The funny thing is: I've been really busy, but I don't seem to have a whole lot to show for it. Surely I must have been up to something? Let's see...
I've been patiently waiting for my last comic "Dead Hand" to be available in all the usual retail outlets. It seems that this comic in particular has been taking far longer than the others did to work its way through the system. At the time of writing it's been well over a month and it still hasn't hit the Amazon shelves. Pah! The other comics have now racked up 1000+ downloads!
Foolishly, I've begun work on part 4... "The Lost Man". I'm about half way through it's production and I must say that if you thought the first three were a little obtuse, then you're in for a real treat here. It's an odd mix of psychedelia and gothic horror all melded together like a cowboy's worst nightmare. I can't decide yet whether it is a work of twisted genius or complete folly. I will only know if I make it to the end. So far the ride has been great fun. Unlike previous comics, I haven't shared a great deal of the artwork on Google+, but if you go looking, you'll find most of chapter 1 and a few hints of what is in store.
Here's the B-side to the Dinosaur Jr 12 inch I was talking about above. Isn't that a wonderful etching! It obviously doesn't play, but I'd forgotten all about this! Beautiful!
When I posted this picture on Google+ I got a fantastic tip from Clouddrive front-man Stephen Jedlicka on another record with more gimmicks than music.
The following video talks you through all the gimmicks on Jack White's new Lazaretto album. Bloody hell! He's taken it to the next level for sure with under-label songs (which sound rubbish ;-), crazy locked grooves, holograms and get this... dual grooves that play different versions of the same song! Check out Jack's smile... he knows this is insane...
Before I move on, I just wanted to share this lovely song with you from Stephen Jedlicka. Go give it a listen!
My musical efforts have been pretty slim pickings I'm afraid. You'll find a couple of ideas knocking about on SoundCloud, but ideas are all they are. As you have no doubt come to expect, everything has a banjo-twang to it while I work this little obsession out of my system.
I'm still holding out for that next collaboration that I'm hoping will kickstart me into some more creative work.
Work on the Highwayman Banjo has come to a halt. I've shut up shop for the winter with the project tantalisingly close to me fitting the neck to the pot. We'll have to wait a bit longer to see if I have the skills to get this thing playable.
I'm still sneaking comics through the door when no-one's looking. Can't wait to get to the one pictured. I'm hoping for some more Prophet-like fun, but who knows what lurks under the covers. Perhaps I should do you some more reviews? I'll give it some thought.
And there you have it... You're all caught up-ish! I can't see me having the time to do much more with the blog in the short term... but never say never...