Our first anniversary…
An excerpt about Joseph, forgiveness, and the Christmas Legend, from Stephen Mitchell’s THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO JESUS.
A “remix” of drawings from John Porcellino’s PERFECT EXAMPLE.
On Stephen Mitchell’s THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO JESUS and Thomas Jefferson’s cut-up version of the gospels, (aka The Jefferson Bible).
A couple of sketchbook pages and a new look for El Bloggo.
T-shirt design for Bookslut.com: lots of sketches, Photoshop, and Google Image Search.
Mind map I drew while reading Drew Westen’s highly recommended book, THE POLITICAL BRAIN.
Several examples of the drawings of German artist George Grosz (1893-1959), including quotes from cartoonists Ralph Steadman and Ivan Brunetti.
T-shirt design for the Law School’s IT department: lots of sketches, Photoshop, and Google Image Search.
Postcards from Austin and San Antonio that my great-grandfather sent to his daughters in 1929.
Sketchbook pages and quotes on comics from Alison Bechdel and John Porcellino.
Trying out Stanford’s VectorMagic online vectorization tool on a low-grade .jpeg copy of a piece for which I’d lost the original artwork.
Several examples and a history of Otto Soglow’s strip for the New Yorker, “The Little King.”
Charles Schulz: “While I am carrying on a conversation with someone, I find that I am drawing with my eyes.”
Examples of previous flash-based infinite canvas experiments with the Tarquin engine.
Sketches and drawings of the 2007 Texas Book Festival, including readings by George Saunders and Tom Perrotta.
Various sketchbook drawings, including a dragon terrorizing Venice.
Lynda Barry’s strip, Ernie Pook’s Comeek has been dropped from newspapers all over the country.
A list of the 12 devices to which Charles Schulz attributed the success of his comic strip, Peanuts, with examples.
Another redesign, the blog as a journal, the tumblelog as a scrapbook, and Clive Thompson on blogging less like a linkdump and more like an essayist.
Leland Myrick’s MISSOURI BOY started out as a batch of poems that he put together and made into a graphic novel.
Meg uses clip-art to make a comic about something I invented in a dream.
Excerpts from Lynda Barry’s two comic strip collections, GIRLS AND BOYS and EVERYTHING IN THE WORLD.
A comic where the character says, “I’m a vulgar man. Is that okay?”
Charles Schulz talking to Charlie Rose about cartooning, design, humor, sadness, and autobiographical details in Peanuts.
Sketchbook reviews of Douglas Wolk’s READING COMICS and Kurt Vonnegut’s SIRENS OF TITAN.
Baseball is a fundamentally dramatic game: every player gets to strut up to the plate and try to knock it out of the park.
Photobooth pictures from a wedding.
A sketchbook comic about the alleged “dark side” of Charles Schulz.
Julian Gough on the reason so many novels are tragic as opposed to comic, and why it doesn’t have to be that way.
In ten years of listening, Radiohead has never let me down.
Shalom Auslander on anger and the difference between an intellectual disbelief of God and an emotional belief in Him.
Adrian Tomine tells a story about overhearing a fellow diner in a restaurant tear his work to shreds.
George Saunders quotes Hemingway on significant details.
Blackout poem: “Big cat said he got bird flu from a super freaky gurl cat who requested anonymity because it was Big Cat that first made overtures so now…”
Blackout poem: “God help us / the story ends / no other way.”
On the best piece about Jack Kerouac’s ON THE ROAD that I’ve ever read.
A photographer’s wife who never said no to posing for a portrait.
Examples of comic artists drawing their significant other…
Blackout poem: “Gone is the night / gone is Washington / Gone is the most valuable player / the regulars will weep / trying to find the pirates who won…”
Sketchbook comics of a Scott McCloud lecture at the University of Texas.
Iron and Wine singer Sam Beam on selling out.
Everything from your haircut to your clothes to the type of instrument you play to the melody of a song to the rhythm — they’re all tricks to get people to pay attention to the story.
I like to draw while watching TV: I drew this while watching Ken Burns’ new documentary, which is quite good. The guy who told this story is a badass.
Kurt Vonnegut said that a question mark, an exclamation point and a period were the punctuation outline of a three-act story.
A sketchbook comic in which I try to catch the bus and fail.
Anders Nilsen on inspiration, not-knowing, art and religion, and disguising himself in his work.
A quote from David Heatley about how getting into graphic design influenced his comics work.
Thoughts on ZZ Top.
Chris Ware on the cartoonist as a combination of writer and artist, and Anders Nilsen on not-knowing.