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18th-Jun-2022 05:49 pm - Intro entry
dave1
About myself ... My name is David Ano. I am a graphic designer/illustrator working at a local alternative newspaper. I dream of being a comic artist or writer, however being a father of five children takes up most my time.

About this journal/blog ... When I started, I used this LJ to post illustrations and comics. I still do from time to time, but less frequency. I then started using this journal as a personal diary. My daughter was in the hospital, our house burned down, I lost my job. It was a very hectic time. The problem is there are some people who only read my lj because I was an artist. So when crisis died down, I tried to make less diary posts (or moved the more wordy ones to another journal). More illustrations came back. Then in 2008 the elections came and I started getting editorial. I started getting my political comments on all sorts of NPR call-in shows. As the elections ended and many of the people who I voted for went into office, I had less to complain about. In 2009, my wife gave birth to our fourth daughter and I was also unemployed for most the year. I stopped paying the internet bill and stopped posting as much. In 2010, I got an awesome new job that I like to post about it. I am making political posts again. And every once in a while i still post an illustration.

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Also check out my old website a http://webpages.charter.net/davidano/ that has my old comics, my design portfolio and other stuff.

19th-Aug-2014 09:07 am(no subject)
dave1
If you live in Michigan, please email me at david.ano at g mail dot com.
12th-Jul-2014 03:14 pm(no subject)
dave1
In case you are wondering, I moved my blog to tumblr.

http://losttoy.tumblr.com

For ONLY personal journal entries, see http://losttoy.tumblr.com/tagged/davidano

For art and illustration entries, see http://losttoy.tumblr.com/tagged/art

Thank you.
16th-Oct-2013 12:53 am - please sign and repost
dave1
Sign the petition telling Boehner to stop the Tea Party games, end the shutdown, and avert default »
SIGN HERE: http://dccc.org/Stop-The-Shutdown
Please REPOST
30th-Sep-2013 11:08 am - BAM Too! printer's proof
creative


I “meet” David Recine in early 2004. I had been doing a webcomic for about a year, but it proofed hard to update my site on a regular basis. So I started an online comic anthology called Your Comic Here to have people submit their one-shot comic to be published on my various sites. Many people never had a website of their own sent comics to be published, others sent comics to promote their own website. Either way we all had fun. Recine was one of the artists that sent not one, but two comics to Your Comic Here.

After college, Recine took on the impossible task of publishing the end all collection of mini-comics in “BAM! Big Ass Mini” in late 2006. BAM! was a giant anthology of mini-comics and other independent comics collected into a 500 page professionally printed trade paperback. It featured creators from all over the globe and from all walks life. Every kind of style and genre was there from comedy, satire/parody, gag, slice-of-life, journal, adventure/fantasy, manga inspired, and just plain artsy comics, all in one book! I found out about the book in 2008. I wrote a review for it at some websites and emailed Recine.

In January 2009, Recine stayed on as an advisor, but passed the publishing duties to J. M. Hunter and I became the submission editor and art director of the second volume, entitled BAM Too! We solicited some talented artists, like Ignatz Award winner Jeffrey Brown, Ignatz Award nominee Matt Bellisle, mini-comic legend Matt Feazell, ” Roddie” Best Cartoonist winner Wilbur Dawbarn, as well as artists Jerry Stanford, David DeGrand, Matthew Reidsma, Joe Decie, Edward J Grug III, Mark Campos, Jonathan Baylis, EdQuinby and about 60 other amazing artists.

Well, we got a lot of great submissions, however production hit a lot of roadblocks. We made some mistakes, had a handful of arguments, and had problems with various printers. But what really happened is that life got in the way. There were a couple of marriages, several babies were born, people were hospitalized, deaths in the family, and various production staff got burned out. I gave up when I was working 50-60 hours at job and coming home to five kids. But, Hunter never gave up. He and Barry Rodges picked up where I left off and did an awesome job.

Above it the printers proof. Now that means, expect to see the book on sale soon!!! It only took four years to produce, but we did it!!!
5th-Sep-2013 10:47 am - What is art?
creative


What is art? Art is not the paint on the canvas. That is just the product. Art is picking up the brush, or pen, or pencil, or whatever. Art is an action. Once you complete a piece, you show it to the world. Either to communicate a message or to get affirmation. You say, “look what I have done. Do you like it?” After that, the painting or illustration does not belong to you. You can only be an artist by picking up that brush and stare once more into that blank canvas and create another product.
4th-Sep-2013 10:49 am - Draw Something and Tumblr
creative


So ... yeah. All I do these days is stay home, watch the kids, and play Draw Something (the first version since Draw 2 does not work very well on my mobile device). At least I am getting some artistic practice. One of these days I will do a real illustration or maybe get brave enough to draw a comic. In the mean time, you can join me by searching the username: TheDavidAno

Also, I am posting most of my Draw Somethings like the one above on losttoy.tumblr.com
28th-Aug-2013 03:58 pm - variant
banjo Dave
Signal boost ...
http://decentkid.tumblr.com/post/58978288848/variant-a-zine-for-non-binary-trans-people-im



variant: a zine for non-binary trans* people

i’m looking for submissions for a zine (working title ‘variant’) by and for non-binary trans* people expressing anger, joy, fears & generally sharing feelings & emotions around being trans* & non-binary, and how that intersects with other parts of our lives and identities.
the idea of the zine is to make something by non-binary folks for the consumption of other non-binary people. i’m looking for fiction, non-fiction, poems, stories, comics, illustrations, paintings - literally anything you can send in.
i’m happy to edit & put it together, but would love anyone with cut-and-paste or graphic design skills (or with reading skills who can help check content because i’m not great with academic language) who wants to help out to get involved too.
guide for submissions:
no 101-style introduction-to-being-trans* content. i don’t want a glossary of terms in this zine because i’m honestly sick of explaining myself. this is by and for non-binary people; not watered down material made for the consumption of cis people so they can ‘understand’ us better.
nothing racist, sexist, misogynistic, transmisogynistic, ableist or transphobic. that’s why i want help with peeps willing to read content - i have a lot of trouble understanding academic language and would hate to accidentally publish something discriminatory or hateful.
nsfw content is totally welcome and in general there’s no real restrictions on content.
literally any submission is welcome - stuff scanned from the back of a napkin, just a .txt file of some thoughts and feelings, etc. i’ll edit stuff together, so you don’t have to submit finished pages or anything.
pls submit any pictures in a relatively high quality, in a jpg or png format. make sure they work in a black and white format too.
i am not going to police anyone’s identity for this: if you identify as non-binary and trans* then cool pls submit!
submissions close 30 september (message me for deets, my askbox is open), and the zine will be released in an online digital format. :) it might be made into a print version if i can work out how to do that: tips are appreciated!
for more info please don’t hesitate to contact me. if there are questions or bits you don’t understand or whatever (or you wanna get involved!) then again pls contact me! :) i am also welcome to ideas from non-binary trans* folks who want to mold the zine in a different direction, i just really want to forge some community and do something together!
pls share and signal boost!!
variant: a zine for non-binary trans* people

i’m looking for submissions for a zine (working title ‘variant’) by and for non-binary trans* people expressing anger, joy, fears & generally sharing feelings & emotions around being trans* & non-binary, and how that intersects with other parts of our lives and identities.

the idea of the zine is to make something by non-binary folks for the consumption of other non-binary people. i’m looking for fiction, non-fiction, poems, stories, comics, illustrations, paintings - literally anything you can send in.

i’m happy to edit & put it together, but would love anyone with cut-and-paste or graphic design skills (or with reading skills who can help check content because i’m not great with academic language) who wants to help out to get involved too.

guide for submissions:

no 101-style introduction-to-being-trans* content. i don’t want a glossary of terms in this zine because i’m honestly sick of explaining myself. this is by and for non-binary people; not watered down material made for the consumption of cis people so they can ‘understand’ us better.
nothing racist, sexist, misogynistic, transmisogynistic, ableist or transphobic. that’s why i want help with peeps willing to read content - i have a lot of trouble understanding academic language and would hate to accidentally publish something discriminatory or hateful.
nsfw content is totally welcome and in general there’s no real restrictions on content.
literally any submission is welcome - stuff scanned from the back of a napkin, just a .txt file of some thoughts and feelings, etc. i’ll edit stuff together, so you don’t have to submit finished pages or anything.
pls submit any pictures in a relatively high quality, in a jpg or png format. make sure they work in a black and white format too.
i am not going to police anyone’s identity for this: if you identify as non-binary and trans* then cool pls submit!
submissions close 30 september (message me for deets, my askbox is open), and the zine will be released in an online digital format. :) it might be made into a print version if i can work out how to do that: tips are appreciated!

for more info please don’t hesitate to contact me. if there are questions or bits you don’t understand or whatever (or you wanna get involved!) then again pls contact me! :) i am also welcome to ideas from non-binary trans* folks who want to mold the zine in a different direction, i just really want to forge some community and do something together!

pls share and signal boost!

http://decentkid.tumblr.com/post/58978288848/variant-a-zine-for-non-binary-trans-people-im
14th-Aug-2013 04:54 pm - my tumblr
dave1
BTW, I post stuff at losttoy.tumblr.com too
5th-Aug-2013 08:34 pm - Draw Something
creative


I have been playing Draw Something. My user name is TheDavidAno . Join me for a game?
6th-Mar-2013 12:49 pm - To This Day
meta
This is an amazing video. More people should watch it.

dave1
What is up with all these Mac OS cats? Will they ever have an Mac OS 11,or will just keep on adding decimal points? "I am now using OS 10.23.72.8.12.6"??? I don't know a Jaguar from a Panther. They had Lion, but now it is Mountain Lion ... what is next, Sea Lion?



I am so curmudgeonly ... I am going over rants about them software companies and their updates!!!! "We have updated our software so you can't use your old computers anymore ... we have updated our computers so you can't use your old software anymore ..." I am sorry ... I just can't afford to update every damn month. None of these updates are actually necessary, nothing important has changed other than: now the windows are more "jell-like", now they are more "metallic". B'ah! get your damn updates off my lawn!!!



Also uninstall Java or else stray cats will enter your computer and eat your cheeseburgers!
16th-Jan-2013 04:49 pm - Personal Update
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I don't tend to make personal updates much anymore. I have another journal that I dump my psychological ramblings. Although, I should at least say something here. I am alive, but not quite well.

Been going to a lot of doctor appointments recently. My blood pressure is way too high, as well as my cholesterol. I am "mildly depressed". They are also testing me for sleep disorders, and possibly sleep apnea. Stress is causing a lot of my physical problems, but now that I have learned of this, I only feel more stressed.

Work has been stressful. I am not sure what else I should say about that in a public post.

Kids are back to school after winter break. Everybody was sick during their vacation. Clara was in the Emergency Room all Christmas Day because she was dehydrated from throwing up so much. Wren went to the Urgent Care with an ear2 infection and got antibiotics. Everybody is doing better now.

The landlord says he intends to sell the house we are renting from him in about 3 years. Sydney is calling up a debt solution non-profit to improve our credit. We are going to start a rent with option to buy that will put aside 20% down in three years. Then we will get a mortgage so we can buy the house ourselves.

I saw the final proofs to BAM Too!. So, it has taken four years from when we all talked about doing a sequel to the first BAM! The Big Ass Mini-comic. We have made a LOT of mistakes and had a lot of fights along the way. After one delay after another. It is finally done. Now it just needs to be sent to the printers. I got to say ... it looks like an AWESOME book! I am not sure how to feel about it. It has been like a dream this whole time. Holding BAM Too! in my hands will be like waking up and finding the feather on my bedside table.

So I guess that is it for now.
12th-Dec-2012 03:29 pm - More Michigan Madness
dave1
LANSING - The Republicans in the Michigan legislature have passed a bill today that would allow hospitals, nursing homes or any other health care center to deny services that run contrary to the religious teachings or conscious of its leaders. This so-called conscience objection bill would open the doors for healthcare providers, insurance companies and employers to disallow healthcare services to anyone they find objectionable, such as LGBT people and women seeking family planning services including birth control and abortions.

Sign the petition:
http://www.change.org/petitions/michigan-state-legislature-stop-senate-bill-975-religious-liberty-and-conscience-protection-act-2
11th-Dec-2012 01:21 pm - Michigan needs help
dave1

Dear ACLU Supporter,

Governor Snyder promised that his administration was going to focus on one thing: improving Michigan's economy.

Instead, last week the public was locked out of the Capitol while legislators forced through legislation that endangers Michigan women, workers, and families.

We're calling on Governor Snyder to stand with Michiganders and:

  • Veto extreme measures that put women's health at risk and limit insurance coverage of reproductive care.
  • Veto the last minute ban on abortion coverage that legislators snuck onto an unrelated insurance bill.
  • Veto measures that would allow medical professionals to discriminate against sick people in need of care.
  • Veto so-called "right to work" legislation that was passed while hundreds were locked out.

Today, thousands of hardworking people from all over the state have gathered in Lansing to rally for democracy, for working families, and for women's health.

Can't make it to Lansing? Urge Governor Snyder to veto legislation that's bad news for Michigan.

Thank you for defending the Michigan we believe in,

ACLU of Michigan
www.aclumich.org

dave1
   
Sponsor: Rep. Marcy Kaptur [D-OH9]   New Cosponsor: Rep. Anna Eshoo [D-CA14]

Most people do not know that was the Republican lead Congress that passed the "Gramm–Leach–Bliley Financial Services Modernization Act of 1999" that went on to cause the U.S. financial crisis of 2007-2009 and the Global financial crisis of 2008-2009. With the passage of this Act, it repealed Glass-Steagall act of 1932 .... this allowed commercial banks, investment banks, securities firms, and insurance companies were allowed to consolidate and went on to create sub-prime mortgage loans and new financial products such as the securitization of loan obligations of various sorts and credit default swaps that later became know as toxic assets. While we have done much to recover from the recession, we need to do more to make sure it does not happen again. That is why we need your support the H.R. 1489: Return to Prudent Banking Act of 2011 that is still referred to the house committee.

Go to http://www.change.org/petitions/pass-the-return-to-prudent-banking-act-and-restore-glass-steagall
24th-Oct-2012 04:42 pm - Attention Michigan Voters!!!
meta
Confused about all the proposals? Don't know how to vote in the non-partisan races?



Now you can vote with confidence with 4 easy steps.




STEP 1: go to michigan.gov/vote


enter in your information.


As well as getting your sample ballot for you to study, this site also shows where you go to vote.

STEP 2: Print your sample ballot



STEP 3: Refer Michigan Progressive Voter Guide
The Michigan Progressive Voter Guide has Endorsements from several Labor, Environmental, LGBT and Women's Groups to help make your choice. Endorsements cover, Presidential, National, State and Local races, down to your local school board.



or go online to mivoterguide.com



STEP 4: Check, highlight, circle or otherwise mark which candidates and proposals you choose. 



Then take your notes to the polling occasion! Volia!
20th-Aug-2012 01:37 pm - Job creation and budget cuts
dave1


Something that has been driving me crazy this election year ... I keep hearing about how Republicans call themselves “job creators” while at the same breath they tell us how they are going to cut spending. This is a huge contradiction that never gets addressed.

None of these Republicans are job creators. Do you know how to create a job? I do. You hire somebody and then you pay them.

The government does this either through direct jobs or through contract. Just think about all the people cities and states pay. Accountants, administrators, attorneys, bookkeepers, building inspectors, city managers, clerks, community health workers, fire fighters, forensics, human resources, jail guards, janitors, judges, landscaping, librarians, municipal airport operators, museums, park and forestry operations and maintenance, police officers, public transit drivers, road construction and repair, senior center workers, street light electricians, teachers and principals, trash pick-up, water department ... etc. This also does not mention funding for scientific and medical research and dare I say social services (but I will get back to that in a moment).

The problem is, Republicans “create jobs” by cutting taxes on corporations and millionaires while firing government workers or contractors.

Excuse me, but how does giving millionaires and billionaires tax cuts create jobs??? It is not like they do not already have the money to create jobs so before the tax cuts. These are money hoarders. You give a millionaire more money, it will just line his own pockets. If person had a million cats, we would call them crazy. If a person had a million ears of corn when there was a food shortage, we would be outraged. However when we have a financial crisis, the poor and the middle class are get the cuts and have to make the sacrifices while the millionaires are still getting richer.

The problem is, Republicans always talk about "wasting our tax dollars" ... As if the Mayor is using the city budget to buy expensive shoes or to order pizza every night. The wasteful spending as they call is already going to jobs. When you cut the school’s budget, teachers get laid off. Republicans like Paul Ryan want to cut, unemployment, welfare, and medicare programs. However, if the government gives money to human services, that money does NOT line the pocket of poor people. That money goes right back to the people and business. When benefits get sent to the poor, it goes straight back out to pay for bills, rent, food, medicine, diapers and other needs. Local business benefit from DHS cash assistance. That will simulate the economy more than any tax cut. If you cut social services the whole community will suffer.

When are people going to realize that Republicans are robbing from the poor and giving to the rich???
dave1
Three steps to boost investor confidence - Market Place Commentary



Is our financial system any safer than it was in 2008? The JPMorgan, multi-billion dollar "London Whale" trading debacle and the rigging of the LIBOR market by traders -- suggest not.

Big financial institutions are bigger than ever -- and every bit as reckless and dangerous as before. We need to rein in these "too big to fail" behemoths before they take down the economy again.

Step one is to put the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010 out of its misery. The act is more than 2,300 pages -- and it's complicated, weak, compromised, riddled with loopholes.

Step two is to immediately replace the bill with the Glass-Steagall Act. It was written in 1933 and it's just 37 pages long. It separated banks that accepted deposits backed by the FDIC from investment banks. It blocked Wall Street traders from speculating in the capital market casino with government-insured money.

Glass-Steagall worked for some 60 years until it was repealed in 1999. It's simple, it's pro-competition and pro-capitalism. Best of all, if it was restored, it would slash the odds of another taxpayer-funded bail out.

Paul Volcker, the legendary former Fed chairman, is a fan. He wanted to bring Glass-Steagall back after the global financial crisis. The administration and Congress ignored him. But now the law is winning support from some unlikely quarters. Sandy Weill was a hyper-aggressive dealmaker who built Citigroup in a megabank. He pushed hard for the repeal of Glass-Steagall. But now, he supports its return.

So, step three is to put Volcker in charge of making the dream of a new Glass-Steagall act a reality. Three decades ago, Volcker broke the back of inflation -- refusing to bend in his mission, despite fierce opposition. Unleash the tough-minded Volcker on the banks. He's exactly what the American taxpayer needs.
---------
Chris Farrell is the Marketplace economics editor.


I have been arguing this point for years now ... the financial industry got us into this global crisis in the first place. It is about time we do something to prevent it happening again.
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So ... this last couple of months have been CRAZY. I will try to keep it short, but a lot of stuff has been happening.

• Wren Alise Ano was born. The hospital misspells name and now she birth certificate and social security card says Wren Alisa Ano. Error will cost us $40 to fix.

• The day after Wren is born, I realize I really do need to install her infant car seat. I move Clara’s children’s car seat over to make room. In the process of installing both seats, I herniate my disc again. Eventually I end up in ER not being able to walk. Good news, those seats are in there very tight and are not going anywhere.

• Wren developed a bad reflux and also cannot digest proteins. This makes her completely miserable and sick and we have to go through a series of different formulas. After seeing an allergist, Wren is on Neocate, a non-milk, non-soy formula that we have to order through the pharmacy (very expensive). She is also on Zantac for her reflux.

• I got sent to a Physical Therapist that decided that she was not going to Physical Therapy as the doctor ordered, but acupuncture/pressure and chiropractic procedures. Instead of doing anything for my back, she rubs my temples, pokes my hand with her pen and jams her hands into my shoulder. Tells me I herniated my disc because I have bad posture and not to go to bed with cold feet. I leave the office worse than I did before I entered. I make a request for new Physical Therapist , but that request takes four weeks. In the meantime, I am trying to do all my stretches that I used to do back when I injured my disc the first time in 2005.

• During this time, we are suppose to be moving. Last day at old house was suppose to be March 31st, but we just finished today (April 10th). Despite doctors orders, I pack, lift, and clean. We also have to pay the old landlord by the day to buy extra time.

• Our new house is a two story, four bedroom house with basement and garage. It has drinkable water from the faucets (that says more about the old house), central air condition, a large kitchen with a gas stove and a electric dishwasher. It has three bathrooms (two more than our old house) and it is cheaper rent per month and it is closer to work.

• Reacting to the chaos of a new baby and moving, Clara has been reverting in her behavior. After getting through “the terrible two’s” without being a terrible ... NOW she is. Every night has become a fight with her.

• The crazy neighbor at our old house decided to start stealing our lawn chairs, bird feeder and other items. We recovered most, but he insists he has nothing to do with why our stuff appears in his yard. Then, in the middle of the night he started to yell at us, swearing at us, telling us to leave. Police say that there is not much they can do without aggravating the situation, the best thing is to just get the heck out of that place.

* One of our bird got out of the cage at the old house while we were at the new house. Crazy neighbor informs us that our front door was open and he closed it for us (not without taking a look at inside enough to chat up our neighbors on other side about how much our house was a mess (imagine a house full of boxes and plastic bags a mess). Bird was never found.

• One of our cats died. Months ago, George Bailey got sick and we took to the vet. The vet did not know what the problem was, but gave him antibiotics and he got better. Then recently he got sick again, so we put him on antibiotics and he gets better again. Then we find him dead in the middle of the floor.

• That same day our oldest cat, Buster, had a really bad asthma attack and almost dies. Buster makes it through the night, but has stroke-like symptoms and has trouble walking. By the end of the week he had made a full recovery.

• Our third cat, “Kitty” (we never named her, because if we did, we would have to keep her ... and that was three years ago) decides that she does not know what is going on with the other cats, but she is NOT going in that cat carrier to move her to the new house and scratches my arms to bits.

• Summer, Abigail, and Emily are all doing well at their new schools. The twins have separate teachers for the first time. Summer is learning her times tables and Japanese.

• Work is busy, going to get busier very soon.

Wow, that was a lot and I am sure I am forgetting something.
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