Hello, darlings.

Sometimes things—and people—can be around for so long and do their thing so reliably that we forget about them. Or at least, under-appreciate all that they still have to offer.

As you may have noticed, I put a lot of effort into the Dispatch. Email may be unglamorous, taken for granted, reviled, even, but it also allows for an amount of connection and control that social media (the flashy young alternative everyone flocks to) doesn’t really allow. And yet, here we are communicating directly with little to no algorithmic intrusion.

Though far from perfect, email is a larger, more open and more forgiving canvas on which to try to communicate important things to you, darlings. I can vary it up. You can take your time and organize however you like. I think there’s life in the old girl yet.

Speaking of which, have you met Gertie?

Like email, this old girl still has plans and quite a story to tell. And telling it through email, of course. “Gertie’s Gotta Go” is the brain child of director and writer Alana Cymerman, in collaboration with the delightfully creative photographer Sirli Raitma. Together, they’ve been pushing at the boundaries of what email can do for a while now. Sign up and let Gertie’s tale slowly unfold in your inbox, a week at a time.

Save the date!

The traveling emporium will make a glittery appearance at the Clio Art Fair in NYC September 7-10! I'll have a lovely array of paintings from my two most recent collections available--along with a selection of drawings. I have a small number of complimentary tickets to the opening reception and brunch events. Smash that reply button if you're interested!

Until next time, flame on! 🔥

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Edward Ficklin

Edward Ficklin (he/him), the maverick artist not afraid to say gay, is a self-taught painter, writer, publisher and sometimes technologist. He creates sensuous and erotically-tinged queer surrealist art, publishes queer-centered sci-fi comix, and pontificates regularly on a range of topics in his Queer Quantum Dispatch newsletter.

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