Tag Archive: General

Mar
05

A Month With The Microsoft Surface Pro 2

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It’s been a bit over a month since I purchased and began using a Microsoft Surface Pro 2. Here’re some thoughts on the machine, with an emphasis–for obvious reasons–on the Surface as a digital drawing platform. Why The Surface? A few factors all converged simultaneously which lead me to think the Surface was worth a …

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May
01

The Platinum Carbon Pen: Holy Grail of Sketching Pens?

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If you follow my ramblings, you know that I love my Rotring Art Pen for working in my sketchbook… except for one thing: the ink refills you have to use for the pen aren’t water-fast, so you can’t sketch with the Rotring and then go over your drawing with sepia wash or watercolor. On the …

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Dec
31

Christmas Card 2010

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With the year coming to a close and Christmas fading into the past, I guess it’s safe to post our Christmas card from this year.  We actually managed to mail out the physical cards the week before Christmas this year, so anyone that’s been mailed a card has had it in their mitts for a …

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Dec
03

Shameless Self-Promotion Holiday Sale!

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Yeah, that’s right: a shamelessly self-promotional holiday sale! Enter HOLIDAY2010 at checkout for 20% off everything in my store. In addition to an assortment of original pages from Midnight Sun and Amelia Earhart: This Broad Ocean, there’re: Signed and sketched-in copies of Amelia Earhart. Great for anyone maybe 8 to 14-ish, especially girls! My convention-fave …

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Jul
04

Happy Independence Day!

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I’ve been sticking pretty tightly to all comics-related posts of late, but given that it’s the 4th of July, I’ll let that slide:  Happy Independence Day, all! We spent the morning of this fourth of July at our neighborhood “parade,” which might be more accurately described as, “flag- and crepe paper-encrusted kids, dogs and bikes …

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May
21

Empire Strikes Back Turns 30

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Like I didn’t feel old enough already, now The Empire Strikes Back is 30 years old today.  I was (and still am) a huge Star Wars fan and while I love the original film, Empire came out when I was nine and had a far more profound impact on me simply because at that age …

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Apr
18

When Nerds Procreate

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My in-laws were in town recently and very generously purchased a dollhouse for my daughter.  She, though, quickly decided that the “stock” dolls that came with the house needed to be augmented and some of her other toys–like Brobee and Muno here–took up residence in the house.  Even that was not sufficient, however, and she …

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Mar
31

Interview at Sweet Union ‘Toonists

You can find a short Q&A/interview with me over at the Sweet Union ‘Toonists blog.  The blog is promoting the upcoming Union West Regional Library Mini-Con (Indian Trail, NC -  June 26-27) where I’ll be appearing along with folks like Al Bigley, Marcus Hamilton, and Chrissie Zullo. Q: When did you first discover comics and …

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Jan
01

Happy New Year!

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Jan
20

Obama’s Spider-Man Reference?

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While the current Obama/Spider-Man buzz making the rounds is Marvel’s (supposedly pretty ham-handed) “guest appearance” by Obama in a current Spider-Man issue, here’s something a bit more subtle that recently caught my eye.  Last Sunday’s Parade Magazine newspaper insert contained a contained a letter/essay from Obama to his children entitled “What I Want for You …

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