The big news this month is, I have sent my submission in for the new volume of abstract comics coming out.
In fact submission deadline is March 15
You can follow progress of the new volume 2 at the Abstract comics blog.
Also I found a comic from 2011 a ready to go on my hard drive which I hadn’t posted. Strange. It will be up over the next two months.
Hello everyone there will be no comics posted on either Good Friday or Easter Monday. I’m not sure when the next comics update will be; probably before Friday the 10th. I’m not planning to post as much this month compared with the last two months.
At this stage I will be continuing to post twice a week (Yay!) and will be posting more from the Shadow series.
I’m feeling a bit more confident after a long period of very low motivation. So I’m looking forward to more art.
Good news all the internet spiders out there. Drawingsilence will be updating Mondays and Fridays for all of February! Eight comics in one month, amazing! In fact its been a whole year since so many comics have been published in one month. Well I hope you are all as excited as I am about this.
It also seems I have a backlog of comics from 2012 onwards, so expect to see unseen old comics and brand spanking new comics this year. Time to warm up the scanner.
Well its the second day into the new year. Hopefully this coming year will be better than the last, oh dear this is the second time in a row I’d hoped for a better year…
So I guess I shouldn’t make any promises I can’t keep, like making art regularly, posting comics more often and updating my site. Haha. Well one can only do ones best.
I was going to do a retrospective of the comics I posted last year, but looking through the archives I notice I only published five different comics.
Well I will link to my favourite from last year: The Black Sun
Yes its the first day of a new year (well if you follow the Gregorian Calender anyway). 2013 was a bit of a downer for Drawingsilence.com.
I won’t bore you with the reasons for it nor will this post the tired Cliché of the artist giving excuses for not posting.
So instead I’ll be posting some statistics for the year.
67 Comics Posts down 31 from last year
6 Blog posts down 20 from last year
Top 5 referring sites:
Thank you very much Hickvillecomics and Diepopular for sending traffic my way.
My most viewed posts where all of celebrities, so I won’t be linking to any of them.
First post of the year will be this Friday, January 3rd. I’m intending to make 2014 a better year for Drawingsilence than the last one.
here is to the future.
(Something that might not exist)
I read this really interesting article today: Disable internet tracking, make websites load faster and increase your privacy with these free plugins. Definitely worth a read if you are interested in your privacy on the internet. So I installed two of the recommended programmes on Chrome; Disconnect and DoNotTrackMe. What did I discover? My website Drawingsilence.com is a vector for trackers.
Here in lies the problem:
If you want to share content from places like Youtube or Tumblr with people coming to your website.
If you want to track visits to your site.
If you want people to share your content easily via Sharethis, Facebook or other third party providers.
Then you are enabling trackers to access and collect information about people visiting your site.
Because of this I have decided to remove the Sharethis plugin and access to Drawingsilence.com Facebook page on my site. As yet I haven’t decided whether to remove the Google Analytics code. It stinks.
Words to live by on the internet:
Is it free? Its not, it costs you your personal information.
Of Hollywood from long ago and far away.
“This is the face of panic…”
“…that’s you, the public, you’re the ones who are panicking.”
Is a radio show, produced and presented by The Wells group, sponsored by Peter Mcleavey Gallery and is broadcast on Fresh FM every Fortnight. Its described on the website as “a radio program on Nelson’s Fresh FM presenting a global scan of the current infosphere, peering beneath the veil of local arts, politics and the economy.”
A couple of weeks ago I listened to episodes 2 through 5 on Friday afternoon/evening. Here are some thoughts on each episode:
A great episode. I loved Charles Bukowski doing a reading of his work. It added immensely to his work. Kim dotcom’s song didn’t do it for me.
The guest list were all fantastic Valerie Morse and Urs Signer talked about Urewera 17 fiasco here in New Zealand and the fate of Western Civilisation, while Sue Bradford continued talking about her work advocating for the poor (which began in Episode 1).
This one was weird not an easy listen I almost gave up towards the end. The interview with Dan Arps was well… difficult. It started out normally enough as a discussion about the arts in New Zealand.
The interview if you can call it that deteriorated towards the end into Tao Wells and Arps talking at cross purposes not really communicating but giving monologues. The discussion would be interrupted seemingly at random by harsh noise music, often in the middle of sentence or idea. It really made the interview feel dissonant, difficult, frustrating and uncomfortable as a listener.
I loved Allen Ginsberg reading his poem. It was fantastic. I also loved the Throbbing Gristle track. Awesome. The Interview with Gilbert May (Editor of Crop Magazine) was really interesting, especially with regard to the history of the concept of the University and how this affects the current status of them in New Zealand.
George Carlin was hardcore and what a way to start off a show ‘fuck hope’! The Interview with Beneficiary advocate Kay Brereton was really interesting; exploring Work and Income New Zealand’s (WINZ) ways of making people’s lives difficult and unpleasant. Even though it was interesting I found it a tough, frightening interview.
I cannot understand why we don’t live in a compassionate society which cares. As Individuals we generally have these values ,yet together they seemly vanish.
After listening to all these shows one thing became clear it’s not really a radio show. In a radio show one only hears the presenter and ads. This show diverges from corporate radio.
Weird interpersonal moments that happen in everyday life turn up in the show. Through these moments Tao Wells is rendered truly human not just a presenter. Laura Wells has a very noticeable presence not only in producing the show (content, music, sound board and mixing) but actively vocal; not someone invisible in the background. As does their son Cassius.
It becomes a family show; the whole family making art. The Family rather than just the presenter, the Patriarch lording over us. Guests who are often shunned or made a mockery off by the mainstream get a voice embraced by the family.
It’s not a show but performance art involving us, Tao, Laura, Cassius and the guests. This art is like the ingrown hairs on someone’s shaved pubic area.
I just wish this gets a wider audience than just the converted, like myself.
Most famous for this quote:
any officer who goes into action without his sword is improperly armed
Churchill himself was far in front of his troopers. Sword in hand, accompanied only by a corporal named Ruffell, he advanced into the town itself. Undiscovered by the enemy, he and Ruffell heard German soldiers digging in all around them in the gloom. The glow of a cigarette in the darkness told them the location of a German sentry post. What followed, even Churchill later admitted, was “a bit Errol Flynn-ish.”
The first German sentry post, manned by two men, was taken in silence. Churchill, his sword blade gleaming in the night, appeared like a demon from the darkness, ordered “haende hoch!” and got results. He gave one German prisoner to Ruffell, then slipped his revolver lanyard around the second sentry’s neck and led him off to make the rounds of the other guards. Each post, lulled into a sense of security by the voice of their captive comrade, surrendered to this fearsome apparition with the ferocious mustache and the naked sword.
I love eccentric badasses, and “Mad Jack” Churchill (also known as “Fighting Jack” Churchill) is about as eccentric as they come. It takes a special kind of badass to carry a bow and arrow to a gunfight, to scream at the top of his lungs in the face of oncoming machine gun fire, and to capture a mortar team using nothing but a sword and a little bit of ingenuity. The guy was always looking for adventure, never backed away from a fight, and was pretty much insane to the point of being a total badass.
Commando, parachutist, surfer, archer; a extraordinary man of many talents.
Longer detailed article from WWII History Magazine Well worth a read.
BRIAN BLESSED is always in Capitals because lower case can’t contain his awesome!
BRIAN BLESSED is larger than life a living legend and maybe the biggest ham in the Universe. Even in real life!
Maybe the funnest thing ever; an anecdote from up a mountain.
Talking about Dale Arden (Melody Anderson) from Flash Gordon
He has been in everything! See his wiki page for the complete list. BRIAN BLESSED is the greatest man who ever lived!
Flash Gordon as Prince Vultan
Blake’s 7 Season One episode Cygnus Alpha asVargas
Doctor Who serial Mindwarp as as King Yrcanos
Blackadder Series One as Richard IV
One last thing
BRIAN BLESSED FOR EVER!
Mom smoking in the hallway – hey – at least she has an ash tray, click for larger if you feel the need. Pump Up The Volume 1990