Tuesday, December 22, 2009
DC is currently in the middle of the Blackest Night event arc. And recently in this arc was a three-issue "Batman" sideline (I put Batman in quotes because, as you may know, Bruce is "dead" and Dick is currently in the Batsuit). In this sideline, Dick and Tim take time out to fight off their zombified, long-dead, black-lantern infected parents. And then we presume they go back to their regularly scheduled storylines...as noted by Tim in Red Robin #6, where during a fight with a fake-clawed Wolverine wannabe in Budapest he acknowledges "...after what I just went through in Gotham, [how this is going] is relative."
And therein is my quibble:
In Tim's current storyline as Red Robin, he is all over the place* searching for clues that tell him Bruce is alive. And in the course of this search, he's managed to get into a few scrapes--League of Assassins here, Council of Spiders there. And in the course of his travels, Lucius ("What was he thinking?") Fox sends his daughter to look for Tim, recent adoptee of Bruce's, who he thinks just ran away given the other tumultuous events going on in the wake of Bruce's demise.
Lucius' daughter, Tam, finds Tim and immediately gets caught in the middle of his scrapes. He takes her to "The Cradle," de facto headquarters of the League of Assassins, where he thinks she'll be safe until he gets out of his current situation....
And then he takes a break and goes back to Gotham to handle the re-animated dead parent thing. Leaving Tam in the middle of...Iraq? Budapest? in a cave, with known killers (and previously unknown even scarier killers). He left her behind. While he went back to Gotham. He even says that: "I left her there when I went back to Gotham to deal with the Black Lantern insanity."
Would Tim Drake really do that?
Events. Oh how they convolute the DC Universe.
*All. Over. The. Place. As in: I, the reader, have no idea where the story is taking place at any given time even though there are little bylines telling me. Tim's story jumps around so much it is beginning to make my head spin. It added interest at first, but now I am weary.
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Monday, September 28, 2009
So. To leave on a lightly sunnier note, my tiny kitty, Myrna is feeling a little better and has backed off from scratching at death's door. Yay! Plus she's perkier.
And also? 6th graders suck. (Obviously with the exception of my niece).
Thursday, September 10, 2009
I have other things I would like to post about, but I am a bit overwhelmed with my new school year. My 5 6th-grade Language Arts (English) classes are packed to maximum, which is quite different than my smaller Reading classes were. It's going to be December before I can remember half of my new students' names. Fortunately I have many multiples, namewise, which ups my chances of getting it right. Who knew 'Jeremiah' was going to be so popular in 1997?
Apologies. I miss Radish, too. And Illustration Friday! And having free time that isn't sucked up by the urge to nap!
Monday, August 17, 2009
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Sunday, August 9, 2009
2. I actually majored in Italian. Really useful, I know. I spent most of my junior year of college in Florence. I was homesick. My favorite memories are of wandering everywhere around the center and on the other side of the Arno, people watching and just being an observer, eating almond cookies and the best food on earth.
Monday, July 6, 2009
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
I toyed with the idea of attempting this with watercolors. Chickened out.
Monday, June 22, 2009
Sunday, June 14, 2009
Three and a half days of school: Eternity.
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Ideally I'd rather have hardscape under the arrangement, but that is a project for later. (That's the mock orange farthest to the left by the fence.)
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Monday, June 8, 2009
Sticking with the SciFi genre again this week for my Illustration Friday entry. And I managed to finish it before Thursday this time!
Sunday, June 7, 2009
Thursday, June 4, 2009
This was drawn over two days and painstakingly colored with what few unbroken colored pencils are left in my classroom. I wish my scanner did the colors justice without having to up the dpi to un-uploadable mass, because this came out totally awesome. I have several layers of rich color in the sky and ground as well as shading for the alien ship. Sigh.
I have been trying to get this on paper all week, and meant to bring it home and finish/post it last night. But the heat has eaten my working brain cells. My classroom faces south. Our building has great 8-foot tall single pane windows. And the heat on warmer sunny days is.... We have had a bit of a heatwave here, and I just spent 7 hours in an 85-degree room and 2 more hours at an 82-degree (worthless) workshop. I'm wiped out. Plus I slept fitfully, waking up everytime Mr. Feline Furry Furnace snuggled up to me. Don't cats feel heat? Doesn't all that fur make them feel hot? No?
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Below is my Illustration Friday for last week (and the previous week). I just couldn't come up with anything for Parade, so that week slipped away. Then I decided that I would retroactively do Parade along with Contagious by drawing a parade of contagiously yawning cats. Alas, the week got away from me. Here is my sketch anyway. I liked this version.
Monday, May 18, 2009
And now I have feegured out where you originate from, and I shall, from now on, be knockeeng at your weendow to ask for the seed that you so geneerously toss.
And here I am. Knockeeng. Breeng seed. Now. Leettle do you know, you are but one step in our deetermeenation to take over theeeee world.
Peegeons. Will. Rule.
(evil laughter echos through the yard)
Friday, May 8, 2009
Thursday, May 7, 2009
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
Sunday, May 3, 2009
Super lazy Saturday. Didn't even make it to Free Comic Book Day. Watched Spider-Man 2 and did a crossword puzzle, then settled in for an evening of Barbarians on the History International channel and doodled until hierarchy found its way onto the page. Lots of heavy rain today: excuse for laziness.
Thursday, April 30, 2009
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Monday, April 27, 2009
Also, as mentioned before, migraines suck.
Sunday, April 26, 2009
Saturday, April 25, 2009
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Monday, April 20, 2009
Saturday, April 18, 2009
Here is a nice little video of Hugh Jackman promoting Free Comic Book Day, Saturday May 2nd! (And also promoting his new Wolverine movie). Visit the Free Comic Book Day site for more information and to locate your nearest comic book store.
I might actually have to drag myself out of bed this year in an attempt to obtain Blackest Night #0. We'll see. Dragging myself out of bed on a Saturday morning is not an easy feat.
Thursday, April 16, 2009
This week was week one of our two-week State Testing Extravaganza. I'm wiped out. Last year I was able to storyplan Radish in between monitoring test-taking habits of my advisory group. This week I finished my 3rd quarter grades and prepared for afternoon-after-testing classes. Maybe next week I can Radish.
Sigh. Must also mow lawn (neighbors beginning to glower). Must also put away the 4 loads of laundry I did last night (putting it back on the pile neatly folded: not acceptable). Must attempt to tear myself away from the many (!) eaglecams that I can't stop watching (and the Portland Red-Tailed hawk, two of whose eggs hatched in just the last two days!). Must resign myself to the fact that (evil) FOX will probably cancel the very well-written Sarah Connor Chronicles and mourn accordingly. Must get a good night's sleep.
PS Still working away reading Bleak House before I nod off for the night. Slow progress.........
Friday, April 3, 2009
Yesterday Papa Eagle brought this live eel to the nest and it slithered away. He had to go after it. There's video of it on the blog, but here's a still of Papa returning with it to the nest. Fun for eaglets.
There is a sharp-shinned hawk in my neighborhood. I saw it wheeling overhead while I was waiting for the bus. I wonder where its nest is and if it's the same one that I've seen on many other occasions.
Thursday, April 2, 2009
But in five minutes, if the bowl is still empty, it will be a completely different story.
Head on over to Illustration Friday and find other interpretations of poise.
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
I want optical illusion shades. I don't know what I would use them for, or what the illusion would be, but the thought of them is cool.
Not my best coloring attempt. I'm practicing some stuff on paint shop that I usually ignore.
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Sunday, March 15, 2009
Monday, March 9, 2009
Don't forget to check out everyone else's interpretation of this week's theme: intricate. I note that I am not the only Gillian there. I was 21 before I ever met another Gillian, so it always catches me off guard to see my name not associated with me. Fun, though.
For some reason, this post isn't loading right on the link from IF--at least not on my browser. Technology. Whatevs.
Also, please catch up with Splinky the Space Cat. Michael Smetham is quite gifted in building his ongoing storyline around the Illustration Friday word each week. I am in awe.
Thursday, March 5, 2009
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
I meant to finish this this afternoon and get it posted earlier, but the eye doctor dilated my eyes. Best laid plans....
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
Monday, March 2, 2009
Sunday, March 1, 2009
Red Radish will be back...soon. I've been trying to actually keep up with grading stuff.
Also tomorrow is Read Across America Day. At my school we are having an event: dress up as a book character or wear your pajamas. The temptation to wear my pjs is strong...mmmm comfy.... We are a uniform school, so I expect most of the student body will show up in pajamas or just civvies and declare to be a book character that's present-day. I will be wearing a Jane Austen-era dress. I still have to hem it and finish sewing on the edging at the neck and the waist embellishments. My principal assumes I will be showing up dressed as a superhero of some sort. She doesn't pause to think that superhero women all wear skin-tight and/or skimpy outfits. I, personally, do not want to show up in a skin-tight outfit and then have to teach middle school boys all day. No. Thanks.
Speaking of Batman, next week starts the big no-Batman Batman event. Gotham Gazette, followed by the Battle for the Cowl arc and one-shots and finally bringing us back to the return of Batman and Detective, though probably still without Batman. I think I'm going to be stuck with Kate Kane's Batwoman for a while. Not entirely thrilled about that. I already pine for Bruce. Bruce, who is...
Panel of cave-Bruce from Final Crisis#7. Thanks DC. Thanks a lot.
...at present crouched in a cave drawing the bat insignia on the wall next to (presumably) someone else's drawings of antelopes...
...altering history as we know it. Just kidding. I'm sure none of the lives he will have to live banished by the Omega Sanction will actually have an impact on the modern DC Nation, but it would certainly make an amusing story if it did.
Back to hemming.