There has been SO MUCH happening during the second half of 2019 that I’ve kept my focus on the drawing board, rather than here. But, it’s time to get back on-line, and over the coming weeks I’ll write about some of the projects and events that have kept me away from the blog.
Today, let me just mention that CuppaComics is the imprint I’ll be using for a variety of projects that I’ll be managing from the home office. Before long I’ll spin Cuppa off onto its own website, but for now this will work fine. With all that’s going on I don’t want to overwhelm myself, so, baby steps.
Here’s a piece of promotional art for next week’s Pikeville (KY) Comic-Con! Should be a great occasion. I’ll be seated next to my friend and Cap’n Catnip collaborator, Tim Fuller. Also in the house will be Gary Kwapisz (artist of many issues of Savage Sword of Conan, among many other credits), whom I haven’t seen in a few years since a Lexington convention.
Please come if you can! I’ll be selling books, doing my Super-Caricatures and meeting, greeting and chatting. You can’t avoid me; I’ll be seated opposite the TARDIS!
Here’s a drawing I did last weekend at the terrific Lake Effect Comic Con. I’m often asked if I can do caricatures from photos, and the answer is yes, I do that all the time. If you’d like a drawing of yourself or your kids as a superhero or other fantasy character, drop me a line via e-mail . Also check the Caricatures & Commissions page for more information!
Check it out — I’ll be signing programs and copies of my Conduktor drawings after the Cincinnati Pops Lollipops “Superheroes” concert on June 10. The concert starts at 10:30 am, click the link for tickets!
The Cincinnati Pops Superhero characters are the co-creation of Cincinnati Pops Orchestra conductor John Morris Russell and myself. The occasion was the 2013 Cincinnati Pops “Superheroes!” concert, a program of superhero themes from movies and television (see the track listing on the CD cover after the jump!) and the subsequent CD recording of that concert.
If you’re getting older, or know anyone who is getting older, you need to grab this new funny greeting card assortment, art and writing by me, now available at your local Half Price Books! Square-format cards, 16 per box, 4 each of 4 designs.
Sleep Cycle is the name of the latest iPhone app I’ve been using regulrly. In part, it’s a re-invented alarm clock, designed to gently lead you out of your slumber instead of jolting you awake.
It uses the phone’s built-in microphone to monitor your breathing while you sleep and charts the depth of your rest throughout the night.
if you set the alarm for 7:00 am for instance, Sleep Cycle actively monitors the half-hour window leading up to seven, choosing a moment when the depth of your sleep is at its most shallow, and then plays soft music to bring you out of it. While you may wake up a bit sooner than you intended, the effect is that you’ll awaken feeling more rested than if your sleep were interrupted in the conventional manner.
The app passively monitors your sleep all night long. The feature of this program that has caught my attention most is the graph, recorded nightly, that illustrates and rates my night’s sleep. Here is how I did last night:
Sleep quality, 70%, which is generally about at high as I get. On just as many nights, I get a grade in the mid-to-low forties, which I’ve come to resent. On this chart, that area around 1:00 am shows that I was in a very profound deep sleep, which grew less deep throughout the night.
Anyway, I find that I’m now going to sleep more purposefully, with an aim of beating my best record. I haven’t cracked 75% yet, but I’m determined. No more 40’s!
Sleep Cycle is a free download in the app store, if you’re interested.