Mud Season?

Wed 3/11/2009

In Vermont, there is a season that comes between winter and spring, called "Mud Season" when all the snow melts and turns everything into mud. On Sunday, I thought for sure that Mud Season had arrived. As I walked over to the gym for CCS Soccer, I heard birds chirping in the trees and everywhere I looked there were melting icicles, and puddles that used to be snow. It was a beautiful, sunny, 60 degree day.

I awoke the next morning at 6am, to the sound of the snow plow scraping its way down main street. It had snowed four inches that night, and it didn't let up all day. So much for Mud Season I guess...

Supposedly, it has snowed here in MAY before, but I'm hoping that it won't take that long for winter to end this year. I've been getting a lot of work done holed up in my apartment, but I'm ready to be outside again, to ride my bike, and walk to the post office without getting bundled up.

There's some big stuff going on in my life right now, that I don't particularly feel like talking about. So instead of prattling on any further about myself, I will link to some sites that I came across this week, belonging to three gentlemen whom I find incredibly inspiring:

1) Dylan Horrocks - Hicksville Comics is a new site where Dylan Horrocks will be posting comics new and old. This is extremely exciting for me, as I am a huge fan of Dylan's work. He's now posting pages from short stories that were in "Atlas" and others which are from obscure, out-of-print anthologies. The site is already chock-full of great stuff and there looks to be a lot more on the way, so definitely check it out. And if you haven't already, I HIGHLY recommend reading Hicksville, which is easily in my top-ten graphic novels of all time.

2) Scott McCloud - I wandered over to Scott's site today for the first time in a long time and was pleased to see that he had completely overhauled the site. The design is true to the original, but now includes a blog on the front page and a few new sections. There is so much cool stuff on Scott's site, it is definitely worth a quick trip around. It sounds like he has started his new graphic novel too, which I am really curious about... I guess I'll just have to be patient!

3) Quentin Blake - This week I followed a link from the FirstSecond blog to this video of Quentin Blake inking and then painting an illustration (in like THREE MINUTES). It kind of tore my mind in half (in a good way) and what was left of me spent another couple of hours poking around on his site, looking at some of the incredible things he has accomplished in his long and distinguished career. It was a real shot of inspiration for me, and maybe it will be for you too!

Alright, well, I better get back to coloring. Posts might be a little sporadic until Aaron's book is done. We're in the home stretch!

1 comment on this entry

Thanks for posting the Quentin Blake video, it was really great. He's been a long-time hero of mine too, and it was awesome to see him work! Definitely inspiring, even for someone who doesn't draw!

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