For some reason the Flying Lizards version of “Summertime Blues” popped into my head after dinner.
Which then got me thinking of their great version of “Money”.
Which reminded me that long ago I named a superhero the Flying Lizard. He was based on a wrestling outfit I made for myself. The mask was the sleeve of some old pajamas that I cut eyes, nose and mouth holes into. The nose and eyes tore and became one big hole. I don’t believe the Flying Lizard had any powers, he was a wrestler who became a superhero.
On a recent trip to Guelph I discovered a box in storage that contained the binder of superheroes my brother and I drew back in the 70s. Also the binder of revamped versions of many of them for the Marvel Superhero roleplaying game.
Another month slips by. I have been drawing, just not anything to post here. I have 20 pages of this comic pencilled and have just this week started inking it. Strange to be at that point of trying to figure out how I want this comic to look. With Farm School, I had a clearer idea of what I wanted it to look like. But it is good to feel it trundling forward. I got fairly derailed by STUFF in March and April, so unfortunately I won’t have it ready in time for VanCAF.
Let’s see, what have I been enjoying lately? Last week I read a fascinating article by Michael Pollan about plant intelligence. Plants are doing crazy things you have no idea about! It being spring, the garden is bursting into action and we’re eating lots of kale and asparagus. Thinking about plants got me thinking about my plant comics from the Year 40 Project.
At the comic jam a couple of weeks ago Brian Fukushima was showing me his latest comic, and it is one of those times when someone’s art seems to have taken this leap! It is this amazing stripped down style, tiny drawings with pencil crayons. It is a fantasy adventure type of thing and you can buy it here.
In anticipation of throwing out all my cassette tapes, I have been listening to mixed tapes I’ve made over the years. I put one on the other morning and the first song was “Stay 19” by the Wet Spots. And I very well may have been 19 when I made that tape, which would make it 24 years old. Sometimes I get lost in a fog of the past.
Here is a drawing of some people. It is me thinking about the cast of my next comic, whenever I get finished this current one. Much like the current one, it is weird to try to figure out what to do with the next one. Do I really want to start a project that may take years to finish? Should it be in colour? Should I print it or just have it available digitally? Decisions decisions. Finish the current one first! Anyways, who are all these people?!
I’ve been enjoying Father John Misty lately. No matter how dire my mood on the hill, it seems to work for me.
I suspect this song by Oberhofer may go on my next mixed cd.
And tonight I was listening to the WTF podcast talking with Wayne Kramer of MC5. I really don’t know their music, but it was quite a good chat, interesting all the ups and downs he’d been through. AND holy crap watch this band tear it up!
Oh hey look it is Valentine’s Day. Now would be a great time to remind you of what a perfect Valentine gift True Loves would be, right? Gretchen is much better than me at this, and has had True Loves as part of her Valentine’s display at Gretchen’s Here and Now Bakery.
I finished off one sketchbook, and jumped right into another. Let me share some drawings with you.
Here are some angels and devils. Once I thought to make the angels angry they were great fun!
Manien and I went for a great walk in a different neighbourhood and it inspired me to draw some more houses.
Somehow that led me to looking at Iceland in google street view, and drawing houses there.
And my traditional deformed looking self portrait as the last drawing of my sketchbook.
I wasn’t sure about how I felt about that drawing, so I tried doing another drawing of myself from a photo. Mostly I got fixated on the shadows on the wall.
And another house in Iceland, with colour.
I love this Moby video, even though it tends to make me cry.
As I dance up and down the hill lately it has made me think of this scene from Mauvais Sang.
Back around the start of the year I was reading this article about how exercise is great as preventative medicine. The author is a real exercise nut and discusses how hard it is to motivate people to exercise. But a few times he used the word movement instead of exercise, and I thought “Now that I can get behind! That sounds so much better and more fun than exercise.”
A few times this year we have had spontaneous dance parties in my living room. Just Manien and me, and my brother too one time. Dancing away for hours. I love to dance. And I enjoyed it so much I thought I should really just dance more. For the joy of it, but also for the movement, since I spend so much time just sitting at a desk. I often dance around the kitchen while I’m making food.
Thinking about this stuff, I wondered how much extra movement you could incorporate into daily life without people noticing. Reaching for something on a shelf and you just throw in a bit more of a flourish. Stretch as you’re walking down the hall but it becomes a bit more of a gesture. Do some extra moves walking down the hill. Enhanced Movement Techniques.
Anyways, so these are the things I think about!
And then on Sunday I was looking for something to draw for a warmup and I thought of this video series Girl Walk / All Day. I just love the way Anne Marsen moves, the fun and joy and variety and goofiness. Very much in the spirit I dance!
So I started doing little straight to ink drawings of her, pausing the video every few seconds. Not worrying about getting it perfect, just trying to capture something of her moves. And it was so enjoyable, I just kept coming back to it. All these are just from this one chapter of the series. There are twelve.
That time of year when I make a new folder on the computer, called “2014”. The folder doesn’t have much in it yet, just a few drawings, see below. Retrofit comics are now available for digital purchase, so you can get Farm School there. On the other hand, Webcomicsnation is currently down, so there are a bunch of my comics that are not available right at this moment. I guess I had better get on a solution. But you know, when I am already finding it hard to get down to the business of comicking, the last thing I need are internet issues to distract me.
Here is the last drawing I datestamped 2013, drawn from a photo by Steven Brooks.
The first thing I datestamped 2014 was a comic strip for an upcoming Taddle Creek comic special. Here is the first panel.
I had a trip to Ontario a couple of weeks ago and managed to dance around bad weather. When I was there it was quite mild, while Vancouver was uncommonly cold. Then after I came back Ontario got cold again, piles of snow now, while I walk around here with just a hoodie or light jacket.
It appears to have been a month since I posted anything here. So let’s start with a comic I drew on my way back from Ontario.
At some point I realized that I had enough drawings to do a couple more little collections of the tiny astonaut “explorer”, so I finished off the series I did with him and Mega-j, and then forged on to finish up the series of him in the forest.
When I was in Ontario I had a quiet moment and decided to check out Marc Maron’s comedy special on netflix, since I quite enjoy his WTF podcast and hadn’t actually heard any of his comedy. I was inspired to do this drawing of him.
This is a drawing I did a while back, working towards a story I am planning to start next year.
Okay, finally got pencilling on my next comic again. Yay! Let’s move this forward!
Remember to send in your entry for the True Loves 3 Final Panel Contest. Tell me what song you think they are dancing to at the end! Send me an email, a twitter, a message on Facebook with your entry. The winner will get an original drawing of True and Zander!
Here are a couple of short comics.
Here is a drawing of Hank Williams from this photo.
I did another drawing of the tiny astronaut in the forest.
And look a Mega-j cover. I was putting on my Popeye tshirt and this popped into my head.
And here is a delightful new song from Moby that makes me very happy and might just be on this year’s birthday mix, which is titled A Celebration of Life and Living.
Oh I haven’t posted here for a couple of weeks! I was going to wait until Thursday for the weekly True Loves 3 update, but then I finally started laying actual pencil to actual paper on my next comic today so I thought I would post these things before I go get supper started. Hey we’re having corn on the cob, just like in last week’s True Loves 3.
I also got together Vinegar 36. It is all the autobiographical comics I drew this summer since finishing TL3, and it is subtitled Finishing True Loves. You can buy it over in the store. 36 pages of comicky goodness with fruit flies, dancing, getting lost in time and more.
Hm. I was going to post some drawings, but flickr is being a jerk. FINE.
So the comic I started drawing is one that has been in my head for ages. I was originally going to draw it between True Loves 1 and 2! But I still feel like I want to draw it, so here we go. Here are some songs that I was considering using on the first page of the comic, which will it be?
I have been doing these drawings this week where I can just zone out and listen to a podcast and… draw lots of leaves. The same thing as when I would draw debris photos or Mega-j with lots of hatching. I was looking at plants on a sunny day and vivid repeated patterns were almost hallucinatory for me, and I thought I would try to capture that in a drawing.
On Monday while I was drawing I was listening to this Nerdist talk with the Wachowskis and Tom Tykwer about Cloud Atlas. And then on Tuesday I was listening to this Peter Greenaway talk about the re-inventing cinema. In both there was interesting discussion of how the conventions of film have become so incredibly limited.
Here are my forest drawings.
A while ago I was looking at the symbolic meanings of colours in my Dictionary of Symbols, and I liked something in the meanings of blue and thought I should draw a blue person. At some point that became I should draw a blue elf.
When I finished the first drawing, I thought the elf and astronaut looked too big. I asked Manien what blue elf would be in Afrikaans and she said “die blou kabouter”.
And here is a song from the 80s that popped into my head out of nowhere. It was only now as I sang it in my head that I realized what the title meant. Have no money.