Tuesday, November 24, 2009


I think Trent Reznor has an interesting way of approaching music. He lets sound design be part of the writing process. So, he might start with a drum loop, and then keep adding to it until a song emerges. He doesn’t do with every song but it’s refreshing to hear music without much of a formula. Also, I like that he sits in a studio without a band and creates this intense sound pretty much by himself… kind of like a cartoonist.

I’ve always wanted to make music. There have been a couple of times I have tried to learn instruments but I have just given up before I get over the learning hump. Then I have to start over from scratch. I seriously want to make music in some capacity at some point.

When I do, it will likely be by myself with a computer and sound.

Friday, November 20, 2009


I realize that you have to fail a lot before you really figure out how to do things... but, the failing part still kinda sucks, y'know?

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Mr. Delainey

Here's a design for a little something I'm working on for the third issue of gangLion, a new(ish!) comic anthology based out of Toronto. In this issue we're experimenting with spot color. We're using green! It's exciting to have a new tool to use as a narrative device.

I'm having a lot of fun working on something that's pure fiction so I hope it works out!

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Boredom Pays#1 finished!

So, it’s finally done.

This is the first mini in a series of (hopefully) more than one. Initially I was going to call it Fragments but I changed it to Boredom Pays. I want to be able to do whatever I want with the title so something a little more ambiguous is fitting. All of the comics are online, here, though I have taken care to re-letter a bunch of the older ones to make them more uniform without bothering to go back and change the files in the older posts. Some of the writing has been tweaked too, though, not much. The comic itself is 20 pages, 8.5x7 and will have a color cardstock cover after the first printing (which, dear readers, is disappearing fast!).

I’ll get it up for sale on here and Etsy soon; in the meantime I’m down with trades if anyone’s interested.

Canzine 2009

This past weekend Lisa and I tabled at Canzine, Toronto’s big annual zine shindig.

Last year we went to Canzine on a whim to check it out for what it was. We came out so inspired and jacked up with excitement that we talked about making zines for a good couple of hours. We knew we just had to make something.

So, after a few months of procrastination, we made our first zine! We decided to make our small vegan cookzine, Small Potatoes because we love food so damn much. Lisa made all of the recipes and wrote them out in pen while I did the illustrations and formatted the book for print. It has been quite well received and we plan on making two more volumes when we’re a little less busy with life.

Also, over the past year, I started making comics. Comics are something I have always been interested in doing but never thought I was good enough. Before I went to art school I had made some comics but lost interest when they mostly turned out awful. In my final year of animation school I used comics as a distraction from the work I was supposed to be doing. I discovered that I really do love making them.

Now, a few months later, I have a collection of comics I’m proud of.

I don’t think we would have done this stuff if we hadn’t gone to Canzine last year.

This Canzine was our first time ever tabling. I felt a little nervous being on the other side of the table selling our stuff in person for the first time. Still, I couldn’t help but feel a huge sense of accomplishment. It’s rare that those conversations that you have that get you so riled up to create stuff go anywhere. I’m so proud of us for sticking to our guns and doing it. We’ve come full circle.

All I want to do now is make books and draw comics. I feel, for the first time in a long time, that I’m on track and I know what I want to do with my life.

- Jason! <3