Friday, July 27, 2012

On being perpetually twelve, and on losing a friend.

I've been negligent of the blog lately, there's posting to the Surfside Girls site, and the SSG facebook page, and the normal facebook page. Hard to keep up and keep the floors clean! Most of what I've been working on is Surfside Girls. I've had more inspiration than I could possibly ask for taking Ethan down to the beach every day for JGs. I haven't scanned them yet, but I've done some hysterical character studies in my sketchbook. You can't come up with fiction as good as what Junior High students can throw at you. Or maybe it's because the age I write from is 12 and they have a dear spot in my heart.

I lost a good friend last week, rather unexpectedly. She was a classmate, a colleague, a friend and a mentor. I can't say I've been in a great state of mind since. If you have a moment check out her website at She was such an inspiration; her artwork is quiet and subtle and luminous. Kind of like Pat.

I'm teaching a class I've never taught before this Fall at CSUF, Sequential Art. It's going to be a hoot. So much cool reference, and so many cool exercises. I can't wait. The focus is primarily Graphic Novel. Yay! I always come away from a class knowing more than when I went in, which is a really exciting prospect. I'm also teaching Animation at CSULB. Equally fun. There's no one more awesome than a giddy college animation student. Probably because they are also 12 year olds at heart, with their Pokemon t-shirts and Captain America backpacks. LOVE them.

Have a good one, and hug your loved ones harder than normal today.