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Radical Boy Portable Page 29 [May. 5th, 2009|12:08 pm]
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Another Monday where I screwed the pooch. Well, actually a Monday where I was crippled by a week's worth of insomnia. Every night now, my eyes pop open at 3:30 a.m. and it's almost impossible to fall back asleep before the alarm. It's not that bad, and usually I can recoup on the weekend, but not this past weekend.

It's my first real bout of insomnia since something like 5 years ago, when I finally quit regular caffeine intake and eventually all of the various soda pops.

What else? Mom's established out in New Mexico now, running furlough continues, and last night Sara and I started watching the first season of In Treatment. There's plenty of other television we have slated to watch, but not much of it is only a half hour and so episodic that we could go without watching it for a week or more with no trouble.

One page left! Tomorrow!
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Radical Boy Portable Page 28 [May. 1st, 2009|11:11 am]
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Two left, gang! Two left!
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Radical Boy Portable Page 27 [Apr. 30th, 2009|10:48 am]
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I said two pages today, but I didn't mean it. It's a more satisfying reading experience to see just this today, I decided.

I don't get a lunch break today, so I'm not sure how much I'll have up tomorrow, but it'll be at least a page. At this point the 30 in 30 is pretty much shot, but I came real close and I'm happy with my work, so whatever, suckas.

Last night when Paisley was drawing her comic for today, she asked me to help her figure out how Wolverine's hair went, and I doodled this to explain while she loafed behind my head:

And if you're still hankering for more drawings by me, I have a guest comic up at Chainsaw Comics.
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Double Sized Radical Boy Update (Pages 25 and 26) [Apr. 29th, 2009|11:22 am]
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Well livejournal just ate my comics and my post about how fucking refreshing Tracy Daugherty's new biography of Donald Barthelme is compared to the other attempts I've read. In short: it is good because the Daugherty has the space and confidence to stop a paragraph or three and give a quick outline of modern architecture or the history of The New Yorker. Anyway, it's the first book about Don B. I'd recommend to pair with the actual stories and maybe even to actual human readers outside, you know, English majors. Fucking refreshing.

Sara bought it for me as a surprise present. She is very nice to me.

What else? Four pages left. Two Thursday, two Friday, if all goes as planned. Then?
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Radical Boy Portable Page 24 (Finally!) [Apr. 28th, 2009|02:44 pm]
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The weekend was longer than I'd expected, so I'm playing catch-up around here. If the new production schedule holds, you'll be getting double-sized updates of Radical Boy until all 30 are up, but we'll see if I can keep it fun for myself.

Yesterday was the first weekday I didn't post in several months. It was a shitty morning to an otherwise okay day, and I eventually wound up dragging some art and writing out of myself in the evening. My knee problem isn't going away just by taking a time or two off, so I'm putting myself on running furlough for two weeks. I hope that's enough to get some light work back, or I'll start losing some stamina and general good cheer.

What else? Mom and Dad are driving all of Mom's stuff out to New Mexico. Sara and I re-organized the furniture in our apartment. The government gave me a check and I thought I might buy myself a little present with some of it to make me feel better, but when the time came I couldn't come up with a little thing to buy for myself because I was feeling bad. It was a conundrum.
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Radical Boy Portable Page 23 [Apr. 24th, 2009|11:23 am]
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This is the last Radical Boy for the week. Monday there will be 3 new pages up. Three of the final 7! Man, remember when we were all like "Who are the final five Cylons?" and we didn't know yet. Those were good days, but these are good days, too!

Nedroid is having a Webcomics Fanart Day and he drew just the most awesome Radical Boy fan art along with some others. The whole thing got even more amazing for me personally when other people (like
monstro  and mike_grizzleby) chimed in with additional RB fan art in the comments.

I'm saying it's Friday, it's sunny and wonderful outside, and the wistful portion of the weekend doesn't even begin for another day or so yet.

Additional Video Update: The perfect intersection of several of my interests.

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Radical Boy Portable Page 22 [Apr. 23rd, 2009|11:45 am]
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Another day, another Radical Boy page: 22/30.

If you were to ask me about what is going on in my life right now, I would probably talk about how my mom got a new job. My parents are still married and they live in northwest Indiana. Right before Christmas, as she was finishing her Master's Degree, my mom got laid off from her job. It took some months, but she got a new position in New Mexico. My dad, meanwhile, can't retire from the mill for another year or so, so this weekend Sara and I are going back to Indiana to go to my mom's graduation and help her pack to leave while my dad lives back here until he can retire and move to follow her.

It is the sort of thing that brings out a whole swirl of emotions and questions in me, and I'm not even the one moving. My mom's never lived alone before -- she moved out of my grandparents house into her first apartment with my dad. She's also only ever lived in Indiana. My parents are smart and determined and brave and cool and it is weird as all hell to think about them setting up a schedule of alternating who flies where weekends. I've had plenty of time now to roll the thing around and part of me is sad and part of me is excited and mostly it is like a fog of unpredictability has settled over an otherwise completely stable part of my life. I'm saying the whole thing is puzzling.
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Ill-Conceived Box Copy for a Movie I Love: The Graduate [Apr. 22nd, 2009|03:13 pm]
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One of my hobbies is to coming up with terrible commercials or taglines for movies. Once I even wrote a new theme song for According to Jim.

But today, friends, I wrote some ill-conceived box copy for The Graduate:

See the movie that had all of America asking, "Are you seducing me, Mrs. Robinson?"

Anne Bancroft stars as the original M.I.L.F.! This desperate housewife will do anything she can to seduce a boy half her age (Dustin Hoffman). He graduated college, but now she wants to give him an extra semester of education -- sexual education!

Fans of There's Something About Mary and Meet the Parents will love this quirky laugh riot that's not afraid to get a little raunchy. Featuring a soundtrack with original versions of hit songs like Mrs. Robinson and The Sounds of Silence!

I don't know why I did it, but I did. It started with a doodle of Mrs. Robinson peeling the skin of her leg off. What. The. Hell. Why would I do this to one of my all-time favorite movies? Oh well.
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Single-Serving Radical Boy Portable Update: Page 21 [Apr. 22nd, 2009|02:31 pm]
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So I screwed my knee up a little. This morning when I ran, I stopped way short because the ongoing twinge in my knee was bothersome enough that I was doing some kinda limp-run whenever I pushed off with my right foot. It's probably just a minor case of runner's knee, so I have to scale back my runs a lot and take it easy the next couple weeks, which is all frustrating since I'd just gotten to a comfortable plateau and I'd soon have some other options open up for me like working on speed or distance, and now I'm going to have to work back up to this same level. Still, I'm trying to stay objective and not let the mental energies leak too much into the future or the past.

When I aborted the run, I stopped and sat on one of the concrete beaches and just watched the sun come up. There was a man fishing near me and it was all pretty wonderful, considering.

Anyway, I think I'm going to pick up a pair of Vibram Fivefingers, because I've been secretly curious for a while, I've got the money, and I have to scale my runs back anyway.

Sorry to all the people that just bored the shit out of. I have something else today, but I'm going to give it its own post.

EDIT: I totally forgot to link to this awesome Radical Boy fan art that Phil Redmon drew. Phil is the tops -- a good friend and a continuous source of inspiration for me -- and what's more, today is his birthday.
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Double Sized Tuesday Radical Boy Portable Update (Pages 19 and 20) [Apr. 21st, 2009|11:36 am]
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Okay, now we're all caught up with Radical Boy. I feel whupped.

Just 10 pages left and then something that is not this exactly!
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