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Hi Bash-o-Bash fans! Do you like real talk? Ok, here's some! This month's podcast is late again! Here's the deal. We are a working family, living on a shoestring, trying to always put relationships first. This means sometimes we have to head back to the drawing board and make money so we can have groceries. It means sometimes we have rethink our schedules to make sure our kids are getting what they need from us. It means some days it feels like we have plenty. And some days it feels like the bottom is falling out.

One of our goals with this podcast project is to dig into the characters but also to be real about what life is really like. I hear there are folks who find straight paths to their visions. Good for them. That has never been the case for us. So, stick with us! We are not forgetting! We are still plodding along, vision still in tact, just working out some kinks. Thanks a billion to all our Patreon supporters. You make this possible.

And, if you're curious, one of our money-making ventures is our newly started Sulphur Springs Truck Patch. It's all connected, really. But this is where we sell awesome baked goods to keep the projects (and life) rolling. We're very lucky. We have a million privileges. And we aim to use them well and to build up more resources for more people. We're learning as we go! Thanks again. 

The Inaugural Bash-O-Bash comic: "The Saw"

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I had the extreme pleasure of visiting about comics and Bash-O-Bash with a room full of 9 to 11 year old kids in Little Rock yesterday! It was great fun but I'll admit I was nervous because they got to see "The Saw", our first Bash-O-Bash comic!

 Photo by Rah Howard

Photo by Rah Howard

Thanks to Rah Howard for the invitation. Let's do it again soon!

(The timelapse video of me drawing the comic is available to all Patreon supporters!)

Aloha!

Bryan

February Podcast

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ITUNES  |  PODOMATIC  |  SOUNDCLOUD

This episode we pick up at the end of a flu riddled season with an introduction to a Bash-O-Bash character Byanza Almeda, seed catalogs, wildly successful first gardens, stories from our Facebook readers about their granny's gardens, coming face to face with your family's racist history and choosing a different path, and more.

Oh, and officially this month we are ditching the goal of a podcast per month, because clearly…

But we're going to keep them coming as long as we know you're listening! Give us feedback in iTunes, Podomatic, or on our Facebook and Instagram pages!

Download this episode's high res illustration over at Patreon!

Links mentioned in the podcast

Almeda Riddle video

Ozark Pocket Gopher

Night Riders

 

Related links

If you've listened to the episode and are curious for more, here are a few links to organizations doing the deep work of struggling with history to fight racism and white supremacy and build equity for all.

M4BL

Southerners on New Ground

Idle No More

SpiritHouse

Datule Artist Collective

Alternate Roots

Fund for Democratic Communities

 
 

December Podcast

In this month's episode we'll explore two major characters in the series: Tidy and Oopsie. (See this month's illustration below.) We'll touch on grief, overly-enthusiastic parenting, the importance of carving out space for people to be their full selves, and how to hang trash in a tree.

Music by The Good Fear

Subscribe in the iTunes podcast directory, listen via Soundcloud above, or subscribe using the RSS feed.

 At 1pm, at the exact moment the last lunch dish had been washed, Oopsie and Tidy went about the house collecting all holiday decorations to once again box up for the year. Things went well at first. When Oopsie came upon a few salt dough ornaments he and Tidy had made when Tidy was much younger, he remembered he had prepared a lesson in the history of salt dough.   Seven and a half hours passed. The moon had risen and shone down on Tidy's socks and the strings of lights they'd not yet packed up. Oopsie was half way through  Salt Dough and the Pharaohs  when Tidy finally let out a groan. 

At 1pm, at the exact moment the last lunch dish had been washed, Oopsie and Tidy went about the house collecting all holiday decorations to once again box up for the year. Things went well at first. When Oopsie came upon a few salt dough ornaments he and Tidy had made when Tidy was much younger, he remembered he had prepared a lesson in the history of salt dough. 

Seven and a half hours passed. The moon had risen and shone down on Tidy's socks and the strings of lights they'd not yet packed up. Oopsie was half way through Salt Dough and the Pharaohs when Tidy finally let out a groan. 

Bash-O-Bash is a children's book series in the making, with an emphasis on love of place, heritage, a connection to the land (in Bash-O-Bash stories these will be played out primarily in rural Arkansas, where its creators, the Martin-Moats family live,) and characters who affirm and live out the right to question and explore gender and demonstrate a community where individuals outside gender norms can “just be living their good life,” as one of our fans put it.

Every episode is accompanied by an illustration by Bryan. Each episode and illustration will be connected in theme and will sometimes even be a page from an upcoming book or other Bash-O-Bash projects. (FYI, our Patreon supporters have access to sneak peeks and high res download versions of the illustrations.)

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Salt Dough Recipe and Instructions

by Oopsie Orange and Tidy Tangerine

  • 1 cup salt
  • 2 cups of flour
  • ¾ cup of water
  1. Mix salt and flour together in a large bowl. (Tidy's edit: By large, please be aware you don't need enormous. Just large in the normal kitchen context.) (Oopsie's edit: For a fascinating time on flour history, check out Flourtulence!: Why all toots are flour toots.)
  2. Slowly stir in the water. Mix well until it forms a doughy consistency.  
  3. Kneed with your hands until smooth and combined. (Tidy's edit: My favorite part. Oopsie's edit: Tidy's favorite part!)
  4. Roll out dough flat with a rolling pin. (Tidy's edit: make sure the thickness of the dough is consistent from edge to edge, or some of your ornaments will burn and others will be just fine and others will not get cooked crisp enough!)
  5. Go wild making your most expressive creations using the salt dough! This is the good part! (Tidy's edit: I mean, have fun but consider putting down newspaper or paper plates or something under your work area to help make clean up easier!)
  6. Place the salt dough creations into the oven at 350° F. Baking time depends on the size, thickness of the creations so just play it by ear. (Tidy's edit: We suggest grabbing a stool and sitting in front of the oven to regulate progress.)
  7. After removing the finished creations, decorate! (Tidy's edit: My favorite part. Oopsie's edit: Tidy's favorite part!)

Bash-O-Bash Raffle

We'll have a few items in the After Party raffle at the annual McElroy House Harvest Run 5K on December 9th in Dardanelle!

The Harvest Run is an easy going and fun event and is the only major fundraiser the McElroy House puts on. It's their "keep the lights on" event. Participate as a sponsor, runner/walker, virtual runner, or even consider donating or becoming a sustaining member!

November Episode

It's the new Bash-O-Bash podcast! In this episode we introduce ourselves, learn a little about how little we know about trees, and indulge in some meditative chicken listening. Kidding (not kidding.)

Subscribe in the iTunes podcast directory, listen via Soundcloud above, or subscribe using the RSS feed.

Bash-O-Bash is a children's book series in the making, with an emphasis on love of place, heritage, a connection to the land (in Bash-O-Bash stories these will be played out primarily in rural Arkansas, where its creators, the Martin-Moats family live,) and characters who affirm and live out the right to question and explore gender and demonstrate a community where individuals outside gender norms can “just be living their good life,” as one of our fans put it.

Also in this episode is the song "Uncle Junior" by Woods Afire, written by Meredith Martin and performed by Meredith Martin, Rebekah Champagne, Heather Smith, Bryan Brown, Amjad Faur and Bryan Moats. It was recorded in Fayetteville, Arkansas at Listen Laboratories by Dwight Chalmers in 2003 for the album And Still There Is No Sign released by Heartshape Records in 2004.

Every episode is accompanied by an illustration by Bryan. Each episode and illustration will be connected in theme and will sometimes even be a page from an upcoming book or other Bash-O-Bash projects. (FYI, our Patreon supporters have access to sneak peeks and high res download versions of the illustrations.)

See you next time!

Support on Patreon.
Follow us on Facebook.
Follow on Instagram.

 

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