well, not wisely

Wrote a thing about Geof Darrow, and Big Guy and Rusty- old and new. You can read it full here.

'Miller and Darrow’s original Big Guy and Rusty series saw Japan attacked by the incarnation of ultimate evil, manifest as a vast dinosaur/dragon creature, infecting the populace with chaos and fear, causing them to mutate into beasts as it rampaged, whilst delivering typical Miller-esqe bombastic polemic.

The ‘American might and superiority over Japanese ineffectual ditheriness’ concept, the names (‘Rusty:’ weak, incapable, ‘Big Guy:’ reliable, powerful, gets the job done), and the portrayals do not read well, and are so obvious, so embarrassingly shaky and superficial a thing, that there are those who’d argue the comic was satire (you know how that works?). If it sounds light on premise and intricacy, that’s because it is — robot clocks monsters, suspect ideology, with some nods to toy/kaiju/ mech culture thrown in; it’s saving grace, the reason you were there and stayed, was Darrow’s art: fine-lined, tight and knotty, beautiful detail bestowed in every nook and cranny.’


Brandon and I somehow got to talking about those old Food Pyramid nutrition guidelines from our childhoods in the 80’s and 90’s (things you eat regularly: what you eat most of ascending to what you eat sparingly) - which naturally led to our drawing our own personal versions.

I have to say, I thought these would turn out highly exaggerated, but they’re actually more or less exact. If I’m really splitting hairs, my pyramid should have a tiny slice between fruits and coffee, representing cheese and meat and incidental vegetables: in short, sandwich contents. Also, Brandon doesn’t actually eat brains (that I know of).


Another snippy snipster of a WIP watercolor and casein comic short story I’m working on. On the last page… Finishing tonight!! #watercolor


Another snippy snipster of a WIP watercolor and casein comic short story I’m working on. On the last page… Finishing tonight!! #watercolor

Reviewed Michael Cho’s Shoplifter, also interviewed him:

'I’m usually the first person to shunt the concept of “quit your day job, and do what makes you happy” à la  Zen Pencils, Cho’s an accomplished enough writer that his presentation of Corinna’s decision to pursue her creative passion is more the result of a cumulative desire to change what isn’t working for her, an acknowledgement of the problems she’s having and possessing the strength and fortitude to realize only she can enforce a difference.'

Godzilla Favorite scenes [5/5] Nuclear Breath

Anonymous asked: Where do you think the ego fits into the creative life style? I've recently begun mediation to discover what makes my creative process so painful, and I've discovered a lot of art is can be a validation quest or trap. I always had the philosophy that I was giving back to the world of fiction for giving me such a escape as a youth. But now I can see so much of this can be narcissistic. What do you think? Is the ego bad for art?


I think it’s a fine line. I think it’s important to have confidence that you can make good work. but also while remembering that drawing or writing well doesn’t make anyone better than anyone else. 

I try to do the work I do mostly for myself, it’s the process that I enjoy, working through influences or shit in my life or just having fun making up things. or the collaboration.  Obviously I really like the interaction too, but that’s all frosting. 

That’s too bad to hear that the process is painful for you. There’s that Thomas Mann quote “A writer is someone for whom writing is more difficult that it is for other people” — I like that. but also I think there’s a joy in the struggle. Like, It wouldn’t be worth it if it was always easy.