not until you’ve heard Rakim on a rocky mountain top


I’m back from seeing the world. SF to savannah to Seattle and back to Canada.
I brought back a garbage bag full of comics.
I’ll have to write about it all more as I process it all.

Here’s some of the drawing me and Marian did in SF sitting at the Neon Monster table
and that’s Moritat with a fox.
fennec fox. I carry that picture in my wallet now.

and my road sketchbook-

Isotope comics in SF let me draw on a toilet seat to hang on their wall.

toilet seats are slippery and hard to draw on.
you can see the other seats here:
Comic Rockstars Toilet Seat Museum

Also In SF me and my pal Joe Keating got these fucking galactus sized pizza slices and watched the Spirit movie. I enjoyed the shit out of that film–the ass photocopying scene alone should get an Oscar eisner and tony baloney award.

And then on to Georgia:

Visiting SCAD (Savannah College of Art and Design) blew my mind.
I actually didn’t think a place like that existed.
It felt like Hicksville, the Dylan Horrocks book about the fictinal town where everyone
reads comics if it was set in Wet moon.(I think it’s where Ross based his book off of–so cool to see)

The whole place just moved different than I’m used to.
I went out walking along the cobblestone waterfront with a jazz horn playing in the
distance.I was wondering how anyone could even get into a fight in a town that mellow
and then the dude playing jazz switched to star wars music–mutherfucker.

Here’s a talk that I was in my first night there–im on the right.

You can hear it here:

I really liked the teachers students and the other guests.
I’m not used to getting along with comic people that much.

So much good comics coming out of there.
Here’s some art by one of the dudes I hung out with, Jeremy Sorese

more of his stuff here:

There’s that Saul Williams line “not until you’ve heard Rakim on a rocky mountain top
have you heard hip hop” that is how I felt about looking at Derek Kirk Kim origonals
in the airport on the way out of town.

siiggghhhh. if comics will break your heart then I’m still deep in the honeymoon phase.

Here’s some ish I’ve been reading since I got back-

I do like the Sienkiewicz cover but man this just reinforced all my worst
fears about how there’s like 2 dudes that can write decent Conan.

So Conan falls in a magic time well and ends up in NYC–right. cool.
But why the fuck do they think that a dude who wore nothing but furs and metal
would sudenly start rolling as swass as this–

I don’t like–well, pimps.

and the fucking cat? Was that part of his blending in to modern civilization.
Like “normally I don’t have a pet leopard but this is NYC soooooo.”

Conan doesn’t even wear a shirt why would he have a leopard?
It should really have just been called “What if Conan was retarded?”

Eventually it just degrades into some warriors bullshit.

and if that wasn’t shitty enough Captain America shows up.
Is he still dead?

shit, he’s not….

I stopped by my dear sweet mothers place and grabbed some of my old comics–

that high water mark of Shirow in the 80’s

And I really like these flashback fantasy shots from Cyber 7

And along with that What if Conan –Justin passed on a copy of Shonen Jump from 88.
Nerd gold.

Jump with City Hunter is about as good as it gets.

I thought this was funny how in the middle of a chapter of Bastard with the
dude carying around this girl like so much sholder porn–they just thought it was cool to put in a Margaret ad with an infantchild sholdered the same way.

And I liked this one page rabbit thing.

Another thing from my moms place–GRUNTS!
A mirage (TMNT) Studios anthropomorphic war anthology,

There’s a rad Peter Laird story in it with a Triceraton sargent talking about how
he lost his horn fighting space bears (Ursids!)
After breaking his horn off in one of their chests he goes back and
has it made into a knife. Badassery.

And here’s some early THB, I really like the old Pope stuff when it was all
furs and coffee. plus it’s nice to see a good photo cover.

Meanwhile back in vanoovverr james and Marley were making some impressive comics:

Stokoe’s forthcoming ORC STAIN

And some Marley stuff for FORGETLESS, a 5 issue mini-series coming from Image in December.

I hadn’t though about it before now but I like the contrast in how male and female J and M’s stuff is. mmmmm

Also I don’t type enough about Justin’s stuff on here, one of my favorate dudes on the planet.
He’s kind of the godfather of my group of dudes and he draws damned good too.

Here’s a King city painting he did-

Here’s his Deviantart-
and here too

And now I’m back in my place catching up on the million things I’m almost late on.
I think the neweset issue of Wizard magazine has a thing on King city. so weird.

Here’s an Appleseed thing I drew my last night in Seattle.
All or nothing, this is love.

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