Like many of those inspired by Contrarian friend James Kochalka (who has written a daily comic about his life every day for nearly 11 years now) artist/director Ben Wolfinsohn has begun a blog about his own daily life. However, unlike many of the other amateurish homages I’ve come across, Wolfinsohn seems artistically up to the challenge. Admittedly, his site is only updated every other day. On the other hand, it’s animated.
Fantastically unique and with spot-on delivery, My Odd Days has been running for almost two months so far. The episodes are a minute or so long and deal with the quiet, comically mundane aspects of Wolfinsohn’s day-to-day, with the creator often voicing all the characters himself in characteristic deadpan style.
The longevity of the blog seems so far to be linked directly to Wolfinsohn’s own unemployment — and is periodically threatened by his frustration with all the work it entails to keep the site going — but I’ve become so attached to it, I’m secretly cheering for his current state of affairs to continue. In the meantime though, I’m encouraging everyone I know to start watching in hopes that he finds some success through his blog.
My favorite episodes so far are the one that introduced me to the musical genius of Nate Denver, the one where he meets Michel Gondry, and the one in which his girlfriend sets the boundaries for how her character is to be dealt with. Oh, and of course the James Kochalka tribute (which requires an understanding of the previous day’s entry).