Graphic readings

In keeping with the times, and my lack thereof, and my low energy and brain power (this is a theme that is likely to continue for some time until I get back into some sort of routine), I have a backlog of books I want to read.  I’ve tried.  They just don’t keep my attention or I don’t have enough time to really get into them and then the next time I pick them up I’ve forgotten what came before and need to start over.  And that’s the crux of the problem, I just don’t have the attention span for them at the moment. 

I have, however, managed to read a few graphic novels in the last couple weeks as I try to get back into this whole writing and reading, and reading and writing thing.  They are just about the right speed for me at the moment.  Our library opened up for the first time in over a year and while letting the Little Prince and Littler Prince find some prizes to borrow, a graphic novel caught my eye and I scooped it up  (Also, how cool is it that the library has comic books?) and devoured it easily.  The art.  The fast moving plot.  The small commitment.  Whatever it is/was, I was able to get through it.  So, then I got another one.  And then another one.

Superman: Year One – I was intrigued by the cover and I tend to like “origin” stories.  And, for the most part, I enjoyed this one as well.  It’s broken into three parts and I liked the first part the most but each section had merit and the art was beautiful.

Umbrella Academy: Apocalypse Suite – I had started the tv series but hadn’t finished yet.  Picked up the graphic novel and read it in one sitting.  And, all things considered, I enjoyed the book more than I was enjoying the show. 

Superman: Red Son – Revis recommended this one.  The storytelling was very intriguing.  I felt the ending was a little rushed given the time spent on the buildup, but it took nothing away from the overall enjoyment of the story.

I know I used (still do?) have a lot of comic fans among the faithful kingdomites.  As I’m getting these from my local library system, I might not be able to get any you would suggest…    The first couple Revis suggested when I reached out to him were unavailable, unfortunately, but what would you suggest?  What can I look for next and dive into?


Their lives were fleeting and would be gone with next rain, or sooner if a neighbor washed their car with a little too much water. But there, for a few brief days, they were a family. They looked out for each other. They played. They loved. They thanked their creator for giving them that opportunity and they didn’t fret over how short a time they had. Some life was better than none at all.



Another entry from the Santa Barbara Chalk Art Festival a couple years ago, or maybe last year, I don’t really remember.  Life in the toddlerocracy can be a blur at times…  Anyway, this one called out to me while we were walking around admiring the art.  If you’ve followed any of my camping and backpacking adventures, you know that I’m a sucker for reflective water.  I really like the way that is captured in this work.  The muted tones.  The movement of the water.  The streaks of light.  I find it beautiful.

I’m by no means a beach bum.  My heart belongs to the mountains.  But, there is something romantic and magical about the ocean and cities by the sea.  It is likely high on the list of reasons why I’ve never left the coast to live elsewhere.  Yet.  One day I will.  When that day comes I am glad to know that I will have art like this to remind me of the beauty I have been able to witness firsthand.

Perhaps not


Chalk fox, staring intently at me,
With eyes so piercing blue,
I took your picture for a friend.
You know who.

Chalk fox, drawn on the parking lot,
With knowledge in your eyes,
You would not survive the next rain.
Truth has more power than lies.

Chalk fox, surrounded on both sides,
But your eyes were only fixed on me,
I could not save you on that day.
However, now the whole world can see.


I truly did take this picture for a friend when I saw the fox perusing the wonderful art at the Santa Barbara Chalk Drawing festival a couple years ago.  I sent it to her with a smile and then promptly forgot all about it.  While looking for photos to use for NanoPoblano I found it and immediately uploaded it to WP.  I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with it until I actually sat down and began to write.  I was suddenly intrigued by the idea that perhaps the artist was trying to make a statement that the lives we are leading as humans are infringing on the lives of the creatures we share the world with.  This fox was hemmed in on both sides by other drawings, it had no place to go.  Eventually, when the event was over, people and cars would occupy the same space until there was no trace it had ever been there at all…  Perhaps the artist was just drawing a beautiful picture of a fox.  Then again, perhaps not.

Just a little bit

Interrupting my regularly (pre)scheduled posting to bring you some art…

and a request…

because nothing is ever truly free…

and I have a friend in need.

Like what you are seeing?  Everything featured here is by the talented Lindsay of The Mad Tea Party in My Head.  She is currently looking to sell some of her art, and would love to do some commissioned work too.  Interested?  Pop over to her site, leave her a note and she’ll quickly get back to you.

Thank you!