I have been drawing these Outbreak Diaries for a month now, just to try to track things as they changed. Hard to believe this has only gotten serious here in the past month. Drawing them is keeping me busy, and people seem to be responding to them. So will post them here and do a little catch-up. Keep in mind the dates, as these ones are from a month ago.
1980 was a big year of change for me and my family. One of those years where I could easily do a whole book just about that year. But here is what I broke it down to.
And as I said above it was hard to figure out what to put in just one page about 1980, so I did an alternate version.
Another thing I was doing with the Year 50 cards (back before, you know, everything went virus crazy) was seeing what they looked like in colour, on the suggestion of my pal Doug Savage.
I have been lax posting my Year 50 Project comics and cards here. I have been drawing away at my Outbreak Diaries, which I should also post here. If you want more timely updates, you could always look at
How things change in a week. From everything being pretty normal to… nothing being normal. I started drawing some Outbreak Diaries last week. I will post a couple below. But first another tale of childhood obsession: Popeye.
I have been working away on my Year 50 Project. Up to 1984, so far. I should post some more here. In the meantime I have been doing other comics which will end up in an issue of Vinegar. Here is one about My Relationship to the Incredible Hulk Television Program.
2020, that just seems so futuristic. Though the future seems to be off to a bit of a rocky start. So I will continue to look back at Jason Turner: the Early Years, through my Year 50 Project. Here we see 1973 – 1975.
Next year I turn 50, and I decided to do a project to commemorate it, as I did with my Year 40 Project. My idea for this project is to draw a one page comic per week, for each year I have been alive. I’m not making any hard and fast rules for the content, but that is the idea. Each week I will also draw a card, related to what is going on this week. I have done this type of thing a few times in the past with a deck of tarot-esque cards in 1996 and two decks around my 30th birthday. So here are the first three weeks of the Year 50 Project.
Disclaimer: In this project, it is all my memories, and trying to adapt something of the year in question. I am not going to go crazy doing research beyond perhaps a “Do you remember this?” to my family. So the mistakes, inaccuracies and interpretations are on me.
It is a grey and rainy day (in Vancouver?!) and I should go outside. And instead of doing the things I should (should should should) I drew this road going through the trees. It is from a photo by Matt Emmett. It turns out I have done at least one other drawing from one of his photos. The damnable website pinterest often makes it difficult to figure out where photos came from, what they are exactly and so on.
Working backwards, almost a month ago I did a drawing of an abandoned Japanese train track. I have been teaching at Langara, and it is just one class but it seems to use up all my time.
Going further back in time, after the Dark Mega-j drawing in the previous post, I was inspired to do a couple more in that vein. Just this week I was pondering Halloween and thought maybe a return to Mega-j might be in order. Maybe a beaten to crap Dark Mega-j.
That sketchbook took an unusual amount of time to finish. From July 2018 to September 2019. But it was a pretty turbulent period, so I guess that is not surprising.
My traditional final sketchbook drawing self portrait. I should press harder with my pencil crayons, as the actual drawing is a lot lighter than this pumped up scan.
One of my last drawings in the sketchbook was this ridiculous Dark Knight Returns Mega-j. But it seemed relevant.