Archive for January, 2006

Cats and Kings and Jinjas

Sunday, January 22nd, 2006

Cats and Kings

This Illustration Friday bit flowed rather well. Was game to post it Friday but had to obsess over one panel. Finally I shot a photo and lightboxed it, not that you can tell.

A small restaurant I’ve been known to eat at. I can’t draw perspective for shit.

For those of you spiraling in via the Illustration Friday link, I live in Cambodia and draw comics. Most recent efforts have been ‘Komik Cambodia‘ exchange and ‘Fantomes‘ student comic. More details here.

djinjok 01 small

Jinja is kind of my totem animal in Cambodia. How do you know you’ve got a totem animal? You see and hear it constantly, it becomes a motif in your life. In Australia my totem animal was the platypus. In USA? Not sure yet.

Jinja‘ (pronounced with an aspirated sound at the end, it could be ‘jinjah‘) is the small ubiquitous sized lizard found everywhere in southeast asia. The larger ones are called ‘teckai‘ in Khmer and can be heard chirping at night time. They can grow quite large. Jinjas are (alas) the favorite food of cats, though they both may look at Kings.

“Even a cat may look at a king” is a proverb that is centuries old. I’ll be curious to see how it translates into Cambodian and how people react. After last week’s condensed comic I’m allowing a little more breathing room for Khmer text when I translate it.

No contractions in this comic either, the more southeast asian readers I get the less slang I use. I guess I’m getting self-conscious. It’s an interesting change, as weblogs and zines are tend to showcase slang and obscure subcultural references. That’s my background, but it may not be where I’m going.

Thinking a bit lately about silent comics – now there’s a way around the translation barrier.

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Me & You & Media too

Thursday, January 19th, 2006
Me &; You & Media too

Saw ‘Me and You and Everyone We Know‘ yesterday. (Dir. Miranda July) Some good bits.

Jeez, you can even get ‘indie’ films on DVD in Cambodia, though this one was festooned with awards.
Now if we could only get more local films onto DVD.


Satanist Runs for Governor

Monday, January 16th, 2006
Satanist Runs for Governor in Minnesota:
Plans to ‘impale’ terrorists are a part of the platform.
Includes photos with Bush clan!

E is for Entropy

Saturday, January 14th, 2006

The comic was fun to do.

I’m no rocket scientist but my Dad was, and I picked up a fair bit of physics and astronomy just by growing up in a community full of engineers.

Monday Begins on Saturday – Boris and Arkady Strugatsky
The Cyberiad – Stanislaw Lem
“Maxwell’s Demon and Monsieur Ranque” – Arthur C. Parlett
The Crying of Lot 49 – Thomas Pynchon
“A Metaphysical Drama” by Vintersorg
Homo Faber – Max Frisch
“The Modern Demonology” – Isaac Asimov
Mr Tompkins in Wonderland – George Gamow
Oh My Goddess – Kosuke Fujishima
Her Majesty’s Wizard – Christopher Stasheff
“Maxwell’s Demon and Monsieur Ranque” – Arthur C. Parlett



Sign me up

Monday, January 9th, 2006
Sign me up
Have registered at MySpaceFriendster, LiveJournal and Hi5. Almost everyone I know is using one of these little networking applications.
So while in the States (and had broadband) thought I’d take advantage of time to do a few web things.  Mainly though I’m just going to use it to point people to my comics and bloggery.  
We’ll see how useful they are…