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An Excerpt From A Short Story

…And just as that uncreative title suggests, the following is an excerpt from a work-in-progress short story. If you dig it feel free to tell me why (or why not!) in the comments section- hopefully I’ll have the remainder posted soon!


It was dusk, and just as the feelings of utter disdain and cynicism had washed away mere hours prior he watched as the pub around him emptied. Not your average watering hole for sure- most places would just be picking up around this time. But not this one, and that’s exactly what he was counting on.
Jornado sat at his favorite corner booth, the one furthest from the bar, and proceeded in his nightly ritual. Before him sat a blank notebook, an ink pen, and half a mug of beer.

The idea that you can even write in such a place is laughable at best, sir.

That fucking voice.

As a matter of fact, the idea you can even write period is just beyond-

“Shut up. Shut up!” in the next booth over a few patrons whipped around at his sudden outburst- Jornado flushing a bright pink. “S-sorry…” he managed quietly before pointing at his phone. “Bad call.” The patrons exchanged confused glances before making their way out of the corner. Jornado glanced at his phone- it was off.

Feeling sheepish yet?

Flustered, his attention once again turned to the items placed before him.

Ah, the ritual…

Every night he attempted the same thing. Show up to his favorite spot, drink away the day prior, and write. But just like every other night only two of the items on that checklist were being completed.

Does it make you feel important, carrying on this charade?

“I can do this.” He made sure to keep this conversation quiet- after all, there were lingering patrons.

You say that, but we both know you don’t believe that. If experience is any kind of teacher…

“It’s just a block. Everyone goes through blocks.”

But like this? It’s been years, Jornado. You’ve lost yourself somewhere- do you realize this?

“I’m still here. I’m still me.”

Are you really though? How do you know this for sure?

“I…don’t…” Jornado thought for a moment. Did he know?
“Excuse me?” Chills ran down his spine. It was one of the patrons from earlier. He didn’t dare make eye contact. How long had she been standing there? “I couldn’t help but notice you’ve been alone over here for a while… mind if I join you?” She inquired innocently. He didn’t dare make eye contact- embarrassment flooded his every thought. He began to tap his fingers on the pad before him, looking for any excuse to not look at her. After what felt like ages, he finally mustered a quiet response.
“Sure.”

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In Defense of the Lack of Podcasts Lately…

Just playing- I have no defense. Life is a bit of a fickle beast at times and regardless of how often you set yourself goals sometimes they’re just not in the cards. I’ve been fixated on the idea of restructuring my goals in life recently and I have had to pull my Soundcloud station for the time being. It doesn’t feel right keeping something floating on the interwebs without any sort of updates regularly being pushed- unfortunately trying to maintain your own little online radio presence without any takers for free hosting can put a damper in your plans, especially if you’re financially invested in something with zero interest. C’est la vie, as they say, so for now I’m hanging up that producing hat.

Hopefully I’ll continue to occasionally guest on friends’ podcasts- and with any luck, I’ll be a regular on my brother’s show, “Deep Breaths”, which is expected to drop any day now. Below is the artwork I prepped for said show. It’s an interesting one- primarily based around life’s philosophical quibbles and crazy conspiracies and ideas provided by a rotating cast of guests and all-around crazies.

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It’s a lot of fun listening to what we have so far and I can only hope you guys find it as entertaining to listen to as I have. Jacob Pickle has been handling most of the production thus far and it sounds STELLAR compared to previous ones I have been involved with (not counting Kevin Zerbe’s… that man is just a wizard).

Keep an eye out for more content coming soon- including what will hopefully be the start of a slew of blog posts in the coming weeks. I have a new job lined up that will more than likely cut into any free time I have for this stuff- hopefully I still find some sort of way to maintain. We’ll see.

-Your Friendly Neighborhood Jeff.

Some Early Morbid Stuff

Some work-in-progress stuff of Morbid the Ragdoll comic strips I’m currently working on. Hoping to have something more to post here soon!

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And finally, the character revision sketch of Morbid herself.

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In case you’re interested in seeing any more of this character, you can peep out the original appearance of her in this test strip I released back in I forget when.

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1. “Oddities”

…I promise I’m taking it in a new direction. I was not a fan of that “pilot”. I had initially thought the concept of it being a somber journey into the heart and mind of this little creature required it to be a pretentious, self-serious affair. Clearly didn’t work- I don’t feel that lends itself neatly to the medium. You live and learn I suppose, right?

Look for more on this soon- hopefully someone somewhere digs it!

-Jeff

PS. I almost forgot to mention, but if you’re a “Coping” fan you may recognize her from this cameo in “#27: A Healthy Dose of Pediophobia”, an earlier strip from 2015ish or so.

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27. “A Healthy Dose of Pediophobia”

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Well hiya there, fellows and fellowettes! It’s been a while.

It’s been, what, three months since my last update? And even longer since I provided any meaningful content?

About that…

The last few months haven’t been the best for me, but it’s only now as I type this that I’ve realized that most of that falls squarely on me. Some personal matters in my own life (that should’ve been a cause for concern at most) really, really got to me. And by “got to me”, I mean I fell the fuck apart. As a very family-oriented person when not all is well in my home nest I naturally take that weight on as much as humanly possible (often to my own detriment). Noble, perhaps, but largely stupid. As these issues have slowly subsided in the last few weeks I feel like I can finally step back and look at the bigger picture here-

Like a teen crying over their first break-up I had more or less decided to make a huge deal out of everything going on and just check out- but to  be fair, it was compounded by some rather legitimate issues. It felt like, to me at least, that atrophy was rising in many of my creative endeavors. The passion didn’t play for me when experiencing any of it outside of the creative process and that certainly didn’t help me feel any better about the position and mindset I’ve been in as of late.

But that’s what checking out is for, right? I’ve certainly done my fair share of that and I finally feel like I can muster up something worth sharing again. I’m currently working on some art that will hopefully be ready for sale soon on my Society6 page, and with some luck I will have more Coping-related news to share as well.

I know- why bother promoting a comic strip if I never update it consistently? Speaking of, the former Facebook page for Coping has been pulled for the time being. For all things related to that, stick to this site/blog or my Twitter. My hope is to be able push the project into the graphic novel format so look forward to work-in-progress posts soon.

FILM! I am currently involved in yet another Josh Ebel and Adam Fielden production for their independent film project, “Mr. Black”. With their permission, I will post updates about their work here. I’m only an actor in the stable, but I have worked with these guys on several occasions in the past and they are honest, down to earth creators that have my massive respect. Hopefully I’ll be able to share some past collaborations as well, some of which have been played in several local film festivals.

PODCASTS! Man this is a chunky post! The Zebinator and I are actively working on finding time for more “My Generation” episodes, and frequent collaborator and brother in all things Grindhouse related Sean Strife and I are beginning work on a new podcast that will hopefully lay the groundwork for future projects.

Whew! So in short…

I’ll be back with new stuff very soon, so stay tuned peeps!

-Jeff

New Nintendo 3DS Review

New Nintendo 3DS Review
I’ve been out of the handheld gaming scene for a long, long time. The last time I seriously gamed on one was during the Gameboy Advance era and things have come a long, long way since then.

Somehow I had completely skipped the entirety of the DS line, though I would occasionally get lucky enough to tinker with one from time to time. At the time I had somehow become exclusive to console gaming, and the era was largely dominated by heavy 360 and Wii usage.

And once smart devices hit? Forget it. It was a wrap. Dedicated handhelds were becoming a thing of the past, despite the PSP Vita and 3DS’s powerful (for a handheld) hardware. I was a part of this unsettling trend, buying into the idea that quality gaming somehow existed on the powerful, yet shallow, games section of the AppStore. iOS or Android, you pick. They’re both woefully simplistic in their offerings.

So when the beautifully dorky 2016 Black Friday Edition was gifted to me by the better half, it scratched this itch I had somehow largely ignored for far too long. Quality, mobile gaming.


And wow. I genuinely have a renewed passion for gaming as a whole for it.

It feels like the culmination of all that Nintendo is known for while still maintaining something fresh. It’s a technically sound and speedy little machine with surprisingly robust online features, tons of excellent games, and the best controls you’ve ever used on a handheld.


And, I know I’m skimming over many of the technical aspects of the console, as this review is more from a reactionary perspective, so I’ll slow down for just a moment and delve into that.

It’s rockin’ the following:

– ARM11 MPCore 4x @ 268MHz

– 4x VFPv2 Co-Processor

– 256MB FCRAM

– 10MB VRAM

There are certainly better performing game consoles out there, but the N3DS is nothing to really scoff at. There are some gorgeous games on display here.


Sonic Generations is a surprisingly competent platformer from the former ’90s hero that looks and sounds phenomenal.


Resident Evil: Revelations is a beautiful, atmospheric game that hearkens back to the series’ roots while maintaining the action of the newer installments.


The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D may be a remake of the N64 classic, but it looks and plays great and has been remastered for modern audiences. It feels like this is what the game was always trying to achieve anyway.

Sure, the system is six years old at this point (I’d like to make the distinction, however, that the unit in review is the “New Nintendo 3DS”, a redesign and substantial upgrade from the earlier model in terms of performance.) but 2016 feels like the perfect time to really pick one of these up. You have a vast library of games from a wide array of Nintendos back catalogue to new and excellent titles still steadily being released. Some of Nintendo’s strongest offerings actually call this device home- if you’re like me, that is, and Mario and Zelda are basically religion.

I truly feel like this is the best piece of hardware Nintendo has ever put out and I can’t recommend it enough. It’s not their most powerful, but certainly their most confident and finely tuned.
9.5/10

Games I played for this review:

Sonic Generations

Ironfall

Kirby’s Dreamland (VC)

Super Mario Land (VC)

Gunslugs

Resident Evil Revelations