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Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Stuff on my fridge

fridgeI live in a nice sized apartment, but not so nice sized that I can have a separate room for a studio. I do most of my art and design work out of my kitchen. There are a great many advantages to this: it gets good light in the daytime, I'm never far from a snack, and I can put things I like or reminders on my fridge. Strangely, this fridge covering kick has only really gotten in to gear recently. I normally don't like refrigerators all decorated, but there's something about all this stuff that is great. What's on your fridge?

Friday, February 13, 2009

Friday Comics: S.C.U.D.

One of the greatest gifts my friend Gary ever gave me was telling me to read his copies of Scud: The Disposable Assassin by Rob Schrab. It is about the day-to-day trials of a robot assassin who discovered that he will self-destruct upon the termination of his target; so he has to keep the target incapacitated and on life support which takes capital. Our friend Scud then becomes a freelance assassin. He also has significant girl-trouble. Scud is drawn in black and white, and is chock-o-block full of wonderful lines like "I'm Jesus Christ with a laser gun and you're all going to Hell!"

Scud became my litmus test for determining how interested someone was in comics and whether or not I could consider their opinions. The test works like this: Have you read Scud? If yes, did you like it? If yes = I will be cautiously optimistic about your views on other comics. If you say "OHMYGODSCUDWASSOAWESOMEICAN'TBELIEVEYOU'VEREADSCUD!" then you may subscribe to my newsletter. If you say no, you are dead to me. If you just haven't read it, then you have been wasting too much time not reading it and you must read it right away.

Reading Scud has become even easier. Not only did Mr. Schrab wrap up the maddening 10 year cliffhanger from issue #20 with four new issues last year- there is also a great collection of all the issues in Scud: The Whole Shebang which is a steal at it's low low price of $29.99. Plus, if you get your little butts down to Challengers, you can buy it at 25% off until February 14th.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

I have a despicably talented boyfriend

His name is Dillon Yothers, and he, in addition to being my favorite person, is also one of the most talented people I know. After years of my and his brother's success on Etsy, he's decided to give it a whirl. He's also underselling himself by a great deal in my opinion. So if you've got white walls and need some affordable artwork, please check him out.

Thursday, February 05, 2009

You don't have anyone, and I don't have anyone...

Actually, I have a rather nice someone, but the point is that Kathy and I have some brand-new, sarcastilicious cards out for the upcoming heart-a-thon, chocolate-indulgence know by some as the Feast of St. Valentine. I like these a great deal because they really exemplify the creative collaboration of the 16 Sparrows team i.e. me and Kathy. She came up with the sayings and I took one and made it like the text of an old silent movie. To the other, I added the words "Listen, darling," and it became a breathy phone conversation in a pre-code old Hollywood film. I also drew that phone. Go me with the drawing.