Movin’ on up!

May 10th, 2012

Hi all! I’ve revamped my entire website, and as a result, the blog is now integrated in the front page. If you’re still checking back here for entries, you’ll want to move your bookmarks over to plain ole DYLANMECONIS.COM for good! (All the entries and comments from this version of the blog have been copied over, too.)

There is a TON of new or previously hard-to-find art, all my comics, and general higher levels of niceness and visitability.

See you there!

Family Man update!

April 20th, 2012

Preview of Page 249

Page 249 now online!

(permalink to this week’s page)

I realize the plot’s pretty thick already, but I’m just throwin’ some more cornstarch in there.

News! We’re closing in on the Stumptown Comics Fest at the Oregon Convention Center here in Portland, where I’ll be exhibiting and appearing on two panels.

comics-fest

On the Thursday night before the Fest (4/26), I’ll also be making a Special Guest Appearance at the April edition of Comics Underground, providing some voices for a reading by studiomate (and fellow Eisner nominee) Jonathan Case from his wonderful book Dear Creature. It is going to be silly and excellent.

She's PROBABLY going to be fine.

And, at the fest, I’ll be debuting my first-ever screen print design, hand-pulled by Erika. I am super-excited to have a Fancy Thing – I’ll post a teaser image on Tumblr after this weekend.

Detail from future screen print.

And, new in the store is a print of my illustration for the 2012 Monsters and Dames book, featuring Ariadne and the Minotaur passin’ some spare time in the labyrinth. Get ‘em while they last!

Monster, Meet Dame.

And, confidential to Lucy in the UK: your painting has boomeranged safe and sound, and will be back on its way to you on Tuesday morning!

Family Man update!

December 16th, 2011

Preview of Page 223

Page 233 now online!

Well, this is a first, isn’t it? And here you thought nobody’d ever start howling in this comic. I’m looking forward greatly to drawing some Very Different Things in the next run of pages. It’s been yonks since I’ve gotten to just hunker down and do a bunch of designs and development doodles and such. Normally it’s so fun that I avoid doing it, lest I enjoy myself too thoroughly and get sucked into a deadly FunSpiral.

We are approaching Holiday Event Horizon! If you live in the US, there is still time for some last minute orders over at the store; domestic orders get a free upgrade to priority shipping this week.

Until next week! I’ll see you all on the other side of the solstice.

Bordertown publication day!

May 24th, 2011

btown-clipart-abs

It’s publication day! Callooh, callay! Go order (or heck, walk into a store and outright purchase) Welcome to Bordertown. You’ll have an easy time finding the story Sara Ryan and I did together – it’s the one that has pictures!

I was very trepidatious at times about contributing to this project – not expecting to get a lot of love from reviewers (many of whom have their phasers set to “dismiss” when it comes to comics), not having a long relationship with the shared world in question, appearing smack in the middle of a prose book surrounded by genius up-and-comers in the fantasy and YA genres and some well-established creators whom I abjectly worshiped as a teen.

But now that it’s out on shelves, I’m allowing myself to feel excited and very pleased to have been so graciously invited to participate.

I should have a guest blogpost on Tor.com soon showing how I drew the story; I’ll link to it when it appears.

Family Man update~

March 11th, 2011

Preview - page 213

Page 213 now online!

Scary news from Japan; I’ll cut my usual chipper update-post-convention nattering until later, since I have plenty to natter about but nothing that can’t wait until the news irons out. Suffice to say: thanks to everybody who came out to the show in Seattle.

And, finally, the Tarot prints are now available in the store:

tarot_printset

Monday morning poem: Lord: it is time.

September 20th, 2010

After a week of travel, I am home, and I find that autumn has met me here.  I traditionally post this poem, “Herbsttag”, by Rainer Maria Rilke, when the moment seems right – it’s a very famous one, the subject of many dozens of English translations.

C. John Holcombe has an extended online essay on the considerations that go into translating such a soft, vivid, metered-and-rhymed poem, which I think is wonderfully worth reading.  Translation is a humbling enterprise, and the shifting colors of the poem are lovely and intriguing to see in variation.

I was really introduced to Rilke through the translations of Stephen Mitchell, who prefers blank verse.  Here is his version.

Autumn Day.

End of Summer

Lord: it is time. The huge summer has gone by.
Now overlap the sundials with your shadows,
and on the meadows let the wind go free.

Command the fruits to swell on tree and vine;
grant them a few more warm transparent days,
urge them on to fulfillment then, and press
the final sweetness into the heavy wine.

Whoever has no house now, will never have one.
Whoever is alone will stay alone,
will sit, read, write long letters through the evening,
and wander the boulevards, up and down,
restlessly, while the dry leaves are blowing.

Trans. Stephen Mitchell
Photo by Jim Wallace

—-

German original:

Herr: es ist Zeit. Der Sommer war sehr groß.
Leg deinen Schatten auf die Sonnenuhren,
und auf den Fluren laß die Winde los.

Befiel den letzten Früchten voll zu sein;
gib ihnen noch zwei südlichere Tage,
dränge sie zur Vollendung hin und jage
die letzte Süße in den schweren Wein.

Wer jetzt kein Haus hat, baut sich keines mehr.
Wer jetzt allein ist, wird Es lange bleiben,
wird wachen, lesen, lange Briefe schreiben
und wird in den Alleen hin und her
unruhig wandern, wenn die Blätter treiben.

Rainer Maria Rilke

Game Delay

August 6th, 2010

Hi all, the combination of (a) having to restore all of my computer’s damaged data and more importantly (b) traveling for two days midweek to support my parents during my grandfather’s final weeks has resulted in (c) no update. I would apologize, but it seems silly to apologize for taking care of family.

My grandfather was a distinguished bomber pilot during the War, flying a complete tour over Germany. He went on to work in PR – have you seen Mad Men? Yes, it was a bit like that. He was also an aspiring cartoonist, in the magazine gag genre. I’ve always found it funny that I picked the one ridiculous bohemian career that he, in his squareness, could be excited about. Granted, he keeps asking me when I’m going to break into the syndicates with my “strip”. These days I just tell him “soon, Grandpa”.

Updates will resume next week. Thank you all for your patience and notes of sympathy.

Family Man update!

June 11th, 2010

Preview of Page 183

Page 183 now online!

It continues to amaze me that people read this comic, because I am making jokes about Biblical scholarship. Remember that last comic I did, guys?  People got hit in the face with chickens in that comic.  For the next one you can expect, I don’t know. Hungarian puns, maybe.  Whatever will throw off the bell curve.

Anyway: the book!  It’s off to the presses!  There’s no turning back now.  That typo I probably didn’t notice on page 171?  That typo is going to be there FOREVER.  I’m taking lots of long walks and trying to breathe through my nose.

See you next week!  There’s some harsh and unfortunate stuff kicking my family around at present which might well knock me off the rail, but I’ll do my best to stick to schedule as long as it seems healthy.

Bonk.

May 6th, 2010

Hey all, just a brief note: my computer is in the shop with a busted video processor (luckily nothing I have to pay for).

Since all of my image software and all of my shipping accounts are tied to that machine, this means no shipping and no comics updates until after I get it back; hopefully Friday, likely Saturday.

I will be checking e-mail in the meantime, so if you have any questions about an order or suchlike, please feel free to contact me.  Thanks for your patience!  Oy.  I really wanted to get going on everything.

Funny to be reminded of one’s dependency on a particular piece of technology.  I wonder how many medieval monks, scratching away at their illuminated manuscripts with goose quills, were driven to unexpected despair when their favorite feather supplier was struck by bird-plague.

Take Care of Yourselves.

February 11th, 2010

Hello, gang.

It’s a rough time for us here in the Northern hemisphere of developed world; we’re all accustomed to a smoother time than this, aren’t we? The economic woes and the wars and the darkness and the general feeling of societal dis-ease and distrust.

If you are a person (like many of us) who already deals with depression or other mental distress, or who has experienced specific pain and turbulence of late, no doubt those effects have only been underlined.  I myself have been swamped with grief and miasmic anxiety this past month.

In the last month, two members of my family have committed suicide (one indirectly, by way of longterm self-neglect and substance abuse; one very intentionally, after a long struggle with suicidal depression).  Two other acquaintances, people with active roles in their communities and a creative outlook on life, have also recently killed themselves.

Please, my dears.

If you’re struggling, if you are in pain, if the normal palliatives of family and friends and work and all those things we’re supposed to do to “cheer up” have failed you:  please, please please, please, seek help.

Whether that is calling a crisis line, seeking professional help (even if you’re uninsured and broke, it does exist), scheduling a check-in routine with somebody you trust, revamping an old medication, lightbox, or exercise regimen, talking to a spiritual adviser, going running with a friend, anything that counts as telling another person what is going on and asking for help in taking action:  please do it.

The world does need you.  Please do whatever it takes to keep you present and whole.

Find a social worker near you.
Call the national suicide prevention hotline to talk to somebody near you.
Search for health clinics near you, including free and low-cost.
GLBT-friendly therapists, spiritual support, and other resources.

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