My son's Xbox is on the fritz. It's got the "Red Ring of Death" . . . or something like that. My understanding of the situation is: It's not working and Microsoft is going to replace it. I don't need to know any other details. I only have so much ram left in my brain as it is.
There's this thing about working alone . . . namely, you're alone.
Outside of the internet ( who really uses the telephone anymore? ) I rarely have communication with people. Yes, I communicate with my family, but I mean REAL people. So, being deprived of office camaraderie (which, by the way, is not always such a bad thing ), I do little things to entertain myself throughout the work week. And over the years, it seems to take less and less effort to do this. I'm not really sure if this is a good thing or a bad thing.
Take the above strip for example. During the course of the day while I was writing this (and the other five strips for the week), my daughter's friends came to the door. (Renata and Presley) My husband's co-funeral director ( Joe ) called and left a message for Tim to call him back. My daughter wanted to know if I had washed her beach towel because she was going to the Y with her friends. I asked my husband if he would drive the girls to the Y as I was busy working. And I called the localColes bookstore to order a book.
I know, I know . . . the name-dropping gave me a little chuckle but it's nothing my readers would pick up on.
Except for Joe. Joe noticed and called to make sure the "Joe" in the strip was him. Then he chuckled too.
Okay. It's not really a crisis. But it is something I have to deal with.
(You've been warned . . . the following is serious cartooning paper talk. You can skip off now if this kind of shop talk is not your cup of tea.)
For years, I used Strathmore Series 400. Series 300 is okay in a pinch but it's not smooth enough. Series 500 only comes in large sheets (as far as I'm aware) that are too cumbersome to store and are a pain-in-the-you-know-what to cut. I like 14 x 17 " pads. I get three daily strips out of one page or one Sunday. I used to order about 6 months worth of paper from a retail outlet here in Welland but one day they went bankrupt.
I went looking for another supplier. I finally found one in St. Catharines. I waited too long to replenish my supply one time and I tried an alternate paper from Canson. I liked it much better. So I switched my brand and got my 2 ply, acid-free, smooth, 14 x 17" Canson bristol and life was good again.
Except one day. . .
I ordered my paper and discovered that Canson has DISCONTINUED my bristol in the 14 x 17 " pads. I can still get it in the 11 x 14 " pads but this won't work for me. I could get two daily strips out of 11 x 14 which isn't a problem . . . but my sunday art is 15 " in width. That means I would have to reduce my drawing size to fit this paper. I don't want to do that. I need a larger work area for my sundays. And I would prefer to have more than a half inch border of paper on the sides of my sunday art.
My paper supplier suggested Bienfang. They have a 14 x 17 " pad of bristol, 2 ply, smooth surface. BUT I am told Bienfang will only deliver the paper if there is a minimum $500 net order. (I don't know the reason for this and it doesn't matter . . . it is what it is) This doesn't bother me, I am willing to order the paper in that quantity . . . after all, I'm going to use it anyway. It's just that I don't want to order that large a quantity without seeing the paper first. It's a LOT of paper if it turns out that I don't like it.
My supplier, (bless this woman's heart) is going to see if she can get one pad sent as a sample.
If I can't get the sample, I have some things to figure out.
I NEED MY PAPER.
Anyone out there have any bristol favourites? Smooth, bright white, good for pen and ink?
As a kid, I remember reading Doug Wright's pantomime comic in a weekend magazine insert in my paper. I loved the art and the humour. In grade three, my teacher brought in tear sheets of Wright's comics and as a writing exercise, had us explain the gag. Even then, I knew nothing kills the essence of a visual cartoon like verbally explaining it. The magic is in the expression of the art. You can read a bit about Doug Wright here.
Women Fully Clothed is a sketch comedy show featuring five very funny Canadian women actors. I saw it a few years ago at Brock University and I laughed so hard, I had tears in my eyes. It's definitely a "see-it-again" show. If their Canadian tour lands in city near you, make a point of going to see it. It's absolutely hilarious.
Okay, so this post has nothing to do with my Between Friends comic but it's cartoonish-womanish-relatedish.
As I mentioned in an earlier post, I took a few days off to work with Tim in the backyard. We had been shopping a few weeks earlier buying a few items in advance so we would could use the time-off to actually work and not waste time shopping for this and that. ( We bought some brick edging for our gardens, some new patio furniture cushions . . . stuff like that) My daughter was shopping with us at the time and saw a decorative little frog on a swing. She wanted me to buy it to hang from our Skyscaper Locust tree. So I did.
Do you think I could find that dang thing two weeks later?
We were at my friend's house on the weekend and I was telling her about the missing amphibian. The conversation went something like this:
"I know what you mean. That happens to me all the time. I have to make lists now."
"No . . . no . . . I didn't forget to BUY the frog, I bought it and can't remember where I PUT it."
"Exactly. So you write yourself a note to tell yourself where you put things. I bought the kids' backpacks on sale last month and I wrote down where I stored them on a list. It's the only way I'll be able to find them in September."
"You're serious? You keep a list of where you store things?"
You know you're 50 when you stop putting on your make-up to walk the dog . . . I draw the line at hair however. My hair has to be done . . . as in the bedhead has to be at least hairsprayed in some type of presentable semblance of style.