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