Been a bit of a spell since I got to update on here, so if this entry feels terse and fragmented, I’m sorry… but then again, it’s me… so you should really detect no real change. Huzzah!
June got a little hairy as Jad came down with dengue fever and had to be hospitalized for almost a week. I had flown down to keep her company as best I could, but the beginning of the rainy season had taken a bit of a toll on me as well — nothing quite as serious, fortunately, but I ended up not getting to stay with her at the hospital as often as I would have wanted, lest I got sicker and became a liability. That said, my evenings at the hotel were still miserable, but hardly anything compared to Jad’s ailment which, we later discovered, is nicknamed “bone breaking fever.” They really went out of their way to sugar that one up.
I had bought her a copy of Arnold Arre’s MYTHOLOGY CLASS, and she says it at least took her mind off being sick, if only for precious increments. With prayer and a whole lot of soldiering on her part, she made a full recovery in a week and celebrated by attacking a happy helping of roast pork.
Brought my flu home with me. Nothing a week of antibiotics couldn’t handle, but because they were pretty potent peyote-type shaman juice, I couldn’t draw quite as fast as I wanted to because I was getting tremors like a caffeinated mouse in a church bell. So yeah, work went ouchy.
I hate flu season. All better now though.
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A month after Zuda ended its monthly competitions, they announce that the site itself was shutting down. PRs and official emails indicate that it’s a decision straight from the higher-ups, made in conjunction with DC’s whole digital initiative. And while long-running series such as HIGH MOON and BAYOU will be migrated, the newer ones had to be cancelled. Oh well, them’s the breaks. More recent interactions at least have DC doing right by us creators, as far as ownership and fair compensation goes. And I’ll leave it at that. Heh.
Still talking to Gabe and Matt about Comixology and Graphic.ly. But I’m currently committing a lot more of my time to 1888 — the first issue of which is nearly half done, as far as line art goes. Bricks and dead whores, baby! That’s my suggested alt title, but I don’t think Wolfgang will go for it. Will keep pushing. Don’t stop believing. Heh.
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While I was stuck in bed, I got to read a whole bunch of stuff. Too much in fact, that I’ll just post them as little blurbs instead of my usual “Reading: insert artsy fartsy title here” journal entries…
Sure, Jason Aaron’s Indian Reservation Noir is well into it’s fourth year, but I just got a chance to check it out. Much like with IMMORTAL IRON FIST and PREACHER, I was late to the party. But you know what? I’m glad I was. Because I don’t think I woulda been able to stand the 30-day wait between issues on this fantastic series. Someone tell me why this isn’t on HBO.
100 Bullets (Vertigo)
Now this series has been done for a while, but I finally got around to picking up the first three trades coz I’ve been on a weird crime comic spree as of late. I apologize in advance for the pun, but it’s… hit and miss? As much as the revolving cast keeps things interesting, it also works against the narrative because you cant really invest in anyone. But I’ll gladly stay in my seat for Risso’s art alone.
I Killed Adolf Hitler (Fantagraphics)
There’s something about the deadpan delivery of this comic that makes it a lot more touching than you expect it to be. Whatever you’re guessing it’s about based on the title, you’re really only half way there. The majority of the book is delivered in an 8-panel grid, so there’s a visual immediacy to the story itself, because the pacing really isn’t the point. And when you get to the end, you’ll get that it’s really a love story more than anything else.
Switchblade Honey (AiT/Planet Lar)
The captain is an asshole and the crew is a mishmash of crack addicts and psychopaths. Meet the people who will save you from super advanced aliens who see you as nothing more than germs with shoes. Angry Star Trek. Warren Ellis. Go.
The Tres Komikeros podcast will be taking a break after episode 52, which is scheduled for recording this July 17th… coincidentally the same day Jonas Diego is running a 24 Hour Comic Day Challenge. So we figured… one more show for this season? We’ll all be at our desks for a whole day anyway. Fuck it, let’s record a 24-hour podcast. And that, my friends, is how big decisions are made. With half-assedness and lots of cursing. Come listen. And learn yourself a thing or two… even if it’s only “don’t do it.”