Buttercup Festival
by David Troupes
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Welcome!
May 10th 2021
Maybe you have been asking yourself: what does Dave listen to when he draws a comic? Well, I've been enjoying a rather mixy mix of podcasts recently. The Klondike History Goldrush Podcast is a well-researched historical dive into that crazy dash down the Yukon River six score years ago, give or take. Just Plain Wrong is three Mennonite librarians who review pulpy novels about the Amish and discuss media representations of Plain church communities. And the London Review of Books podcast has some wonderful "close reading" episodes in which Seamus Perry and Mark Ford discuss individual poets, such as Adrienne Rich, Elizabeth Bishop, Thomas Hardy, and my old buddy Wallace Stevens.

April 26th 2021
Hello! This weather! All these flowers! And the air, all up in my lungs!

Bonus stuff on Patreon this month: color sketches of wild boar (practice for this strip) and children's book character design work.

March 29th 2021
There's a new piece at the top of the sketchbook page.

Also, my poem An Island Off Chatham is up at the online journal The River. It's one of those poems written about a real day, years ago, a loose sketch of a poem I've been tinkering with for years. I had a film camera with me that day, loaded with black and white film.

March 16th 2021
Hey, all. Patreon content for March already includes two large, never-on-the-website bonus strips from 2003, a collection of chalk pastel sketches, and a time lapse of the latest comic (which hasn't even appeared here yet, since new strips are posted to Patreon a week early).

March 2nd 2021
I've just learned that the poet Jean Valentine passed away on December 29th. I was in the habit of saying that she was my favorite living poet. Now (not that such distinctions matter, really) she may well be my favorite poet full-stop.

I had the opportunity to spend a long morning with her in August 2016. I tracked down her number in Manhattan, left a message on her answering machine, explained the project I was working on and that I hoped we could meet -- and she emailed me back. More than that, she invited me into her home. She didn't know me from anyone, I reached out with no references or mutual contacts, and her trust and hospitality touched me deeply. After talking in her apartment for a while, we went out for coffee around the corner, and then for lunch.

She was full of stories about poets she'd met, questions about my own work and writing. I was in the middle of my PhD on Ted Hughes, whom (I didn't realize) she'd met because her Irish partner at the time was Hughes's fishing buddy. She spoke warmly of Hughes, and encouraged me in my research. It was one of those gift-mornings of life, something for which I will always be grateful.

Jean's work first came to me in 2007, one of the hardest years of my life. The way she explored pain, depression, confusion and stasis, memory, regret, struggle, as well as hope, renewal, and the indispensability of friendship -- everything was so beautifully and truly put.

NY Times obituary
In Memory of Jean Valentine
The River at Wolf
Door in the Mountain

March 1st 2021
Bird watching on those first raw, strong days of sunlight as spring hints in, no leaves yet on the trees, light hitting the forest floor, all the plastery dried leaves.

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Series 3 archive
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Series 2
Ran from 2008-2013. Here's the archive:
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Series 1
Ran from 2000-2005. It has its own totally obsolete front page, or you can skip right to the archive. Searching for a particular strip? Use Glen's wondrous searchable transcription. From the same bygone era: Green Evening Stories.

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