Saturday, September 15, 2007


The weekend has arrived and nothing much changes. I feel like I never leave the house, I'm just sitting all the time either here in front of the computer or 3 feet away at my drafting table. Work work work. Some of it I enjoy, lots of it I loath. It's no wonder I'm out of shape, just sitting and working. Sometimes I sit and read but that's not a very active endeavor either.

There was a time I think, when I did stuff. I use to count down the days until the weekend. That feels like a lifetime ago! I've been to only one concert I can think of in the last 3-4 years and that was The White Stripes a few months ago. Granted, no one's really come around this neck of the woods (except KMFDM a few years ago in Moncton, I'm still angry I missed that one) that I'd want to go see (or could afford to go see) but my point is I don't get out much.

I've been getting up early to work on the Angora Napkin book this past week and making some progress. By the afternoon today I was good and ready to breath some fresh air and go do something other than work and do it outside of the house.

...But I couldn't think of anything to do or anywhere to go. I thought about it for a while (this isn't the first time this has happened to me) and eventually gave up and decided I'd just go back and sit and draw some more. I wonder sometimes if I'm missing out on some vitally important aspect of life.

My very small world consists of my wife, my kids, my drawing, my day job, reading and watching movies. Carol says that that's more than enough for anyone to tackle and I have to admit I agree with her. I know I'm doing my best using the time I've got.

Still, I can't help but feel envious when I see friends traveling around the globe and doing things that don't involve sitting withing a 15X20 foot area every single day, weekends included. It's no wonder artists go mad. I could use a hobby if only I had the time for one and a clue as to what that hobby would consist of.

In order to preserve my sanity a little longer I've decided to do my best to save up for a road trip to SPX next year with my friend Pat. I've been planning to go for years now and something always comes up, but this time I must go. Not need, MUST. It's this shred of something that lies in the future in which I can justifiably see the outside world for a few days. It's over a year away and I can hardly wait!

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Polly Pocket ruined my day.

Yep, the little plastic wench put me in such a foul mood my day was shot. Such are the joys one can achieve by working in animation so get out there you starry eyed youngsters and get a job in Flash animation. Or maybe you'll be lucky enough to work on some 3D masterpiece like Shrek 14. Dare to dream.

Anyone in the market for a 13 year old dog who's stone deaf, hates the outdoors and can't stop barking? And when he's not barking he's whining. Or pissing in my office. Or eating out of the compost bin. Anyone? Anyone? If I was a gun owner I'da given him a couple of Milk Bones today.

I was supposed to meet up with some friends at the Confederation Center and check out the show but that didn't work out as planned. I watched Jason walking out the door at the opposite end of the building, and as I had the twins with me I'm not in the position to run him down. Mark had all ready left, so that all sucked.

On the up side, the show looks good! Ihor did a great job mixing my interview so that I sound half way competent. He converted the segment into B&W; I was back lit so it's kind of dark. I'll see if I can get a copy of it from him for the web site. While I was there I had a newspaper interview for the local Kensington paper. The interviewer (Mike) was a student of mine back when I was teaching comic art at my old High School, so that was kind of interesting.

Other than that, I received a nice card and some money (I expect it's worth a lot!) from my biggest fan in China and harbinger of Pocky. Hi Xiao Ai, and thanks! ;)
That's it for me. Guess I'll post another Mygrain and either go to bed or get back to work. I'm getting pissed off with myself, which usually means I'm about to go into overdrive until I burn out. Nothing unusual.

Monday, September 10, 2007

Read a Book!

Ak! So much going on and me without my clone again!

I'm going down to check out the show at the Confed Centre on Wednesday, I'm quite anxious to see what Ihor has put together. The CBC news spot has gone over way better than I had anticipated; the story went National on, I got a few back issue comic orders (thanks Stephen & Eric!) and some more interviews are getting lined up.

The whole thing has got me thinking about the next Chiaroscuro book and so I sat down and looked at how long it would be before I started work on it. I was kind of disappointed when I noticed that as it stands the Angora Napkin project will be going until March (at least) of 2008, which will have put that "quick" project squarely into the two year mark, and it'll turn out to be a fairly small book when it's all said and done. Okay, granted I became a dad to twins and all, I just figured I'd be done sooner than that. Oh well, accept it and move on I guess.

In all likely hood it'll kick my ass into gear and I'll try to knock out more pages a month. I'm stupid like that.

On another note, I had the pleasure of reading Carol's 3 Day Novel "Hide Your Life Away" and it's just brilliant! I have no idea how she pulled that off in just 3 days. It's really well written and laugh out loud funny, I think she should win. So on that note, watch this video:

Read a Book