It’s very exciting that Liz Argall’s short story “Falling Leaves” has been short listed for an Aurealis Award for best YA Short Story. It’s available to read for free online at Apex Magazine. Unlike the Things it’s not really a hug when you need it, although for some it might be a place for anger and sadness to have room to grieve and heal. Content advisory, it has some hard hitting themes and spends time with some of the tougher parts of being a young adult.
What fabulous timing! I stumbled across this the day after Mayara went for a walk across the sky.
Mayara approves of this song
Thanks again to Sandra Odell for writing transcripts, I couldn’t do it without you.
Adding the transcripts also revealed to me that in the website migration “Thinking Things” had not come across correctly and was a duplicate of a different comic. If you’ve never read the real “Thinking Things” you can now!
I’m resisting creative work today (hence the much needed administrative work) and comic 98 “Imagine” seems particularly appropriate.
It’s also interesting, in this month of line weight experimentation, to look at what my artwork looked like a year and a half ago! I’m still not sure what I think of line weight. I think about the emotion of lines, I think about light sources, but I’m not sure I’m executing those thoughts in any consistent way. I need to study more artists and explore work flow as well (the way line weight happens digitally is _very_ different to how it happens with pen and paper _especially_ when you’re using pretty cheap technology!)
Thank you for keeping my company while I conduct experiments. Your thoughts and prompts are welcome!
Living in the northern hemisphere, living in Americaland has made me love Halloween. Up here it is the arts and crafts festival. It’s a festival where everyone can make things, everyone can carve a pumpkin. At halloween the gates are flung open and along with the spooktacular, everyone can be a maker.
Request One: Send me costume requests for the Things!
It’s fun to play dress ups, as previous comics have shown. Send me your request.
Or send me your own clever Halloween interpretations of the Things! Send them to firstname.lastname@example.org
Request Two: PUMPKINS
Send me your carved pumpkin photos. Carved pumpkins fill my heart with joy and I think Pumpkin Cat gets lonely sometimes.
If you carve a Pumpkin Cat and a Bunson Cat hanging out together I don’t know if there is a limit to my joy and I will send you Things temporary tattoos (and that tattoo paper is not cheap!).
Send pumpkin pics (or picts) to email@example.com
Our next mini-comic will debut at World Fantasy Con next month. This will be our fourth one!
What would you like to see in it?
I love taking requests, I might even redraw some for maximum awesomeness if they’re a particularly old comic (as long as that doesn’t reduce its charm).