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New friends and new comics! [Nov. 12th, 2008|10:17 pm]
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Coming back from my book tour, I realized that an entire month-and-a-half of my semester was just totally devoured.
I'm up to my neck in nearly-done projects for school and anthologies, and I'm chained to my desk until they're done. Boooo.

But I'm so happy to be featured on the LJ main page, and so thrilled to be getting nice comments from new readers!

I've been keeping this journal for about 8 years now (since I was 16-- there's some awful teen angst if you go back far enough.
I do not recommend it.). It's so crazy to think about how long I've done this, and how great it's been for me.

I love love love getting friended by new people, so please do. I haven't had a moment to reply to inquiring comments, so please by all means, friend me if you'd like.

Here's a comic I drew today, when I couldn't stand to look at my "serious" projects for a second longer.
Look! I'm actually wearing my glasses for a whole 3 panels!




Alinea


I swear: there is nothing made up in this comic, though I wish I was funny enough to come up with some of this stuff as a joke. That one on the antennae? FOR REAL. The smoke pillow? I KID YOU NOT.

That ridiculousness said, though, the meal was probably the best meal I've ever eaten in my life. It was technically my dating-for-three-years anniversary dinner with John (though our anniversary was two months ago, when he made the reservation). He's such a good sport to break free of his financially responsible and health-food-minded psyche to go to some crazy pyrotechnical food extravaganza with me.

Save up for a year or two and go there for dinner. It's like a fancy-food-amusement park!

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I spent last Sunday evening with my little jam-comics club. We've started a blog to post all our finished jam comics.
I like asking John if he can tell which panels are mine. Can you tell?

Trubble Club Blog


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I start my teaching job, tomorrow! I'm doing an eight-week comics class for 3rd, 4th and 5th graders. Every week they get a new project, so I drew handouts for each week. Check out the first five:








(I'm really proud of "The Bed Head." Also, my Harry Potter cave art. I'm loving that my first assignment as teacher is for my students to make fan comics.)




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Aaaand I drew four more pages of my short comic "horror" story, Stress Eating.

Stress Eating Director's Commentary: There are a couple little Chicago references in there (even though it's supposed to be happening in New York); Quenchers is a real bar. It's one of my favorites in the city, for their cider on tap, free popcorn and attractive bartenders. Charles is also a real bartender, but he doesn't work at Quenchers in real life. We met him during halloween, when he bought us a cab ride just because he liked our costumes, thus saving my poor go-go-booted feet from walking all across town.

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That's all, I think, for my art pile today.
The internet has been so full of news and intrigue and wonder these last couple of days.
Or maybe it just seems better than usual, because I'd rather stare at a kitten photo than do my darned work.
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[User Picture]From: skywaterblue
2008-11-13 04:27 am (UTC)

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That comic about Alinea? I wish I could eat there. :(
[User Picture]From: lucylou
2008-11-13 05:01 am (UTC)

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I wish I could go back there! It was crazy weird and delicious. There are more restaurants like it popping up all over, though. Maybe it'll someday be a little cheaper than launching a space shuttle.
[User Picture]From: sam60q
2008-11-13 04:38 am (UTC)

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i should be writing a paper on the civil war, but i'd much rather read your supurrrrrrrbly excellent comics!!!
[User Picture]From: lucylou
2008-11-13 05:03 am (UTC)

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Thank you! It's nice to know I'm not the only one wandering away from my work.
[User Picture]From: passive_mission
2008-11-13 04:41 am (UTC)

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That comic about Alinea? It scares me... SMOKE PILLOW.
[User Picture]From: lucylou
2008-11-13 04:43 am (UTC)

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That smoke pillow was SCARY. They set it down a few minutes before the food, and I was like, "um, do I eat this? What... what's burning?"
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From: ookaminoai
2008-11-13 04:42 am (UTC)

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*jaw drop* That food looks so yummy!!

*pouttity* I wanna be in your class! I remember taking classes like that at that age and having the best time ^^
[User Picture]From: lucylou
2008-11-13 05:05 am (UTC)

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Haha! Good-- I remember those classes too, and I'm hoping to replicate the awesomeness.

Eventually I'll do grown-up classes, maybe. Travellin' style. Though I just mostly like making comics with other people, kid and grown-up alike, and I'm not sure just how much information I've got to impart.
[User Picture]From: animimi
2008-11-13 04:43 am (UTC)

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I'd rather stare at a kitten photo than do my darned work

Me too.

Found your journal somehow (Wikipedia? Google?) after reading your book, French Milk. I couldn't put it down and it has resulted in many daydreams about Paris. So, thanks!
[User Picture]From: lucylou
2008-11-13 05:06 am (UTC)

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I wonder: if you job was to look at kitten photos and chat online, would you crave writing papers and pencilling panel borders? I ponder this instead of working.
I'm so glad you liked my book!
[User Picture]From: ryuko_midori
2008-11-13 04:45 am (UTC)

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It is so nice to treat yourself. And there's no reason not to save up and go to a fancy restaurant if it's nearby. Except that I can't even go to somewhat fancy restaurants without feeling horribly out of place...
[User Picture]From: lucylou
2008-11-13 04:58 am (UTC)

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Yeah, I have that instinct, too. We were probably the fanciest-dressed people there, though, because we overcompensated for our ragamuffininess with our one set of "going to a wedding" clothes.
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[User Picture]From: lucylou
2008-11-13 05:02 am (UTC)

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Haha, I'm a little skeptical of those, too. But these were all part of the experience, and I was just glad not to be served a box of infused air.
[User Picture]From: verabee
2008-11-13 04:48 am (UTC)

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Was it flavored smoke? Or just... smoke? Weird, man.
[User Picture]From: conga_chili
2008-11-13 04:53 am (UTC)

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It's a lavender-smoked pillow or something, from what I remember seeing on the Food Network.
[User Picture]From: conga_chili
2008-11-13 04:51 am (UTC)

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I saw that place on TV many times! Man they look good graphically. I am saving up to go there!
[User Picture]From: lucylou
2008-11-13 05:00 am (UTC)

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You should! They're amazingly detailed in the control of the environment, food, etc.And all the waiters wear designer suits. Lots of beauty to drug your eyeballs.
[User Picture]From: usagi_moon
2008-11-13 04:55 am (UTC)

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Wow, Alinea sounds like a groovy place. Good show. :D Wow. I might want to save up for a eyar. Hmm, I live in California and never checked out that once place, Chez Pannisse..hmm.

Anyway, yeah, I love how you remembered all the food as well, super cool. :D

Thank you for posting. And I'm one of hte noobies that added you today. :D

yay!
[User Picture]From: lucylou
2008-11-13 05:09 am (UTC)

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Chez Panisse is a LEGENDARY french restaurant, run by this amazing woman, Alice Waters.
If I lived in California, I'd probably beg her to work there as, like, floor-mopper, just to hang out with her and eat the leftovers that fell on the flooooor. But I'm that much of a restaurant nerd.

Thank you for adding me!
From: artistamatta
2008-11-13 05:00 am (UTC)

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aaagh, i've ALWAYS wanted to go to that restaurant. maybe somedayyyy
[User Picture]From: lucylou
2008-11-13 05:11 am (UTC)

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I kept telling myself that the food was probably too silly to pay that much money, but I was SO WRONG. It was JUST SILLY ENOUGH. I wish I'd gone sooner. You should definitely try to go. I loved it.
[User Picture]From: doomsdayblaze
2008-11-13 05:00 am (UTC)

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This place seems full of both crazy and awesome!

But will I travel all the way from Toronto to try it?
[User Picture]From: lucylou
2008-11-13 05:12 am (UTC)

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It's worth a good long trip!
But there is probably some equivalent in Toronto.
I lived there part time for five years when I was a kid, and I remember some gooood meals in that town.
[User Picture]From: finkenstein
2008-11-13 05:03 am (UTC)

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That food, I cannot even believe it is real.
Lucy, i like how you take breaks from comics to make more comics, what is the deal! Do you have a comics faucet that you just leave running? I know you do!
I love the kid's comic, it's fantastic, I could read a whole kid's book like that! I also think bed head is ingenious.
[User Picture]From: lucylou
2008-11-13 05:18 am (UTC)

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I can't even believe it's real and I freakin' ate it all.
You know, it's weird, I was thinking about this today.
I have to do all this stuff before a certain date, and it's not an easy schedule. Every day between now and, like, christmas, is booked solid with items like, "TWO PAGES OF RELISH" and "FINISH INKING THAT M.F. P.O.S." I have good days when I power through, but, like today, I REALLY didn't want to be working on this one thing I had to do for Relish. It took me ALL DAY to draw two freakin' pages, without even texting them. Most of that time was spent moaning into my arms about how sucky it is to feel obligated to do comics. Then, when I was finished with my two pages, I was free to make my little Alinea comic, that I WANTED to make, and I finished those two detailed, color pages in like two hours.
I don't know. It's like my brain wants me to fail at professional, studious stuff and just sit on my ass indulging myself in whatever crap I feel like all the time.
Grarrrrrr. Come here and let's hang out.
[User Picture]From: gummibaehr
2008-11-13 05:13 am (UTC)

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Wowww! Delicious and strange. :-D Someday when I'm rich...

Congrats on your teaching job! Teaching comics to kids is soooo fun and wild! I teach a six week course to the same age group. BEST. JOB. EVER.
[User Picture]From: lucylou
2008-11-13 05:21 am (UTC)

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I'm super excited about the teaching! (As you can probably tell from my pages and pages of handouts...)
I looove your little monsters!
[User Picture]From: glitter_my_glam
2008-11-13 05:16 am (UTC)

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So I was reading Glamour magazine and eating junk food at work the other day, when what do I see? On the "Things We Love" section they mentioned French Milk! I was filled with a deep sense of, "Oh my gosh, I read her Livejournal!"
[User Picture]From: lucylou
2008-11-13 05:22 am (UTC)

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Haha! I know-- isn't that WILD? It's pretty major for me. I was totally awed and freaked at the same time, when I saw it.
And I'm so glad you saw it while eating junk food at work! Perfect!
[User Picture]From: junbot
2008-11-13 05:16 am (UTC)

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That restaurant is insane.
I have to go there.
[User Picture]From: lucylou
2008-11-13 05:23 am (UTC)

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Yeah, seriously. I think the kitchen is like some mad-scientist's lab.
[User Picture]From: und1sk0
2008-11-13 05:26 am (UTC)

hi

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alinea? is that the guy who lost his sense of taste as a result of cencer treatment?

I know I could google it, but that wouldn't be very social.
[User Picture]From: lucylou
2008-11-13 05:34 am (UTC)

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Yup! But, and I say this in total seriousness, I'm pretty sure he's like the Beethoven of food, with the absence of the perfect sense sharpening his TOTAL GENIUS.
That whole ironic tale is so fascinating...
[User Picture]From: sasjhwa
2008-11-13 05:40 am (UTC)

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You should make a print of that comic and deliver it them. They may like the compliment. :D
[User Picture]From: seemysunshine
2008-11-13 05:45 am (UTC)

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OHMYGOD, that sounds like an amazing meal. i am tres jealous.
[User Picture]From: maelie
2008-11-13 05:52 am (UTC)

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Those handouts are awesome! Your students are going to have so much fun!
[User Picture]From: mizbelle
2008-11-13 05:54 am (UTC)

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Wow, that meal must have been amazing!
I love the part where your eyes get all dilated from the food. Whenever I have really good food with lots of flavors, I honestly feel a little high, so I totally related to those panels and they made me laugh.

Also, this is the first entry I've seen of yours since I friended you and your art is amazing, I love it, etc :D
Peace!
[User Picture]From: cosmicviolet
2008-11-13 06:09 am (UTC)

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Hi Lucy! I just found you through the spotlight and your stuff is really cute - I wish I were as talented! So I'm going to friend you to keep up with your work. :) The first comic in this post doesn't seem to be loading right, though, but maybe that's just me...
[User Picture]From: _ming
2008-11-13 06:27 am (UTC)

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that harry potter cave art makes my heart sing. :D
From: deathchalupa
2008-11-13 06:38 am (UTC)

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man everything you do is nice n' tight n' clean.
I wish I had a comics class as a kid. Especially one with such neat worksheets
From: endlessseeker
2008-11-13 06:57 am (UTC)

Asthma

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I can't imagine that anyone with asthma (or other breathing difficulties) should go to that restaurant and try the smoking pillow dish.
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2009-03-19 03:12 pm (UTC)

Staying_friendly

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