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If you are a new visitor, coming over from Savage Chickens, hello! There are pages up there at the top where you can find plenty of my comics online to read for free. Also a store, where you can buy things.
You ever just want to stop using computers I have been experiencing technical difficulties. The new book was tantalizingly close to being ready to print, and it drifted further and further from getting done. Hopefully soon. Here is the cover as it currently stands.
If you aren’t one following me on Instagram (vinegar22), you may not have seen this thing I did the past couple of years. Every time I was walking up past the library at night, I would take a picture of this van that always sat in one corner of a parking lot, dramatically lit by the street lamp.
Then in September there was a notice saying the parking lot was closing October 1! And indeed on October 1, the van was gone. Discussing this with cartoonist friends, we thought some sort of commemoration of the van was in order. So I have started doing drawings from the van photos, as the Van Project. If anyone else is inspired to make art inspired by the van, please feel free to join in. The van photos can be found here.
While I have been struggling through my technical difficulties, one thing I did to sooth my aggravated soul was more North Van house drawings from Google Streetview. Here are a few of them.
Hourly comic day!
The book that I periodically quote from, Free to Learn, is quite interesting. It puts forth the notion that children learn through playing and that the way our schools are structures works directly against kids natural instinct to learn and figure things out. You can read an article that gives the gist of it here.
I am tired and wish that it was Friday. Oh, but then it wouldn’t be Thursday and there wouldn’t be a new True Loves 3!
Apparently I haven’t drawn much this week. All I have is this attempt to imagine how a butterfly experiences the world.
It snuck up on me, but luckily the internet reminded me about Hourly Comic Day. Always adds some fun to an otherwise unremarkable day. Or are they all remarkable?
Halloween comes and goes. I didn’t get up to too much more than getting together my costume to wear at the dayjob. It turns out wearing a fur suit makes one quite warm. My costume was inspired by those Wilder Mann photos I was drawing early in October. My costume confused people all day long!
My department decided on a theme of “Scary Forest” (downgraded from the more evocative Haunted Forest). The decor included trees made from cut up brown paper bags, and a whole pile of branches from my back yard. It looked better in person, of course.
Manien has been on a run of going through old boxes and was inspired Saturday to tackle the legendary box labelled “Crap from our Trip” and she got me to look at a box labelled “Jason Kitchen.” Neither of these boxes had been opened for oh ten years or more. As well as old kitchen stuff, my box contained some comic pages I had been looking for, and this old jacket I had been wanting to dig out.
On the front…
1. I am not sure what those trees were about, to be honest
2. LoN. League of the New, a superhero group I made as a kid and kept returning to for role-playing games and a FULLY PAINTED dark and gritty comic inspired by the Dark Knight Returns.
3. I loved throwing crosses on stuff. How edgy of me! J t! So bad! And an alpha/omega.
4. Background for the first panel of the Watchmen, where I pinned my Watchmen smiley face button.
5. Boot to the Head – referring to the Four on the Floor TV show. Hell Toupee was something from Eddy Current…
6. I had another jacket that I covered about a third of the sleeve with pop can tabs. I would keep my eye open for them on the ground when I walked around.
7. Dishman! by John MacLeod
8. I AM HE AS YOU ARE HE AS YOU ARE ME AND WE ARE ALL TOGETHER from a Beatles song and this graphic from Rick Veitch‘s “The One” comic.
9. Eddy Current by Ted McKeever was a big influence on me.
10. Dark Knight style bats
11. Men Without Hats forever!
12. I was quite into Matt Wagner‘s first “Mage: The Hero Discovered”
13. Go Canada!
14. Also Matt “Wagner’s Grendel”