Sunday, 31 January 2010

Thursday, 28 January 2010

Fifty-Eighth Tiny Moment

Sorry for the lateness of this one, but my internet went down last night.  Better late than never!

Wednesday, 27 January 2010

Intermission 5: Comics.

It occurs to me that for a number of people reading this blog, this'll be one of their first experiences of reading comics as an adult. I was a fairly late starter to comics myself. I'd enjoyed The Beano and Calvin and Hobbes as a child (you're never too young or too old to enjoy Calvin and Hobbes), but never appreciated what comics could be until I was almost 17.

The first thing you realise when you actually look at comics is that they aren't a genre as so many misconceive, but a whole medium. That much should really be obvious, but it isn't, for far too many people. In the murk of cultural snobbery comics have either been dismissed as kid-lit and macho, violent escapism, or in the case of some works (Art Spiegelman's 'Maus', Marjane Satrapi's 'Persepolis' for example) have been elevated in an almost exaggerated fashion by cultural commentators, who it feels to me, see these works as flowers that have grown out of the muck of the rest of the medium. It's a start at least that some comics are getting mainstream attention, and the works of both Spiegelman and Satrapi deserve their stature, but my question is why this polarity has to exist at all? Why can't we learn to pick up comics off the shelf the same way we pick up novels? Why is there shame associated with a medium that can juxtapose all the power of prose with that of illustration? Why is this exciting young medium invisible to most, a mere flirtation for some, and an obsession for the rest?

Tuesday, 26 January 2010

Fifty-Seventh Tiny Moment.

A second comic on the love theme. Love is reading gory descriptions from a true crime classic before bed.

Monday, 25 January 2010

Fifty-Sixth Tiny Moment.

Josie Long has set the task of love week this week for 100days. Well, here's my take on it. Love is eating someone's tears.

Thursday, 21 January 2010

Wednesday, 20 January 2010

Fifty-First Tiny Moment

LinkI recommend grabbing yourself some Lovecraft at some point in your life. I just don't recommend hallucinating after reading any of his work...

Tuesday, 19 January 2010

Fiftieth Tiny Moment

Half way through! No special celebratory strip I'm afraid. Just another tiny moment. I hope everyone is enjoying the moments so far. It's been a strange process for this first half. For every day where it's been fun and exciting, there's been one that's been draining and a bit demoralising. I've certainly learned a lot in these first 50 days, and just wonder what the next 50 will bring.

Forty-Ninth Tiny Moment

What an unbelievably frustrating day. I even gave up on an entirely different strip and flopped about in despair. And then I remembered this old habit...

Sunday, 17 January 2010

Saturday, 16 January 2010

Friday, 15 January 2010

Forty-Sixth Tiny Moment

Healthy eating... inspired by a very unhealthy dinner.

Sincere apologies to Tom Humberstone, who I may have ripped the idea for the last panel off of: his 100days comics are fantastic, and a recent one featured a conversation between his present self and his childhood self. It's wonderful.

Forty-Fifth Tiny Moment

Woah... tired tonight. Kind of petered out on the last panel there. Hazards of a daily strip I guess.

Thursday, 14 January 2010

Intermission 4: Twitter

Hello! I've signed up to Twitter now, if anyone is interested. I'll be posting links to the daily comic there, and maybe tweeting a little about the 100days process.

Wednesday, 13 January 2010

Tuesday, 12 January 2010

Forty-Third Tiny Moment

Sorry, a bit bleak today. Click on the image to see the full face melting glory!

Friday, 8 January 2010

Thirty-Ninth Tiny Moment

Intermission 3: The Lost Treasures of The Black Heart

Hi all! Josie Long's "Lost Treasures of the Black Heart" is rearing its lovely head on Tuesday January 12th down London way.

Flyer by Anna Saunders.

The Lost Treasures of the Black heart
A night dedicated to unsung heroes and hidden gems.

12th January

Upstairs at the Black Heart pub, Camden Town

Doors 7pm
£5 on the door (£3 if you come dressed as the story behind a National Trust property)

Not only that, but the lovely people at We Are Words + Pictures will be setting up a stall to sell comics and zines, including my current pride & joy "Filmish: Comic Book Essays on Film Theory", which'll be on sale for a mere £3!

They'll also be selling work by Geof 'Fetishman' and Mark Ellerby, as well as copies of Solipsistic Pop.

If you're in the area, please pop in, meet some fellow hundred-dayers, buy some comics and generally have fun! And let me know how it went, since I won't be there :(

Thirty-Eighth Tiny Moment

Tuesday, 5 January 2010

Thirty-Sixth Tiny Moment

A little sequel to yesterday's strip. Those are the two 'near' death experiences I've had. By the way, I've posted a 'best of so far' on my other blog, with some minuscule wee snippets of information about each one.

Monday, 4 January 2010

Sunday, 3 January 2010

Thirty-Fourth Tiny Moment

*The song "Circle My Demise" is the property of King Creosote. I recommend you check out his work. It's very, very good.

Thirty-Third Tiny Moment

Mary has a bit of a sleep walking problem. She just got up and took all the covers and sat down in the chair in the window. She may kill me one day in her sleep, in which case I feel she should be allowed to walk free...

Friday, 1 January 2010

Thirty-Second Tiny Moment

The first tiny moment of the decade.