Lux et Veritas

May 30th, 2009

This is the time of year where the sunlight has finally and completely broken out of winter’s thin eggshell.

The photos turning up in my contacts list on Flickr have been glowing recently.  Some of my favorites (which can click to follow to the photographers’ accounts):

schattenlicht

Tea Laser 2

Agate shade

My first glance at Atlantic Ocean seaweed

Boomer's cheeks

Family Man notes!

May 26th, 2009

earlywigs

Family Man: New Notes!

I’m in the middle of working my way through the Bite Me! shipping backlog, putting together material for potential future publishing projects, and preparing for a week in New York for MoCCA!

Not to mention picking up yet another sexy round of prescriptions in an attempt to make my post-viral breathing tube look less like this:

freewayAnd more like this:

littleriver

So I’m taking a pass on a page this week, which drives me nuts but seems responsible.

But, here we are, a new set of notes for pages 130-140!  I really went kind of insane this time, trying to explain both wigs and early Protestant theology.  I know that you have had burning questions about these things for a very long time. Consider them answered.

And, again, I’ll be at the MoCCA Art Festival in New York, June 6-7, tabling with Klio of SPQR Blues.

MOCCA!

May 20th, 2009

Ah yes!  Time to remind everybody that I will be at MoCCA in New York this June 6 & 7!  I’ll be exhibiting with (and courtesy of!) the dreadfully fantastic Klio, she who brings you SPQR Blues.  Together we will be historytastic.

I’ll be there with some of the remaining stock of Bite Me! .  Also with prints and buttons and stickers and whatever else I can cram into the suitcase that hasn’t sold out yet.

More news as we get closer to the show.  In the meantime, more books go out in the mail every few days!  It’s fun to watch the stack get skinnier.  Had a bit of a bottleneck with the button packs (those little bastards are time-consuming), but that’s on the mend, so a big chunk more of the deluxe packages will be going out soon.

And now, back to your regularly scheduled pony.

shetland_pony

Family Man update!

May 20th, 2009

Family Man page 141 preview
Page 141 of Family Man now online!

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The Rector’s past!  Or a smidgen of it, from Luther’s perspective.  But he seems to be breaking for the door – will Luther tackle him and ask more questions?  Only the next page will tell!

Not much more out of me for the moment.  I’m still feeling poorly, because I keep trying to get work done instead of getting fully well.

Thanks for your continued patience as I balance the demands of sending out the massive slew of book orders, completing all my other work obligations, and not dying.  Especially that last one.

Notes for the last ten pages are all written and images are sourced – I just have to finish linking up all the darn pages, and then you people will know more about wigs and Reform theology than you ever thought possible!  Oh the things you will know.

Over and out.

St. Vincent illustration

May 16th, 2009

Current musical obsession: St.Vincent’s album “Actor”.  It has gotten into my brain something fierce.  It’s elegant and a bit creepy and full of interesting sounds and strange hooks.

I especially adore the video for the album’s single, Actor Out of Work:

Actor Out of Work on YouTube

St.Vincent – aka Annie Clark – is also a very distinctive-looking lady.

So I made an artist portrait.  New Yorker arts pages, here I come. (Click for full-size.)

stvincent

Sketch Theater

May 15th, 2009

Some very (very) casual/crappy development sketches for a potential project set during WWII.  The girl is way too timid-looking!   But it was a lot of fun to draw some Rosie the Riveter-type ladies.

esther

rosies

I feel like I have about six different irons in the fire right now, and I have no idea which ones are the most important to attend to (after getting books mailed out, that is).  I’m not used to this stuff being My Actual Work – no matter what I pick to settle down and fiddle with, my brain keeps telling me “YOU SHOULD BE DOING REAL WORK RIGHT NOW!”

I figure I’ll get over it soon enough, but boy, is it ever disorienting.

Family Man update!

May 12th, 2009

Family Man Page 140 preview

Page 140 of Family Man now online!

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No wild tip-offs in this page: but some useful insight into who the Rector is.  Also:  lots of dead stuff!  Yay dead stuff!

Next week: what the Rector was doing in between Universities.  (Wild tip-offs: possible.)

Notes for pages 131-140 will go up this weekend, per tradition.  Rather than spending my evening seeing Star Trek a second time with my friends, I spent it researching the history of wig-powdering and Reform theology.  I can’t tell if this makes me more, or less, of a total dweeb.

Other news: I am finally well(ish), so shipments of Bite Me! are now going out at a regular clip.  I hope to work my way up to present-day on domestic orders very soon, and then send out stuff to all you international types in one big orgy of customs forms.

Thank you to everybody who’s ordered the book!  It’s been a lot of fun sending it out into the world.

Monday afternoon poem

May 11th, 2009

Shadow Dancing (my 7 year old)

A Refusal To Mourn The Death, By Fire, Of A Child In London

Never until the mankind making
Bird beast and flower
Fathering and all humbling darkness
Tells with silence the last light breaking
And the still hour
Is come of the sea tumbling in harness

And I must enter again the round
Zion of the water bead
And the synagogue of the ear of corn
Shall I let pray the shadow of a sound
Or sow my salt seed
In the least valley of sackcloth to mourn

The majesty and burning of the child’s death.
I shall not murder
The mankind of her going with a grave truth
Nor blaspheme down the stations of the breath
With any further
Elegy of innocence and youth.

Deep with the first dead lies London’s daughter,
Robed in the long friends,
The grains beyond age, the dark veins of her mother,
Secret by the unmourning water
Of the riding Thames.
After the first death, there is no other.

Dylan Thomas

Family Man update!

May 6th, 2009
Preview Page 139
Page 139 of Family Man now online!
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The gents continue their conversation.  Welcome to the junk room of the Rector’s Mansion!  The Enlightenment, she produced a lot of bric-a-brac.  I suspect this room contains a lot of dubious gifts from various University patrons looking to unload their weird collections.

In the daylight it just looks like a room full of crap.  At night: atmosphere!

Next week:  it’s time for a new round of notes!  At last, you will know why Luther’s joke was funny.  (To him, at least.)

I love Tom Gauld.

May 5th, 2009

167. Francis Bacon

Personally I’m voting for the ruff.

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