The book that I periodically quote from, Free to Learn, is quite interesting. It puts forth the notion that children learn through playing and that the way our schools are structures works directly against kids natural instinct to learn and figure things out. You can read an article that gives the gist of it here.
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.
To celebrate the finale, I thought I would have a contest. Look at that final strip there, and 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. Manien and I will look at the entries and see which one we think is best and make an announcement. The winner will get… an original drawing of True and Zander!
Also to celebrate, I scanned the original notes for True Loves, from 2000. Take a look and see what our original thoughts were, compare and contrast with the final product.
New True Loves 3 is up! Second last one. I have been thinking that I should really get the first True Loves back online. But that would mean I would have to recolour that, as my files got lost between Serializer collapsing and changing computers and so on. I think I may have them on a floppy somewhere.
Halloween took up a lot of my time last week. I decided to dress as an old time-y deep sea diver to go with the “under the sea” theme of my department at my dayjob. So I spent a fair bit of time paper mache-ing my helmet. I hadn’t done any paper mache in years, and the only flour I had on hand was self-rising which was maybe not the best, and I hung the large paper mache’d balloon which maybe put strain on it. Anyways, it was fun, and it came out brighter and cheerier than originally envisioned, but that fit with the cheery decorations at the office.
An unplanned for effect was how hard it was to hear and be heard with the helmet on, and I didn’t construct it very well to balance on my head. So I ended up not wearing it that much. Take note, Jason 2014! Anyways, between getting my costume ready and getting the department together at work, I was quite worn out. It takes energy to make these things take shape.
Here are some pictures of the production.
I enjoyed my purple jumpsuit and liked to bust out my secret simple costume: Challengers of the Unknown!
And finally I did another blue elf drawing. Here he is a bit more serious.
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.
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.