Jun 16, 2008
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Comic Recommendation of the Month

Monday, June 16, 2008 - 07:50 PM

Finding good comics on the Web feels like finding a needle in a haystack, at times. There's truly wonderful work, but it's hard to find if you don't know where to look. So I wanted to direct you toward a comic that really stands out for me: Kukuburi.

Ramón Pérez is really putting together something extraordinary with Kukuburi: A lush, fantastically drawn fantasy that, for me anyway, carries with it echoes of the Tolkien or Narnia books: The unexpected child called away on the hero's quest into a mysterious, magical world where they have unexpected power...and no idea of the challenges they face.

I have no idea where Ramón's goin' with his story arc, but I'm as enthralled as everyone else readin' it. If you haven't yet checked out the strip, yet, do yourself a favor and head on over.

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On Scanners

Monday, June 16, 2008 - 03:03 PM

As a cartoonist, one of the bigger material expenses I have is a large, flat-bed scanner. I draw my original work - especially the Sundays - really large, and it's annoying and sometimes imperfect work to "stitch" those together in Photoshop from multiple scans.

So, a few years back I plunked down $1,600 for a Microtek 9800XL scanner. It's a ridiculous cost for a scanner, but if you amortize it over a few years, and look at what it saves you in work does come out to be a worthwhile expense.

Until it irreparably breaks. Which is what happened this weekend.

You may be interested to know that the last few Sheldons have been "scanned" (ahem) into the computer by taking mutiple shots with a digital camera, then manipulating the heck out of them for 2 hours in Photoshop. Not the best way to do it, I can tell you that.

So tomorrow I'm buyin' me another one. If any Sheldon readers happen to work for Epson, and see one of these babies on a discount rack at the company store, let me know. You'd be doing me a favor. :)

[EDITED TO NOTE: You know how the Klingons cross their arms and turn around when someone has dishonored them? You'll be happy to know I have turned the scanner around on my desk, so that I now only have to look at the power port. Somehow, I feel better about the whole thing.]

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Actions vs. Repeated Actions

Monday, June 16, 2008 - 08:14 AM

I read this quote today from Aristotle, and I thought I'd share it:

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit.

I like how he turns excellence from a singular act into the plurality of habit. Anyone can be nice, kind, generous, creative, inspiring, loving, or giving once, but excellence comes only in repeating that action...making it habit...making it permanent to you.

I found that an interesting thought.

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