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  • i love my television

    on sundays i mostly do homework in preparation for class on monday nights. this usually involves charging up my laptop, relocating to the living room, and doing layouts while watching movies on cable.

    when i was younger, my parents used to buy tv guide and i, constantly hungry for reading material (seriously, i would read ANYTHING), would read it cover to cover. i would read it so thoroughly that it got to the point that i knew detailed, week-to-week plot summaries of shows i have never watched before in my life. kind of disturbing.

    this is a highlight of my senior year of college:

    tv_haiku

    translations:
    haiku #1: this is about me, the human tv guide
    haiku #2: i think this is a reference to saturday nights
    haiku #3: lack of tv sustenance brings about memories of the 80s MTV game show "remote control" starring ken ober and colin quinn (and occasionally adam sandler). one of my most favorite shows ever. seriously, i would have ruled that show. it helped that my dad had the computer game version and i would play it constantly on our apple 2e. was it just me, or were there an unproportional number of questions about erik estrada?
    haiku #4: you like the naked chef jamie oliver? me too.
    haiku #5: sad but true, even today

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  • friday the thirteenth +1

    i wanted to post this comic, which is about a truly unfortunate series of events during a morning commute, on friday the 13th, but that didn't happen. here it is anyway:

    surreal_1

    surreal_2

    this is 100% percent true and all happened one morning during the summer between junior and senior year of college. i was living in a sublet basement apartment in allston and commuting to my publishing internship every morning. i'm not sure why i didn't throw in the towel and go back home after all these gross events, i guess i was afraid i'd see the giant cockroach again.

    p.s. despite the fact that my parents thought that was the grossest apartment i ever lived in, that was the one and only time i ever saw a cockroach, even if it was the biggest cockroach in the world.

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  • obligatory sailor drawings

    being a port city, boston gets a ton of random military ships coming through. this activity reaches a ridiculous height in july (i think), when tons of sailors from all over the world step onto our shore wearing slightly-belled white pants for fleet week.

    coincidentally, sailors are some of my favorite stock male characters to draw (i also like drawing hartford whalers fan, guy in football uniform, sullen mod, and matinee idol with hilarious mustache), and the fleet week episode of sex and the city is the one i love most, and i once owned a vintage pair of navy issue wool sailor pants in high school. so when they're crawling all over town doing silly things while wearing those silly uniforms, it's almost too much inspiration.

    this comic (2 pages) is from the citronella one-shot comic book.

    sailor_1

    sailor_2

    comments:
    • every sailor there is inspired by actual events
    • sailors look really funny talking on payphones
    • sailors were, in fact, a staple of most crowd scene illustrations at the time
    • i do, in fact, cross my legs on the T
    • i love every drawing of pirates i have ever made

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  • 2 days, 2 comics

    since it's the weekend, here are two comics from the archives:

    veggie_attraction

    i'm not sure what i drew this for, but the technique (nib pen + ink) and subject matter (er, puns about love) suggest it was sometime during high school, at which time my friends and i maintained a list of ridiculous pickup lines we'd heard/knew of. also of note:
    1. potato necklace (top left) is a reference to an actual potato necklace that was sent to me by a girl named jackie who wrote a zine called cheshire.
    2. boy in polo shirt (also top left) is most definitely a boy named scott who i knew from ska shows. i don't remember being interested in him romantically, but he was fun to draw.
    3. gay rights t-shirt (middle left) is pretty random + awesome.
    4. dude in middle right panel looks like eric from "head of the class"
    5. naked tuna t-shirt (middle right) is a reference to my own comics in /nothing/ zine. more on that when i post some classic naked tuna.
    this next one is from college, and originally appeared in the citronella one-shot comic:

    troubador

    of note:
    1. this really happened, on bay state road on the BU campus.
    2. star market grocery bag!

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  • and so it begins

    i used to draw comics frequently in high school and college, and published a lot of them in my old zines, /nothing/ and red-hooded sweatshirt. those zines aren't being published or printed anymore, as things like school and work and a serious knitting obsession have taken over my time. i still draw a little, but it's nothing like the intense autobiographical chronicles i used to draw on a regular basis.

    my intent with this blog is to share the oldies, the favorites, the outtakes, and anything new i might feel like creating, complete with my commentary. hot dog! exciting.

    to start things off, here's a comic i made about a dream i had about hanging out with axl rose. the dream happened sometime in college (the comic was originally printed in rhs #4), but axl appeared as his 1989-91 self, classic axl, if you will.

    sweet dream_1

    sweet dream_2

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