A few odds and ends, just to keep this here thing somewhat current…

Happy 2009 to one and all! OMG, I for one am just vastly relieved that Barack and Michelle Obama have taken up residence in the White House at last, and that the President from Fucking Hell is back in Texas – good riddance to the worst of bad rubbish! But……can this country be saved? If anyone can do it, it’s Barack and his cabinet. He has a way-uphill climb, to put it mildly, and I have to balance my innate optimism with the stark reality of how truly sucky things are here in the USA…..However (optimism rearing its head here), wasn’t inauguration day a beauty-full, starry-eyed affair? I was as overcome as Beyonce herself was, watching the incredibly handsome & glamorous First Couple a-waltzing at the Presidential ball – oh, “At Last!” – yesyesyes! I dunno if Barack will be able to get a firm grip on the hellish multitude of problems facing us, but goddamn, he’ll look good trying! Glamour is a good thing in a President and First Lady, and he and Michelle have it (and BTW, excuse the first name references, they just inspire that in me)!

Anyway, this being a site devoted to cartooning; let us turn to a couple of items about just that. Onward…

Apparently, at least a few folks did indeed read my mini-reviews of several comics and zines back in November (see below), and sent me some stuff to assess and report on. So I will be doing another small round of capsule reviews soon – I just need a little more time…….my life has been a double-barrel shotgun sort of affair for the past couple of months; it’s no wonder I haven’t found the time to update this blog, or to be very creative in any capacity. This can be worrisome – dark thoughts of “Will I ever draw again?” swirl about in my brain – but I guess if I worry about drawing and writing so much, that spark of desire is still there, right? (right?) I have a lot of stories to tell, this I know – it’s probably just time to force myself to act and pick up that ink, brush and paper. Here’s one of my favorite artist quotes, by the painter Chuck Close“Inspiration is for amateurs. The rest of us just get up and go to work.” That’s a statement I’ve learned works very well for me, but one I have to relearn over and over, again and again (what fun).

Oh yah, better provide a link to the nice review of The Book of Boy Trouble Volume 2 that Sean McGrath of Prism Comics recently wrote.

More later, hopefully in a less desultory manner!