12 1 2011

Hello! You might remember me as a person who sometimes draws comics on this site! I’ve been busy as heck with end-of-term work and also some work-related travel(!), so it’s taken me a while to get everything done and then also remember how to draw. The good news is that I’m working on a new Summer Comic Project–

–and the other good news is that I’m drawing it completely print-ready for once, so I’m hoping to make some A5 minicomic booklets out of it (and possibly some older material: the last 6 months or so of comics are–totally unintentionally–exactly the right size, horizontally). The bad news is that there’s no way I’m gonna have it done in time to print/assemble it for Anime North in May so I won’t be able to hand out freebies and probably won’t be attending the con at all due to work/budget restrictions. (Everyone else have fun, though! Especially you fellow artists!) The consolation is that I’m hoping to finish this thing in batches and then post it a few pages at a time based on where it’ll split up naturally.  

P.S. I’m still trying to sort out the JJL timeline in my head. It’s really weird to be making something that you want to be at least plausible while running with the limited information that you have in the moment.  So many things make so little sense as they stand now…


Maxwell, Left-Back, at the time of his retirement in May 2017, he was the most decorated active footballer in Europe with 37 titles.


  • Copa do Brasil (1): 2000


  • Eredivisie (2): 2001–02, 2003–04
  • KNVB Cup (2): 2001–02, 2005–06
  • Johan Cruyff Shield (2): 2002, 2005


  • Serie A (3): 2006–07, 2007–08, 2008–09
  • Supercoppa Italiana (2): 2006, 2008


  • La Liga (2): 2009–10, 2010–11
  • Copa del Rey (1): 2011-12
  • Supercopa de España (3): 2009, 2010, 2011
  • UEFA Champions League (1): 2010–11
  • UEFA Super Cup (2): 2009, 2011
  • FIFA Club World Cup (2): 2009, 2011

Paris Saint-Germain

  • Ligue 1 (4): 2012–13, 2013–14, 2014–15, 2015–16
  • Coupe de France (3): 2014–15, 2015–16, 2016–17
  • Coupe de la Ligue (4): 2013–14, 2014–15, 2015–16, 2016–17
  • Trophée des champions (4): 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016


  • Dutch Footballer of the Year (1): 2003–04
  • Dutch Golden Shoe (1): 2003–04
  • Ligue 1 Team of the Year (4): 2012–13, 2013–14, 2014–15, 2015–16

Maxwell is known to be one of Zlatan Ibrahimović’s closest friends; they were teammates at Ajax, Internazionale, Barcelona and PSG. There are several anecdotes about him in Ibrahimović’s autobiography, I am Zlatan.

26 Amazing Facts about Finland’s Unorthodox Education System

By: Adam Taylor, Business Insider

1. Finnish children don’t start school until they are 7.

2. Compared with other systems, they rarely take exams or do homework until they are well into their teens.

3. The children are not measured at all for the first six years of their education.

4. There is only one mandatory standardized test in Finland, taken when children are 16.

5. All children, clever or not, are taught in the same classrooms.

6. Finland spends around 30 percent less per student than the United States.

7. 30 percent of children receive extra help during their first nine years of school.

8. 66 percent of students go to college.

9. The difference between weakest and strongest students is the smallest in the World.

10. Science classes are capped at 16 students so that they may perform practical experiments every class.

11. 93 percent of Finns graduate from high school. 17.5 percent higher than the US.

12. 43 percent of Finnish high-school students go to vocational schools.

13. Elementary school students get 75 minutes of recess a day in Finnish versus an average of 27 minutes in the US.

14. Teachers only spend 4 hours a day in the classroom, and take 2 hours a week for “professional development”.

15. Finland has the same amount of teachers as New York City, but far fewer students. “600,000 students compared to 1.1 million in NYC”.

16. The school system is 100% state funded.

17. All teachers in Finland must have a masters degree, which is fully subsidized.

18. The national curriculum is only broad guidelines.

19. Teachers are selected from the top 10% of graduates.

20. In 2010, 6,600 applicants vied for 660 primary school training slots

21. The average starting salary for a Finnish teacher was $29,000 in 2008. Compared with $36,000 in the United States.

22. However, high school teachers with 15 years of experience make 102 percent of what other college graduates make. In the US, this figure is 62%.

23. There is no merit pay for teachers

24. Teachers are effectively given the same status as doctors and lawyers

25. In an international standardized measurement in 2001, Finnish children came top or very close to the top for science, reading and mathematics. It’s consistently come top or very near every time since.

26. And despite the differences between Finland and the US, it easily beats countries with a similar demographic. Neighbor Norway, of a similar size and featuring a similar homogeneous culture, follows the same strategies as the USA and achieves similar rankings in international studies.


David Hockney - The Arrival of Spring in Woldgate, East Yorkshire in 2011 (Twenty Eleven) 12 April 2011, No.1 (One of a 52 part work) 

iPad drawing printed on paper (144.1 x 108 cm)

Royal Academy of Arts, London in collaboration with the Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao and the Museum Ludwig, Cologne