Friday, December 26, 2008
About 2 weeks ago I started feeling bad. I was really tired and had a pain in my lower abdomen. I thought it was just lack of sleep, but finally a few thursdays ago I gave in and called in sick. I figured a day of sleep would fix me up.
But the next day I got up and felt worse. So I went to the doctor and he looked me over but couldn't really find anything. So he gave me something for my stomach and told me to call him if I didn't feel better on Monday.
Over the weekend I developed a fever that shot up to 103.8! So I called my doctor and he decided I had an infection and to come in Monday unless I felt better.
So Monday I went in and he pushed around until he found the exact spot where I hurt and he decided I had some sort of infection. So he put me on antibiotics and told me to come in last tuesday.
It seems this infection is a particularly nasty one and he's worried it'll come back. So he put me on another round of antibiotics.
However, Weds at work I noticed I had the sniffles!
Now I have a full blown cold, except I cannot take vitamin-C or Zinc tablets because of the antibiotics!
So, it's the day after Christmas, I'm off work, the weather is awesome and i feel like crap!
Saturday, November 29, 2008
I hate that crap!
Don't get me wrong, everyday I thank God for the multitude of blessings I enjoy everyday. And I think that's what bugs me about having to list what I'm thankful for. How do I narrow that down to a mere list uttered while all the relatives' stomaches are growling?
I try and embrace everyday for what it brings, to enjoy every thing that comes my way. Bad things happen, but I know I've got it good!
Case in point:
Recently I was at Wizard World Texas. Now, normally cons can be really stressful, trying to get samples done, facing rejection, standing in line, that sort of thing.
But WWT didn't have any publishers there so I didn't really bother. Instead, I took my sketchbook and just enjoyed drawing.
Early one morning I was sitting in the lobby drawing, drinking coffe, with my walkman on. As I sat there, Jump blasting in my ears, two ladies walked up and sat down. One lady was upset and the other was talking to her.
I had no idea what they were talking about, Van Halen made sure of that, but it was obvious something 'bad' was going on.
As I sat there drawing, I began to think about my life. While I wish I had a better job, I really don't have a worry in the world. This lady next to me is upset about something, so upset she's crying in front of a stranger in a hotel lobby. And I'm sitting there drawing Batman fighting a horde of zombies, without a care in the world.
Maybe it's my simplistic outlook or maybe it's my lowered expectations, but I consider myself very blessed!
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
I spend most of my time at work drawing on my computer with itunes cranked up and my headphones on. I have a theory that '80s heavy metal is getting ready to come back big.
I don't know if my subconcious was tapped into the zeigiest of the emerging wave or maybe I'm just crazy, but today's audio flavor of the day was Van Halen's 1984!
1984 was the last salvo from the fire-breathing band that was the True-Van Halen. For those of you who may be too young to realize what this means, this was the last Van Halen outting with 'Diamond' David Lee Roth.
Nowadays, the Roth attitude seems a little worn thin, but at the time he was the coolest thing around. His hyper-manic delivery and Devil-may-care antics were the kind of thing every jr high boy wished they could pull off. And his machine gun delivery was the closed thing to rap this white boy had heard at the time.
And we loved it!
(My buddy DL Nelson told me he thought Sarah Palin should be in a Van Halen video. She could whip off her glasses and start dancing on the desks. If only, it might have turned the election!)
Too be honest, 1984 is really a pretty thin album. This was in the days of vinyl and it wasn't uncommon for an album to only have 8 - 10 songs on it. And really the best songs are Jump, Panama and Hot for Teacher.
(When David Lee Roth released his first solo album it only had 6 songs on it, because he said, 'Most albums only have a couple of good songs and the rest is filler. I just cut out the filler." Or something like that.
Early on in this post I mentioned I think early Heavy Metal is poised for a comeback. One reason: For awhile I had "Jump" as my ringtone. Everytime those opening chords would fire off, somebody would point at me and holler VAN HALEN!
Not exactly court admissable evidence, but I think the times are changing!
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Saturday, October 18, 2008
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Wednesday, October 01, 2008
Friday, September 05, 2008
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Monday, August 25, 2008
This is so cool! I could waste serious amounts of time doing this. Before I strated drawing every spare minute this was the kind of thing I would do.
Saturday, August 16, 2008
In a bold move, D. L. eliminated his last opponets in one sweep down North America, through South America, up Africa and finally decimating Europe to become the current Ruler of the World.
Keep watching here to see who will next hold "The Paul".
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
I was looking through an old sketch book and found this drawing I did about 8 months ago.
It's the main characters in "A Confederacy of Dunces" by John Kennedy Toole.
Dunces is one of may favorite books ever, I even have the audiobook on my cellphone.
If you've never read the book, it the story of Ingantius Rielly, who is a pompus slacker who is engaged in writing and indictment of this century, on big chief tablets, no less.
What really makes the book enjoyable is the juxatosition of Ingantius' pompus attitude and his complete inepitutde and general inability to complete the easist tasks.
Thursday, August 07, 2008
A quick drawing of Iron Man. A co-worker told me he thought the best art i've ever done was my 24 hour comic I did 2 years ago.
Holy Cow, what about all the work I've done since then?
Anyway, his point, I think, was he thought my work was better when it was loose and an easy way to draw loose is to draw fast.
Sounds good, except that can be really tricky. Where's the line between loose and sloopy?
Anyway, we were slow at work today so i drew this trying to work fast and stay loose. It was done with a H leadholder, but I had to darken the scan so it looks like I drew it with a ballpoint.
(If you look close, you can see where i spilt coffee on my scratchpad! You can also see it on the Batman drawing!)
Wednesday, August 06, 2008
Thursday, July 31, 2008
Friday, July 11, 2008
Monday, July 07, 2008
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Main caracter for a comic I am writing and drawing for the San Diego Comcicon. I am envisoning the bug as sort of a cross between Spider-Man and Batman. Visually, I was inspired by a show we saw in NYC at the MoMA called Design and the Elastic Mind. It featured industral concept designs based on some pretty far out technologies with 3d design and nanotechnology.
My thought was, if in the '60s, a kid could whip up a spider suit, what could somebody whip up today? I wanted something that reflected 3d cad systems, manmade materials and rapid prototyping, rather then just a screen printed t-shirt.
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Drawn in Adobe Illustrator CS2
"It's been a while since I've drawn anything like this in Illustrator, so I drew this during a lull at work today. I figure it'll sharpen up some of my vector drawing skills plus give me a nice piece for my portfolio."
"The bad thing about drawing stuff like this is in the past editors have focused on my commercial art instead of my comic work!"
Sunday, April 27, 2008
I'm not sure where to start talking about a 8 day trip to one of the largest cities in the world and a trip to the second biggest comic convention in North America. (I'm going to the largest in 4 months.)
So I guess I'll go in order.
Normally when we go on vacation, we leave really early. This time we flew out at a more reasonable 9 a.m. That was pretty cool 'cuz I actually had time for coffee before heading out to the airport.
The last time we went to NYC we stayed at a Comfort Inn on 71st, just west of Central Park. We like this place because it's affordable, close to a subway stop and in a nice neighborhood. Plus we had a fridge in our room!
When we got checked into our hotel, we rested up and went out for a late-ish supper. People in NYC eat later and we always fall into that routine.
Last time, I paid for that. We ate a late supper at a Japanese restaurant and I got the shrimp tampoura. It was really good, but I was thinking 'Man, this looks kinda greasy.'
That night, about 3 a.m. I woke up with crazy heart-burn. Nothing like waking up in a strange city with weird chest pains.
I resolved that would not happen to me this trip!
We walked to a nearby Italian restaurant. I got the gnocchies. I love gnocchies! It's kind of a potato dumpling and my Grandma Ronnie used to make them all the time. It's not the kind of thing you find in your average Olive Garden!
After the meal, I went to the bathroom. One tip: If you visit NYC, use clean restrooms when you find them. Sometimes its hard to find a public restroom and sometimes you wished you hadn't!
The bathroom was in the basement of the restaurant. For some reason, this is fairly common in NYC. What isn't common is the bathroom had a stained glass window in it.
I'm happy to report no ill effects from the late meal.
However, I don't think this will be in the book. It seems when I went to e-mail the file to them their e-mail box was not working. I tried to call them, but their voicemail was " over it's limit."
I don't want to slag on the SDCC people, but this seems to be how the entire con is ran. They have the largest con in the United States, but the consistently get things wrong.
Everytime I go I am told to go in a different door and about half the time the pros are told to wait until everyone else gets in.
I had sworn off the SDCC, but I am giving them one last shot.
And so far, it's not going too good!