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Oleander and Mint

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Back in my first Indie Comics Etsy haul I also ordered Oleander & Mint.  I had gone out in search of this after meeting the writer through my husband, and it deserves a post separate from the haul.

It reminds me of Faulkner, or more specifically of As I lay Dying.  It is filled with beautiful desolate characters and an almost stream of consciousness narrative, and contrasted with lovely, graphic, and stylized illustrations.  I very heartily recommend it.

The web site is fabulous as well.  It will tempt you into spending oodles of time there.  Buy the book at the Oleander & Mint Etsy Shop.


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Year of the Dragon

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Happy Year of the Dragon!  I got all year to say it, so its ok that I’m late.  🙂

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore

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The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore on Vimeo is beautiful and lovely as it sneaks up on you and makes you cry.


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Over at Boing Boing Cory Doctorow has issued a call to arms:   Today is the day to Kill Acta.

“Today is the day of global protest against ACTA, the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, a copyright treaty negotiated in secret (even parliaments and other legislatures weren’t allowed to see the the working drafts), and which many governments (include the American government) are planning to adopt without legislative approval or debate.”

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Doomed Moviethon Girl

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Hey!  Didja know the Doomed Moviethon girl is mine too?  Or, er, mine and Richard’s.  Only that I don’t draw her near as much as he would like me too.  Yes, that is her with my cat, Sparkles.

If you didn’t know about Doomed Moviethon you should head over there and check it out.  It is replete with fabulous reviews of sometimes horrible horror movies.  Sometimes good ones too.  All fabulous reviews, though.

Planning out the challenges

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Dunno if you’ve noticed, but I like to commit to crazy creative challenges.  I keep finding out about ones that have just passed without my knowlege (like hourly comics day).  So in an attempt to miss as few as possible, I’m planning.

Inktober – an ink drawing a day throughout October:  no pencils, no erasers.

24 hour comics day – registration open in June.  This was a crazy day to get through the first time I did it, but I ended up drawing a story I probably would never have come up with otherwise.

NaNoWriMo – November writing challenge.  I’ve signed up every year since I first heard about it in 2008.  I have only won twice.  There is something magical about having a quest, a goal, a crusade to throw yourself into the moment you get home from work.

Jason Turner Project or Page 100 – where you make a comic of the 100th page of a favorite book.  I was so excited about this I rushed to my book room to grab one of my childhood favorites and realized that I’ll probably have to re-read the thing in order to get it right.

Allison Lehman’s 30 Day drawing challenge – I was looking around for more challenges and I found this.  I like the list and the idea of compiling a challenge of one’s own.  So the months outside of October and November are prime for this.

Levi Levi pg 57

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Dickens World – Dickens’ Birthday

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So, the Google banner tells me it’s Dickens’ birthday today.  Back in ’07 I was dreaming about visiting  Dickens World.  All my previous writing may be stripped from the web, but I still have copies of it.  Allow me to resurrect:

 “Maybe one of the most innovative ideas for a theme park is opening May 2007 just outside of London in Dicken’s childhood home of Chatham. Dickens World is based wholly on the stories and characters of Charles Dickens. Costumed characters will walk among the park goers to populate the fantasy city. Rides, themed restaurants, and cinemas will entertain during the day with a burlesque show at night offering naughtier entertainment.”

I have both been terribly bored and amused by Dickens; regardless of my literary experiences, a park built on classic literature is like a happy dream.

Hey! speaking of Dickens World there’s also Dickens World!  Wiley Blackwell publishers are putting on a free online conference March 7th and 8th to celebrate Dickens.  If Dickens scholarship is up your alley then go!  Go and enjoy!

Random Sketch

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This is an art site you know.  I give you:  Jackelope.

Dallas Travel Map

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I just finished a kind of map/diary of my trip to Dallas for ALA midwinter (and a little field trip through my childhood).  Each highlighted location will open pictures from the trip.  It has it’s own page on the machine so check it out and then come back and tell me how much you like it.  🙂


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At some point in time I read/heard this story.  I’m not sure where and I’ve been looking for it since, but it goes like this:

“a great and dedicated scholar dies and finds himself in a large and beautiful library.  He nearly faints in happiness as his eyes grope over the shelves before him, but when he reaches for a book he finds that he cannot dislodge it from the shelf.  Every book he reaches for is the same and eventually he is an exhausted mass of disappointment and frustration.  It is at this point that God appears to him and asks him how he is getting along.

He says, ‘This is more like a hell than heaven.  These are all the books I ever hoped to find but I cannot look at them.’

God nods knowingly and says, ‘that is because these are all the books you were supposed to write in your life.'”

Or something like that.  I’m not sure if you know, but I’m not really a very schmaltzy character and yet I have never been able to get this little story out of my mind.  Once I finished and bound a book of my own and mixed it into the other books on my shelves, the deal was sealed.  I suppose it may have been sealed long ago when stories constantly ran through my child mind and I first put some of them to paper.  Sigh–don’t have any of those anymore.  I was a paranoid little brat; destroyed them all.  Now, I must get the stories out, whether writing or drawing, but for everyone that is finished two more spring up in its place.

Honey Oikos Organic Greek Yogurt – Stonyfield Farm

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Honey Oikos Organic Greek Yogurt is the most fabulous of all the fancy organic greek style yogurts that I have tried after they flooded the market a year or so ago.  Seriously, it was so good I had to advertize for them.  The honey was underneath!

Global Chokepoints | Global Censorship Chokepoints

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Did you know that one of the original purpose for copyright was to safeguard the users right to use material in order to encourage creativity and scholarship?  I think a lot of people are forgetting this now a days.  So we have and need organizations like this:  Global Chokepoints | Global Censorship Chokepoints.

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