Friday, June 26, 2009

The King of Pop meets the King of Kings

Michael Jackson is dead. For me, the headlines haven't quite registered yet. Over the last few years of his life, he generated so many bizarre headlines, this simply seems like another one. Unfortunately, this will be his ultimate.

I wish I had more time to write about him, but I don't. So I share this simple cartoon that I quickly drew this morning.

You'll notice I chose to portray the Michael that I grew up with. The brown skin Michael with hair like mine. I never really accepted his change. I drew this image from memory. I didn't use reference. This is the image of Michael Jackson that is burned into my memory forever.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

I miss writing

I've been feeling kind of bummed-out lately. I'm in the final stages of painting a book, and as much as I love, love, love, drawing and painting, the last few weeks before a big book deadline is simply not very much fun. Paint, paint, paint, nonstop, nothing else. No writing, no working out, no family, equals stress. And yes, I’m very grouchy, as my wife will attest.

I miss writing and blogging terribly. I haven't posted here or written on my other, super secret, blog in awhile. Writing had become stress relief because I did it for fun, without the worry of whether it appealed to a gatekeeper — an editor, agent, book buyer. And while it sometimes crossed the line — edgy big-time — people tuned in anyway.

This morning, I Googled my old blog, which lead me to a tribute from an apparent reader. It really lifted my spirits (Note: I deleted the blog name from the following quote):

"When we were told to read one of the two blogs written by an African American, I was immediately drawn to Xxxxxx Xxxx's blog. Not only is he a talented writer, he is a cartoonist. I think that is a main reason why the majority of the class read his blog.

Xxxxxx Xxxx talks about issues from buying $70 popcorn from a Cub Scout to the presidential election. I sat reading his blog for literally an hour. His posts are easy to read, because they are short and sweet. I noticed from the comments being left, that he has a strong connection with his audience. Xxxxxx Xxxx does not ask questions to lure in comments, instead his readers are interested in his everyday occurrences. I think a lot of people can relate to Xxxxxx Xxxx, that's why he gets several comments on his blog. He has a funny and sarcastic personality which makes his blog more enjoyable to read. The pictures, videos, and cartoons included in his blog are hilarious.

My attention was immediately grabbed. After reading one post, I wanted to keep reading further and further. His opinions may be controversial but they bring up good discussion amongst the readers.

And another reader said this:

"I agree with you. Xxxxxx Xxxxx's blog was hilarious and he did a good job of connecting with the reader. He is very easy to relate to even though I'm not a parent. It was really interesting to see how his personality as a blogger developed throughout his entire blog."

Thanks a lot, whoever you are. I love writing for children, but what I discovered about myself through the journey of having that blog, is that I love writing for adults more. Maybe I should polish off a few of those old post, and see if I could get them published as a collection of humorous essays and cartoons that would appeal to adults. Hm.