Family Man update!

July 28th, 2009

Preview of Page 148

Page 148 of Family Man now online!

And lo, another page to drive you crazy. Mysterious moonlit scenes with forlorn little girls:  a Meconis specialty. You can infer from this that I spent a lot of time as a child imposing mystical experiences on myself after dark.

It’s been a frustrating run for me in terms of executing the art lately; probably because I am, in the words of E.K. Weaver, “about to level up.”  Making comics becomes infinitely harder when you’re going through a growth spurt or learning a new technique, and this set of night scenes definitely represents some shiny new business.

Also it’s the deepest, hottest well of summer, and clutching a hot Cintiq in a darkened room is really the province of the mad.

That’s all for this update, my dears!  We’ll be seeing Luther again soon, and shan’t that be fun.  Poor bastard.

off to store story with ye, ach!

Monday Afternoon Poem: Heat

July 27th, 2009

Heat.

Heat

O wind, rend open the heat,
cut apart the heat,
rend it to tatters.

Fruit
cannot drop
through this thick air–
fruit cannot fall into heat
that presses up and blunts
the points of pears
and rounds the grapes.

Cut the heat–
plough through it,
turning it on either side
of your path.

Hilda Doolittle

To Boldly Go

July 26th, 2009

Trek in the Park

Last weekend my loose conglomeration of affiliated nerds gathered ourselves together and attended the third performance of Trek in the Park’s public recreation of classic original series Star Trek episode Amok Time (also known as “The One Where Spock Is Horny”).

It was the kind of wonderfully silly communal event that makes me so happy to live in Portland.  When the guy playing Chekhov gets applause just by saying “Yes, Keptin!” in the appropriate tone, you know that you’re in for a good time. (He later upped the stakes by nailing the Montalban-as-Khan accent in the preview for next summer’s promised episode, Space Seed.)

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I was raised with Star Trek, and I was raised with skit theater, so the whole thing felt immensely correct.  I took as many photos as I could bear to, given how much willpower it took to look away – and one nice video of the first fight scene, which the cast executed with consummate shirt-ripping skill.

So bravo to Adam and Amy Rosko and all their fellow Trek in the Park contributors.  You put together something genuinely sweet, communal, and delightful.  If you need a spare actress who’s also good with graphics and web design, call me, and I will buy you all popsicles.

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Click for the photoset.

The crowd reactions are almost better than the action itself.

Furthermore,

July 22nd, 2009

I got a bit excited this afternoon and produced a Grammar Nerd Corrective Label Pack, available for purchase in the Temple of Commerce.

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For a low introductory price of $3, you can now pedantically correct your neighborhood signage!

I’m a bit low on funds these days – several of my freelance pay-the-rent clients are behind in paying me, as is the current recession fashion.  So it goes!  I am prepared for it, but every little bit that readers contribute is appreciated.

Thanks to all of you who’ve helped support me these last few months.  It’s fun to come up with stuff that I think will amuse you.  Or that will tap into your deep, pesky rage.

Family Man update!

July 22nd, 2009

Preview of Page 147

Page 147 of Family Man now online!

This should answer – or start to answer – some of the questions last week might have presented.  And next week will help even more.  And by the time this chapter ends, you will have more questions than ever.

Now, since it is quarter to 2 in the morning, I am going to go the heck to bed.  And I will see you all in the morning. The real morning.  Not this silly pre-dawn business that I’ve been seeing too much of lately.

Stuff in the store!

Monday Morning Poem: “Further Instructions”

July 20th, 2009

Bird cage in your soul

Further Instructions.

Come, my songs, let us express our baser passions.
Let us express our envy for the man with a steady job and no worry about the future.
You are very idle, my songs,
I fear you will come to a bad end.
You stand about the streets, You loiter at the corners and bus-stops,
You do next to nothing at all.

You do not even express our inner nobilitys,
You will come to a very bad end.

And I? I have gone half-cracked.
I have talked to you so much that I almost see you about me,
Insolent little beasts! Shameless! Devoid of clothing!

But you, newest song of the lot,
You are not old enough to have done much mischief.
I will get you a green coat out of China
With dragons
worked upon it.
I will get you the scarlet silk trousers
From the statue of the infant Christ at Santa Maria Novella;
Lest they say we are lacking in taste,
Or that there is no caste in this family.

Ezra Pound

Family Man update!

July 14th, 2009

Family Man Page 146 now online!

Family Man page 146 preview

Well, I could’ve sworn up and down that I was going to miss Wednesday again, but apparently the update elves were on my side this time.

Does everybody remember the wolf statues all over town?  No?  That’s okay, it was two years (and 76 pages) ago.

There’s something very spiritual about putting together a wordless page; they’re one of the reasons why I enjoy telling stories through comics (beyond the fact that I get to write and draw).

Next week, if I don’t get too bogged down in rent-paying endeavors:  more silence!  So much silence!  Enough to fill a whole medieval town after dark…

Prints and such at the Store!

Revolutionary Hotties! Now on sale!

July 13th, 2009

Happy Bastille Day, gang!

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Celebrate by swinging by the store and purchasing your very own sluttypants lineup of revolutionaries!

Or you could organize a mob and storm a prison containing only a half dozen rather well-treated white collar criminals and a couple of psychotics and aristocratic perverts.  Hey, if you do anything as productive as writing the Declaration of the Rights of Man afterwards, we’ll call it a win.

One of my favorite forgotten underlying causes of the French Revolution; financial stress caused by the military expense of saving our punk little revolutionary butts over here in America.  Yes, without the support of poor King Louis XVI, we Yanks would be spelling ‘honor’ with a u and paying for things with currency depicting the Queen’s corgis instead of mystical freedom pyramids.

So, my fellow Americans, any time some bellicose fellow says something rash about the French in your presence, gently remind him that France took it in the teeth for us back in 1776, which in turn sparked off the upheaval of the revolution, which eventually gave rise to European nationalism, from whence came those pesky World Wars. Then prepare to run, very quickly.

In the meantime, raise a glass, tear open a baguette, and buy a print, mordi!

Revolutionary Hotties are Here For You

July 13th, 2009

I spent most of my working time this weekend putting together the Family Man website move/redesign.  With the assistance of Mr. Tyler Martin it will hopefully come out looking very classy and atmospheric!  And all in one place, so you’re not obliged to scoot around addresses to read the blessed thing.

BUT all work and no play makes Dylan a cranky girl, so I finally let myself color what I called the Revolutionary Hotties print.

Here’s the current draft of the near-finished project (click it for full-size):

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Yes.  I went there.  It’ll be on sale starting sometime this week in the store, to commemorate Bastille Day and the brave, idealistic, occasionally evil, but always charismatic men who gave their heads for the Revolution. I salute them!  And their cute little butts.

I know you want some 18th century man-meat on your wall.  You so do. ADMIT IT.

I haven’t quite settled on the dimensions – 8 x 16?  Meredith has warned me that I will rue the day I try to ship anything longer than 12 inches on a side, but dammit I never claimed to be smart, and I kind of adore poster tubes.  What say you, internet.

Family Man update!

July 9th, 2009

Family Man page 145 preview

Page 145 of Family Man now online!

Better late than never!  Here’s this week’s page of Family Man:  relative calm as compared to the frenzy of new information that’s appeared over the last few updates.  Still plenty of mystery, though.  As always.

Also of note with this update – I’ve switched over my online store services to Shopify, and have added some items, including the first ever piece of Family Man merchandise.

I’ve developed a great relationship with a local printer, who does wonderfully faithful giclee (high-end digital inkjet)  art prints – they’ve done such a great job with prints from the Lady Parts show that my only problem has been keeping them in stock.

So I’ve decided to start offering an experimental print-on-demand service for all the pages of Family Man to date.

If there’s a page you’ve really enjoyed and would like to have in a frame-ready physical form at the original size I drew it – 9×12 (or bigger, for that famous library page!), you can now buy it from me, and I will run over to the printer and ask him to please calibrate and print it just for you.

I’m starting things off at the low-low price of $25 per page (on archival paper, $40 on fancy watercolor paper).  It’s safe to say the price probably won’t drop anytime soon, so here’s your chance to get in on this before I decide it’s a big ole hassle!

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Oh yeah, also, those chicken stickers are still at the store. Never gonna stop pushing these.  I love them so.

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