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Saturday, March 12

My alarm clock is broken.


That's right, the clock broke.

Now usually that would mean more sleep time, unfortunately for me it's
broken in a way where even if you switch it off it'll continue to go off. I
fixed it up after bashing it a few times and fiddling with the switch. Haha.
Now I'm listening to Miami by Taking Back Sunday, after spending way
too much time pouring through old sketch books and finding the abandoned
comics that were so well formed, poingant and ridiculously worked-up...

I feel bad. Bad parent! All those ideas were never completed, regardless of
the fact I remember spending weeks and weeks completing character rotations,
redrawing them to perfection, putting them through panels and panels of
fully-formed work. My GOODNESS! I should go back to them.

On another note, I've finished one of the most incredible books I've
ever read. A change from my German crime fiction and classic Golding novels.
That's right, it has to be 'Things the Grandchildren Should Know'
an autobiographical novel by Mark Oliver Everett ('E' of the Eels).

(Photo found in the Flickr, from:

Regardless of the fact that E doesn't have any Grandkids, let alone Children,
(and makes a point of it) it's a very good read both my Dad and I were hooked on.

Now I already knew details of his life- very tragic and full of death,
but the depth of which you delve and the accounts of his life,
the way he survived being him, and became happy and succesful... Wow.
I know I'ev made it sound like some sort of garish book now, but it's not one
stories. It's just his life. Quietly inspirational, raw and beautiful.
He doesn't complain, he doesn't whine and talk about giving
up every thirty seconds. He takes you through his life as both a
musician and a child, growing up in a very disfunctional family with
a troubled-genius Father, depressed Mother
and suicidal alcoholic-drug-abusing Sister whom he loved dearly.

Here's an exert from the novel:

“To me, it wasn’t a record [Electro-Shock Blues] about death. That was missing the point.
It was about life. And death was a big part of life that tended to be ignored,
or denied. No one wanted to think there would be an end to themselves,
but I couldn’t ignore it, and I realized that if you treat it like the everyday
fact of life that it is, it becomes less scary. And also, by being more aware of death,
you gain a perspective on living and how you’d better
make it count, whatever that may mean to you.”

It's an incredibly easy read and is very touching. I think everyone can
benefit from reading it. Really, I do. DO IT. Go borrow it, and read it.
Trust me, you will not regret it's wit, intellect and poignancy.

As for the art side of things, a while back I drew this but never posted
it, so here's something I worked on recently. It's not done, but you know...
Thought you might enjoy having a squiz.

It was based on the back of a card, you dig?
Yup. Anyway, I've run out of things to say and a handsome blonde will
fast appear on my doorstep. So, off I go! Perhaps next post I'll show off
some of my old comic sketches? I feel like reviving them...