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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.

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.

With the very sad news of Alistair MacLeod’s passing, take some time to read The Boat, his first short story, and one that has never left my mind.
Alistair did a great service as an author to our part of Cape Breton, he was our most talented bard.  

With the very sad news of Alistair MacLeod’s passing, take some time to read The Boat, his first short story, and one that has never left my mind.

Alistair did a great service as an author to our part of Cape Breton, he was our most talented bard.  

sometimes you get it right, and that’s good. 

sometimes you get it right, and that’s good. 

Playboy shades of Wonder Woman

Playboy shades of Wonder Woman

(Source: playboycomics)

parent around corner 

parent around corner 

well if you can’t find the business section in a stack of 300 cafe newspapers what can you do 

well if you can’t find the business section in a stack of 300 cafe newspapers what can you do 

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. 
-Kate

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. 

-Kate

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.

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.

is good bear

is good bear

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stylejournalblog:

I decided not to label this drawing because my conflicting self-images are unhealthy enough. Am I disgusting? Am I fabulous? I don’t even know anymore.

brittwilson for president

stylejournalblog:

I decided not to label this drawing because my conflicting self-images are unhealthy enough. Am I disgusting? Am I fabulous? I don’t even know anymore.

brittwilson for president

blastedheath:

Sven Jonson (Swedish, 1902-1981), Blå skymning [Blue dusk], 1954. Oil on canvas, 24 x 33 cm.

oh I love!

blastedheath:

Sven Jonson (Swedish, 1902-1981), Blå skymning [Blue dusk], 1954. Oil on canvas, 24 x 33 cm.

oh I love!

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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.
Part One
Part Two
Part Three
Part Four
Part Five
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.
-Kate

Here is a sketch comic I made called Ducks, in five parts.

Part One

Part Two

Part Three

Part Four

Part Five

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.

-Kate

Here is the last part of the short story Ducks
You can get to the other four parts here
On Monday, I’ll post them all together so they can be easily shared as a whole thing, but here is the end for those who have been reading for now.

Here is the last part of the short story Ducks

You can get to the other four parts here

On Monday, I’ll post them all together so they can be easily shared as a whole thing, but here is the end for those who have been reading for now.

Here is the fourth part of the sketch story Ducks, with one more to go.
You can get to the first three parts here.

Here is the fourth part of the sketch story Ducks, with one more to go.

You can get to the first three parts here.