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Cool Runnings

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I wasn’t sure how I was going to meet my blog quota, until I chatted with my friend about the marathon she’s running in Antarctica next year!

She Can Fly

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My last terrible Sandy gag, I promise. But I can’t promise it’ll be my last obscure reference.

Times Squarehead

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If emails and phone calls are any indication, everybody in California thinks I’m pinned under an oak tree. I should definitely do this tomorrow!

Hybrid Cartoon

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Wow, who knew Little Orphan Annie’s creator Harold Gray was on par with Nostradamus? Check out this classic strip that seems to predict the Frankenstorm!

The Calm Before The Stein

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I think you see where this is going. (Gotta give every storm a stupid nickname, right?) I’m a post behind, so I’ll post a finished version of this later today.

Mark’s Sketchbook Project

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A while back I signed up for the Sketchbook Project, a yearly venture of the Brooklyn Art House Co-op in which artists fill up sketchbooks that become part of a growing library of work that people can wander in and peruse. When you sign up, you can pick a category, and even before I signed up for a graphic novel course, I chose Narrative.

So, my first narrative will be a rough layout (somewhere between the thumbnails and the finished artwork) of my comic book, a little of which I worked on tonight.

Put On Your Procrastination Cap

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You know, I shouldn’t be so hard on myself for procrastinating. After all, I do have that pesky full-time job.

Nonetheless, I do need to come up with a look for my character before I proceed. This won’t be it, but it meets my blog quota!

A Comic’s Comic

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Another year, another Louis CK performance within walking distance of my apartment, and an excuse to draw him.

This drawing was kind of a botched attempt at using a dip pen and a brush. Actually, the brush part was fun, but I tried to do a little shading with the nib, which dispensed ink OK for about 10 minutes then quit. I’m sure it has something to do with me being an amateur, but I think the nibs might also be funky. I ordered them from England because it seemed like a lot of cartoonists in the 1950s used this particular nib (Gillott 290), but 60 years later, it’s probably one of those products that’s the same in name only.

I went back and did my shading with the dry brush instead.

Talking Bobbleheads

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I had a little downtime before the debate and sketched our anchor. With the photo comparison, I realize how little it actually looks like him, but I think I captured his soul. Or something. Yeah.