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The Tom Cherry Experience

Saturday, July 21, 2007

My So-Called Life

The Class of 1987: I went to my 20th-year high school reunion last Saturday and it turned out to be less painful than I thought it would be. About a third of the class (25-30 graduates, give or take) showed up for the shindig and everybody I talked to was very friendly. Some people really changed while others practically looked the same. My old pal, Marty Reese, was in attendance with his lovely bride, Jennifer, and it was nice to catch up with them. The food was okay in a restaurant on a golf course kind of way, but nothing really stood out. I did spill a glass of water, creating a small puddle on one table, but nobody seemed to mind. Scandalous!

The Last Picture Show: I filmed my last scene for Grove Lake this past Wednesday. We were back in the bait shop where I previously tossed some earthworms onto a snooty, little lady. This time my character, Massey, shares his theory about growing antlers and ends up getting scolded by the movie's heroine (Played by my friend, the great Wanita Spence). We worked on the scene for a couple hours, pausing whenever a customer entered. Everything went rather smoothly and soon I was done.

Overall, I was on set for six days and I had a great time participating in the movie magic. The cast and crew were very efficient and professional. It'll be interesting to see how the film turns out. Hopefully, most of my stuff won't end up on the cutting room floor! I guess I'll find out when it premieres sometime in December.

Emmy Nominations: Could somebody please explain the bizarre hold Boston Legal has over the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences? Snubbing the stellar cast of Deadwood was sadly expected, but no Best Actor nom for Dexter's Michael C. Hall? Unforgivable! On the positive side, yay for Rainn Wilson, yay for Neil Patrick Harris, yay for This American Life, and a big yay for Jenna Fischer! But, seriously, Boston Legal?

Introducing A New Feature: For the last ten years or so, I was convinced Toby Huss (aka "The actor who played Artie the Strongest Man in The World") did the voice for Dale on King of The Hill. THIS IS NOT TRUE! It turns out Johnny Hardwick voices Dale while Mr. Huss plays Kahn and Cotton Hill. I Stand Corrected!

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Friday, July 13, 2007

Bait and Pitch

Yesterday I threw a handful of worms at a woman. Repeatedly. I, of course, was on the set of Grove Lake, the Ball State summer film I've been working on for the last few weeks. In the scene, my character, Massey, tries to make small talk with a snooty lady and gets insulted for his trouble. In retaliation, he pelts her with nightcrawlers as she walks away. I did my best to aim for the middle of her back, but the trajectory of a small mass of worms was slightly off a time or two.

I can't speak for the worms, but I had fun.

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Friday, July 06, 2007


How I Spent My 4th of July: I worked on comic strips while watching a King of The Hill marathon on FX

Yesterday's Embarrassing Moment: While putting in one of my contact lenses, I dropped it and I thought it went down the sink's drain. Despite losing my contacts numerous times in the past, I went into panic mode. For three whiny minutes, I searched, gave up hope, and then searched again. Flinging my right hand in frustration, I heard a familiar sound. The sound of a contact lens making contact with a hard surface (An actual sound, believe me!). Looking down into the toilet, I saw my lens clinging to the bowl. I delicately retrieved it and gave it a through cleaning or three, As I type this, that same lens resides in my right eye.

The Picture Business: Less embarrassing for me was filming a brief scene at Prairie Creek reservoir for the film, Grove Lake. I basically had to wave good-bye to a car and then I was done. While at the shoot, a goose hissed at me. I guess I shouldn't have parked so close to it.

The Number of Ketchup Packets I Received at Lunch Yesterday: 7

Random TV Memory: I always enjoyed it when Tony Randall and Mandy Patinkin would run onto the set of Late Night with David Letterman, perform a number, and then run off the stage.

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Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Grandma Bev: Little Mrs. Firecracker

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Sunday, July 01, 2007

Burying The Undead

Twilight of The Dead: It's finally happened! The zombies have left Those Funky Idiots after overstaying their welcome for the past few months! Of course, the zombies aren't really to blame for the strip screeching to a halt. No, that fault rests on this fat cartoonist's shoulders. What started out as a nice change of pace sadly became an exercise in futility and I have nobody to blame, but myself. Hopefully, with the undead out of the way, the strip can get back on track and I'll be updating it more regularly.

So: Did you run out and buy your iPhone? Yeah, me neither.

Reading: I Love You, Beth Cooper by Frank Doyle

Bad News: Nick was in the hospital...

Good News: But now he's home! Take it easy, Nick!

More Good News: Rilo Kiley is releasing a new album in August!

Today's TV Quote: "A fist is just a hand praying by itself."

- Clay Puppington (Moral Orel)

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