Monday, October 29, 2007

Worse, Worser and Worstest

I promise my artblog will not be headquarters for daily confessions of pain.

My surgery failed and they couldn't get my stone out. My tubes were too small for the big scary probe.

If you haven't been paying attention, here is an update--I was abducted by aliens when I was 4 years old. On the planet XR-12, they implanted a small rock in my kydney. 27 years later, Now ,they want to extract it out of my penis with a long probe and a laser.

I have to go back into surgery and try again in 2 weeks. My Doctor is a great guy and he's trying. In the meantime, they left a stent inside of me and the pain is magnificent. I'm peeing needles and going to the bathroom is like getting run over by a car. I'm eating Percocet out of a cereal bowl with a spoon. That's not even the worst of it. The worst concerns my "Health" "Insurance" God bless America.

Thank you to all who have given me compassion in the last month. I'm embarrased and humbled. Especially, from my friends in the comics community. Through all this, I have been working on the final pages for next year's The New York Four.

If anyone wants to help, they can tell the people who write reviews for Local that I am NOT a slow artist. I am pissing blood and cradling my gut and howling at the moon. I am a very VERY fast artist.

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Friday, October 26, 2007

The Little Bastard Comes Out Today

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Frida Kahlo

Tuesday, October 23, 2007


Starbuck, originally uploaded by funrama.

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Thursday, October 18, 2007

Getting Into Graphic Novels Panel

This almost slipped from my radar this week. I encourage everyone interested to come down to the Library for this panel, especially teens interested in comics and graphic novels....

Getting Into Graphic Novels
Read graphic novels? Ever wanted to draw or write one? Graphic novel writers and artists talk about their work and how they got into the field.

Panelists include:
Zander Cannon (The Replacement God, Smax)
Ryan Dow (Introspective Comics)
Ryan Kelly (Local, Giant Robot Warriors)
Bob Lipski (Uptown Girl)

Go here for info
Friday, Oct. 19
4th Floor Meeting Room
St. Paul Public Library
90 W. 4th St.
St. Paul, MN 55102
(651) 266-7000 ext. 5

Map and Directions

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Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Living Hell

In his book A Year At the Movies, Mystery Science Theatre 3000 writer/performer Kevin Murphy describes his ordeal with a kidney stone: "Being gut-stabbed with a dirty spoon in a prison cafeteria is less painful."

Minnesota Twins catcher Joe Mauer has also suffered from kidney stones. When asked about it he stated, "I don't wish that on anyone."

"For the next three days, I'd go to the urinal and not pee, and by the time I left work and drove to the doctor's office, the pain had me duck walking. The doctor felt my back and said, "You need to get to the hospital or you're going to lose this kidney."

A few days later, I called him from the bathtub where I'm sitting in a puddle of piss and blood, drinking California champagne and popping Vicodins. On the phone, I tell him, "I passed my stone," and in my other hand is a nine-millimeter ball of tiny oxalic acid crystals, all of them razor-sharp."

Chuck Palahniuk

My heroes.

I've been in an enormous amount of pain and the vicodins aren't doing the trick. I've actually worked and lived with pain throughout my artistic career and i'd seriously be a better artist by a million miles if I wasn't crouching over in pain all the time and so compromised. It's actually more painful to read bloggers insinuate that I am a slow artist while I'm lying the floor in a fetal position grasping at my gut and groaning and pleading to the gods.

The good news is that I'm flying through the final Local work as fast as I can and The New York Four looks better than I could ever imagine. I just hope I can finish it! But it appears I'm going to have to get some kind of surgery. So if you ever want to know what it's like to push a marble through your special little friend, well, keep reading my blog. Why? Because who doesn't love to read other people's pain blogging? Fun!

I'm not begging for sympathy, just your money. My Make a Donation, Get Art is still open. I'm not sure, but I've heard that doctors cost money. Make a donation, get some art. Sweet magical art.

And don't email me and tell me your uncle passed one and he said it was 10 times worse than child birth. I'm still slowly transitioning out of the denial stage.


Saturday, October 06, 2007

I Second That Emotion

Thursday, October 04, 2007

Fallcon October 6-7, This Sat-Sun.

At the Metrodome!

Actually, Fallcon is at the State Fairgounds. I'll be there with an artist table so please come by. Please! I'll be there 2:00-5:00pm Saturday and 10:00-5:00pm Sunday.

We need to buy a new car so come by and purchase some of my original art and books. I'm doing sketches too for $$$. I'm looking around the house now for other things to sell.

Last convention of the year!