Wednesday, December 31, 2008

+Three Words: The Nutcracker Prince, Part 10 of 12+

Isn't that what everyone does in the dark, in bed, in pairs?

Miss Part One? Start here.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Thursday, December 25, 2008

+Three Words: The Nutcracker Prince, Part 4 of 12+

Merry Christmas, everyone. Don't beat anyone to death with their own shoes. It's not the best type of Christmas behavior.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

+Three Words: The Nutcracker Prince, Part 3 of 12+

It can get you into all sorts of trouble--like signing a petition to legalize bestiality.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Monday, December 22, 2008

Friday, December 19, 2008

Up, Up, and Away

If the title is correct, I should be on a plane by the time any of you really notice this. I'll be off on my jaunt to Las Vegas, then California, then to Nebraska City. I'm going to be gone a grand total of 19 days. However, that does not mean that the action will stop here. Oh no. I wouldn't allow that.

While I'm gone, starting on Monday, Dec. 22, a twelve-part Gibberish story will begin. It's a re-vision of The Nutcracker, a la Gibberish style. Each comic, I hope, will be self-contained, but when read in sequential order--gasp!--they will tell a story. So please, if you enjoy any or all of them, tell your friends and neighbors and co-workers, as it will be Family and Work friendly. (It's a bummer isn't it?)

I wish you all a happy holiday, safe travels, and a wonderful New Year. Until then... enjoy.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

+North Pole+

Do parents really realize the consequences of their lying tongues?

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

The Countdown Continues

Less and less time for me to accomplish what I need to, and yet, it makes me want to do things even less. Last night, I completed Space Bird's habitat (see figure above, also note that it is not photoshoped, all effects are in camera (I love our new camera)), so that was something. Otherwise, I've been very much slacking. I'd try to keep this up, but it would lack humor, entertainment value, and productivity.

Gibberish tomorrow.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

+Rock 'N' Roll Christmas+

Everyone wants to live in the Twinkie Trailer.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Where to Start...

There is not even close to enough time, from today until my trip on Friday, for me to get the things done that I would like to, too many arts and packing and homework. Bleh, I say. Bleh.

Yesterday, though, I constructed Space Bird's diorama, so he can be a floatin' for all eternity. It should be pretty cool. Maybe. I guess we'll see in the next few days as I finish putting it all together and get Space Bird mounted in his habitat. As with the other stages, I'll try to get some pics--which should be rather easy, as I ordered a spiffy camera over the weekend. Finally, my wife and I have stepped into the digital age.

That's about it for today, as I can already feel the weight of the day starting to crush me. Gibberish tomorrow. See you Wednesday.

Friday, December 12, 2008

The Continuing Saga of Space Bird

Here he is in all his painted glory. All things considered, I'm pretty excited about this whole venture. It came out better than I ever though possible. The only thing left is to build the diorama that he will live inside, floating forever in space. (Through his creation and my continued amusement by just looking at him, I think there is something wrong with my brain meats.)

Plus, I was mighty impressed with my friend's tiny camera (the top right picture is my favorite). That thing can take quite the picture once you get the settings where you want them. I shall purchase such an item--and soon.

As for the weekend, there will be lots more prep for our vacation. I still need to get things together so I won't miss a post while I'm gone--I will reveal a Gibberish surprise next week. Plus, I need to finish up a few more of my arts, as I won't have much time to work on such things while I'm on vacation.

Have yourself a super fine weekend, and I'll see you around on Monday.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

+Just Like Magic+

The snow isn't real either. In fact, it's summer.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Virus and Space Bird

Here be the bird what will float in space for eternity, Space Bird. This is just the earliest state, as it still needs to be painted and assembled--it has legs and a tiny space helmet (how else could it float in space?). Again, I'll try and post pics as the chronicles of Space Bird develop. (He is made from Crayola's Model Magic, which is both cool and crappy, in that it is easy to work with, lightweight, and has a nice texture, but it doesn't blend very well and shrinks some as it dries--which is almost too fast.)

As for the virus part of the title, I stumbled around the interweb yesterday, via Stumbleupon, but it took me to a site that simply downloaded a Trojan virus and restarted my computer. So that sucks, but it looks like our IT guys were able to get it taken care of, luckily.

More Christmas Gibberish tomorrow. Have a wonderful Wednesday.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

+The Things I Can Do+

And if you want me to, I could hang 'round with you...

Monday, December 8, 2008

Happy Birthday to Me

I'm now closer to 30 than 20, and it's rather frightening. In many ways, I still feel like I'm 16, 17 tops. However, I know that if I was exactly as I was back then, I wouldn't be married, I doubt I'd have many friends, and I would probably get punched on a daily basis.

Bad news for the B-Day is that I have to work the whole day. No time off for me. Luckily, we already celebrated the day with tasty Indian food, a Rifftrax of The Matrix, and playing my newest video game, Samba de Amigo for the Wii (I've had it on Dreamcast for years.)

I have some good news in that I completed the sculpting of Space Bird--for my upcoming art show. I'll try and post a pic of the unpainted figure for Wednesday, but I'm not sure if I'll be able to get my hands on a digital camera in time... (I know, here I am neck deep in the digital age, and I don't have even a trashy digital camera. Soon though, I hope.) Space Bird will soon take the world by storm.

Have a wonderful day, and check back tomorrow, as I kick off the start of Gibberish's Christmas themes.

Friday, December 5, 2008


Today marks the end of my third semester for the MFA program. Only one left and I become a holder of a master's degree. Kinda frightening if you ask me. Luckily I finished most of my work yesterday for my turn in today, otherwise I'd be in trouble, as today will be rather busy. Ah well.

Found out last night that one of my cats has only one working kidney--and that one is weak. It's weird to think about how animals have so many of the same problems as we do, but we mostly don't take the time to find out what's wrong. I guess it just strikes me as odd, and I can't really say why.

All in all, I'm in a weird mood today. Need some more sleep. I think I shouldn't be allowed to make chili anymore (as it is WAY to hot for my own taste.) And I feel like there is too much to do in my remaining weeks before so much will explode.

Hope you have a wonderful weekend, and I'll see you back on Monday.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Boggles My Mind

I don't understand why two of the best games I've ever played would not sell for even $.99. As Robert Plant has before me: It really makes me wonder. I'm speaking of my eBay auctions--if you didn't notice. They are doing fairly well, but seriously, when I sell a game like Revolution X for $5.00 and get nothing for two amazing games, it just goes to show that the gaming world is just as bad as the rest of the entertainment world: It's not what is ACTUALLY good that gets attention, but the things they TELL you are good. Makes me downright sick.

So, as I have yet to really push for any sort of participation, I want to know what game you fell in love with that the world seems to ignore. What game is "classic" in your mind, but maybe not the eyes of the world? What gem have you found amongst the trash?

For me, it would be one of two games (only one of these was actually up for auction): Primal or Metal Arms: Glitch in the System. By far two of the coolest things I've ever played and I heartily recommend you get your grubby mitts on either one--or both. I'm pretty sure you could pick them up for cheap cheap.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Monday, December 1, 2008

Why is it Monday Again?

Well, now that last week has settled down, I've already been tossed into this one. I'm not looking forward to these next few days, as work will be busy and my final semester summary is due on Friday. (Something about those deadlines makes me feel like the world is just waiting for me to finish up before it will let me move on with my life.)

All things considered though, I don't have much to report. My eBay auctions are still going, and I'm adding new stuff every day. Thanksgiving was wonderful. The visit with my family was one of the best I've had in years--though I do wish my oldest brother could've made it. I bought some material for making more arts. And in the midst of it all, I took the time to guest write/artist for another webcomic, Big Sandy Gilmore. It's in full color--compared to my spot coloring, though Thursday's comic will be full color. And after you enjoy my comic, I'd suggest spending some time on Matt's site, as he has a fun, family friendly comic for everyone and was gracious enough to let me take over his comic.

As for my big announcement about Gibberish--if you even remember last Monday's post--it's still in the works. I'll just say that I'm planning on putting together a site for Gibberish all of its own, with its own domain and everything, and that updates will soon become more frequent. How frequent is still up in the air, but I assure you that they will bump up to, at least, three times a week.

Hope you all have a wonderful Monday, and that you can thoroughly recover from your Thanksgiving. New comic tomorrow, and I'll see you Wednesday.

Friday, November 28, 2008

+Shopping Hazards+

If polar bears can look on the bright side of life, so can you.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

+Wild Turkey+

One must teach a trespassing turkey on the first go, otherwise they'll never learn.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving

This is the big week of big meals, big travel, and--quite possibly--big headaches. I'm hoping everything goes well as my family is headed this way on Wednesday, and my wife and I need to finish our preparations.

Yesterday was loads of fun, grocery shopping and trying not to let my heart stop when I saw the final bill. Luckily, I buffered that frightening occurrence by watching a film from my childhood, Erik The Viking. Quite the film, if you've never seen it and are either a fan of Terry Jones or Tim Robbins.

And as I did when I needed my tablet, I'm selling off more of my video game collection via eBay. You can see them here, and I suggest you check back often, as I will be adding many more games, DVDs, and books on a daily basis.

I suppose that's about it. Gibberish will fill out the rest of the week, and depending on how things go, there might be a new development on the comic front come Monday. Anyway, Happy Turkey Day all, I hope you have a fantastic holiday and take a few moments to think about what, truly, matters most in your life.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Busy, Busy, Busy

Today is my packet turn in day, or I'm making it be as such. It's not technically due until tomorrow, but there is too much going on tomorrow for me to do anything worthwhile. Between church and cleaning and preparation for my family's visit and turkey day and making sure Gibberish updates while I'm MIA, I won't have any time for writing. (As a quick aside, you can expect a nice four comic week for Thanksgiving, as I will only be blogging on Monday.)

Really there is not much to report, and this weekend will be rather boring in terms of adventures. Instead of rambling on and on, I'll keep this short and just bid you a fair weekend.

See you Monday.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

+Believe Me+

Nothing like bear teeth to end a relationship.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008


The other night my wife and I watched Lady and the Tramp for the first time in however many years. I've never really enjoyed the film--with the exception of the Siamese cats--and, thus, never had much reason to watch the thing. But when my wife suggested it, I agreed.

And while my feelings haven't necessarily changed for the film--I still don't much care for it--it amazed me how well this film is put together. In terms of a story and foreshadowing the events to come, it is, by and large, one of--if not THE--tightest film that Disney has ever put together. Within the first ten minutes of the film, it sets up the entire story through dialogue or visual aids (none of this cheap voice-over work used by so many of today's films), which is a rare feat in any day and age. I won't go into every detail and explain each of their significance, I would just suggest that anyone interested in the way stories are told should watch, then re-watch that film. (I have a feeling that I'm going to use it in whatever class I may teach on writing for understanding foreshadow.)

Other than that, life has continued to be busy. But it's going, and that is all that matters. Plus, there will be Gibberish tomorrow, so what more can you ask for?

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Monday, November 17, 2008


As of today, my life is officially ridiculously busy. Officially. I have yet to start on my final packet for school--a packet that is due on this upcoming Saturday. Also, there are meetings here at work that will last through the rest of the week and basically make my life all hullabaloo. This will not be a fun five days.

In other news though, my friend and I had a good visit. We played through Gears of War 2, which was fun enough but much much easier than the first. We also watched quite the selection of movies and shows, including Forgetting Sarah Marshall (which was much much funnier than I expected), Quantum of Solace (which was better than other Bond films but not as good as Casino Royale), Pushing Daisies (which is one of the first shows in a long time that I'm quite into), and Kung Fu Panda (which I consider to be the best of the animated films this year--yes, even against WALL-E). We also ate at a number of tasty restaurants around the Lincoln area... and that's about it. Nothing too eventful but fun nevertheless.

And that about sums everything up for the last few days. More Gibberish tomorrow.

Friday, November 14, 2008

+Monster Party+

Birthdays and children's blood go together awesomely.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Back to Normal...

Hooray bad puns for titles!

As the title says, my back is pretty much okay now. It still hurts a bit, depending on what I'm doing, but for the most part, I can function normally again. I'm quite happy about this, seeing as one of my good friends is coming to visit from Colorado. He's riding the train in tonight, and our days will be filled with shenanigans--or video games and movies, those are like shenanigans.

What this means for you is a bonus comic on Friday, since I won't take the time to blog (which is probably more pleasurable for you anyway). As I mentioned on Monday, I have a full color comic to show off. I tried to experiment with color and technique--as I tend to not use either of such things. And though I'm relatively pleased with the final product, it will probably be some time before you see another such thing--this one took for freaking ever.

The only other thing I'll add before bidding you ado for the week is for you to please notice my "Share" button along the right side. If you happen to find any of my comics amusing, please help a guy out and pass them along. Post them to your Facebook, to Reddit, Digg 'em, whatever. The only way Gibberish will ever spread is if you share it with someone that might enjoy the thing. I'd be much obliged. Just consider yourself a Gibberish streetcrew. Who knows? Maybe I'll come up with some rewards for such things. Thanks much, everyone, and I'll see you on Monday.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Monday, November 10, 2008

Now I Know What It's Like to Be Old

Out of everything someone can do to hurt their back--saving a puppy from a fire, rescuing infants from cult members, parachuting off the Empire State building--I put mine out by cleaning the cat box. Yes, cleaning the cat box. Go ahead. Laugh.

The good news is, I'm spending the day walking around or laying down--as sitting or standing in one place is the worst thing I can do. Because of this, I watched The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford. I can't recommend this film enough. So pretty, and mighty fine performances to boot. Just know that it isn't all action-tastic, it's merely a portrait of an American superstar.

As for last week, my book hunting was amazing. I didn't find either of the books I've been looking for, but I came home with a crapton of books anyway. I completed my Series of Unfortunate Events collection, got an awesome copy of Winnie the Pooh, and a ton of other great deals. (I love you Half-Price Books, Omaha.)

There is Gibberish tomorrow, and there will also be a FULL COLOR BONUS COMIC on Friday. Amazing huh? Anyway... See you tomorrow.

Friday, November 7, 2008

Ready for the Used Book Perusing

Once again, I'm going used book shopping, which means lots of time reading book titles and spending more money I shouldn't be spending. Maybe I can find those two books that I'm still looking for, though they'll just end up as more unread books on my shelf. (I was doing rather good for awhile.) And them books are only going to stack up even more as my next novel is quite the tome, Brave Story. Looks good, but man, it's long. I'll keep you posted as to how it is.

As for other things, I finally finished a draft of my workshop materials--which are due today. It might not be super-fantastic, but it is finished and I have something "new" to turn in. I'm hoping that once it gets polished up, it might find a home at GUD, as that magazine looks to be a good fit with my style.

Still hoping to check out Rocknrolla this weekend, as the new flicks for today look rather mediocre or outright garbage.

Anyway, have a restful weekend all, and I'll see you back on Monday.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Getting Pissed

I have a story due for workshopping purposes on Friday--and it's been going nowhere. Seriously, I don't know why this tale has been giving me such grief. It's not enough that I've been having trouble writing anything new, but now I can't even revise my older material. Though, maybe, it's just this story, and I need to let it burn. I think, with this one, I might be trying to hang on to everything I love about the story and just need to kill my darlings. But this is where I'm having the conflict, because if I kill all of my darlings, the story will lose all of its interesting bits, its flair, its pizazz. Or whatever.

As good of advice as it seems to be, I can't help but question this idea for making fiction better. Am I not simply taking my gushing gibberish of great moments, then distilling them into functional form of boringness? Hopefully not. But the more I learn about fiction and structure and what a good story needs, etc., the more I worry about whether or not my stories fill every desire. It makes me want to break out of traditional story methods and do my own thing, screw the rest of the literary world (which is probably a good thing), but I know there must be a balance between new and traditional. Balancing has never been my thing.

All I can do is press on, find a new way for my stories to exist and function. But, man, that sounds like so much work...

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Monday, November 3, 2008

Someone Watching Over Me

On Friday, while a friend of mine and I perused Yellowed Pages, a local used book store, my wife calls me with some disturbing news. We were having some electrical work done on the place we're renting--a few of the outlets weren't working right--and the electrician shows her the problem. Apparently a wire had come loose, so we had a hot wire not grounded to anything that had been sparking, if not flaming, as noted by the scorching on the back of the panel. From what the electrician said, a nice old guy with three missing fingers, we were one step away from the house burning down. Granted, we have renter's insurance but still...

Other than my few purchased books--some B.C. comics, a 50s paperback printing of Lafacdio's Adventures, and an old paperback of The Illustrated Man by the amazing Ray Bradbury--the only other notable happening was my friend's discovery of Rifftrax. On Saturday night we downloaded and watched the Jurassic Park one. That stuff is wicked hilarious, and I can't wait to watch some of the others.

Didn't get a chance to see any of the new films from last week, but our theatres around here are running a special of $4.00 a movie for today through Thursday, so I will probably be frequenting that place for the next few days.

Happy Monday, and we've got Gibberish tomorrow.

Friday, October 31, 2008

Halloween Thing

Being a person that doesn't, and hasn't, ever done much with Halloween, I really don't have anything planned. I'd intended on posting Halloween Gibberish this week but kinda forgot as I worked on the new comics. Mayhap I'll try and post something later to make up for it. No promises though.

Last night, I went to see The Nightmare Before Christmas 3-D. I urge each and every one of you to go see it--if you've never seen it on the big screen, or even if you have. While the glasses are rather cumbersome and dig into your nose, the added depth makes it all worthwhile. Plus, having the chance to see it on the big screen again was reason enough for me. And you get a cool 3-D trailer for Coraline, for which I'm all but dancing around like a little kid needing to use the restroom.

No real plans for the weekend. Going to hit up a used bookstore today--trying to get my hands on a few cheap and out of print books (Hawkline Monster and During the Reign of the Queen of Persia)--after I take my cat to the vet. Poor guy has scabs and sores all over his body because of his allergies. May or may not hand out candy later--depends on where my wife and I spend the evening.

Have yourselves a safe and happy Halloween, and I'll see you on Monday.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Weird Mood

Yesterday I hissed at one of my coworkers. This isn't quite the norm for me, but it's almost there. Normally, I pick and choose who I hiss at--mainly one of my good friends. Yesterday, though, it just slipped out. Luckily, she's the type to just laugh it off and has probably already forgotten about the whole ordeal. And life moves on.

Above is my first experiment with watercolor. As I said, it's not good, but it was fun just to play around. I felt like a kid fingerpainting for the first time. More will follow, and hopefully the quality will improve--at least slightly.

As for today, I've got loads more of "real" work to finish up, and my workshop materials for residency are almost due, so I'm trying to pull that together. We'll see how everything turns out.

More Gibberish tomorrow.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

+To Claim the Glory+


Contrary to popular belief, anyone can turn into just eyeballs if they drink enough Mega-Shakes.

Monday, October 27, 2008

The Last of the Visits

In a few short hours, I must whisk myself away to the joys of the dentist. It will be my final visit, until my next check-up. It's taken three visits, but my mouth will finally be cavity free. (I could have had more of them filled at my earlier visits, but the cost of those things start to add up rather quickly.)

As for the weekend, not too much happened. There was a pumpkin carving party on Saturday night. I carved me a Skele-Robot, and if I can get a picture of it up here, I will. Otherwise, I'll just add my experiment with watercolors from this weekend. It's not good, but I learned from it, which--until I can take a class--is the only way I will learn anything. The more you try, the more you learn. Or something. I plan on doing a few more trial an error type things, maybe play around more with the whole "When I do this, what does it look like on paper?" style. I'll try and post them as they come, and if anyone has any tips or advice, I'd be much obliged. Of course, this won't start until Wednesday as there is more Gibberish coming tomorrow.

Until then...

Friday, October 24, 2008

Making Arts

So, I've decided that producing any new writing at the moment is all but impossible. Now that I seem to understand some of the basics when it comes to revision, I'm going to keep at my novel and work on a handful of my earlier pieces. In the meantime, though, I plan on doing some art-like things, since I have yet to prepare for the upcoming show.

I'll try and post pics of what I'll be putting into the gallery. This first pic is a collaboration with a mighty fine fellow, named Abner, that made the whole art show possible. Basically, if it weren't for his amazing talent, there wouldn't be a show. And if he wasn't gracious enough to extend an invite, I wouldn't be involved. As for the pic, he did the initial sketch and design of this, then I did my best to ink and color it. Don't know if it works, but I'm trying a few new things and working with color in general. (Black and white is so, SO much easier.)

More than likely, that's what my weekend will consist of, revision and arting it up. Maybe another film, but seriously, the theatres are all but worthless right now. City of Ember isn't bad, but it didn't restore my faith in Hollywood either.

Until Monday.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

+We've Got a Problem Here+

Though it is still rather inconclusive.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

I Am Now 0/4

While it was never strong to begin with, my faith in Hollywood has diminished in the past month or so. Out of my rather large list of films I wanted to see, the four that I've had time to check out have been total crap. My most recent eyesore took the form of Max Payne.

Now don't get me wrong, my expectations for the film were next to nothing--especially after the rating came dubbed as PG-13. (Seriously, who takes an "M" rated game then makes a teen flick and thinks it's a good idea?) The biggest problem with Max Payne is that I wanted to like it. The first video game was pure fun--a fact that didn't translate to the film. For an action game, they didn't make much of an action film. Sad really. Especially when they had Mark Wahlberg for the titular role. Poor guy hasn't had a good year. (I would go on, but I'm afraid this little rant would turn into a full on review. Basically, just don't go see this. You're better for it.)

Tonight, I'm taking one last risk by going to see City of Ember, then my faith in Hollywood will be entirely gone--at least until Watchmen comes out. At least CoE's book had a good idea, but the writing was atrocious. I'm hoping the film takes the good idea and does something interesting with it. However, with any children's film, you run the cheese factor risk. I guess we'll see if I'm 0/5 tonight.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

+Robot v. Frogs+

Nothing worse than a botched frog harvest.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Back Again

This weekend was an odd one, being both busy and relaxing.

On Saturday, my wife and I wandered around the Arbor Day Farm in Nebraska City. I'd hoped it would be more pretty like, full of changing leaves and the smell of the coming winter. Instead, it was as if half of the trees decided to keep their leaves and their mighty green shade, while the other half thought it best to just drop their load in one fell swoop and forgo the whole, color change, pretty phase. All in all though, it was a pleasant day, and it made us feel like we were in some mighty forest--even if it is just Nebraska. That was topped off by some good times with friends, spent in discussion and the watching of Brad Bird's under appreciated gem, The Iron Giant.

Then, yesterday, saw the glorious finish of my critical essay and the somber--albeit peaceful--finish to an extraordinary life. A woman from my church had her funeral yesterday. She was only 28. It's impossible not to consider your own life during such a time, whether or not you've touched anyone's life--especially in the light of someone that had, so visibly, affected so many lives. But if I continue on, I'll just slip into cliches (which is a sad fact in and of itself, that we can't write about death without sounding like parrots).

Anyway, happy day to you all. Gibberish tomorrow. I'm thinking another robot week is in order.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Official Plug

Happy Friday.

I don't know about the rest of you but I'm glad the weekend is but a few short hours away. The whole "working" thing this week has been less than stellar. At least I'll have a good day tomorrow, I hope.

Anyway, I really just wanted to take time today to plug the amazing artist that was kind enough to guest art the current We've Got Brains. Her name is Christina Smith--no relation--and she is nothing short of mind-blowing. Currently you can find her art portfolio and ask for and commission a piece of art from her at her site She also has a webcomic, Not So Small After All, that chronicles her life/transition to living in France. Again, I can't sing her praises enough, and you would do well to spend some time poking around her sites.

That's about all for the moment. Hope you all have a wonderful weekend.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

+Reading the Ladies+

Mostly whether or not they were wearing an eyepatch.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

An Eternity

I don't even feel like I should be writing here, as if this site has been taken over by my doodles. Though I doubt I could keep a Mon.-Fri. schedule, otherwise I would never get anything done--and things are bad enough in that department as it is.

Anyway, as for my week away, I had a pretty good time. Got to hang out with a good friend of mine, spend an hour or two with a "long-lost" friend, make some new friends, get some ideas, and see a crappy film. (Seriously, don't see Blindness if you want anything with some substance to it.)

I hope you've enjoyed the last few comics. Some of them are doodles of years past, but I couldn't help but use them anyway. I figure if I've got the material--even if it is long dated--I should do something with it. There will probably be another robot week coming up in the next week or two. Plus, I'm going to try and mix up my more recent art with my oldies and goldies. Maybe that will keep things fresh--though I do like the idea of showing my art progression over the years. Whatever, though. Either way, there will be new comics.

If you haven't noticed, I missed We've Got Brains last week. There will be a guest one posted later today, which I'm both excited and bummed about. I'm excited because she, 5sizes2small, has done a glorious job. (You can find her personal webcomic here.) But I'm bummed because I just don't have time for this comic anymore. SO, unless you want to offer your art services to my comic for weekly updates, We've Got Brains is taking a hiatus after today. I'm sorry. It's a horrible place to stop, I know, but I have too much on my plate at the moment.

Yeah, big things have happened this last week. New changes, more Gibberish, and I'm no closer to finishing my latest packet for school. Speaking of...

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

+Tuff Being a Ninja+

I for one think ninjas are cool--even non-flying ones.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Thursday, October 9, 2008


I know the cat isn't licking its balls, but you just have to imagine... or something.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Monday, October 6, 2008

About to Vacate the Premises

So, pretty much after today, it's nothing but Gibberish for a week straight.

Tomorrow night, I'm leaving for Colorado and won't be in the mood--or possibly even have the chance--to blog about my ventures. Instead of the letting the site die down though, I've got a half dozen new comics that will run from tomorrow to next Tuesday--excluding Saturday and Sunday. Should be some good times. Possibly. Probably. Read my comic.

Command aside, this weekend was rather unproductive. I did see two of the six or seven films out right now that I've wanted to check out, and I can't recommend either of them. Igor and Eagle Eye are really not worth your time or money. The latter starts out rather interesting but soon turns into propaganda poo. The former just can't decide if it wants to be a kids movie or not, pretty much ruining the whole thing. Whatever though, it's behind me, and the weekend was saved by viewing CJ7 and playing through the entirety of an old SNES game called ActRaiser. Yup, I was pretty much a worthless individual this weekend, but hey, everyone needs some down time.

Anyway, hope you all enjoy the Gibberish, and I'll see you next week.

Friday, October 3, 2008

Where I'm Going to Live

It just goes to show that your childhood dreams never truly leave you. Despite what my wife thinks/wants, I've decided where our future home must be. Dinosaur, CO.

Seriously, how cool would it be to say, "Yeah, I'm from Dinosaur." Or, "I was born in Dinosaur." Or some other life-experience that has to do with living in a place called Dinosaur.

Sure, the place itself is only a few blocks wide, but if I could live on Brontosaurus street, I think my life would truly be complete.

Anyway, I'm excited for Blindness, and hope to see that this weekend, along with my missed films of Eagle Eye, Igor, and Choke. Possibly there will be some Nick and Norah in there, since I'm a fan of Michael Cera. (Though I don't plan on living at the theatre or anything. I suppose I can try and spread it out a bit.)

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend. See you Monday.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Self Time

Last night I finally got around to watching Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, not only a film I've been wanting to see since its initial release, but also one I've had from Netflix for two full months. I must say, I was impressed. It has a few bugs, but overall I really enjoyed Clooney's direction. He might make an interesting director once he shrugs off the whole "actor" thing--though if his performance in Burn After Reading is any indication, he'll be around for awhile longer.

I, like most other busy-bodies, often forget about the importance of taking a night off and not really doing much--though I still got a new We've Got Brains up, washed the dishes, and made ready for the electrician's arrival today. Overall, it was a good night. Just in general, this week has been going well. Found a friend's blog that let me know she is still alive, met with some friends from the MFA, and pooted around the house last night. Weird how the little things can make a week just work, you know?

And if you're anything like me, you probably need a distraction from all this money/stock market/recession talk. So go check out my comics, either here or at Filmmedium, and have a laugh.

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Monday, September 29, 2008

Good Monday

Whenever I have a bonus comic on Fridays, it feels like I haven't written anything in forever--at least on the blog. I hope you enjoyed our first guest comic by Aleric. If you did, drop him a line or spend some time reading Hell Has Found Me.

As for me, the weekend was rather full but still laid-back. Went to Dave and Buster's on Saturday night, playing me some random arcade games and shooting the crap out of some spiders and things on a weird shooter called Go Jungle Safari, or something. Then on Sunday, I went to Nebraska City, met some colleagues, and enjoyed getting hit on by a 50+ waitress. I also was introduced to the wonder of a Dr. Pepper ICEE. I think my heart stopped at the thought, then I drank one, and it wasn't nearly as good as I'd wanted, but trying new things is always good, right?

But the best news of the weekend came in the form of a packet return from my mentor, Patricia Henley. Her kind words and suggestions boosted by writing ego back to where it should be--a little above thinking that every word I write is crap. In fact, I must leave you to write my response to her.

Gibberish tomorrow, starting off a special Robot Week--a theme that will come along rather frequently, I'm guessing, along with angels and zombies, too.

Friday, September 26, 2008

+I Need a Hero+ (Special Guest: Scott Aleric)

As I talked about on Monday and then amended Wednesday, here is the special guest comic by Scott Aleric, a most friendly and personable person. His fantastic comic, Hell Has Found Me, that updates every Monday, Wednesday, Friday, can be found here. Anyone with, or without, a foot in the Warcraft door will find his comic--with it's playful (albeit awesome) art and amusing anecdotes--more than worth your time. And if his comic isn't enough, Scott has an impressive deviantart portfolio, filled with all sorts of beasts, additional comics, and fantasyscapes.

Big round of applause for Scott and being the first guest artist for Gibberish. (If any of you are interested in doing a guest spot on Gibberish, feel free to contact me at clicktrackheartblog(at)gmail(dot)com.)

Thursday, September 25, 2008

+A Dragon's Day+

Of course I mean besides razing villages and teasing harpies. Duh.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008


I lied to you on Monday. The guest artist for Gibberish will not actually appear until Friday, as a special bonus comic to carry the weekend through. His name, or pen name, is Scott Aleric, and you can find his amusing comic, Hell Has Found Me, here. He also has a stunning deviantart gallery.

Honestly, I can't thank him enough for lending his comic talents to Gibberish. I'm all about the cross-blending and synthesis of talents, so seeing something like this come together, on my personal site no less, just about makes me tinkle in me trousers.

I hope you take some time to visit Aleric's sites. It's a good time/entertainment investment. Plus, he's a cool guy. So check out Hell Has Found Me. What more reason do you need than to support global coolness? (It's the only way to stop the warming.)

Since this will be the last post for the week, besides the comics of course, I bid you all a mighty fine day, rest of the week, and weekend.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Monday, September 22, 2008

No Time, Must Write

Hi Everyone:

I hope your weekends were fantastic. Mine was filled with writing and talking and more writing and more talking. Feel like my voice is about to die out, but whatever, I don't need a voice to write. My paper is going pretty good, though I've got a bit more to do by the end of today, which is what I'll be doing the minute this is posted.

In other, better news, I not only got interweb working at home, but I've got a guest artist scheduled for Thursday's Gibberish. I'll talk more about that on Wednesday, though I will say that the comic is very much in the Gibberish vein.

Gibberish, by me, tomorrow. I'll see you then.

Friday, September 19, 2008

This Weekend Will Not Be Fun

First, after work, I need to go grocery shopping. YAY! This will be followed by a fun time trip to the DMV! YAY! At least I'm going for some tasty food tonight. Then tomorrow should be a wonderful day. Sunday though, will be filled with paper writing! YAY!

And on top of that, I'll have next week's comics to start getting together. I'm in the midst of finding some guest artists for Gibberish. Since I'm basically taking long forgotten doodles, then finding good words to put with them, I'm seeking any artist willing to pass me a forgotten doodle and allow it to become a part of Gibberish. I figure this way, it isn't much work for the artist, they get to showcase more of their work, and I receive a day off from compiling my doodles into something more than bordem induced hallucinations. SO, if you're an artist with some beloved drawing or doodle that you've had no idea what to do with, send it my way with "Gibberish Guest Art" as the header to clicktrackheartblog(at)gmail(dot)com. I can't pay, but you'll get full credit for the art, a nice introduction by yours truly, and I'll link to whatever pages you wish. It'll be one more cred for your CV. What have you got to lose? (Plus, it will appear on two sites, here and on my page at, totalling anywhere from 75-160 visits per day.)

Now that that shameless plug/request is over and done with, I'm off to figure out what movies come out today and whether or not there will be time to see one.

Have yourselves a wonderful weekend, and don't forget your fancy walking (see below).

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Almost Forgot to Do This...

And I even have things to talk about. Basically my life has been one impressed adventure after the next. Well, really only two things, but that was enough to spawn this.

First, if you own an XBOX 360 and have access to the internet, there is no reason for you not to own the amazing game Braid. Truly, anyone looking for a stunning platformer or puzzle game need look no further. I discovered the thing while reading about the amount of people complaining that its $15.00 price tag was too much. Believe me, it is worth every penny. I've spent WAY more on games not near as good. Do yourselves a favor and play something that is actually worth your time.

The other is a book. How Fiction Works by James Wood is, by and large, the best book on writing I've ever read. It's such a down to earth approach that anyone, writer or not, will appreciate his dissection of the craft of writing. Though I love my teachers, I feel like I've learned more from this one book than from any of them. (Sorry, guys.) If you have any interest in fiction, you should read this book.

With that, I've got just about everything covered. More Gibberish tomorrow. New We've Got Brains. Have a wonderful evening.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

+Too Much+

Make sure you go somewhere other than Supercuts, or this may happen to you.