This is another one of the conversations, like this one here , which might strain credulity but is actually mostly verbatim bits of a real conversations. The question about him watching porn might seem random, I’m not sure, but the reason is that I’ve seen people like him identify as bisexual without any apparent sexual interest in both sexes. Which isn’t to say all bisexuals are like that, but I think your actual sexual inclinations are a good indicator one way or another of your actual sexuality, as opposed to a label you’re using. I’ve had emotional attachments to girls, and even thought girls were cute, and on some of those occasions I’ve wondered, hey, maybe I’m bi. But I’m not, because I have no interest in seeing girls naked whatsoever, and seeing porn with women in it is a completely non-sexual experience for me.
In the case of this particular boy, when I met him it didn’t even occur to me to ask whether or not he was gay. It didn’t even occur to me to ask whether he was a top or a bottom. It’s not that he was acting in some flaming stereotypical way, it’s just that based on my experience his sexuality was pretty readily apparent. He has, since we dated, “come out” as fully gay, as opposed to bi, which I take as an affirmation of my instincts. So, it’s not that I’m incredulous of bisexuals in general, I’m just incredulous of the ones that don’t happen to be bisexual.
So, I’ve been organizing and outlining a lot to figure out what’s going to go into the book collection I’m working on, which this storyline will be a centerpiece of. I have a pretty clear goal of what I want the arc of the book to be, and it’s supposed to be around 120 or 130 pages in total, so last night I figured out which, from my existing comics and drawings, should be included, and it turns out I have around 60 pages ready to go. Some of the smaller strips or illustrations will be two to a page, so that’s around 100 pieces so far. Out of the rest of it, I have a whole lot of it either written or outlined, and a good chunk of those even partially penciled, so, hey, this is looking pretty doable for a release in October. Check back here as I update about the process as it’s ongoing. There are certain things that I want to have up on the website before the book comes out, but the drawing will probably get ahead of the website’s schedule, so when the book comes out it will probably have quite a few things not previously available online. To complete posting some of the story things I want on the website before October, though, I may start posting more than three times a week, so there may be a whole lot of website content coming up. You lucky people.
New comic on Wednesday as we wind down and wrap up the whole Boy From Santa Cruz storyline and move on to the next thing.
Getting close to the end, or the middle of the Boy From Santa Cruz storyline, and some of this stuff in the next few strips is kind of plot points that will maybe make the end of it a little bit clearer, extrapolating on some of the situations that went on between them. That, and there’s also a drawing of a cartoon bunny humping somebody’s face, so win/win.
This is the next drawing I did of this particular boy. I wanted to draw his butt, for purposes of artistic integrity, so we settled on a version of that Crumb girl sort of over the shoulder look. The underwear were picked out together when we’d gone to H & M together about a week prior, and they’re painfully adorable. Yep. I’m not sure about the face here because I was trying to make it look slightly cartoony and, although I like it, I’m not sure whether I went too far.
This one is interesting to me, because I started penciling it a while ago, and then realized I’d rather have it come earlier in the scheme of things, so I waited to finish it. So, yesterday I was working off of partially finished pencils from a while ago, and I think I pretty much ended up repenciling almost everything, but it’s still good to see drawings finished and inked that I’ve seen sitting there partially finished for a couple of months. The next storyline I’m gonna post on here is something I started penciling around a year ago, so that’ll be an interesting similar experience. I’ll probably end up repenciling a lot of it, too, because my drawing has changed, hopefully for the better, but also because the storyline has evolved as it’s percolated in my head for that long. A lot of the comics that’ll be coming up are things that I’ve been thinking about for a long time, and I’m going to be prioritizing them because I’ve been talking to Northwest Press about publishing a book in time for Alternative Press Expo, and so I want to get these storylines that are important to me finished so that they can be included in that.
Part of what I did during the recent few weeks when I didn’t post new comics was a lot of research into photo reference and lettering and things for this next upcoming storyline, which I hope will be really beautiful. I was looking up photo reference for old steel factories, 50′s suburbia, and vintage wooden roller coasters, if that gives you any hints as to what’s gonna be in the story. Check back soon, tons of new stuff coming up soon, I did the math and to get everything I want included in the Northwest Press book finished in time for the publication goal I have to draw, um, about 50 hours a day, which I can totally do, as I’m a rockstar. I’m a little concerned about it cutting into my porn watching time, but I’ve always managed to find time for that before, so I’m confident things will work out.
New comic on Friday, check back.
I drew a comic similar to this a while ago, and it’s meant to come here in the Boy From Santa Cruz storyline, but there are a few of the comics in this storyline that I drew months back now that I’ve decided I want to redraw to give the storyline as a whole a more consistent look. I didn’t like the way this one looked, I think redrawn it’s better. I kept the lettering and panel borders from the first time I drew it for consistency and because they seemed alright, but the characters are redrawn. You can see the original here if you’re curious.
People either seemed endeared or agitated by the sweetness of the last comic, but either way here’s more of it, although I think that this one kind of has a foreboding air to the narration. By the time it’s all together up here and can be read in order, the sweetness of the beginning of the story should make the breakup comics at the end nice and painful to read.
This is the first in a series of drawings of this one particular boy.. Since I haven’t posted on here in a while, I’m gonna warm up this week by posting some drawings instead of jumping straight into new comix. Those’ll start next week, by which time most people will hopefully have noticed that I’m posting again. I like this sketch,but it was kind of a challenge, since we were sitting on some sort of old concrete outcropping out on Sutro Heights, it was getting windy, the ink I was using was too thin, and the poor guy there, as flexible as he might be, was getting pretty cold.
It was getting pretty chilly and windy up there by the time I finished the drawing, but he didn’t complain or ask to put his sweater back on until after I told him I didn’t need him to pose anymore. His stoic endurance of discomfort in certain situations seemed endearing to me– And highly functional in some cases, like that one time I had him tied to a doorknob for a couple of hours (It was for art!)– and I liked the fact that he wasn’t as high strung as some certain other boys I’ve gone out with, but I didn’t realize that it was also indicative of his inability in general to communicate his apprehensions or uncertainty about a given situation, or to communicate well at all, really, and that ended up being less endearing. I’ll try not to ruin the sweetness of this particular comic with too much bitterness in the attached blog, though :P
New comic on Monday.