Friday, March 31, 2006

Here Come The Tears

Wow. A huge life change has begun this week. I am officially on Paternity leave from work! For the next 5 months I will be staying at home with my son, Stewart. It's going to be tough. He's teething, has a cold and is being weaned off the boob. Talk about an upset child! Luckily, Jackie will be around the home for the next month to help me get the hang of things before she goes back to work. I'm looking forward to spending quality rearing time with Stew...... it's just a little scary at first.... with a lot of crying involved, I'm sure.

News on the comic front is looking very good. Although the deal hasn't been signed on the dotted line just yet, it looks like A. David and I have found a great home for our espionage/thriller comic EMPTY CHAMBER! I can't say who it is right now, but they have a great range of titles and genres and their production values are top notch. So, it goes without saying that ADL and I are tickled as punch to be able to work with these people! I hope to give you the official announcement very soon.

On the sports front, the news is more somber. My recreational hockey team was knocked out of the playoffs a few weeks ago. I, personally, had a great playoff performance. I had back to back shutouts in the first round and an overall Goals Against Average (GAA) of 1.65 and a save % of .953. We lost to the team that eventually went on to win the divisional title..... so, we can hold our heads high. Next years' season is up in the air. The UBC rinks where we play are going to be shutdown next year so they can build the new Olympic rinks for the 2010 Winter Olympics that will be taking place here in Vancouver. Hopefully, we can find a new home!

And last night, the Atlanta Thrashers managed to put another nail in this years' playoff coffin. Losing to Tampa Bay, they are now 7 points back of a playoff spot with only 9 games left to go. The math still says they can get in there for their first playoff appearance...... but they're going to have to pull some pretty big horseshoes outta somewhere to make the dream a reality. I'm not giving up hope, though. I have faith in my boys! Go Thrashers Go!

Last post's title was a song title from:
David Gilmour by David Gilmour

I originally bought this album at a used record shop in Bellingham, Washington for $.25 ( along with a vinyl copy of Pink Floyd's Atom Heart Mother, also for $.25). It's a pretty good listen, but lacks the hooks to make it a great listen. Definitely worth the $.25, though.

Friday, March 17, 2006

Short and Sweet

I picked up On An Island, the new solo album from Pink Floyd guitarist, David Gilmour, last week. I heard the title track on the radio and was impressed. It was a mix of the "new" Pink Floyd sound (ie. Momentary Lapse of Reason, Division Bell) , "old" Pink Floyd sound (ie. Meddle and Obscured By Clouds) and Gilmour's solo sound (ie. David Gilmour and About Face). It's a pretty mellow album that has it's high and low moments. But, overall, I'm starting to dig it quite a bit.

These are the albums that are on my current cd rotation:

  • David Gilmour - On An Island
  • Kate Bush - Aerial
  • Ben Folds - Songs For Silverman
  • Kyuss - Kyuss
  • Peter Murphy - Deep
  • David Bowie - Heroes
  • Simon & Garfunkle - Sounds of Silence
  • Marillion - Clutching At Straws

Last post's title was a song title from:

90125 by Yes

I'm a huge Yes fan but this was the album that first got me into them, believe it or not. The "Owner of a Lonely Heart" single was my first encounter with these prog-rock giants. I picked up 90125 based on the strength of that single and was pleased as punch to discover that the rest of the album was just as solid. Soon after, a young Jason was seen at his local record shop purchasing more Yes goodness.

Tuesday, March 14, 2006


Work on Empty Chamber rolls on. I've been working some long hours on it. Loooooooooong hours. The pages are looking really good, though, so that makes the sleep deprivation worth it. Here's a panel from a page I recently finished inking. I've got the 4 steps of the panel's progression, from rough to ink, here for you to see how I work.

But, that's all you're getting! It's down to the nitty gritty of the story and I don't want to post any pages that will spoil the ending.

Last post's title was a song title from:
Hard Promises by Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers

Not the most attractive front man, but Mr. Petty has done some very good material. This song included.