Friday, July 11, 2003

It is fucking freezing in this office! It's terrible. It is cranked up so's I've been on the edge of getting sick from the cold for over a week now. I had to go into the bathroom and put on an undershirt which I'd packed up for my Jersey weekend. That means I'm going to be short an item of clothing on sunday and have to come back to the city topless, because I can't be wearing soiled apparel.

In other news: I drew a bit last night, so I feel ok.

Thursday, July 10, 2003

Went to dinner way up on 111th street last night. Interesting to go that far up town. I rarely venture above 59th street too much, and even then I don't get up much past the 80's.

Did not do any drawing last night. I feel terrible about it, especially since I won't be able to draw again until maybe sunday. It sucks too, because the pages I'm working on at the moment are coming out extra-good. Not just my normal level of competent drawing - but above and beyond! I am at the point when the main characters are just chekcing into their room at the Hedonism resort and having a look round. This is when the story gets interesting because now I get to draw all kinds of cool background characters and nudity and debauchery. The sequence before this was a scene in a van, which is harder to draw and harder to get excited about. Soon I'll get to draw drugs, and then I'll know I'm having a good time.

Wednesday, July 09, 2003

I had heard rumors that the SPX anthology was going to be shipping this week, so I actually left the Carnegie Hall area during work hours and went down to Jim Hanley's on 33rd. I looked around and discovered that the anthology was nowhere to be found. Sadly, I learned it ships next week instead. I was duped...

Obviously the reason I was so excited to get the book was because I am in it. Technically it is my first published work, so for that reason it is exciting to me. Normally I don't buy anthologies though, because usually there are too many "eh" comics in them. I don't even know if I've read all of the previous SPX anthologies that come out. One thing I did pick up and look at in the store was a book called "Kramer's Ergot #4". It looks pretty impressive, and I've heard good things, so I just might have to break my rule this one time.

Tomorrow we are going to see the New York Philharmonic in Central Park, and we have seats since a friend of ours works for the parks department. Apparently this is a sweet deal, 'cos supposedly it is hard to get a seat at this thing. I've never heard of this Philharmonic in the park thing, but I am willing to give it a try.

I came up with a joke recently about how people in England are all living in newly re-modeled homes with fancy modernist designs because all that seems to be on BBC America are shows about people in England re-doing their houses for cheap, but I don't think it plays out that well. You kind of have to had been watching as much BBC America as me, and specifically watching the BBC America shows that I've been watching. I think I will have to keep the joke to myself for the time being.

Tuesday, July 08, 2003

Went to the beach on saturday. It was actually very nice, although the beach is not my natural habitat. I burn way too easily, so I have to get totally slathered up with sunblock, which just makes me feel greasy. I did a good job of covering up this time though, I have two small patches of sunburn, one on my ankle and one on my hip.

Upon returning from the beach and reflecting a bit, I have decided it's finally time to go to a dermatologist and find out the official State of My Skin Union.

Things of note about the beach:

1) Long Beach actually wasn't that far away, and it wasn't completely packed like I assumed it would be.

2) There were naked people there.

3) I need to start working out again. Not only am I pasty, but I am getting doughy. This is not a good look. I know that I am allowed to let myself go now that I am getting hitched, but I think I'd like to try and hold on as long as possible.

In case I slack off again, here are my upcoming plans: Friday: Meet the wedding cantor. Saturday: Go to the scottish florist and sit quietly and politely as Aliza talks to her about flowers. Saturday afternoon: drive down to Jersey and hopefully go to the beach again.

Monday, July 07, 2003

New review of Gabagool! #4 at