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Slow Down, Stuff, Popeye [Apr. 21st, 2016|03:48 pm]
I am just finishing up drawing Fir Valley chapter 4. About a quarter of the way through the book! I am on track to have chapters two to four printed up for TCAF (May 14 - 15). I am having so much fun drawing this book. I am looking forward to a vehicle in chapter six. Here is the cover of the second collection. Also, an exciting announcement: Cloudscape is going to publishing the book later this year!

Fir Valley 02

Slow Down
I live in a pretty busy neighbourhood, and the traffic can get pretty intense. People getting crazy over parking and turning and busy intersections. I have seen the aftermath of a lot of accidents, and witnessed a couple since moving here a year ago.
So, as I'm walking around the neighbourhood I constantly see people driving, agitated and impatient. Going TOO FAST for a residential neighbourhood. And I think at them "SLOW DOWN".
In the past months since I have not been working, I have had the decadent opportunity to slow down. If I go for a walk, I am not in a rush. I don't necessarily take the most direct route. When Manien and I are poking around the neighbourhood, we just stop to enjoy any interesting things we see.
And so I think people need to slow down. When they are in such a rush I always think "The only thing you are rushing to is... the grave." Slow down. Enjoy this while you're here. Appreciate where you are. Notice as things change with the seasons. Have a leisurely meal. Enjoy the leaves sprouting, the tidal levels changing.

A friend is moving and posted online about moving, struggling with what to get rid of. During our move last year, I got rid of a lot of stuff, but I still have a lot of stuff. My family in general has problems with getting rid of stuff. Recently I have considered that I might be more open to getting rid of more, if I am moving again. And that made me think that we get so attached to all our STUFF. It is nice, things that remind us of our past. But we hold on so tight. And not just our physical stuff but our history and grudges and so on. We don't let stuff go. We should. We should let go of it all.

That said, I was watching Popeye again the other day. When I was ten years old, I became obsessed with the movie well before it came out. During this viewing, Manien was heard to ask what got me so obsessed with it. As far as I can recall, it was a short news item in Electric Company magazine. I was a big fan of Mork and Mindy at the time, and so the idea of Robin Williams starring in a comic based movie was quite exciting to me, even if I had no notion of Popeye at that time.
I got the soundtrack album. I got the photo book. I got the making of Popeye book. A book about the history of Popeye. I drew my own comic about a sailor named Norm, which was basically just me paraphrasing a comic from the photo book. Sadly many of these artifacts have been lost to time.
When the movie finally came out, it did not even come to the city where I was living. I had to drag my family to the next town over, where we saw a matinee in a tiny multiplex theatre with two other people in the theatre. I wasn't even sure what to make of it, finally seeing the peculiar Robert Altman picture.
Over time my love of it has only deepened though. The first movie I ever got on DVD, purchased along with Punchdrunk Love the day it came out on DVD. I can watch it endlessly, singing along. Almost in tears because it makes me so happy.

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Sketchbook [Feb. 10th, 2016|11:39 pm]
Getting close to the end of a sketchbook. I think it was the same last year, I was just about done one a year after I had started it. And so I have been doodling, when I should be working on Fir Valley! You can see me getting mesmerized drawing all those little trees.

Walking Woman


Doc Strange

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Hourly Comic Day 2016 [Feb. 2nd, 2016|11:22 am]

It was that time of year again yesterday - Hourly Comic Day! The tenth year of it, by my calculation. Below are the comics I drew through my day. Watch me struggle with how to draw my current shaggy hair!

I was looking back at past years, and it is interesting to see where I was at each year. Working. Not working. Working somewhere else. Last year we were getting ready to move.

My comics from 2015.
My comics from 2014.
My comics from 2013.
My comics from 2012.
My comics from 2011 are MIA.
2009 here. 2008 here. 2007 here. And way back to 2006 here.

Hourly Comic Day 2016 - 8:00am

Hourly Comic Day 2016 - 9:21am

Hourly Comic Day 2016 - 10:00am

Hourly Comic Day 2016 - 11:21am

Hourly Comic Day 2016 - 12:42pm

Hourly Comic Day 2016 - 1:39pm

Hourly Comic Day 2016 - 2:51pm

Hourly Comic Day 2016 - 3:24pm

Hourly Comic Day 2016 - 4:20pm

Hourly Comic Day 2016 - 6:00pm

Hourly Comic Day 2016 - 7:12pm

Hourly Comic Day 2016 - 8:10pm

Hourly Comic Day 2016 - 9:20pm

Hourly Comic Day 2016 - 10:23pm

Hourly Comic Day 2016 - 11:11pm

Hourly Comic Day 2016 - 12:41am
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Sunrise Walks [Jan. 13th, 2016|10:30 am]
I am reading this book by Geoff Dyer Zona: A Book About a Film About a Journey to a Room which is his appreciation of the classic movie Andrei Tarkovsky’s Stalker. I saw this movie around 1997 and recalling it vividly brings back the setting I viewed it in: My friend Stu's living room. Probably it was a grey Sunday afternoon, still hung over from our excesses the night before. Stu's place was generally a filthy mess, with dirty cat hair covered clothes on the floor, every surface covered with dirty dishes, empties, overflowing ashtrays. Actually it was a perfect set and setting to watch a long dream-like movie with characters moving through ruined buildings.

Oh, happy New Year. Look at us, here in 2016. I have been on a little break from working on Fir Valley while I draw a short story. The short story is actually Fir Valley related. Here is a drawing from it.

Minor Infractions

In the late December Lull, I was chilling a bit, doing some drawing, and trying to figure out landscapes, and space, so I was back to drawing North Vancouver houses.

North Vancouver 27

North Vancouver 28

And a run down corner of Krugersdorp in South Africa.

Krugersdorp 02

Some days when Manien works, we get up at 5am. If I am particularly inspired, I get myself out the door for an early walk such that I will be out when the sun comes up. And it is like this video.

I was out for a Sunrise Walk this morning. I was trying to remember this song by Le Tigre.

Through a couple of brain steps, I then had this Beck song going for a while.

Somehow that worked its way over to this Wintersleep song.

I also had Hang on to Your Ego in my head for a while.

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Page 100 Project [Oct. 23rd, 2015|01:42 pm]
Strangely when I received that recent Page 100 Project submission, I had been considering doing one for the book I was reading. So I went ahead and did it, here is my adaptation of Page 100 from Paul Theroux's "Blinding Light". We begin as the main character Slade is coming down from a datura experience.

Page 100 of the Blinding Light

I did this in Manga Studio, and it is the first comic I have done using that program. I also have a very old tablet without a lot of sensitivity, so my lines have a certain Sharpie-like subtlety to them.
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On Goofiness [Oct. 7th, 2015|03:36 pm]
I am nudging ahead with the second chapter of Fir Valley, working on page layouts and pencilling. I guess I should get the first chapter (and other things) set up in the store so people can check it out. It continues to be decadent for me to have time to work on this. Time to go for a good walk every day. Time to spend with Manien.

As I work on Fir Valley, I am finding it is coming out quite serious, and hope that it isn't too grim. Whenever I co-write a comic with someone else, it ends up having a lot of goofiness. So that is just something I am thinking about, balancing the serious with the silly.

I am considering colouring Fir Valley. I quite liked how the colours came out on my transit comic, and thought I might continue in that vein.

Fir Valley Colour Test

Here is a joke Manien made because she knew it would make me laugh (it did).

Birds - Health Choices

Here are some quick drawings capturing assorted singing and goofing around on a day Manien and I went on a picnic by the Olympic Village. I am enjoying drawing my slightly shaggy hair.

October 3 - Manitoba

October 3 - Belly Button

October 3 - Pretend Dog

October 3 - James

We saw four spiders that had all built webs around the same Awesome Spot.

October 3 - Good Spot

And here is a drawing I did of Duncan Trussel from this talk.

Duncan Trussel and the Holy Grail
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Fir Valley Chapter One [Sep. 24th, 2015|04:27 pm]
I managed to get the first chapter of Fir Valley done in time for Word Vancouver. I will be there at the downtown library Sunday September 27, 11am to 5pm with these fresh comics for you to buy. Check out the swanky cover designed by my pal Josue of Fresh Brewed Illustration.

Fir Valley - Chapter One
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Comics in Transit [Sep. 11th, 2015|04:07 pm]
Manien and I drove around the city yesterday morning tracking down the Cloudscape "Comics in Transit" bus shelter posters. It was a fun little scavenger hunt, they are not all up yet. But mine was! On West 10th, at Tolmie, just before you hit UBC.

My transit comic and me

So that was very cool, having a comic as big as I am. Happy with how it turned out, the colours looked nice, the text was at a good readable size. As we waited to take photos of it, we even saw a couple of guys reading it. It should be hanging there until October 5. Here it is, for those who can't make it out (click to see it bigger)

My transit comic - Blackout
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2015 Year of Change [Aug. 17th, 2015|11:15 pm]
Hey look it is lj. How will this post, cut and pasting from my wordpress?

In a year that has been change change change the past month has provided me yet another change. Stuff happened and I decided it was time to leave my dayjob I have had for the past 7 years. It had been coming a while and it just seemed to be the time. This was the longest I had ever been at one job. Strange.

The world beyond the 9 to 5 life I had been living for 7 years is strange. Suddenly these days stretch out with endless possibility, rather than hoping to squeeze in a tired hour of drawing after a day at the dayjob. I can go on a good walk every day, and there is still lots of time for other stuff. Today Manien and I were trying to figure out what day it was, as her job is not a Monday to Friday gig.

So yeah, anyways, 2015. Year of Change!

I spent the past week putting together a comic for an interesting project through Cloudscape Comics. They are having a bunch of artists do comics that are going to be put up in bus shelters, so gigantic 5'+ posters. Someone dropped out, and since I just happened to suddenly have lots of time on my hands I was able to jump in and be part of the project. It felt great to get drawing and colouring. Here is a panel, if... instagram displays properly.

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Here is a song I was enjoying earlier today, as I strolled around the hood. Here is a comic that I was doing on the seabus on my way to and from work each day. I was drawing it quickly, making it up as I went. Hm, look, themes of a new job and change... As well as barf and poo.








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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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