Well I was almost going to have an exciting link to buy my new comic in the store, but then I realized that I screwed up something with the resolution when I was printing and so it is not ready after all. Maybe for xmas?! You would think this is the first comic I have ever printed, and not the… 50th or whatever it is. To be fair, it is the first one I have attempted to lay out in InDesign. Here is the cover again. Now the cover is yellow.
Besides that? I have been drawing more houses. I did this one in colour thinking I would use it as a new header for my site here, but then I realized it is altogether the wrong shape. This is how things have been for me lately. Curious.
And here are the first few of some new bird comics I have done this week. It is sort of my version of newspaper strip, but you know. Without jokes, as such.
If you are a new visitor, coming over from Savage Chickens, hello! There are pages up there at the top where you can find plenty of my comics online to read for free. Also a store, where you can buy things.
You ever just want to stop using computers I have been experiencing technical difficulties. The new book was tantalizingly close to being ready to print, and it drifted further and further from getting done. Hopefully soon. Here is the cover as it currently stands.
If you aren’t one following me on Instagram (vinegar22), you may not have seen this thing I did the past couple of years. Every time I was walking up past the library at night, I would take a picture of this van that always sat in one corner of a parking lot, dramatically lit by the street lamp.
Then in September there was a notice saying the parking lot was closing October 1! And indeed on October 1, the van was gone. Discussing this with cartoonist friends, we thought some sort of commemoration of the van was in order. So I have started doing drawings from the van photos, as the Van Project. If anyone else is inspired to make art inspired by the van, please feel free to join in. The van photos can be found here.
While I have been struggling through my technical difficulties, one thing I did to sooth my aggravated soul was more North Van house drawings from Google Streetview. Here are a few of them.
Oh gosh it has been a while since I have updated this old thing. Back in the day, weekly True Loves updates at least compelled me to post here once a week. I have been busy drawing away the past month and a half. Why look, here I am doing a victory lap with the final page of The Adulation, just after finishing it yesterday.
So now I just have to scan it, do a cover, put it all together.
Here are some houses I drew.
And here is a super fascinating Paul Stamets talk I listened to in bits and pieces over the past week. Who would have thought fungi would be so interesting and have so many different incredible uses?
I guess I haven’t updated in a while. I have been plugging away on the new book. 22 pages finished, 10 or so to go.
On the weekend Manien and I were visiting her sister and family on the Island. Manien bought the kids some modelling clay and so we were playing with that a lot. As I made animals and things I tried to figure out how we might animate them using my phone. Vine turned out to work well enough, and we went on quite an animating run!
I came across a link to this Michael Moore thing on bookface. How he started walking every day and feels better. Not walking for a cause, not walking to lose weight. Walking because it makes him feel better. Because walking is free and awesome.
If you have been reading my comics for long you probably know I love walking. I don’t have a car. I actually don’t know how to drive. I just love how walking let’s you actually see what is going on around you. If you walk the same area you see things change and grow. You see the other people who walk. So there, I encourage you to get out and walk. Not to go anywhere in particular. Not for exercise. Just for the joy of being in the world. I should talk, I don’t just walk nearly enough these days! But I do walk at least an hour a day coming and going from work.
Fun aside: Werner Herzog calls it “travelling by foot”.
And this all reminds me of the ecstatic revelation Duncan Trussel had this year when he got a bike. It changed his life, opened his eyes to the joy and freedom of riding a bike. Another thing that you can do and explore and see your surroundings without having to pay
Here is comic I drew about my walk home today.
And here are some thematically appropriate videos. I suspect I have shared these before, oh well.
I guess I haven’t been updating here lately. Mostly I have been working on my comic “The Adulation” and don’t feel like posting it online right now. But look, comic pages are gradually being produced!
I recently had a lovely offer to go see Nick Cave next week, so I am going to be looking forward to that. He always puts on a great show. It just happened that I was drawing him on the first page of the Adulation right around then.
For some reason the Flying Lizards version of “Summertime Blues” popped into my head after dinner.
Which then got me thinking of their great version of “Money”.
Which reminded me that long ago I named a superhero the Flying Lizard. He was based on a wrestling outfit I made for myself. The mask was the sleeve of some old pajamas that I cut eyes, nose and mouth holes into. The nose and eyes tore and became one big hole. I don’t believe the Flying Lizard had any powers, he was a wrestler who became a superhero.
On a recent trip to Guelph I discovered a box in storage that contained the binder of superheroes my brother and I drew back in the 70s. Also the binder of revamped versions of many of them for the Marvel Superhero roleplaying game.
Another month slips by. I have been drawing, just not anything to post here. I have 20 pages of this comic pencilled and have just this week started inking it. Strange to be at that point of trying to figure out how I want this comic to look. With Farm School, I had a clearer idea of what I wanted it to look like. But it is good to feel it trundling forward. I got fairly derailed by STUFF in March and April, so unfortunately I won’t have it ready in time for VanCAF.
Let’s see, what have I been enjoying lately? Last week I read a fascinating article by Michael Pollan about plant intelligence. Plants are doing crazy things you have no idea about! It being spring, the garden is bursting into action and we’re eating lots of kale and asparagus. Thinking about plants got me thinking about my plant comics from the Year 40 Project.
At the comic jam a couple of weeks ago Brian Fukushima was showing me his latest comic, and it is one of those times when someone’s art seems to have taken this leap! It is this amazing stripped down style, tiny drawings with pencil crayons. It is a fantasy adventure type of thing and you can buy it here.
In anticipation of throwing out all my cassette tapes, I have been listening to mixed tapes I’ve made over the years. I put one on the other morning and the first song was “Stay 19” by the Wet Spots. And I very well may have been 19 when I made that tape, which would make it 24 years old. Sometimes I get lost in a fog of the past.
Here is a drawing of some people. It is me thinking about the cast of my next comic, whenever I get finished this current one. Much like the current one, it is weird to try to figure out what to do with the next one. Do I really want to start a project that may take years to finish? Should it be in colour? Should I print it or just have it available digitally? Decisions decisions. Finish the current one first! Anyways, who are all these people?!
I’ve been enjoying Father John Misty lately. No matter how dire my mood on the hill, it seems to work for me.
I suspect this song by Oberhofer may go on my next mixed cd.
And tonight I was listening to the WTF podcast talking with Wayne Kramer of MC5. I really don’t know their music, but it was quite a good chat, interesting all the ups and downs he’d been through. AND holy crap watch this band tear it up!
Wow was my last post really at Valentine Time? I feel like March got away on me. I have made some progress on my Adulation comic, so that is good. But yeah, just stuff going on. Here are some drawings.
Here are some people of Commercial Drive. I sure do love hanging out at St. Augustine’s.
Here are some things I drew hanging out with my brother before he left town. The first one was me encouraging him to have a positive attitude, wake up every morning and think…
Oh hey look it is Valentine’s Day. Now would be a great time to remind you of what a perfect Valentine gift True Loves would be, right? Gretchen is much better than me at this, and has had True Loves as part of her Valentine’s display at Gretchen’s Here and Now Bakery.
I finished off one sketchbook, and jumped right into another. Let me share some drawings with you.
Here are some angels and devils. Once I thought to make the angels angry they were great fun!
Manien and I went for a great walk in a different neighbourhood and it inspired me to draw some more houses.
Somehow that led me to looking at Iceland in google street view, and drawing houses there.
And my traditional deformed looking self portrait as the last drawing of my sketchbook.
I wasn’t sure about how I felt about that drawing, so I tried doing another drawing of myself from a photo. Mostly I got fixated on the shadows on the wall.
And another house in Iceland, with colour.
I love this Moby video, even though it tends to make me cry.
As I dance up and down the hill lately it has made me think of this scene from Mauvais Sang.