Friday, December 31, 2010

Happy New Years: Its Our Ever Improving Living Room #99!

check it out - today's strip is #99, that means tomorrow -  January 1st, 2011 - will be strip number 100! In honor of this monumental occasion, I would like to announce that OEILR Vol 1 is finally available at Chicago Comics (ok, this isn't much of an announcement, because I was supposed to have it done a while ago) as of today you can go pick up a physical copy in the real world and enjoy the sensation of purchasing an object from a flesh and bones human being, all while supporting the local comics community! 

Thanks for reading! Have a good New Year! Try not to be disappointed when 2011 doesn't live up to your ridiculous expectations!

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Hello Again! Hello Again!

Welcome back - I hope everyone had a good holiday. Here are the comics from the last 9 days I've been away! I hope you enjoy them. Another one will be following tonight. 

for now, I'm going to go breathe a sign of relief as I have finished unpacking and finally scanned these. Also, maybe I'll eat a sandwich.  

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Goin' on a holiday.

I'm taking a short break for the next week or so - going home, and nowhere near a scanner, so I won't be able to upload any new comics. Don't worry though, I'll be back next week with a ton of new strips all at once. So have a good holiday...

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Friday, December 17, 2010

The comics are here!

yes they are! just 6 days late! Our Ever Improving Living Room - Volume 1 collects the first 30 days of my journal comic experience. Won't you please pick one up today and enjoy?

The books are now available in my online shop, just click the link on the right. I'll make sure to get them to Quimby's (1854 W. North Ave), Chicago Comics (3244 N. Clark) , and ShopColumbia (623 S. Wabash) as soon as possible, but it may not be until after the holidays. If you have live in the city, I'd suggest going to the store to pick up a copy. only you can help support the local comic book shops! Also, they're going to be 50 cents cheaper in stores, if that sweetens the deal.

I'll be following up with Volume 2 in the near future, so get excited.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Hot Doug's, Comics, Gloves, and "It's a Wonderful Strife"

Today's comic is brought to you by Hot Doug's, one of my very favorite restaurants in the city! Try the Marty Allen with everything. Excellent. 

I was supposed to be picking up the copies of Volume 1 from minuteman press today... but unfortunately they weren't ready. I'll be getting them tomorrow though, fingers crossed. After that, I should be officially opening the shop. Just letting you know in advance that any orders might take a little time to fill, on account of the holidays.

Also, for those of you who saw the comic concerning my issue of only having one glove - you can rest easy. I bought a pair of gloves today, as it has been maddeningly cold as of late.

And finally, you should all check out "It's a Wonderful Strife," Nick Drnaso's new book. Nick is a friend of mine, and a student at Columbia. He's just recently self published Wonderful Strife with the help of the Columbia print lab.

Just a quick review: "It's a Wonderful Strife" is a re-imagining of Frank Capra's classic film "It's a Wonderful Life." However, this story puts a much darker twist on the original plot. The story follows Leslie Morton, the anti-everyman of Bedford Falls, as he lives his life in the shadow of the smooth skinned, smoother talking George Bailey. Morton is an incredibly unsavory character, and the artist's intricate linework enhances his ugliness. Nick's rendering of the scenery and townspeople of Bedford Falls, as well as every fold and wart on his protagonist is damn masterful. The story is great too. The reader really has to decide wether to find this character sympathetic or not, as he seems like a very real person in what is actually a totally hollywood-ized world. Nick has a style that is as much dark comedy as it is tragedy - you should trust him to sufficiently corrupt this timeless classic.

To check out more of Nick's work, follow the link in the righthand column of this site marked "friends and acquaintances"

for samples of "It's a Wonderful Strife," go here

and here is a picture of me reading "It's a Wonderful Strife" while wearing the aforementioned new gloves.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

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Saturday, December 4, 2010

Thanks to everyone who came out last night for all the kind words about my work. The show was excellent. 

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Dazed in December

I'm going to be in a show tomorrow night - three paintings - come check them out.
I'm lucky to be among several young artists showing, including music by my good friends Life Long Laser
If you're interested, call me, text, email, or facebook for details. 

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Shop Opening Soon!

If you'll kindly direct your eyes to the righthand sidebar, you'll notice a new section labeled "SHOP." Well, I'm happy to announce that soon you'll be able to purchase physical printed copies of Our Ever Improving Living Room!

Volume One, spanning from September 24th to October 23rd, is being printed and will be available soon - Just in time for the holidays!

Volume Two will be following shortly after. I'll have more news on all of this soon, once I get it all set up.