New Art, Sketches & Progress Shots
Whoa!!! Super cool -- Captain JM Bell hit me up for a 5 question interview at StartYourNovel.com! Click HERE to check it out!
I know John Magnet Bell from Ello. He's a good guy, super creative. I'm glad to know him, and grateful he took the time to put this together. Thanks, buddy!
I was driving through the neighborhood and I saw a house. A burned down house. Yikes... But you know, accidents happen.
And then I saw the sign.
Arson?! That's terrifying. I hope it was at least the owner doing it for insurance money or something. The thought of someone deliberately burning your house down is terrifying.
Also, how scary would that be to the neighbors when the house next door is on fire? Explosions and shrapnel are also a possibility when the fire reaches aerosol cans or gasoline jugs in the garage.
I got a new printer: Canon Pixma Pro-100. I've only made one print so far but the dye-based ink looks amazing on Canon Fine Art Paper. It looks just like the original.
Shown above is an untrimmed 8x10 print, but this printer can output sizes up to 13x19. Awesome. I'm adding prints to the shop right now...
DRI (Dirty Rotten Imbeciles) was one of my favorite bands growing up and still is today. Great guys! Over the years I had a couple interactions with Kurt Brecht (singer) and I helped Spike Lee (guitarist) in the early ages of the internet when he was getting the DRI website set up. I mailed him some stuff and he sent back a big pile of DRI merchandise and videos! These are decent, down to earth dudes... Everything you could hope for in your favorite music superheroes.
Dealing With It is one of my favorite albums. In addition to being catchy loud punk-metal, something about the raw production really captures the feeling of that era. This album takes you back to the working class streets of 1985 when Reaganomics was shipping all our manufacturing jobs overseas and causing homelessness throughout the country. In the songs you hear frustration with the state of things but there's an underlying hope for a better future. So awesome.
I'm calling attention to the album art today because rough as it is - it perfectly illustrates the chaos of the music and album. Back before the internet we had to look at the cover art on records, tapes, and later CDs --- and guess from the illustration what it would sound like before buying. This drawing is spot-on accurate! I wish I knew who illustrated it. This is art was made over 30 years ago... I wonder what s/he is up to now?
I saw a local beer section at the Safeway grocery store in Newcastle tonight. I found an Australian stout and figured it was a good night for adventure!
The beer was strong. Much more flavorful than Guinness. I'm not a Stout guy but this beer makes you feel like a Viking!
My wife said it was horrendous, that it tastes like burned wood. One of my boys tasted it and feigned an inability to breathe. The other said it was "really spicy."
They're all right... But I love it. My favorite Stout!