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).
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.
Here is a song by I’m from Barcelona. Violins (or Violence?)
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Here is picture from a hike on the Lynn Headwater trails. It was ridiculously beautiful.
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.
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.
There is a new True Loves 3 up. We are nearing the end of the online True Loves. Why not go buy the book? I was going through old boxes and came across the original notes Manien and I made when we conceived of the comic. Interesting to see what made it into the final books. Maybe I will scan those when the book is finished online. Or when I don’t have anything else to post with my weekly update here. Not like this week…
I am going to be at Word on the Street on September 29. Come buy stuff. Apparently the comics people are going to be up the surface this year, so hopefully it will be nice weather.
I follow Welcome to Twin Peaks on Tumblr, and they are having a character homage week, starting with Phillip Jeffries, the elusive character played by David Bowie in Fire Walk with Me. So I drew him.
And it was so much fun, I thought I would draw him some off on an FBI mission in some kind of exotic bar.
Which is actually from this, with Jeffries dropped in.
As I walk around listening to music the past couple of weeks, I have been trying to find music that would fit the mood for a comic I’m hoping to do next year. When I was thinking up Farm School, I found A Silver Mount Zion was good for getting my mind in the right place. The past few days I finally hit some songs that are in the right direction for my Fir Valley project. Here are a few