A compelling idea

I could get the Porcellinos and the Van Scivers to come stay the same week. I could get John Kinhart to come and document the whole deal. Get Joe Matt to start a residency here so he wouldn’t have to pay rent. We could have guests teach classes or make videos while they are here. James Romberger could show us all how to paint. We could have a Birdcage Bottom ‘reunion’ and celebrate life with food and drink. I’ll think about it.

I wish I was happy.

That’s the thing about ending a relationship, especially one that lasted as long as ours. You weren’t happy to begin with, and then the whole process of ending things is unhappy, and then you find yourself anxious about the future and you wonder if you could, or even want to, find happiness with someone else. It sucks because I was always the thoughtful one in this relationship. She will isolate herself for sometimes weeks on end without giving a thought about the house, the pets, and even the kids. She would vehemently deny all this of course if confronted by a stranger or a friend, and she would be mad that I put it out there, but she can’t escape the truth. It doesn’t matter, though. She hasn’t ever visited this website, and the truth is, she doesn’t read my comics. I had to damn near force her to read “Kmart Shoes” back in 2013 and she read “Blood and Drugs” after everyone else who read it started raving about it. Whatever. That is just one of the plethora of things that made me realize I was with the wrong person. She feels the same way. I am no prize according to her. I am fat and bald. But especially fat. She has always hated ‘fat’. The kind of person that makes fun of fat people, and peoples looks in general, really. When I had my heart attacks and became disabled, I really started packing on the weight. Then I tried a crash diet and all I did was make my fat gut even bigger and more misshapen and it lead to sever health problems with my kidneys and joints. Oh well. It is what it is. I’ve made peace with my life and myself, except the weight. Believe me, when she leaves, I am going to change my whole lifestyle. Get back to the way I used to be before I met her. I rode bike and worked out. I ate healthy and I was really active. I went without food sometimes and was okay with it. I don’t get ‘hangry’. Anyway, here is a another diary comic from 2009.

I started smoking weed again shortly after I wrote this comic. The pot wasn’t the problem. My unhappiness in loveless marriage was and is my problem. Weed isn’t terrible and it isn’t addicting. Getting high to avoid addressing your problems ins addicting. Heroin is addicting. Alcohol is addicting. It’s hard to admit the truth, especially when there are children affected by your poor life choices. Did we make the right choice by staying together for all theses years for the sake of the children? We’ll never know. It doesn’t matter. The rest of my life will be my own.

She’s Leaving Me (and other Country Songs)

She really is. She wants the life that she always dreamed about, and it doesn’t include me or the house and all of it’s many responsibilities like the pets and the day to day bullshit. I get it. She has always wanted it to be “her way” and she has been unhappy for years having to be disappointed in her life and her family. I was unhappy as well because I had a partner who, instead of making peace with the way life is, decided to pull back from that which she no longer has any interest in, like an old basement bathroom that you are tired of having to clean so you just give up on it all together. You still use it, but it just gets filthier and even more disgusting, reinforcing the very apathy that lead to the neglect in the first place. The bathroom being me and most of the house in general. So I get it, and instead of prolonging the misery for us and the now grown Henry, we have come to an agreement. She is going to get her dream apartment right by work as she can afford a really nice place, and I will stay in the house and that will be that. Of course, I will have to get a real job. Despite my productivity, wealth eludes me and I don’t make shit. So I can almost afford to stay here, but not quite. I can’t stand on my crippled leg for too long and I live with 24/7 pain, but I am sure I can find an easy job that won’t numb my mind. More to follow. In the meantime, here is a diary comic from 2009(!) describing our dysfunctional relationship. Nothing has changed, is only gotten darker and colder.

Divorce!

Finally! It’s been coming for a long time. We tried, we really did, but it just wasn’t to be. We wanted to wait until Henry was done with school but as we see the finish line less than a year away, I think we are both tired of waiting. He’s almost 18 and far wiser beyond his years than I was for sure and he lives right in the middle of Dysfunction Junction so this is of no surprise. What am I going to do you ask? I don’t know. I don’t make shit for money so I will need a roommate probably or some kind of room for rent for a little while anyway. I have a small dog which complicates things, but he’s not going anywhere.

Lonely.

I haven’t posted much because I haven’t wanted to talk about much. Once again, for the hundredth time, it’s my marriage. Man, it seems like I write about how shit my relationship is every fucking year. You know why? Because I do. Because it’s fake, it has been for over a dozen years, and it’s getting to me.

Little Pidge Touches The Heart

Turns out my children’s book “Little Pidge Touches The Sky” is a hit! That has motivated me to start a second children’s book! And guess what? I love it!

I have been an art machine lately. After “Little Pidge” I started to paint again. A local art store had a sale on canvasses, and as the frugal consumer that I am, I jumped on the deal and grabbed a couple dozen. Time to fill up my walls again!

I will be tabling at a small toy show in Bloomington on May 2nd. I will have a years worth of merch, including sticker sets, keychains, pins, books, art, and more! Yes, Virginia, I will have some really cool, obscure figures for sale at non scalper prices, so get there early! It’s at the Eagles club.

May be an image of 1 person, playing a musical instrument, guitar and text that says 'Toy Swap may 2nd 9am-3pm Eagles 34 MN Toy Posse Outdoors 40+ tables of toys comics games artist prints and crafts 2507 E 25th st 55406 55406 Mpls Mn f'
I love these little shows! I will be under a tent, so I will be protected from the inevitable rain drops! Haha! Hey, here is some art from “Little Pidge Touches The Sky”! Grab a copy from Amazon, bring it to the toy show, and I will give you a free piece of original art! You can’t lose!

Lest we forget.

The description for my book Blood and Drugs is misleading. When I wrote the book, I was in a different place mentally. I was crushed. My hand was barely operable and I couldn’t get a goddamn deal for my autobiographical comics no matter how much notoriety they had gained. Kmart Shoes was a good start, and I am forever grateful to the McGinty’s for taking a chance on me, but it wasn’t put out the way I had intended it. I painstakingly painted every small panel in the entire saga, and yet, because of cost concerns, I agreed to let the book be published in black and white. I also capitulated to adding the first part of Adults only to the end in order to ‘fatten up’ the page count. It is what it is. Those stories would eventually become the backbone of my Flop Sweat series. But I digress.

Blood and Drugs is the story of people on the fringes of society…” begins the description. I felt, and still do, feel like an outcast to most of society. It’s because I’m fat, and my clothes don’t fit very well. Add baldness to that and a shaggy beard, and I’m merely a bad smell away from being a hobo. Thank God I wear a giant smile that cuts through most defenses, and a likeable charm that usually crushes the rest of the social armor. Of course, you have to get to the doorway to even knock, and most of time I can’t even get eye contact. Oh well. But now, in a different context, I see the book for what it really is: A story about addiction and recovery. And having the fortitude to follow through with one of the hardest things you will ever do in your life. And you know what? I think people get the message. Birdcage Bottom Books comic book publishing & distro