It’s been a busy, transient few months since graduating from CCS, so let me bring you up to speed.
First, I moved my junk from Vermont to my wife’s apartment in Montreal (she went back to school in the fall, so we’ve been living apart). Then I moved our collective junk into a storage locker because we’ve moving into a new apartment in September. Then I took some of my junk (shirts, underwear, pens) and moved them to Toronto, where my wife is doing an internship for the summer. A few weeks later, I took said junk and went back to Regina. The next day, that junk was bound for the forests of Revelstoke, BC. After a few weeks, that junk was back in Saskatchewan for a bit. And now it’s back in Toronto again.
Tumultuous, right? Extra thanks to my brother, Jonah who helped a lot with the move from Vermont back to Canada.
Anyway, I’ve been a little inconsistent updating my site. But, here’s a new sketchbook spread anyway.
My output was pretty good when I was in Toronto in June. Then I went on a camping/biking/climbing trip with my parents and youngest brother for a good chunk of July and all bets were off. My family has been doing these trips ever since my dad took up rock climbing. I’ve never been much of a climber, and a nine-year hiatus didn’t change things, but I did get to ride my bike a lot, which was wonderful.
Here are some things I saw:
It’s been a while since I’ve done a proper post on this dusty old blog of mine. Classes at the Center for Cartoon Studies have been keeping me pretty busy, and I’ve been preparing to table at the MoCCA Festival this weekend in New York … not to mention the top-secret side project I’ve been working on(!)
Leave Luck to Heaven is a 32 page minicomic about the two gamers who occasionally show up in my Dailies. Take a peak inside…
Did I mention that there’s a colour spread in the book and that the whole thing looks like an NES instruction manual? If you feel like you’re not getting enough spiritual and aesthetic fulfillment from your video games, this book can help.
Also debuting at MoCCA is Holy Shit: A Comics Anthology. This is the book I did with Amelia Onorato, Moody, and Sean K., last year, and it’s finally available to all who are holy or shitty. This book is 64 pages, with a gold screenprint cover, faux-gilded edges, and a ribbon bookmark to keep your place as you read through our reactions to religion.
So, to my tens of readers out there, if you’re in New York on April 9th and 10th, I hope you’ll take in the comics madness that is MoCCA. I’ll be at table M-1 with Andy Warner, Billage, Melanie Gillman, and Nate Wooters. In fact, there is going to be a metric ton of CCS pals it this general area. Just think, an infinite nunber of cartoonists all under a single roof…
Hope to see you there!
In my other life, I do improv. There’s a nation-wide high school tournament in Canada called the Canadian Improv Games. I played on my high school’s first team in 1998. Since then I’ve volunteered for the Games, doing everything from delivering workshops, to hosting and helping to run the tournaments in Regina in Montreal.
Since about 2001, I’ve done illustrations and/or designed the poster for the Regina tournament. Here’s the poster for this year’s tournament:
And of course, you can’t have a tournament without tickets!
The Improv Games are often referred to as a ‘loving competition.’ And if the 1980s taught us anything, it’s that love is best personified as a bear shooting laser beams out of its stomach.
I’m really sad to miss Regina’s tournament this year. This will be the first time since 1998 that I won’t be present at a Canadian Improv Games tournament. Hopefully I’ll still be able to feel the tummy lasers from across the border.
Whew! After an intense couple of weeks of non-stop drawing, I’m back online and ready for some updates. To start, let’s get some god damn diary comics up! I’ve been trying to get these things posted every Tuesday. Technically, it is still Tuesday as I write this, so we’re still on schedule.
I was sick with the CCS Plague 2010 a couple of weeks ago, though I didn’t have it as bad as some. The worst part about it was realizing that standard Canadian remedies aren’t necessarily sitting on the shelf at the local corner store.
For my American friends who may be unfamiliar with Buckley’s Mixture. It’s a cough syrup that has been marketed with the slogan “It tastes awful, and it works” since the 1970s. It tastes a little like pine needles, mint, and gasoline, but it’s really not as bad as it sounds. And it really works. Oh how it works. It scares a cough away. I think you can actually get it in the States, but only at certain drug stores.
Just saying, if anyone is looking for a Christmas present for me…