MAY
2008
28

The Scratch Papers, Page 55, “Bruised Fingernail”

Another hand drawing exercise, my favorite of the bunch. I had a bruised fingernail at the time, which is why my pinky looks that way. 1999.

MAY
2008
23

The Met Honors Jesse Baggs of Independent Cartoonist

My protégé Clave’s high school The Met had a dinner Wednesday night honoring their student’s mentors. It’s always nice to be appreciated, but the evening offered several special moments. The first was merely learning more about The Met’s internship program, which is really quite innovative and interesting. Invented to create greater student investment in learning, all of the school’s students must have a mentor. The students’ work with their mentor constitutes a major part of their grade, and through that work they are expected to learn about traditional high school subjects (English, math, science, etc) in untraditional ways. I’m certainly…

MAY
2008
22

Lost for Indiana

At the end of last week’s episode of Lost, many of us were upset to discover that we’d have to wait two weeks for the season finale. As always, however, we should have had more faith in the foresight and wisdom of the Lost creators, who, like God, surely make no decision that cannot be satisfactorily explained later. The reason for postponing the Lost season finale? So our Thursday night would be free for the premiere of Indiana Jones and The Kingdom of The Crystal Skull, of course!

MAY
2008
11

“I Am an Amanuensis” 36, Tom Tomorrow

“You see, I have noticed, over the years, that many of my devoted fans want to know more about me than can be gleaned from either my cartoon work or my weblog entries. Every time I check my mail, there are more questions: Am I interested in surefire investment opportunities? Would I like to have sex with cheerleaders? Am I satisfied with the size of my penis? Things like that. “It’s just the price of fame, I guess, this insatiable curiosity about me.” The oh-so-witty Tom Tomorrow in the foreword to The Great Big Book of Tomorrow: A Treasury of…

MAY
2008
09
MAY
2008
09

“I Am an Amanuensis” 35, Sam The Lion

“‘If she was here I’d probably be just as crazy now as I was then in about 5 minutes. […] ’Cause being crazy about a woman like her is always the right thing to do.’” Sam the Lion, played by Ben Johnson, in one of my favorite movies, The Last Picture Show (1971). My almost-30 workaday life variation on this quote: “Being crazy about a burrito like that is always the right thing to do.”

MAY
2008
07

The Scratch Papers Now an Official Feature of HardPressed Ink!

My sketchbook feature The Scratch Papers now has its own section on my web site, hardpressedink.com. Given the logistical issues involved, I originally thought my blogg would be a better place for such material, but one of the images was recently censored by MySpace (more on this later), so I decided it was time to give The Scratch Papers a more permanent home. Overall I like the presentation, although there are still some issues to work out. I also took down the “Design” and “Finishes” sections, although some of this work is still in my CreativeHotlist portfolio and still more…

MAY
2008
07

Blogg Slowdown in the Month of May

May is going to be a very busy month for me, and as a result I’ll be blogging less. My free time this week is almost nonexistent, which is why I haven’t posted anything until today. For the last little while I’ve been trying to post something new every day, and while I’m pleased with the results my sanity and sleep schedule took some serious hits, as did my progress on new projects. As much as I enjoy The Scratch Papers and I Am an Amanuensis, they were only ever supposed to be supporting features, and posting them every day…

MAY
2008
02
MAY
2008
02

“I Am an Amanuensis” 34, W. Somerset Maugham 1

“When people say they do not care what others think of them, for the most part they deceive themselves. Generally they mean only that they will do as they choose, in the confidence that no one will know their vagaries; and at the utmost that they are willing to act contrary to the opinion of the majority because they are supported by the approval of their neighbors. It is not difficult to be unconventional in the eyes of the world when your unconventionality is but the convention of your set. It affords you then an inordinate amount of self-esteem. You…