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Ontario and TCAF 2016

Friday, May 20th, 2016

I had a decadent two weeks in Ontario before TCAF to visit my family. This gave me lots of time to wander around Guelph and Stratford. I went on some nice walks, and ended up on some streets I had never walked in all my years living in Guelph.

Guelph Stairs

I also had time to relax and do fun things with my family. My brothers and I made up D&D characters and had an absolute hoot. An old pal happened to be in town, and we had a nice visit with him. I had living room dance parties with my younger brother and my Mom, playing old records. I got out and did some landscape painting with my older brother, which is such a satisfying thing to do.

Painting with my brother

I managed to finish up some autobiographical stuff and put together Vinegar 38: Return of the Fluff Headed Man. Due to a strangely confused copy shop I ended up having to fold and staple them myself. Since my long arm stapler was safely back in Vancouver, I did it up old style, banging the staples through into cardboard and folding them in by hand.

vinegar 38 stapling

And then it was time for TCAF. On the Friday I ran into Jeff Ellis and took him to one of my favourite dingy old bars, the Duke of Gloucester. It is a block from TCAF and a block from the hotel where I was staying. We had a beer, and watched strange music videos a guy was playing in the corner. Then it was time to set up and head off to the opening party at the Pilot. TCAF is getting so big these days that it is easy to see people only in passing or miss them all together. That first night I said hi to Annie Koyama and Nina Bunjevac, but then didn’t see them again for the rest of the show. I managed to miss Box Brown all together. At the Pilot I saw lots of friends from Vancouver and Jim Munroe and Joe Decie and met many other interesting folks.

TCAF 2016 The Pilot Welcome Party

TCAF 2016 Yonge Street is full of stars

The first day of the show was crazy busy. I barely left the table. I had truly delightful neighbours, Tess Eneli Reid and Estrella Vega. Both of them had these amazing fold out comic/print projects that just blew people away all weekend.

TCAF 2016 My Table

TCAF 2016 Second Floor Salon

After the show I was heading out to dinner with my old Toronto Comic Jam comrades Dave Howard and Dalton Sharp, and another jammer Zann. We went to the Artful Dodger, where Dalton and I used to meet every week to do jam comics with Dave Lapp. Just by chance, I ran into Dave Lapp outside the bar! It was obviously fated to be, so he joined us too. We drank and chatted and jams were jammed. It was so great to hang out with them all (even if the pictures here came out less than great).

TCAF 2016 Artful Dodger

TCAF 2016 Artful Dodger

TCAF 2016 Bee Jam

TCAF 2016 Worm Jam

Sunday was a cold and miserable day, it even snowed a bit. The show was a little quieter, and I managed to do a few quick runs to buy some comics. I didn’t even make it off the second floor though, never mind checking out the new venue up the road at the Masonic Temple. I did get nostalgic for all the great bands I saw there back in the day when it was the Concert Hall. I saw someone with a Pixies t-shirt who also saw them there in the early 90s. Later in the evening Matthew Daley and I got downright misty eyed thinking of how much we love seeing live music, what an incredible experience it can be.

Another dinner with different old Toronto pals. Another TCAF sendoff party. It was an awesome time.

And now it is on to…

VANCAF 2016 floorplan

Fir Valley Spring

Sunday, May 1st, 2016

Very exciting, I have chapters 2 – 4 of Fir Valley printed up, just in time for me to head to Ontario for visits and TCAF. Check that out! Also I found a nice rusty horseshoe at a local antique shop (Bakers Dozen, which has great window displays).

Fir Valley Chapter 2 - 4

ALSO exciting is that I have a backup story in Ed Brisson’s “The Violent” from Image Comics that comes out May 4. It is a full colour five pager that ties into Fir Valley.

The Violent #4

Here is a song by I’m from Barcelona. Violins (or Violence?)

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.

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.

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

Fir Valley Chapter One

Thursday, September 24th, 2015

I managed to get the first chapter of Fir Valley done in time for Word Vancouver. I will be there at the downtown library Sunday September 27, 11am to 5pm with these fresh comics for you to buy. Check out the swanky cover designed by my pal Josue of Fresh Brewed Illustration.

Fir Valley - Chapter One

Fir Valley Progress

Friday, September 18th, 2015

This Saturday is the Vancouver Comic Jam. Have I actually mentioned that I took over the running of the jam from Ed Brisson at the start of the year? It has been going well, and since May it has been quite exciting to be able to walk home from it in ten minutes. Check out all the pages from the August jam.

This Sunday I am going to the reception for this art show at the Seymour Art Gallery in Deep Cove. The show has 30 artists to celebrate the gallery having been open 30 years, and I have a comic in it.

Meanwhile I am busy working away on my new comic Fir Valley. I need to get it done next week to have it printed up in time for Word Vancouver on September 27. Here are some pictures of the work in progress. This is from the first page.

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And some sketching for the second chapter.

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What now?

Wednesday, May 27th, 2015

After all the selling, the moving, the settling, and then the mad scramble last week to get things ready for VanCAF, now I feel like “What do I even do with myself?”

VanCAF was fun. Sold some comics, talked to lots of people, bought some comics. Last night I went to a book launch at Lucky’s for Julian Lawrence and Kat Verhoven‘s new books. I had been planning to go, but had forgotten all about it. Luckily the twitter reminded me, and I was able to just stroll over. Maybe 20 minutes from my place.

Oh until I figure out a suitable online venue for my comics, mostly what there is to look at is the really really old ones, from before webcomicsnation. Although now that I look, some of those are gone too. Oh internet.

Here is the big finale to the Two Birds saga.


New Neighbourhood

Monday, May 18th, 2015

Wow it has already been three weeks since we moved. Everything is finally settled, even pictures up on the walls. The new neighbourhood is awesome. Everything walkable, lots of interesting places to eat and go. Running into people I know. It was a long arduous journey to get here, but we are happy and relieved now that we’re here.

Next weekend is VanCAF. I will be at table H4 in Hall 2. I just finished drawing my Two Birds comics, and will be printing that up. I also have a bunch of comics I drew about the moving process that I will be printing up as Vinegar 37.

In other news, I just noticed the other day that Webcomics Nation appears to finally be down. So most of my comics are not on the internet suddenly! I will have to figure out some kind of alternative. Bummer. I had a lot of comics up there.

I was looking through an old sketchbook and found a conversation I had written down between me and Randy at Schlockbuster in 2008. Schlockbuster was an independent alternative video store in North Vancouver that was a life saver back in the day. Wow it has already been four years since they closed.

Schlockbuster 01

Schlockbuster 02


Friday, October 25th, 2013

New True Loves 3 is up. Almost to the end now. As always, you should go buy things in the store. Go buy all of True Loves, why not?

On the weekend my older brother was in town, and my younger brother came over and we all hung around with Manien all weekend. We did lots of stuff, going to a movie, for walks, hikes, and drinks. Played Carcassonne. It was a great time.

On Sunday we all headed out to Deep Cove for the Bio/Graphic autobiographical comic art show. I was part of a panel discussion with Colin Upton and Sarah Leavitt. It was interesting to chat about the differences of our comic lives and approaches to drawing and so on. I should have gotten a photo of the panel! Then there was a reception afterwards. And then my posse and I went for a stroll. I am going to have draw some of those crazy steep houses of Deep Cove! Here are a couple of photos.

Seymour Art Gallery

Seymour Art Gallery Reception

Here is picture from a hike on the Lynn Headwater trails. It was ridiculously beautiful.

Lynn Headwater

Mid October

Thursday, October 17th, 2013

Okay. What is happening? Let’s see.

New True Loves 3 is up. Ever closer to the end. This weekend is the Bio/Graphic art show reception and panel discussion on Sunday in Deep Cove. The show is on for the next month, so if you are feeling like an adventure into the wilds of the north shore, check it out.

Bio Graphic

I read the second part of Patrick Farley’s Steve and Steve. Quite enjoyed it. I’m rereading Scott Pilgrim and in addition to being an absolute delight, it captures being young and living in the Annex in Toronto so well.

I have pencilled a few pages of my new comic The Adulation. I guess at some point I will have to figure out what to do with it. I have been trying to do a warm up drawing to get myself rolling here are a couple. The first one is a house I saw in Lynn Valley a while back. The second one is from this crazy page of Google Street View pictures.

North Vancouver House 9