my homework

per wikipedia:

Historically katana (?) were one of the traditionally made Japanese swords (日本刀 nihontō?)[2][3] that were used by the samurai of feudal Japan.[4] Modern versions of the katana are sometimes made using non-traditional materials and methods. The katana is characterized by its distinctive appearance: a curved, slender, single-edged blade with a circular or squared guard and long grip to accommodate two hands.

so there is a curve! i did have that right. even though i wasn’t drawing it quite right…. and the handle is supposed to be able to be held with two hands. i have been doing my handles too short. this will be fixed in future pages. madonna the katana will be drawn more accurately. there is always a margin of error with my drawings, being that i skip the pencil & go straight for ink.

historically, i have been terrible at research. i am getting better with age & my desire to be more accurate. when i was younger, i had to luxury of saying, “fuck that,” to most things. now i am reaping what i sowed. live & learn, folks. research. i should have paid more attention to what a katana was–being that i chose such a specific weapon. i didn’t. so now i have some inaccurate pages. but, fortunately, my comic is still young. there is a lot that might change.

like who is telling the story?

on the first couple pages of this comic, it seemed to be that moses jones was narrating the story. however, the narration moved to a third person stance from there–and was told in dialogue only. in the pages to come, i was going to have story being told in ways other than dialogue, using narration. i need to figure out–is moses telling the story? or a separate narrator?

so! i need to practice drawing katanas. and i need to figure out who my narrator is.

and, of course, i need to get my ass in gear & draw page 30. i dug up the short story on which i am basing the next several pages. now i just need to figure out out what goes in which panels…after i figure out the narration, that is.

ps. when i googled “katana” my last posting of moses jones: apocalyptic mama was the second entry on the page after wikipedia. did google do that just for me, or does that happen when anyone googles it??

bunny ears

bunny ears

the good news is i am close to having my geography homework done…not a whole lot has been retained in my brain, but hopefully some of it made it through the maze of zombies and worries and worries about zombies to root in my brain and make me a bit more geographically intelligent….
the bad news is that i have not yet written or drawn page six of moses jones. so here is another in the series of old people with animal parts.
i was just reading about russia in my geography book, so my brain picked this old person–who looks mildly slavic to me–to post tonight.

van gogh’s tank girl

life gets in the way

i’m still letting homework & kids keep me from getting my comic done. i have the next page written, but not yet drawn. however, just now, while nursing my baby back to sleep (one of the times i do my best thinking about zombies, etc) i figured out the layout for the next page. maybe tomorrow page 3 will be done.
meanwhile, here is a pastel i did a year ago in my drawing II class. this is tank girl done in the style of van gogh. tank girl & van gogh are both inspirations for me. back in my early twenties i shaved most of my head & would be compared to tank girl (as well as sinead o’connor). i love tank girl. i am an anarchist at heart. i also love van gogh–though admittedly i did not pay that much attention to him until a dr. who episode with a van gogh plotline. van gogh has a sad story. he only sold one painting while he was alive. he committed suicide, but it took a day or so to die after he shot himself. i only know a bit about him and do not think he was so much talented as he was inspired & passionate. my favorite is his sunflowers & his starry night. he did a LOT of self-portraits. this one was a take-off of self-portrait with a with a bandaged ear & pipe. by the way, he did not cut off his ear to send to a lady–his ear was cut off in a drunken brawl with gauguin (fellow painter) & then sent to a lady. i think that is a much better story.

zombie angel

please stay tuned....

some of y’all know that i am a half-time student & an over-time mom. i would love to be writing my comic right now, this very minute…but i have (at least) three things ahead of it on the priorities list: a nap (i wish), fold & put away laundry (ppbbbt), and homework homework homework. that is in addition to whatever my kids are planning on throwing at me this evening (figuratively & literally)…. so i am putting up a drawing i did a few years back that i really like. i call it zombie angel.
there will be more moses jones as soon as humanly possible.