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#34 nothing is working today I'm gonna take a nap

Hello people, how are you?


New comic - some characters

I'll confess that I thought this comic would be faster: the story came almost ready in my head and I just had to sit down and draw/write. It's never just drawing and writing. Patience, that rare quality that I don't always possess. Anyway: the idea is to post it online, in chapters, like I tried to do with the Ada - but this time it's going to work, guys, I have a plan *nervous laughs

Okay, but what about the Ada book?

“A Canção Fantasma” (yes, it finally has a name)

The comic book is ready, now it doesn't depend on me anymore. It's coming out in September, if everything goes well (hopefully) I'll take it to the Comics Biennial in Curitiba (I haven't even seen tickets yet, but let's go). First post-pandemic event: it’s going to be really good.


 

Do you want to tattoo with me but live in another city? Help me decide where to get tattooed on a possible trip!

These days I made a series of drag cartoons, if you live in Pelotas or Porto Alegre you can adopt one of them for life!

The hemana is out and I loved doing it:




 

Some comics from this month:



This one was basead on a dream



This one is basea on real events, unfortunately



Found out that a lot of people also have a very sociable haunting ghost.


 

My parents are moving. The new apartment is almost ready and right in front of the living room window there is a lamp post and there is another construction going on there:



(obviously the old man is documenting her progress)

I thought it was a great sign that they already had such nice neighbors.


 



“nothing is working today I’m going to take a nap”

Miyazaki starts working on his stories by drawing: “with this image, ideas start to flow” he is painting a watercolor of Ponyo swimming with jellyfish, but it is not Ponyo yet, it is just an image loaded with meaning, but still no story. For Miyazaki, words come after images.

According to him “creating is like throwing a hook into my brain” Lynch says something similar in the book “Catching the Big Fish” - and in it this idea of “fishing” for ideas becomes more apparent. For Lynch, ideas are flying around, you have to be attentive to catch a big fish.

“The air is fulled of tunes, a piece of rock is full of statues, the earth is full of visions, the world is full of stories” Ursula Le Guin, no livro “the wave in the mid”

At the beginning of the year I read Rick Rubin's book on art and creativity “The Creative Act” and watched several interviews with the man (yes, I had a bit of an obsessed phase, but he's really cool, it's worth it) and he has this same belief of fishing for ideas out there and even goes further: if you don't realize the idea, it will go after someone else. You know when you've had that project shelved for years and then one day you go to the cinema (or read a comic book) and there's your idea? For Rubin, what happened is that the idea got tired of waiting for you and went after another artist (yes, that was the sign you were waiting for: go to your drawer and rescue that abandoned project).

“Miyazaki works with a constant cloud of doubts and anxiety” - one day he is completely discouraged and the next day he opens a box of dry pastels and starts coloring and filling himself with inspiration - just like us.

Of course, all genius (and the obsession that almost always accompanies it) has a price and in the first episode it shows that Miyazaki is an absent father. There's a very uncomfortable scene in which he goes to watch his son's directorial debut. Miyazaki is not a great dad.

I also found by accident (sometimes algorithms are cool) this excellent, but short, documentary about Chris Ware: Chicago, unlike Hayao, Chris Ware seems to be a very dedicated father.


Still on the subject of fatherhood: there is also Nick Cave's latest newsletter advising someone who has lost their father. Prepare a tissue if you are going to read.

Let me pause here so I can call my old man.





 




gouache paint, posca pen, colored pencils


 

April's calendar:




 

some links:

I love this guy's work: Theo Janson, he creates sculptures that move using wind. The videos of the sculptures walking along the beaches are wonderful. This series on his website is also really cool: explaining some concepts (not that I understood everything, but it's still really cool) he's like that crazy physics teacher that everyone had in high school (I miss you, Marisa, the best teacher - I didn't understand anything but I loved her classes, she had a contagious excitement)

in this edition's crazy animal lady: how to make ice cream in Alaska




“My / heart / was / a / Long / lost / drawing.” Mary Ruefle


What about this guy here who dresses (and sews his own clothes) like a 19th century dandy? I love it, I love eccentric people and if I could I would dress like a rich flapper from the 20s.

In Marc Maron's newsletter I discovered (30 years late): “big science” an album by Laurie Anderson, which I had never even heard of either. I'm addicted to the album and I'm sharing it here with you. She mixes music with performance in a futuristic 80s vibe. Very good!

I've also been listening to: this instrumental funk playlist on Spotify. Besides being instrumental and not taking my focus away, it's very friendly and has good vibes.

Thank you for reading this far!

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