Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Today! I Draw!

The hand therapist told me to draw. I've been too chicken to try for almost a week. This is my first sketch. I'm not allowed to take the brace off and my injury hurts when I draw. So, those are my two reasons/excuses why this drawing is so dreadful.

The good news is that it's not as crummy as I thought it would be. It looks like I just need to get used to using my hand again and working with the splint. I shall forge on. And post as I forge.

And yes, I am aware of the absurdity of watermarking this pathetic piece.

My Poor Hand

Here are some pics of my poor hand with it's very rare injury and custom splint. The ligament is torn on the side of my hand by the knuckle of the pinky. I must wear the splint at all times except when showering b/c I must not get the splint wet. The splint wouldn't like that. And we don't want to make the splint mad.
It kind of looks like a foam magnet that has been exposed to too much foam.

I call this "Perma-Wave."

The white powder is actually foot powder to help ensure this thing doesn't stink like a rotten corpse by the end of my three weeks with it. Tomorrow will mark the end of week 1. The time hasn't passed quickly.

Monday, June 29, 2009

Contest, Exciting Contest

Friday is the deadline for entries for the contest to draw Haiku Ewe for a week. Gocomics is a pretty popular place, so a lot of people will see the winner's (you?) drawings. I'll be sure to put the artist's name and website (if you want).

It is all quite exciting! I hope everyone who wants to will enter.

Friday, June 26, 2009

10th Most Poular!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

oh my gosh! my heart is pounding!!! i heard a comics podcast today and wanted to find a strip and i went to this page and found two amazing things!!!! haiku ewe is the 10th most popular strip on gocomics.com today!! what the??! wow!!! and it was in the "recently favorited"!!!!! WOW!!!!!!!!

Thursday, June 25, 2009

discuss: "zombie" comics

I bought some Tin Tin hardcover books at a comic book shop. They were wrapped in plastic and so I was unable to peruse the books before buying them. When I got home and looked inside, I immediately knew I was not looking at the drawings of Herge. The book was labeled and the drawings were signed Herge. I feel duped by the Herge Foundation which is behind it.

Why am I so outraged at my Tin Tin situation but just shrug off comic strips like Garfield which display signatures of the original creators but are no longer produced by them?

Is cartooning the only art form where it is acceptable to sign one artist's name to another artist's work?

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Big Ugly Brace + Guest Artists

What a long strange day! I went to the hand therapist and now have a crazy looking custom hand brace that must be worn for the next three weeks. she said i should be able to write, so i am going to see if i can start drawing a little bit by the time i need to start creating stuff for august.

until then, don't forget there is a lot of excitment! we have some amazing guest artists to look forward to:
July 13-17: Lucas Turnbloom (Imagine This)
July 20-24: Chad Frye, Illustration guy
July 27-31: YOU?????

Be sure to enter the contest!

i want to thank my agent, my mom, all the fans, God, who am i forgetting...

i am very very excited. for the first time in my almost 3 year blogging life (other blogs, not this one), i received a spam comment link to a porn site! i feel like i've made it into the big leagues now. i'll stand a little taller today.

one track mind

contest! contest! contest! - btw, i just stirred some hemp protein powder into my yogurt. oh wow.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

enter the contest! whee!!

haiku ewe and i are very excited about the drawing contest that will feature a fan's interpretation of the strip (scrpts provided)! Things are swimming along nicely. yessss nicely indeed.

nobody should be shy. one person posted on gocomics that they wish they could draw. i wish that person would give it a shot. once the contest is over, i will post some of the entries on here.

soapbox: so many more people can draw than think they can draw! just like so many more people can sing than think they can sing. and i know because i'm taking singing lessons. scary but true. BUT! not nearly as scary as i thought it would be. nosir.

Sunday, June 21, 2009


Have you always wondered what it would be like to illustrate a comic about a sheep who speaks in haiku? Now is your chance!!

I (Big Al, the gal) tore a ligament in my drawing hand (long story involving an angry shark and some floss) and I want YOU to illustrate a week of Haiku Ewe for me!

Email a sketch of the following haiku to haikuewe@gmail.com:

Friends suggest mischief
Though farmer strictly forbids
It looks really fun

The best drawing will win its creator a week as the Haiku Ewe illustrator! I’ll email the other four haikus for that week and you can get to work. Your artwork will be seen by thousands of people and it will go live the week of July 27-31, 2009.

* Deadline for entries is midnight July 3, 2009.
** Winner will be announced July 6, 2009.
*** No entries from family members of Big Al, the gal, or Haiku Ewe will be considered.
**** Please note: rough sketches are fine, submissions don’t need to be final art, but please keep the files small!

Saturday, June 20, 2009

guest illustrators and a contest

no surgery necessary! i hope to be drawing again in about 3 weeks. my strips will run through july 10. after that, two fabulous guest artists have agreed to illustrate haiku ewe! and next, maybe you will?

July 13-17 - lucas turnbloom, creator of imagine this!!

July 20-24 - chad frye illustration guy!!

July 27-31 - YOU?

stay tuned for more details about a contest that could land you in the illustrator's seat of haiku ewe!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

torn ligament

i had hoped that the doctors would say, "it's healing great! start physical therapy on it! you'll be drawing again in a couple of weeks!"

nope. the mri revealed a torn ligament that may require surgery. :o(

corpse flower

on haiku ewe's facebook page, i posted a time lapse video of the 1999 corpse flower blooming. the new one is going to bloom any day! it now stands at 6'7.25". you can learn more on the huntington garden's website.

it blooms only every 5-7 years (this one took 7) and stinks terribly once it opens. the bloom only lasts for 2 days.

corpse flower


mri is over thankfully. took sedatives. i slept.

mri tip: close your eyes before they slide u in the tube and dont open them again until ur out.

still feeling looooopy.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

tight lipped

still not ready to divulge all, but i'll divulge some exciting news. because of the sprained hand i've had to get creative. the good news that i can shout from the hilltops is that my amazingly talented friend, chad frye, will be drawing haiku ewe july 20-24!!!

you can see his blog too: http://www.chadfrye.com/blog/

thank you, chad! what a wonderful amazing treat!!!

Sunday, June 14, 2009

the break out

hee hee! i am so excited about this week! i've been waiting for it to go live for a long time. i won't say any more b/c i don't want to say too much.

mri is scheduled for the sprained hand on wed morning. have i mentioned i don't like being trapped in tubes?

the good news is that gocomics and i are working on a fun solution since i have only drawn strips through july 10. who will draw them? you'll seeee!

Thursday, June 11, 2009


cows can be so rude and they've been a real problem for haiku ewe lately. one of them was complaining about frequent romantic advances from the bull. to haiku ewe! she is in love with the bull and desperately wants him to notice her!

thoughtless, insensitive, rude, arrogant ... i could go on and on. those cows ain't right in the head.

she handled herself with class though. she smiled and nodded and tried to change the subject a couple of times. finally she excused herself politely. way to go haiku ewe!

she said later that all she wanted to do was grab that cow's bell and stuff it down her throat.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009


i can't believe i misspelled udders in today's strip. i can't believe i misspelled udders in today's strip. i can't believe i misspelled udders in today's strip.

i hate it when i make silly errors. don't we all? the sheep is less than sympathetic, but hay (meant that one), she missed it too.

will fix and reload but today is lost. what a bummer.i really liked that haiku. :o(

Thursday, June 4, 2009

sometimes it's a-ok to rhyme

Poor besotted Ewe!
How can a bull’s love be true
when he has cows too?

we love it!

is this legal?

haiku ewe has, between sessions of swooning over the bull, started making me ice my hand. who knew sheep could be so mean? i think i am growing grouchier by the day. not being able to draw has me pretty miserable. and that seems to annoy haiku ewe. hence the ice.

she claims the ice is to help my hand heal more quickly. i think it's really just cheap torture.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009


some men experience sympathy pregnancy symptoms with their wives. my left hand is experiencing sympathy sprain symptoms with my right hand. are they both against me?!

Deadly Serious

when people ask how i hurt my hand, they never just ask, they all feel the need to be clever. so i started telling them that i wanted to see if i could kill a man with just my right hand. they all (100%) next ask, "You couln't do it?" "Oh yes, I did it," I reply, "but it hurt." And that is always the end of that. maybe it helps that i look them straight in the eyes and don't smile or chuckle to indicate that i'm kidding.

haiku ewe doesn't think it's funny. she told me i'm sick in the head. evidently humor isn't the sheep's strong suit.


hand still sore and on bed rest - hoping this will help me fulfill my dream of becoming ambidextrous