I’m thinking that the closet of tears is just down the hallway past the pit of misery. Note: today is the first appearance of two new characters: Talbot, a bat, and Griffon, a vulture.
Well, it’s the end of December 2017. We are 8-1/2 years into publishing BugPudding. It is still a joy to do this and hopefully there is plenty more to come. For all of you who actively read and follow our comic, Sara and I thank you for all your support and encouragement.
Some of you may know that I have been splitting some of my artistic time trying to learn to paint using watercolors. For me , it has not been easy. This is actually, according to my recollection, my third major attempt. Needless to say, the first two attempts were disappointing at best. But like most things in life, persistence is the key to success. So I’m headed down the road on try number three.
A life lesson, which I have learned, is that it always helps to put some formal structure into any process. To date, I have been working very informally and that shows in my progress. Actually, I should cut myself a break and state that I have been learning a great deal but that I am not happy with my application of that knowledge. I decided to start 2018 off on a positive note and start a new blog (actually repurpose an old blog) to chronicle my journey. I am providing a link here below. You are invited and welcomed to visit this new website as often as you wish. I call it Water + Pigment + Practice. It’s purpose is to force me to be more structured in my learning and working to become competent with watercolor painting. In the process, I will be collecting and documenting what I am learning and what I am doing. You may find it interesting and informative. Water + Pigment + Practice
This newest piece of fan art comes from Howard Stacy the creator of the comic Pesky Gremlins. If you are unfamiliar with Howard’s comic art, I highly recommend that you visit his website. The gremlins mission in life is to create havoc with everyone’s technology. But, there is often conflict among the three Gremlins (Snafu, Fubar and Lucas) due to an often counter destructive desire to fix the very things that they should be trying to foul up. The cartoony gremlins and supporting cast exist in a highly illustrated world of beautifully rendered classic cars and backgrounds. It’s fun to visit and read Pesky Gremlins which currently updates every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
We rarely ever get fan art, although drive by cup cake assaults do seem to be on the rise in Lake Tuberville, so Sara and I were particularly pleased to receive a piece of art from the talented P.J. Day, creator of one of our favorite online comics, Flatt Bear. It arrived via e-mail with the following attached message ” J.P. I had actually sketched this up a while back when you did that storyline with Splunker and his identity crisis. I envisioned a meet between him and Carl since Splunker was being mistaken for being a snake. I inked this up this weekend and thought you might like it. P.J.”
As I said , we are big fans of Flatt Bear, which in case you haven’t already become a regular reader, we highly recommend that you do yourself a favor and start reading it today. Here is how P.J. describes the strip: “Flatt Bear is a comic strip that takes place at the Flatt Bear lodge. A converted old rail station, it’s a place where people come from all over to get away from it all. This is where we find Duffy, a misdirected and misguided bear who has found himself here through the witness protection program. He meets up with a unique collection of characters who are all trying their best to keep you entertained while not getting downsized or outsourced.” The only thing I could possibly add to that description is to say that Duffy is a one of kind bag of fur and fun. And situations just seem to explode out of control regularly. But don’t take my word for it. Go start reading the comic, now, you will be glad you did.