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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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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”

“America: Zero”

The finished product from yesterday’s post:


To start: no, I’m not for burning flags. It’s merely an image. 

Nitty-gritties: though initially envisioned as 100% acrylic paints, I ended up using oil pastels for a lot of what you see in the foreground. I kicked around a few names before settling on “America: Zero”, but most felt a bit too on the nose. 

Also, I’m aware that an elephant Trump wielding a torch amidst a crowd of horrified onlookers doesn’t scream “subtlety” like I initially shot for. I just really let this one become its own thing and I’m happy with that. 

I may put it up for sale if I can get a high quality scan for a print, but I’m not certain. 

-Jeff 

A Vote For The Party…

I’ve been working on something new the last couple of days, and it’s something a lot different than the usual stuff. I’m taking a very blotchy, contrasty approach to the background here and hopefully that pays off when it’s completed. I’m also attempting something political- new territory when it comes to an art piece. I’ve beaten it to death on podcasts and comics- crudely, I might add, so hopefully this comes across with a hint of subtlety. 


Two days in and I don’t completely hate it yet, so with any luck this holds true through the finished product. I’d love to post it here and sell it if it looks decent. 

-Jeff

“Atrophy”

Happy to post my first attempt at a self-portrait!

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It started life as acrylic painting on canvas, but wisely I decided it needed some extra “oomph” to make it land- and my imagination far exceeds my skill when it comes to painting by hand. Admittedly I need to practice.

REGARDLESS, hopefully you dig what became of the piece I have dubbed “Atrophy”. Basically the idea was to try and hit some note of mystery in it- I wanted it to feel ambiguous. Atmospheric, I suppose.

I will have prints available on my Society6 shop later today, so look out for that!

-Jeff