March 25th, 2015
Last year I lost a good friend.
We were roommates for the better part of the last decade and I’ve never felt more at ease around another human being than when I was with him.
And not in a romantic way… it’s hard to explain. There was just never any pretenses. No bullshit. It was like spending time with your most beloved pet only said pet could make jokes, ride a bike and cook amazing food!
Here’s to Doogie. I miss him deeply and am thankful for all the good times we got to share while he was here.
And as David Lee Roth sang on the closing track of Diver Down:
Happy Trails to you,
Until we meet again,
Happy trails to you,
Keep smiling on til then.
March 23rd, 2015
Just finished reading “Payback: The Tale of Dengar” written by Dave Wolverton from the Tales of the Bounty Hunters anthology.
When I was a kid Dengar was one of my favorite Star Wars toys. He looked like a mental patient with his bandaged head and what appeared to be an air conditioner strapped to his back… but something about him really appealed to me.
After reading this short story he seems much more interesting; he’s got quite a backstory featuring Han Solo, Boba Fett, Jabba the Hutt and one of Jabba’s dancing girls, Manaroo.
It was a fun read with some depth added to a character I’d always found intriguing… even if the ending was kinda cheesy.
Think I’ll read the one about IG-88 next.
March 20th, 2015
My friend Joe Craven recently started a Chew sketchbook where he’s having different artists do drawings based on the Chewverse characters. I’m honored to be the second artist to contribute and had a bit of fun drawing my favorite cyborg chicken.
March 18th, 2015
Sketch done today at We Care Arts.
March 16th, 2015
Earlier tonight my friend Neil and I went to see Scott McCloud (Understanding Comics, Zot!, The Sculptor) speak at Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio. He talked about visual literacy, the unused potential of the comics medium and monkeys, Monkeys, MONKEYS!!!
His power point show is innovative, informative and pretty dang great. He’s a fantastic speaker with lots of energy (maybe it was the 22 oz. Mountain Dew he was drinking during the presentation) and you can see him in action giving a Ted Talk by clicking here.
Anyway, I drew this sketch of him while he was speaking. He waves his hands around a lot (again, 22 oz. of Mountain Dew).
Wittenberg is also having a Mini-Comics Workshop this Thursday, March 19th. If you’re in the area stop by and attend. It’s a beautiful campus and you can see their upcoming goings on by clicking here.