Hey, I'm back. Hi! Good to see you all again. The vacation was very much needed and I feel very refreshed. And yes, many things to post of here.
First, if you forgot where we were, the last bruno week was July 21st. I am ignoring the month jump in time and am just continuing on as if it didn't happen, in fact, you may notice that today takes place the same day as the last strip I drew July 24th (Dije has just been in line at the post office for a very very long time).
As you can see above, as well, I am now adding post-specific hyper-links to posts for you bloggers who have complained that my clunky html Isn't as good as Moveable Type.
In regards to Dee, I've caught up on all the bulletin board posts (and thank you all for you kind words), and have transferred them to here (at the beginning of the archived strips, which will remain in the Bruno archives until I get the Little Dee site up). I'm glad Dee was liked so much by you, seemed a bit of a hard sell with the first few strips, but I'm happy that my heart isn't the only one she's won over. As to the suggestion that I start doing Dee as the weekend strip around Bruno, for now I think I'm going to stick to my plan. Still waiting to hear back from the syndicates, and if they reject it, then I'll be self-syndicating it probably in the beginning of next year once I save enough money (and yes, I may do the suggested Dee-zine fundraiser, but lets wait until the syndicates and I get more settled in to Olympia, in other words, find the inexpensive photocopiers and such). but yeah, expect to have Dee daily by early next year (I do).
Just a note about Dr. Talle. I really think her office, as I've drawn it in the past, is not up to standard, largely because it was drawn from my imagination rather than reference photos (actually, based on my own therapists's office back in Amherst). And so I wanted to ask, are there any therapists out there (or people who have offices resembling a therapist's office) who might be willing to take reference pics? I am looking for an office that's kind of light and comforting, not too cluttered or too much dark wood, but I'm also willing to bend these desires if it's what i have to choose from. Anyone?
Anyhow, and also, just because it's come up a lot lately. if the page is not updating, hold down "shift" or "control" and reload. If that doesn't work, clear your browser's cache (from any page but Bruno), quit, restart the program, and try again. If I haven't done the strip, trust me, I'll make note of it. And if the cgi doesn't work (I actually did have a problem on Mondy and Tuesday of this week) I check it at approximately 10:00AM NYC time and fix it if it's not up (the page auto-updates at 6:00AM).
And lastly, just thoughts. Life's been strange. I've been kinda' overwhelmed with nostalgia lately. And I've found in the past that when I'm feeling a really strong nostalgia, it means that I'm afraid. And frankly I am. Moving in with my girlfriend has been difficult and scary. Moving to a town with no jobs when I have little experience in anything but office-grunt-work and little inspiration for the many jobs applied for, that's scary. Even making new friends, terrifying. So yeah.
And it's also been strange this last year, Bruno has been directly affected by my life in a way it hasn't before. Not really story-wise that much (although some, as always) but rather that when I've just fallen-apart, I've actually taken time off. It just feels like it's more connected. I mean, even beyond that, but kinda' in that way. I just can't seem to disconnect the two, and I'm not sure if it's good or bad.
Good monday morning and all that. Enthusiasm curbed by nothing but a tad bit of exhaustion. Thank you all who bought books and helped out last week. Still trying to get all the sketches done. But yes, it was incredibly helpful and will help my skim by until I've found a job. Yay! Thank you!
I have some links and thoughts rattling about in my head, but perhaps Tuesday I'll be more rested and coherent.
Oh, and speaking of drinking,
The Top 10 Reasons Why Beer Is Better Than Jesus
(Sorry, I just had to post them)
10. No one will kill you for not drinking beer.
9. Beer doesn't tell you how to have relations with the opposite sex.
8. Beer has never caused a major war.
7. They don't force beer on minors who can't think for themselves.
6. When you have a beer, you don't knock on people's doors trying to give it away.
5. Nobody's ever been burned at the stake, hanged, or tortured over his brand of beer.
4. You don't have to wait 2000+ years for a second beer.
3. There are laws saying beer labels can't lie to you.
2. You can prove you have a beer.
1. If you've devoted your life to beer, there are groups to help you stop.
Not much to report these days. The job search continues. Brain's been doing real well though. As well as loving every day of "Bruno" since I got back this month, I've been making real progress at writing future "Little Dee" strips as well and plotting out my graphic novel (which due out in many many years). Haven't felt this good in a long time.
I mean, sure, there's plenty in my life to bring me down, and it does. But most of the time I've been very clear and productive. And I've tried to allow, even nurture that. Feels good.
Hello. Um. Been sick. And sorry, you may have had some connection problems with the site. Tired. Oh, but all drawings for the orders were completed and the last couple mailed out on Friday. Sorry the delay, I wanted ot make sure I did a good job with them, and so it took awhile.