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Slow Down, Stuff, Popeye

Thursday, April 21st, 2016

I am just finishing up drawing Fir Valley chapter 4. About a quarter of the way through the book! I am on track to have chapters two to four printed up for TCAF (May 14 – 15). I am having so much fun drawing this book. I am looking forward to a vehicle in chapter six. Here is the cover of the second collection. Also, an exciting announcement: Cloudscape is going to publishing the book later this year!

Fir Valley 02

Slow Down
I live in a pretty busy neighbourhood, and the traffic can get pretty intense. People getting crazy over parking and turning and busy intersections. I have seen the aftermath of a lot of accidents, and witnessed a couple since moving here a year ago.
So, as I’m walking around the neighbourhood I constantly see people driving, agitated and impatient. Going TOO FAST for a residential neighbourhood. And I think at them “SLOW DOWN”.
In the past months since I have not been working, I have had the decadent opportunity to slow down. If I go for a walk, I am not in a rush. I don’t necessarily take the most direct route. When Manien and I are poking around the neighbourhood, we just stop to enjoy any interesting things we see.
And so I think people need to slow down. When they are in such a rush I always think “The only thing you are rushing to is… the grave.” Slow down. Enjoy this while you’re here. Appreciate where you are. Notice as things change with the seasons. Have a leisurely meal. Enjoy the leaves sprouting, the tidal levels changing.

Stuff
A friend is moving and posted online about moving, struggling with what to get rid of. During our move last year, I got rid of a lot of stuff, but I still have a lot of stuff. My family in general has problems with getting rid of stuff. Recently I have considered that I might be more open to getting rid of more, if I am moving again. And that made me think that we get so attached to all our STUFF. It is nice, things that remind us of our past. But we hold on so tight. And not just our physical stuff but our history and grudges and so on. We don’t let stuff go. We should. We should let go of it all.

Popeye
That said, I was watching Popeye again the other day. When I was ten years old, I became obsessed with the movie well before it came out. During this viewing, Manien was heard to ask what got me so obsessed with it. As far as I can recall, it was a short news item in Electric Company magazine. I was a big fan of Mork and Mindy at the time, and so the idea of Robin Williams starring in a comic based movie was quite exciting to me, even if I had no notion of Popeye at that time.
I got the soundtrack album. I got the photo book. I got the making of Popeye book. A book about the history of Popeye. I drew my own comic about a sailor named Norm, which was basically just me paraphrasing a comic from the photo book. Sadly many of these artifacts have been lost to time.
When the movie finally came out, it did not even come to the city where I was living. I had to drag my family to the next town over, where we saw a matinee in a tiny multiplex theatre with two other people in the theatre. I wasn’t even sure what to make of it, finally seeing the peculiar Robert Altman picture.
Over time my love of it has only deepened though. The first movie I ever got on DVD, purchased along with Punchdrunk Love the day it came out on DVD. I can watch it endlessly, singing along. Almost in tears because it makes me so happy.

Time Travellers

Thursday, April 7th, 2016

I haven’t been drawing a lot except for Fir Valley lately. I am currently inking chapter four. My plan is to have chapters two to four printed up in time for TCAF, May 14 – 15. I should be inking right now!

Here is a little comic I drew this morning. I may also put together an issue of Vinegar for TCAF as well. But that may be pushing it.

Time Travellers

Hourly Comic Day 2016

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016

It was that time of year again yesterday – Hourly Comic Day! The tenth year of it, by my calculation. Below are the comics I drew through my day. Watch me struggle with how to draw my current shaggy hair!

I was looking back at past years, and it is interesting to see where I was at each year. Working. Not working. Working somewhere else. Last year we were getting ready to move.

My comics from 2015.
My comics from 2014.
My comics from 2013.
My comics from 2012.
My comics from 2011 are MIA.
2009 here. 2008 here. 2007 here. And way back to 2006 here.

Hourly Comic Day 2016 - 8:00am

Hourly Comic Day 2016 - 9:21am

Hourly Comic Day 2016 - 10:00am

Hourly Comic Day 2016 - 11:21am

Hourly Comic Day 2016 - 12:42pm

Hourly Comic Day 2016 - 1:39pm

Hourly Comic Day 2016 - 2:51pm

Hourly Comic Day 2016 - 3:24pm

Hourly Comic Day 2016 - 4:20pm

Hourly Comic Day 2016 - 6:00pm

Hourly Comic Day 2016 - 7:12pm

Hourly Comic Day 2016 - 8:10pm

Hourly Comic Day 2016 - 9:20pm

Hourly Comic Day 2016 - 10:23pm

Hourly Comic Day 2016 - 11:11pm

Hourly Comic Day 2016 - 12:41am

Sunrise Walks

Wednesday, January 13th, 2016

I am reading this book by Geoff Dyer Zona: A Book About a Film About a Journey to a Room which is his appreciation of the classic movie Andrei Tarkovsky’s Stalker. I saw this movie around 1997 and recalling it vividly brings back the setting I viewed it in: My friend Stu’s living room. Probably it was a grey Sunday afternoon, still hung over from our excesses the night before. Stu’s place was generally a filthy mess, with dirty cat hair covered clothes on the floor, every surface covered with dirty dishes, empties, overflowing ashtrays. Actually it was a perfect set and setting to watch a long dream-like movie with characters moving through ruined buildings.

Oh, happy New Year. Look at us, here in 2016. I have been on a little break from working on Fir Valley while I draw a short story. The short story is actually Fir Valley related. Here is a drawing from it.

Minor Infractions

In the late December Lull, I was chilling a bit, doing some drawing, and trying to figure out landscapes, and space, so I was back to drawing North Vancouver houses.

North Vancouver 27

North Vancouver 28

And a run down corner of Krugersdorp in South Africa.

Krugersdorp 02

Some days when Manien works, we get up at 5am. If I am particularly inspired, I get myself out the door for an early walk such that I will be out when the sun comes up. And it is like this video.

I was out for a Sunrise Walk this morning. I was trying to remember this song by Le Tigre.

Through a couple of brain steps, I then had this Beck song going for a while.

Somehow that worked its way over to this Wintersleep song.

I also had Hang on to Your Ego in my head for a while.

Lynn Canyon

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2015

I was looking for something to draw while I listened to this great You Made It Weird podcast with Raghu Markus and Duncan Trussel. Hm, I wonder where some characters end up in the next chapter of Fir Valley?

Lynne Canyon

Happy Solstice

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2015

According to my calendar, the winter solstice is tomorrow, but I feel like posting today. Burn some candles, have a feast!

I continue to progress on Fir Valley, chapter two is finished now. Twenty-one pages in total so far.

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For a change of pace, I drew Mega-j fighting a mermaid.

Mega-j and the Mermaid

And today I was trying to draw some animals. They are tricky!

Animals

A Long Year

Thursday, December 3rd, 2015

I had a birthday recently, and realized it was just after my last birthday that big changes started. Selling our house. Big changes to my dayjob, which I ultimately ended up leaving.

I finally updated my store so now you can buy Vinegar 37 (with stories about selling the house), the Adulation, and the first chapter of Fir Valley.

I have been working away on the second chapter of Fir Valley. It is coming along.
 

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Panels like this keep progress on the slow side.

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I came across this in an old sketchbook from 2000.

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Here is a comic I drew back in August, asking my nieces (8 and 5) what should happen next.

Pet Pals 1

Pet Pals 2

And that was going to be the end, but then when I showed it to the younger niece, she was heartbroken that I had used her sister’s suggestion for the last panels instead of hers. So I drew an alternate version with her ending, and she added some drawing to it as well.

Pet Pals 3

Pet Pals 4

Further collaborations with young relatives, I made these stop motion animation shorts with my niece and nephew (11 and 8) on the Island last week. Our time was short and we unfortunately were not able to get to finish the story.

Blinding Light Page 100

Friday, October 23rd, 2015

Strangely when I received that recent Page 100 Project submission, I had been considering doing one for the book I was reading. So I went ahead and did it, here is my adaptation of Page 100 from Paul Theroux’s “Blinding Light“. We begin as the main character Slade is coming down from a datura experience.

Page 100 of the Blinding Light

I did this in Manga Studio, and it is the first comic I have done using that program. I also have a very old tablet without a lot of sensitivity, so my lines have a certain Sharpie-like subtlety to them.

The Colours of the Fall

Friday, October 16th, 2015

Hey remember the PAGE 100 PROJECT? Just pick a book, turn to page 100, and adapt it as a comic. Well I got someone sending me their Page 100 comic for the first time in ages. Gašper Rus in Slovenia contributed his adaptation of page 100 of Love by Slovenian author Marjan Rožanc.

Here are some preperatory sketches for chapter two of Fir Valley.

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Here are some colours of fall.

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On Goofiness

Wednesday, October 7th, 2015

I am nudging ahead with the second chapter of Fir Valley, working on page layouts and pencilling. I guess I should get the first chapter (and other things) set up in the store so people can check it out. It continues to be decadent for me to have time to work on this. Time to go for a good walk every day. Time to spend with Manien.

As I work on Fir Valley, I am finding it is coming out quite serious, and hope that it isn’t too grim. Whenever I co-write a comic with someone else, it ends up having a lot of goofiness. So that is just something I am thinking about, balancing the serious with the silly.

I am considering colouring Fir Valley. I quite liked how the colours came out on my transit comic, and thought I might continue in that vein.

Fir Valley Colour Test

Here is a joke Manien made because she knew it would make me laugh (it did).

Birds - Health Choices

Here are some quick drawings capturing assorted singing and goofing around on a day Manien and I went on a picnic by the Olympic Village. I am enjoying drawing my slightly shaggy hair.

October 3 - Manitoba

October 3 - Belly Button

October 3 - Pretend Dog

October 3 - James

We saw four spiders that had all built webs around the same Awesome Spot.

October 3 - Good Spot

And here is a drawing I did of Duncan Trussel from this talk.

Duncan Trussel and the Holy Grail