[Most Recent Entries]
Below are the most recent 9 friends' journal entries.
|Wednesday, December 4th, 2013|
|Monday, December 2nd, 2013|
|The furry closet
My sister is coming to visit next weekend and I am going to come out of the furry closet to her ! :0
|Saturday, November 30th, 2013|
|top 100 things i would not put in soup
this is an update of an old list:
100. michael jackson's thriller
99. a roleplaying game
98. the square root of -1
97. the racist parrot from happy endings
96. proper grammar
95. an old friend from high school
94. a daytime talk show host
93. leviticus 12:1
91. pixie stix
90. a book within a book
89. danny elfman's creepy leer
87. a closed livejournal account
86. any catch phrase from the 1980s
85. a tulane student's late nigh regrets
84. a lever of infinite length
83. corn red moon
82. a demonic penguin's god
81. a 1964 fender stratocaster
79. the year 1492
77. anything hotter than a jalapeno
75. the nsa's sense of privacy
74. your tablet
73. liquid cowardice
72. a hat you just can't make go away
70. the word "boisterous"
69. a flat bagel
68. anything involving the word "gala"
67. ayn rand's desiccated corpse
66. a banked fire after beltane
65. your favorite afterlife
63. puppy milk
62. the implements of your favorite fetish
61. leather pants
60. an interesting vending machine
58. "chocolate milk!"
57. corrective lenses
56. kernel panic
55. marching bands
54. a tactics score of 13
53. gg allin's sense of moral outrage
52. starving brain suckers
51. sated brain suckers
50. a three-handed ape
49. mama's home-made apple pie
48. dan harmon's beard
47. grrm's work ethic
44. the eternal abstract concept of "cold"
43. ralph fiennes' missing nose
42. mo rutherford
40. a potted petunia & a sperm whale
39. a woman's shoe containing a second bowl of soup
37. a mournful horn
35. a ticking box
34. dry wit
33. maternal instinct
32. communications majors
31. fictional presidents
30. foaming spray cheese
29. narwhal horns
28. an angular stone inscribed with the rune "eld"
26. miley cyrus's sense of rhythm
25. a pangalactic gargle blaster
24. the bleached bones of daniel lambert
23. your unsightly bathtub ring
22. a criminal record
20. a neo-otyugh
18. graham's number
17. any couch
16. a film once thought lost
15. a bad hat
14. a pink slip
12. mardi gras beads from the streets
11. st. bernard tap water
10. global warming
08. no tea
07. kantian ethics
06. schrodenger's cat, alive, dead, or any state of indeterminacy
05. pol pot's dental records
03. the characters of welcome back kotter
stacked atop each other
02. burnt soup
01. a bad roux
|november in film
i will respond to everyone in the previous post when i return to new orleans. i shoulda thought about my impending travel before posting that, but i was far too busy procrastinating instead of packing. which shoulda been a hint.
anyway, meanwhile, here's a little about the best movies i watched this month:goodbye, dragon inn
i like quiet films. they are relaxing, and often, ultimately more emotionally satisfying because you aren't distracted by constant noise and bombast. this film is the quietest film that isn't silent that i can think of. and yet, it manages to include multiple simple storylines, all taking place on the last night of a single screen theatre as it shows dragon inn
. it's beautiful and poignant without belaboring it, and there's a rich amount of humor in there, too.the wishing tree
another quiet film that tells a more brutal and strange story, illustrating its setting with glimpses at every facet of a pre-soviet georgian village as rabblerousers, religious folk, and other odd sorts bounce off each other. a love story slowly unfolds and everything builds to one single moment.the hole
okay, now i'm belaboring things. this is another quiet one, a bizarre love story told in metaphor and fantasy that eschews any sort of convention.rock hudson's home movies
an essay film that dissects rock hudson's career in light of the revelations about his sexuality and his death. it reveals how hollywood coded his sexuality, every hint and thinly veiled reference. it's fascinating and elegiac.serene velocity
an experimental short film of a hallway, shifting in focus and slightly in angle over and over again, forcing you to contemplate your perceptions as minimalist film flows.late spring
a story of conflicting traditions and generational viewpoints, this one is... interesting. every viewpoint given, really, about love and relationships, is somewhat conservative, but ultimately, none of it matters in the face of the very real emotions underlying these viewpoints. platform
one of the most accurate depictions of small town ennui ever filmed.special bulletin
a tense, lofi tv movie about terrorists threatening to blow up charleston with a nuclear bomb, this film was made to look like an actual news report in its original run (with plenty of warnings that it wasn't) that did a great job of heightening its impact. it's also a vicious indictment of the media's implicit responsibilities and failures to live up to them.irma vep
a strange tale that works as a critique of and look at french cinema, using the perspective of an outsider and various insiders, using multiple figurative angles to analyze it. at the same time, it's a strange story of an actress at the whims of directors and lost in a nation where she does not speak the language.
|Tuesday, November 26th, 2013|
|gratitude and grief
it's somewhat cliche to talk about gratitude this time of year, but the inundation of posts about it on facebook has me thinking about it.
what do i have to be grateful for?
my initial response to this is bleak and depressing, because, well, i'm depressed. i have to struggle to think of things. in years past, say the first 8 i was on lj, i could have made a list as long as the nile without trouble. many of the things that would make that list still exist, they're still true. but i find it hard to remember them. grief has just eaten up so much of my attention.
last night, on the avc comments that i hang out in, someone declared a "compliment" thread, and basically, it turned into a lovefest the likes of which we used to see around here in our hey day. i came to the party late, so i just went through and complimented everyone in the thread as best i could. it was a lot of fun, but it made me miss the days we made that happen around here. so comment and i'll say something nice to you
anyway, back to the original question: what do i have to be grateful for? family and friends, a decent job, reasonable health, access to nigh infinite information and entertainment, good food, the continual capacity to learn, etc. the list could go on and on.
there was a recent video on some inspirational site that made the rounds on facebook, showing how gratitude makes people happier. the idea was that if you show gratitude to the important people in your life, you will feel better. so amend the above. comment and i will tell you why i am grateful to know you. assuming i do know you. if i don't know you, i'll just say something nice.
i realized a while back--and maybe i mentioned this--that my recent binging on movies is a blatant coping mechanism. in the wake of my loss, i dug up that old lj_artofvision list and made it a point to watch everything on it. at the time, i knew it was just something to distract myself, but i eventually realized that it worked better than i thought. it gave me a purpose. i fill my hours with movies not just because they take my mind off things, but because taking things off that list feels good. it feels like an accomplishment, even a small one. it makes me feel like my time is not wasted. using letterboxd to log it all, to write about much of it, that gives me another outlet. especially since roleplaying, my primary creative outlet, feels very painful sometimes to get into.
tomorrow morning, i go back to alabama for thanksgiving. i have a new niece, but she's too young to travel, i think. she won't be there. she'll be there for christmas.
rena shared this on facebook, and i fell in love:
movies i have fallen in love with this month:goodbye dragon inn
the wishing tree
rock hudson's home movies
hedgehog in the fog
i need to do my christmas shopping.
|Saturday, November 23rd, 2013|
Changed the name of the blog. Big news, I know.
It's also the name of my Tumblr
, which Sarah set up for me a few days ago. I'm not doing much there right now because I'm busy as hell, but eventually I'll be posting more art there, and maybe other crap, with some regularity. Who knows.
I'm trying to cover all the bases as best as I can -- except Facebook, which I just don't like -- since we don't have a living website anymore. Which kills me, I'd really love to have a decent resource for my work that people can refer to, something about my various ongoing projects and books in print, a webstore for art with images and everything like a real, grown-up cartoonist. But I'm computer-illiterate and we don't have time to devote to putting anything serious together, or money to hire someone to set up a site, and we don't want anyone working for free, so, no website for the foreseeable future. But I'm on Tumblr and maybe that will help. I really have no idea.
What made me decide to do the Tumblr thing was that someone posted a Beasts of Burden
short story on there a few weeks ago and it ran up almost 60,000 notes, which even if you halve that number to account for people both liking and reblogging the post, means almost thirty thousand people read it. And it's still getting tossed around and read. A small percentage of these folks ordered the book and a lot of people commented on the material and gave the series some very positive word-of-mouth. This is the biggest burst of activity generated by the book since, well...maybe ever. It got more readers than anything we've published, and at a time when the series is in hibernation, to boot, so we can certainly use the attention. Anyway, I figured it couldn't hurt to post my stuff to Tumblr and see if anything happens. Even a few folks seeing it is better than nothing. There's only so much you can do, especially when you don't have time to do much, and every little thing helps. So, yeah, I'm on Tumblr. Big news, I know.
Otherwise, Sarah's almost done coloring the gag pages we're doing for Dark Horse Presents
, and work proceeds on the first Eltingville Club one-shot. I can't wait to finish this project up for so many reasons, a big one being that I don't want to draw overly-detailed, fussy, OCD-mandated comics anymore after this. Less panels, less kibbitzing, less eyestrain, more pages, a little more sleep. Maybe. The same goes for doing Fun Strips five-per-page with a title when everyone else does one or two gags on a page and fills up a book. I can't work like this anymore, there's no point and all my work could be spread out over multiple pages and books instead of filling up every inch of white space on every piece of bristol board I tape down to my table. I think I can relax after overworking pages for twenty years, for good or bad, through no one's fault but my own. Hopefully I'll figure something out and be able to work towards simplifying my pages and panels and scripts (and posts, even), so I can get more done in a more practical manner. And still do solid work. Just spread it out a little more.
We'll see how that goes. I'm sure it'll be a long process, and I'm sure I'll never stop putting extra details and business into my comics, but it's something I really have to work on. I'm not getting any younger, or healthier, or richer (ha-ha), and I need to produce more work in a less stressful manner to offset those things to some degree. If only saying it could make it happen. Stupid brain.
Two last things -- I'll be personalizing and sketching bookplates in copies of Beasts of Burden
and Milk and Cheese
once again for this year's holiday fundraiser effort for the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund
. Other creators who will be signing books and stuff includes Alan Moore, Jeff Smith, Brian K. Vaughan, Paul Pope and other people you may have heard of. Details can be found here
And our fourth Metal Men cartoon short ran earlier today on the Cartoon Network -- we haven't seen it yet, but we just saw "Identity Crisis", the third short, which has been uploaded to the DC Nation site. You can see it here
, along with the first two Metal Men segments (scroll down a bit to find them).
All for now. Back to work, putting too much on a page.
|Friday, November 22nd, 2013|
Omg I'm posting something!! Only my Christmas wishlist though, since I always post it here. I'm done with posting personal crap on this site. I keep all that to myself now or tell close friends in IM, if they need to know. Most of the time no one needs to know. I just don't have time to post here anymore. But I do enjoy seeing all your posts and commenting on them ^^So yeah, my wishlist is as follows.And that's it. At least with things that are actually giveable lol. Current Mood: hopeful
|Tuesday, August 20th, 2013|