Thursday, May 26, 2011
Thursday, May 19, 2011
One of my favorite people in the world is making music again. He's started a band called Ramshackle Glory, and from the two songs that are posted on their website the album that they're going to be putting out next month is going to be incredible. Really good punk rock with Banjo's, accordions and piano's. I love it.
One song in particular I love is the one titled "epic song". It made me think a lot about my own shit in a super productive way. Check it out.
Thursday, May 12, 2011
Had a nice little surprise in the mail yesterday morning in the form of this super positive review of the second issue of Boredom Pays in the latest issue of Broken Pencil. Ch-check it out:
It Pays to read Boredom Pays. Jason Bradshaw's second installment of Boredom Pays has been nominated for a Schuster award, and I can see why. It's difficult not to identify with Bradshaw's protagonist whose heartbreaking struggle with depression is laid bare. At times elated, and at times mired in self loathing, he is emblematic of the contemporary existential anxieties of the underachiever. Bradshaw's drawings are reminiscent of the Terrytoon's era of cartoon, but, unlike its most famous heroes who outwitted every foe to triumph, Bradshaw's characters suffer more realistic outcomes. Where the protagonist of "Two years left" (whose beaky face evokes Heckle and Jeckle) has lofty ambitions, he's quickly - ahem - cut down to size. Bet beware of reducing Bradshaw's narratives to mere nihilism. There's more to his work than that. Fore every purported "FAILURE," there are moments of success, self-acceptance and finding beauty in everyday things (Sheetal Lodhia)
Wednesday, May 04, 2011
Life has been kind of crazy over the last couple of weeks. I haven't been drawing comics. I've just been kind of... distracted I guess. My personal life took some weird, confusing turns. Things are good. Great even. Just different. It will come out in the comics over the coming weeks, I'm sure. Point being, I haven't been drawing comics. What I have been doing is writing a lot of comics.
I'm trying to be more deliberate with this issue of Boredom Pays. I've actually given myself a theme to base the issue around, and from the amount of notes that have poured into my sketchbook it's a good one. I've got a bunch of short strips written and a few longer stories gestating in my head. I'm really committed to making the next issue of Boredom Pays the best possible thing I can put out.
Which brings me to this comic. This is a mini I wrote last fall between drawings while working as a caricature artist at Canada's Wonderland. I was quite unhappy at the time and it's probably more whiny than anything else but I learned a lot about writing comics from putting this together so, despite its flaws I'm still fond of it. I figure since I won't be posting anything new for at least another week or so I would post something old that never made it onto the blog.
Also, just a reminder that I will be tabling in the small press exhibition at TCAF this Sunday from 11am-5pm! It would mean the world to me if you came by and said hi! And bought a book! So I can hopefully have enough money to eat over the next week! Yeah! Haha. See you there!