Archive for the ‘True Loves’ Category

Lazing like a Lazer

Thursday, April 25th, 2013

New True Loves 3 is up. More questions. The rarely seen bathroom. Meanwhile the book is off to the printers. Exciting. Here is the cover.

True Loves 3 cover

On the weekend Manien and I were both off for the first time in a while. I gave myself permission to be completely lazy and just hang out with her. We watched Mad Men, which is so good. We flaked out Saturday afternoon and watched the Loneliest Planet. If you like a beautiful quiet movie with minimal dialogue and lots of long shots of people walking like I do, you will like this movie.

At the same time, I have been in a bit of limbo, not quite feeling like drawing. Still sort of aimless and listless, post-True Loves. But then we have had some lovely sunny days and I just walk around having my mind blown by the flowers and blossoms and colours.

I also finished reading Margaret Atwood’s “Year of the Flood” which I had avoided reading until I finished Farm School. Great, lovely.

The Finish Line

Thursday, April 18th, 2013

You can read the latest installment of True Loves 3 here. In the meanwhile this happened.

True Loves 3 Fin

Yes, I finished True Loves. It was hard to believe it was done. There was still all the scanning and so on to do, and that ended up taking quite a while. When THAT was all done, I was in a daze, feeling strange and a bit lost for several days. It still feels strange. We started the first book way back in late 2000, so that is quite a long project to be concluding!

Did I mention I finally got a cell phone recently? So now I take photos when I’m ambling around my little section of North Van. Things like this, so I can torment my friends and relatives in the rest of Canada the past couple of weeks.

Pink Snow

Lonsdale Flowers

Things like this art installation.

Log Installation

Or if I’m out walking at night, I get fascinated by pockets of light.

Night Walk


And look, a rainbow.


I had a sudden urge to draw another of these tonight. Mega-j, about to enter the bright light.

Mega-j and the Tiny Astronaut 8

And finally I watched this great video of Nick Cave at the Coachella Festival. It does a pretty good job of capturing how incredible he is in concert. It gave me goosebumps, and made me kick myself for not making an effort to see his most recent show here.


Friday, April 5th, 2013

New True Loves 3 is up. I am currently inking page 116 of 120. Holy smokes! So close!

The rain has returned after being away for over a week. I am okay with that, all the bursting plants needed some water. Vancouver has been looking insanely beautiful. Everyone is instagramming the heck out of all the blossoms. It is hard not to, they are so lovely.


Sometimes when I wake in the night, I have super energetic music in my head, and that doesn’t bode well for me falling back to sleep. Earlier in the week, to ensure my brain wasn’t too rambunctious I was singing this Rolling Stones song. It was quite soothing.

Sunshine Springtime

Friday, March 29th, 2013

New True Loves 3. Now its all out in the open having to be discussed. Meanwhile, I started pencilling page 116.

Last week I was puttering around and Manien was working a night shift, and I had inked as much as I was going to. I couldn’t find anything on youtube or netflix that called to me. So instead I found a random photo on flickr to draw, while I listened to a podcast. Quite relaxing. I don’t just draw enough these days.


Manien bought a juicer recently, so we’ve been drinking a lot of juice. Get some beets and ginger in there and they’re all good. I was curious what some would look like on paper.


I’ve been trying to focus on finishing True Loves, but have been feeling like doing some more bird comics. Here is a quickie from this morning.

Suns coming up

Big Talk

Thursday, March 21st, 2013

The big finale of the Big Talk in True Loves 3.

On the weekend I was at the comic jam and a couple of people expressed distress at where things were going in True Loves 3, and that was nice to hear. That people are following along and care what happens in it. Because I get very little feedback on it, beyond the occasional facebook LIKE or retweet on Twitter or tumblr reblog. Those are great, but I guess they suggest a general support for the comic, rather than responding to anything specific in it. INTERNET.

Speaking of the Vancouver Comic Jam, it was a pretty epic one. Good fun, great energy, new people, old people, ridiculous running gags. Good times. See the huge pile of comics produced here. Advisory: There Will Be Humping.

VCJ March 2013

Here is a song I have been enjoying recently.

It makes me think of this song.

And here is Sigur Ros playing the song that was stuck in my head at all night. My brain was not in a calm sleepy place.

Writing to the End of Loves

Friday, March 15th, 2013

The online updates are quite behind the on paper production of True Loves 3. This week’s instalment continues the Big Talk. That is page 88. I just finished drawing page 108. And on the weekend, Manien and I finished the writing. The writing of True Loves is DONE! It was exciting, but a little strange and sad too. Here I am simulating the writing process.

Writing Simulation

Here we are celebrating finishing.

Finished Writing Celebration

Sometimes I get down on North Vancouver, but I must say that being able to easily walk to somewhere like this is pretty awesome.

Mossy Walk

On that same walk, we saw this awesome note someone abandoned on a bush.

Found Notes

Manien has started her tomato plants, and they are looking quite jolly. In the back is Dieter the Pepper Plant. Dieter surprised us by starting new peppers recently.

Windowsill Tomatoes

The Big Scene

Saturday, March 9th, 2013

True Loves 3 is getting into a pivotal scene. I think I forgot to post an update here last week, so click that link and get a double dose.

I am drawing page 107 right now. This weekend Manien and I are planning to do some writing. Which will take us to THE END of True Loves. Crazy.

Here is my unusually tidy drawing area.

Unusually Tidy

All the clutter was just shifted to the other end, on top of the scanner and printer.

There's the Mess

In other news, it is getting quite springlike here in Vancouver. The garlic is poking up!

Garlic Rising

This video is pretty awesome.

And this one too.


Friday, February 22nd, 2013

New True Loves 3 is up! I finished drawing page 100 the other day. Slowly inching towards the finish line. I have a paper by my drawing area to mark off each page as I finish.


And meanwhile Farm School is getting in people’s hands, which is exciting. But I haven’t actually held the final object myself! Well I hope you all enjoy it. If you don’t have it yet, why not buy it?

Here are some drawings I did on the weekend. Random stuff off the internet.



I was listening to Iggy Pop’s “The Idiot” and got thinking about Berlin. Through the magic of Google Street View, I went and wandered around there a bit. Did this quick sketch.


A drawing I did as I hung out with Josue on the weekend. I have forest matters on my brain.



I was talking to Manien about how tricky drawing moss is. She went like this.


Jason and the Comics

Friday, February 8th, 2013

There is a new True Loves 3 up. There is talk of spinach and I somehow didn’t make a Popeye joke! How did I let that happen?

Did you know I do a column for Broken Pencil magazine? It is a column about comics in comic form called Jason and the Comics. Here is an excerpt from the latest column.

Jason and the Comics 18

Here is a song that made me very happy last weekend. I like the song better than the video, actually.

The Drains

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

New True Loves 3. We are now in an unusual state where I have drawn well ahead of where the online comic is at. I am really trying to motor on this. For a moment when I checked the post this morning I was confused as to whether that was the right comic up or not. Wait have coming events happened yet?

My comic Farm School from Retrofit is still up for pre-order. I was thinking how this band A Silver Mount Zion was somehow integral to the initial mood that informed the story.

Here is a drawing my cousin found in an old scrapbook. I did it around 1981 when I was deep in my obsession with the Robert Altman Popeye movie. Then I did a quick drawing to see if I remembered how to draw Olive Oyl.

Olive 1981

Olive 2013

Last weekend in the night someone took the caps off two drains beside our house. Manien and I pondered why someone would do this. I had my suspicions…


As Farm School is about to be released, and I close in on the end of True Loves 3, I try not to get ahead of myself, but I do start thinking about other stories I want to get to eventually.

Fir Canyon