March 27, 2014 by
Woah – it’s been a while! Oops. I never intended to take a half a year break from Mindless Pursuits, but maybe that was what was needed. For those who aren’t aware, in addition to Mindless Pursuits, I also own and create art for Butterfly Bay Design, along with my daughters. Between Butterfly Bay Design work, and other things going on, I more or less lost track of time. Recent creative impulses have gotten me back into the realm of the whimsical though! So – what’s been happening, and what is planned?
First – while I haven’t been cartooning in a while, I plan to get back to it. Not on a regular schedule, but as whimsy strikes me. I’ve given up on the idea of an ongoing webcomic with an internal continuity, as while I liked my character ideas, I just don’t feel I can come up with fresh material regularly for it. The idea of putting that pressure on also tends to stymie my creativity, so it’s probably better overall if I drop it and just make the occasional gag strip.
Second – the anime love still runs strong in our household, and my oldest daughter is attending Anime Detour with me at the beginning of April! It’s going to be a lot of fun, and though I won’t be cosplaying as I’d originally planned, she’ll be going as Yomiko Readman from Read or Die. It’ll be her first time going to an anime convention so hopefully she’ll have a blast!
Finally – I’m going to be getting back to creating and selling items under the Mindless Pursuits brand. I had stopped to focus on Butterfly Bay, but am finding that my goofy, fun creative side needs just as much of an outlet as my more serious art side does. As a result, I’m going to be trying to better balance putting my creative energy into projects that cover the spectrum, beginning with an attempt to make a ‘Doctor Cthulhu’ bust. It will be my first real attempt at sculpture, and I don’t know yet how successful I’ll be. I am certainly looking forward to the attempt! I’ll be blogging about it here and on the Butterfly Bay Design blog. It may or may not be a quick project. We’ll have to see how I do.
So that’s it. Hopefully this is just the start of many things to come. Thank you for hanging in here during my unanticipated hiatus, and I look forward to bringing you new stuff very soon!
September 18, 2013 by
Greatly enjoyable, but there better damn well be a season 2 since we were left with nothing but cliffhangers!
June 19, 2013 by
The last couple of weeks have been difficult for both weight loss and for the webcomic. One of my closest, dearest friends visited, which was awesome… however, we ate like we were on vacation. Between that and a Father’s Day of rich foods at my parents, I ended up shooting back up to 417.6 pounds. Yep. I managed to erase almost all of what I had lost since I started the blog. The ‘it’s a special occasion’ excuse came heavily into play here, but I am thankful to say that I was able to focus, get some exercise, and lose 3.6 of those pounds again so far this week. I’m fairly confident I’ll lose the rest by Monday. My eldest daughter and I have found a good walking path near to our home that’s 3/4 of a mile in length, so it works well for us.
In other news, after three fresh webcomics and a filler, I actually feel confident about my ability to pull off a weekly webcomic. Having said that, I’m still putting the webcomic on hiatus for a while. This is partly because I’ve got some pressing work to attend to that eats up time I’d use for the webcomic, but it’s also because I’m having a debate about whether I want to do a weekly ‘gag strip’ or an ongoing story, and I want to get that sorted before I continue, as I know I won’t have time to do both for a while. When I do bring the webcomic back, I’m going to bring it back here instead of having it be on it’s own subdomain.
Additionally, I’m going to change the focus of my blogging. Whenever I feel like I’ve lost my focus for blogging, I always revert back to blogging about random stuff in my life. Frankly, I prefer blogging about art, anime and other entertainment, and so that’s what I’m going to get back to. The webcomic, when it returns, will become the focal point, but I’m still going to blog about art and entertainment matters relevant to my interests as a writer and artist. I will still track my weight-loss, as I believe that’s something many people can relate to, and it helps me stay focused on it, but I’m not going to meander off into other areas of my life just to have something to blog about when I’m stuck for a topic! Anyone who really wants to get a glimpse into my private life can find me through other channels.
Have a great week, everyone!
May 28, 2013 by
Listening to one of my favorite mix CDs during a drive, I was struck by how many band names would make great sound effects! Not just in the 80s, though that’s what I was listening to, but almost anytime in the last 30-40 years. T-Pau! Bananarama! Klymaxx! Though that last one is probably more appropriate for an adult comic….
Of course, what’s the quintessential throwback to comic book sound effect? The Batman TV show from the 60s, starring everybody’s favorites, Adam West and Dick Ward. I figure in an alternate universe there has to have been The Blue Bunny and Squirrel right? Well, maybe not, but I like to think so!
May 27, 2013 by
Just a quick and easy update today, as gray and dreary out, and I just don’t have anything fun in mind to video blog about. Despite a drastic loss in willpower last week when my oldest daughter made brownies, I still managed to lose .4 pounds this week, bringing my total lost since I started blogging about it to 4.4 pounds. Now that we seem to have finally escaped the snow and cold, I’m going to work on getting more exercise outside, be it biking or walking. I’m also going to dig out the old exercise DVDs and see if I can begin incorporating any of those into my weekly routine.
Not much else to talk about today, so I wish all of you a happy Monday! For those in the United States observing Memorial Day, let us remember all of those brave men and women who have served our country. They deserve to be memorialized.
May 24, 2013 by
No, this is not about spaghetti westerns, even though I admit to their being a guilty pleasure of mine. This is just a quick review of some things that happened this week, because I’ve been wrapped up in my ‘Grand Endeavor’ and haven’t done much else during the day. Consider it this blogs equivalent of a quick Twitter or Facebook Wall post, just slightly longer!
Kauju – Pencil Roughs
The Good: I produced another webcomic last weekend, and almost have the one completed for this weekend. Even if it’s not getting seen much, I’m having a lot of fun making it, and someone even bought a print of one through Zazzle. You can see the pencil rough for last week’s comic above. Additionally, I learned that I would be able to stay in my apartment for another year, so that gives me time to finish getting the Grand Endeavor up and running, as well as being here and stable for my daughters as they transition to new schools.
The Bad: I’ve hit a code snag with my project, and am having trouble figuring out how to resolve it, so it’s cost me some time and added some stress. I know it’ll get resolved, but any delay is bad, even with the good news above. Also, while they were very good, my oldest daughter made brownies this week and my willpower just wasn’t up to the task and I’ve gotten in less cycling. I need to kick up the exercise this weekend!
The Ugly: After staying at bay for most of the time since I received my scan results, yesterday the depression hit back hard and with it came the self-defeating questions I strive to keep at bay, such as “was it a mistake to renew my lease?” “Will I actually be able to compete with my Grand Endeavor” “Will I ever lose the weight?” “Why should I get out of bed this morning?” You get the idea. I believe that completing this weekend’s webcomic will help me push those thoughts back, as will completing the digital painting I’ve been working on, but I wish the depression had stayed away longer.
That’s it! For those who follow the webcomic, a new update will go up sometime tomorrow night, otherwise I’ll have a new VBlog update on Monday. Have a great weekend!
May 20, 2013 by
Only a short update this week as I’m heads-down in code for my Grand Endeavor!
May 19, 2013 by
My girls and I love kaiju (giant monsters), and own every Godzilla and Gamera movie. Of course, we also love wordplay, so I was joking with them about Cow-Ju, or giant cow monsters. They thought I should go for it, and I agree! Now we need to convince Toho to make it!
Here’s a larger version that’s a bit easier to see (as the original was actually quite large)! Have a great weekend!
May 13, 2013 by
Let’s start off with the bad news: I gained 1.4 pounds since last Monday. That’s not the reason why I’m not videoblogging today. I’m not videoblogging because I had a mild reaction to a new shaving cream I tried. I’m certain it’ll clear up and I can do the VBlog tomorrow. Anyway, in the aftermath of last Wednesday’s news about being cancer-free, I rather overindulged in sweets in celebration. Cookies at home and multiple times of going out for pie with my family (not celebratory pie – just pie). I’m actually quite amazed that I didn’t go up more, but I guess that’s the benefit of having gone cycling around the neighborhood most days!
Doctor Cthulwho – Pencil Sketch
In other news, I launched ‘Mindless Pursuits – The Comic‘ over the weekend. It’s a baby step towards my ultimate goal of publishing a graphic novel and will help me further develop my drawing and digital inking/coloring skills. It’s also a chance to let loose with some of my more absurd thoughts and whimsy! Above is the pencil sketch of the first comic. To see the completed version, go to the comic site!
That’s it for today, as I am back to working on my ‘Grand Endeavor’ full time. Have a great week!
May 12, 2013 by
Hey – It’s a first comic! I only expect to do one each weekend, but who knows? Maybe as I get faster I’ll do more. Regardless, this is what happens when I have too much coffee, too little sleep, and an active imagination!
I don’t think I’d really want to travel with this incarnation of everyone’s favorite Time Lord. Would you?