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648: Dune in November, Bouncing as a Bunny Does!

Once a month cartoonists in Seattle get together to draw on the same day for an event called Dune. It used to happen at the beloved Cafe Racer, and now we share our work in a Facebook group. It isn’t quite the same, but it is lovely and I feel somewhat ashamed I don’t participate more often. I don’t even have “it’s too crowded and hard to find a seat” as an excuse these days. When my sweetie found out I was participating in Dune this month and saw how much I was struggling to find an idea he quickly sketched out this concept, an homage to Frank Herbert’s Dune. While drawing the comic I said “We must listen to Fatboy Slim’s Weapon of Choice!” and Mike had no idea why. He’d heard it many times but had never registered that the refrain “If you walk without rhythm you won’t attract the worm” was part of it. That’s been the part that always gets stuck in my head, it’s how I hear that phrase now (with a little Christopher Walking shoulder shrug). If you haven’t had the pleasure of seeing Christopher Walkin dance to Weapon of Choice, it is one of the great video clips for a great reason. Walkin did a bunch of dance classes as a kid and it shows!
Transcript Bunson Hoppydew bouncing along sand dunes. Bunson dancing around the sand dunes. Closeup on the Things. Thing 1: I guess he does jump without rhythm! Zoom out to see the two Things standing on the back of a great sand worm. Bunson frolics happily in the desert. Thanks to all my patrons and a special big extra thanks to Kate Webb, Erik Owomoyela and Sandra M. Odell.
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647: Excuse me doodle, but what are you?

This lovely new character came into existence after my doodling Art from the Heart exercise! It has a lot of personality, but doesn’t have a name yet! E-mail any name suggestions to liz@lizargall.com! Transcript: Thing 2 looks at new doodle character: What are you? Doodle Character looks to the left. Doodle Character looks to the right. Doodle Character: I don’t know! Thing 2: Is that exciting for you? Doodle Character: I think so, yes   Thanks to all my patrons and a special big extra thanks to Kate Webb, Erik Owomoyela and Sandra M. Odell.
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Art from the Heart, Abstract Interlude

As part of my Art from the Heart presentation at Orycon Creation Station’s OR e-con, I ran folks, including myself, through a new exercise. I was wondering if the prompts could help create interesting stuff that could help bring the weird to comics. It was cool to see what folks did, creating visualizations of different things or creating a lovely narrative across four panels.

This is what I created… and I think it will help bring some weird to the Things! Stay tuned!

646: Angry Turnips and Scarecrows, Not Staring into The Sun

Having the privilege to write professionally for roleplaying games is such a delightful honor. The Things have good days staring into the sun, but for those of us who are not nigh invulnerable (though also quite vulnerable) there are simpler pleasures. Transcript: Today I wrote about angry turnips and scarecrows It was a good day.   Thanks to all my patrons and a special big extra thanks to Kate Webb, Erik Owomoyela and Sandra M. Odell.
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Appearing at OR e-Con this Sunday!

Orycon is hosting a free virtual convention this weekend. There’s loads of things going on, and I’ll be part of three panels on Sunday 15 November hosted by Creation Station. 

  • 11 am to 12 noon: Local Food & Bee Sustainability
  • 1 pm to 2 pm: Disaster Prep/Bug-Out Bag Prep
  • 4pm to 5pm: Art from the Heart; doodling your way into comics

All of these events will be in the OR e-Con Creation Station Zoom Room https://zoom.us/j/98908145440?pwd=NkpJbTV4S21XN2wzU2V5Ly9ZSHljZz09

Meeting ID: 989 0814 5440 Passcode: 561557

It would be lovely to see you all!

646: Big and Small

Today we stared at the sunset. And also stared at a rock. We are so small and big. We are so small and big. Thanks to all my patrons and a special big extra thanks to Kate Webb, Erik Owomoyela and Sandra M. Odell.
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645: Triangle Circle Communication

This comic was from Graphic Medicine Drawing Together event 14 where the prompt was about communication. If you’d like to draw along and try the exercise too, they’ve got great instructions and recap https://www.graphicmedicine.org/drawing-together-14-listening/ Transcript: Triangle: Vulnerable concept Circle: Dismissal Triangle: Differently worded vulnerability Circle: Mockery Triangle: Vulnerable thing using more recent data Circle: Changing the subject Circle speaks many words. Circle speaks so many words it knocks Triangle backwards. Triangle is frayed from the blast of Circle. Circle: Who needs therapy when you’ve got me! Triangle: … Thanks to all my patrons and a special big extra thanks to Kate Webb, Erik Owomoyela and Sandra M. Odell
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644: Dopamine Cup

October is ADHD Awareness Month. Dopamine plays a big role in ADHD.
The dopamine cup metaphor comes from Dr Jesse McClelland.
Transcript:
Bunson: This teacup represents the dopamine needs and capacity of our brains!
Not enough dopamine and your brain is sad 🙁
It’s like wanting a nice hot cup of tea and limping along on lukewarm dregs all the time.
Desperately trying to figure out where to get more tea.
Or feeling sad about being so bad at tea,
Pour in too much tea and it spills over.
You might burn your hands or make a mess.
If too much tea comes from medication, we call this phenomenon side effects!
Thanks to all my patrons and a special big extra thanks to Kate Webb, Erik Owomoyela and Sandra M. Odell
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643: Blankie Fort!

Hope you all are doing well!
 A bit of fun!
 
Transcript:
Things eyes in the darkness looking around.
Looking around some more.
Thing 1: Yep!
View changes to external view of a blanket fort.
Thing 1: Blanket forts are still awesome!
 
Thanks to all my patrons and a special big extra thanks to Kate Webb, Erik Owomoyela and Sandra M. Odell
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640: Should poetry

It can be such a refreshing feeling sometimes when shoulds turn into, “hangon, I if I really mean it, why don’t I do it right now?” It’s not always possible, but it can be so nice when shoulds turn into doings or done, or nah, maybe not!   Transcript: Thing 1: I should read more poetry. Thing 2: Yeah, me too. Thing 1 is looking at a computer screen, Thing 2 looks confused. Thing 2: What are you doing? Thing 1: I’m reading poetry Thing 2: Wow! How unexpected! Thing 1: Teehee! I know!   Thanks to all my patrons and a special big extra thanks to Mike Decuir, Kate Webb, Erik Owomoyela and Sandra M. Odell.
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