Thursday, March 31, 2011
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
So, while I was working for a few hours, the staff of the condos I was at took my bike (which I had locked up to the steel handicap post, at the OTHER edge of the sidewalk away from cars where there are three spots!), and left no note. I was standing there, thinking "did I lock it to something else?" Knowing that was impossible. I casually asked the lady about to leave, while she was locking up an office, "have you seen my bike?" figuring her answer would be "no." But, lo and behold, she says, "oh yeah, they took it and put it in a garage." HUH???? These bozos stole my bike, left no note, and if I hadn't seen this woman, I'm not sure I would have or could have done anything about it! Sure, I might have reported it to the police, and they would have done exactly nothing. It was only by the Grace of God that I was informed by this office worker of what had happened. I would have assumed some kid took it! Talk about messing with others' livelihood for no discernible purpose. My bike wasn't there THREE HOURS. At least leave a note for goodness sake!
https://picasaweb.google.com/Maxus111/JudgeMax?authkey=Gv1sRgCL_ZjL_M7_r0kQE# click on slide show in the upper left.
Saturday, March 26, 2011
I've discussed the idea before of the percolation of characters in my head, and also the need, I feel , to improve my overall cartooning skills in general. The Japanese have a word: Kaizen, which refers to a weekly meeting they have to find one thing to improve in their place of business. Recently I've been musing over the idea of changing the "nature" of my cartoons. Right now, the characters all talk in a standard way, and make either standard twists on vaudeville jokes or bad puns. Yet, I am desirous of creating surreal fantasy landscapes, to talk about current events in a way that is oblique but entertaining, and to have many more sequences devoted to movement and emotionally jarring/wrenching content. This is not to say I want to create any sort of unacceptableness...I am referring to wrenching in the sense of Peanuts. I am still flabbergastted by the depth of character Schulz gave his cartoon folk.