Once upon a time in the not-too-distant future (in distant days longing to sense it all so clear):
No new tale to tell lately.
Fall is here- the late sun rises and cool early morns give slight evidence of that, but the rapid rise to ninety degree afternoons laugh in my face as I am stuck in traffic without air conditioning because the mechanic that services my car of late tells me that they do not carry the Freon my car uses anymore because it was too expensive. Wieso bin ich ich verdammt?
Worry not about me, soon I will be complaining about the cold that hurts my bones.
The recent urge to create universes lately has been thwarted by the curse of writer’s block, low self esteem, lack of inspiration and it is my own entire fault. The seeds of the new universes are there, I am just currently too lazy to plant it. But hey- if something as bland as the Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer can be regurgitated onto the masses, some of my pabulum will eventually be forced upon you.
Speaking of creative pabulum- jaunt over to http://cattterpillarboy.deviantart.com/art/Zim-Vs-Lenore-66907539 and see something I am actually slightly proud of (albeit not original- but hey, it is not traced). It is a drawing I made when local comic book store, First Federal (http://www.thoraustin.com/index2.html) called upon customers to graffiti up (or graffitotag as I over heard on the Simpsons the other night) ceiling panels with comic book related art. There is a decent one of Kitty Pride there.
And I am proud to say that mine is the only one that champions smaller and independent publishers (as I love a good indie comic book- the latest one I am enjoying is Johnny Hiro).
Plus- I love the works of Jhonen Vasquez and Roman Dirge and am willing to promote their stuff for free.
Sadly, I am no longer a shopper at First Federal as I found I was charged for something I did not buy on a day I did not visit the store. They claimed it was due to faulty equipment, and they are probably right- but I just do not want to risk it anymore (this plus my decision to quit monthly comics and go straight to trades).
But you should not avoid First Federal- they have awesome staff there that takes their time to remember you name (because they have a new person starting to work there every three months or so) and an excellent subscription service.
There is an interesting controversy going around lately regarding the new biography of Charles Schultz, creator of the beloved Peanuts strip. His heirs are disappointed because the book paints Schultz as dour and depressed.
Well, Schulz’s heirs, first of all Sparky is an artist- if you ever see a happy artist, call him a poseur (and then slap them). Second of all, shiny, happy people could never have come up with this quote from Charlie Brown:
“This is my depressed stance. When you're depressed, it makes a lot of difference how you stand. The worst thing you can do is straighten up and hold your head high because then you'll start to feel better. If you're going to get any joy out of being depressed, you've got to stand like this.”
Third- we are all dour and depressed from time to time and we all express it in different ways. Obviously, Charles Schultz expresses this via his art which is comforting because there are way more negative ways to express it.
And last- yes, it may knock him down a peg or two in the eye of the public, but don’t hold that against him. It just makes him human. And going full back to the topic of creating universes, Charles Schultz created a universe that many enjoy now, then and in the yet to come.
For instance, after reading plenty of his strips, I only came across the ‘depressed stance’ strip today and laughed myself silly. You’re a good man, Chuck.
Oh, and by the way, when God was handing out brains:
I got a rock. ________________________________________________________________________