Hello everyone! I usually start with talking about the weather, but seeing how most of North America is on literal fire, I’ll just skip ahead this time.
I spent most of the month pencilling and inking Utown. The next chapter is 27 pages-long (they normally run at 21-22 pages) and I felt it. I even ran out of ink at one point!
After all of the manual labor was over, I took time off one morning to do a drawing that had been on my mind since the beginning of the month. It’s been a while since I’d done colors!
I wanted to repost this old 2017 drawing but ended up reworking it for the fun of it. Some people say revisiting old work is a waste of time, but once in a while I like to measure how much I’ve improved by doing just that. It doesn’t serve any real purpose (I’m gonna update the print on Etsy at one point, but that’s about it) other than my own enjoyment. It’s the kind of exercise that reminds me that drawing is still fun!
Other than that, I received some good news concerning a (surprise!) new project that I can’t really talk about. Yep, being vague is also a specialty of mine. Until then, here’s what got me excited this month:
Reading: Deadly Class 4 & 5. Still incredible. For the love of Men by Liz Plank, a very revealing investigation on toxic masculinity. I’m not even halfway done and I’ve been quoting this book every 5 minutes. Princess Jellyfish vol.4,
On my screen: Sweet Tooth, the brilliant adaptation of the graphic novel by Jeff Lemire.
On the BIG SCREEN!: That’s right, I went back to the movies for the first time in a year and a half. To see Demon Slayer: Mugen Train because I’m a NERD and because I COULD.
In my ears: Guess who released a new album? Again? King Gizzard of course! Who else am I ever gonna write about here? Seriously, their new album Butterfly 3000 is FANTASTIC, poppy, trippy, summery, I’m obsessed. I also saw Alias live (gasp!!) and loved it. I can’t wait for an actual album. 60 songs that explain the 90’s is my new favorite podcast. Rob Harvilla’s texts are funny and dry and his deadpan delivery is exactly my jam. He does so much more than talk about a song: he provides context, trivia, musical excerpts mixed with self-deprecating bits about his life as a shitty teen in the 90’s. I love it.