intro to print

I wish I’d carved that cool eye, but it was from a lino block that our Weekend Intro to Letterpress Printing instructor had carved - we used it to make our first prints and get the hang of using the Vandercook #4.  Black gesso (above and below the collage) and a mixture of a white Gelly Roll and a white Signo Broad for the writing.

“But you take the skyway
It don’t move at all like a subway
It’s got bums when it’s cold
Like any other place
It’s warm up inside
Sittin’ down and waitin’ for a ride
Beneath the skyway.”

-The Replacements, “Skyway”
Although I prefer Jeremy Messersmith’s cover of this song…

I thought you said you want to be successful?

He said, “I Do.”

He said, “When you want to succeed, as bad you want to breath, than you will be successful.”

I don’t know how many of y'all have asthma here today, but if you ever had an asthma attack before. You short of breath, you wheezy (gasp). The only thing you trying to do, is get some air. You don’t care about no basketball game. You don’t care what’s on TV. You don’t care about nobody calling you. You don’t care about a party. The only thing you care about when you’re trying to breathe is to get some fresh air, THAT’S IT! And when you get to the point, where all you want to do is be successful, as bad as you want to breathe, than you’ll be successful.

I’m here to tell you number 1, that most of you say you want to be successful, but you don’t want it bad, you just kinda want it. You don’t want it badder than you want to party. You don’t want is as much as you want to be cool. Most of you don’t want success as much as you want to sleep. Some of you love sleep more than you love success.

And I’m here to tell you today, if you’re going to be successful you’ve gotta be willing to give up SLEEP!

—  Eric Thomas, No Shortcuts Intro (Gramatik)

Decided to put sketchy lines for characters that are suppose to be IRL’s or Cartoons in real life. And also an summery explanation at the beginning of the next issue, like Avatar’s intro.

Gonna print out a preview comic and pass it out during comic con like last year, before I post the full thing online. Don’t know when it’ll be done but it’ll get there.