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All is Love [Feb. 14th, 2014|04:13 pm]
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.

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Hourly Comic Day 2014 [Feb. 2nd, 2014|10:11 am]
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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.

My comics from last year.
My comics from 2012.
My comics from 2011 are here.
You can read 2010 here. 2009 here. 2008 here. 2007 here. Wow, even way back to 2006 here.
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Enhanced Movement Techniques [Jan. 23rd, 2014|07:14 am]
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. How much better I feel when I dance. 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.













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A Brand New Folder [Jan. 14th, 2014|05:19 pm]
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.



Another drawing from a Steven Brooks photo.



A ramshackle cabin drawn from this website.



And a gorgeous farmhouse I drew from this photo. Some days drawing a nice fence can just turn your day around.



On New Years Day, this song came on my computer. I was all YES! This is my anthem for the year! But I have not quite risen to the occasion.

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Midwinter Again [Dec. 18th, 2013|05:25 pm]
Oh sure I should post this here too...

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.

A Million Beautiful Things Before 8am p1

A Million Beautiful Things Before 8am p1

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.

The Tiny Astronaut in the Forest 06

The Tiny Astronaut in the Forest 07

The Tiny Astronaut in the Forest 08

The Tiny Astronaut in the Forest 09

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.

Marc Maron

This is a drawing I did a while back, working towards a story I am planning to start next year.

mushroom_girl

And here is a song by a band I have been digging.

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Some Drawings and things [Nov. 20th, 2013|10:19 pm]
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.

The Last Chestnut

November 10 2013 Walk

Here is a drawing of Hank Williams from this photo.

Hank Williams

I did another drawing of the tiny astronaut in the forest.

The Tiny Astronaut in the Forest 05

And look a Mega-j cover. I was putting on my Popeye tshirt and this popped into my head.

Megaj in the Spinach Solution

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.

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The Adulation [Oct. 9th, 2013|04:41 pm]
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?





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Are you there LJ It's me, Jason [Sep. 19th, 2013|07:09 pm]
I guess I haven't poster here for a while. As old zones get quieter and quieter... when do you just move on?

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.

Phillip Jeffries

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

Phillip Jeffries 02

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









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The Mean Streets of North Vancouver [Aug. 15th, 2013|06:49 pm]
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
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Hot in the City [Aug. 1st, 2013|07:39 pm]
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.

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