Surprise! I'm still alive! And I need to get back to work. And, I need an excuse to draw more dragons (well, I don't, but I'm gonna draw them). So, I'm bringing back, for a limited run, my 10 Dollar Dragons. They tend to look something like this: This is a chance to get a detailed piece of original artwork from me for dirt cheap, and have me be extremely grateful for it! But there's a wrinkle this time. First of all, the way it works is that you buy the dragon, sight unseen, and then I draw it and send it to you, and that's it! You have no idea what I'm going to draw for you, except that it will be a dragon at least as good as the one pictured above, on 8.5" x 11" paper. If I know you, it may tend to match your tastes. But it might not. $10 is just enough to get you a surprise! No returns, no refunds. But, I also take care of tax and shipping. Which means, I'm making even less money on this than it looks like, but I'm really hoping to make it quick (I've got a thing to pay for). Now, here's the wrinkle: You can buy more than one this time. However, if you do, what actually happens is that I make the drawing bigger. So, if you bought all 10 of them for $100, you'll get shipped to you a stinking big drawing. Just click on the button below and order.
review of a graphic novel in progress by Ms. Morri http://themorrigan.smackjeeves.com/ My copy of the first comic book of The Morrigan arrived in the mail two months ago. It sat proudly in my bag for two weeks before I cracked it open to read it. Not because I wasn't eager to start reading this comic, but because the rest of life just wasn't letting up yet. And then, after reading it, I had to collect my thoughts. Oh, that sounds ominous! Portentous maybe? Like a crow in the form of a sentence... Let me take a moment to note that the book itself feels like a comic book. The kind you get on Wednesday. But, still, an indy book, with the quality necessary to make it stand above mass produced work. I don't know where she got it published, but she got a lot of that part right. Now. The Morrigan, as the name suggests, is about the ancient Irish goddess of battlefields and death, and her place in the world today. Ms. Morri takes us into her world first by following the Morrigan as she does her job, using a fallen soldier's questions to help introduce us to just what she does and why. Fans of Gaiman's Death will find some comforting similarities to her duties and attitudes, but the Morrigan is even more down to Earth and focused on her business. More importantly, at least compaired to my own research, Ms. Morri gets it pretty close to right. This is a fine characterization of the pagan goddess. Not just a characterization, our hero. The story is about her. I've had the honor of speaking to Ms. Morri last year, while she was working on this book while attending the B.S. of Comics (my glorified doodle support group that meets weekly), so I had some idea what she's putting into this work and something of where it might be going. I know she's done her research. But she's clearly engaged in her character and story and taking them both to new places and difficult trials and potential disaster. For some reason, even seeing her draw angels and the Morrigan bickering in a throne room, I didn't expect the Morrigan to get entangled in the Christian Divinity! I guess, during our discussions, I was just too focused on talking about the Irish mythology! But it's fitting, it makes sense, considering the strange relationship ancient Irish mythology has had to have with the church since Christianity found Ireland. The cool part is that, after doing her homework, Ms. Morri gives it her own spin and makes it personal. And to me, when it comes to mythology, the personal, the human, is what make the gods hero material, worth siding with, worth caring about. I am proud to own this book, and I am definitely going to keep reading the comic. Like me and our peers, Ms. Morri is crafting this comic entirely by her own hands. The artwork has some of the same charm and cricks and awkwardness of the early Tick series, which is totally forgivable to me (hell, I'm one to talk -- glancing at my early "comics"). This is part of the joy of reading independent comics. You get to see the hand of the artist in the work. And Ms. Morri spends a lot of effort putting her hand in her work. The shading and coloring, the sense of space, the design and the layout all outshine any quibbles I have with anything else. And as with any other similar project, it will be a joy to watch her develop her style as she finishes it. And while T.V., novels, movies and comics have all presented various takes on living comparative mythologies, the Morrigan presents both a perspective and a story I have not encountered before. And that alone excites me. Good work! You can read the ongoing story of The Morrigan and order her books on her website.