Not so sure I like the new year.

We’re a mere days into 2020 and I feel like I’ve spent more time looking similar to the girl in the above Nicolaes Maes painting than not.

Pensive? Contemplative? Concerned? Worriedly checking rubbing my chin beard? Yes to all of those things.

Thankfully, I’ve had a reprieve or two in recent days. One being a dream just night before last that Emily from Squid Bikes stole my lampshade, which is fully symbolic of something I’m sure, and when it was returned would likely be painted beautifully as her wares always are;

Her theft of my lampshade wasn’t a part of a more meandering tale mind you. That was it- The whole of the story.

Only my subconscious knows what the hell for sure.

On the topic of bikes, and relying on them for maintained sanity, I’d like to say that just yesterday, I headed to the hills on mine. Upon realizing I once again lost my stash spot, I created a new one;

Certainly one of my favorite things about playing in the woods is hiding beers from myself.

The other break from reality was the previously mentioned sojourn to visit my folks up there in Northern Washington, or as I say with each day that passes in this political hellscape, ‘Almost Canada‘.

It indeed was a very nice visit, during which time we got to rest, and eat, and visit, see a show featuring the work of Ed Bereal, and even get drunk with one Cory Blackwood, all of which looked like the following assortment of images;

It was a peaceful, albeit quick visit, though I’m glad to have had it just the same.

And I would like to make a note regarding them airplane drawings I feel as though I now have a compulsion to do- It’s been mentioned a number of times over the years that I’ve done those that folks might be interested in a book of them. Likewise, I would be interested in doing a book as well, and some time ago, the absolute master of all things visual Chris McNally and I began discussing the prospect of joining forces on such a project together.

One day about a year ago, I went to his studio where we scanned a bunch of pages out of various sketchbooks.

In that time, I’ve probably completed an additional twenty drawings, as I’m sure has he.

I’m feeling a real powerful inclination these days to get cracking on this thing, (one) because I have a bit of fluid cash with which I could finance it and (two) because I’m currently desperate to make as much money as I possibly can in order to help finance the rest of my life, which as I’ve come to learn, today is the first day of.

I think I speak for both Chris and me when I say we look forward to trading our book for your hard earned cash, and we appreciate the interest that’s been expressed in seeing it come to fruition.

Finally, while we’re on the topic of trading money for goods- I’ll note once again that I have a batch of new WSRW shirts in both white and gold.

There’s no guarantee that you’ll look as smashing as Mr. Steve Albini does in his, in this here image shot by Visual Violence, but you’ll look a’ight;

I’ll have them in stock until I don’t, at which time, you’ll be out of luck, and on top of all the other things to dwell upon, perhaps will rub your chin worriedly about that as well.

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9 Responses to “Not so sure I like the new year.”

  1. doubt January 7, 2020 at 6:23 am #


    As an avid doodler/sketcher I am curious what your favorite sketchbook to draw in is? Do you have special pencils and pens you like to use?


    • Stevil January 7, 2020 at 6:59 am #

      I’m glad you asked. Typically I’ll just get those generic black hardback sketchbooks from whatever art supply store has them. Cachet makes them, Canson makes them, Blick probably has them made by one of the two companies. I prefer the ones with slick covers because the twill covers are harder to put stickers on. As far as utensils, Micron and Uniball Micro pens, and Rotring 0.5 Rapid Pro mechanical pencils have been my go-to forever. I adore them all.

      • doubt January 9, 2020 at 7:37 am #

        thanks for the reply. I asked because I am not that impressed with the really expensive moleskines. I am still saving up for a Rotring

  2. Smokestack January 7, 2020 at 7:05 am #

    Many tress rely on squirrels stashing nuts for winter and forgetting about them to sprout new trees. Let’s hope one day your stash of lost beers grows into a lovely tree with fine canned beverages for nuts.

  3. zonker harris January 7, 2020 at 8:30 am #

    I’m highly interested in pre-ordering a book. Limited prints would be cool as well. I would be extremely excited to have the twisted man on a plane displayed in my personal space. That is genius.

  4. Craig January 7, 2020 at 10:01 am #

    Mark me down for a book!

  5. Ghostship Matt January 7, 2020 at 5:37 pm #

    I thought the text on the seat-tray in your airplane drawing (on the left side) read, “Egon Scheatbelt”, as a nod to Egon Schiele. I had to zoom in to see that it doesn’t say that, and now I wish I hadn’t looked so closely.
    Immago eat something now. I think I’m bonked harder than I thought I was.

  6. Lazer Chaser January 8, 2020 at 4:28 pm #

    I was wondering if you still adore toy octopuses?

  7. Gordon January 12, 2020 at 7:01 pm #

    Ready to relinquish cash to you and Chris for said book!