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I just need to get this off my chest: I've been meaning to start working on Cockroach Pentecost again and I keep thinking about going back to it.... And then every time I re-read it, all I can think is:

I really did not intend to make Nevitt look that much like Benedict Cumberbatch.

In my defense, it's purely coincidental. Cumberbatch wasn't even a blip on my radar when I did my first conceptual Nevitt sketches. He's just got that really long, oddly-rectangular face...

Sigh.
I'm back. I think. My life feels like it's starting to settle back into some kind of steady rhythm - I'm slowly getting the hang of my new job, while I start to feel more at home in my new apartment downtown. While I try to figure out what I'm going to do next, drawing these weird comics keeps me sane - ish.

I don't have much more to report. I should. I'll work on that.
  • Listening to: Ani DiFranco - Fuel
  • Reading: Hugh Raffles - Insectopedia
  • Drinking: Venizelos Coffee. Always.
Oh, man. This poor comic... All neglected, and alone...

I just haven't felt like drawing anything lately. I've been decently bored, but not in the same way I was before. This was something I thought of at work, to take my mind off the craziness that was Kroger - now I have a different job, and I'm not yet to the point where I need to take my mind off of anything.

I'm a little frustrated with the flow of the last few pages. There's just too much information being thrown at you at once, and nothing really makes much sense yet. I mean, it all makes sense to me. But that's because I'm nuts enough to come up with this stuff in the first place.
  • Listening to: Isao Tomita - Snowflakes are Dancing
  • Reading: Isaac Asimov - Foundation
  • Drinking: Venizelos Coffee. Always.
Sorry for the slowness on the updates lately. I'm having an I'm-an-idiot crisis. Happens to the best of us.

I started writing this comic because I was bored to tears, and had to have something to think about at work to keep myself sane. The two things I tend to read up about the most online are bugs, and religions. Since those are the two most interesting things to me, I decided to write a story about them.

But I don't know that much about either one. I'm not an entomologist, or a theologian. I decorate cakes. Those things just interest me.

Realizing how incredibly little I know about bugs, I've started reading everything I can about them. I've started going out to parks, trying to find as many weird little bugs as I can, and posting pictures of them on invertebrates forums. The more I find, the more I realize I don't know. And I want to know.

When I started this comic, I thought it would be a good way for me to force myself to learn about arthropods. It's worked – I feel like I know a lot more than I did when I first started.

But what I know isn't enough. Most days, I just make myself keep going – the only way to fix this is to learn everything I can! But sometimes I just feel like I have no business writing a story about something I know nothing about. What if people read this thinking that I know what I'm talking about, and I feed them misinformation? Unforgivable!

Regardless, this is my favorite way to learn anything – take the things I know, and put them in a story.

I guess I can't take this too seriously. They're man-sized, talking bugs, on fire. I'm just gonna say it's artistic license and leave it at that.
  • Reading: Ayn Rand - Atlas Shrugged
  • Drinking: Venizelos Coffee. Always.
Something happened today while I was at work. Something horrible, disturbing, something that's shaken my faith in humanity and made me feel like an alien walking unnoticed amongst the human race.

We were decorating cakes when the phone rang. Co-worker #1 answered - I'm leaving out names here, to protect the dignity of the parties involved. The customer wanted to know: what colors do you mix to make the color red?

I looked #1 in the eye. "Red?" I said.

"Yeah."

"Like, what are the ingredients in the red icing?"

"No, just, what colors you mix to make red."

I stared at her blankly for a second or two. "You... don't," I said finally.

"Well, you can mix all colors to get anything."

"But... no. Red is a primary color. So are yellow and blue."

"Yellow and orange make red!" shouted coworker #2 - I thought she of all people would know!

"But... orange is red and yellow!" I said, desperately, while coworker #1 told the customer in a matter-of-fact tone that red is made out of yellow and orange.

I mixed some icing in demonstration. I made a color wheel on iced cookies using the airbrush, explaining primary, secondary and tertiary colors, RGB, CMYK, explained how red, green and blue light make white, how black is technically not a color... Everything I know. Still, all three of them stood by their convictions. Their logic: what are red, blue and yellow made out of if not other colors?

I'm... stunned. Horrified. I... didn't know things were this bad. I have to get out of here.
  • Listening to: Boards of Canada - Dayvan Cowboy
  • Reading: Ayn Rand - Atlas Shrugged
  • Drinking: Venizelos Coffee. Always.
I finally got my car working! No more walking 3 miles to get to work!

This is why the updates have been a bit slow the last week or so - I've been spending all my spare time waiting at the car place. Hopefully things will move faster from now on... Assuming I don't go having a life, that is. I'll try not to have too much of one.

It is scorching, scorching hot here. Good ReKay weather. I love heat. Makes me feel like the atmosphere's giving me a nice, warm hug. I am insane, yes, I know.
  • Listening to: Eels - Fresh Blood
  • Reading: Ayn Rand - Atlas Shrugged
  • Drinking: Venizelos Coffee. Always.
You heard me - cockroach-pentecost.com is online. I told you I was working on it! And there you go.

That said... I'm horrible at these things. I can do a basic website, with links. Anything fancier than that and I feel like I'm wrestling with an angry walrus. Any advice?

A new page will probably happen maybe tomorrow evening. Maaaybe. If I commit to it, I'll probably develop commitment issues and not post it, so I'm just going to say that it MIGHT, so that it probably will.
  • Reading: Ayn Rand - Atlas Shrugged
  • Drinking: Venizelos Coffee. Always.
I just went back and redid all the text on every page - you can actually read it, now! Hopefully. Assuming my writing isn't too unbearable.

I used the Anime Ace font, which I've been told is decent. Thoughts?
  • Listening to: N.A.S.A. - Way Down
  • Eating: Coagulated bovine lactate on a fungal growth - mm.
  • Drinking: Venizelos Coffee. Always.
Sooo, I came home from work today to find that my living room ceiling had pretty much completely collapsed. Not the roof -  just the drywall part, thank god. There'd be a bad leak up there for a couple days, and... it got worse, I guess.

Oh yeah, I'm fine, everything's fine, it happened in a relatively good spot, with nothing important underneath it! I got all the pieces off the carpet, and everything looks normal, except for the fact that my ceiling isn't there. Just... damn! That's never happened to me before. Huh. I talked to my landlord, and he says they'll be fixing the roof over the weekend, and he should be able to fix the drywall once the roof work is done. I can keep living here.

Anyway, this has absolutely no relevance to anything I post here, so I don't know why I'm even posting this. Just felt like it, I guess?

You know your life is boring when your ceiling caves in and you almost think it's exciting. I have to get my car working before I snap. Gotta get outta here!
  • Listening to: Ben Folds Five - Magic
  • Drinking: Venizelos Coffee. Always.

Rambling about fonts...

Journal Entry: Wed May 19, 2010, 10:00 PM


Ugh, the last few pages have just been crawwwling along. They were a pain to draw, and they're being a pain to paint - but I take comfort from the fact that the most boring scene so far involves people walking through an alley that's ON FIRE. That's... something, right?

Anyway, I can't wait til I can start posting the good stuff. And then the better stuff. And hopefully by then my art will have improved a bit.

I'm thinking about going through and redoing all the handwritten text. It's just too hard to read. I'm just not sure which font to use... I hate hate hate comic sans, and obviously a serif font wouldn't really fit, but neither would most sans serifs, and I don't want to do anything too weird... Typography can be such a pain! No excuse, though - the point of working on this is to learn how to do it right.

So... I'd better start doing that soon. Before I have a million pages to wade through.

  • Listening to: The Killers - Tranquilize
  • Reading: Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
  • Eating: Nothing... T_T I want food now please.
  • Drinking: Venizelos Coffee. Always.
Awwright, finally got some new stuff up. I got my computer back in working order, and... I'm back from Japan! Amazing vacation; I'll probably gab more about it later (most of the time you can't shut me up about it), but right now it's bedtime!
  • Drinking: Venizelos Coffee. Always.
Or at least, my poor computer is. The thing won't boot up at all. So, until I get it replaced and/or fixed, there won't be any updates. However, I'm still keeping busy, so once I get a working computer again, I'll have a huge update!
  • Drinking: Venizelos Coffee. Always.
This last page came later than I would've liked; I've been trying to draw ahead as far as I can, so I've been spending more time doing that. I like to keep a decent-sized stack of drawings ahead of me so I never run out of things to do.

I'm still figuring out the design for the website. I have it mostly put together, but I'm trying to figure out what the best system is for the comic pages themselves, and I'm still trying to find a good hosting service. I'm a little paranoid about spending money on anything at the moment, so I'll probably wait to put it up until after I get back from Japan.

Which... will happen in less than 3 weeks. My mind is boggled. I'm not ready! O_O

I should probably note that I could really use some extra cash, and I'd love to do some commissioned artwork for anybody who'd be interested. Anybody?
  • Drinking: Venizelos Coffee. Always.
Updates might come a little slower in the next few days, as I'm trying to put together a working website. Don't hold your breath; I suck at graphic design. And by suck, I mean I'm really good at it except that every time I open dreamweaver I get flashbacks of my college professors telling me I'm not following the Process.

Screw the process, I'm doing what works for me, for now, and tweaking it later.
  • Listening to: Hudson Mohawke - Fuse
  • Drinking: Venizelos Coffee. Always.
So, early this morning, I found out that Robyn - my friend, former roommate, former coworker, ex-sparring buddy, neighbor, practically my little sister - is going to have a baby. I'm basically going to be an aunt - as much as a single only child can be, anyway.

She and her husband, Wes, are really excited and happy, and so am I.

This means I'm gonna have to start making adorable baby things for them!

They're the first of my close friends to do this. It'll be really interesting living next door to them through this... It'll be one hell of a learning experience for all of us.
  • Listening to: Secret Chiefs 3 - Traditionalists: The Exile
  • Drinking: Venizelos Coffee. Always.
I just bought plane tickets to Japan.

The scope of this hasn't quite sunk in yet. I can't say I really DID it until I get back, but still, just having the tickets... that alone is an accomplishment!

Every penny I make between now and then will go towards this trip. Then, once I get back... then, I'll save for car repairs, and figure out what to do next!

This is such a huge thing for me... My whole life, I've always wanted so, so bad to travel and see the world,  but I never had the opportunity until recently. There have been so many setbacks, but I want to be able to say that I am the kind of person who DOES the things she says she's going to, no matter what!

That's pretty much what this is all about: I want to say that I've been to Japan, or just outside the country, period - something that not many people where I live, and especially where I work, can say. I want to be able to tell people that they CAN do the things they want to do, that it's just a matter of pushing through the obstacles that fall in their path, and mean it, and say that I've done it myself. I want to be the kind of person who does exactly what she says she's going to do, no matter what.

If I can do this, I can do anything I want. I can go to college. I can save up for a better car. I can get a better job. I'm not afraid to venture outside the country, so, what could be more adventurous and scarier and braver than that?

I'm probably building it up to be more than it really is, but this is certainly the most exciting thing I'll have done for quite some time. Moved... worked in a bakery... broke up with a couple guys.... VACATIONED IN JAPAN. It kinda stands out.

Anyway, that's enough of that. I'm working on page 16, and it'll probably be up tomorrow or so, depending on how badly I feel like I need sleep tonight. Oh yeah, and, I ordered a Chinese Mantis ootheca online today. I've never had mantises before, so, not sure how this is gonna turn out.. Wish me luck!
  • Listening to: Editors - When Anger Shows
  • Drinking: Venizelos Coffee. Always.
Good news! Turns out that my scanner was fine to begin with; just, the USB port it was plugged into had somehow gotten unplugged. So, more Cockroach Pentecost for all!
  • Listening to: The Killers - For Reasons Unknown
  • Drinking: Venizelos Coffee. Always.
It may be a bit of time until the next page is uploaded... My scanner is on the fritz. I might have to buy a new one. In the mean time, I'm going to continue to work feverishly on this comic when I'm not working, and hopefully by the time I get a new scanner I'll have plenty of pages to share.

Priorities are in this order, to give you an idea of just how crazy I am:

1. Save for trip to Japan
2. Replace scanner
3. Fix car so I don't have to keep walking 3 miles to get to work.
  • Listening to: Mika - Grace Kelly
  • Drinking: Venizelos Coffee. Always.
I'm afraid I might have to start inking these. Robyn asked me earlier today why I didn't, and I didn't have a good answer, beyond the fact that it takes so much time, and have you SEEN what I do once I get started inking? I don't know when to stop.

I just finished coloring page 11, and... I inked it a little. That's all it gets. A few lines here and there, just to add definition, and that's IT. For now. I only add lines where I think it needs it, but if I had forever to do this, that would be everywhere.

Anyway, I'll upload the new page tomorrow... For now, bedtime.

Oh, and, as far as explanation as to why there are flaming cockroaches, that'll happen in the next ten pages.
  • Listening to: Jason Mraz - I'm Yours
  • Drinking: Venizelos Coffee. Always.
All right, this is it: I still don't have a real web page for it yet, but
pages 1-4 of my new comic, Cockroach Pentecost, are up for your perusal. I'll upload page 5 tomorrow, once I scan it.

Um... Hope you don't mind giant bugs.

I'm really excited about this! I'll post these as often as I finish them.
  • Listening to: Dead Can Dance - The Ubiquitous Mr. Lovegrove
  • Reading: Brandon Sanderson - Mistborn
  • Watching: Wes play Mass Effect 2
  • Eating: On a tight budget
  • Drinking: Venizelos Coffee, FTW