Monday, March 31, 2008



Tuesday, March 25, 2008


A quick Arnim Zola while I work on a double page spread for Kaiju Jugoruma. Click it for the look!


Monday, March 24, 2008


I'm on fire, baby! I'm turning hot pants into cinder pants! Another day, another page.

I've had this thumbnailed out for a while, done as part of my long-awaited return to the Hard Grove. I walked in, and my ladies were all, "Business is about to pick up!" Then I went to town. And once the allergy attack from hells ditch passed, I went in and took names all out of bubblegum with thumbs!

Most likely, no page tomorrow, but I should have page 33 behind me by Saturday afternoon. Fingers at the cross. Station to station.

Sunday, March 23, 2008


Another page that won't be as described. I imagine this will actually be page 27 or something. But it's the 30th done.

My all-too-common slothfulness and the worst (hopefully) allergy attack of my years took me ridiculously out of action this week. Jack was thankful.

In pop culture, the new Gnarls Barkley is ok. It's actually very ok, but it lacks that hook the first one had. I was really hoping for hits wazoo, and they gave us take it it's done. Which is fine. Pleasant enough.

New Portishead song? Machine Gun? Terrible. Terrible. Awful. Horrible. Lousy. So disappointing.

New Atlas Sound? So far, I'd say it was less arbitrary than Deerhunter's Cryptograms, but not nearly as great as Fluorescent Grey. Falls between.

Children of Men. If you look past the magic problem solved through magic (which is really only a problem in the final scene), this was awesome. Not better than Y tu Mama Tambien, but maybe more explicit in telling a different movie in the background from the one in the foreground.

Slings and Arrows. The West Wing of Canadian Shakespeare Festival tv shows. Full of passionately explicating subtext, something I'm a sucker for. Made me want to get my Shakespeare on again.

Obama speech. Speaking of West Wing, Marcos emailed Kenny and I and said, "I think Leo just handed Obama a napkin." Possibly the best political speech of my lifetime.

Jeff Noon's Vurt. Psychadelipunk? Whatever. Future virtual reality drugs, Brave New Worlds, British club scenesters, incest. Nice, light sci-fi.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008


Monday, March 17, 2008


This is the 29th page of EMAW 10, but it's probably page 25 (or somewhere around there, I'll figure it out). This page also featured a conflict of cartooning between drawing what would work "best" vs. drawing something that would try something different. That thing didn't work so well. So, I tried to modify it. Now I need to let it sit there for a bit.

Sunday, March 16, 2008


The 24th Hexagram in the I Ching is Return. It's marked by a tradition from the 23rd Hexagram — the Things Fall Apart one. The don't even bother getting out of bed one. The 24th is the just back back from some times and you've made a new decision. Stick to it, no matter what inspired the decision, and things will go splendidly.

I wish I could say I just cast those particular bones, but I didn't toss any. Still, I'm back, babies. I've returned.

I've decided to shelve the music of 2007 thinking out loud business. March 08 is getting long in the tooth and I've added more and I keep adding more bands for possible considerations (MGMT, Bloc Party and Year of No Light) while trying to keep up with the Atlas Sounds and Why?s of 2008. It's time to move on!

So, it is with heavy head and hands I do it.

Plus, I need to be doing some serious John Blaze 'n' shit on the comics. And I gotta print some books. And I've got to get ready for shows. And there's a wedding upcoming. And a baby on the way. And bottles and bottles of wine to drink (2005 Blackstone Syrah, put it on your table and hear no complaints — seriously).

Ok. Depending on my pen, I'll have page up today.

Tuesday, March 04, 2008


I'm gonna try to get this up before all the bloggers start talking about Pennsylvania.

Ok. I thought I had 30 pages done. I don't know what I based this number on, but I based it. For free. Either way, it's the 12th page in my 100 Pages in 143 Days challenge. Not that impressive, I know.

Listening to Nine Inch Nails Ghosts I-IV.

Click the link to check out this crazy project (whether you care about NIN or not). 9 songs and a 40-page pdf for free. Buy 36 tracks and a pdf for $5. $10 is the download and 2 cds. $75 is two cds, a multitrack audio dvd (all creative commonsed for your interactivity), a bluray dvd AND the free download. $300 was the fabric slip-cased, signed and numbered, four lp, 4 book, + everything else above, limited-edition set.

The $300 dollar set has sold out of its 2500 print run. In one day. Do some quick math on that.

So, how is it? It's pretty good. Honestly, I've wanted Reznor to put out instrumentally for a long time. It protects us from the words, the words that sometimes make us feel sad at Reznor. Words like "Starfuckers, Incorporated." Words like "Flyentology." Words like whatever he said on his last two albums.

It's not the follow up to The Downward Spiral that never happened. It's not the mythical jungle album that was supposedly being made after A Perfect Drug when Reznor discovered Halo. It's more like a tribute to the electronic producers of the late nineties and late seventies: Aphex Twin, Brian Eno, Autechre, The Orb, Trent Reznor, Alan Moulder, Flood, King Crimson.

It's laid back, if not entirely ambient. It's more listenable than background music. It drifts in and out of having recognizable NIN sounds and things that you could never pinpoint as Reznor. 18 Ghosts II is playing right now, and if you asked me, I'd say it was peak-period Orb, maybe playing with some NIN guitar effects from a Downward Spiral track that more closely resembled Bowie's Low.

Then 19 Ghosts III kicks in with a much more familiar industrial sound (like from Closer) but more subdued.

I will definitely have to listen to this a few more times.

Sunday, March 02, 2008


Well, that didn't work out too well. 24 hours later and i have half a Kaiju page inked. A third draft of one action page done. and some thumbs for more Kaiju pages. Not exactly what I'd call a success.

Saturday, March 01, 2008


I wonder what I can produce in the next 24 hours. These four second drafts are all complete. I might add a couple pages at the end (Action Thing now clocking 11). And I've got thumbs for three regular pages of things to do.

Let's start the clock at 3PM and see where we get.

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