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dreaming, walking, drawing.... [13 Feb 2010|10:07am]
Huge stints of drawing are always exhausting and yet feel good at the same time.

I am going away for a week and a half, and so I've been drawing from the moment I get up until the moment I go to bed for the last two weeks. My back is sore, my hands are sore, my fingertips from holding a brush/pen/stylus are sore. Days passed with things like a morning self-reminder "don't forget to call so-and-so today" and then suddenly it was midnight. Dreamy days, filled with ink and audiobooks.

I'm essentially working two full-time jobs right now to start with, both Little Dee and my new comic (which you should check out if you haven't) Spacetrawler, not to mention babysitting 3 times a week, PLUS trying to more-than-just-maintain my relationship with Beth.

So, I had to get a week-and-a-half ahead, on top of all that. And I did. And it'll be worth it. A short trip this weekend with Beth, walking in the drizzle and finger food and nuzzling. And then down south for a week visiting a dear old friend from high school (and his wife!), who I haven't seen since their wedding. The company, adventure, and sun will do me a world of good. I've missed it.

And dear god, don't take this complaining the wrong way, I wouldn't give this work up for anything. I work ridiculous hours for almost no pay. But I love creating. Ever since elementary school, I've felt that. Love it. Roll around in it like a dog in poo.

Good poo.
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October 1st Update [30 Sep 2009|11:59am]

No new experimental comic. I guess that I have to admit that they are pretty officially on hiatus, simply because I don't see my work load lightening until at least 2010. Perhaps once the development of Spacetrawler is done, I might have time again. But I'll still try to post monthly here about my goings on regardless.

I do have something to show, though. This: spacetrawler.com is now live. Although it will likely be worked over a lot before the comics starts, and the comic itself won't start 'til probably the first week of January.

Hope all is well with the lot of you.


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September 1st update [02 Sep 2009|05:12pm]
Again, nothing to report. I know, I haven't really done an experimental comic since March. But that is how it's been with developing a new comic strip. I have clocked about a zillion hours so far into the space comic, have about a half year of strips written, edited, and thumbnailed (and are now being reviewed). I've also put in way too many hours on Sketchup, and am still too clumsy and useless at it. Sigh.

I still like the experimental comic script I wrote, and wish to draw it. I've just not come across the references I want.

Anyhow. hi. Wanted to update y'all. :)
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Cookrookery on Livejournal [01 Aug 2009|05:28pm]

p.s. - for those of you who want to watch cookrookery.com through livejournal, you can "friend" the cookrookery RSS here:


But leave comments at cookrookery.com, not here! I may not notice it if you do it here!

In fact, if you ever want to watch a blog on livejournal, you can syndicate the rss here:

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August 1st Update [31 Jul 2009|12:45pm]
August 1st Update

Yup. Missed July (sorry, Argadi!). It's been particularly heavy lately in my life, personal stuff as well as comics related, and I apologize. One blog post a month isn't too hard, and generally I make it.

This month's comic is actually a rebirth of my diary comic. I have begun a blog about cooking, with my friends Matt, Dan, and Jessica. It has just begun, and we're still finding our feet. I am learning about food blogging, and thinking a lot about it. I have yet to find my cooking voice there I think, but this is the way to learn.

BUT, what I DO know, and AM confident in, is my cartooning. And so alongside each post of my blog is as well a diary comic of my cooking. So... there they are. Four of them in total so far.

Our blog: Cookrookery.com

Everything else is as per usual. The space comic continues in development. I've written and thumbnailed 40 strips, and have been digging in and editing like crazy. I want this to use my old strengths, but also to stretch my wings to new things. But it is hard to be new, hard to change. Water Street has helped me there, Bad Mile was also a huge help, but still it is very challenging.

Anyhow. I think next month I'll actually have a new standalone experimental comic, but I promise nothing. My plate is full to overloading, and I still want this comic making to be enjoyable.

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June 1st Update [02 Jun 2009|11:49pm]

Oops. June's here already.

Well, I've been crazy busy this month. Finished a few freelance jobs, prepped nine "Little Dee" posters for printing (should be up in a week or two), am working on Little Dee book #3, and spending too much distracted time on my new comic (but which I keep making serious headway on).

The above spaceship image (one of five) was built as a 3-D model for me by commission by the amazing Matt Nolan. I had him build it very simply because these 3-D models won't actually appear in the strip as you see it here, but I will be using them as drawing reference, for consistency and to easily rotate them at need for different angles.

Sadly, that is all I have to show you this month. I am putting my spare time into writing and creating this new comic, and I think it's going to be worth it in the end. Trust me. :)
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Save the day, Gary! The world needs you! [07 May 2009|09:47pm]
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May 1st update [30 Apr 2009|06:29pm]
No experimental comic this month. I've been working on a bunch of stuff. Little Dee book #3. Babysitting in San Diego. Freelance. And a lot of time into a sci-fi project I'm working on (the mess of papers shown below), which I'm mentioning as a tease. Hopefully I'll have more to tell in the next couple months.

but there is more pretty art behind the cut.

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April 1st Update [31 Mar 2009|10:12am]

Above is a wash drawing I drew in Wenatchee, WA. A quick sketch, but I like it.

This month wasn't great in the experimental comic world of me. I tried drawing a script I wrote in the autumn, but I abandoned it after pencilling it. but I'll share the pencils as they are interesting I guess in showing the process.

I was playing with trying to write a palindrome script. The words are not a palindrome, but the panels (at least the text) are. With more work, the drawings could have been too.

I was planning on shading it. It would be night, so the first half as they approached the house they would have been lit in the front and the background would be black. The second half, the house would light up the background and they would be shadowed on their fronts.

The title panel is a nod to the TMBG's song "I Palindrome I" where they sing "And I am a snake head eating the head on the opposite side."

Anyhow. I'm not adding it to the actual Water Street archive. But, you can read it here.

It's been a fine month. A little travel. Read some good books. hope all is well with you all.

p.s. - I'm having a sale on Little Dee original strips this week. Buy one and I'll refund you $5. You know you wanna.
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March 1st Update [01 Mar 2009|08:01pm]

February is gone already. Damn. That was quick. Although it was a busy month. I've been ill twice, lasting about two weeks total. I took a small trip to the islands just outside of Seattle. I had a birthday (36th). Along with all the normal work I have to keep up with, it's no wonder it's all a fair blur.

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February 1st Update [01 Feb 2009|12:35am]

Ah pies. I've been making an awful lot of them the last couple years. And mostly inspired by my loving community down in Olympia, ringlead by the lovely Keylee and Nick.

Well, this summer, while traveling, i started contributing (drawings of) pies to potluck from the road, and have continued to send them one during every potluck I missed. Here are the first 16. When I have 16 more (who knows when), I'll post a second installment, etc. (this all is archived of course at Water Street).

Anyhow, life's been pretty great. Some concerns with future freelance, as MAD Magazine is going down to quarterly rather than monthly, and I believe I will be effectively lost in this transition.

But overall, all is well. I have tons of travel plans, which simply keep popping up out of thin air. And life where I'm living is pretty damn happy right now.

Anyhow. Enjoy the pies!

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January 1st Update [31 Dec 2008|10:29pm]

Well, this month's comic is actually a comic I drew from early April 'til late June of 2008. But I did it under a pseudonym, so only one or two of you have probably even ever heard of it.

I wasn't sure it's future, and so I held off until i sure it was a dead project before posting it here.

It's an exploration of shock-humor a bit, and playing with writing characters I fine to be both fun and unredeemable. two things I don't do much of. But it was fun. And then i got a wee bit bored.

I really need to love my characters. I need to care about them, at least some of them, or else I don't care about them, and lose interest.

Anyhow, read it here, as always, linked from waterstreet.

December was a month and then some. Traveling, questioning, writing. Working on new comics, working on a novel. Reading tons.

But I'm tired right now. Time to move on to 2009 and let it pass.

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Why it is [14 Dec 2008|09:23pm]
Amanda Palmer's (Dresden Dolls) new album "Who Killed Amanda Palmer?" is simply lovely.

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deconstructing creepy [08 Dec 2008|10:19am]
So, I've been doing research on old horror stories. And I'm slightly perplexed.

So, I adore Frankenstein, Jekyll and Hyde, and Picture of Dorian Grey. And what I love about them is they aren't horrifying as much as they are weird enough to make me uncomfortable, and they are really about the human condition. Frankenstein I would even define as science fiction, a "what if..." story about a scientific advancement and reflecting on what it means.

But Dracula. It's a straight horror story. I have found little commentary on the human condition. And so mainly, I am creeped out, a feeling I don't particularly find enjoyable. And yet I recognize its value culturally and acknowledge that billions of people have adored this novel/genre.

So I ask, what do y'all see in it? Why do you like Dracula? I am not being sarcastic, elitist, or snarky; I am honestly trying to figure this out.

Here are my best guesses:

1. people enjoy the feeling of being scared/horrified
2. the goth fashion statement
3. the melodrama head-to-forehead swooning (see point 2.)
4. the sexual tension (which parts, though? A woman with the blood of 3 lovers in her?)
5. the insight into gothic period social class structure and behavior

Any of those? All? None? Thoughts?

Also, a wee self-commentary. Yet again, a friend has pointed out to me (a couple days ago) that I don't live in the same world as the rest of everybody. And I can tell you, sometimes it's an asset, sometimes a weakness. And I know from experience that my guesses are often horribly wrong, because it's like I'm an alien. But it's strange coming across things like this, where I just don't get it.
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December 1st Update [30 Nov 2008|10:51pm]

Another month has somehow passed. I made and ate lots of pie (if you missed them, I blogged about them at littledee.net). Overall, a quiet month for me. Things HAD been quite busy, overwhelmingly so. And so, very tired and full of anxiety, this month I just holed up at home, trying to relax and let it pass.

I read. I wrote a letter. I worked on my short novel. I drew. I puttered.

I don't have anything BIG to show you, i'm afraid. But two very nice LITTLE pieces. The first one is the monthly Water Street addition, a one page comic which I wrote as in ode to a dear friend's lovely dog, Misha. It is titled Misha and Marx, and as usual, is linked to from the Water Street page.

The second piece is a diary strip, a commission a woman had me draw of her and her husband's day. Read it here.

Hope you enjoy. Love!
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orange-cranberry-chocolate custard pie [24 Nov 2008|10:57pm]
I remembered to take a picture of the pie I made this week. It has a oatmeal crust, which I made, thinking of my sister (celiac disease). The custard was orange flavored, from the zest and juice of 3 Satsuma Oranges. Also mixed in were cranberries and chocolate morsels.


And this is what i think i did, based on memory and from scraps of paper where I wrote down things from about 5 different recipes.

let's see. The crust. Mix together:
1 cup quick oats
1/3 cup brown sugar
4 tbsp butter, soft or melted
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp vanilla
And then spread it out in a greased pie plate

The custard. Mix together:
1 cup whipping cream
1/2 cup OJ (squeezed from about 3 small oranges, or 2 big ones)
zest from oranges you got the OJ from
5 large egg yolks
1/2 cup + 1 tbsp sugar

Then I threw in a bunch of cranberries cut in half. I also threw in a handful of chocolate chips, but they didn't melt and came out hard and distracting. :(

I put the custard in the crust and baked at 350 for 30 minutes. Let sit for another 20. Then refrigerate for 3 hours.

Voila. in hindsight, I may have added more sugar to the orange bit, not too much though. Just to make is lightly sweeter. And then I'd cut up more cranberries and cook them into a bit of a paste before putting them in. For a tart to balance the sweet oj custard. Maybe even cook the cranberries in a bit of lemon juice. The chocolate, perhaps I would have melted it in with some butter, maybe a bit of cream, to soften it. Then put the chocolate in the crust first, followed by the custard.

Who knows. Just thinking out loud. Cheers!
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Pies [11 Nov 2008|06:36pm]
Another pie. Although I seem to only remember to take a picture of them every other week.

On November 2nd I made a pie (pictured below) which was a brownie mix on the bottom (from a box, due to laziness) with a raspberry pie layer on top. The juice from the berries unfortunately mixed with the batter, and so the brownie part never quite cooked in the middle. In fact, I cooked it extra long, which made the crust tough but still did not help the brownie part. It tasted fine (who doesn't like brownie batter), and I received many compliments including in the from of a broken plate from children fighting for possession, but I wished to improve on it.

This week, the 9th, I made a pie with a thin cherry pie layer below, a crust on top of that, and then baked it slightly to let the crust begin to cook. Put a homemade brownie mix on top (altered to be super-gooey). It also was very well-liked, especially the brownie mixture, but the middle layer of crust did not cook. Nick suggested I broil it next time before adding the brownie mixture on top, and I think he may be on to something, he is very clever, and an amazing cook.

Cut for past pies you may have missed....
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Mmmmmm... [04 Nov 2008|09:36pm]
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Whooot! [04 Nov 2008|08:30pm]

I'm pretty darn happy. The results of this elections are more moving to me than I realized they'd be. I'm really emotional, both for Obama being my favored candidate and one I feel a lot of confidence about, but for the immense step this means to eradicating racism which is still so present in our country. Let us move forward.

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September 1st Update [01 Nov 2008|03:40am]

Well, First off, Happy Halloween. I had a lovely night out with friends to see Halloqueen a Queen cover band, with my housemate Sean as the lead singer. It was pretty amazing.

And then it was home, a couple more hours of work left on the comic, but I didn't want to miss another update.

It's been a strange month, including being swept away (helped by the generosity of others) to a tropical location (my word, where the current takes me these days). During which, my friends were bantering both about the godly sexiness of tanned surfer boys, but as well about the zen of the act of surfing. it was pretty funny. And inspired this comic.

It's getting more and more difficult to find new ways of drawing which intrigue me. And so I played around with using screened-over high-contrast photos I found of the Wall Street pit for the backgrounds; and also a quick loose paintbrush cartooning for the characters.

Anyhow, before I continue to blather on too much. Enjoy this month's experimental comic...

A Friendly Conversation in the Stock Market Pit

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