Sunday, October 15, 2017

Late Night Thoughts.

Hello friends. Its 1am. Ive had my kids all weekend. Haven’t had much time for artworking,, blogging or other creative things. And that is okay. But I thought I would throw together a list of random thoughts that are keeping me awake tonight. Its my brain and what it puts me through. Here we go...

—I took my youngest to his first play date/bday party this weekend. It was awkward for me. Everyone had big new cars, high paying jobs and the house was huge. Usually that makes me feel very small and worthless but this time I didn’t care. I chatted happily when I was spoken to, which was not much. I mostly watched my kid play and sat on a couch nearby reading a book on my phone. I heard people around me having the dumbest amount of small talk and I was very thankful I wasnt subjected to a very fake and forced conversation. All the kids ran around and screamed but bnot my child. He played with some toys quietly. He was very well behaved. Later upstairs he was eating a cupcake alone and the grandma of the birthday boy came over to talk to him. And James kept making jokes. He’s just like me in many ways. He doesnt like casual conversation. People cannot handle that, so they leave awkwardly. It was funny. I left there and got him some stuff at a disc store nearby. Proud of that boy.

—At the same time Im proud of him, he has a massive streak on about lying. He’ll break something and then say he doesnt know how it happened. Usually I have to force the truth out of him and then I don’t punish him for what he did. I have enough liars in my life, I dont need to raise another one. Sometimes, I just want the goddamn truth. I hope I can break him of the habit. He is five.

—the success of my EROTIC ZONE kickstarter is so far so good. With what Ive earned so far, the bills and shipping costs are paid. Not much extra surplus yet. Seems printing costs have risen in the last few years. But that is okay. Im proud of the book and we still got twenty days to make it snowball into some more success. I get antsy about these things because the numbers are so “public.” There is a perception there. Also after the smoke clears, you got a nice book but no money left over. You start to think things like “why am I bothering and stressing over this thing, which ends up selling good but the money isnt there?” Then you start to look around and blame people. “I got X amount of followers on this and that so why arent the numbers bigger?” But in the end you just blame yourself. 

I am VERY proud of every book I do. It doesnt matter in the end what sells to me. the book on my shelf is award enough. I didnt get into doing books to get rich. And with every new one that comes out, I gain new and more followers and fans. Im grateful for them and for the overall experience.

You cannot get into the game of the numbers. I get off on the struggle. As a northerner, I am a trained snowshoveler. When we want to get to something, we have to physically move things to get to it. We are doers. We dont walk outside everyday to a nice fresh weather day. We gotta make ithappen when what we got. I also know that I am not using my art and writing as a stepping stone to get to somewhere else. This is it. Im just taking my own stuff as far as I can take it. And it comes from a pure, honest place. Raw and in the moment. There is a strength in that and strength in being open amd vulnerable. So I am grateful for any attention my little world recieves. True appreciation. Tha k you. 

—There are a few exciting dates coming up, plus holidays. But I know that I am on the beginning part of a long five month overtime binge at the day job. The money will be good and I could sure use it (couldnt we all!!!) so it will be nice. But exhaustion does set in. I hope I can stay sane throughout it.

—My heart aches for some dear friends whose newborn is having great difficulty. It was just placed on an ECMO machine for his little heart. I would give anything for that baby to wake up tomorrow and have it be okay. If prayer truly is the last refuge of the scoundrel, then prayer is all I have to give. A punchers chance of hope that the universe is indeed perhaps guided and something can step in and provide a miracle that we always read about. I want so badly for it to be true. So badly.

—The world is insane. Hurricanes, Mass shootings, fires, death and golfing. Our leaders are loudmouth failures. And we point and blame each other, never seeing that we should be one and DOING SOMETHING.... but no, we got our beautiful distractions. Its all going to be okay, right?

—The #metoo sexual harassment online discussion is absolutely heartbreaking. To know howany of my friends and aquaintances have dealt with bullshit and secret wars I knew nothing about. Heartbreaking.

—I have given up on STAR TREK DISCOVERY and am instead enjoying THE ORVILLE and CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM season 9.  Current bands on my playlist: THE DOORS, PUSCIFER, TOM PETTY and the STP CORE 25th anniversary box set. Currently reading a PEARL JAM Rolling Stone compilation and Maynard James Keenan’s autobiography from 2016.

—I worry about my dad’s health. I miss him so much. My brother might have cancer. My cousin is still having a rough time with his illness. So much going on with my family.
Well, a couple more weeks of hard work to go and I’ll get a nice night out. Looking forward to it. Til then, its time to sharpen my pencil, sketch when I can, write when I can, ink pages when I can and make it happen. Its up to me, good or bad. My own corner of the world, its my job to keep it sane.

...anyway, that is what is on my mind tonight. Have a good week. I know I will try to. Its like that scene in WILLOW when Elora was taken and Willow is crying and it seems hopeless. Madmardigan just says “lets ride!” Like its the only option not to despair. So I won’t. Lets ride. 
—T

Saturday, October 14, 2017

THE EROTIC ZONE is FUNDED!!

Hello my friends! Wow, I am blown away right now. In less than 2.5 days, we made funding! Go us!! I say us, because one thing Ive learned about crowdfunding a project, its as much about US as it is about me. It is all DIY to a point but then its up to all of us to continue the grassroots campaign. So if you like what we are doing here, be sure to spread the word about these comics on your social media to other like minded folks who would be into it. I appreciate you spreading the word with me.

This is my 6th Kickstarter effort and I see a few old friends that have come back to be an ADAM COMPLETIST! :) But majority of names I do not recognize and therefore are NEW!! That excites me and I welcome you to our little group of erotic rock star readers! In seeing that, I decided that maybe I needed to expand rewards and include STARSLAM 1 and 2 in physical and digital forms.

Either way, I appreciate the support, my friends. Lets keep rocking and rolling towards some of those stretch goals and get some nice new bonuses for you to enjoy!

Thank you!!

Have not got to check out the Kickstarter yet? The link is right:

HERE

Thanks! ~~~T

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

THE EROTIC ZONE Kickstarter is Launched!


Folks, its here! My new erotic comic anthology called THE EROTIC ZONE. Its live on Kickstarter and you can order it right HERE

Its 88 pages of hardcore sexy action. It includes erotic short stories, pinups, commissions and the complete Porn World Weekly strips, plus more. You can get digital books, commissions and sketched book versions, even your own erotic story drawn and published by me! Im beyond excited to get this book out the door to you folks. All the money earned for this Kickstarter goes into the early funding for STARSLAM 3... like paying my colorist, paying me for my work on it, materials, etc. Consider this a vast bonus!

Join our Kickstarter right HERE

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In other news, the 500th episode of the IDIOTHEAD MORNING SHOW is also live. Check it out via itunes or stream it right HERE

Thanks for reading folks. Hit up that Kickstarter and lets make it happen!

~~T

Tuesday, October 03, 2017

I Wont Back Down

(sorry, still having keyboard issues)

Hey friends. Our heroes are leaving us. The world seems like its in chaos. They are dividing and conquering us and we are losing. Times are tight and sometimes the days just suck. Guns blaze and weather destroys. We argue over what is right and wrong while those effected just sit and suffer. We get madder and louder. We talk loud and end up saying nothing. Life... is too much sometimes.

So I turn to art. I celebrate what the artists I love have left behind. This week, Tom Petty left us. WILDFLOWERS is in constant rotation at my house in my CD player. I never change the station when he comes on. It felt like he was always going to be there, on tour or just jamming. But hes gone. So is Bernie Wrightson. So is Len Wein. So are many others. There is so much good art from the old masters and the new and up comers, its too much to take in. My mind is a bottleneck to it sometimes. But when it comes in, I love it.

Will miss you greatly.
The holiday season has officially begun. 

The decorations abound!
Ive been spending my time with those I love. 

Fur babies make me happy.
This weekend I penciled 8 pages on STARSLAM 3. Im inking and scanning stuff this week. Im writing new stuff and sketching out new ideas. I have to.

The world is crazy. The world is loud and scary. But we got ourselves and each other. We have art. Great art. Music, movies, paintings, clothes, styles, colors, podcasts, talk radio... so much. So much love is there if you drill down and find it.

Me? Im continuing to fight the good fight and continuing to make art. We cant let this world push us around or drag us down. We gotta stand our ground...

...We wont back down.

~~T

Friday, September 29, 2017

Arrested Development

Hey friends!

(Please excuse my typing. Parts of my MAC keyboard are kaput! The dashes, apostrophe, quotation marks and a few other keys do not work!)

Been a busy week. This weekend will be as well since I have the kids the whole time, but I am looking forward to playing my new MR BUCKET with them. Plus this:

Scored one at Walmart around midnight last night. They had 30 units and I was 24th in line. Lucky!! I plugged it in and played it last night. Brought back some memories! I cant wait to play some games with James this weekend and then dig into some RPGs next week!

I decided to get the SNES system as a bit of a reward for my hard work. Been busy actually artworking! So far Ive done this: 

Surprise!
And I daresay Ive kept up well with the social media stuff and podcasts. Episode #500 is coming up quick! I wrote out some new stuff for Pleasant Life 2 scenes I want to add and pulled more research for Starslam 3. I am still putting the finishing touches on The Erotic Zone. My keyboard pooping out on me has eliminated some of my short key commands I use with my Wacom tablet for when I color, so it has slowed me down a bit. But Ive been getting up early every morning to keep a routine as it were. Im getting back into the swing of things. Feels good, really. I plan to get some penciling done this weekend when the kids are here.... if they let me! Plus next week my GF will be house sitting all week so I will have no excuse to get my ass up early and get to work on stuff!

....Wish me luck!

Yesterday I celebrated this: 

STAR TREK TNG premiered 30 years ago yesterday! I remember watching TV that night with my mom and my brother. Ill never forget a Trek memory!
But I also managed to check out the first couple episodes of (gulp) STAR TREK: DISCOVERY. (sigh) To hear my full thoughts about the show so far, check out the latest episode of my Morning Show Podcast. Download via Itunes or stream right HERE ~~~~~ Suffice to say, it needs to grow on me... if it can. Sucks to know that 30 years ago, this awesome Trek show premiered and Trek has gone downhill ever since it went off the air in 1994. But then in 94, I was also playing a SNES. I am fully a kid, stuck in that year. Grunge music was in my ears and still is.... Yeah, Im never growing up! Im fine with that.

Those were the fun times. Adulting sucks. House worries, bills, day job, bad knee, worry this/worry that, people are arseholes...

Fuck it. Im gonna plug in some Zelda: A Link to the Past, while jamming on some Nirvana and then watch some good ol TNG with a big bowl of cereal. Then maybe draw on some of my funny book shit. That is what I was doing that year, and still continue to do today. Im truly in arrested development.

And Im fine with that.

~~~T


Sunday, September 24, 2017

Taking Time for New Things

Hey friends. Working a few extra hours of OT at the dayjob this week. Ive been battling stomach issues as well. Frequent trips to the bathroom, stomach pains, loss of appetite, etc. I am going to be looking for a new doctor this week to see what that is all about. I am falling behind on my artworking, natch. But I am trying my best. I colored some more of the pinup stuff for the erotica book, only to find out a few of the keys on my keyboard here on the desktop I am currently typing on do not work! So I gotta get a new one.

Speaking of new ones, I got a new Iphone8 yesterday. My contract was up anyway and so I decided to get the latest and greatest. I got more gigs to play with. Before I had just 16, which after phone usage turns out to be 8.5. Now I got 65 Gb... which after phone usage turns out to be around 57! I filled it up with music and things and I still got plenty to play with! Its nice. I deserve a treat once in a while. I got other treats this past week too:

Last Saturday, D and I went to the cider mill. On the way back we stopped by Colleens to see her house and the kids. Landon here is showing us his Jason mask.

We found a new large booze store on south Ceder here in Lansing. Found a drink named after a coworker friend of mine.

...and we found this giant vodka glass shaped like a gun! Pretty crazy.

After that we went to Jacob and Annas house and he gave me a new record player and some 45s. Then we went out to dinner. D and I snapped a pic of the hot and sweaty night. (yes I know I missed some apostrophes there. Unfortunately that is one of the keys that is broken on my keyboard!)

Our cats were sitting in this weird tryptic on our bed.... perhaps some weird cat cult symbol before they decide to kill us?

Found this while I was out grocery shopping... apparently they decided to re release MR BUCKET as a toy! OF course I had to have one....

Watch balls pop out of our mouth! Buckets of fun!

D had an old friend pop by for a night of much needed music and boozing. Shes a great gal and has wonderful taste in music.
Yesterday was Ds friends bday as well, so we went out for that. Seems like we are always on the go. Never a moment to slow down and just BE at home.

So as you can see, time is making me busy. But I gotta hunker down this week and get some shit done. No doubt about it. And sometime this week I need to see a doctor. These stomach issues have to stop. One way or the other. Truth is, I know I havent been eating right and I know that has to be a major factor. And I am sick of feeling this way. So its time I do something about it. Plus I found out that a family member might have some cancer, which puts the scare into myself to keep up with my own health to possibly prevent the inevitable on my own end. Or at least, prolong it until I can fulfill my promises. I got shit to do. Dont try and stop me now!!

T

Friday, September 15, 2017

Chugging Through

I'm working on it.
Welcome back, friends. Busy times are upon me and I haven't had a chance to sit down and type anything to you. I have updated my PODCAST, but not the blog here. I feel like I owe it to you guys a bit to keep you visually informed as well... so here we are.

Life is okay. I had a rough last week. Then last weekend was busy with the kid's birthday and my dad/sister visiting. Then this week was rough again. Just been going round and round with some soul cutting anger and stress in some various things. But I am working hard on stuff and I got a vacation weekend a mere 24 hours away and I am going to enjoy the fuck out of it. I need it. I really do.

But I'm trying to keep sane and happy....

For example, a couple weeks ago I bought and assembled this. I haven't bought Legos in years and always have desired to. So I saw this in the store and said FUCK IT! I'm glad I did.
 Not only am I enjoying some childish toys, but I am listening to music I used to jam on when I was younger. And I reached out for some freelance work and I am happy to tease that I am back on a sketch card set. I don't think I can say what it is yet, but its one of the most popular properties outside of Star Wars right now. I am about 1/2 way done penciling the cards. I chose a small batch just to make sure I could do them without any troubles. I'll show them off when I can.

I also did this:

Finally! A cover to my new upcoming erotica book is revealed! Kickstarter soon!
I am putting the finishing touches on the book and it will launch soon.

I'm spending time with family...

Lily and I.

Lily, Luna and their boss.

Scott Bot opens a birthday present (he turned 9 this year)

Little James opens one of his birthday presents. He turned 5 years old. Wow!

The boys playing together.
And I also visited another group of old family....

Did a quick sketch of the Pleasant Life gang. I miss them.
I'm hoping that my efforts to clear out the bullshit from my life are starting to harden and shape itself. The roots are deep and should last through future tests. The mountain is being climbed. I know what I have to do and how I want to get it done. I have goals (personal, professional, creative, etc) and I'm juggling them all. This train is chugging through. Come what may.

Thanks for coming back to visit me here. Kickstarter for EROTIC ZONE and other art news is coming very soon!!!!!

--T