Blowing out the cobwebs….

It seems forever since I’ve drawn ripped guys in spandex. Maybe I’ll draw a girl in spandex next. Or a squid in spandex.

Allen the Alien from Invincible (Image)

Chung Kuo A Go Go!

I like a lot of books. Some of them quite a bit. There are three novels that I continually bounce back to from time to time. Well there’s actually plenty of books I try and go back to, but these three haven’t let me down.

Hitchhiker’s Guide
Gravity’s Rainbow
Chung Kuo

Technically that’s 13 (and 1/2 if Salmon of Doubt counts) because two of those are series.
Anyhoo – Anyone that’s read Chung Kuo has kind of been in limbo for a decade or so. The last 2 planned books of the series were crammed into one book over some snafu with the publisher. David Wingrove (the author), in the small bits of info available since the final book, seems to share the opinion of most of the fans about the last book: rushed and disjointed compared to the amazing seven books that came before. Also hinted at was the possibility of purchasing back the rights to the series and finishing the series to his satisfaction. That sounded awesome. 10 years ago.

This weekend my goodreads email update let me know that a new Chung Kuo (e)book is out! What! *click click google google click* One book of TWENTY over the next four years with almost as much side content in the pipes. Fingers crossed. The ebook is purchased and waiting. It may even push the last bit of Storm of Swords off the table (and I just got past the Red Wedding!). Can’t wait.

Official site: http://www.chung-kuo.net/
Nice fan site (run by a Matt, automatic plus) with an archive of David Wingrove interviews from the original series: http://ofgiftsandstones.com/

Awwww CROP!

My (long past stale) Livejournal seems to have arrived worse for the journey on my new WordPress doorstep. Mainly images cropped up side the head. Apologies. If seeing years old posts minus the WordPress haircut interests you: http://shinolahead.livejournal.com/ . Bless you. I just wanted them old posts under the new roof. Re-editing crossed my mind, but there’s no real point. Livejournal’s still there and any images I feel should be shown will be added to the site separately.

For reference, anything under the “Pfffffttt” post (the posts dating up to 2007) is imported Livejournal.

Mild advancement on this site, otherwise. Cheers.

Ok – here’s a year’s worth of pics. I went to the Netherlands in the spring; Scotland by way of Carlisle, a few coastal towns and Hardian’s wall in the summer (You can see Ben working it with a Scotish waitress). London in the summer as well. Holly’s Birthday, Soccer, Easter stuff..etc. Alot more happened – it’s been a great year. I’m not going to lable these. If anyone’s curious about any specifics just ask.

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The Young New Mexican Puppeteer 
by Tom Jones

In a town near Albequerqe
Lived a most concerned young boy
He said lately I have noticed
Folks don’t live with peace and joy

With frowns and worry on their faces
They’re lost and don’t know where to go
He said I’ll get the people straightened
By putting on a puppet show

The young New Mexican puppeteer
He saw the people all lived in fear
He thought that maybe they’d listen to
A puppet telling them what to do

You know he got some string and he got some wood
He did some carving and he was good
And folks came running so they could hear
The young New Mexican puppeteer

First he carved out young Abe Lincoln
Abe will teach ’em civil rights
Then a king named Martin Luther
So they’d recall his peacefull fight

Old Mark Twain, his wit and wisdom
Will surely show them life is fun
But he smiled with satisfaction
When the prince of peace was done

The young New Mexican puppeteer
He saw the people all lived in fear
He thought that maybe they’d listen to
A puppet telling them what to do

You know he got some string and he got some wood
He did some carving and he was good
And folks came running so they could hear
The young New Mexican puppeteer
Now his puppet shows were clever
And he made the people laugh
When he got across the message
To walk along lifes open path

They built him his own puppet theatre
Decked out with spotlights yellow and red
And then they wrote him up in all the papers
And this is what the story said

It said…

The young New Mexican puppeteer
He saw the people all lived in fear
He thought that maybe they would listen to
A puppet telling them what to do

You know he got some string and he got some wood
He did some carving and he was good
And folks came running so they could hear
The young New Mexican puppeteer

Frickin’ Tom Jones was a prophet, man. I’m finishing up a few long languishing art projects (Matty) and this will be the next thing I work on. How could you not draw this story?

I got a new dog…

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I’ve got pics from Netherlands, Scotland, Christmas, Halloween, Hadrian’s Wall and tons more stuff…big update soon (really). My mom wanted to see pics of the dog so these go up 1st.

So I built a new computer..dual processing, 64-bit Windows…really nice. An absolute bitch to find drivers for, tho. Ipod? nope…printer? nope..scanner? nope. So I have been drawing but I can’t get them on he computer without a whole process..so they’ll wait. I’ve taken more pics..but I’m just lazy. I’ll get them up soon. I can, however, run he hell out of painter and photoshop. Big fat effects laden brush strokes with no stutter. It had been a while since I played with Painter so I just started playing around with brushes…..

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…hopefully I’ll post more soon.

eh..I quit doing these questionare things…I find them interesting at times but I figure “who cares?”…Well for some reason I cared about filling out a new one posted by Chris:

TEN “FIRST”S
First Best Friend: Todd – usually addressed by my parents in a combined name with his sister..where’s toddanlaura?
First Pet: Osa – I think that’s how you spell it…It’s greek – I just tried internetting it with no luck..I feel like a turd for forgetting
First Piercing: Ear – it’s out of use now
First Crush: probably Luara of toddanluara…
First Date: No clue….I fell into girlfriends by chance..I was to much of a wuss to make plans
First CD: Survivor – Eye of the Tiger
First Car: Chevi caprice classic…..velour
First Love: Caroline – I’m amazed at the length of that relationship considering the mistakes on both sides
First School: Hermatige Elementary – unless prescholl was someplace different…don’t know
First Drink: Probably wine or something with the family..or not..it was never a big deal

NINE “LAST”S
Last Beverage: Diet Cherry Coke…gimme a 1/2 hour and it’ll be Guinness…I’ve been off percocet for a few days and it’s been waiting
Last Car Ride: Ride home from work
Last Movie Seen: Oceans’ 12
Last Phone Call: Jenna from work
Last CD Played: Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Show Your Bones
Last Bubble Bath: Probably when I was a baby.
Last Song Listened to: Whatever Yeah Yeah Yeah’s song is being ripped into ITunes
Last time you cried: I think I’ve cried since I left for Korea…OH YEAH – being constipated after surgery…A single tear
out of pained frustration…worst 4 hours of my life…no kidding
Last bad thing you did: That’s so subjective…I’ll call it whatever’s at the one guilty thing below

EIGHT “HAVE YOU EVER”S
Have you ever dated one of your best friends: My dates became my best friends..but no, not from an existing bestfriendship
Have you ever been arrested: No
Have you ever skinny dipped: Yeah.
Have you ever been on tv: Yeah.
Have you ever cheated: Sure…on trivial stuff
Have you ever been in love: Yep
Have you ever been dumped: Yes and no – I haven’t had alot of relationships..the one were I was dumped – we got back together and
broke up a few of times..I broke it last
Have you ever been in a car accident: Yeah

SEVEN THINGS YOU’RE WEARING RIGHT NOW
1. Rubber ducky pj pants
2. Black shirt
3. Contacts
4. …
5. …
6. …
7. ..oh…deoderant

SIX THINGS YOU’VE DONE TODAY
1. Drank my fiber
2. Progressed on a few projects at work
3. Took on a drawing commission
4. Laughed my ass off
5. Ate crappy ribs
6. Read some Blacksad in the tub

FIVE FAVORITES
1. Frazetta
2. Cards
3. My family
4. This Easter – we had some friends over for Chinese Sunday night…we were dreading it because it turned into a big deal…
and all we did was sit around and talk…I haven’t laughed so hard in ages.
5. Drawing.

FOUR PEOPLE YOU CAN TELL ALMOST ANYTHING TO
1. Jenna
2. Mom
3. Willy
4. who ever wants to listen – having to tell people that you need time off to remove an anal fistula kinda gets rid of your modesty

THREE CHOICES
Black or White? pick one for me
Hot or Cold? Hot
Chocolate or Vanilla? Dark dark chocolate

TWO THINGS YOU WANT TO DO BEFORE YOU DIE
1. More
2. Just be a witness for what I have now, in the future…my kids, my wife, my friends
2.5 Scarlett Johanson

ONE THING YOU REGRET
1. Being lazy when being productive would have made me happier