On The Bus

A while ago, due to a broken wrist, I was forced to take the bus to work. There were some interesting characters that ended up in my sketchbook — here’s a couple of them:

guy on the bus
This guy seemed to have a bit of a mental problem. You know the forever-smiling-into-the-distance guy? Yeah, that.

people on the bus
More people… The busdriver in particular looked like he was about to make an end to his life — every morning.

more people on the bus
Housewife on her way to shop, shy girl, loudmouthing homeless person.

old man black girl
The “I’m an intellectual, leave me alone” man and a cute, relaxed black girl.

Oh and the wrist is fine again now, thank you.


Meet Tom Baxter

Tom Baxter

A couple of years ago I had this idea for a comic strip about one Tom Baxter, treasure hunter and Indiana Jones type character in the early thirties of the last century. The twist being of course that this Baxter guy was an idiot who goes “crikey” and “by Jove!” ad nauseam. His nemesis was to be Inspector Dexter, sort of the Bezu Fache of the stories. I also made it a point to have each character’s name end in “xter”, as it seems like every single Brit in the 30s had a name like that. Anyway, the thing never got off the ground — although I did make the above one-pager. Warning before you click through: semi-naked women ahead!


Book Meme

Kevin of diseased wits has passed on to me this internets virus called “the Book Meme“. I would like to thank him for infecting me.

Okay so here we go:

Number of books on shelf?
– including comic books: about 500.
sans comic books: about 50.
Now what does that say about me?

Last book purchased?
The Complete New Yorker Cartoons (which can be seen here). A great collection of cartoons gathered in an insanely thick, luxurious book. All the cartoons are also on 2 cd’s that come with the book. This one is perfect for impressing friends and visitors by casually having it lying around on the coffee table. Oooh’s and aaah’s will invariably abound.

Book I’m reading right now?
I am that person who is the last one on earth to be reading Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code. Yes, that would be me. It really is a mindboggling read though I have to say. I tend to rigorously steer clear of anything that smells of hype, but this one hasn’t disappointed me one bit. All that occult underground symbolical stuff is fascinating. Let’s hear it for Maria Magdalena!

Last five books read?
– Frank Zappa – a Biography (Barry Miles)
– The R. Crumb Handbook (Robert Crumb, Pete Poplaski)
– Groucho and Me (Groucho Marx)
– Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (Robert Pirsig)
– XML 1.1, the Complete Handbook (Elliotte Rusty Harold)

Passing the torch to?
And now to further spread the virus, I am passing the torch to these unfortunate souls:

  1. Gabriela
  2. Pat
  3. Juan
  4. Jimena