“Today, in our field, there is so much talent and recognition that we are reaching a saturation point. An artist should no longer strive only for breathtaking craftsmanship; he should, instead, try to help us live better, either by dressing the wounds that are constantly being opened by society, or by offering solutions to get us out of the mess we’re in…But it’s going to be difficult and we have a lot of work to do.” - Jean 'Moebius' Giraud

Friday, August 08, 2008

THE LAW OF MURF_commission


For those not in the know, I am working full time from home nowadays - no more animation for a bit; just comics, comics, and more comics. And it is for the first time, since I've been able to be home by myself without the distraction of SDCC or other things like preparing for SDCC, that I've actually been sitting and working on comic book pages. But perhaps, due some recent events that have given me some nihilistic perspective, that's not a good thing.


A few days ago, I walk out to the driveway and I find that my car has a flat. Upon further inquiry all the tires needed to be replaced and that it'd cost me around $700 to do so. I ask the fella' from Sears Automotive why it would cost so much and he explains that there's all sorts of things that need to happen before they can actually replace my tires: alignment, disposal, labor, taxes, the Men's USA Basketball Team winning the gold medal in Beijing - you know, things like that. So considering I need to drive, I burn the money and that was that. Oh! But according to the sales associate I'll get a mail-in rebate for $75 so, as he so poignantly put it, "... that ought to make me feel better or something."

A couple of days ago, I was informed that the latest version of a specific program was out in Beta version and I look for it online. And yadda, yadda, yadda (Jerry Seinfeld style)... my computer goes bananas due to a virus or adware or spyware and it can't find the main drive anymore. Yay! So I go to the local electronics store to talk to my buddy about it and one of the first things he asks is, "What the hell were you doing man - looking at porn?"

Yesterday, in the throes of a mid-afternoon munchie, I decided it would do me some good to heat up some microwavable popcorn. The bag says "Cook for 4 minutes on high". I realized that maybe I should crank that down a bit, so I stick it in the microwave for two and a half. I head back to the office, wait for the telltale "Ding!" and then I run back salivating like I was Pavlov's pooch - only to realize that the entire kitchen has filled with smoke (we're talking plumes here) emanating from the microwave. I'm going to guess that it's because this particular bag of popcorn was from the early 90's and popcorn, microwavable or otherwise, has a shelf life. Regardless, the house smells like mesquite and still does so this morning. Maybe I should have followed directions and stuck left it in there for the full four minutes? Who knows.


So it's been a whole week where I've been home alone and 1) I've spent more money than I've cared to (BTW, as a capper, the "Maintenance Required" lamp has been blinking on and off starting yesterday. Awesome.) , 2) I've crashed a computer (I've bought a new one since and that's the machine I'm typing this entry on now. Hooray - more money spent!), and 3) I've damn near burned down my house (I'm about to go buy some air purifiers to get that damn burned popcorn smell out of the air).

It is to say that I probably cannot be left alone, unsupervised, for any lengthy duration of time.


But... *BUT*... the NFL season is soon to start, Naomi Baker's color pages for TEL rock the house (we just looked at 'em all side by side last night and I'm so insanely happy) and I'm watching Michele Gondry's "Be Kind, Rewind" movie for the umpteenth time. Things aren't all that bad.
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PS - I did this Black Widow image seven times. That's right - SEVEN. I'll upload the rejects here later if I get the nerve. Thanks for waiting, JJ. You're a saint.

24 comments:

DAN-VAN-COOL said...

A nice younger take on Black Widow. I like the elongated body style. Looks like she would be hang with Aeon...or kicking her azz :P

Always a pleasure

Craig Zablo said...

It won't make your week any better, but don't loose sight that we all have weeks like that. The good news is that they pass.

Of course if someone said that to me when I was going through "one of those weeks" I'd probably have to choke him out.

Josh said...

When it rains, it pours.

Patrick Gray said...

Have you had to change the breaks on your car yet? I used to have the same car as you man, so if not, start saving now ;)(partially kidding)

This might sound real weird, but in the future, if you need tires, try this site: www.tirerack.com I just had to put some new ones on my car, and wound up getting an insane deal there, and only had to pay labor to get them put on.

Oh, and the black widow is awesome, I like that you didn't do the typical look for that character.

Clopsybot said...

love it! keep your chin up my friend. Thanks for the info on the brush pens btw.

Scott Sackett said...

Now I feel bad for passing on picking up your Iron Man book at SDCC!

Seriously, the Maintenance Required light blinking might be no big deal. On my Honda Civic, it starts blinking towards time to get the oil changed and eventually stays on all the time. The owners manual should tell you for sure.

About the other stuff, while it sucks, that kind of thing happens to everybody. Mechanical stuff will wear out eventually. At least you're blessed with the ability to work in a pretty competative industry. Look at all the hopefuls lugging portfoilios around San Diego!

Wild and Uncouth said...

To quote the great Bob Odenkirk: "There are days, and there are DAYS."

I feel you, Mr. Canete.

Skotti said...

Abso-friggen-lutely gorgeous.



Dood... please don't tell me it was my babbling about the Potatoshop CS4 beta that lead to the computer craptastrophe.


*feels REALLY guilty*

RAWLS said...

What doesn't kill ya only makes you stronger my friend!...if you let it. Those days happen to the best..and worst of us... but hey, your art is still awesome...thats a plus.
And I'm sure the 6 rejects for this sketch aren't that bad.

patbollin said...

I just got through rereading the pamphlet that you handed out at the SCAD-Atlanta art forum back in February. Thanks again for an amazing seminar.

Great drawing as usual. Sorry that you're having such a tough week.

~Pat

Brian Lue Sang said...

Wow. Sounds like the sh*t-storm landed on you hard this week, Eric. Sorry to hear man. Great pic of Black Widow too!

Look at it this way: with all that stuff now behind you there's *that* much less to worry about.

... of course, that's helpful if you were worried about them to begin with...

Illustrator's Lounge said...

Dynamic with plenty of attitude! Great piece!

Geo.

csteingart said...

At home drawin' comics for a livin', sweet words dude.

GABO! said...

Wow mister. Great artwork.. I From Argentina, and my name is Gabriel Peralta...Chau...

Brian said...

I hear you man. That's about what I dropped on new tires last year. Not money you want to spend, but a car without tires is just a gas powered paper weight.

lorenzo said...

beautiful inking.

pablo pablo said...

I love yuor work!

axel#13 said...

So ....you wanna do a BarBQ out in the back? I'll light up the grill! :)

ANX said...

Sorry to hear about the troubles man. Stop pissing off Old Gypsy ladies who put curses on you.


As for the Black Widow. I'm loving the hell out of this piece. I totally dig the downed helicopter in the bg, but also her posing and length on this just feels so awesome. It has a very 70's flavor like Cleopatra Jones.

Jay Hong said...

hey..you ARE human after all...but you are still my hero! awesome stuff man keep it up!!

Kermici said...

Hello Eric,
do you still have copies of the IM auction book?
Id like to buy one from you.
Thanks

Arthur said...

Hey man, that's just hilarious what you have been thru last week.
I guess it can happen to anyone.

Becky L said...

We miss you here at CN. Work just isn't as vulgar without being able to overhear your pedophil-ick comments about little boys. I'm glad you can get over 20 comments about how you burn popcorn. I think you are officially the 'Tila Tequila' of blogger.com!

COMIKXGUY said...

poor kahn :)

i'm glad i'm not the only one