It was one of the most glorious sunny days when I sat down to start this newsletter. In typical Belgian fashion though, we’re now alternatively drowning in water and getting out the sunglasses.
Hello from Belgium!
Talking about reality not conforming to our wishes: when I’m close to a vacation, I plan to do ALL THE THINGS. Unfortunately, my main activity turns into listening to a herd of podcasts, watching youtube clips and comics. On the bright side, last time I had an extended weekend, I saw a lot of excellent movie and pop culture theories. Like the one about the philosophy of Rick and Morty and how Joy is the villain in ‘Inside Out’.
That last one being especially interesting because it mentions with the happiness industry. In short, we are constantly being told/sold to be happy and if we’re not, it’s due to our lack of trying. That’s a little reductive, but you get the point.
It reminded me of the countless job descriptions that require you to be ‘enthusiastic’ and ‘eager’ while essentially asking you to do the same thing every day. I defy anyone to keep that up for 10 years and not burn-out in one way or another.
My take? Enthusiasm is overrated. Don’t get me wrong, I want to be that person that makes cool things and enjoys them on a daily basis but you can’t pretend everything is amazing and not have something snap inside you. Boredom and frustration are a part of life. Ignore at your own peril.
For me, it’s making other things, having this fantastical person in my life and some kind of anger pushing for change, that prevents me from rampaging through the candy isle in the supermarket and than building a cocoon out of oreo wrappers and packets of chips/crisps.
~= Projects =~
I’m spending some time – okay, a lot of time – packing things and stressing out over moving house in August. That’s one of the reasons the comic updates have been erratic. I am working on some ideas for smaller comics I could update 3 times a week. Think of those Mauled comics I did a few years back.
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Karen and I went to see John Cleese’s show in Brussels a while ago. It was all great fun, with him telling stories and showing old clips. The abundance of teleprompters close enough for the audience to read from was a bit annoying but hey, he’s 76 and a Godfather of comedy, so maybe we should let that go.
We also took a trip to Budapest (Hungary) in May, walking around with friends and having them acting as our tour guide (hello Liebrecht!). I highly recommend visiting the Buda castle, Gellert Hill, Great Market Hall and one of the thermal baths. I’d put the city on par with Prague. Quite cheap, maybe less interesting architecture in some places but equally rich in history.
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Since the last update, I finished Molly Crabapple’s book and failed to get started on Amanda Palmer’s. I don’t have a real review for Drawing Blood other than it had some interesting bits for me personally, like her insight in Occupy Wallstreet and the great illustrations, but I found a lot of her accounts annoying to get through and I’m not entirely sure why. Maybe that’s what put me off starting on The Art of Asking.
I bought ‘The Incal’ in a Comixology sale. It was… interesting? The sci-fi series is written by Jodorowsky and drawn by Moebius. The best way I can describe it, is as a new age space opera kind of comic. I love Moebius his drawings but the story and the metaphysical stuff wasn’t really for me. If you’re unfamiliar with Jodorowsky, I’d suggest looking for the documentary “Jodorowsky’s Dune”. See how much of sci-fi has been ripped-off from their work. A good documentary on Moebius is “In search of Moebius”.
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A lot of Pocket Mortys. It’s like Pokémon, but with more body horror.
That's it from me. I hope you’re all keeping busy and not losing your minds!
I will see you next time.