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.

Butterfly World

July 19th, 2013

I am tired and wish that it was Friday. Oh, but then it wouldn’t be Thursday and there wouldn’t be a new True Loves 3!

Apparently I haven’t drawn much this week. All I have is this attempt to imagine how a butterfly experiences the world.

Butterfly

Die Blou Kabouter

July 11th, 2013

Before I forget, there is a new True Loves 3 up. And why not drop by the store to buy a book?

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.

Forest 01

Forest 02

Forest 03

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.

Die Blou Kabouter 01

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”.

Die Blou Kabouter 02

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.

Unstuck in Time

July 5th, 2013

On the weekend I clicked on the link to True Loves 2 on my site for some reason, and was led to a nice little message saying Serializer was no longer online. Whoops. So I moved it over here to Webcomicsnation. I guess I should figure out comicpress or something.

On the topic of True Loves, the new instalment of True Loves 3 is up. You should go buy the books at the store while we’re still on that topic.

On to other topics. Did I mention that I am going to put together an issue of Vinegar at some point that will be called Finishing True Loves? These comics will be in that. A comic about feeling unstuck in time. And further on that theme, reflecting on lessons learned back in grade six that always stuck with me.

Unstuck in Time 1

Unstuck in Time 2

What I learned in Grade Six 1

What I learned in Grade Six 2

Of Monsters and Pants

June 28th, 2013

I seem to still be struggling to fully shake this cold. This has not helped me get all productive. But nonetheless, there is a new True Loves 3 up. And you should all go order your books from the store too. Seriously. DO IT. Here is a little comic I drew today about something that happened today.

Look Up

I was listening to some Duncan Trussel podcast and did this drawing from one of these photos.

Harbour

A drawing I did from another of those photos, while listening to this nice WTF chat with Iggy Pop. It seemed like they could have used at least another hour!

Mine

A while back I came across this video (and probably posted it already) and thought I wish they would make a movie this original and awesome looking.

And then the other day I came across another video by them, which was also a supercool little world unto itself.

This made me wonder who the heck made these awesome videos. Turns out it was We Were Monkeys, from Montreal, I think. Their website led to this short film. Also cool. Someone give them money to make a full movie.

OVO from WeWereMonkeys on Vimeo.