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Another Year, Another Sketchbook

Friday, March 11th, 2016

My sketchbooks seem to last me a year. I like the thick books that open flat, so I guess they have a lot of pages. Here are my last few pages, including the traditional last page self-portrait.



Panning for Gold

Me - March 11, 2016

Leap Day

Monday, February 29th, 2016

Happy Leap Day! Manien and I are having kangaroo burgers for dinner.

I am just finishing up Fir Valley chapter three, so that is coming along. I am planning to print up the next chunk for TCAF and VanCAF in May. Here is a page I was pretty happy with.

Fir Valley page 28

The other day I drew some of mud flats shanty shacks from North Van, back in the day. It is possible there is a similar settlement coming up in Fir Valley.

North Vancouver Shack

Here is a small comic about a recent ferry ride.


I was watching a documentary about the Talking Heads from 1979. So young, so post-artschool. I tried to draw them, but was only happy with the way Jerry came out.

Talking Heads 1979

The past few years I have made a new music mix in the spring. This one ended up merging with an idea I had to do a Leap Year themed mix with all jumping/leaping songs. I found there were only a handful of songs with “jump” in the title that I actually knew. Manien and I were enjoying the new OK Go video, which led to us enjoying some of their classics, so they got thrown into the spring mix as well.


Wednesday, February 10th, 2016

Getting close to the end of a sketchbook. I think it was the same last year, I was just about done one a year after I had started it. And so I have been doodling, when I should be working on Fir Valley! You can see me getting mesmerized drawing all those little trees.

Walking Woman


Doc Strange


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!


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

Flying Down to Fir Valley

Wednesday, June 24th, 2015

I had an unusually busy month. When I finally had a quiet weekend I just needed to decompress. Then last weekend was the first time Manien and I had so much as a day together in weeks. We went to the farmers market and put together a new barbecue. And then I went off to the comic jam.

What is with this hot dry summer, Vancouver? Usually everything isn’t brown and dried out like this until late July or August. Vancouver being what it is everyone just raves about the great weather. You know we need rain, right people?

Yesterday I finally started drawing my next big comic project Fir Valley. It feels good to finally get going on it, as I am seeing thoughts on it in sketchbooks from way back in 2005 or something. The June part of my sketchbook is full of pages and pages of me writing notes for it. I need a database or something.

Since I have a little commute now that we moved, I try to do some drawing or story thinking on the 15 minute seabus ride coming and going from the dayjob. As I say, a lot of it has been Fir Valley thoughts. But also just things like this that I can draw away at for 15 minutes.


Mega-j at the Edge

Or something like this where I drew it on the seabus and then coloured it at home.

Mega-j and Ultra-j Plants and Stars

And I polished off my 2015 summer mix titled A New Song for a New World. Here are a couple of songs off it.

Okay I just wanted to put them all on, but couldn’t find good versions of all the songs. That last Peter Tosh song I put on a pumped up remastered version from the special too many songs edition of Mystic Man.

On the Move

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015

Oh gosh it has been a while since I updated. It has been a busy month, staging the house, showing the house, selling the house, finding a place to rent (Main Street here I come!). And once that was all done, I have been able to draw again. I have actually been drawing comics about the house selling process, so you will be able to experience it along with me at some point. And I have been doing more of these Two Birds comics too, see below. Both of these should be printed up into little books for VanCAF next month.

There has been a lot going on at my dayjob, on top of all the house stuff. I find myself in meetings a lot, which leads me to doodling a lot. My doodles have gotten a bit out of control. You can see the progress of them here.


And that doodling put me in the mind to do this doodle while I was listening to a very interesting You Made It Weird chat with Shane Mauss.


My band of the spring so far is Parts and Labor (I guess they are American). If a song comes on my phone and I excitedly think “WHO IS THIS???” it is Parts and Labor. I should get more of their music.

Here are some more of the Two Birds comics.









Birds, Astronauts and Megaj

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

Yesterday I finished drawing a four page autobiographical story, and except for Hourly Comic Day, I think that is the only comics I have drawn all year. But I have been doing some drawings. Look it is the tiny astronaut.

Tiny Astronaut - Water

Tiny Astronaut - Earth

Tiny Astronaut - Air

I have been drawing a few more of these Two Birds comics.

Two Birds 04

Two Birds 05

Two Birds 06

Two Birds 07

And look, it is Mega-j with… Ultra-j?!

Megaj and the Portal

Oh and here is a little comic about being baffled by music videos in grade seven.

Burning Down the House