THE AUTHORS
Leigh Anne Jasheway-Bryant and Jesse Springer sign copies of "Laugh Track & Field" 2 p.m. Monday, The Duck Store, 895 E. 13th Ave.
11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., July Fourth, Art & the Vineyard Authors' Table, Alton Baker Park Alton Baker Park is located in Eugene, Oregon, United States, near Autzen Stadium. It features duck ponds, bicycle trails, and a dog park, and directly touches the Ferry Street Bridge.