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This probably all fluff and nonsense, but who knows? Maybe this time I mean it.
In early 2008 I bought a small sketchbook intending to fill it with head studies. I misplaced the book after several months and about twenty drawings. A year passed. In late 2009 I rediscovered the book, promptly drew one hea...
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I'd buy a Ditko/Clowes book. That page looks pretty darned awesome!
Every once and a while, here at danielclowes.com HQ, we'll pull out unusual artifacts that were uncovered while rummaging through the artist's archives (often to the discomfort of Mr. Clowes) to share with all. Today's is a double post in honor of our 300th tweet (and coincidentally the 100th ...
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Playing around with the new tools -- pencils and paper and Jack Kirby comics.
In the bloom of youth, when I was “the kid who loved to draw,” one of my favorite things to do was to imitate panels or entire pages from my favorite comics. People, cars, buildings, animals, spaceships – you could learn how ...
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A couple of work related doodles on the ArtBlog!
No time for a long post, so I'll just say: These were part of a series of drawings for a story that briefly described the process by which whale bones were collected and made ready for presentation in a museum. These two wer...
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Goofy new painting on the ArtBlog!
My ideal job would be to paint and draw for 1940's and 50s era pulp magazines. There are days when I think the best art of all time appeared in grotesquely vivid color on the covers of the pulps. Today is one of those days. ...
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New ArtBlog post! Star Wars Star Wars Star Wars Star Wars! Have you heard of it? Sounds vaguely familiar...
Can’t get enough Star Wars, right? Right? Well, like it or not, it’s only going to get worse. Here's my contribution to the onslaught. These character doodles are elements in a layout for a story about Star Wars fans. The sto...
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Another newspaper #illustration and a short monologue. 
Perhaps that should be "blogologue?" Nah. Forget I typed that.
Published in the Merc last week.
This is an illo for a San Jose Mercury News story about recycling electronics devices and such. It was written by long-time colleague George Avalos and you can read the story at this link. Drawn in Manga Studio and Photosho...
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A new newspaper illustration on the blog!
Long-time colleague Matthias Gafni tells a powerful story of age, disease, the right to die and the compounding cruelty of the law; awful, awful circumstances. Matthias always does a great job and this is one of the most movi...
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This has been a week of purging. Old or unwanted or broken things which have piled up in boxes or stacked up along the wall in the garage have been discarded. Out-of-favor furniture has been tossed as have many treasures in the attic; those useless but sentimental artifacts rendered sadly decrepit by dust and dirt and hard decades spent unprotected in an inhospitable environment. I have labored for days gathering, considering, deciding, condemning.

According to the weigh-station at the recycling plant, almost 1.5 tons of clutter has been removed. That feels about right. My muscles are too sore to make any sudden motions, since I moved all of it by hand from home to truck to trash pile over the span of about 5 hours yesterday. 

During the Great Purge I chanced upon my long-dead 2003, 3rd generation iPod. It was well-used and well-loved, easily my favorite pre-touchscreen iPod. It lasted almost ten years, but it died a long, slow death. It would fade, revive, fade, revive, until it finally passed on and no amount of reconnecting, or recharging, or cpr could bring it around. I left it out on a shelf and every few months I would give a whirl, but no go. Finally I relented and hid the body from view and tried to forget.

Earlier this week I pulled the iCorpse from a drawer, buried beneath some cords and several ball-point pens, and it appeared much as it had appeared when it was young and vital, but its dark screen looked to me like the sunken eyeballs of a mummy. On a whim – when nobody was looking – I plugged it in, tried to reset it, talked to it in the hopes that it could hear me and this was only a 5-year coma. But no. Nothing. 

Before disconnecting and adding it to the box of dead electronics, I was distracted by my 3 year old daughter. She had found some old toys in a box I had pulled from the attic. We sat on the floor and marveled at fisher-price figures, plastic dinosaurs and matchbox cars for a short time.

And then I heard a familiar chirp. Wait! I know that sound! I looked over at the iPod. The screen was lit, the little red lights were on. I stood up, shoved my daughter aside and ran to the charger. I touched the "Play" button and the sound of an antiquated hard drive clicked popped and whirred and whined to life. 

I have played all of the Jelly Roll Morton tunes and still it chugs along. Therein also resides the complete collection of “Frontier Gentleman” radio shows and an assortment of obscure music that I downloaded years and years ago from long-gone blogs that specialized in obscure music; songs and recordings that may not exist anywhere else.

How long will this last? Who can say? Removed from the charger the lights go out and the dark silence takes hold in less than a minute. I no longer have a computer with an antiquated version of iTunes that can communicate with this lost and lonely soul. It is the last of a species; near extinction like a lonesome songbird doomed to die alone.

I hope it lasts a long time and allows me to revisit lost joys.. and I hope it lasts so it will save me another trip to the electronics recycling center.  It’s kind of far away and if the crummy iPod dies tomorrow I’ll feel like I blew the chance to get rid of this thing.
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New drawing on the ArtBlog! 
This was a late-breaking, quick-turnaround illustration for the Sunday edition of the Bay Area News Group family of newspapers. I kept it very simple and was pretty much done in just a couple of hours. The story by Kay Murphy...
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Drawing at the park!
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