Hello everyone! As some of you know already I’m getting jaw surgery in less than two weeks and preparing for this has taken up a lot of my time. Between going to various appointments and setting up a donation fund for the procedure’s uncovered costs, I felt the month go by in the blink of an eye. The surgery is scary of course, but I’ve been waiting for this for a really long time. It’s gonna be a weird month.
Thankfully, some of the freelance work that carried over from last year is done. After my current batch of work is done, I plan on starting a new comic project. It’s still in a very early development stage but I find myself thinking about it more and more often. It’s a good sign!
I barely had time to draw this month but I did this fun little meme for my own enjoyment. Sam is a known lighter kleptomaniac but he’ll never admit it.
The English-language version of Utown is done and sent to print. Crazy, right? It already started popping up online and even has its own Goodreads page. I try not to think about the reviews too much for now. Here’s the very flattering picture that’ll be next to my bio at the end of the book. Needless to say, I’m pretty pleased with myself.
So that’s it for now! I don’t know which state I’ll be in by the end of February but I’ll try to stay active. A huge thanks to people who have donated or bought prints; you are the best. Also, if you rather get this post in French, it exists on Substack. Subscribe to the newsletter while you’re there!
On the small screen
- The Makanai – Cooking for the Meiko House. A cute, feel-good show about two teenage girls and their daily life in a meiko (apprentice geishas) house in Kyoto. It features a lot of close-ups of carefully-prepared food, basked in sunlight. I won’t be able to watch this while on a soft diet for eight weeks so might as well do it now!
- I finally caved in and watched Chainsaw Man, despite my aversion for all matters of body horror. It’s gross and kinda dumb, but it has a lot of heart. And that ART!!
- Even though I liked the first Knives Out more, Glass Onion was also extremely good. A shout-out to the set design team for nailing that out-of-touch, tech billionaire bad taste aesthetics. I loved hating the house.
In my ears
Good thrift store haul this month! I’m slowly filling gaps in my “collection” and getting albums of bands I was too young to really get into, like Lush’s Lovelife and The Breeder’s Last Splash. Kim Deal is pretty cool (The Dandy Warhols think so too). I also found a brand new, still shrink-wrapped copy of Arcade Fire’s Everything Now and I’m ashamed to say my moral compass goes out the window when faced with $2.95 CDs in a Renaissance bin.
Go listen to Love is Yours by Flasher. It’s a great alt-rock album from start to finish, nothing outrageous, just good songs.
I’ve done it! I finished the entire Green Bone Saga, you know, the books I’ve been babbling about for the last months? It’s been decades since I mourned at the end of a book series. The last brick– I mean book– felt a bit rushed but I’m willing to forgive pretty much anything in front of such a writing feat. Since my friend Jessy lends me her books, I give them back with a hand-written review. I’m curating my human algorithm!
Speaking of which, I learned of the term “enshitiffication” or why and how certain online platforms/websites go from being pleasant to downright nearly-unusable. Artists online who sell books or merch, are amongst the first to feel its effect. Most of the platforms I use are close to being terminally enshittified, thus prompting me to keep moving my art and my writing at an increasingly faster pace. Fascinating read: Tiktok’s enshittification via Pluralistic.
I went to see Jean-Michel Basquiat’s exhibition at the Montreal Museum of Fine arts and I’m still thinking about it. The amount of bits and pieces he left behind, from humongous artwork to polaroids and notebooks, is what struck me the most. This and the $85 shirts they sold in the shop at the end… It’s on until February 19th so you still have a chance if you’re in town!