I met Alistair at my cousin’s wedding, he was always very gracious, definitely nice enough to read teen writing at a mother’s request.
Hey there! I’m just reminding you that I do have a store, and if you like free comics and things that I make, I’d sure appreciate your support! There are many other great vendors at Topatoco too, all worth a browse.
So listen, I’m not cool enough to have too many friends in awesome bands, but when I lived in Halifax I had the good fortune to be invited to hang out on my neighbour’s porch, and they happened to be really awesome. I get to see Jill and Kim again (very exciting!) when they play at Cherry Cola in Toronto on May 8, but in the meantime, click through that pic and treat yo’self to Like A Motorcycle.
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Ducks got such a response, and I am overwhelmed, and heartened. Thank you for your kind words. I think more seriously about a larger work, after this. I’ve read a lot about people’s experiences in Fort McMurray, articles and exposés, and what have you, but not too many matched the things I saw and felt, not many came from people who had been there for any length of time. And it never feels like the time when I am up the task of doing the place justice, like my comics talent has not hit that point yet, but at the same time, I’ll eventually lose the details if I wait too long.
I wondered what to follow that up with, since this blog is a random mix, and will go back to being that. I figure a post about Stan Rogers might be the ticket.
If you’re unfamiliar, Stan Rogers was a Canadian folk musician. What made him great, in my eyes, is the ability to get at the heart of a matter, evoke loss, convey great feeling, without being overly sentimental. He could really paint a picture. And though most of his best known work is heavily Maritimes, he could convince you he came from anywhere in Canada, depending on the song, because he wrote with a powerful understanding of place and identity.
The album here is a greatest hits sort of thing, but I encourage you to look up more if you never have. If I take storytelling cues from anywhere, I hope many of them come from Stan.
Here is a sketch comic I made called Ducks, in five parts.
Ducks is about part of my time working at a mining site in Fort McMurray, the events are from 2008. It is a complicated place, it is not the same for all, and these are only my own experiences there. It is a sketch because I want to test how I would tell these stories, and how I feel about sharing them. A larger work gets talked about from time to time. It is not a place I could describe in one or two stories. Ducks is about a lot of things, and among these, it is about environmental destruction in an environment that includes humans. Thank you for taking the time to read it.