Sunday, October 27, 2013

Vital Organizing

October 26, 2013 9:27pm

I'm taking a quiet evening at home to myself.  I spent last night at Vince's and most of the day Saturday.  Last night we went out for a few drinks, got some late night/early morning Denny's before coming home.  Maggie's been away all weekend for swing and I'd only messaged her around 8:30 tonight.  I'm feeling the need to withdraw and recenter myself.

This week was a bit of a whirlwind.  Monday was spent going back and forth texting Maggie.  I lost a good portion of the day from an upset stomach.  Tuesday was a little nerve-wracking getting ready for our big first date.  The night was wonderful.  Wednesday I took a personal day, but I think she was a little disappointed I didn't make it to swing with her. 

On Thursday Vince & I did superhero night again before I headed off to Maggie's to help her prepare for her trip.  I ended up heading home in the middle of the night before Friday.

October 27, 2013 12:56pm

This was the week of Julianna Hough's black face faux pas, comedienne Marcia Wallace's & Velvet Underground frontman Lou Reed's passings.  This week I was into Katsuya Terada's Monkey King.  Zac Gorman announced a vague new direction for his comics.  The Kansas City Chiefs went undefeated.  I drew Squall Leonheart and Muffin Man Prime.  Julie released a beautiful print called Sister.  Jessi did this kouhai/sempai self meme. I discovered Megan Nicole Dong aka Sketchshark.  Kate Beaton put me up on John Martz's 31 skullamugs.  I missed Draw Friends during my date on Thursday but you can watch it here.  This was the week that Karla took off from twitter and in her absence everybody wrote fanfic about her.  And then we all dreamed up a Little Mermaid themed costume party where she was our Ursula. 

RIDER GHIBLI Published on Oct 22, 2013

A pencil test from the new Ghibli movie Princess Kaguya.  I read Jen Sorensen's Stealth Attack on Pro-Choice comic for the ACLU.  Weapon Smith began a Richard Scarry fan art tumblr.
Spotlight on Super Mutant Magic Academy on Autostraddle.

  The Ladies of Literature Zine is out!

Sunday, October 20, 2013


 FatBeatsRecords Published on Oct 6, 2013

October 15, 2013 Tues

On a whim I purchase Sam Alden's Household after reading a tweet from Dustin Harbin.  I find the online tumblr post and read it ahead of delivery.  It's poignant, heart-breaking, intense.  I feel like I need something to cheer me up afterward, but I'm very grateful for its existence.

Yesterday Steve Niles tweeted about his house getting flooded so today people gathered to help with his expenses. 

People were still tweeting non-stop about Pokemon X/Y.  Brian Wood & Becky Cloonan's Demo came out 10 years ago!  Becky's NYCC recap got around, and some people were talking about the levels of harassment women at the show were experiencing.  It was Ada Lovelace Day and my pal Jenny went to the Computer History Museum in Mountain View and took some choice photos.  Today Frederator announced a Bee & Puppycat kickstarter and everybody went crazy!

I didn't accomplish much because shortly after lunch I fell asleep until just before dusk.  I took a ride around and ran errands, and the evening air was nice.  I made fish, rice, & steamed vegetables and had some PBR micheladas.

October 16, 2013 Wed

It's 12:30 and I've been fumbling again.  The nice thing is I glanced at some tutorials after looking around at Jessie Estrada's dA.  I found her abandoned webcomic Demonspawn.  I think I'm gonna cut my hair today and buy some pants.  Maybe a powerball ticket.  Retirement still hasn't come in.  I read Batman Earth 1 in it's entirety.  It was okay.  I still like Gary Frank even though he draws women like ornaments.  Bluh.

Got reintroduced to Rachel Deering and Anathema.  Hung around the house until about 2pm then rode around eventually to Starbucks.  Bought jeans, gave myself a haircut.  At Starbucks worked on Eurydice and at some point remembered Madame Blavatsky.  Listened to The Mysterious Universe podcast ep 821 and looked through twitter archive.

Bravest Warriors season 2 countdown began today.  I think the gov't shutdown ended.

October 17, 2013 Thurs

I got up around 10:30 this day.  Read about Onyx & Slam.  Learned about Edmund Dulac from Jess Fink.  I started my bboy mix and compiled a bunch of research for The Survivalist.  And then I took off to go hang out with Vince, but he and Daniel found me first as I careened past the cafe.  We holed up there for hours drinking Ancient Organic tea talking comics and what-not.  Then Daniel took off as it got dark.  He and Ian were chatting on FB as Vince and I got into a more personal conversation, and then Ian came and met us.  We walked down and had a couple of good beers, then tried to go find a pizza place, but ended up going to Denny's. 

On Friday (Oct 18) I must have slept in until about noon.  I got into the newest story in House of Orr: Petals around the Rose.  Jessi posted a link to Emily Broso's fantastic sketchdump.  I had a great healthy lunch that afternoon and doinked around with Newt & Jenny.  Later on I started writing a post-apocalyptic short called No Women.  My free copic came in the mail that day. I spent a good amount of time going back & forth with Ian on picking out a race & class type for my D&D character.  I eventually ended up going with a Svirfneblin Alchemist, though I considered a Vanara Rogue, and also a really neat Warforged based on Rom the Spaceknight, Alphonse Elric, North No. 2, and the Guyver.  I actually wanted to do a guyver piece for the Vinces.  I did start a Rom the Spaceknight illo, though.  We actually didn't even get into D&D Friday night on account of all the Angry Ball drinking.  On Saturday  (Oct 19) we eventually rolled out to this cosplay thing in the park.  Vince & Daniel & I put ourselves out there and had a lot of the fun while the others kind of faded to the background.  I tore it up in comic book trivia.  Went back to Ian's for recoop & drinking and then went to a birthday party in the evening where I met somebody.  That was unexpected.  Wow. Most of Sunday was spent talking with twitter family about nerd budding romance.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

The Lazarus Return

The Gregory Brothers
 Published on Sep 9, 2013

October 10, 2013

It's 6:12am on a still sunless fall morning.  I'm reading articles about Alice Munro whose just won the Nobel Prize in literature.  I have a youtube video of Kanye West's Kimmel interview on pause.  It's been nearly a month since I was fired from my day job, and in another day I can request the sum of my retirement which I hope to use for a new path in life.

I've been  trying to make art all month.  I've been drawing, rifling through old notes & sketches, rustling up drawing tools & tablets of paper.  The weekend past was 24 hour comics day.  The month has been rededicated Inktober.  Alternative Press Expo and New York Comic Con are this weekend and already people are arriving. 

Since the crack of dawn I've been sorting files on my computer, making mental notes of things I had hoped to get to and what year or season or month I'd first acquired them.  It has suddenly become clear to me how important it is to write things, to get thoughts out, and to jog up the memory and excercise one's use of language.

I hope to be a creator.  I hope to have a way to provide for myself and my life while being a creator.

October 13, 2013

It's a beautiful, serene Sunday afternoon.  I'd been listening to Welcome to Nightvale until a brown out shut everything down for a few seconds.  I've been active this week and it's felt invigorating.  Last night I hung out with Ian and Vince.  We played a little D&D at the local game shop, before abandoning our campaign in search of food.  Had some excellent buffet, then wandered the local state college with aching bellies to find our friend at the bowling alley in the student center.  The night was abuzz with vulgar humor and our concerted efforts to stave off ennui.  I wish I had held onto my character sheet in which I had drawn my monk character, Tony Shalhoub, as well as a couple of masturbating giant spiders & cameos of the other players.

Today I've completed my laundry early and sketched Ian's character, Ugly.

The week began with the internet's pathos & rage over Copic-gate.  I got reintroduced to Little Thunder with her recent cinema comics. A couple of people reblogged Annette Marnat's work.  But Boulet stole the show with his child memoir comic here in English and French.  Kate Beaton was back in the news after posting this fun Black Canary comic, as well as announcing a Fat Pony project at NYCC. Victoria put me up on this beautiful memoir and ode to Sailor Jupiter and gender ambiguity and teenage confusion.  The government shutdown was still in effect.

I began the week with thoughts of sexism, feminism, Wonder Woman, and fiction that reflects lived struggle.  Erin & Jenny kept me company all week with so much comedy twitter.  I got Food Zine in the mail and read it all in one sitting!  I also read Wonder Woman War Killer, Batman Then & Now, and started Batman & Robin and Night Fisher.  I ate a lot of cheese this week and midway somewhere my daytime sleeping schedule reset, although I was getting up at like 2am.  The Last Halloween updated for the first time.

I felt a lot of self-loathing this week but my buddies kept me sane, especially Jenny & Erin who made up an imaginary band and included me in it.  So I fantasized about moving to Portland again.  Also we all hate leaf-blowers together.  America's Best Comics 2013 debuted with work from Kate Beaton and Faith Erin Hicks.

On Thursday I got away and visited with my friend Vince & we hung out late at a coffee shop mulling over story ideas until we were hilariously interrupted by some guy trying to sell $1 drawings.  Getting out on Saturday was another welcome social event and it's helped me get a little perspective on my situation.  I feel pretty confident about facing the coming week.

James Harvey's 24 hour comics Plantains and Rice.
James Harvey's Edinburgh 2013 diary comic.
Jared McCallum's SPX 2013 journal comic.
Ugly the Tengu | Wonder Woman fan art

latenight Published on Oct 8, 2013

Sunday, June 2, 2013


May 27 - June, 2013;  May is over and following close behind Spring gives way to Summer.

It was my first week back at work.  I had a lot of things backed up:  uploading memorial day weekend pictures, reading a bunch of comics online and in print, doing laundry, cleaning my room etc.getting my haircut.

On Monday (5/27) I was recovering from the weekend in L.A.  It was Jordyn Bochon's birthday.  I crept along reading Soldiers of Victory v1 and started reading Sam Alden's Eighth Grade.  Tuesday (5/28) was kind of a bust for me since I hadn't had much sleep.  Work fed us and I came home fairly early and slept till Wednesday morning (5/29).  I had "Fine China" playing on loop in the back of my mind so I watched the video and cackled at the ridiculousness.   I watched the Escapist ep w/ Team AmErika.  I also bought Rachel an AIO printer after I read she broke hers.  Victoria got us all riled up about cookie pizzas.  Rachel opened up orders for her Ink Sport Zine.  Tumblr changed the orientation of posts.  Amber had a late night draw stream. 

On Thursday (5/30) I came home from work and had a spectacular nap, and then piddled away on the internet.  I got caught up in Shoomlah's Asheron's Call heckler chronicles. Everybody was wishing Gigi and Geneva happy birthday early on Friday (5/31).  I read Sam Alden's Eighth Grade almost in one sitting.  On Saturday (6/1) I was up early and watched the new Sanjay & Craig and loved it.  There was also an ep of Fairly Odd Parents that had a quasi-racist and then homoerotic joke in it.  I did some organizing in my room and unearthed my Video Girl Ai vhs tapes & some dvd's.  People were chattering about Matt Smith leaving Doctor Who and who would be the next Doctor.  I found out about Unlocking the Truth the most brutal sixth grade band.  Later on I cut my hair, and then we had a pool party.  I finished Drama, Global Frequency, and read a little AVX.  I also caught up with the 2 episodes of Strip Search I hadn't yet seen.  I was pretty lazy on Sunday (6/2).  Julie finished her poster for Station Zero!  I created King of Siam My Bad Comics tumblr.  Victoria was warming up on some Amelie drawings.  Megan Brennan did another first angel comic.  I learned about the Koh I Noor thanks to Jill Thompson.  I created a pretty good playlist with Bastille, Justin Timberlake & Samurai Champloo.  The Red Wedding happened on Game of Thrones and the whole internet went insane.  I started reading Diana Thung's August Moon.  This was the week of the 2nd tornado in Oklahoma, Justin Bieber's trouble with Keyshawn Johnson, and much agonizing over my broken backbeat 906's.  A lot of people were doing drawings based on Pokemon Fusion.  

Molly Stanard's The Boy with the Heart Condition | Escape from Burgertown by Zac Gorman | Ladybird's Requiem by Akino Kondoh

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Time Memorial

Friday (5/24)

It's Friday morning and I just finished watching the latest episode of Strip Search, feeling like the week has rounded out.  So sad to feel my vacation coming to an end, even though I am anticipating a great memorial day weekend in L.A. with the roommates and extended family.

This week I spent a lot of time cooking, planned out about 4 meals: bbq/lemon pepper chicken & rice, black bean chili, and chili lemon tostadas.  It was all met with lavish praise, which does wonders for the ego.  Cartoon Network's pilot shorts snagged a big spotlight this week, my faves being Steven Universe and Clarence.  I got to hang out in a Draw Friends stream, which was also fun.  I also figured out that monster-hunter anime that was bugging me:  Kemonozume.  With the exception of a late night hot tub fix, and a bike ride to the park & the bookstore I barely spent any time outside of the house which was disappointing considering the lack of productivity.  Instead I spent a good amount of time roaming the house with my phone in hand tweeting.

Some events this week were the Oklahoma tornado disaster, the announcement of the Xbox One, Yahoo bid on tumblr, the Connecticut train derailment, and the Washington bridge collapse.  I was focused at the beginning of the week on drawing a Rachael and Penny fan comic, but my inspiration slipped away.  Things that got added to my queue were Nowhere Men and the 42 comics recommended by Buzz Feed, but also Jessica Abel & Matt Madden's Mastering Comics, Seven Soldiers of Victory v1, B.M. Bendis' Moon Knight v1, the first three volumes of Orbital, and Raina Tegelmeier's Drama.  I also was inspired to draw some Steven Universe fanart.  Things to get to are Gundam 0083, Utena, Attack on Titan (both anime & manga), and basically everything in my To REad folder.

I spent Monday (5/20) with the roommates doing laundry.  Everybody was tweeting about the yahoo/tumblr thing, and Rachel mentioned her fanart giveaway.  Tuesday (5/21)  I got up early and made some coffee for my roommate.  I had fallen asleep early Monday night so yeah.  I watched the Bracko episode of Adventure Time and caught up with all the episodes of Bravest Warriors.  Also I finally finished Rebecca's Jack and the Beanstalk retelling comic.  Everybody was crazy for the cartoon network pilot shorts.  It was Sloane's birthday on Wednesday (5/22).  I discovered Zac Gorman's Burgertown.  Corey Godbey had a chapter out in the new Spera v3.    I spent like 3 hours hanging out in Draw Friends.  Terence, Brian, David, Caldwell, and Nathan were hilarious.  Nathan was also a little gross.  I read Ian's Bog Bones that day.  I also read the Buzz Feed piece on the 42 web comics.  Late at night Amber streamed and she drew me as Superstar Mitsuru.  Penny drew a great Poison Ivy for Team 90 Zine! On Thursday (5/23) I took a nice bike ride to the park and then to the bookstore. A bridge in Washington collapsed interrupting some of the flow of traffic toward VanCAF.  I planned to go swimming when I got home, but I got sidetracked, and ended up staying up pretty late.   Early into the morning of Friday (5/24)  I started collecting Steven Universe fanart on my tumblr in hopes of doing some of my own.  Brittney sure appreciated it.  I read Moonknight v1 and it was pretty funny.  I got up early on Friday and made my roommate a bowl of nachos from my leftover taco stuff the night before, and some coffee.  Then I fell back asleep and lost a lot of Friday.  We left for L.A. that night and I saw a cute girl at a starbucks near the grapevine.  She stuck out in my head so I drew a doodle of her when I got home.  Saturday (5/25) was the day of the barbecue and we all helped set up.  I ended up hanging out with some cool people who were friends of friends.  On Sunday (5/26) we hung out at Santa Monica Beach, and then had a 3 hour fiasco trying to get something to eat, but as a bonus I had my first taste of Roscoe's Chicken & Waffles. 

albinwonderland Published on May 24, 2013

It was a great fun weekend overall.  So worth it.

Boulet's Mocca 2013 comic | Tobias Kwan on deviant Art | Moosekleenex's archive on tumblr | Oskar *FlyingApplesaucer on deviantart | CA ;)

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Lost in the Woods

It was the week following Mother's Day.  It was my first week back after a week of vacation.  It was the week of Dick Trickle's suicide, the passage of equal marriage rights in Minnesota and Brazil, and Angelina Jolie's admission of a double mastectomy.

Uploaded on Apr 10, 2011 DjEphixa

I was excited on Monday (5/13) for the Light Grey Art Lab Show.  Julie & Britt are both showing.  Then Spike tweeted about Attack on Titan and I watched the first episode.  I resuscitated a mysterious drawing in SAI. I caught up with some outstanding art posts by my friend Finchiekinstheowl.  I glanced at some classic and exceptional dinosaur art.  I think the HIMYM season finale aired this week.  I still hadn't caught up with Adventure Time nor Strip Search.  I did read some What I Did and Seven Soldiers of Victory v2.

Early morning on Tuesday (5/14) I looked back through Roy's Boys and Ice Cream Surfer and decided that Ice Cream Surfer wasn't so bad.  I looked through the Infinite Corpse site thanks to Brandon Graham's link from last week.  After work I came home and pretty much passed out from exhaustion.  It was a hot couple of days.

I learned about Kuli Kuli and Molinga on Wednesday (5/15).  I dreamed up a Box (of Alpha Flight) twitter that I could harass Brandon with.  Leslie Hung's sketchbook had sold well at TCAF and the orders continued to come in through the week.

Early on Thursday (5/16)  I happened to visit The Dollar Bin, and look into Battle Zoo.  I read about the AP Justice Dept. scandal and the passing of Richard Swanson, soccer enthusiast.  I got home from work and started watching Utena.  Rebecca drew a cover for Regular Show! Steven Russel Black lit a fire in my mind for Eurydice the Crowned.  I caught up with Ken Niimura's Henshin. I flirted with my Original Wolverine Tumblr idea.  I read the rest of Rachael and Penny up to the current strip.  I found out about Pink Project via Saichen Teng.  Latenight into Friday morning I marathoned Strip Search and went crazy that Lexxy came back!

Lauren, Rachel, and Penny were good twitter pals this week.  Dale & Jessi were cuties.  I drank a lot of bacardi, and slept early on Tuesday and Wednesday.

On Friday I took some time to right out some good #ff tweets for people very dear to me.

Saturday I got caught up in the hurly burly of Eurovision.  Lauren tweeted about Mastering Comics by Jessica Abel and Matt Madden

Sunday I tried to force myself to draw a Rachael & Penny fan comic, but it was slow coming.

Zakka on pixiv | C. Billedeau on deviantart | Steven Russellblack on deviantart | Ella Bailey | Andrea Kalfas | JJack00 on deviantart | Riikka Auvinen on tumblr | William Gibbons on deviantart | Mamefuk on pixiv | Dark134 on deviant art

Sunday, May 12, 2013

May Vacay Mama's Day

Fresh off my Iron Man 3 weekend, it was a great week to be on vacation.  I read this article about why Iron Man 3 was the best of the series.  I watched and laughed at that Lil Dicky Ex-boyfriend video.  Starting looking through Alan & Julie's Lore compendium for LitV.  Julie shared her 80s playlist and we chatted about her superhero goth rpg character.  I pulled up some Galaxy Rangers stuff to share with her, and combined with some Cowboy Bebop music Rachel shared earlier I suddenly felt like drawing a Spike & Goose fan art.

This was the week of the first 3D gun being fired, the appeal for the stay of execution for Willie Manning, and Charles Ramsey's rescue of three girls who had gone missing for a decade.  There was also that weird elite cosplayers meme going around.

I thought up Wormhole-fi, and Adobe announced the change to subscription only service.  Early in the week I was very good about cooking dinner for our house.  Ray Harryhausen passed away.  On Tuesday I drew some art for Amber.  Natalie's Mom turned out to be the missing Mrs. Breen Melissa McCarthy shouted out on CBS's Mike & Molly.  I read a bunch of Jailbird and got caught up with the last year and a half!  It was Moebius' birthday!

Published on May 6, 2013 mikeosong

 On Wednesday I decided to take a tour of my tweet archive and try to compile some things for old projects.  I broke some bread for Rachel's sake and bought a print while simultaneously registering a Storenvy site.  I read about Jupiter's Legacy and decided for the umpteenth time that I don't care about Mark Millar's thoughts.  I learned about the 72 Demons zine that never was from Jordyn & Britt.  I discovered Everyday Comics.  I started watching ebay for a good deal on a phone.  I dropped in on Penny's stream and Aaron was there.  We all got a little riled up about the Photoshop thing and I ended up starting a TMNT drawing.  Spike talked a little about the horror anthology she compiled and her inspirations.  That night I watched Entering Through the Mind and the Colin Baker Attack of the Cybermen two parter.

 On Thursday I found out Deni Hlavinka got spotlighted on Radio Boston and listened to some of her newer music, while learning about her lyric writing instructor, Michelle Ferrick.  It was a crappy day for relying on roommates.  I spent a good part of the day watching phones.  And then I started reading Boku wa Mari no Naka. I caught up with Calamity Jon's Superman Villian portraits.

Early in the morning on Friday I started catching up with Sakana.  I learned about The Mythical Show.  I watched the Grant Morrison thing with Kevin Smith about his Batman series.  Julie had a stream and it was the best.  In fact, I couldn't stop drawing because of it.

I finally just bought a phone on Saturday.  I drew a bunch of things.  And then I took myself out to IHOP.  On Sunday we had a Mother's Day Barbecue.  It was very hot.

Berol Eagle on deviantart
Totoya on pixiv
Joel27 on deviantart
Julie Dillon on deviantart
Saichin Teng on tumblr
Cory Loftis on tumblr
Charlie Bowater on deviantart
Joao Ruas
Erica Lugo on deviantart
Dark134 on deviantart
Eakkarlak Stu_P on behance
Sergi Brosa on behance
Elliot Alfriedius on tumblr
Aleks Sennwald

Gaming in Color kickstarter | Black Torch kickstarter

It was Mother's Day and TCAF weekend and the last few days of my first week of vacation.  Next week I go back to work, and then it's on again.  Awww  Yeah!

Entering the Mind Through the Mouth 고양이 입속으로 뛰어들다
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