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Archive for November 2009

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Thanks

On this Thanksgiving weekend, I want to extend the thanks we gave as a family 'round the dinner table on the holiday itself. So, I want to give thanks:

• ...for my life, especially after hitting that tree while snowmobiling in March.

• ...that I've been healing since both body and mind, with the help and care of my family, the patient and kind attention of many doctors and nurses, and the thoughtful support of my many friends, extended family and relatives.

• ...for my wife, Mary, my cornerstone, without whom I'm not sure what I would have done or how I'd make it through my most desperate and anxious moments. She's been loving and super-patient during my sickness, in ways she couldn't have anticipated even when saying her vows now over twenty years ago. It wasn't the ideal 20th Anniversary, Sweetie, and I'll spend the rest of my life making it up to you.

• ...to my daughters, Laura and Emily, whom I've no doubt given quite a scare. Thanks for all the hugs, kisses and other various subtle and overt expressions of love. You gals make me smile, keep me on my toes, and challenge me to strive to be a better Dad.

• ...that Blue Moon Studios has had enough work to get through a difficult time personally, during rough economic times. What a blessing that Mary and I can work together at home, in studio, drawing away for most of the last twenty-five years. Seriously, we get to draw and color and paint and do what we love for a living! Through all the ups & downs, the roller coaster freelance lifestyle, we consider ourselves fortunate.

• ...that the children's book I've worked at on and off for years, Night of the Bedbugs found a publisher in Image/Silverline. Thanks to Jim Valentino and Kris Simon, and the advice of Alex Grecian, Larry Marder, and once again, my wife, Mary, (who I really should listen to more).

• ...to my creative collaborators, past, present and future, as there is more work to be done, more comics to make.

• ...to all of you readers, fellow artists, fans and friends. Thanks for being here, there and everywhere.

Paul

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Funny Fairy Tale Preview

I'm currently working on character designs and layouts for a new funny Fairy Tale anthology book, teaming again with writer and long-time pal Len Strazewski. More on the project and our part in it when the time is right. In the meantime, here are a few preliminary character sketches for the story.

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Self Portrait in Noir

Kind of a rough day yesterday.

But I'm much better now!

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Vet Salute

I know it's about a week after Veteran's Day, but given what happened at Fort Hood recently, and that our troops are engaged abroad, I was moved to draw up another vet sketch.

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Salute: Veteran's Day, 2009

For all those brave souls who've sacrificed life and limb. Today, at least, let's remember, thank and salute them.

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Rip from the Past

While reading Washington Irving's Rip Van Winkle and researching for an upcoming project, I happened across a cool photo of actor Joseph Jefferson as Rip. This sketch has nothing to do with the art style for the project, but I couldn't pass up doing this quick sketch.

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Another River: Phoenix

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Weezer Leader: River Cuomo

Okay, so I've got Weezer on the brain the last few days. Sue me.

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Weezer on Dave

I know I said I wasn't gonna watch Letterman anymore, but tuned in a few times the week or two after his scandal broke for special guests and to watch the car crash. Lotsa awkward handshakes with women guests. I noticed Tom Hanks would appear and Weezer was gonna play so DVRed their appearance last Thursday. I fast-forwarded through Dave's monologue and Top Ten, skipping half the show. Hanks was funny, charming as always. Then Weezer rocked the joint with this appearance, Schaeffer's band joining in for the cherry on top. I like most of the new album, Raditude (not RaTitude as Dave repeatedly pronounced it) and this song from it, but this live version is magical. See another of their great vids, Pork and Beans, written about on this blog previously. Update: Their appearance the next night on Dave, another beaut, I'm Your Daddy, performed in Weezer Snuggies :