Mid October

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

Shack

Sunny October

October 11th, 2013

Wow look at all this sunny weather for October in Vancouver.

New True Loves 3 is up. Oh also, this art show of autobiographical comics that I am in opened up this week. There are some photos of the show here, if you are on the Book of Face. There is also a reception October 20, and Colin Upton and I will be having a panel discussion that day as well.

Here are some drawings. North Vancouver townhouse. Wayne Coyne of the Flaming Lips. And an awesome dude driving a garbage truck listening to Rocket Man.

North Vancouver House 8

Wayne Coyne

Garbage Truck Rocket Man

The Adulation

October 9th, 2013

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?

The Music of Comics

September 20th, 2013

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.

Phillip Jeffries

And it was so much fun, I thought I would draw him some off on an FBI mission in some kind of exotic bar.

Phillip Jeffries 02

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

Van Vacation

September 13th, 2013

There is a new True Loves 3 up today. Why wasn’t there one last week?

Last week I was on vacation. The Beautiful Manien and I took a week off to hang out together. It was delightful. We made a point of going out and doing different things each day. Not packing in all kinds of crazy stuff, but just getting out somewhere we don’t usually get to. It made the week feel varied and full. What a treat.

One thing we did was have a Caribbean themed day. Caribbean inspired food made with things we had on hand. Raspberry rum drinks. There was even a Caribbean cop movie starring Denzel Washington on netflix!

Caribbean Day 01

Our menu.

Caribbean Day 02

My costume for the day “beach bum tourist”.

Caribbean Day 03

Lunch was spicy grilled tuna and zucchini from the garden.

Caribbean Day 05

Dinner was jerked chicken and spiced corn on the cob.

Caribbean Day 04

Happy vacationeers.

Another day we went over to Lynn Headwaters to have a picnic on the river in the woods. All this forest and nature is so close to us.

Lynn Canyon 03

Lynn Canyon 02

Lynn Canyon 01

September 1st, 2013

Oops, I didn’t do my weekly reminder of True Loves 3 being up.

Last weekend I was playing with my niece and nephew all weekend and afterwards I was thinking how weird it is that it is only acceptable for adults play in very specific ways. Jogging is okay, but galloping? Who is that weirdo? Climbing mountains is okay, but climbing a tree? Dancing in a club is okay, but dancing in the street? We need to play more.

I drew some more North Vancouver houses. I need to figure out how to represent steepness.

North Van 05

North Van 06

North Van 07

Time Travel

August 22nd, 2013

There is a new True Loves 3, with one of my favourite lines in the book. It still cracks me up every time. Don’t forget that you can buy the book, and more, over in the store.

I did push ahead and finish Gold Card. After I finished it, I realized that back in 2007 when I drew the first part I was still at my previous dayjob. And so the parking lot is inspired by the parking lot there. But then when they go inside, in the part I drew this week, it inspired by the office I currently work in. Secret time travel/teleportation!

Here is a comic about the noises from our neighbours.

Neighbour Sounds

Another North Van house.

North Van 4

A house that isn’t in North Van, but Manien and I would live there.

Lake House

The Mean Streets of North Vancouver

August 16th, 2013

New True Loves 3 is up. Big important moment. Don’t forget you can buy things over here in the store.

What else? Not too much. My desk is a mess. Just got the new Broken Pencil, which has my column Jason and the Comics in it. The current one is about finishing True Loves. It is possible that I felt compelled to work on this comic from 2007 that I never finished.

Did I mention buying John Campbell’s interesting comic about his DMT experiences? I quite enjoyed it and it is available for “pay what you want”.

This week I was doing some drawings of houses in North Vancouver, using Google Street View. It just may be helping me work up to a project I want to do at some point.

North Van 1

North Van 2

North Van 3

Dance Dance Dance

August 8th, 2013

New True Loves 3 is up. Back with True now. Don’t forget that you can order the book, and other things from the store.

I was in Montreal over the weekend for my old pal Jesse’s wedding. We realized we hadn’t seen each other in person since my wedding (7 years ago tomorrow), but it felt like it was just last week. It was great to meet his wife and her daughter and to see them get married, to see how crazy they are about each other. LOVE.

A number of my old university gang were also there, so it was like a reunion. And my older brother was there with his family, so it was great to see them! On Sunday my brother and I wandered around Montreal with another old pal from Guelph who is living in Montreal. I sure do enjoy that city. I have bit of a crush on Montreal. Shh, don’t tell Vancouver.

I took Claire Dewitt and the Bohemian Highway with me, and it was the perfect book to have along. I have completely loved the two Claire Dewitt books, strange funny sad mystery stories.

Here are some comics I drew about the trip.

Dancing at Jesse's Wedding

The Balloon Motif

Flying

And a tiny astronaut in the forest drawing I did on the plane home.

The Tiny Astronaut in the Forest 4

Hot in the City

August 2nd, 2013

Before I forget, go read True Loves 3, new instalment. Go buy True Loves.

It is supposed to rain tomorrow. That would be good, because I don’t think it rained once in July. How dry is it? A bee has been coming in our kitchen window to drink from the tap!

Bee 1

Bee 2

I did this drawing from this mesmerizing photo. While listening to Joss Whedon on the Nerdist among other things.

Woman in Flowers

This song was making me so happy the other day as I came up the hill. My feet almost left the ground.