And why not another Blue-per Planet for good measure?
Once I finish the few cat comics I have ready to ink I will have 11 pages I think, which makes me feel good, puts me on a good track for having a book of cat comics for VanCAF in May. Also there is an issue of Vinegar I just need to finish up. I will likely indulge myself and collect the Blue-per Planet comics too. And besides the funny stuff there is the Vinegar I want to pull together about all the stuff that makes me cry. The problem with that one is that I start crying when I try to draw them! I have also been having some lovely horrible dental encounters this month and am tempted to try to pull them into a book of some kind. So that should keep me out of trouble for the next few months.
I like to put titles on everything, but I’m not sure all these cat comics need titles. Also I need to get a new date stamper! It is almost March!
It is interesting to have comics friends who I have known for over twenty years. I was hanging out with a couple the other night, and afterwards was reflecting on the ups and downs of our comics lives. We thrive, we have setbacks, we struggle, we keep on drawing.
Anyways, here is another cat comic, another Blue-per Planet.
I drew some comics about stuff that happened when Jesse was visiting last month.
At some point in May, Manien and I had the idea to re-watch Twin Peaks. We were recalling how pleasant it was watching the Return last year, only having one episode per week. The modern love of “binge watching” often turns shows into a bit of a blur. The weekly schedule gave us more time to savour it. So we decided to re-watch, but only one episode per week, meaning it will take the better part of year to get through everything. It also finally gave us inspiration to make a chalk board on the side of a shelving unit.
I was looking for something to draw and came across a still from a movie called Wonderwall. I have never seen it, but it seems like something I would have come across before!
I continue to be fascinated by different enviro houses. These cool looking earth houses are in Dietikon, Switzerland.
Most of May, and April I suppose, I was busy trying to get my new comic done in time for VanCAF. I did get it done but just barely. I was running around copying it, and making copying screw ups the day before the show. I have been making zines for 30 years, you would think I would have the process down by now. The new comic is Questing, and I also printed up my latest issue of Vinegar. Number 40!
Here are drawings I did of the Questing characters, so that I could stop flipping back to some pages from last year in my sketchbook.
VanCAF was a delight, as always. I was lucky this year to be in the front hall rather than the gym, which tends to get pretty hot. My table neighbour was Bria, who was great to sit by. As well as being a well run show, the people showing tend to be great too. I have sat next to many wonderful folks over the years. My Bird Comics continue to be a hot seller.
For the second time, we had a comic jam in conjunction with VanCAF. It was an awesome time, good turnout. Not quite as crazy amount of pages produced as last year, but still 60+.
Another fun aspect of the VanCAF weekend was that my old pal Jesse came to town for a visit. It felt like a good time for him to come by, he could see what an awesome show VanCAF is, experience the Vancouver Comic Jam, and then have a few days to hang out afterwards. We had such a grand time, many ridiculous ongoing routines. One of those friends where even if I have only seen him twice in the past 15 years, when we get together it is like we were just hanging out yesterday. It was so much fun. I may have a whole Vinegar issue’s worth of material from our six days together.
Since Twin Peaks ended it is tempting to just watch/read endless interpretations of what was going on, especially the last episode. I like that the show is open and mysterious enough that people can project many different ideas onto it.
I don’t really have any profound thoughts on it all at this point, and as I heard David Lynch say in an interview, what’s important is what it means to YOU when you watch it. One thing that I read that I thought was interesting was that since it is 25 years later and the actors are all older, it gives a certain weight to it. The characters have had lives since we last saw them. Anyways, it was such a joy to have this show to watch all summer.
I have been working on material for a new issue of Vinegar. This will be issue 40! Here are a few pages I drew about my experience of watching the new Twin Peaks.
I am working on a new issue of Vinegar, drawing little stories and things from the summer. Back in August there was a week where smoke from the forest fires blew over the city and I drew this comic about it. Yesterday as I worked on it, I happened to be listening to a WTF podcast where the guest was Al Gore. At one point in the conversation Marc Maron was exasperated asking what it would take for people to accept that climate change is real and we need to do something about it. Which just happened to come up in this comic, so I thought I would post it here.
I need to do a post about Twin Peaks ending, but I have a couple of other comics I need to finish first. And maybe a drawing. In the mean time, here is a comic of David Lynch, with dialogue taken from the documentary Lynch 01, made while he was working on Inland Empire.