A comic I have no time for and is probably a bad idea anyway.

Ordinary

This started out as a goof-off in Paint Tool SAI, which I’ve never used before. (I really like it now, though.) I’ve been thinking about Ordinary ever since my last Ustream, where I mentioned it for the first time in years.

The basic premise is sort of an anti-Templar; a lot of unconnected vignettes, featuring very few characters, primarily the two in the fake logo thing above.

The human (no prizes for guessing who I stole his looks from) is named Milton. He’s in his mid-twenties, lives with his little brother and stepmother, and is the all-purpose guy at a second-run/artsy movie house. He’d be an obnoxious film school asshole if he could afford it, but he can’t, so he’s just an overbearing film buff, the kind who snorts and rolls his eyes if you dare to enjoy movies he doesn’t approve of. His affect is slightly manic and sullen; he feels left behind by his marrying, child-bearing, good-job-having former friends, professionally frustrated, and generally dissatisfied.

The demon-like creature… His name changes every time I remember this idea, but for now, he’s Fitch… is Milton’s present object of attention. Fitch’s origin is intentionally murky, although comments suggest he, and a lot of things like him, are recent arrivals to the physical world. He has a social worker named Sandy, doesn’t sleep, doesn’t age, is filled with cold black smoke instead of meat, is functionally immortal (but could be “killed” with a paper cut), and has the mind (but not the intellect) of a child; what does the work of a brain in Fitch’s body is stuck in the permanent knowledge sponge mode that humans experience for most of their early childhood.

Milton’s curiosity about Fitch is pretty rude and demanding, but Fitch either doesn’t know enough to recognize him as inappropriate, or doesn’t care enough to do anything about it. Their like-a-friendship-I-guess begins primarily because Milton is horrified by Sandy’s reading list for Fitch (which includes Bridge to Terabithia, The Star-Bellied Sneeches, and Peter Rabbit) and appoints himself Fitch’s instructor in the human condition, primarily by way of Fellini, D. W. Griffith, Herzog, Lynch and Welles movies.

There was more to it than that, naturally. But I’m probably never gonna get around to it anyway.


The best merch-in-action photo ever.

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TAZ reader and all around-peach pcornelius, with Freeman Dyson at the International Space Development Conference.

You know Freeman Dyson, don’t you? The Dyson Sphere guy. He is kind of a big deal.

Thanks so much for sending this t’me, pcornelius!


Sketch: Slow-boil secret sci-fi project.

I did a minicomic back in high school, a sci-fi sorta thing. Because I can’t let go of anything, I’m trying to get that going, again.

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Nothing more to show than this sketch, which is not by me, but by Roxxy Goetz. (I can only take credit for the lovely red lines.) If things work out, she’ll be doing the drawing.


Toymaking: Let’s make resin satyrs.

In case you don’t follow my Twitter, I’ve recently decided to have a go at making a run of designer resin toys.

I have a whole themed line planned, but my first mistake-riddled, feel-free-to-fuck-up, cherry-popping, throwaway project is a satyr.

I work on him on weekends, when I’m not doing TAZ. This is what he looks like right now; click for piss-poor iPhone turnaround photos.

He’s got a core of armature wire wrapped around wadded-up tinfoil; it keeps him reasonably light, and less likely to crack when he’s baked. Over the tinfoil and wire, which established his basic body shape, went a layer of Super Sculpey. And over that, I’ve been bulking him out and sculpting on the details with Super Sculpey Firm.

He’s been baked about six times so far; I bake him every time I’m happy with a few hours of work. After baking, I usually sand down any minor imperfections with 400 grit sandpaper, then buff the sanded bit with flannel.

He’s about seven inches tall, five inches wide (arm span included), and a weekend from being finished. When he’s done, he’ll get one last bake, sand, and buff, be coated with primer, and I’ll start on the second big step; casting copies of him in resin.

I hope you buy one.


Sketch: Shaky Baby Deer.

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He would have also accepted a few hours of PS3 and some pizza.