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Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

Time:2:00 pm.
(Note: This should've been posted months ago but between my being slow to write things up and my laptop being stolen in May, it's taken me this long to get the post actually written.)

In February this year, I took a long weekend break with She Who Must Be Obeyed (Deirdre) and her mum, in which the three of us went Barcelona - on the basis that Deirdre had been before and wanted to revisit, while neither her mum nor I had ever been there. Despite some initial reservations about my lack of knowledge of Catalán, I had been looking forward to the trip, and it didn't disappoint.

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Friday, July 23rd, 2010

Subject:True Comic Convention Tales
Time:11:46 am.
With a title like that, I should be telling stories of reefer madness or criminals being hoist by their own petard, but I buck convention and give you the tale of one child's attempt to escape! What is he fleeing? Does he succeed? Find out by going here!

It has finally dawned on me that my approach to uploading new comics to the site has been a bit stupid, to say the least. I'm currently hawking Fyshbowl Comics #1 at conventions, and there's at least some interest in it - but the tone of that material is totally different to most of the comics I've uploaded since I put it together (Fyshbowl Comics #1 being mostly puerile or satirical humour, while most of the webcomic strips have been pages of Scared Of The Police, a silent action strip inspired by a Reuben song). This of course follows on from previous stupid decisions I've made, such as not planning my cover for the printed comic ahead of time and then having to replace it when I realised that the first cover wasn't a good representation of the contents, or not working out a website strategy and design before going live with a new site.

Of course, this does fit with my overall approach to comics, which has been heavily based on "learn by doing". And the print-based segment of this process has been fun, even if it's also been stressful and time-consuming and led to me feeling like I'm still only just starting to learn how to make a comic worth reading.

Anyway, that's enough rambling from me for now.
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Monday, July 12th, 2010

Subject:RIP, you irascible genius
Time:10:26 pm.
I read earlier today that Harvey Pekar died in his sleep, aged 70.

Usually, when someone famous dies, my take on it is "Sad for the family, but I didn't know them so I don't much care". If they're someone whose work I've enjoyed particularly, I might raise a glass to them. But for some reason, when I read this earlier today, it was almost like hearing that a distant I hadn't seen in a while had died. It's impossible to read any significant amount of Pekar's comics work and not feel as though you'd gotten to know him in some way - his whole approach to comics was to invite you into his life and his world in a way that few try and even fewer achieve succesfully.

So I hope he's found his peace. If there were an afterlife, I'd hope Pekar were there giving someone shit over Heaven's god-awful taste in music and boring parties:

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Friday, June 11th, 2010

Subject:New comic
Time:8:51 am.
Page 3 of Scared Of The Police is now up at www.FyshbowlComics.com.

If you haven't read 'em already, look at page 1 and page 2 first. Then check out the Downloads & Archive page for more of my comics.
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Friday, June 4th, 2010

Subject:New comic again
Time:8:56 am.
Page 2 of Scared Of The Police is up now on FyshbowlComics.com. This updating-at-least-once-a-week thing is getting to be a habit...next thing you know I'll be dressing up like a nun, yuk yuk.
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Saturday, May 29th, 2010

Subject:New comic
Time:7:09 pm.
I should've posted this yesterday morning, but I spent most of the day sitting on my ass in airports, on buses and airplanes.

Anyway - new comic up at Fyshbowl Comics, the first part of an 8 or 10 page story...
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Thursday, May 27th, 2010

Subject:Amsterdam 2010 photos, part zwei
Time:9:12 pm.
So as ed_dirt pointed out, I'd forgotten to check some of the photos I posted yesterday for alignment, which meant that a good chunk of the pictures I took of the Escher @ The Palace exhibition were sideways. I've now corrected this, and so I offer you the slideshow again. There are also a whole load of photos from the Amsterdam Zoo (including some not-great photos from the zoo's aquarium, interspersed with the odd rather-nice-if-I-say-so-myself photos from the aquarium).

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Wednesday, May 26th, 2010

Subject:Amsterdam 2010
Time:11:09 pm.
As alluded to in previous posts, myself and the Other Half recently went to Amsterdam for a few days. Unlike many folks I know, I had no intention of spending my time consuming space cakes or trawling cafes in a daze - we were more interested in wandering around looking at museums and parks. I was going to embed the picturs individually, but then I realised there were over 100 of 'em, so instead I give you a Flickr slideshow:

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Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

Subject:In lieu of an actual proper update, I give you links to updates elsewhere
Time:10:11 am.
New Fyshbowl, in which I Learn Stuff At Bristol Comic Con.
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Monday, May 24th, 2010

Subject:Ack! Where'd my Sunday go?
Time:10:27 am.
Oh, that's right, it got spent sorting through all my old comics work. The newer version of fyshbowlcomics.com is still a work in progress, but I've uploaded a bunch of archive comics as CBZ files (these can be read with Comical or CDisplay, or any other program that can open Comic Book Archives). I've also uploaded some stuff to my Issuu profile, if you prefer reading comics in a Flash-based viewer.

Massive Flickr update and posts about Amsterdam etc will follow this evening sometime.
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Thursday, May 20th, 2010

Subject:Not dead, just smelling that way.
Time:9:33 am.
Well, ok, that's a lie. I smell delightful. But anyway, I know I haven't posted here in a horrendous amount of time. At least one new entry will go up on Sunday (not before then as I'm scrambling to assemble something for Bristol's Comic Con on Saturday, in typical half-arsed fashion). However, I can promise the following:
1) New Comics (though strictly you can already get at least 1 new comic by going to the all-new-but-not-properly-ready FyshbowlComics).
2) 100+ photos of my recent trip to Amsterdam, which involved no spacecakes, a few very nice beers, several museums, and one zoo.
3) My now-overdue annual-wibbling-about-videogames post, alongside wibbling-about-films-and-books.
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Monday, March 8th, 2010

Subject:Comics again
Time:11:10 pm.
So I've been meaning to write a couple of journal entries lately, because a few things are happening (some work-related, some personal) that have made me think. But as ever I've not made time to do so, and instead you get this silly entry with today's 5-minute warm-up sketch while I worked on some comics pages over lunch. I blame the other half making me watch Super Mario Bros. on DVD yesterday.

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Friday, February 12th, 2010

Subject:Comics: playing with a brushpen
Time:4:35 pm.
Recently I was given the chance to play around with a brushpen courtesy of ztoical, and have since been given one as an awesome house-warming present. I've been having great fun playing around with it, as it's introduced a sort of organic curvature to my lines which are usually too angular. This is great as it's something I'm trying to change in the pages I'm putting together for the collection I want to print up for Hi-Ex in March.

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Wednesday, January 6th, 2010

Subject:Yet more bloody snow
Time:5:00 pm.
So you may or may not be aware that snow has yet again buggered transport in much of the UK. This time around London's not quite so badly crippled but it's still making things more interesting than most of us would like, transport-wise.

But then, I figure this is probably the price we pay for having gotten a totally unexpected Snow Day back in February '09. There's also another consideration to bear in mind - a lot of things sure look durn pretty when dusted in snow.

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Tuesday, January 5th, 2010

Subject:Atheism, theism, antetheism, agnosticism and....that's it? Those are the choices?
Time:10:26 pm.
Given the law concerning blasphemy & libel that's now in effect in Ireland, and this comment on it, a few things occur to me.

Before Christmas, the other half and I went to see the Carols For Godless People show. Overall it was very good, except for the couple of parts where the strongly atheist agenda was evident.

I'm not saying "strongly atheist agenda" as a prelude to announcing that I've become a Born-Again Scientologist or anything. But the thing is, for the last several years I've concluded that my views on religion skewed closest to what I understood of as agnosticism.

Turns out that atheists of the New Humanist variety consider agnostics to think that "there must be something more".

Which doesn't really describe my stance at all. There might be something more, there might not. I'll stick with what can be confirmed through the scientific method up until the point I kick the bucket, and beyond that if by some hiterhto-unknown development there's still a me, I'll make it up as I go along.

The crux of the matter is that religion and/or godliness and/or spirituality are all irrelevant to my life. I really don't care. I don't think about it for any significant amount of time on any kind of regular basis. If someone else needs or wants to believe in some kind of Invisible Sky-Beard, I don't care. I care only when it affects my life, and for the last several years (and the foreseeable future) the only way that happens is if it bleeds over into social or legal policy, or if it's a significant aspect of something I'm reading/watching/listening to.

Disappointingly, I'd hoped that the New Humanist might be an institution (and their magazine a discussion venue) embodying ideals that overlap or concur with my own. Instead it turns out that they veer quite close to the religious groups they claim to oppose when it comes to a lack of tolerance and preachy statements that "everyone else MUST be wrong".

On the positive side, I did discover Baba Brinkman through the Carols For Godless People show, and in particular found out to my delight that his Rap Guide To Evolution is posted as freely-downloadable donationware.

Also, hurrah for a new year and new opportunities. Looks like this 'un will contain a lot more comics work than the last one...
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Wednesday, December 16th, 2009

Subject:Mutate Britain exhibition
Time:12:06 pm.
So recently myself and the other half went to Ladbroke Grove, intending to call into R Garcia and pick up some Spanish food for the Christmas holidays.

On the way there, we saw this:

It turned out to be a part of the Mutate Britain exhibition. At £2 in, it seemed a really stupid idea to not check it out, so we did so. A morass of photos lies beyond the cut for your visual delectation.

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Tuesday, December 8th, 2009

Subject:Copying Phil Barrett pt 2
Time:2:22 pm.
Following on from my earlier post containing last night's doodlings, I did more of the same today over lunch.

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Time:9:47 am.
While I was chatting to someone at Leeds about comics, I found myself talking about the likes of Philip Barrett and Gilbert Hernandez as the sorts of artists I'd like to try and emulate - because while their work appears simple it's very effective as a visual storytelling tool.

It's occurred to me that I won't learn from them if I don't try to draw in their style and figure out what works for me (or doesn't) and go from there.

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Monday, November 30th, 2009

Subject:Another lunchtime sketch
Time:2:45 pm.
As per my last post I've been doodling in my lunchbreak recently, to try and get some ideas for this comic I've decided I'm putting out for the end of March next year. It's been fun so far in that rather than trying to come up with full-length stories I've just been tossing out ideas for one or two pages, including a couple of silent or mostly-silent comics, which is a nice change.

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Tuesday, November 24th, 2009

Subject:On comics, and amusing foodstuffs
Time:11:11 pm.
Ye gods and little fish, it's been 13 weeks since I posted here?! Evidently my previous notion of "journal comics" has failed.

Oh well.
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