If you haven’t been able to tell I’ve been on hiatus for a while, I’m once again sorry that life has gotten in the way of my drawing. I’m not quite sure when I’ll get back to drawing, but I know that when I do I’m planning on having enough story finished to make it worth the wait. I’m looking at some changes in the format, and after going through some old drawings and ideas I am excited, but finding the time time to get everything done with work, and other commitments- somethings are having to take a back seat, including the comic. The comic mostly because I want to be happy with what I’m posting, I could rush stuff out, but I wouldn’t like it. A big change in my thinking since I started. I’ll keep posting to the blog, sometimes ramblings, sometimes doodles, and will post comics when I’m ready to tell you a story I’d want to read. Thank you all for your support and I hope as the holidaze descends upon us, you all have a wonderful time.
So the Matt Smith Doctor finally makes an appearance… with his fez and bow tie- because bow ties are cool, even if Matt Smith isn’t the Doctor anymore.
See when I was in high school my grandfather came to visit. He lived in Connecticut and came out every once in while (since we rarely would visit the east coast or the midwest or…). I was around sixteen and my grandfather was kind of a rogue when it came to my family, you see he was a liberal (and he baked really great bread). In those days it was more about nuclear disarmament although he also was an environmentalist, he wanted to try to make sure the world he left was in one piece. This was the opposite of how I was raised, you see I was raised that the one with the most toys wins (don’t even ask about what Christmas was like). Being in high school we talked and did a lot of listening- which shaped a little bit of who I am now. One of the fondest memories I have about that trip was when he taught me how to tie a bow tie. When he flew home, he left me one of his ties, I wore that tie every chance I could get- I basically wore out the tie. After college and Sue and I got married, I drove out to see him, it had been a while and I knew his health wasn’t that great, but he was still chipper, still worried about the world I was going to live in, and still one of the wisest men I have ever know. Years later, when he passed away, my grandmother took me into his bedroom and let me pick and choose from all his bow ties. So that’s how I ended up with so many, and how I was wearing them long before Matt Smith. I’m actually working on only having bow ties for my wardrobe, Sue has helped by finding a pattern and making me unique bow ties. I even wore one of hers when my niece was baptized. I hope some day I may be able to inspire Mackenzie the way Arnie inspired and supported me.
As for Matt Smith and the Doctor- I’ve always liked his portrayal as the madman in a blue box.
I apologize for this late post, but as a public school teacher we have started “Testing Season” (Yes, it is an actual thing in the education world- it makes me very sad) so I’m sorry that the usual 5:00 Eastern post was skipped.
I should also be sorry since I’ve had a glass (or more) of wine before posting this… please excuse any typos.
So MINIon 2600- what should I say? (Yes, MINIon #2600 should cringe a bit about this post). After a bumpy first meeting MINIon #2600 became a close friend- to the point that I was Best Man in his wedding. So yes, while I din’t have a lot of long term friends- MINIon #2600 is one of them. He is a true geek, knowing more about gaming than I will ever know. Am I jealous? not really, after years I know that every geek has their passion. It has been nice to see MINIon #2600 at GenCon each year, or at least knowing he was in town. the hardest part about this MINIon was dealing with a MINIon who has known me longer than anyone else and therefore, pushed me to the point where I finally had to say- “enough” I’m not going to create the MINIon badge you want, or I want want. At least his wife liked hers.
MINIon #2600 had the most changes to it- starting to try to the MINIon to look like an 8-bit video character and ending up with a MINIon playing the same game system I played – the Atari 2600. Yes, I played the games, but my brother was much better that I ever was- hence I stopped playing video games.
When I was growing up I spent a lot of time in front of the TV or reading comics. While I read a variety of comic strips and comic books I tend to mention that Alex Raymond’s “Flash Gordon” was what I consider my first real push into comics. There are photos of me reading Marvel & DC, and I remember reading “Peanuts” and “Hagar the Horrible” but “Flash Gordon” was the one that sticks in my mind. This is not Flash Gordon, this is Buck Rogers. Funny that Buster Crabbe played both characters in the serials something I would watch whenever they would come on. I love the style of those old Science Fiction serials. Hence the MINIon being in black & white (You may also notice a bit of graininess to the image).
This was another one of my “give-a-way” MINIon badges, and I have sadly forgotten who I gave it to! I blame MINIUSA, so much was going on that I could barely remember my own name at the end of the day. The number comes from “Armageddon 2419 A.D.” the novella by Philip Nowlan that introduced the world to Buck Rogers.
After going on (and on) about the significance of numbers- to every rule there is an exception. Some MINIons don’t care about the number but actually just want a specific image. This one was one of those pieces. The request was a zombie MINIon. So where’d the number come from? I could have picked 1968 – the year that “Night of the Living Dead” came out. So I went with the modern zombie story- “The Walking Dead”… huh? “The Walking Dead” didn’t start until 2010. Ummm.. not really, The comic book came out in 2003 and for me, this modern take on the zombie story was really my first foray into this genre. I especially liked the way Robert Kirkman initially made the “walkers” set dressing, it was a character driven story. The TV show has been interesting, but I’ve drifted away from it while staying with the comic.
I would have taken #2005 for my own since that was year of my first MINI, but others deserved that honor. I ordered and adopted Penfold (wasn’t allowed to take delivery on Sue’s birthday) and then headed to NECC (National Educational Computer Conference- now the ISTE Conference) in San Diego where I was introduced to a couple other things that over the years have eaten away at my time- geocaching and podcasting. Patience – it will all come together when I’m done.
While at NECC I sat in on a session about using GPS units to find things people had hidden (geocaching) they even had set up some dummy caches around the conventions center and loaned out GPS units for people to use. I tried it out and when I saw the presenter in passing I called out to him- that he had ruined my convention- I was supposed to sit in a dark room watching powerpoints, and instead I was running around have a great time. I told Sue about it and the rest in history… Without geocaching, there would be no Cecil.
The presenter had a podcast called Podcacher. I hadn’t heard of podcasts so I started searching out what topics and stumbled upon White Roof Radio- the MINI Cooper Podcast. I also tried Decoder Ring Theatre, and a few others, but those are the three that have stuck with me since.
So there are two MINIons on 2005, the original hosts of White Roof Radio. I met them in person a year later in St. Louis, and just like the hosts of Podcacher, we are now close friends. When I saw that the anniversary of White Roof Radio’s first broadcast was over MTTS I knew they needed a MINIon badge for the trip.