February 1st Update



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!

January 1st Update



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.

cheers to that

deconstructing creepy

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.

December 1st Update



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!
pies!

orange-cranberry-chocolate custard pie

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.



THE RECIPE

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!
cheers to that

Pies

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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Whooot!

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.

September 1st Update



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