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    Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008
    11:36 pm
    Man I have been getting email from people I haven't talked to in, like, ten years.

    Monday, August 28th, 2006
    12:51 am
    Reno is kind of like a tiny Disneyland that's coming down from a meth binge.
    Sunday, August 27th, 2006
    1:52 am
    I am alive, and in eight hours I leave for Burning Man in an 11-ton RV. If you're going, I'll be at "Camp BloodyMaryLand", somewhere near 4:00 and Hope. We have twelve gallons of vodka and 23 gallons of tomato juice for all your bloody mary needs.


    Tuesday, December 14th, 2004
    11:39 am
    Attn Rochester "peeps":

    Someone left their cell phone at Clover Lanes, which I know because an employee there started calling random people in the phone list, including me. If your number ends in "1892", you're the winner! If you know whose phone that is, let 'em know.

    In other news, a weasel or some crap has been stealing food from my parents' chickens and ducks.

    In related news, my parents have decided that chickens and ducks are a reasonable replacement for human children.
    Thursday, November 18th, 2004
    11:56 pm
    It is a song about imagery

    I spent a good chunk of my day at work waiting for a virus scan on my computer, so to pass about 10 minutes of it I wrote this dumb-ass song. And damn me if it doesn't sort of rhyme!

    He was passin' time 'til autumn
    Drinkin' booze and talking to the radio
    While the rain leaked through the bottom
    Of the dead dog lyin' on the patio

    With narrow eyes he's a-watchin'
    Through the dirty old kitchen window
    His only bottle left of scotch and
    The damn black birds who just seem to know

    All about his dog
    (Dead dog lyin' on the patio)
    All about his job
    (Watchin' dead dogs on patios)
    All about his life
    (Drinkin' to his poor old dog)
    All about the world
    (Somebody's gotta shoot them birds)

    ...etc. etc...

    ...I just realized that the last dumb pass-the-time song I wrote involved a dog, too. What's going on?

    Friday, October 29th, 2004
    11:09 pm

    I didn't think I was going to be doing anything for Halloween, but got invited to a party on Saturday at the last minute. At a complete loss of ideas for a comfortable costume ('cause it's gonna be more of a lounging-around party), I followed up on my threat to go as Sam Brown's moon monster from his book Wish for Something Better.

    • Head: Spraypainted Chinese paper lantern, with eye holes concealed in the mouth.
    • Hands: four 12-cent pieces of felt, hand-sewn together while the plumber was here cleaning out the drainage line so my toilet would stop overflowing when I flushed it.
    • Shirt: I've had it for years.


    Wednesday, October 6th, 2004
    3:14 am

    Man, AWESOME:

    Dick Cheney (during tonight's VP debate):

    [The Democrats] know that if you go, for example, to, an independent Web site sponsored by the University of Pennsylvania, you can get the specific details with respect to Halliburton.

    Josh Marshall:

    And then there's another rather humorous screw-up. Cheney clearly wanted to send folks to; but he sent them to

    So close and yet so far. [redirects to] George Soros's website.

    I dunno if Soros made this happen with his drug money or if the owner of was just independently awesome, but still— BAM!
    Monday, October 4th, 2004
    12:22 am
    Rocktober 2004

    I like October a lot, for the sounds and the smells, the temperature and the wind. Walking in the dark with my hood up while a light breeze makes the leaves rustle.

    (Sorry about the drive-by poetry. I just really like the fall.)

    • • •

    Hi! I haven't checked in for a long time, but here I am. I also haven't drawn any comics in a long time— I'm still not sure what's going on with that. I just haven't been in the mood for, what... Christ, has it been four months? Feh.

    Without going too far into it, my day-to-day life has changed a lot in the past several months. Objectively for the better, though I've had my doubts. But a major side-effect has been a loss of focus on things that used to mean a lot to me— my comics, my work. My Rocktober resolution, however, is to try to turn that around!

    I'm back at my old job (unfortunately?), though I'm only working four days a week. But I've finally turned the corner on my inability to program, evinced by the fact that I'm working on some personal programming projects. Help me God, I'm teaching myself Perl and MySQL!

    There are, however, still stirrings of a desire to get away from the job. Freelance? Research? Teaching? Grad school? Art school? Who knows!

    I have been drawing, off and on, but I haven't been drawing comics. The first step in getting myself back into comics is to just kill the story that's been sitting on my web page for the past six months. I know how it ends; I just don't want to finish it. So I'll probably just put it on ice, maybe write a little wrap-up to go along with it. I know how I work, and getting Weaver officially out of the way will help me like crazy.

    So, I dunno, man. Not being actively creative generally makes me feel like crap, and it's been a long time since I was actively creative. It's time for change!

    Now it's time to find out if my recognition of a need for change will actually result in change.

    No promises!

    • • •

    Next time: A very belated Comic-Con 2004 report!

    Thursday, July 22nd, 2004
    1:17 am

    Well, true to tradition, it's 1am and I just finished packing for tomorrow morning's flight down to San Diego for TEH BIG COMICS-CON! On the crazy off-chance someone reading this will be there, I'll be sitting at Small Press table N-11, which is on aisle 1500.

    In an optimistic fit I got a hunnerd each of my three minis printed up at Kinko's (with the total Chappelle's Show "Pop Copy" experience), and I made a few hundred little flyers to pass out. My table is going to be decorated to within an inch of its life; you should see the awesome giant acrylic frog I found at Michael's for two bucks, not to mention the crows, fake vegetation, and pebble-filled mason jars. I will be sure to take some pictures.

    And if I manage to sneak away from my table (which is required to be manned from 9am to 7pm every day, and I have no helpers!), I'll probably post some stuff to my "notes" page over yonder. (Yeah, the layout is all messed up because I'm sporting the new Sidekick with the bigger camera.)

    I was kind of dreading the "having a table" experience at first, but now I'm kind of excited about it. I plan to start hating it late tomorrow afternoon. I'm also excited about getting to hang out with all my awesome cartoonist friends; after hours at the past two Comic-Cons (and the Vegas Con) was a freaking blast, and I'm hoping this year will not disappoint.

    Good luck, Dave! Have fun!

    Current Mood: not ready to get up at 6am
    Friday, July 9th, 2004
    11:26 pm

    Here is an ant that is playing a concertina.

    Saturday, June 26th, 2004
    11:41 pm
    It is a space turtle

    Tomorrow is my brother's birthday, so I drew this for him. Took me about four hours in Illustrator once I had the sketch down. I am very very happy with the way it turned out. Lately I have been eschewing comics in favor of simple illustration, and this picture reflects that. But I gotta get back into comics, y'know, before the whole Comic-Con thing (in less than a month!).

    Also, "The Slow Wonder" by The New Pornographers' A.C. Newman is my new favorite album. And Jeff Tweedy can currently eat me, until I get the energy to slog my way through Wilco's "A Ghost Is Born" again. Jay Bennett may have been a total dick, but I think they needed him to keep things focused.

    Monday, June 21st, 2004
    10:46 pm
    Two Months Later

    Hey, kids! Despite the fact that I've been silent for the past couple of months, the INTERNET has assured that I've never been further than a heartbeat away.

    • • •

    Am I lucky, or what? I went to work today, for the first time in two months, and I still had a job!

    Maybe I'll try going again next Monday to see if it happens again. 'Cause I'm taking the rest of the week off.

    • • •

    But, hey, guess what! At the end of July, I'm a-goin' to the San Diego Comic Con. And, in a move I didn't think through all the way, and will probably come to regret, I got my own table! (Small press area, of course.) I guess I should use the next month to figure out what the hell I'm going to do with it.

    Tuesday, April 27th, 2004
    8:54 pm

    This turned out so much better than I had dared to hope.

    The storyCollapse )
    Monday, April 26th, 2004
    12:08 pm

    Well, hot God damn! One of my brother's projects is up for a Webby!

    His company, EdHeads (which he founded, owns, and runs), is a non-profit, educational Flash shop. He applies for grants, makes the software, then offers it for free to schools.

    His Webby-nominated project is a knee surgery walk-through. He actually sat in on a real knee-replacement sugergy, took pictures and notes, then cartoonified everything up to cut down on the queasiness factor. So, click here if you like bone saws! And I'm sure he wouldn't mind if you voted for him, either.

    3:34 am
    The results of my 24-hour comic

    After being up for close to 30 hours, I finally went to bed. Then woke up six hours later, at 1am. What a load of crap.

    Weaver :: Page 1

    This page, as it turned out, was totally unnecessary and is pretty damn boring. Also, way too much detail for a 24-hour comic. But I like the second panel.

    Maybe next time I'll force myself to drop the detail by only using big inks like sharpies and brush pens. I spent too much time with the 03 and the 01.

    Sunday, April 25th, 2004
    2:32 pm
    Who's a big quitter?

    I can't believe I'm doing this, but I'm giving up on getting this 24-hour comic done in these twenty-four hours. I got totally 0wn3d by (I'm guessing) some bad chicken I ate yesterday, and "intestinal discomfort" plus sleep deprivation do not a good comic make. I'm going to spend the remaining two-and-a-half hours drinking lots of fluids and watching some crappy movie or another.

    I will finish the story, though. I figure I'll need between four and six more pages to wrap it up. I'll probably do them all in a marathon session just to remain true to the effort.

    In the mean time, I will be posting the nine pages I've finished on Mondays and Thursdays. I'm about to leave on a long-ass vacation, and this will provide the cover I need.

    Current Mood: disappointed
    4:03 am
    24-hour comic

    Eleven hours down, six pages done. I'm still coherent, but that will change within the next couple of hours.

    More details at dbort.

    Saturday, April 24th, 2004
    2:20 am

    I've somewhat come to my senses. I'm still gonna do a 24-hour comic tomorrow (Saturday) for 24 Hour Comics Day, but I'm going to do it in the comfort of my own home. I got a bunch of quick-to-prepare food, and I'm going to make a big stack of back-up sandwiches tonight. And this time I'll take a nap when I get tired rather than after I go crazy. Once again, I'll probably be posting my progress over at dbort.

    Goals for this time around:

    • At least eighteen pages.
    • Dialog.
    • Multiple characters.
    • An actual story (instead of One Damn Thing After Another).

    I gave up caffeine about two months ago. Based on the number of caffeinated beverages I bought today, tomorrow I'll be shaking like a freaking Polaroid picture.

    Friday, April 23rd, 2004
    4:28 am
    System: Ripped

    Man, I went to see Kill Bill Vol. 2 today and it was awesome for two reasons:

    1. The movie was awesome.
    2. The sound was all jacked for the first 10 minutes, so I complained and got a free pass.
    Yeah, so halfway through the first big scene something flipped out in the projector room and everyone in the movie started talking like CRAZY ROBOTS! And then the sound started cutting out completely! And because it's a damn Tarantino film, it took a while to figure out whether or not it was intentional.

    • • •

    Today was the best birthday ever, and it wasn't even mine!

    Hero-material abescott's nineteenth birthday was today, which meant the six-months-in-the-making Boy's Life minicomic*, spearheaded by hero-in-his-own-right calamityjon, hit the streets. And holy shit is it the most awesome thing I've ever seen.

    Jon's big idea was to get fans of Abe to illustrate some of his best stories and collect them into a book. If you don't already, I unreservedly reccomend reading abescott's stories. They make me feel like I've totally wasted my life, but they're also so good that I don't really care.

    The cornerstone of this modern masterpiece is without a doubt manningkrull's rendition of Mickey and I wrote some Iggy Pop fan fiction (co-starring tmbgcat). It's so perfectly awesome I almost threw up. Not to say that the rest of the book isn't also freaking incredible.

    (I feel like a total lame-o because I didn't manage to draw an actual comic for the book, but my name's still in there. I drew a little spot illustration [hands are too small] based on this post, and Jon had the great idea of making stickers out of it. I still wish I hadn't given up on the comic I started, though.)

    *minicomic: a cheap-to-make comic book, usually xeroxed onto letter-size paper, folded in half, and stapled.

    • • •

    Check it:


    • • •

    As well:

    Thanks for the cross-country suggestions! I figure I'm going to hit a bunch of national parks, and try to visit some college friends along the way. Which means I should really get off my ass and start talking to people and planning a route and all that. I am totally not kidding when I say that everyone else in the world is more excited about my trip than I am. But [rhetorical question] what the hell else am I going to do with two months off?

    Wednesday, April 21st, 2004
    3:32 am

    I'll probably regret it, but I plan to spend 24-Hour Comics Day up at Comic Relief in Berkeley. Working, you know, on a 24-hour comic. I'm gonna try some practice pages before then in an attempt to work out a simple, speedier style that may let me hit the 24-page mark. I will also take my own damn music/headphones, ear plugs, and a case of Febreze. Makes you wonder why I'm going there in the first place. Oh, right: FREE FOOD.

    • • •

    Today was the second day of my (at least) two-month vacation/leave/sabbatical/notice. I reckon that, next week some time, I am going to start on a leisurely road trip around the country. Gonna head across the South first, in the hopes that the North will have thawed by the time I make my way back.

    Having never done the cross-country deal before, does anyone have any suggestions for places to hit? Also useful are tips like "drivers entering the state of Oklahoma in a Honda Civic are shot on sight." (PS I drive a Honda Civic)

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