Thursday, August 30, 2012

At the printer's as we speak.

Here's a preview of a poster you should be seeing around Grand Rapids in the next 2 months. It's a little nerve-wracking having designed a poster with actual artwork on it, considering that I want to put it up at places like, um, an art college!? But I have to just go with it.

Those of you who don't own any of the implements on which the poster is based may not "get" the humor of the word placement. But trust me, it's brilliant.

Yes! After butting heads with library leadership, I found a host for this year's 24 Hour Comics Day! So far, the only official venue registered in Michigan. I'm working with the owner at the gaming store to build inquiry and anticipation to a frothing, insatiable lust for comic-making goodness. This place is right downtown – they have a ton of tables, sell snacks, and have that wonderful geeky vibe. It feels really good to get so directly involved with an event of this kind. Whee!

Monday, August 20, 2012

Filling a planet.

Our hero jumps, bugs fly around, carnivorous trees speckle the landscape, and the pipeline goes from offline to online.

As always, for Vox Venio updates from our mighty programmer, check out his blog.

Hearts on fire!

I've started a daily exercise regimen. It's easy to tell yourself you're in good shape when the doctor tells you your blood pressure is fine and you're skinny enough that older women with children your own age tell you so. But holy cow, I am out of shape. So this is feeling really good. My goal is to be able to confidently run for the bus, lift stuff, and maintain my current weight or lower. And I hope the endorphins will stave off depression and give me more tools to hopefully not be so dependent on medication.

Go for six blocks! You can do it!

Monday, August 13, 2012

Art therapy.

One of my family members has been struggling a lot lately, and so has taken to collaging and various forms of art therapy. She's really, really good at it (though she'd deny it).

I've had an emotionally exhausting couple of days, thinking about how there's so much suffering I wish I could untangle, fix, and extinguish - but ultimately feel like one drop of water on a raging fire. How can I get through? So, I thought: "hey, that's a collage I could try!"

What's probably most impressive here is that I was able to do it all with ONE Red Plum flier. What's most helpful is that, if you look at the orange triangles, you can find a Little Caesar's near you. And what's most awkward is... why did I use blueberries for clouds?? Sure, there's a lot I don't like about how it turned out, but it does the job.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Playing with the idea of an early colonist that's gotten fed up and turned into kind of a space hermit.

So I started with a photo of an old trailer and went from there. Likely lots more to add, but it's fun to think about. A shipping container, an old fuel cel for a rocket, some giant rover tires. What might you want out on your scrap-made Martian homestead?