bag of bones

bonestitle-blogHalloween Cheetos.  These are much better shapes for Cheetos than the regular shapes. bones-bag-blog-usethis You can make your own little cartoon skeleton. bones-skeleton-blog

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hulk write poem “september”

Saturday Hulk write poem.  No Hulk-ku, but same idea.

  • September: gold light,
  • Leaves start turn yellow.
  • Hulk eat last bag Easter candy.


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best of the drawing of the day: three more characters, one of which is possibly a ghost

a-ghost-etc-blogI am posting this drawing of the day as part of the blog series for a couple of reasons.  One is that I really like it, and the other is that the character at the far right, the girl in the simple black dress, sneakers and mummy bandages with the longcat on her shoulder, is the prototype of the new “Ancient Egypt Girl” character introduced here yesterday.   She’s already changed a lot from this simple figure, but I keep coming back to this image when I draw her face, because this is always how she is going to look.  I find that the first good drawing of a character (which is often, but not always, the first drawing overall) captures something of their expression that I never quite get right again until a number of years and hundreds of drawings have passed.

None of this is to take away from the other two, who are a dragon and his Other Self and the hairless guy who may or may not be a ghost.  He may also be an angel, or some other kind of messenger of the Celestial Bureaucracy.  They are all pretty cool.  I am pretty sure we will see the Ancient Egypt Girl again– Ancient Egypt and girls both being recurring themes– and I wouldn’t bet against the  ghost angel, either. But I think if there is a character in the cast who is really a dragon’s Other Self, he or she is almost certainly somebody we already know.

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first appearance

This is one of the most interesting thing that can happen in the drawing of the day project. A little figure in a random drawing can start to grow, and a few days later the familiar 7×10 hardcover spiral sketchbook is hosting the first drawings a new character.

I know her name and a little bit about her, but I don’t know where she will eventually emerge. It might be Kekionga; a Halloween story is a possibility (of course), as is a story where she interacts with Anpu. (No saying it couldn’t be the same story.) But I also have a weird feeling that she may be a character in the novel I am thinking of using to try NaNo this year.  

That’s why this phase of character development is the best place to be: enjoying the moments of discovery leading to that first appearance.
Just for fun, instead of scanning this pencil sketch, I photographed it in its natural environment and ran it through a suitably atmospheric filter on Pixlr.

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king pentax

A phone camera can make a decent black and white image, particularly when used with a specialized app like Lenka.  But I’m pretty sure this medium format SLR can do a somewhat better job when loaded with monochrome film.

The Pentax 6×7 was the dream camera  of my youth, and it pretty much still is. I’d never had a chance to pick one up before; it’s huge and heavy, but it’s perfectly balanced and handles like a dream. The gorgeously worn Takumar 90mm f/2.8 is its basic normal prime, the equivalent of the “fast fifty” that was the kit lens for (comparatively) lowly 35mm K and M body Pentaxes like my own much loved K1000SE.

If there was a digital back available for the 6×7, I would go to silly lengths to own a camera like this. And I would carry it, too, doing the same kind of walkaround photography I usually do.  But if shooting regular 35mm film is an expensive labor of love these days, shooting medium format will probably have to stay a dream.

But it’s a pretty great dream, and this is its machine. Thanks to the people at Gary Camera and Digital for letting me handle and photograph the King Pentax, and for letting me dig through their junk boxes to find some lens caps for my little secondhand Fuji.

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street festival superhero

imgp7273-freehandcrop-tweakOne of the big attractions of our local street festival is a chance to meet celebrities in an informal setting.  Here, some tween girls enjoy an unexpected encounter with a noted superhero.

(Batman is played by a French bulldog named Guinness.)

Pentax K-5iis/Pentax DA*55mm f/1.4.  Pentax is, so far as I know, the only manufacturer that makes a rugged, weather resistant fast portrait lens.  Pentaxians everywhere are grateful when we go out in the street to take portraits on rainy September Saturdays.

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comics on parade


Took the Pentax and the 55mm portrait prime into town to photograph the parade and street festivities associated with the famous Popcorn Festival.  This was one of my favorite parade shots. (That’s straight out of camera, without tweak or crop.) But keep your eye on the older gent in the pith helmet and the bright blue coat.


Does he have a five panel comic on the back of said bright blue coat?


Yes, yes he does.  It’s got an interesting layout, too.

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pale yellow, green, barn red, and purple

  • dscf7375-tweak2-yellowhouse-blog-redactHistory grows in the background, as it must.
  • Meanwhile, hostas bloom
  • and the leaves begin to fall.

(Neighborhood snapshot from the Fujimatic.)

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best of the drawing of the day: a soup wolf, a romantic poet, and a spider god


Back to the sketchbook for another Drawing of the Day.  Remember that most of these are unplanned, more or less automatic drawings, which means that if you don’t think they quite make sense, don’t come to me looking for an explanation.  I just draw them.

This one has a caption/title, so at least we know who the characters are.  A Soup Wolf is obviously a relative of the Book Wolf (Professor Lykander in Kekionga is a Book Wolf) and this one is probably also related to the Quite A Small Wolf in a previous DoD entry in this blog, and many other wolfy beings in sketchbook world. And it’s easy to see how a character with long curly hair, small glasses, a floppy shirt, and a quill pen might be a Romantic Poet.  And I guess that’s a Spider God because it has eight eyes and several fangs, even though its eight long and no doubt horrible legs don’t appear in the drawing.

More sense it is not going to make.  The drawing tool is the new TWSBI scritchy-scratchy pen, which continues to do excellent work.  I am going to have to try some different scanning techniques, because the New Scanner is not yet capturing its nuances.

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moab: page 16

moab-page16-grey-blogMoab ends, as my comics often do, with the characters walking home.  So, The End.  Thank you very much for reading.

For those not previously familiar, I almost always put the indicia and other information on the back covers of my minicomics, underneath a single square panel that either ends the story or comments on it. (In comics with wrap around covers, look either at the inside front or the inside back.) The comics are numbered sequentially as part of  title block set in one of my favorite fonts from P22-  Garamouche, which is a stylized Garamond that sets up in a charmingly crooked way.  The image is a Soviet style Socialist Realist printers’ dingbat depicting a grain elevator.  (This is of course the storage area of the Kekionga MiniWorks– imaging a huge complex of grain elevators filled with minicomics.)  This dingbat also comes from P22; it is part of their Constructivist font pack.

The tag lines at the end of the indicia vary with the space left after the artist’s notes. Only the first and the last ones are required.  Moab actually has most of them.  The full list reads:  “Honest comics since 1989.  Six turning, four burning.  A small press is a free press.  A kid can always dream.  Corgis got white paws.”

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