December 6th, 2013
Also I drove behind a truck carrying a dismantled rock climbing wall today and that was weird.
A couple of birthday money thank you cards.
Sometimes I forget that a.) I own a typewriter and typewriters are wicked cool, and b.) mailing stuff is fun.
December 5th, 2013
The week of knocking things over continues.
December 4th, 2013
December 3rd, 2013
He had about five minutes total to walk downstairs and piss without me seeing him and boy did he take advantage.
I somehow pumped out three Street Sense illustrations today, crushing my previous record of one. I believe only two of them made it into the issue (out tomorrow) but I’m super stoked about all three so here they are.
Top one is for an article on the government shutdown and its impact on homeless service providers in the city, including how it forced those providers to rethink their operations in case a shutdown happens again (which, yeah. America).
Middle is for a miserable little poem about whether or not God enjoys making people suffer and is the finest nude deity I’ve ever drawn. If you’re paying attention you’ll notice it’s also the return of this God, which means he won the fight against Satan. Or something. Maybe they called a truce.
Bottom is for a poem about sitting down to dinner with an old friend once more, and is a representation of how I wish I arrived at every place I ever go.
The photo background concept is something I’ve tried before but never felt right about ‘till these two. Using photography in general makes me uncomfortable but I feel like this might be a way I can get around that. Today was cloudfree and there are no nice flowers by my house, so I took the Flickr’s Creative Commons. Flower image taken by Liz West, clouds by Horia Varlan. Respect.
December 2nd, 2013
More about potatoes than anyone cares to know.
December 1st, 2013
I can’t believe it’s December.
Some music stuff:
The Louvin Brothers - Satan Is Real
Everything about these songs is so good that I don’t even care how obnoxiously jesus-y it all is. I don’t know what provoked this but I suddenly wanted to listen to it earlier this week and haven’t stopped since then. This is the only Louvin Brothers album I’ve heard but I’ll be correcting that soon because it’s terrific.
Lee Hazlewood - Trouble Is A Lonesome Town
I’ve been intrigued by Lee for a while now, ‘cuz he kinda existed on the fringe of music I really like for a while, but this is the first I’ve ever heard his stuff. At first I didn’t like this at all. The songs are good but the narrations between them seemed really cheesy and disrupted the flow of the album. I stopped listening to it then a few days later felt the urge to hear it again and I changed my mind. It’s definitely a weird album, especially for 1963, but it’s worked its way into my heart.
Waylon Jennings - The Ramblin’ Man
Always nice to be reminded that country music doesn’t have to totally fucking suck. With the exception of a few Willie Nelson albums that whole “outlaw country” scene is one I don’t know well enough.
Gillian Welch - Soul Journey
This really bored me at first but I kinda like it now. Still probably her worst by a fairly wide margin, but Look At Miss Ohio is lovely and Wrecking Ball is the kind of song I wish she did way more often.
The Flying Burrito Brothers - Gilded Palace of Sin
Gram Parsons is one of the most important musicians I’ve ever happened upon so it’s always nice to rediscover his music. So much has been written about this album and the rest of his attempts at “cosmic country” but it really is a special sound, with this being the best example of it. The slide guitar is perfect throughout and the two Hot Burrito songs are just devastating. He had one of the most perfectly flawed voices ever, and it’s an absolute shame he died so soon.
Big Star - It doesn’t matter what
I’ve extolled the virtues of Big Star on here enough but I’ll do it once more because they were that good. Radio City, people, Radio City. Just listen to Radio City all the time and everything will be alright.
Ryan Adams - Heartbreaker
Ryan Adams is a weird one ‘cuz even at his best (and this is certainly him at his best) he’s guilty of pretty obvious attempts at aping big names like Dylan, the Stones or the Dead. It’s like his songs don’t have an identity of their own, but he’s written so many good ones I don’t really care. This album’s super top heavy and really starts to fade in the second half, but it’s highs are absurdly high so whatever.
Leadbelly - Some random box set of ~60some songs.
I’ve only ever listened to his stuff in passing (or in Nirvana/Creedence covers) so it’s neat to give a bunch of the original stuff more attention. Definitely a mixed bag but man could he play guitar. I definitely need to get into more of those old blues guys in the future.
Some comics stuff:
Philippa Rice - Looking Out
Bought this at SPX, just getting around to reading it. Not sure why since it was one of the books I was most excited about buying at the show. Anyway, super cool. I love her drawings of the miscellaneous planets and space buildings in the background.
Nick Drnaso - The Grassy Knoll
I just recently discovered this guy but this is really really good. There’s something about his art that I can’t look away from. Like it’s so clean and sterile it shouldn’t really do anything for me but it does so who am I to question that. Definitely added his name to my list of cartoonists to always pay attention to. (List exists only in my head)
Dane Martin - Gagger #1
One of the funniest comics I’ve read in a while.
Zach Worton - Blood Visions Part 1
Mostly bought this for the title and the sweet cover but the story’s intriguing so I’ll probably have to read more now. Not sure if hilarious is the right word but the death scene sure was something else.
Sam Gaskin - Goblins
This is the kind of stuff I wish I could write ‘cuz it’s just so halfassed (in a good way) and gives this sweet impression of a dude just sitting down and knocking out these pages in a few minutes each.
The super lo-fi Oily Comics format is a really intriguing one for me as I try to figure out a way to make more non-journal stuff of my own, so it was cool to pick up a few from Big Planet Comics this past Black Friday.
November 30th, 2013
Then I went home and had a PBJ and it was good.
November 29th, 2013
Random guy saved me like ten bucks.
November 28th, 2013
His category is “working dogs,” which is weird ‘cuz he’s always been pretty darn lazy.
November 27th, 2013
Barring a sudden burst of creativity, these are the last comics I’ll ever draw as a 23 year old.
November 25th, 2013
Apparently rutabagas are covered in wax and that’s how you can tell the difference.