kybearfuzz: (Bill the Cat)
It's only Tuesday. Ugh. It just seems like it is definitely crawling along.

  • Over the weekend, I helped my mom move to her new room at the nursing home. She had a single as long as she did rehab. When her rehab stint ended, she had to move into a room with a roommate. Change is not easy for anyone, so I went down to try to ease the transition, which was surprisingly easy. Mom was in good spirits and very clear-headed for a change. I found out last night through my sister that Mom had fallen in her new room, tumbling out of her wheelchair when she stood up to water her plant. As good as she's doing according to the physical therapist, the reality of it is that she cannot live on her own anymore. Luckily, nothing was broken this time.

  • I'm not feeling the post-issue malaise that usually comes with posting my comic book. I've been so busy on weekends and at work that I've not noticed. Tonight, with softball canceled due to rain, I found myself oddly out-of-sorts with nothing that I HAD to do.

  • My newest TV binge watching has been "Schitt's Creek". I've heard of this show for a couple of years, but I finally managed to buckle down and watch it. OMG! How have I missed this?? I've always been a fan of Eugene Levy (who is a wonderfully furry daddy bear) and Catherine O'Hara. Levy's son Daniel also stars and writes the series, and he's very handsome and furry himself. The comedy is both silly and biting. The story of a very rich family who loses it all and has to move to a rural community is prime with possibilities. Seasons 1 and 2 are on Netflix streaming, season 3 is on DVD right now.

  • I'm teaching class next week. We usually have 5 or 6 instructors for 30 students, but several of the instructors are unavailable, so we're down to three instructors and one newbee, so I'll be teaching half of the class this round. I'll tell the students to set their universal translators to "hillbilly" (*writing down this joke for class*)
kybearfuzz: (Workout)
Yesterday, I went to the gym for the first time in a couple of months. I work out regularly, but I often do cardio by running outside or lift free weights at home. I joined Planet Fitness back in January because I needed to change things up and a place to get my cardio in when the weather was nasty. For the first six weeks, I was in a great routine. However, with Mom's stroke and broken hip, the aftermath of her hospital stay, the flooding at my house, the washing machine, and other bits of family-related drama, the gym visits fell to the wayside. It was just easier to work out at home and then deal with the other things.

Yeaterday's visit was perfect really. In my absence, the New Years resolution folks have bailed and the gym is a more manageable environment. I grabbed a bench in the free-weight area to get some chest presses in next to a very brawny daddy bear, then hit some of the chest and back machines. I finished out with some cardio and an episode of "Bob's Burgers."

When I got home, I mowed the yard in anticipation of rain. I got my shower and hunkered down for some coloring of comic pages, while watching both "Friday the 13th" and "Friday the 13th Part 2."

I feel pretty good today. Seriously, why should that surprise me so much?
kybearfuzz: (Mark at 43)
I was re-reading some of my Justice League of America comics, admiring the artwork by a younger George Perez, when I pulled one of the pre-Perez issues where the artwork was done by the late Dick Dillin. I loved Dillon's work on JLA. He drew over 100 issues of the comic from 1968 to 1980.

His artwork was one of the first introductions to comic books. Way back in the late 1970s, I went to yard sale at one of our neighbor's home. Among the multitude of junk was a handful of comic books. I had started picking up a few comics here and there after my cousins had bought me my first Wonder Woman comic, so I recall being excited to see them. Among them was Justice League of America #165 below. Being a huge Superfriends cartoon fan, I snatched up that comic for a dime and took it home.

JLA 165 Cover

The comic introduced me to several superheroes I didn't really know, like Elongated Man, Red Tornado, and Zatanna, and had my favorites present, Superman, Batman, and especially Wonder Woman. The artwork definitely intrigued me, as I'd not seen this kind of action on paper before.

JLA 165 Interior

I mean, Wonder Woman on FIRE! How could that not draw my attention! Art-wise, I also learned the importance of the under-boob shadow, a technical piece of cartooning that I use to this day. The story made me look for the previous issue and eventually to others.

Sadly, Dick Dillin passed away from a heart attack in 1980. He was in the middle of the annual summer JLA-JSA team-up, so DC brought in George Perez to finish it up, which was the start of Perez's run on the comic. I'd enjoy getting a piece of original Dick Dillin artwork, but from what I've seen it is pretty expensive. It makes me happy that I got the original art from Perez already.
kybearfuzz: (Comic Book Bears)
After attending the horrible Cincinnati Comic-Con a couple of weeks back, I was excited to go to the Cincinnati Comic Expo this weekend. Historically, the Expo has always been a good time, it has great creators come to the show and the number of vendors rarely disappoints.

And this year was no different. This year's big attendee was none other than Stan Lee himself. I hit multiple comic book vendors before running to the ever-handsome Derek ([ profile] _decibel_). Wearing our superhero shirts (he in Superman and me in Green Lantern), we went around and around this afternoon, looking at comic books, cute bears in attendance, and up to 20 different Harley Quinn cosplayers. There were more of a few examples of spandex abuse, but a lot of other that looked great. I found a lot of good buys, but am still missing a few things on my list of comics to get. Derek got a cool "Thor's Hammer" ring and some fun tee-shirts, as well as meeting artist Darryl Banks and getting some Green Lantern comics signed.

My messenger bag was getting heavy and my feet tired, so we walked to Starbucks for some frappacinos and air conditioning. After dropping off my first buys to my car, we went around the expo for another hour or so.

I have quite a few comics to read now, so I'm a happy kid again. And I'm already looking forward to next year.
kybearfuzz: (Comic Book Bears)
So I got up this morning feeling better, after catching a quick bug the other day. I worked out and mowed the yard, feeling a bit energized. I grabbed lunch and drove to the Cincinnati Comicon (the "Con") held in Northern KY. I had not attended this particular comic book convention before, but I had a list of comics I wanted to get and though I could grab some deals.

After spending $35 to get in and $5 for parking, I went inside, grabbed a vendor map, and started my shopping journey. And was bitterly disappointed.

The "Con" was very heavy on the creators and very light on the back issue vendors. I found a few good deals at one table, but didn't want to spend all my money in one place, so I ventured to look for others. There was only one other vendor with a huge supply of back issues, but he's local and I've already seen his goods in his store. The other handful listed as "vendors" basically had about 10-12 long boxes of comics, which is almost nothing, and certainly not enough to pay for the rental space.

I was there for maybe an hour, spent $27, stopped by Starbucks for a Frap that the barista screwed up, and went home for a nap.

The "Con" was a waste of time. The Comic Expo in two weeks is usually much more fun.

Lesson learned.
kybearfuzz: (Knowledge)
I originally had two separate entries to post about work, but both of them seem so negative that I didn't feel like spraying that around. So instead, here's some bits and pieces of the week:

  • Now that Issue #20 of my comic book is out, I am feeling a bit of the post-issue malaise that comes with it. Working on the comic book engulfs a lot of my free time when I'm working on an issue, so the sudden flood of free time throws me. I tried to draw some cartoons, but the ideas just don't seem to come. The well feels somewhat dry.

  • I am enjoying the 2nd "season" of "RuPaul's Drag Race All-Stars," but I swear I think there must have been a sale on lip injections. A lot of the queens have been visiting their plastic surgeon to get those lips plumped up and it seems to throw off their faces when they are out of drag. Seriously, Alaska and Adore Delano are fish-lipping it. I'm thankful my full lips are natural :D

  • Got my full 5K run into today without taking a break. I'm going to pay for that tomorrow, but I'm feeling accomplished today.

  • The Midwest Invitational Softball Tournament (MIST) is this weekend! I am playing for the team I may be switching to next year. I've got the jersey already. I'm looking forward to it and I'm looking forward to meeting the visiting teams. We are playing in the lowest level, recreational bracket, so I expect lots of campy fun.

  • I took all next week off. I have four weeks of vacation time I need to burn before the end of the year, but I've been too busy to take it. I will be off a lot in the next four months. Definitely a first world problem, but a great one to have.

  • Pride Night at King's Island is next Friday! Six hours of no lines for rides, beautiful bears everywhere, great friends visiting to go, and Lady Bunny will be performing!
kybearfuzz: (Movie Buff)
I'm three pages away from having the interior pages of my next comic book issue done. I've spent a lot of time on them today, getting eight pages colored today, as well as getting some laundry and house cleaning done. My desire to have the pages done has to slow down a bit, as I worry that my coloring gets sloppy if I push myself. I'll have it done this week.

While I've been coloring away, I've been watching some of the best (or worst, depending on your point of view) horror movies. Today's list includes:

  • "My Bloody Valentine" -- the 2009 version. It's very well-written, containing a bit of humor in some places, along with some inventive scares. There is a scene where a young lady, after having sex with a hunky bald dude and realizing the dude had videotaped their rendezvous, goes after him to get the video tape while wearing nothing but a pair of high heels. The credits actually thanks the wife of Todd Farmer (the bald dude, who wrote the film) for allowing them to film him naked.

  • "Children Shouldn't Play With Dead Things" - A 1972 zombie flick about a group of theater players who go to an island cemetery to invoke the devil to raise the dead with some deadly results. It's poorly acted with some really bad early 70's fashions, which means I love it!

  • "Deathdream" -- A 1974 horror gem, written and directed by the same guys who did the "Children Shouldn't Play With Dead Things" movie. This movie deals with a soldier who returns home to his family who believed him dead. The problem is that he is dead and must kill to keep from rotting. It's an interesting flick, because the mother overlooks the obvious problems with him while the father can't help but notice that things are wrong. Side fact: The aforementioned director is Bob Clark, who directed 1974's "Black Christmas" (my favorite), "Porky's," and, most famously, "A Christmas Story."

  • "R.I.P.D." -- The 2013 box office bomb starring Ryan Reynolds and Jeff Bridges as two supernatural police officers who must arrest and capture the dead who roam the world. It's not a perfect movie, obviously, but it has some fun bits and I'm always a fan of Reynolds.

Ugh... Monday is tomorrow. I am so not ready to go back to work, but I'm like that most Sunday nights.
kybearfuzz: (Comic Book Bears)
I've always enjoyed the Giffen-era "Legion of Super-Heroes" from back in the 1980s. I loved the artwork. It was the era when I started reading the Legion, learning about how each Legionnaire had to have one unique power to belong, sometimes with heroes only having one power.

Duo DamselSometimes the heroes had some pretty weak powers. Duo Damsel was one of those, having the ability to split into two identical selves, each having no other power. While in reality, it would be a very cool and practical power, being able to get so much more done. In the comic book world, it hardly put her at Superman levels. Still she was a favorite of mine.

One of my favorite quotes was from Duo Damsel.

"The best part of the LSH is how heroes with relatively weak powers can combine to become highly effective."

I enjoyed how a hero with a single power could be useful in certain circumstances. So for fun, in the comments, tell me your power and your "kid, boy, girl..." code-name. Remember, you have to have a power no one in the Legion has to be eligible to be Legionnaire.

Mine would be "Replay Lad," who had the power of psychometry, allowing him to see past events when he touched objects or people. And of course, he could fly using the Legion flight ring.

The Good...

Mar. 6th, 2016 11:11 am
kybearfuzz: (Pride Purple 2013)
I've been out of communication for a bit this past week. It's been a busy one. Sorry for the bullets, but it probably is the best way to put it all together.

  • I flew out to the Seattle, WA area for work this week. The purpose of the trip was a planning meeting for the computer class I help teach in Washington, DC. We have to submit a design package to make sure the students can get their CEUs for the course. The package necessitates that we change a few things for the class and it was a great opportunity to get together face-to-face to revise and update the materials. It was good to see the other instructors and it was my first time to the Seattle area. I didn't get to do much sightseeing because our schedule was pretty packed.

  • Last Wednesday night, I did manage to spare an evening and have dinner with [ profile] clintswan! Clint and I have been LJ and FB friends for years, but we've never met in person. The fact that he lived in the Seattle area completely escaped me, so I was happy that he messaged me. We had a great dinner and caught up a bit.

  • During the week, I managed to get several pages of the next issue of my comic book inked. I only have about seven pages left to do, which was not easy to do on a plane.

  • Speaking of LJers, [ profile] mikiedoggie sent me a message earlier in the week to see if I was going to be home. Mike came to Cincinnati and hung out with me for the weekend. We went to dinner Friday night at "The Tilted Kilt," which is basically a Hooters with a Scottish theme. Saturday was meeting LJers Derek ([ profile] _decibel_ and Chris ([ profile] kybigstew) at the Incline Public House, which was where the two of them got married last year. They were a bad influence as they convinced me to get a new iPhone 6s. Last night, Mike, Derek and Chris, and I met up with Brian ([ profile] cincycub) and his BF Justin and some other local friends for a Thai dinner. It was a good time.
kybearfuzz: (Bitter Bitchie)
This is certainly a slow time of year for me. It's post-holidays, trying to get back on the routines and such. Here are a few odds and ends of the last few days.

  • I slept a lot this weekend. I'm not sure what was up. Just felt the urge to sleep in, to nap, etc. I often blame the changes in the weather, which seems to be swinging back and forth between mild and freezing.

  • On Saturday, I did manage to squeeze in a matinee of "Pride & Prejudice & Zombies". Zombies are running rampant in 19th Century London and the ladies of high society are brought up training to be warriors as well as proper women. The previews in the States have made it more of a horror movie, but there is a fair amount of comedy. The action scenes are fun as well. The reviews have been mixed, but I enjoyed it.

  • I've been drawing Issue #19 of "Grizzly and The Bear Patrol." I'm over half-way through on the penciling work. Strangely, it's coming very easily for me.

  • Time is flying by and I nearly forgot to draw my annual anti-Valentine starring my Goth-spinster alter-ego Bitchie Ann McSourpuss. I got the idea for this one from an ad on TV. I do think that the fact Valentine's Day and "Spay and Neuter Month" coincide in February is wonderfully ironic.

    A Bitchie Valentine 2016
kybearfuzz: (Comic Book Bears)
I have had a lot of discussions among my comic book-collecting friends and the local comic book store owners about what I have viewed as a decline in the quality of what used to be the most popular comic books. One store owner told me that DC and Marvel aim for a 12-issue or so story-arc so they can generate trade paperbacks, that continuing storylines are too hard to maintain and that one-shot issues are nearly non-existent.

It's one of the things I've done with my own comic is to try to bring back some of that feeling. I generate write standalone issues, or maybe two or three issue arcs, but then back to the single story. It's how the comic books were when I was a kid and I loved it.

Such changes have led to a dwindling of my comic purchases. I have started learning more toward independent comics, horror comics, etc., instead of DC and Marvel.

Today I was reading a Facebook article with a link to Bleeding Cool, a comic book blog, that echoed a lot of the discussions I've had recently:

One of the discussion points the article brings up is the decline in the quality of artwork, specifically with Marvel Comics, where it's coming across as cartoonish and manga-esque. I was having a similar discussion with [ profile] aceofspace a few weeks ago, saying that the comic art was shying away from realistic styles. One of my comments to him was that I felt the artwork for a lot of comics were ... well... sloppy. Of all the comic book artists out there competing for the opportunities to draw comics, I found it surprising that these artists were getting the work.

Art is in the eye of the beholder, but it was interesting to read such validating statements in the blog.

I've not given up comic book collecting, but the volume had definitely changed. I'll be very curious what the two big comics will try to woo readers back. I do worry if it might be too late.
kybearfuzz: (Bag Hag)
Nothing major happened this week. It's been busy at work and I've been relatively tired when I get home from work. A few naps occurred. Here are some bits and pieces of news and other things I remember (so far):

  • Glenn Frey of the Eagles passed away this week. During my teenage years, his hits "The Heat is On" and "You Belong to the City" were popular thanks to the movie "Beverly Hills Cop" and the show "Miami Vice." I remember thinking that he was very handsome and I enjoyed his videos for the music and the eye candy. It's rather sad when artists you sort of grew up with start passing away. It brings your own aging to the forefront.

  • I have managed to get the next issue of "Grizzly and The Bear Patrol" plotted out. Hopefully, I'll have the pages plotted out and can start drawing soon. However, I've been in a bit of a drawing slump of late. After the 365 days of cartooning, I guess I subconsciously took a bit of break.

  • Caribou Barbie (aka Sarah Palin) endorsed Donald Trump for President. What a spectacle... As one circulating online meme states, "Hot Mess Endorses Dumpster Fire!" I snort-laughed at the one, which almost never happens. Since McCain lost the presidential election with her as a running mate, I don't see her endorsement as a positive one for Trump. I dread the election season. It makes us look so ridiculous to other countries.

  • I've been binge-watching "Criminal Minds" and "Keeping Up Appearances" on Netflix. How is that for two ends of the spectrum in terms of entertainment.

  • The snow is a-coming apparently. The volume keeps changing, but it looks like my area will be getting around 6 inches. The rest of KY is looking at much more. Luckily, I've already been to the store for groceries. Friday is looming, so I'm good with the snow.
kybearfuzz: (Grizzly 3)
From the Golden Age to the Bronze Age of comic books, every superhero had a collection of villains who took turns irritating their heroic foe. I think the Flash has the largest group, but really each one of them has a stable of super villains to fight, otherwise it would look like Spy vs. Spy all the time.

Some of the villains are pretty cool, while others come across as though the writers didn't give them much thought. Some of them border on the ridiculous. Even some that are respected now were a little silly if you give them a bit of thought. Could someone really create the Penguin these days and take him seriously (and I mean how he looks stereotypically in history)? What about Egg Fu, the egg-shaped Asian foe of Wonder Woman? I often wonder if the writers, under deadline, didn't just create a throw-away villain in some stories. Admittedly, if the comic was a bit campy, a campy villain would be fun.

Madame Banana
Madame Banana

Sitting in front of the TV the other night, this character came to mind. I thought the name was so silly, but funny. I drew a rough sketch that made me laugh too. I can't imagine she'd be taken seriously as a villain. Tonight, I sat down and drew her out as a serious villain. It helps, but it's still just too weird. The big black banana behind her didn't help. I may use her as a distraction villain in my comic, the side story to move things along while the real story takes place.

Can you imagine her powers? Maybe she could make people slip and fall. Or maybe she's has an arsenal of banana-themed gadgets, like the banana ray (they could look like half-peeled bananas), the banana copter, etc. Perhaps she turned to a life of crime after being rejected for the Fruit-of-the-Loom commercials.
kybearfuzz: (TV)
After the Thanksgiving holiday week, I spent a lot of time catching up on my DVR. One of the perks of this time of year is that a lot of series are hitting their mid-season finales, which frees up a lot of time from TV to watch other things.

I went through my Netflix and finally decided to watch Jessica Jones, after reading rave reviews by various folks on Facebook. I hadn't read the comic book, but I was familiar with the character and I could see it would make for a great series.

Admittedly, I was hooked after the first episode. Krysten Ritter plays the damaged superhero/private investigator really well. She comes across as tough, but cautious; caustic, but vulnerable. The supporting cast is just as good. David Tennant as Kilgrave (the Purple Man from the comics) is especially villianous.

The first season only has 13 episodes and I've been trying to meter out my watching of them. I have three episodes left and I'll probably go through those this weekend.

With this series being so good, I am now planning on watching the Netflix "Daredevil" series next, as I've heard good things about that one too.
kybearfuzz: (Wonder Woman)
Back in the late 1960's/early 1970's, DC Comics made the decision to have Wonder Woman give up her Amazon powers (as the result of the Amazons leaving this dimension for another) to stay in "Man's World." Without her powers, Wonder Woman left the Justice League and opened a mod-fashion boutique. She trained with a mysterious martial artist named I Ching and became an adventurer, fighting street thugs and the occasional spy. Comparisons to Emma Peel of The Avengers TV-show were made. The title of her comic became "Diana Prince: Wonder Woman" and she did not use her Wonder Woman alias.

Recently, I bought three trades of the Wonder Woman series from this era. I was curious, having only read sporadic issues I bought here or there, how the series ran. In my opinion, the writing and artwork for the series was better than it had been, but Diana Prince still lingered in the shadow of the super-powered Wonder Woman and it's hard to say that the latter wasn't missed. According to history, even Gloria Steinem called in to DC to complain about Wonder Woman's power loss.

Wonder Woman Hot Pants
Between crime-fighting battles, Diana Prince worried about her hot pants orders.

Diana Prince wasn't left out of the DC continuity though. She teamed up with Superman and Batman on occasion in their respective books, still being referred to as Wonder Woman. She also appeared in the Justice League of America comic during one of the summer JLA/JSA crossovers.

The power loss lasted for around 23 issues of her book. Eventually, Diana regained her Amazon powers and rejoined the Justice League as Wonder Woman.

Whether the "Diana Prince" path was a good creative decision for DC has been long-debated. Many considered it a brave choice for the time, bringing in a then-modern and original storyline. Others have stated that the most iconic superheroine in comics had been defanged, pointing out that the writers wouldn't have done this sort of thing to Superman.

In reading it myself, I think the stories were good (okay, minus the hotpants panel above), but I think DC could have very easily created a new heroine to be the mod-super spy. One thing I think the change did do was force the comic to be more modern in its approach, maybe even more gritty, which it sorely needed.
kybearfuzz: (Comic Book Bears)
Here are a few odds and ends of the week so far (and it's only Tuesday):

  • Saturday, I went to see a matinee of Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension. The reviews have been poor for the flick, but since I've seen all of the others, I wanted to watch it. And not subject others to it. It's not the worst of the series, but far from the best. The only positive was the eye candy, as the two guys playing the lead brothers were very hot, both sporting facial hair and had good bodies.

  • Since the matinee was a bit of a bust, I opted to watch my favorite movie Saturday night, Black Christmas (1974). It being November, it seemed appropriate to watch a movie that's a mix of Halloween and Christmas. I do love that flick. Part of me wishes that the awful remake in 2006 had been a sequel instead.

  • On Sunday, the Kickstarter for the first issue of "The Crime Fighter Inquiry" closed. It was written by [ profile] boomerz1 and drawn by yours truly. The issue has been sitting on the shelf for a few months, but because of our busy schedules, we've not been able to get things moving on it. The Kickstarter finished at 214% above the set goal, which was very exciting. So, we'll be working on finishing up the issue (one of the incentives offered was to have yourself drawn into the comic) and then we'll be working on printing and promotion.

  • Monday was kind of ... meh, but Mondays are like that.

  • One of the things I've seen in the news of late was the Starbucks cup debacle. Debacle is a strong word for what essentially stupid, overly religious nutjobs trying to make drama and a name for themselves. The relatively plain cup doesn't have any major holiday symbols, so one particular douchebag has decided that this is Starbucks taking Christ out of Christmas, or some other tired rhetoric. He even thought he was clever for telling the barista that his name was "Merry Christmas" to get them to write it on the cup. He was proud of that. Ummm.. they'll write whatever you want, and often misspell it, and you PAID for the coffee, so... yeah... you showed them. *snark*

  • I'm off work tomorrow. I'm pretty happy about that. Sleeping in is a wonderful thing.
kybearfuzz: (Comic Book Bears)
After publishing the comic last week, I've been in a bit of a malaise. [ profile] prisoncitybear coined the term "post-artum depression," the little bit of sadness after finishing an art project and the excitement dies down. That and some work stresses have left me feeling a bit out of sorts.

Today, I went out for a coffee and planned to do a bit of drawing. On the way, I stopped off at a local comic book shop and picked up a few titles. The shop guy and I started having a discussion after he asked me if I had seen this book or that book.

I told him that a lot of the current titles out didn't appeal to me anymore. The characters were the same in name, but, thanks to all the rebooting (which seems to happen twice a year or so), that's all that was familiar to me. For example, I told him that I wasn't an overall fan of the New 52 when it started. I told him that I lamented the loss of continuity and comic book history. Wonder Woman was particularly rough. She had gone from the "fight the war with love" character to being a vicious, almost callous, warrior. And she wasn't the only one. The clerk told me that the most recent "reboot" has Black Canary as the singer in a band with a mysterious history. No longer the wig-wearing wonder in fishnets, I was saddened by this desperate attempt to appeal to a new audience. Why can't DC just create new characters with new names and history? I'm sure the familiar name sells, but it seems to be a temporary boost in sales.

(I could make the same argument for the new "Jem and the Holograms" movie, but that's a separate post in itself.)

The clerk said something that made perfect sense in a way. He says that each title that comes out has a shelf-life of its own. He told me that most titles are lucky to make it to two years before the comic book company revamps or restarts it. It seems that the younger, modern-day reader has a short attention span when it comes to comics and maintaining their interest is nearly impossible. Per the clerk, a lot of new comics are automatically limited series.

I had recognized this phenomenon myself actually, but didn't realize it was so wide-spread. Most comic books are on-going stories, almost like serials, where the tales are continuous. Missing an issue means missing out on the continuity and getting lost. I told him that most of the comics I had bought were one-shot comics, or comics with short tales in them. When I started reading comics, stories were distinct from issue to issue (except for two or three-parters). If you missed an issue, the next issue was a separate story or adventure. My web-comic is like that too for the most part. Interest didn't seem like it waned so easily.

Where will comic books go from here? Who knows. I just wonder if this new business model has made me outgrow comic books for the most part.

After purchasing my comics, I made it to the bookstore for coffee and did some drawing of my own. With Halloween approaching, a lot of my drawings have been horror/sci-fi related. This one came to mind today and I put a bit of humor in it. I called it "Probe."

297 - Probe
kybearfuzz: (Armed)
I seem to be lacking for topics to write about. Well, that and the time. I've been spending a lot of my free time drawing and inking the next issue of my comic. Between my trying to get back into the swing of work after my time off and getting the house back in order after being gone, it seems that each day seems to evaporate a bit.

All of the pages for the comic book are inked and scanned, so now I get to start coloring pages. At an hour a piece, it'll take me around 24 hours to finish. My goal is to get the comic book done by the end of October.

Speaking of comic books, a comic book project I've been working on with Bill ([ profile] boomerz1) is coming to fruition. Bill and I put together a six page preview called "The Crime Fighter Inquiry: Prologue," which got published in a comic anthology a couple of years back. Since it was published, Bill wrote a first issue and I did the art for a first issue. Bill launched a Kickstarter for it this week. Funding seems to be coming along. Bear Nerd, a bear-centric pop culture website in Brazil, will be interviewing Bill on Saturday about it (and me if I can get the app to work). They interviewed me a couple of years ago about "Grizzly and the Bear Patrol" and they are great guys.

Tonight, I going to start the coloring and am digging through my usual stack of DVD's to occupy my side-eye as I'm working on it. I've been catching up on a British mystery series, "Rosemary & Thyme," about gardening detectives. I saw the premiere of the show when I was traveling through England in 2003 and grew to love it (no pun intended). I have the DVD sets, but they are also on Netflix. I also have a few horror flicks to pick through. More than a few actually.

Thankfully it is nearly Friday. I'm looking forward to the weekend.
kybearfuzz: (Canada)
Sorry for another "bulleted" entry. I was out of town for a large chunk of the week, so I didn't have a chance to write up anything.

  • I spent a lot of Monday and Tuesday nights inking pages for the next issue of "Grizzly & The Bear Patrol." Inking usually doesn't take as long as penciling pages, but I end up doing a lot of correcting and adding details on the way.

  • Wednesday, I flew out to Ottawa, Ontario, Canada to hang out for a few days with [ profile] brownbearon. He was a great host and tour guide. He took me around to many of the Ottawa sights and a couple of jaunts to Quebec which is across the Ottawa River. Many photos were taken. I'll be fixing them up to post soon. I also chatted a bit with Ken (former LJ-User "Ottawacub") on Friday night, who said he would have come out to meet us but he was a bit tipsy after a glassblowing class he is in.

  • Saturday, I flew home and it took FOREVER! After clearing security and customs, the first flight ran late. So I had to race through the Washington-Dulles airport to meet my connection. I arrived at the gate to find it was delayed by a 1/2 hour. A group of Canadian students heading to New Orleans were not so lucky, as their boarding time started before they even got off the Ottawa flight. I had a few minutes, so I ran to their gate and told the gate agent that the students were getting their bags and were on their way. She said they'd wait for them and I hope she meant that. I finally got home at 8 PM. I was beat.

  • Sunday, I skipped my workout (I counted the run through the airport Saturday as a "workout"). I ate lunch and went to see matinee of "The Green Inferno". A young (and stupid) girl crushes on a guy who runs a group that wants to protect a Peruvian tribe from deforestation. He's a douche, has a bitch girlfriend, and treats the group like they are stupid. And yet, they all fall under his spell, sign up to travel to Peru, and chain themselves to the bulldozers while posting their activities to the web. Patting themselves on the back for their efforts, they try to fly back to the city and crash in the South American rain forest. There, the survivors are captured by the very tribe they went to protect and bad things begin to happen. Yeah, it's very gross. The plot is predictable. And the acting for some of the cast was questionable (I'm being kind). However, there were a couple of very handsome bears and cubs in the group of survivors, so at least the eye candy was good. My favorite is a bearded Chilean actor Nicolas Martinez. And it's set up for a sequel I think.

    Nicolas Martinez
    Nicolás Martínez in "Aftershock"

    I spent the rest of the day doing laundry, inking comic pages, and watching TV. I was still beat from the day before. I decided to bail on work on Monday. I have a lot of vacation time to burn still, so I figured why not.

  • Today was a relaxing kind of day. I got a chest and back workout in, showered, had lunch, and sat at Barnes & Noble with an iced coffee and inked more comic pages. I finished them up tonight while catching up on my Netflix. It's been a good day.
kybearfuzz: (Comic Book Bears)
It's been a pretty busy weekend, but a great one.

Saturday, I spent a bit of time working on inking the next comic book issue and then went to meet the "Cincinnati MovieBears" for a showing of Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials. I admit that I wasn't sure how good this movie was going to be. The first Maze Runner flick was so-so, but the reviews promised a lot of action, which is a good draw for the bears. And it didn't disappoint. I won't run through the story, but it definitely was action-packed. Overall, it was better than the first one and most of the attending crew seemed to enjoy it. After the movie, we went to a restaurant, ate too much greasy food, and ogled the hot bearded guys working or eating the restaurant.

Sunday, Derek ([ profile] _decibel_) and I braved downtown Cincinnati to go to the Cincinnati Comic Expo. It was rough getting down there as the comic expo was going on, Oktoberfest on Fountain Square was going on, and there was a Cincinnati Bengals game that day too. So parking and traffic was horrible and the parking costs elevated.

However, getting to the Expo after lunch was easy and fun. We walked around to see the stuff available and watch the cosplay folks running around. We got some tee-shirts, comic books, and a poster or action figure or two. Overall, it was entertaining. We starting taking some goofy photos here and there. I posted a few on Flickr. You can see the set by clicking on the photo below:

In Original Packaging
In Original Packaging - Click for the Photo Set

Now we go back to work. Fun fun fun. Weekends just go by so fast.


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