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Happy Halloween! I don’t often get dressed up but this year I decided to make a costume based on my favourite prototype development board, the arduino :) It was a lot of fun and it elicited a lot of bewildered stares but my techie friends loved it and so do I!
It’s hard to tell in the first photo but the outfit is covered in puff-paint traces - all up and down the arms and over the back. It was a lot of work but it looks really cool. The lights down the side blink to a pattern I programmed and are powered by the arduino around my neck. The wires along the side were glow sticks and represent the tangled mess that any arduino project is in its first stages.
My favourite part is probably the fascinator which has a second microcontroller and a little blinky thing. This was my first time soldering “free” wires and 8/8 of the LEDs worked, which I’m very proud of because the wires go alllll the way down the side and alllll the way back up the shirt.
Hello I am alive. My wrist is doing much better, but now I have a big mountain of backlogged work to conquer! Here are all the bonus comic pages from book 3. So many that I had to work a bit to find a spot in my tiny apartment where I could spread them all out!
They are all limited pallette watercolours. The greens give some extra context around what was happening in my job at the time and I think they really add to the big picture of this part of my life. They are scattered throughout the book.
The reds are about the Olympics and the blue/greens are about the 2011 Stanley Cup playoffs. Two very dramatic moments for a Vancouverite. There is startlingly little “actual hockey” in these comics, I think all you would need to know is that there are points and you want more of them, also there is overtime in case of a tie.
Anyway, this was the biggest chunk of work I had to do for book 3, still much more to do though in terms of illustrations, design and just logistics. I don’t have a drop date, since I broke my arm everything is kind of up in the air so all I can tell you is “yes there will be a book 3 sometime.”
Here it is, friends: the final installment of Canyon Comics! I hope you’ve enjoyed reading along and experiencing the adventure secondhand — it’s been great to share it all with you. I’ll be rescanning all these pages on the fancy new watercolor scanner at Periscope in the next few weeks so the print edition will really shine. I’m looking forward to making some quality full-color minis for you all.
Read Part 1 here.
Read Part 2 here.
Wonderful travelogue of what looks like an amazing adventure!
bookgal12 asked: What got you interested in posting your comics online?
I don’t think I really thought that one through, I was very young when I started. Probably because online you can meet lots of other artists and talk about art and that’s not something you can do as easily in real life.
Welcome to Vancouver! Uhhh lessee you should know about Wreck Beach, Japadog and Storm Crow. For reasons of personal privacy I’m not going to go into specifics about places I go on a regular basis, I’m sure you understand.
Tumblr Ask Box with anonymous turned on ;)
The ability to put on glasses and people have no frickin’ clue who I am.
onewonderfulbug asked: Bug here again! You're so gosh darn active, with the cycling and the skiing and SWORDS (seriously, that exists?!) but was there anything you tried that just didn't click with you?
Hello Bug! That’s nice of you to say, I don’t think I’m that active but I try. That being said there are lots of things that don’t click with me! I’m not naturally that athletic/coordinated, so I didn’t really get into sports until later in life.
So yeah there are LOTS of things out there that are not for me. They are great things! Just not for me.
Oh! Uh, I would probably wish for something ‘lame’ but important - such as an end for poverty or teleportation or … something like that. I can’t think of anything in my own life that I would really wish for… maybe a coffee. MAYBE I would wish to just fix all the dumb problems in my body like my stomach and sleep problems. yeahhhh….
engineeringpoodles asked: Do you think a practical anti-gravity device (perhaps w/sound) can be achieved in the next 20 years?
I don’t really think so.
To me ‘practical’ means ‘widely commercially available.’
Assuming you mean ‘anti-gravity’ as a type of levitation - a force that counter-acts gravity, all of the viable mechanisms that we currently have available today are really energy intensive. We’re getting closer in the sense that we’re discovering more efficient energy storage systems, but I don’t think we’ll achieve practical application in 20 years. I think it’s entirely possible that within 20 years we’ll start seeing limited application of devices like that (read: very expensive R&D demonstrations and/or military), but not ‘practical’.
If you meant anti-gravity in the sense of something that is actually ‘turning off’ gravitational force, then that’s even less likely (within 20 years).
Alas, no, that card was just for the joke. In high school my group of friends consisted of either those who drew comics and those who played magic. I have friends who are *really* into Magic (as in, they compete in international tournaments), but I have never played it myself.
It’s totes magotes!