Mar 5th
Today I witnessed something amazing. Almost in stark contrast to yesterday, today I saw tangible impact of lady-representation in comics.

At the bookstore I work at, we have a dedicated Adventure Time section. This family came in and those kids were SO EXCITED to see their favourite characters in comics. I talked them through each OGN and series compilation, explaining what they all were and in what order they should be read, and this little girl’s entire life was changed. You could see it on her face.

The moment I mentioned Kate Leth (and that, yes, she is a girl.) this little girl’s face lit up like Christmas morning. I don’t know if it just never occurred to her that girls can work in comics but the excitement and wonder that left the store in her was a privilege to see. I ended up selling them the Fionna & Cake’s, all the OGN’s, and an AT doodle book. She left begging her dad to help her learn how to draw Marceline comics. (And he was happy to comply!)

Kate Leth has left an everlasting impression on this little girl just by existing and working in the industry. I honestly hope to someday be able to see such an impact on someone from my own work. Ladies in comics is important. The representation on the page, and behind them, is important. Having a reflection of yourself in the content you enjoy is important. I hope that little girl grows up to be a famous comic author someday.

It was a very good day.

I don’t even know what to say, I think my heart exploded. This is, I think, the best response I could ever hope for.

Thank you.


(via samhumphries)


Sample page process

Script by Ryan North
Illustrated by Jim Rugg
Colors by Chris O’Neill
Letters by Steve Wands

Adventure Time #26 is the first of 4 issues that I illustrate (I was halfway through issue 28 when I wrote this). Here is the process that I used for #26. Each morning, I woke up, made coffee, petted the cats while coffee brewed. I drank a cup of coffee and sketched panels, figures, action, and page layouts directly on a print out of Ryan North’s scripts (which are delightful!). Then I taped a piece of paper on my drawing board (Strathmore Bristol 300 Series, 11 x 14, smooth surface). Ruled out borders based on the layout sketches using a Rapidograph (size: 1.20). Lightly drew the page with a non photo blue pencil (2 mm). I drew the original art at 125% of the print size. Then inked the page using Microns (sizes 01, 03, 05, 08). Finally scanned it, cleaned it up if necessary, and saved it as a 1200 dpi bitmap (uncompressed TIFF). 

(via ryannorth)

Source jimrugg

Reblogged from Jim Rugg

On Sleep:

"We now know that 24 hours without sleep, or a week of sleeping four or five hours a night induces an impairment equivalent to a blood alcohol level of .1 percent…. We would never say, ‘This person is a great worker! He’s drunk all the time!’ yet we continue to celebrate people who sacrifice sleep for work." 

Danielle Elliot @ The Atlantic: The Doctor Who Coaches Athletes on Sleep


I wonder if my junkie brain so eagerly and excitedly goes into unsleep-mode because it wants that certain derangement of the senses that sleeplessness brings. like speedy kids putting sugar in sodas, like abstaining alcoholics sugar-binging to replace the alcohol sugars in their system, it can feel like a kind of over-the-counter bootleg solution to the problem of having to live life not-fucked-up-all-the-time. 

sure, it’s time and a feeling-space i can use, i can convert into work, but it’s a feeling i like. 

i romanticize exhaustion. i worry about it. i have to put sleep on my to-do list and have been working for a very long time to think of it as a thing that needs done, rather than a bodily weakness to avoid (which was kinda s.o.p. since, y’know. forever). i have to treat sleep like work, like a part of the job, like a task, a box to Get Done and Check Off. Otherwise, like exercise, it goes undone.

half a thought, i dunno. i’ve not encountered any studies looking at sleep habits of the addict and the recovering, but as sleep and brain chemistry are so fundamentally related… well, maybe there’s more than one reason for all those midnight meetings out there.