Thursday, 31 January 2008

Dixon Place Doodle

I went to see Joseph Keckler and Thane was the opening performance. I doodled while I watched. I have since I was a kid and I still feel guilty about it. But I shouldn't. So here.

Ghoul-iani Gives Up the Ghost

Giuliani gone... now more vampires to defeat!!!
blogger is all f*ed up and I can't put any pictures up...

AAAaaaarrrgh is right

be back soon

Saturday, 26 January 2008

Thursday, 24 January 2008

Tonight's the Night

Bring your stuff, let's trade

Or just bring a friend!

Rowdies and Ne'er-do-well's will be kindly escorted round the corner to Rapture.


I'm so excited!

Thursday, 17 January 2008

थे बूज़े-बर्ड ऑफ़ Drunkeness

Toppled Idols is going on HIATUS (don't you love that word?) until the 24th. I'm still sketching non-stop, but scanning and such is the extra luxury of time I don't have at this moment!

Come to the release party at Heather's! Drink specials abound, music, buttons, bandanas, shirts, comics, what more do you need? Party starts at 8, DJ at 10 and anything later is strictly on the QT (another phrase I love! God! Zing!)

This would be a great time to peruse through the other 200 posts that have amassed since last year!


Tuesday, 15 January 2008

Cut Glass, See Through

This might be a response to Tom Cruise's crazy scientologist video where he rants and spits out rhetoric pertaining to thetans, et al. He knows that when there is an accident, only the scientologists know how to help! Find it on youtube. I don't want to put it up here and have a bunch of actors jack my car or something. L. Ron Hubbard, eat your demonic heart out!

Monday, 14 January 2008

The Original Preppie Killer

This is the mock-up for some buttons! Guess what color they are going to be??? Hint: It's my favorite color!

Since some of you might be doing this for the first time as well, I thought I'd go through some steps on here. The text around the top is actually going to fold over and be on the top rim... you know what I'm talkin' about!!!


I was so tired last nite I passed out without putting this up! It's that sort of devil and angel on your shoulder, I love that but I don't know where it originated. I remember it in Lil' Lulu cartoons, but it probably dates back to William Blake or something. Does anyone know?

Saturday, 12 January 2008

Drawin' to Keep from Cryin'

Making a comic is emotionally draining and continually rejuvenating. As with all art, I guess! I need some distance to look at it critically, but not too much!

Friday, 11 January 2008

COVER Field!!!

Here's the cover!!! Of course, it will be silkscreened in duotone and look much more beautiful... BUT HOLY SHIT IT'S DONE!!!

I'm dedicating this post to KP Lawless, you know what for. Congratulations, lady! NOW ROW ME TO THE CLUB!

Tuesday, 8 January 2008


This is an important election, so quit slackin' and start, uh, crackin'! It doesn't matter who you vote for, just help shape the future of our country, and strongly, so we're not all taken as patsies for another 8 years.

I'm watching the New Hampshire primaries like I bake lasagna; quick, fast and often.

Monday, 7 January 2008

In the Works

As you may have noticed, there was NO POST yesterday! Apparently "blogger" doesn't like Firefox or Camino anymore. I'm left to use Apple's Safari, which feels like it was made in caveman times (i.e. yesterday in computer speak). BUT it's all for the best, because I'm working on a super-secret project that I don't want to share anyway!!!

In other news, the Izzer; Indie Spinner Rack (if you don't know it by now, you will never never never know it) podcast extraordinaire, is polling for the best comics of 2007. I usually don't like end of the year lists, but here's what I said;

Britney Spears, best comic of 2007? Ay-Oh!

I'm not too terribly up-to-date on my comics... most of the stuff I read is really old! So I don't know if this is a good indication or not, but here's what I liked that came out in 2007;

Tank Girl by Alan Martin... and yes, drawn by Ashley Wood. Very different, but I love Ashley Wood's art! It fits perfectly, but it's strange seeing the world without a detailed clutter. I still loved it (I think the run is done?) It's what comics should be; fun.

My Brain Hurts by Liz Baillie reminded me why I got into making comics to begin with. I used to fawn over crazy, queer zines I would get in the mail... and when I found out some of them were comics, I was in heaven. Awesome!

Picture Letters from the Commander in Chief by Tadamichi Kuribayashi -- Not really a comic, but letters with pictures. It reminded me of The Little Prince a lot and of Franz Kafka's America. Very beautiful and very sad. I haven't seen Letters from Iwo Jima...

New Tales of Old Palomar by Beto -- This began in 2006, but I think issues 2 and 3 came out this year. If there was a number 1, this would be it. The art is big and beautiful, the story reminds you of why you fell in love and rockets in the first place. So he also made Chance in Hell... I haven't read it, but it would probably be number 1 as well. Jaime is who I was initially drawn to as a kid... oh, I can't pick favorites. They're too complimentary. If you haven't seen any of the "new" L&Rs, check them out. But New Tales is printed like he deserves. LOVE

And finally, my last pick of 2007 isn't really out yet, but I got a preview of it on Free Comic Book Day (aka best day of the year?). Lynda Barry's What It Is comes out very soon. Ernie Pook's Comic isn't syndicated anymore (biggest retarded boner of 2007, fyfi). But you know what? The FCC said Rupert Murdoch can buy up all our newspapers, so I feel like it's a preemptive blessing in disguise. She's giving creative writing classes (who better?!!) and putting out this companion book very soon. I think if she ran for president, the world would be a much better place and there would be much more ice cream goin' around, I'll tell you that much.

In non-comics related news, Burger Boys, holy S! Best of 2007? I wish I could have seen it. The pictures were priceless!

And I guess that's it. You can already write in that my comic will be on the "best of 2008" list, since it's coming out on the 24th!!!

Thanks to you both!!!


Everyone's tops will be pooled together, waded through, drank, peed out and then read off on episode 105 or 106!

Saturday, 5 January 2008

A Play on Words

Sometimes all you need is a simple ballpoint pen

Friday, 4 January 2008

Ready, Willing and Sable

Sable brushes... well, they're the best! No two bones about it. Really great for that cartoony, steady but fluid brush stroke. It's like tickling a kitten with a peacock feather while it meows a selection from the HMS Pinafore. Or something like that...


Wednesday, 2 January 2008

The Guennol Lioness

From 3,000 BC
Crystalline limestone figure of lion goddess
3 and 1/4 inches tall

Tuesday, 1 January 2008

The Messenger in Context

I spent a good part of the day making a MySpace page for my comic. Kind of lame, yeah, but don't hate. I need promotion in corners near and far. SO if you have a MySpace account... ADD INVISIBLE EMPIRE!!!

Above is the link and what the page looks like (recognize anything???). Below is the original drawing from this afternoon.


The Messenger

Yukio Mishima Film Review From 1989

Wow! I don't know who this woman is... but she's the perfect caricature of intellectual elitism -- snobbery personified.

I would love to go on a date with her and film it...

I love when she sneers at Phillip Glass's opera and then warns you not to turn off the movie because of the soundtrack (!)

If you haven't seen Mishima, it's definitely worth seeing. Probably the greatest "bio-pic" ever made.

But this review is priceless. They don't make 'em like this any more.

Thanks for checking it out!

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