Archive for October, 2013

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partner bloggers

A very rare photograph of my two partner bloggers together.
Slider K Shaftacular on the left, Rock McGraw on the right.
An anonymous fan looks on with the appropriate level of adulation.slider_mcgraw

Nick Offerman builds a canoe

As I was preparing to head off to SPX, I was reading with great admiration about my colleagues’ debut projects. On the Sunday before the show, I put to paper a comic I had long wanted to make.

You may know Nick Offerman as Ron Swanson on the show Parks and Recreation. A storyline on Parks and Rec had Ron building a canoe for a friend. I came to learn that was ripped from the headlines of Mr. Offerman’s life. He taught himself how to build canoes, and has even filmed an instructional canoe-building video.

Inspired by Mr. Offerman’s creativity, I built a foldy comic. If you see me at a convention, you can buy one for a dollar. For those of you who can’t make it, however, I made a little video, simulating the reading experience. It’s almost like being there. Enjoy!

discarded couches of portland

This cute little number is sitting right down the street from me, on Fremont. As Discarded Couch Season 2013 comes to a close, it’s nice to see the last few couches make their way to curbs. As the leaves change and fall and the winter rains begin, couches that have not been discarded this year get a reprieve thorough the fall and winter.

I’ll keep you posted if I see any more discarded couches, though that prospect is growing more remote as the days get shorter and colder.
Discarded couch 10-9-13

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Falling Rock ebook

Since my Falling Rock collection Welcome to Falling Rock National Park (2009) is out of print, I have turned it into an ebook!
front-cover-book-3You can read it on so many different devices now.

Amazon Kindle

Barnes and Noble Nook

iTunes iPad, iPhone, iPad mini, iPocketWatch

Instead of merely slapping the book into the digital realm unchanged, I made a number of revisions and edits throughout. This is a revamped, improved book. Check it out!

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exposure, a dirty word

David Byrne wrote a spot-on, depressing opinion piece in The Guardian recently.

This is how I feel about putting my work on Tumblr (or Instagram), except instead of a “pittance” I would get zero dollars.

When I first started shopping The Family Monster around, I got offers of “exposure” but none of real, actual money. I am glad I took The Colorado Daily up on their offer, because it led to me getting paid (however small an amount) by McClatchy-Tribune Campus. However, even after I was getting a regular paycheck, I continued to receive offers of exposure (not money) by other publications. Did they think I was so desperate for an audience, any audience, that I’d give my hard work away for free? The old metaphor about giving a plumber exposure instead of paying him for his work comes to mind. Artists, it seems, are easily exploited. It is true most cartoonists are somewhat masochistic, but there is a limit.

While I love posting pictures of Reed on Instagram, and have begun sporadically posting favorite single panels of comics I’m reading on Tumblr, I cannot see the point in doing to myself what others have tried to do to me in the past: make my work worthless.

I’m not even sure what Tumblr means. I’ve seen about 50,000 amazing images for less than one second each. Is the human brain able to process any of that?

Here on this blog you’ll find plenty of my work which I happily post. The difference is, I own this blog. I own this website. All the folks who visit are here to see what I’ve got cooking (sorry, no jambalaya today). With those other websites, I’m merely providing free content to help generate revenue for someone else.  I understand that’s part of the deal: I get to use Instagram to look at everybody else’s pretty pictures, and they can look at the pictures I take. I’m just not going to mix that up with my comics.

I hope this doesn’t come off sounding too curmudgeonly. We are all figuring out how best to use social media. In 20 years we’ll all laugh at our hilariously dumbheaded efforts. In the meantime, I thank each of you for supporting me, for buying my comics, because each time that happens I realize the dream I’ve had since I was a kid.

discarded couches of portland

Just off SE 52nd Ave, I found this couch with a paper FREE sign resting on it. This late in the season it is especially auspicious to find discarded couches. The weather is still good enough for people to leave couches by the street.
Discarded couch 10-16-13

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New Bill Watterson interview

Via Mental Floss

I’m not quite sure this is for real; it’s kind of like a Bigfoot sighting that way.

friday robots

Here are the robots: friday-robots-10-18-13And here are a couple detail shots. Sometimes I like the way an image looks zoomed in and distorted better than the original image.friday-robot-10-18-13-detail2

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