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.