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Ars longa; vita brevis
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  • United States
  • Deviant for 12 years
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My Bio
My Childrens Judo Class

In 1969, at age fifteen, while still recovering from the last in a series of operations on my leg for post-polio effects, I got my mother to drive me to CHARLTON Publishing Co. in Derby, Connecticut. There I showed my portfolio to the late George Wildman

who offered me an entry-level position. The perks: learn from the best ("on your own time").

This was near the end of Charlton's hay days. They had Giordano, Ditko, Boyette and a bunch of other great guys (like Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez). But my mother said, "No!" (About 35 years later when I asked her why she wasted everyone's time bringing me to the interview if she had no intention of letting me work, she said, "I never imagined anyone would take you seriously." )

After that I got into wrestling and martial arts, motorcycles and girls, continued my education through graduate school, then started work in a "serious" profession. Nevertheless; in the mid 80s, I took a half-time position so I could write fiction and do a full time stint at The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and Fleischer Art Memorial. But, when push came to shove, I returned full time to Human Service and Psychology.

Some years back, I wiped the slate clean and decided to start over - to pick up where I'd left off as a teenager - to do graphic novels, or bust. That's where I am, now - BUSTED. . . BIG TIME! Nowhere to go from here, except up!


Current Residence: Mt. Effort, (What an appropriate name!) Pennsylvania

deviantWEAR sizing preference: Loose, so, large

Favourite style of art: Scientific Illustration, Comic Book Illo, Genre Fiction Writing, Technical Writing

Personal Quote: 'From my weakness I drew strength that never left me.' - paraphrased from Borges

Tools of the Trade
Switched over to Digital end of April 2015 and haven't looked back
Other Interests
Animals of all kinds. Plants, not so much, but I'm learning to give them benefit of the doubt.
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Control Book: What started as a few handouts turned into a pamphlet that turned into a booklet that is now 25 pages of bulletins resembling a powerpoint presentation. Some topics were expanded with narrative text to read like book chapters. The idea was to create a blueprint explaining 1) how the safety system works , 2) what education and training we need to provide to implement it, and 3) how to lay a solid foundation for that. Somehow I muddled through and accomplished the task. I don't think there is any content left to add, so the next step is to tackle illustration. Still deciding whether to use photos, line work, or a combination of both. Will jump into it in the days to come and see which way it goes. Copying pages to hand out at the range didn't work for me, so I decided to put the project files in Dropbox and disseminate the link. This way I can work in a fishbowl and others can check in as it's convenient for them. I don't have to keep printing updates when I
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Setting the Stage for Change: On Monday the local news reported that a volunteer party searching up at Brady's Lake found the body of Ronald Nicholas the previous day (Sunday). They didn't give particulars, only that foul play was not suspected. Our Game Warden and Deputies were preoccupied with the search and rescue, then the recovery, for over two weeks. This must have come as both a relief and a blow. At any rate, I imagine they were exhausted at the end. If it were me, I'd need three days to a week of sleep to recover. Didn't see any of them all week, so I'm hoping they got time off to rest and recuperate. For my part, though, I was bouncing off the walls, energized by work on the range safety project. Finished Geller's Book, The Psychology of Safety Handbook. As I mentioned previously, I'd studied it about 15 years ago. As I progressed through it I began remembering various parts of chapters, examples, key points, etc. So, I found myself with a ton of knowledge
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The week went so fast with time divided between scientific research on behavior-based safety systems and putting time-in at the range. The first revolved around Geller's book, The Psychology of Safety Handbook, which, as I mentioned last time, is as dense and ponderous as any textbook, despite the more conversational writing style. The author considers that style more reader friendly than the stilted academic way of writing. It is, to a point. But it's also wordy. When people speak (and write) informally they use many more words to express what can be said formally in far fewer words when taking the time to think and pare it down. So, as I rounded the corner to the home stretch, with five chapters to go, I find myself skimming instead of reading thoughtfully - trimming the fat, so-to-speak in more ways than one - since I don't need to be intimately familiar with every experiment that contributes to the theory - trudging through the mountain of references is what makes the book
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Home, Watch, Post.

I found your page following that path. Specifically, "To Mark the Occasion", posted 3 days ago.

OMG. Just saw this now. Forgive me for not responding sooner. I am only now beginning to spend a little more time here - and still having to force myself to do it.

Please Sol, don't worry about.

You know I like this time-suspension effect produced by online environments. Reminds me the timeless dialog we all have with figures like Plato, Moebius, John Norman and Sun Tzu. Except that it is an improved version of that, since here answers do come from outside our minds too, some now and them.

This will be a very 'unique' end of year (I strongly hope so). How are you hanging on, friend?

Haha. I like your model - it is an improved version.

Me? Hanging on by a thread. LOL. Life stable and well managed, almost boring. Then, sh*t hit the fan. Body broke down, car broke down, chaos ensued. Now the task is to seize opportunity in the midst of crisis (a work in progress)! And how about you?

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ive been meaning to create a "cheat Sheet" to keep above my desk when creating comic pages your mention of the 180 degree rule the other day made me go ahead and create the list (which ive posted )take a look at it if you will and if see if you think of anything to add.
There are so many things to consider that I keep it limited to principles.  But before one can USE principles, he has to fully explore the ten thousand things.  I'm laboring through that transition, now.  One thing I can say is that there is no clear distinction between panel comp and page layout.  The two are interdependent, so one has to advance in both, equally - turning attention back and forth, using one to condition the other.  My advice would be master the panel to master the page, but - well - you see how long that's taking me.  Just understand that when the crits come, they aim at what you're not good at, not focused on, not interested in.  So, get in the habit of circulating through the skills, measuring one against another and not letting strengths get too far ahead of weakness.  Turn weakness into strength.  Looking at your progress, I'd say you're on the right track.
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