August 11th, 2007
I uploaded issue 1 of Bulletproof to DrunkDuck a little over a week ago, and I must say I was shocked by the results. As of today, it's in the top 10 most popular comics in the Superhero category.
Now the idea of continuing BP as a webcomic rather than spending months drawing what are basically pretend issues that end up on some online dead end had occurred to me before, I just thought it wouldn't read as well if it's published one page at a time. I still think that, actually, but given the comic's popularity on DD, I'd be a moron if I didn't change formats.
So the new plan is this: beginning August 19th, I will start publishing a new page every Sunday and Wednesday. I'm pretty far into drawing the issue already, and by then, I will have enough buffer material to be able to keep issue 2 running through the end with no delays. There may or may not be a break between issues 2 and 3 depending on how much I can get done. The priority for me is not to miss any deadlines once an issue has started.
Also, new art. Boobies. Go look.
June 10th, 2007
Issue 1 of Bulletproof has been up on my ComicSpace page for a little under two weeks now... well, if you're reading this, you had to find the tiny little "enter site" link under the flashy banner to get here, so I'm gonna go ahead and assume you're aware of this. I'm going to have the comic on this site soon as well, but since I have to do it all in HTML, it'll take a while. Eventually I'll probably restructure the whole site into what will basically be the Bulletproof website.
Also, I just got a chance to mess around with a pro's artwork again - Michael Bair let me color a fantastic Goblin Queen pinup of his. Go take a peek in the 2007 gallery!
May 12th, 2007
You know, I really only wanted to upload my lit paper from last semester and incorporate it in the Writing section today. But then I looked at that page and I realized that the whole thing didn't really make any damn sense anymore, so I rewrote it. I also removed the song lyrics because most of them are several years old at this point, and all they do is create a scrollbar. Maybe I'll have that stuff back here in some form, but I can't think of a way to incorporate it that works at the moment, and the scrollbar really bugged me.
Well, and then I looked at all the other sections, and... they pretty much all had things on them that I'd been meaning to change for a long time. Like the fact that the Art page had a few commissions from five years ago at the top and the new art buried somewhere in the middle. Or that stupid About writeup that made me cringe. Not that the new one's any better, I'll probably delete that page altogether with the next update.
So yeah, I did lots of little fixes and changes today. And there will probably be more soon because let's face it, the only section here that matters is the Art page, everything else is just baggage anyway.
April 5th, 2007
Well, I'm finally back. The site's been offline for, what, two months now? My previous hosting company is apparently run by retarded monkeys on Ritalin, which is why the site's currently running under a .ch domain. If and when the aforementioned retarded monkeys on Ritalin decide to finally pull their heads out of their butts, the .net domain will be working again.
The bad news is that issue one of Bulletproof is still not done for various reasons I don't want to bore you with, and I'm fresh off a serious case of artist's block, but I do have some new stuff up over in the Art section, so go take a look-see.
May 5th, 2006
The comic is truckin' along much more smoothly than I ever hoped it would. I now have a six-page preview up and running at deviantART. Check it out here.
Also, there's some new stuff in the art section. Go take a look-see.
April 17th, 2006
Okay, so the bad news is, the sketchbook has just gone the way of the dodo. I'm seriously running out of space here, and there's just no point keeping all that crap on the site. The good art is in the 2003-2005 gallery anyway, and to be honest, I'm just sick of uploading everything here and at deviantART and doing all these writeups. So if you want to keep up with my scribblings, check my dA page every now and then. The sketchbook has been replaced with the 2006 gallery where I'll upload whatever I think is worthy of permanently being on the site.
The good news is, I've finally started on the comic. For real this time. Of course I don't have much done yet (four pages in various stages), but if you know how long I've been putting this off, you know that this is a life-altering event of cosmic proportions to me. I'm actually having a blast doing this stuff, too, so maybe I'll stop leaving the house altogether now.
January 1st, 2006
Yeah, so, happy new year 'n' shit. To celebrate the passing of what has been the best year for me in a long time, I've putter-uppered a thumbnail gallery of my favorite art between 03 and 05. I've been meaning to do this for a while because the sketchbook doesn't really lend itself to just plain browsing, and let's face it, nobody besides me really wants to read all that stupid blather anyway. September 18th, 2005
Well, school has started again, and unsurprisingly, the last three weeks have been somewhat less than productive outside of work. I'm kinda getting used to it again, though, so I'm leaving the house more frequently (some of my friends were seriously starting to wonder if I'd dropped off the face of the planet), and as I'm typing this, I'm taking a break from coloring a pretty cool fantasy piece I drew earlier this week.
And the bottom line is still that I like my job, so f it.
August 14th, 2005
The spacehamster is dead.
Both my regular visitors are probably wondering right about now where that Irk the Spacehamster comic is that I promised, err, two months ago. It's not gonna happen. Read this journal entry on deviantART if you want to know why. The short version is, I'm going to do superheroes instead. I've been finalizing character designs over the past two weeks, I've got story ideas, and most of all, I'm having fun, and I'm motivated to do this, even though doing it in color is going to take fucking forever.
Oh yeah, also some culling on the links page. Teh almighty Kali pointed out ages ago that some of those links don't work anymore, so yeah. It's still far from what it's supposed to be, but at least it's fixed for the moment.
June 25th, 2005
Yes, I've done it. Well, not much, but at least a six panel strip.
It's been eleven years now since my buddy Dan and me came up with the character I would later take my screenname and the name for this website for, and the strip you probably just didn't laugh at because it's an obscure in-joke only gaming nerds in their late 20's will get is the first actual finished piece of sequential work done featuring Irk the Spacehamster. I did this thing because I want to get the real comic off the ground this summer... but we'll see if that really happens. I've tried many times and never really went through with it... and just putting this one strip together was a massive pain in the ass.
May 29th, 2005
Trucking along nicely. I've found the missing stuff from the old Big Momma Gr/FX website that I wanted to put in the Old Stuff gallery, the new column is up and running, and I've set up shop at DeviantArt. Also, the Writing section is undergoing some restructuring to accommodate for the fact that it's, uh, inaccurate and outdated and stuff.
April 28th, 2005
No new sketchbook entry again, I'm just not feeling up to it... instead, I've added some stuff that used to be on the Big Momma Gr/FX gallery page to the Old Stuff section and a minor solicited project to the Art section. The latter comes with a nice little ripoff story, too.
April 16th, 2005
The Big Momma Gr/FX thumbnail gallery, basically the last remnants of what was once going to be my art-only website, had to go this week because apparently I've exceeded my webspace. I didn't bother to transfer any of it elsewhere as frankly, the newest stuff on there was... from the late 90's, I think. Most of it will probably appear here in the "old stuff" gallery pretty soon, but for now, it's gone.
April 2nd, 2005
"The Truth About Heterosexuality" returns with the second installment. Actually on schedule and stuff. Scary. This one concludes the opening two-parter on the basic nature of the stud. Originally, these two columns were supposed to be one piece, but as you can see, that would've been too long, so I had to break it up into two separate parts, which led to some redundancies as things needed to be repeated in order for them to be understood separately, which may make it seem like I'm belaboring the point in some respects now. But honestly, I'm just glad I've got a regular column going again that looks like it's going to last a while.
Also, I'm going through a phase of regular sketchbook updates again, so check it out.
March 1st, 2005
I've finally gotten around to writing something for nggalai.com again - it's a new column titled "The Truth About Heterosexuality" that basically sums up my observations on men and women and the common misconceptions about them that many people consider self-evident truths. Be warned though, most of you will probably find it either offensive or just plain wrong.
Also, the links page will finally get an overhaul this week. Mainly because Umesh at Erebus Magazine is linking to this site, and I really feel that I should link back. And you know I've been meaning to do something with that links page ever since this site went online, so expect that to happen soon.
January 9th, 2005
I figured since it's my birthday today, I should probably get rid of the "Harm's Way" lyrics and post something a little more cheerful here. And besides, it's been two months or so (I don't remember the date this time... I that's probably a good thing) since the event that caused that news entry, so... eh.
The three of you who actually visit this site on a regular basis may have noticed that the sketchbook updates have been significantly more regular lately, and I'd like to think that their quality has also improved somewhat. There are two reasons for that - one is that I dug through my old stuff when I was packing up for the move, and seeing how good I was back when I practiced every day really made me want to get my shit together again. And then I watched the documentary DVD's that came with my LotR Extended Editions, and... I dunno, something about the way the people in that art department always push themselves to the limit rubbed off on me. I'm really trying to improve now and never content with "good enough" these days, and it's actually a lot more satisfying to work that way.
November 14th, 2004
Here comes the biggest asshole that the whole world has ever seen
Watch as things turn to something I never meant to be
Call it a side effect of my arrested development
Here with you I'm trapped, out of my element
I tear through all this wreckage you left when you dropped the bomb
Is there something worth saving or do I act like nothing's wrong
The lesser of two evils gives me nothing at all
Lust and madness, murder and mayhem, my whole life's been about playing
It's all so surreal, maybe that's why I touch but can't feel
Sittin' pretty as I sit up straight
Trying to find means to an end, I move into harm's way
I see my face in the mirror, I feel my feet but I can't seem to walk in my shoes
When it hurts I feel closer to you, I'm closer than you ever knew
And the bottom line is knowing I will die and the worms will eat me
The bottom line is knowing - ain't no one else I can be
November 2nd, 2004
Dammit. Well, I've got the move over with and I frickin' love my new place, but being without internet at home for three full weeks just plain ol' sucked. At least I've kept myself busy - check out the Art section, I've got a bunch of new sketchbook entries and a whole new thumbnail gallery up and running.
Now that I think about it, maybe I should disconnect my modem again. I'm much more productive without my VirtuaCrack.
September 14th, 2004
Just when I thought my life was slowing down. Well, it appears that I have a new teaching job which will keep me busy Wednesday through Friday mornings, and now I need to get out of my weekend job as soon as I can. On top of that, chances are about 80% at the moment that I'll be moving next month. Which is also the month university classes start again. So, long story short, yeah, I'm gonna be busy. But since these changes are actually improvements, I'm not exactly complaining here.
August 18th, 2004
Man, I can't believe I forgot to mention this here - I was away on vacation from August 5th until yesterday, hence the lack of updates (yeah, yeah, I know - like I ever do anything here anyway). I went to Chicago first and then the Central Illinois Metalfest, where I met a shitload of cool "internet people" and drank a shitload of alcohol. A great time was had by all. Well, except the guy that got knocked out and the girl that got thrown out for pulling her pants down in the moshpit. Heh.
July 17th, 2004
Yay new scanner, yay new printer, yay USB, bye-bye parallel port. And bye-bye lots of money. Sigh.
Err, what I'm trying to say is I was forced to buy a new scanner and printer because the parallel port on my computer suddenly deemed them nonexistent after the last Windows Update. Windows also decided to shoot itself in the foot after I attempted to install the scanner software again, but honestly, for once, it's not Bill Gates' fault. I blame Hewlett Packard for not offering Windows XP updates for software that was sold in the late 90's. Fuck 'em.
July 13th, 2004
Gah. In case you're thinking I've just been lazy again, I haven't... my scanner decided to put itself out of business about two weeks ago, along with the printer (both HP, and I'm never buying another thing from them), and I've been to busy to replace either.
In better hamster-related news, two of my old articles are back up at nggalai.com, so if you came here bored and are now pissed off that there's nothing new, go read those.
June 6th, 2004
The last few weeks have been plain crazy. We set up a show for Prophecy and Godless Truth Wednesday after the Fuck the Commerce festival, and things have been one big rollercoaster ride since then, with no sign of stopping. So don't expect too many updates over the next couple of days. I'm goin' bonkers here. But if you know anything about me, you know I love it.
May 15th, 2004
Since it's been five weeks since the last news entry, I should probably write something here, but there's not really that much to say. It's all been the same old routine last month, except it looks like the new ESR CD will finally come out in June, but that's pretty much it. And besides, I should get outta here because Profanity are playing tonight, so this'll have to do.
April 9th, 2004
Yeah, so I guess 2004 hasn't been treating me all that well after all, and I've been busier than I thought I would be - again. But I tossed some stuff I whipped up at work today in the sketchbook, and I had to do some cleaning up in the Writing section, so at least we've got an update. Stay tuned for the ever-forthcoming comprehensive list of my roughly 200 CD reviews and interviews, as well as the triumphant return of ze regular sketchbook updates.
March 14th, 2004
Yep, I'm finally done with (erm, almost all of) my remaining journalistic obligations and I'll have more time for this site again. Only the semester break's over in two weeks, and I really need to devote more time to college if I'm going to be out of there before I'm freaking thirty.
Other'n that, 2004 has been treating me exceptionally well so far, with the exception of Black September having become an actual nuisance. Take a look at the guestbook - how the hell did these people find me? One more show, folks, and then we're done. It's time to pull the plug on this thing.
February 11th, 2004
Okay kids, here's the deal. As I mentioned last month, I'm quitting music journalism. The good news is that once I'm done with that, I'll have a lot more free time. The bad news is the wrapup will probably keep me ridiculously busy for the next two weeks at least. I'm doing the news updates on Walls of Fire this week, and then I have 6 or so outstanding reviews and two interviews to put up, which I doubt I'll have time for this week because of the news thing. In other words, don't expect any more updates for the rest of the month.
But I've got a zillion new pics up on the Zoids site, so check 'em out if you're a geek like me.
January 9th, 2004
Uh, happy birthday to me, I guess. And happy new year to everyone else. If anyone ever looks at this site at all, that is.
In which case, you're probably wondering why the sketchbook hasn't been updated in a week. I haven't abandoned the idea, and it's done me a lot of good, so you can expect new stuff next week. I've just been wicked busy. Things'll probably ease up for me in February though because I'm terminating my music journalism career, so expect more purty (or not so purty, as the case may be) pictures aplenty.
Oh, and I've got some new Black September show pics up and running in the Music section.
I've decided to finally do something about my horrifying lack of drawing practice and put up a sketchbook page on this site where I intend to post new art on a regular basis. The goal is to do it daily, but, um... well, you know. Two entries up today, one for yesterday and one for today, so check it out.
Also, I've put the Maggut/Intumescence cover art I made for Murdergrind this summer up in the Art section, so if you're not the squeamish type, go take a look.
I can't believe I forgot to mention this - nggalai.com is back on its feet and it still thinks you look stupid in that suit. rb actually wrote some new stuff, so, you know, head on over and pay reshpeck to da man or whatever it is you funky fresh people do.
Well, as you can see, I've reorganized this section a bit to get rid of the scrollbar. Also, I added the remnants of an unfinished project to the Art section. Half-nekkid wimmin and stuff! Check it out!
I took a bunch of pics at a Grave show the other day. Given that I hadn't used an analog camera in about 20 years, they turned out alright, I guess. Go check'em out in the music section if you like.
No, I'm not dead. This summer was crazy in terms of reviews, I literally had to work my way through a stack of no less than 30 CD's at some point, so I haven't had a lot of time for anything else. So, um, yeah, same old, I guess. The only news is I'm gonna quit smoking (again...) on November 1st, so if you catch me with a cigarette after that, punch me in the face. Please. I mean it.
Wonderland is back on TV. SF1, Thursdays, repeats on Mondays. If you have SF1, do yourself a favor and record it so you can watch it over and over again. It's really, really good.
The radio show turned out to be surprisingly good, actually. They did some heavy editing, but nothing that distorted what I wanted to say.
Oh, and I saw Anthrax at the Abart Music Club yesterday. Needless to say, it was... divine.
I did an interview about Metalheads Against Racism with a German radio station today. They're doing a show about racist music. I'm a bit wary about the whole thing, but I guess we'll see what happens.