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Demos for Pages 4 + 5 of My Life in Records #1

This is one of my favorite sequences in My Life in Records.  I even have a slice of it at the top of this site.

Like most of the Prologue, I started out sketching the spread on notebook paper.  Man am I glad the ears didn't end up that big on the final version!

Here's a second version of the two pages that's a little tighter than the notebook paper version:

And here's the final version:

You can read the whole sequence here.

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Outsider Artist of the Week – 1-23-12

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Outsider Artist of the Week – 1-16-12

On Jan 24th, Congress will vote to pass internet censorship in the Senate, even though the vast majority of Americans are opposed. We need to kill the bill – PIPA in the Senate and SOPA in the House – to protect our rights to free speech, privacy, and prosperity. We need internet companies to follow Reddit’s lead and stand up for the web, as we internet users are doing every day.

On Jan 18, this site will join many others and go dark in protest of these bills.  You can join me and register your site here.

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Demos for Pages 2 + 3 of My Life in Records #1

 If you recall from last week, I used to scribble out my layouts on scratch paper.  This nearly indecipherable image above is drawn on lined notebook paper.

Eventually, I made a tighter sketch which is posted below.

If you look closely, you can see a check mark in the bottom left hand corner of the sketch.  I like to put those on my thumbnails when I've finished drawing the final page.  Sometimes I even add the dates that I penciled and inked the final page.  (I rarely pencil and ink a page on the same day.)

The final page looks like this:

You can see the full sized "Album Version" of this page here and the book can be purchased here in the store.

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His Holiness’ Coffee

I’ve been reading up some more on Caravaggio and his contemporaries.  Apparently, Pope Clement VII was a big fan of coffee, which the church saw as Satanic since it was drunk by the Muslims.  (Further medieval logic: Muslims don’t drink wine and therefore cannot partake of the Eucharist and thus are from Satan.)

Anyhoo, Clement the VII found it tasty and baptized coffee so it would be safe for Catholics to drink.  I have yet to find a worthy source for this little tidbit of fact about Pope Clement, so take it with a grain of salt.  It could turn out to be an internet hoax perpetuated by bloggers like me.