February 22, 2017
Do you know what thinking is? It’s just a fancy word for changing your mind.
–The Doctor in Doctor Who “The Zygon Inversion”
- Continuing with a previous post: Freedom of Speech. I was thinking about the Bill Maher/Yiannopoulos interview and a point occurred to me. I like to think that the whole point behind Freedom of Speech is the exchange of ideas. Put forth new ideas that open people’s minds and get them thinking. There’s a difference between trying to pick a fight and putting forth a new idea. Ideas encourage thought and discussion. Whenever I’ve tried to write seriously about any topic–guns, religion, relationships, politics, social issues, etc.–I’m really just trying to give people new ideas to think about. I don’t necessarily overburden myself with a notion of being right or wrong. And any of those ideas I usually think on more after I write about them and would be willing to have a discussion about. I know that probably was never really possible for some people and probably never will be, but I wouldn’t mind discussion where possible. Being challenged helps new ideas to form.
- I’m pretty impressed that I’m holding steady at 175 pounds right now. My diet and exercise routines seem to be working effectively enough and I’m ramping up the cardio lately. Made it to 6.5 minutes on the elliptical machine. Can’t wait to kayak and hike again. I pretty much cut out cardio completely for the winter under the rational that I’m on my feet and running around for most of my eight hours at work every night so that should amount to something and I was trying to gain some significant weight. Still not where I want to be in regards to sleep, but there’s always something to work on.
- Trying to figure out how one is really supposed to celebrate President’s Day. What is one supposed to do?
- Lately, I’ve been giving more thought to bringing back Chlorine and Acid. I almost did a special page about something that was going on at work, but events unfolded so it was unnecessary. I feel like it is needed again. Going to do some page layouts and maybe redraw some of the early pages. Maybe even make some use of various reference pictures I took.
January 18, 2017
I’m sick and tired of being sick and tired.
- So this flu–going to call it that based on the myriad symptoms I’ve exhibited–has dragged on for about a week. I’m getting tired of it. Mostly I just want to breathe again. Haven’t been able to bench for a few days, lying back on the bench when you struggle to breathe is quite the challenge. Hopefully I will be back to doing a flat or decline bench at the end of the week. Did a pretty decent workout today, which is a very good sign.
- Got the last of my NYCC books back from CGC. This round of books were the set I got signed by Jim Starlin. I got a 9.2 on Avengers Annual #7 (Conclusion of the first Thanos Saga and the “Death” of Adam Warlock), Infinity Gauntlet #1 got a 9.4, Infinity Gauntlet #2 got a 9.4, and Infinity Gauntlet #3 got a 9.6. Not a bad hull. The Avengers Annual actually has Thanos’ first “death” as well as his assembling the Infinity Gems, although he does not use them as the Gauntlet until the series of the same name. Very pleased, fits right along with my plans for these and the books I got signed by Stan Lee as well.
- Trying to budget more time for drawing, optimize my abilities. I’ve been doing a lot of side stuff, but I’d really like to get back to comics. I’m going to try drawing more by hand, with actual pencil and paper. I’m not necessarily a fan of being purely digital. Definitely feel like I draw better in pencil first, then pretty it up in Photoshop.
January 4, 2017
A new year. Didn’t do one of these last week because of Carrie Fisher’s death. Kinda hit hard.
- Star Wars has been on my mind a lot lately. I had been reading a couple of the newer “Canon” novels, rewatching Clone Wars, catching up on Rebels, saw Rogue One. Even though the prequels did fail to live up to the hype in a lot of ways, rewatching Clone Wars does give me a slightly higher opinion of them. Clone Wars really was a fantastic war serial and helps to raise some of the weaker aspects of the movies. Still, Lucas did leave some gaping holes in the movies.
- Star Wars was really my first fandom and always will be. Like I said the other day, Princess Leia was really my first crush and I grew up with those stories. I might have strayed a bit during and after the prequels, but it was always the true love of fandoms to me.
- It occurred to me the other day I haven’t had Indian Food in forever. I kinda miss the saag and mango curries. Might have to remedy that soon.
- Working on scripting a new comic. Developing it into a blend of Final Fantasy and Firefly. I’m just trying to avoid making it out to be like East of West or The Dark Tower too much. Those are the real standard when it comes to fantasy/scifi western stuff.
- The Tom Petty song “Won’t Back Down” has been my theme of late. So easy to get dragged down by the negativity and bullshit of everybody’s drama sometimes.
October 6, 2016
Not a bad day. Just got back to the room. Not much going on after 5PM that held my attention. Got a lot done though.
- From Stan Lee, I will hopefully be getting copies of Fantastic Four #46, #66, #67 and Thor #165 and #193 signed. Those are some key issues for one reason or another–First Black Bolt, first Adam Warlock, Last Stan Lee on Thor–so I’m pleased to be maximizing the value there. Almost went and got Tales of Suspense #75 with that lot, but I decided to drop that one from the list. Mostly cost, although I do acknowledge there could be a bit of subconscious exgirlfriend nonsense.
- From Jim Starlin, I got Infinity Gauntlet #1-3 as well as Avengers Annual #7. Thanos stories basically.
- The rest were Star Wars variants. I had a couple of Poe Dameron variant covers I got signed by Charles Soule. I also had a Millenium Falcon variant for Han Solo #1 that I got signed by Mark Brooks and Majorie Liu. I might move one or two of those fairly quickly, I don’t know yet. Still thinking it over.
- Went to this Creators Unite thing hosted by Charles Soule and Jim Zub. That’s good panel, I liked it. Learned a lot about the years it took for them to get working at Marvel. Kind of a good experience just to sit in on this.
- Went to the Creator’s Meet Up. Wasn’t quite as chill as I had hoped, maybe a bit too much pressure.
- The last panel I went to today was a preview of an upcoming Hulu documentary called Batman and Bill. Talking about the creation of Batman and how Bill Finger’s contributions were fairly known but not necessarily acknowledged by DC Comics until very recently. This sneak peek was a bit of tear jerker without seeing it in its entirety.
Also picked up a couple of prints, three t-shirts and a folio for larger prints. Tomorrow will be my Tenth Doctor Cosplay, so I’ll probably have more pictures.