Friday, March 25, 2011

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Them's fightin' words

There has been a popping up of the term "frames" in reference to what are known traditionally as cartoon panels. I'm irked by this. In a conversation with a friend this weekend, use of the word frame came up again in reference to cartooning.

Scene 1 begins when the fighting words rolled off his tongue: "Frames, panels .. same thing."

Next frame: "What - did - you - say?" She was all up in his face with that, there at the bar. "You are wrong, buddy. Dead wrong."

Frame #3: He brays the rhetorical question back at her: "No, missy -- you're wrong," pronouncing 'you're' with cadence like a little lamby-sheep would do.

They both knock back a shot of house whiskey.

4: She inches closer, getting toe-to-toe, eye-to-eye, moment-to-moment. Beads of sweat forming, gloves off. "Let me clarify, flank-steak. To say frame means you're referencing film or have read comics 'how-to' manuals . . . .  which means you're there looking at that."

Frame 5: He jeers across his rotten crowns right at her with another rhetorical question. "What's wrong with that -- Lady Purist!" One of his caps is almost pure motherlode gold-plated. 

Frame 6: He spits and reaches.

Frame 7: Quickly outdrawn, she's gets him down at heel.

8:Towering over him, all statuesque and lovely, she states gently and yet emphatically, as if she were a glowing apparition of truth: "It's called tradition, my friend. Real cartoonists make panels."

9: Triumphantly, she steps across him, walks through the double swinging doors and bee-lines it back to the drawing table.


Monday, March 7, 2011

Your Ticket to Cool

Sure has been fun inspiring the next generation to keep journals and make comics out at Amelia High School. The experience has been a very real source of pleasure. Nice bunch of kids and the teachers/administrators made it easy. They ended up inspiring me.

The worst part about it: getting up at 5:30 AM Monday mornings to be on the job at 7 -- a major adjustment for this committed night person. (5:30 is often when I go to bed!) Regardless, I loved every minute of it.

In the pic: That red teacher sweater: My Monday Morning Jacket for Valentine's Day!

Friday, March 4, 2011

Homeroom Hottie

Alex & CBR -- You ROCK!!  Here's a link to an awesome just posted interview. Coming on a day when I'm having a Foreigner marathon in my studio. Double Vision, Head Games, etc. Hot Blooded, Cold as Ice. Hair rock that I didn't really listen to but couldn't avoid hearing back in the day. Inking music.

The T-shirt in the pic says Homeroom Hottie  :)

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

He walks through the Bardo

Sorry to hear that my friend Jigme Norbu was killed two weeks ago while on a Free Tibet walk in Florida. He was a ball of energy for the cause.