Wednesday, March 31, 2004

On March 22nd, lots of people visited my website Antihero Comics. Other than that, it's a fairly lonely place. Maybe if I posted videos of me doing silly stuff, I'd get more "traffic". [such as this]

Of course, it's not necessarily about increasing traffic. It's about getting the right visitors (i.e. publishers with money looking for new talent and other comic book professionals). Of course, my friends can visit too.

Any suggestions on how I can make Antihero more appealing? [drop me an e-mail]

Tuesday, March 30, 2004

I guess I was "Fight Club" seven years before Fight Club was cool. Viva la Douglas Coupland! I read Generation X when it first came out in 1992. Check it out. (thanks Dan for the link)

In honor of the upcoming birth of my daughter, I was thinking about re-reading all of his books. Consider it a "centering" activity.

Interesting fact about Coupland (+)
He refuses to own furniture and is an avid meteorite collector.

Friday, March 26, 2004

Recommended Read:
Summer Blonde by Adrian Tomine

from Andrew Arnold's comix column for Time.com ~ What makes Tomine's work difficult for some is the naturalism. He tells stories that feel more like short exposures of ordinary people's lives, rather than plot-heavy adventures or overt comedy. These stories don't begin and end so much as fade in and out. Tomine explores nuance of character as revealed by life's more typical crises: losing a job, having an annoying neighbor or flirting with someone you shouldn't.

Tomine's drawings cap the naturalist style of the stories. He goes strictly for realism, using a fine pen to get all the details. You can even read the menu board behind the coffee counter. Angles, framing, and pace are all, for better or worse, at the service of the characters and story. While he may not win awards for graphic innovation, Tomine has a real talent for easy comix storytelling.

It would be too bad if the ambiguity and sadness of "Summer Blonde" scared you off. Adrian Tomine won't entertain you with a lot of snappy tricks. He's on to something that other comix artists haven't captured — a slacker generation growing older but not wiser.

Thursday, March 25, 2004

a great episode from This American Life

Wednesday, March 24, 2004

(via Monty Python)
"I am your king!"
"Well, I didn't vote for you."

Monday, March 22, 2004

hee-hee, swords are cool

Saturday, March 20, 2004

Stayed up late last night writing (wasn't able to manage the all-nighter... I suck) and I've been writing almost all day long. Took a break for humus and pita bread. I've been finishing some scripts. Started brainstorming a new story. I'm quite pleased with it so far.


Soundtrack inspired by Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.

Tuesday, March 16, 2004

Can't write. On vacation with Melissa in San Antonio. :)
Be home soon.

Thursday, March 11, 2004

Polyphonic Spree. Whenever I listen to them, I get a little teary eyed. If the world were perfect, it might sound like this.
Stop the FCC
This quote seems particularly true right now...

"The secret of teaching is to appear to have known all your life what you just learned this morning." -Author Unknown
I just signed up on Orkut. I click on "My Network". It entirely consists of Dan. Geez Dan, that's an awfully big responsibility you have there-- you are my network.

Tuesday, March 09, 2004

Hooray for Moldy Peaches!
video: Lucky Number Nine

Monday, March 08, 2004

It's kinda fun to watch people self destruct on their blogs-- sorta like simulated demonstrative suicide. Admit it. You like it too.
Andrew has begun his countdown of the top 100 rock/pop albums of all time. I was one of the judges. (woot!) I'll post my personal top 25 once Andrew is finished with the top 100. It's really a cool idea. I had a lot of fun making my list.

Wednesday, March 03, 2004

"Love, and be friends, as two such men should be." Julius Caesar, Act IV, Scene 2, line 128

I can't help but notice all the thinly veiled homosexual references within Shakespeare's Julius Caesar (esp. the argument between Cassius and Brutus in Act IV). Do teachers really know what they're teaching? If so, I don't know if the Texas Education Agency would promote such a progressive story.

You're David Copperfield!

by Charles Dickens

Coming up from a childhood that felt abusive, you have risen through
hard work to gain a place of stature in your life. You've spent altogether too much time
in factories and end up misspelling a fair number of words. But in general you are seen
as a beacon of hope for others who might not be as fortunate. Lots of people keep
mistaking you for a magician and are waiting for you to disappear.

Take the Book Quiz
at the Blue Pyramid.

And now for my semi-annual moment of Iron Giant appreciation--

"But how does one survive an atomic attack?", quote from classroom educational video

Tuesday, March 02, 2004

Finished reading Superman: Red Son a few nights ago.

Absolutely fascinating and well conceived allegory on the Cold War, the arms race, Big Brotherism, and the role of government in daily life.

Even if you're not a comic book geek, it's worth a read as Mark Millar take America's most endearing icon and re-imagines him as a communist in the Soviet Union.

Jeff is gay.

It is quite obvious to me that you are the one God has put on the earth to surf blogs and insure that His Holiness is preserved. At the same time I can’t help but note your tone, I think you are suppressing some feelings; I would encourage you to prayerfully consider your sexuality.

The rhythm of your words and the tone of your sentence structure leads me to believe you are fighting the urge to be attracted to people of your same sex. Please understand that I say this all with conviction in my heart and your best interest in my mind. May God Heal you of your suppressed homosexuality before it’s to late.

God Bless You.

Travis Henderson

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