Another pencil piece from some years back. Sorry about the late upload
As many of my readers know, I’ve been working double shifts for months to complete the Stan Lee graphic novel memoir. The colorists just turned in the final pages.
This project had an incredibly tight deadline, and I could not have done it without Allan Harvey, who not only did the lettering, but the bulk of the continuity edits, and trafficking. Bill Farmer did most of the color, but Val Trullinger stepped in at the last minute to hurry things along and do some really terrific splash pages and important technical work.
I worked up to 112 hours a week on this. I don’t want to be doing that again any time soon, but it was worth it. The book is in the can. I don’t think I’ll be complaining about 50-60 hour work weeks again any time soon, either. I was really flattened by this schedule. I’ve worked 100 hour weeks before, but not for months at a time. It really gets to you. I think I’ll be awhile recovering from this!
The art is a lot cartoonier than my normal work, fun and speedy. I hope you like it.
It’s back to finishing the Neil Gaiman graphic novel and moving on to other projects. I’m booked full on for some time, and discussing what to do in future as well. Lots of announcements coming, and now, with more time to work on A DISTANT SOIL again.
I apologize for the radio silence and the late shipping on posters and books. I have not left the house in weeks. Today, I am going to see a movie. Then, back to work.
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Am I the only one who remembers this movie? Rock-N-Roll Nightmare aka Edge of Hell. One of the worst films ever made, and so funny I nearly peed laughing at it.
Here, star Jon-Mikl Thor appears as Triton. This dude used to travel to conventions playing up his…um…resemblance to Thor.
The film features an epic climactic battle between a chicken-legged Satan, Aquaman-style demon starfish throwing darts, and drooling squeaky hand puppets. It’s the Best Bad Movie Ever.
I swear there is actually a demon-possessed roast chicken in case you get hungry. The chicken tries to bite someone as they reach in the fridge to get a coke. Because the denizens of hell are attracted to poultry. And the mouth of horror appears in the chicken’s ass. I guess no one thought to stuff that.
Sorry for the spoiler.
I’ve never understood demon logic. If you can animate a roast chicken, why don’t you just stop someone’s heart and drag their carcass to hell?
If you can get past the interminable opening sequence of squeaky violin music and the view out the windshield of a car, you are in for a uniquely awful treat.
As many of my readers know, I’ve been struggling with migraines since I was a teen. Over ten years ago, they became chronic, with migraine attacks up to 21 days a month.
This pretty much made it impossible to work.
I racked up a lot of medical bills, huge debt from lost income, and was thinking maybe I’d have to ditch the art career. I am still paying some of those bills!
A few years ago, I began to get semi-effective treatment, and while I never went back to 21 days a month, I still had serious migraine issues. Every time I’d start a new treatment, I’d improve for a few months, and then have a bad bout again.
Back in January, I had surgery to remove a lump on my head, and suddenly, my migraines went away for about a month. I wondered if the lump was pressing a nerve or something. While I still get migraines, I get fewer of them, and when I get them they are not nearly as bad as before.
I really don’t think the removal of the growth on my noggin has had nearly as much to do with the decrease in frequency and pain as the thyroid treatment I began getting in January, only about a week before I had the surgery.
All these years my doctors have treated the migraines. But apparently, I’ve had a thyroid condition for some time. This can cause migraines, in addition to lots of other symptoms, that I’ve been struggling with for a long time.
I have never in my adult life been migraine free for a full 30 days. And while I did have at least 8 over 30 days in April, all were very mild and only two needed prescription medication.
More importantly, I now work with a focus and speed I have not possessed since the early 1990’s. I am really surprised by this. There is no way I could produce comic art at this rate 5 years ago. I no longer suffer the debilitating brain fog and fatigue I once suffered daily.
If you are experiencing brain fog, fatigue, low body temperature, low heart rate, low blood pressure, and migraines, you might want to see an endocrinologist. Not saying this will work for you, but it has made a big difference for me.
My doctors kept treating the migraines without looking for another cause. I was put on beta blockers which lowered my heart rate so much I passed out. They also made me violently ill.
And yet all this time it appears my thyroid condition, which is relatively mild, has been the source of many of my issues. My doctor did not see fit to treat this at first because it was “mild”. But “mild” imbalances have big effects on different people.
I’m not saying thyroid treatment will work for you, but if you have migraines, you might want to have this checked out. I can hardly believe something so minor, and so easily addressed, has made such an enormous difference in my quality of life! And that it was overlooked for so long. If the test had not been a requirement of a routine health screening for my insurance policy, it might never have been addressed.