Saturday, December 22, 2007

December, 1997, pt. 5

And now, we near the end of the Sketchbook of Christmas Past. I think I'm back in Richmond for these pages, spending a day with the girlfriend before boarding a bus back to New York.

Two items of note on this page: 1. Me playing with words, perhaps with (gawd help us all) poetry in mind; and 2. I have made a note of Scott McCloud's peculiar notion, the 24-Hour Comic.

This drawing bears at least a passing resemblance to the girlfriend's cat, Gunther, who liked to have sex with my socks.

And we end as all sketchbooks should, with puppies.


chrishaley said...

What a great ending!

And strangely enough, the word verification word has the word "end" in it.
It's "endbyk".. I'm trying to figure out what the last half means.

BradyDale said...

I hope this isn't the end of the tour through sketchbook land in general, though. Viewing your selections from these makes me think of what Steve Martin said about his reasons for writing the Autobio he just released... a lot of good creative people are at their most interesting before anyone knows who they are. That striving is very compelling.

Pulpatooner said...


I shouldn't have to decode lolcats for you, of all people, but the full translation of "endbyk" would be "The End! Good-bye! Okay?"

C'mon, I spent hours working out the code for that message.


Thanks! I wasn't sure if I would be showing more (I just boxed up my sketches and shoved up in the attic), but I love being described as "compelling," so I'll have to pull a couple back down.

Shobo said...

Thanks for the tour Joel, it was a fun look into the you of yesteryear.

"And we end as all sketchbooks should, with puppies."

That last puppy looks so utterly dejected though.

Merry Christmas!

Pulpatooner said...

Well, Shobo, puppy partings are such sweet sorrow.