It’s kinda impossible to call one artist my favorite because I love so many of them equally, but the first name that popped into my brain this time was Mike Mignola
I just love his style. The color palettes he uses, the use of negative space, how unique and interesting the creatures he creates are, his stuff to me always really stands out on a comic book stand. He’s definitely one of the people I feel really elevates the medium of sequential art.
It’s quiet, nobody bothers me, I can sit and draw, or write, or read a book, or learn about virtually anything, they have free wifi if I need to bring my laptop, and a computer lab if I don’t bring my laptop. And there’s one directly across the street from me!
The only way it could get any better is if it had one of those sexy librarians from pornographic movies that I’ve never seen.
I really can’t decide on like an all-time favorite. But a recent favorite:
Jack Handey is one of my comedic heroes, you may remember him from the Deep Thoughts segments on SNL back in the day, and the writer of such sketches as Unrozen Caveman Lawyer. Huge influence on my sense of humor.
(this isn’t a doodle, or my face, so I already messed up)
Hello! Your blog is very fun and interesting. Can we be tumblr friends please?! :D
WHY DON’T YOU JUST GO TO HELL YOU PIECE OF SHHWwwait a minute you’re being nice. Whoa, I’m so sorry, I didn’t mean that, I’m taking this prescription for my chronic handsomeness and it gives me crazy random mood swings. Thank you for the kind words and yes, we can be friends. NOW GET LOST YOU DUMMYyyyohgodi’msosorryididitagain!
I went to one of the infamous Art Institute schools, and majored in “media arts and animation” there.
I think if you’re a person who knows exactly what you want to do, and have access to the knowledge and resources to teach yourself, then you don’t need school. But I don’t think I personally could’ve learned all the things I learned without school, some things I didn’t even know I needed to learn. I had some really good teachers, and also lots of expensive equipment and software at my disposal. I learned a lot there, and met the majority of my closest friends (and future collaborators). So yeah, despite the massive debt I think it was worth it. I haven’t really made anything of myself since, but that’s kinda my fault, haha.
During my last year of art school I suddenly got this eye condition called blepharitis. It lasted for a couple weeks and it was torture. My eyelids felt like sandpaper, my eyes were always dry, and this gross discharged would build up. That stuff was so gross that some mornings I’d wake up and I literally could not open my eyes without prying them open with my fingers because it was like they were glued shut by that icky crust. It was just the absolute worst. I had to wear sunglasses all day and night. Plus I had to go to classes and try to pay attention, and you know, as an artist let alone a person your eyes are pretty goddam important. Luckily it went away eventually, but supposedly it’s often chronic and can return so any time my eyes start feeling irritated a part of me is about to freak out, then I realize I just got an eyelash stuck on my eyeball.
I remember during this Batman Begins came out, and my friends and I went to go see with a large group. One of the girls in the group who was a friend of a friend asked me why I was wearing sunglasses at night. I told her that I had an eye condition. She just went “No really, why are you wearing sunglasses? To look cool.” and I’m like “I’m serious, I have this thing called blepharitis, and…” and then she turns to one of my friends and asks him “Why does he wear sunglasses.” I hated that girl.
This definitely makes Stray’s Top 10 worst times of my life.
I’m sorry, this is probably as raunchy as my blog will ever get, I feel awkward even posting this, haha. “Raunchy”, is it just me or is that a really weird sounding word? It doesn’t sound sexual to me, it always reminds me of like a cross between ranch and crunchy, like… that’s how I’d describe a bag of Cool Ranch Doritos. "Mmm, these Cool Ranch Doritos are so raunchy!"
Anyway, the point of this confession is not that I’m some aloof dummy that doesn’t know what’s what. It’s just that I am an “anti-flirt”. Any time a lady person has said anything flirty or sexual to me I will play it off or make some kind of joke about it. It’s almost kind of a fun game to play dumb as long as possible to see how a lady person responds. Usually it just forces them to be more and more forward, which only makes me want to be more and more absurd. In a way it’s kind of a role reversal, where the girl is being the aggressive one and I’m playing coy, tee-hee. Also, it’s just super hard for me to take anything seriously, my impulse is always to say the dumbest thing that pops into my head. I feel like if I ever tried to sincerely flirt back with someone or talk dirty I would just sound like an idiot like “Yeah girl, I’m so gonna do some stuff to you. All kinds of cool… sexual… hot cool stuff. To you. Wait, let me start over, I messed up.”
By the way, a photo of Mila Kunis was used as reference for the girl drawing. If SHE ever said something like that to me my reply would probably just simply be “Okay!”
Is there ever a reason to not go for it? Even if you think he might love you while he is with someone else?
Even if you think he might love you while he is with someone else. Every time I read that it sounds like some kind of sexy ménage à trois scenario. But I get what you mean…
Whatever you do I do not advise engaging in any illicit sneaky behavior. Whoever he’s with is a person with feelings too, so keep that in mind. What course you decide to take I guess depends on how high the emotional stakes are for you. Obviously the simplest thing to say would be “there are other fish in the sea”, move on and maybe you’ll find a completely available person who’s even awesomer.
But if you feel like this is a situation where this is a person you can’t live without and doing nothing is eating you up inside, I guess the most respectful least salacious thing to do is to tell him that while you’re aware he is currently attached you want him to know that you have feelings for him and you understand if he does not reciprocate. And just leave it at that, don’t pressure them to give you an answer, don’t try coerce them, just give them the information, and if it’s “meant to be” as they say he’ll act upon it. There’s no guarantee that making your feelings known won’t backfire in your face, but I guess that’s the risk you take if you want to put it out there. Also, if he tries to make it an opportunity to see you on the side, that may hint something at his character and you may not want to get involved with him anymore.
Now… if this is a situation where the person is already aware of how you feel and they have not acted upon it, personally I’d say to just let it go, it is not awesome to wait around hoping someone comes around, and it’s even less awesome to try to force them out of someone else’s arms into your own.
By the way I am totally single and not seeing anyone, so… I don’t know… take that as you will.
and it’s 2:32am right now, so I should go beddy-bye. This was fun, thanks everyone. I’ll get to the rest of the questions next Monday, but you can keep sending them in whenever you want in the mean time.
Has it ever occurred to you that maybe love is not a thing that just happens to you, and it’s rather something you decide that has happened to you? We meet a person, and we feel all sorts of feelings about them and because of them, for myriad reasons, but that revelation that “this is love” is a conclusion you consciously come to. You decide it. It’d just be easy to rationalize that it’s not love. For instance you could say that what you’re feeling is just your desire to have someone because you’re lonely, and it’s making this person you’ve fixated upon seem like they’re the one just because you want them to be. Emotions are tricky like that, you can make yourself believe anything that supports your desires, that’s psychology 101. There’s no external litmus or established standard for love, so it’s impossible to ever have some empirical answer one way or another regarding how you feel. How people interpret what they feel varies from person to person. What some interpret as a crush another could interpret as a soulmate, it all depends on who you are.
So I guess what I’m saying is that it’s love whenever you decide it’s love because you’re the only person that can say what your criteria for love is. Personally, I feel like it doesn’t necessarily matter how you define how you’re feeling, just act on the emotions that are present and be normal…ish, instead of trying to arbitrarily live up to a definition. What I mean is, for instance, if it’s not fun anymore don’t stick around because “it’s love” and you feel obligated to. Does all this make sense?
But I also need to tell you that I’m just too old for you girl. So sorry. Dreamy though I might be, I’m still a grown up man and you’re a precious little girl naive to the ways of the world. Don’t worry, you’ll find your prince or princess charming some day.
p.s. WHAT IS LOVE! BABY DON’T HURT ME! DON’T HURT ME! NO MO!
First of all no need to thank me, second of all I don’t know what kind of crazy voodoo is allowing you to type “meow” and have me understand it in my own language, you’re kind of blowing my mind. You cats are a mysterious bunch.
Onto your question, look… it’s natural to be scared in this situation, vampires are freaky, they’re monsters after all. I hear your concerns, and I can definitely understand how you’d be worried that your human owner… (I’m sorry, is it offensive to cats to say you’re “owned”? Let me rephrase it)… I understand how you’d be worried that your human companion will not understand your actions towards her vampire boyfriend and mistake it as you acting out. You think she’ll choose him over you. I don’t know anything about their relationship, but if there’s anything I’ve learned from tumblr is that the bond between lady and cat transcends all others. There’s no way she won’t be loyal to you and take your side when push comes to shove. If she DOESN’T then I’m sorry but you deserve better cat.
So as I said before, don’t let up. Here’s a thought, if there’s some garlic in the house sink your claws into it, then the next time the vampire comes over scratch that bitch in the face, and when his wounds start smoking your human companion is bound to realize he’s some kind of freaky monster in disguise.
My girlfriend's cat hates me. How do I win it over?
Dear Feline Foe,
Nice try VAMPIRE! You think I’m going to turn my back on the human race and help you? I’m no traitor. Me and cats don’t agree on much, but if there’s one thing we CAN agree upon is that Vampires suck! Pun way intended! I’ve seen enough movies to know that when a cat hates someone, that person is most definitely an evil undead bloodsucking creature of the night and is not to be trusted.
This brave cat is probably the only thing standing in the way of you turning this poor unsuspecting woman into one of your kind. Don’t let up cat! I don’t know why I’m addressing the cat now as if it’s on tumblr and can understand the written word. Maybe it can hear my spirit though, who knows what kind of supernatural gifts cats have besides immediately recognizing vampires. Keep the pressure on cat! Hiss! Scratch! All that good stuff. If this lady’s smart she’ll trust your instincts and break it off and your vigilance will have saved her life.
As for you vampire, you can go *expletive deleted* yourself with a wooden stake. Don’t ever write in to my blog again. That goes for all evil monsters, go *expletive deleted* yourselves.
Stray! Help! I've been bitten by a zombie but I don't think I have it in me to off myself before the change! Where do I go? What do I do?
Dear The Stalling Dead,
Now, I WANT to say just stop being a *expletive deleted* and kill yourself already, or have someone else do it, but I’m also thinking that the world needs knowledge that what you’re about to turn into is real before it all goes to shit and it’s too late for the human race to prepare. You have a unique duty to mankind!
Jeez, this is a pickle. Ideally you want to find a way to have a medical professional observe you dying and reanimating, and maybe you’re handcuffed to the bed and you’re gagged so you can’t bite, and the whole thing is filmed. You need some kind of controlled environment where you can be left to transform yet there’s no risk of you infecting people, which is easier said than done, especially with you already being bitten and the clock ticking away.
Making the world aware that zombies are real is important, but not spreading the infection is obviously the higher priority, and I can’t think of a plan that you can enact NOW that is 100% foolproof. You can TRY calling the CDC and tell them you have a highly contagious disease and want to be quarantined, I don’t know if that’s possible, but try it.
If that doesn’t work, you know what, just send me your address, I’ll come right over and make sure nothing bad happens to you. You can trust me :)
I think a lot of people who love zombies also think that they’d be ready for the zombie apocalypse. I think these people are obviously delusional. I couldn’t be more dreadfully aware of how unprepared I am.
Dear Zombie Apocalypse,
Please give me like a year, 2 years tops, to get ready for you. I need to buy some guns and ammo, get in shape, stockpile some food and supplies, get in peak physical condition, and perhaps procure a helicopter that I can use to get away to a secure island that I’ve bought with the bazillion dollars I will have made by then. Deal?
Dear Zombie Geeks,
You’ve read the Zombie Survival Guide and think you’ve got it all figured out? Don’t kid yourself man, it takes more than knowing a bunch of zombie facts and strategy. Get PREPARED! If you want you can chill on my island if you can pull your weight as a productive member of my community.
In summation, let’s all make sure we’re ready as we can be for this fictional scenario to happen.
How do add a note to someones art From an android phone? I fear im old and dont pick up on stuff as good as i used too.
I’m sorry, I’m probably the worst possible person you could ask about phone-stuff, you probably know more than I do, your grandparents probably know more than I do. I don’t really keep up with technology and gadgets and stuff.
I’m not much for gadgets, I don’t own a smart phone, I’ve never owned a smart phone, I kinda have no interest in owning a smart phone. If you gave me the best top of the line smart phone for free I’d probably sell it, and use the money to buy some graphic novels or something. I have a really cheap phone that essentially just makes calls and sends texts, and that’s all I really want/need my phone to do. The idea of having facebook and twitter and tumblr and e-mail and the rest of the internet with me in my pocket when I leave the house makes me CRINGE!
So… again, sorry I couldn’t help! I’d recommend asking any random teenager, they will know for sure!
This is not made up, nor is it exaggerated. I did not know how to respond or react to one of my good friends telling me I was cute, so I just ran away. This was sadly back in highschool, a little too old to be literally running away from girls.
You young folks don’t know jack about being awkward.
So I’ve decided that Daily Confessions will be accompanied by drawings from now on. They’ll probably usually be sucky drawings like this that I didn’t put much time or thought into, but hey, it’s better than a wall of text right?
Anyway, about this confession, this is a simplification of some dumbness that transpired on Facebook earlier. This happens to me every now and then, where people feel like they can go off on me about something, and no matter how passively I respond they act as if I’m the one that’s "on their period" as they like to put it.
It’s always a bit frustrating for me when people online project onto you things that aren’t there, especially if they’re trying to argue with you, they imagine you being just as into the argument as they are, when in reality you’re just like “Oh brother, I don’t have time for this.”
That drawing isn’t verbatim or anything, but it’s pretty darn close to what was said, haha. *sigh* People.