6/2/03 - Okay, so they're tiny strips, but I'm caught up (phew!). I even wrote and lettered this week through Friday, so hopefully it won't be as nuts as last week.
Oh, and not that it's really needed for the punchline of the 5/31 strip, the humor is situational, and you can tell that Sohia simply mis-said something in a somewhat embarrassing fashion. But Bethanne mentioned that it was kinda' mean not to share, so here ya' go.
I would like to put the clock in the bedroom so that my lover can get up at the correct time before work.
It wished to put the clock in the dormitory so that my lover can raise to me at the time of correct before work.
6/3/03 - Hey, this weekend (don't hate me if i don't finish it) I'm going to try and do some web page updates, and among other things I was going to put up reviews/responses people had about my novel. And although, I admit, part of my reason for this is to help others convince themselves to consider buying it, I fully invite negative reviews as well. If some of you are more interested in writing an analysis (meaning: with spoilers), I'll create a sub-page with those too. Anyhow, no need to go out of your way, but if you wish to contribute, it'd be welcome.
Feeling a bit under the weather today, and so, since I wasn't good for much else, I got out the nutella, cheese and saltines (again), watched A Streetcar Named Desire (1951) for the first time. A really interesting character study of all three characters, and now I understand why people responded so much to Brando's performance, it's really intense. Really believable and intense.
6/9/03 - Okay, nobody emailed me any reviews/responses (which is fine), and so, since I was overworking myself this weekend anyhow, I didn't get around to doing any web page modification.
But yeah, working inetnsely on some other projects (plus Bruno, of course). Now through the end of July I am going to be a madman.
6/10/03 - So, Cafepress has currently announced upcoming changes in their relationship with vendors, and due to previous hesitations I've had plus these new things, I will be no longer using their services.
So, in case any of you've been meaning to, here's your chance, I'm closing down all my cafepress stores this weekend, so if you have any Bruno poster print requests, make 'em now, and make 'em quick. I'm happy to oblige, but it'll likely be a long while before I find a vendor again that I'd want to use.
6/16/03 - So today's strip is sort-of sunday's strip, but we'll see where I go about having monday's strip with tuesday, or who knows right now. But the gay pride parade was on Sunday, so there you go.
06/17/03 - So, anyhow, through various circumstances, this week I will be concentrating on deciding my fate of where I'll be and what my life will look like as it makes some big changes over the next three months, and the resulting afterwardses as well. And so I have some substitute work I will be posting in lieu of Bruno. And before I go on, allow me to mention that this week's irregularities are totally unrelated to the iffy reference drawing I did for the Sunday parade, which are as explained below (and which strip I tagged on to last week's weekly page of bruno).
I initially planned on keeping up Bruno this week, but it's just a bit too weighty to do both, and I realize I'm useless right now to do it. And so this week I'll be putting up a ten page comic book (2 pages per day) which I drew for an upcoming issue of "Atlas" by Dylan Horrocks.
Now, allow me to tell you a bit about Horrocks. If you haven't read Hicksville, I can't reccommend it enough. For some it might get a little too comic-book geeky, but it's just placed in that world, that's not what makes it deep and moving (well, it does make it a bit more moving if you truly love and have some historical knowledge of the medium). But his characters and his way of telling a story has inspired me so much, that it was one of the first times I really felt that the medium of the comic-book or graphic-novel could be done in a way that I could envision it being beautiful (according to my own personal totally-selfish definitions of beauty, which if you're reading bruno, I'm guessing you somewhat share). His current projects are Atlas, the highly anticipated dirty comics and I must also mention his bread-and-butter batgirl.
So anyhow, this was the first version of a story I wanted ot put in the back of "Atlas", which fits with his one requirement, that Hicksville play some role of any sort. But I found the piece too worshipping (even though it's rather fun), and I wanted to inspire rather than blather my self-subjegation. And so I did another version, which is pencilled, and I'll hopefully soon be photo-sourcing, and which will likely be in print in Atlas #4 (or 5 or something) due out, when he gets too it, possibly in 1 to 5 years.
So yeah, read his work, check out his site (he even has original pages for sale).
6/23/03 - So, I'm back. Many days of staring at the patterns on my ceiling feeling ill with indecision. But I made progress. For now, I'll likely be traveling across SW Canada in the first couple of weeks of August, and then settling down in Olympia, Washington to live for a time.
I'm still going to the San Diego Comic-Con, July 16-20 in the small-press area (table affirmed, but not yet assigned). And I'll be in a show of computer-comic-book/strip artists during Portland's July "first-thursday" (July 3rd) in the Pearl District, at Pushdot Gallery, where I'll be there to munch on wine and sip cheeze.
Also of note, I spent Saturday at Camp Caldera in somewhat-central Oregon putting up tee-pees for a camp program set up to help poverty-fam urban kids to go camping when they've rarely (if ever) had the chance to really even leave the city. And it was fine, even fun, if not really cold, but what I wanted to tell you about was Blue Lake. 1/2 mile wide and 300 feet deep, created by a volcanic explosion, and thus it is a "caldera". And I don't know why, if it's the purity of the spring-fed water from it or what, but it's the most magnificent blue. Blue blue blue blue. It made me so happy.
As far as last weeks comic, it's still off my main Baldwin home page under the category of Comics Books I've Drawn. I also put up a permanent link to Dylan Horrocks's page on the left-hand sidebar there. And now it's back to our normally programmed bruno schedule.
6/24/03 - I forgot to mention, Peter Abrams, who does the online comic strip Sluggy Freelance managed to get Phil Foglio to do the strip this week. Phil Foglio was a big influence on my illustrating back in high-school and college, and I've much enjoyed Girl Genius he's done with his wife Kaja. (Oh, and last year at San-Diego Con, he told me he read Bruno.)
6/25/03 - So, this evening I was thinking about my dear friend Anya, and I went over and caught up reading her livejournal. And her post: two interviews almost made me cry, and so when I was uploading Bruno, I decided to link to it. And then, when I went to do that, I found that she had just had a dream about me, and had posted it. Somebody (me) feels special. :)
6/27/03 - Funny thing about punchlines, you know. I had written and half-drew today's strip, and the original punchline had sounded like she was being snippy with Bruno and was a little upset at her. Which could have worked, but was not my intent. And so I changed it to what it now is. And it just came out, not sure from what bowels. Not a brilliant punchline, but sharp. And oddly, no other part of this strip had to be changed. In fact, I think the dialog is a bit crisper in that jump from the second-to-last to the last baloon. Anyhow. Just thoughts.
6/28/03 - Which to address first. Speaking of "funny" punchlines. You know, ummm.... as in: "six feet under"? You know. Um. Heh.
and if the drawing is confusing, it's a birds-eye-view of them jogging. And if you don't remember her jogging partner, Steve, he, appeared before here.