Summer Update

Summer has been busy as ever, but work continues on The Rime of the Ancient Mariner in spite of the diversions of the season. As we’re now in the month of August, some ways past the halfway point of the year, I’m also well past the halfway point for my page count, and it’s hard to believe that I’ve got fewer pages ahead of me than I do behind me. It’ll probably feel more like I’m nearing completion as I hit the 100’s in my page count, and as I hit the seventh and final part of the poem. But I’m not there yet!
I’ve also managed to pass the point at which I’ve made more Mariner pages than Tyranny of Pants pages, making The Rime my largest body of comic work, although I’ve still got all that coloring ahead of me. I’m not sure if that’s really all that significant, but it seems somewhat meaningful to me! Nevertheless, The Rime will be a bounded project, whereas the Tyranny of Pants is more perpetual in nature, so its size will one day eclipse the Mariner– but not for more than a year at the current rate.
During the past couple of months I’ve made two more updates to Studio360, one of which is another "appearance" on the radio show. If you missed the broadcast, it’s totally okay, as you can listen to it on their website here, or via the little widgety radio-player thing-a-ma-jig I’ve placed at the bottom of this page. They’ve got a little slideshow of some images too, and of course you can check out the gallery of work in progress on this site– I’ve just put some new images in there as well.
And speaking of image galleries, I’ve done some work over at the store side of the website, and made prints of the Papo’s shop body of work available for purchase. This is the same series of images that was featured in the Blue Sky Gallery drawers, and they’re available as 11×14 prints, window matted to 16×20 images. They’re digital prints I made myself, so they are guaranteed to have been made within my criteria for tonal balance and print quality. You can check them out online here, and if you like what you see, but would prefer a different image size, just drop me a line and I’ll see what I can do to make your dreams come true.
Otherwise, that’s about what I’ve been up to lately– comics & comics! Well, that and exploring Seattle during this spectacular summer weather we’ve been having. It’s been interesting to adapt myself to a new environment during the last couple of years: back in Montana, today would be just the sort of day for hiking up to the top of a nearby mountain, but this afternoon Lorie and I headed down to Gas Works for a picnic where we watched boats of all shapes and sizes and sea planes go by on Lake Union. I do find myself missing the mountains and wilderness, but I’ve been enjoying this new kind of exploration too. I’ll be heading back to Montana next month for my brother’s wedding, though, so I think the weather might support walking to the top of a mountain or two while I’m there… yep, I think I’ll have to make some time to do that.

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