A Brisk Autumn Brings Illustration Adventures

Man, I love Fall.  We’ll see how long Lady Minnesota decides to bless us with it this year.  It’s bee a busy couple of weeks— uh, make that MONTHS since my last real post telling anything about our lives.  Some of the teeming thousands of my readers out there may be wondering what became of moving to Canada.  The answer is: We aren’t!  The reason being: we couldn’t get any financial aid.  Neither we or the school we wanted to go to knew about that.  I guess they don’t deal with many American students.  Which is okay.  We just wanted to know if it was the direction our lives should be going after feeling like there were some strong hints in that direction, and we feel content knowing we followed it to the end of the road.  Dana and I are actually very, very happy to still be hanging in Cambridge.

One of the recent things that has been super exciting in my life has been the invitation to be a part of the Minneapolis Cartoonist Conspiracy!  See, my brother knows this great guy named Dave who knows this awesome guy named Clarence who works at a wonderful comic shop in Minneapolis.  Clarence was wonderful enough to mention my name to some other guy who runs a comic book/illustration/animation/graphic design superstudio due to my having blabbed incessantly about how much I’ve been wanting to “break in” to the world of comic book production.  That other guy, a fine chap (name of Zander) invited me (after I called him up to blab incessantly about said stuff) to a monthly meeting of other stand-up fellows who get together and draw.  Stuff.  Like comics.  And talk about video games.  Needless to say, I went, and sat in hog-heaven while other nerds of varying degrees of nerdiness nerded around and drew pictures about nerdy things.

It was SHEER BLISS.

Actually, the 11-or-so people there were really amazing artists and fun conversationalists, all working together on a jointly-created graphic novel in a wide range of drawing styles.  It was cool, too, to see a range of ages represented, from high-school to (perhaps) early 50’s.  they let me jump right in and create a new panel for the book, which I, as of yet, have no idea how it will connect to the whole.  It was really random.  Needless to say, it was one of the funnest times I’ve had in a long time, and I’m excited to continue going there each month.

They also informed me that October 18th (into the 19th) is 24 Hour Comcs Day!!!  Hundreds more nerds amateur and professional illustrators of all sorts will be converging on Minneapolis, as well as other cities around the US, to do a writing and illustration marathon, with each participant rushing to complete a 24-page comic book  in 24 hours!  I can’t wait!  There will probably lots of fairly well-known artists there, and I am really excited to see what kind of stuff people produce.  I’m also very curious to see if I can actually DO it.  That’s a freakin’ long time to draw!  But my mind has been fairly bursting with ideas for what to make, and my irregular days-off sleep schedule has been plagued with nonstop brain-churning that I can’t turn off.  A lot of people who do the marathon just pop out random stuff on the sopt, which is awesome, and I’ve been feeling kind of cheesy wanting to plan something out, but I’ve vowed to myself that I’m not going to put anything down on paper.  My compromise is I can only use whatever I can keep in my head.  We’ll see what happens.  But it’s still over a month away, so I hope I can turn my brain off in the meantime.

Here are a couple of random recent-ish drawings just to get some more stuff up to look at:

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