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Under a spreading locust tree       Our unplumbed outhouse stands;     The crapper, there for all to see,       Relieves the guts and glands     Of men who roof our house, but has             No means for washing hands.—after Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Under a spreading locust tree     
  Our unplumbed outhouse stands;     
The crapper, there for all to see,     
  Relieves the guts and glands    
Of men who roof our house, but has          
  No means for washing hands.

—after Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

When I used to doodle — from the old sketchbook.

The process: Black and white ink and water on toned paper, left to dry, then doodled on with paint markers and Rapidograph pens filled with black and white ink.

This is from 1997, pretty much the last time I did any art without some computer involvement.

It’s Interesting…

…that the spammers on Yahoo Mail have been using a “Howard Family” reference in the subject line of their spam mail to me — that’s a reference to a group of genetically-linked, very-long-lived people in the fiction of Robert A. Heinlein.

I don’t expect to ever become even an honorary member of that fictional family. For reasons that I prefer to keep private, I anticipate being dead in twenty years, at most.

Also, I don’t anticipate needing the African-American dating service that has flooded my spam folder.

Comics: Kick-Ass 3

I’ve enjoyed much of the run…especially the comics. The first movie was… OK. Most of my objections were due to the divergence of the comic and movie story lines — there’s no reason for that, when you’re creating and marketing these things simultaneously, unless you’re only in it for the money. The second movie was a complete money-vacuum, but not without its points of interest.

The finale of the comic book series was another matter — it read like total movieland feelgood bullshit. Everything in issues 7 (where Red Mist/Motherfucker inexplicably has a change of heart and rescues Mindy) & 8 seems like a fantasy sequence, à la  "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge", after Hit Girl probably got an pick-axe to the head and Kick-Ass probably was turned into a quadriplegic.

It’s not that I wanted them to fail — it’s just that the way that they won was lazy bullshit from the writer.

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