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I’m back from the comic shop this week and I got four new comics.

  • Invincible – 140
  • Dept. H – 18
  • Snotgirl – 7
  • Wayward -23
  • Check them all out here:


    It’s that time of year again when the summer is ending so I thought I’d recap my summer TV watching. It was an odd year for me and summer TV since there were not a lot of broadcast TV shows that I watched this summer. A few of them even started in late August so they’re mostly going to be broadcast in the Fall.

    Episodes – Broadcast – This show about Hollywood writers with Matt LaBlanc playing himself is back after a couple of years of not being on the air. I’ve only seen two episodes so far but it seems about the same quality as the other ones so I’m probably going to enjoy it. It’s a fun show with some raunchiness to it. LeBlank is playing himself as a bit of a jerk. And he’s a funny jerk.

    People of Earth – Broadcast – I’ve caught about four episodes of season two of this comedy about a group of people who were kidnapped by aliens and also the story of the aliens themselves. I’d call it a gentle ensemble comedy but it has some fun and wit to the writing. It’s zany yet understated.

    Shooter – Broadcast – Season two of Shooter just ended (eight episodes) and it ended on a cliffhanger. I hesitate to even call it a cliffhanger because to me it was more like it ended in the middle of a scene. I liked season one better but I still recommend season two. It’s an action show staring a couple of ex-military snipers. This season they’re being hunter by the world’s best sniper who works for some bad secret agency. Fun stuff.

    The Sinner – Broadcast – A mystery wrapped in a police procedural I’m a week away from the last episode (there are eight of them). We open with an ordinary woman murdering an ordinary man in plain daylight at the beach. The rest of the show uncovers why she did it. Even the main character herself has no idea why. A good mystery show.

    The Strain – Broadcast – Vampires have taken over the world in the final season of The Strain. We still have a few episodes left of this one. I complain about this show a bit because some of the characters do dumb things (especially the kid) but I still like it. Fighting crazy worm-based vampires makes for a fun show.

    Broad City – Broadcast – We’re only one episode into the fourth season of this show and I found it a weak episode. It was the story of how the two main characters met and what would have happened if they didn’t meet. There was nothing wrong with it but it didn’t tickle my fancy like other episodes do. That doesn’t bother me though and I’ll still keep watching. Any show has episodes that I like better than others and this was just an episode that didn’t resonate with me.

    Burn Notice – Netflix (former Broadcast) – Continuing my year long rewatching of this series I’m one episode away from the last season (Season 7). I’ve enjoyed revisiting the tales of our burned spy (which means our government wants nothing to do with him as his reputation has been tarnished) and his crew of friends. Usually each episode has two plots. One in which our hero is trying to clear his name and another where he and the crew are helping some innocent person out of trouble. A good solid action show.

    Longmire – Netflix (former Broadcast) – I was watching this series about a Wyoming sheriff for the first time. It was originally a broadcast show that got picked up by Netflix for a couple of seasons. It changed a bit when it went to Netflix. The original seasons were more of a standard police show with a crime a week. The last two seasons on Netflix have been more like a large continued story over the course of a season. I think I like the earlier seasons better. It’s still a pretty good police show though.
    The Office – Netflix (former Broadcast) – I’ve been rewatching this one as I do my exercises. I haven’t seen it since it went off the air and it’s still enjoyable the second time around. A comedy about people working at a paper sales company with a funny cast of characters. Maybe not a classic but a solid B+.

    Don’t Trust The B in Apartment 23 – Netflix (former Broadcast) – Last seen in 2013 this two season 26 episode comedy starring “Jessica Jones” actress Krysten Ritter was a favorite of mine when it first ran. James Van Der Beek plays himself and Dreama Walker is the third star in this raunchy comedy about two NYC roommates who are quite different from each other yet build a friendship. It has a lot of imagination, bizarre plots, and general craziness going on. I’m really enjoying revisiting this one.

    Comrade Detective – Amazon Show – The conceit of this six episode show is that it’s a lost 1980s Romanian TV show. It’s even dubbed. It’s a police procedural set in communist Romania and is played pretty straight for the most part but has an undercurrent of humor in it. The humor is mostly from the lead characters being genuinely pro-communist and anti-American. It wasn’t a great cop show or a great comedy but I enjoyed it.

    Fleabag – Amazon Show – A show, which I exercised to early in the summer, that is is hard to describe. It’s a British comedy about a woman who is a bit of a loser. She can’t get it together and is always messing up her life. Her best friend has recently died in a mysterious way so there is also an undercurrent of tragedy to it. The show got less humorous as it went along (only six episodes). I liked it but still have a hard time categorizing it.

    The Last Tycoon – Amazon Show – I’m one episode away from the finish of this one but it really doesn’t matter because I just read that the show is finished. No more episodes from Amazon. But still it’s been good. Based on an unfinished Fitzgerald novel it the story of a Hollywood movie studio in 1934. A big cast and lots of wheeling and dealing. It’s been fun while it’s lasted.
    Red Oaks – Amazon Show – Another show that I worked out to. I initially wasn’t taken with this show. It’s the story of a college kid who is working at a country club in the New Jersey suburbs of NYC in the mid 1980s. It’s run two seasons and twenty episodes so far. There is a third season coming out sometime. The characters kind of grew on me. I wan’t planning on watching it after the first couple of episodes but I wanted something to exercise to and this fit the bill. It’s kind of quiet and non-interruptive. But in the end I got into it. That counts for something.
    So there you go. Another summer is over and so is the summer TV season. What were you watching?


    I’m back from the comic shop this week and I got ten new comics.

  • Divided States of Hysteria – 4
  • Kaijumax: Season 3 – 3
  • Kill or Be Killed – 12
  • Mage: The Hero Denied – 2
  • Retcon – 1
  • Shadows on the Grave – 8
  • Spy Seal – 2
  • Palookaville – 23
  • Bat-vark – 1
  • Mr. A. – 2nd Edition
  • Check them all out here:


    It sometimes takes time to see a drawing with clear eyes. I know that but on occasion it takes me by surprise when my vision clears up. It’s never that a think a drawing is great and then a few days later hate it. If I don’t like a drawing I can tell pretty quickly. And if it’s a truly terrible drawing it reveals itself within a half an hour or so. I’ve had a couple of those this week.

    I was trying to draw some portraits in my busted brush monster style and two of them came out awful. They were so bad that I tore them up. Well, one of them I cut into smaller pieces so I could draw on the back of the paper and the other got torn. The back of the paper on that one wasn’t salvageable since the paper was heavy with ink and that warped the paper. But neither was good enough to ever be salvaged. A bad drawing can have a good part or two in it that I can possibly use later so I don’t tear up every bad drawing but for the really bad ones I need the catharsis of destroying it.

    This week I discovered two drawings that were pretty good. They were from a couple of weeks ago and I had tucked them away. On purpose. I do a few different types of drawing. One of the types is from photo reference. I either take or find a photo that looks like something I could use and draw from it. I digitally draw a sketch over top of the photo and then print that sketch out and draw over that with a pencil. I do this when I want the drawing to be a little closer to reality than my far out drawings.

    I’m not really fond of the process though. I’m very picky about what photos I use to draw from. I used to take a lot more of my own photo reference back before the age of the internet but nowadays with an endless supply of images just a search away I rarely take my own anymore. Of course there is a problem with the endless supply of images. How to find one that I can use? It takes a lot of looking. I’d guess that one out of a thousand photos that I look at are useful to me.

    First of all I don’t want a famous photograph. One of the rules of photo reference that I was taught early on is never let the public see your photo reference. It’s never good to show how the sausage is made. It demystifies things and there is a solid chance if you’re a young artist starting out that the public will like your photo reference better than the art you make from it. That’s a tough lesson to learn. So I stay away from any famous photos.

    I have a folder on my computer of potential reference photos. I’ve learned over the years to always be on the look out for reference and sometimes go looking for it even if I have no idea in mind at that moment. So if I’m bored and low energy it’s a good task to do. It doesn’t take much to look through pictures on the internet. It’s just tedious and takes a little bit of concentration.

    Now when I’m looking for some photo inspiration I just have to look through my photo reference folder. I’ve got a few hundred pictures in there and one of them is sure to catch my eye. I even go back to ones I’ve used before and draw something new from them. So a couple of weeks ago I picked out a couple of photos and drew from them. One was a drawing for one of my “Red Mary” faux comic book covers and the other was a generic figure drawing that I didn’t even know what I was drawing it for. That’s always a problem. If I don’t even know what the point of the drawing is how can it be anything but pointless?

    I toughed my way through the drawings. They weren’t doing anything for me. It’s not that they were bad it’s that I was mechanically following a drawing method. And I didn’t have any interest in that method at the time. I finished them and was completely uninspired by the drawings. They weren’t bad but I knew I had to get them out of my sight. So I put them under a pile of recently finished and half finished drawings and forgot about them.

    This week I was organizing that very same pile of drawings and I found those two drawings again. And guess what? They were pretty good. The “Red Mary” one was a solid pencil drawing and though the other one needed some more work it also was solid. I may not have liked them last week but this week I was grooving on them. That’s why I didn’t tear these ones up. I just needed some distance form them.

    I finished the “Red Mary” faux cover. The drawing was ready to go so I printed it out onto a 8.5×11 inch piece of Bristol board, inked it, and then colored it with markers. It came out well.

    The second one needed a bit more work though. Oddly I was so frustrated the first time I drew it that instead of using a pencil I drew over the pencil in a thin ink line. So printed out this ink line drawing and drew over it in pencil. Most of the work was done on it so it didn’t take lone before I had a finished pencil drawing. I haven’t finished with that one yet but I turned it into one of my “Hypno-Love Girls” sketch covers. That means I’m going to draw it on a comic book size posed of Bristol Board and then cut that board to size and wrap it around a comic book making my own hand bound sketch cover.

    This weeks lesson is never let good drawings go to waste. If you don’t like then right now give it a week. The really bad ones you can get rid of though.


    I’m back from the comic shop this week and I got five new comics.

  • Outcast – 30
  • Uber: Invasion – 8
  • Usagi Yojimbo – 161
  • The Walking Dead – 171
  • The Wicked + The Divine
  • Check them all out here: