On Saturday, I stayed up all night working on a 24 hour comic with Miss Mary Bee!
She wrote the words, I drew stuff!

We holed up at the Comics Outpost for a full day of drawing, along with fellow 24hour participants Doctor Popular & Mike Hales.

What is 24 hour comic day?

put simply: 24 pages in 24 hours.
Here’s my second page (the first is the title page, and I’ll be posting that last):

Page 2

It was a departure for me. I’ve been pushing the amount of textures and collage stuff in my work for a little while,
partly influenced by the non-digital work I’ve been doing (which deserves a post one of these days)
& I did a few sketchbook/collage things digitally recently that people responded well to….
So for the challenge, I decided to really embrace that collage aesthetic and let go of illustration a little if the page or time limits called for it.

I’ll be posting this comic a page or 2 at a time over the next couple weeks.

I am both satisfied and shocked that I made it through all 24 hours, and left with 24 pages in hand.

Extra thanks to my writer, Mary Bee! I couldn’t have done it without you!

Following in the footsteps of Miss Marie, I spent this weekend at the Madonna Inn posing for and taking photos.

I really can’t describe the place any better than Umberto Eco, who says:

“the poor words with which natural human speech is provided, cannot suffice to describe the Madonna Inn…Let’s say that Albert Speer, while leafing through a book on Gaudi, swallowed an overgenerous dose of LSD and began to build a nuptial catacomb for Liza Minnelli.”

It will take me forever to finish editing and uploading all my photos and video, but here’s a taste of my weekend in the form of a couple candids I shot, and one of me by the amazing and wonderful Flip Cassidy.

[by Flip Cassidy.]

Mary plays accordian


My friend Lola is the genius behind the most excellent Maps For Girls.

You fill out this handy form & Lola will draw you a map, or you can draw her one, or both!

Where the form asked what the map should be of, I wrote:

A dream I had when I was seven about flying to the moon…where all the people drove firetrucks & only ate ice cream. Label it: Dream Cartography.

this is what she drew:

Dream Cartography
[Click for Bigger!]

This map made my day.
Perhaps she’ll draw you one & she’ll make your day too!


Several weeks ago, I received an e-mail from my friend Pat containing this photo.
It spawned a private joke about how hippos sort of look like they come out of cans. (well don’t they?)

Last week, when I was totally freaking out over finishing my comic for Image…I recieved a package in the mail!

Can front & back

Is this a can of hippo??

Nutrition Facts

Serving size one nuzzle!!!
I eventually worked up the courage to actually open the thing, and to my surprise, this is what I saw:

Why hello there!

“Why Hello There!” The Hippo Exclaimed.
It then added, “You can do it!”.

The whole package

I seriously would not have made it through the week without that extra bit of encouragement, and I can only imagine how long it must have taken to design and put together the whole thing. Thank you Pat!!!

My friend Mothra made a movie called Douglas. She wrote a script, raised 30 grand, and made a feature film.

The film was in edit when the main hard drive storing the footage died.
After sending the drive out to the best data recovery system on the planet, it was determined that the movie is lost for good.

All that remains are some random scraps of fooage, and this trailer:

Douglas Trailer from Harry Pray IV on Vimeo.

As someone who has lost footage before for trival projects, I can only imagine losing something like a feature film. In the world we live in today, digital media makes our lives easier all the time…but it’s so temporary. When your work is stored in zeros and ones, it could easily dissappear forever.

So here’s the PSA portion of the post:

Back up your shit! Put it on multiple drives! I can’t stress it enough, hard drives are so cheap these days!
This happens to all of us. Technology fails sometimes. It’s easy to tell yourself you’ll back it up later…I do it all the time. Seriously, make it a point to do it weekly, and you’ll be glad you did.

Mothra is looking to re-shoot her movie, and I’m sure she’ll take any dontions or kind words over at their myspace page.

She’s a totally awesome writer/director & I’m sure she’ll bounce back from this to reshoot the movie even better than the first time.

Douglas Flickr account
Music video for Seventeen Lashes by Reverend Glasseye, directed by Mothra.