I posted this comic about a week ago on Heeby Jeeby Comix but thought it proper to repost over here (with process) because after all, this blog is Drip's namesake! So, in case you didn't make it over to Heeby Jeeby, here it is again:
Below is some of the sketching that went into writing this 2-page gag. I typically write in doodles. "Drip is awoken by vacuuming birds and retaliates."—that doesn't get me very far until I work out the individual drawings. Often, the drawings come before I've figured out the story.
The vacuum crew: big bird, little bird (circled).
And my pencil rough on copy paper, where I plan everything out.
Drip is an older character (spawned from a sketchbook around 2003), so I'm glad he finally made it into a Heeby Jeeby comic. If you're interested, here's an old post where I explained some of the story behind him --> (Drip!).
And finally, below is the comic I drew for ARGH!#5 in 2008, where Drip made his first major appearance. I noticed the quality in this earlier post wasn't so great, so here it is larger, less compressed, and hopefully easier to read (4 pages in two spreads).
This was when I was predominantly inking with nibs; now I use a brush pen. More info on ARGH! at its website, if you haven't heard me mention it before.
It's become a yearly ritual to sort through my favorite albums come the first week of December. Now, it's silly to sort and rank things—let's just get that out there. And you're probably sick of seeing these lists already. But if you care about something, like I care about music, it's a good way to wrap up the year and especially fun to look back on.
This year, two albums rose to the top: Kanye West's My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy and Sufjan Stevens' The Age of Adz. Which is interesting, because the last time Sufjan released a monumental album (Illinois, in 2005), so did Kanye (Late Registration). That year, I was torn between the two. But this year, it isn't even close. It is ridiculous how much I love Kanye's new album. Not to mention G.O.O.D. Fridays. I'd say he is my favorite artist/musician of the moment. The man, the music—argue with me all you want. Ha!
So, you know my #1 and #2 spots. Here's where the music landed.
My TOP 10 11 Album picks*
Kanye West – My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
Sufjan Stevens– The Age of Adz
Gorillaz– Plastic Beach
Marnie Stern– Marnie Stern
Toro y Moi– Causers of This
Robyn– Body Talk*
Blackbird Blackbird– Summer Heart
The Apples in Stereo– Travelers in Space and Time
Deerhunter – Halcyon Digest
Chromeo– Business Casual
*Edit: After listening to Robyn's new album, it definitely should've made the final cut. But I didn't think it fair to bump anyone out, so I now have 11 albums.
Because it's always hard to cut it off at 10 11, here are some other good ones from this year:
Best Coast – Crazy For You Candy Claws – Hidden Lands (for these guys, check out In the Dream of the Sea Life from 2009—better, imo) Ratatat – LP4 LCD Soundsystem– This Is Happening Vampire Weekend– Contra The New Pornographers– Together
And some albums that are newly growing on me:
Robyn – Body Talk(bumped up to the list!) The Arcade Fire– The Suburbs
As always, I'm curious what everyone else is listening to, so PLEASE leave your favorites in the comments.
If you think you share some of my musical tastes, look me up on last.fm (bobjinxmusic)
Cartoonist, illustrator, co-creator of Heeby Jeeby Comix, and Director of Art & Animation at FableVision Studios. Drip! is the official blog of Jinx the Monkey —home to doodles, artwork, and a lot of rambling courtesy of yours truly.