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But, Lucy, you like EVERYTHING. [Sep. 9th, 2009|03:21 pm]

I read My Life in France a couple of years ago, and LOVED it. It was the inspiration for the Child parts in the J&J movie, and is lovely and wonderful and sweet. I can't recommend it enough. And because I love them, I'll mention that the book includes a bunch of great photos of her, looking gorgeous and larger-than-life and Frenchy. Just lookit her!


My Wacom Cintiq 12wx arrived yesterday (thank you, pals, for the good advice on buying it!). I'm still fumbling my way through figuring it out, but it's mega cool. It's pretty sweet to see a line appear under my pen, and then to be able to "undo" it.

I've been using it flat on my desk, which is how I prefer to draw with paper. It's so naturally like tactile drawing that after spinning the stylus around to use the eraser side, I automatically brush my hand and blow air across the paper to rid it of eraser bits. But there aren't any eraser bits, because it's allll digital. Neat.

(I drew this on it.)

[User Picture]From: girafeduflamme
2009-09-09 08:50 pm (UTC)
It is a bit weird how Julia Child didn't really like the project. It's also odd to me that you've seen so much negative press about the movie, because almost all of what I've seen has been positive (and, oddly, hasn't mentioned J.C.'s reaction to the blog/book.) The only movie I've seen lately was District 9, which is the only actually satisfying movie I've seen since Up.
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[User Picture]From: lucylou
2009-09-09 08:55 pm (UTC)
I've seen a lotta positive reviews of the Julia Child portions of the movie, while trashing the Powell portions. It seems really weird to me.
I loved District 9, too! Total cool.
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[User Picture]From: daleof
2009-09-09 09:08 pm (UTC)
Psssst watch moon
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[User Picture]From: lucylou
2009-09-09 09:14 pm (UTC)
I really WANNA! I can't find it anywhere!
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[User Picture]From: daleof
2009-09-09 11:26 pm (UTC)
But don't watch the trailers. Spoiler city!

Bit torrent?
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[User Picture]From: lewbasnight
2009-09-09 11:45 pm (UTC)
It was playing at the Landmark on Clark...a couple weeks ago. Whoops. It was wicked good though.
(And I totally blow imaginary eraser grubbies off my Wacom pad too.)
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[User Picture]From: girafeduflamme
2009-09-09 11:22 pm (UTC)
Yeah, it's pretty great! You're like, alright, people's heads getting blown up is gonna get old pretty soon, but it never does.
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[User Picture]From: davef85
2009-09-09 08:51 pm (UTC)
Awesome sauce!! I have to see J&J. I love Amy Adams to death!

Can't wait to see more from you with the new Cintiq~
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[User Picture]From: daleof
2009-09-09 08:51 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: bethmaher
2009-09-09 09:02 pm (UTC)
Wow! I've been saying this for WEEKS! I so totally totally agree, and thought the whole movie was so much fun, and just don't get all the haters.

Who could hate on Amy Adams? She's super adorable, and has all that gorgeous red hair.

Of course I am also a blogger. So I guess my opinion doesn't count for much.

I have to admit that (gasp!) I didn't have much of an appreciation for Julia Child before this, but now I'm one of those who's searching for a old copy of her books in the thrift stores, hoping to strike gold.

And her relationship with her husband!?! Swooooooon! So sweet. It helps that he was short and she was tall, just like me and my boy (it's not a combo that's seen very often so it makes me all fuzzy to see it embraced like that).

And plus we're getting married and going to Paris for our honeymoon soon, so that makes me feel even more fuzzy about it...

Perhaps I'm not the most objective person to be talking about it either, I guess.
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[User Picture]From: lucylou
2009-09-10 03:07 am (UTC)
All over the place.
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[User Picture]From: lucylou
2009-09-09 09:29 pm (UTC)
Ohmygod, I'm doing it right now. So excited to try it.

Amy Adams IS adorable, isn't she? I lurve her.
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[User Picture]From: mr_esty
2009-09-09 09:29 pm (UTC)
What is this black felt nib you speak of? (I have a Cintiq 12wx too)
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[User Picture]From: grafxman256
2009-09-10 02:36 am (UTC)
Agreed! I switched to the felt nib shortly after getting my Cintiq and have never gone back. :)
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[User Picture]From: rosalarian
2009-09-09 09:19 pm (UTC)
I still try to brush off eraser dust, and I've had mine for almost two years!
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From: (Anonymous)
2009-09-09 09:21 pm (UTC)

How do you like the Cintiq?

I'm teetering on the edge of getting a Cintiq, most everybody seems to love them, but I'm kind of into paper... I'm really curious about how you'll like the Cintiq, hope you'll keep us posted!
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[User Picture]From: technosapien
2009-09-09 10:37 pm (UTC)

Re: How do you like the Cintiq?

Yeah, I'm interested too. You mentioned pals who gave you good avice on buying it, what pray tell was the advice? Where to get it at an even slightly more-affordable-than-retail price? Watching with interest. (Been reading a while, lurking until now. Hi.)
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[User Picture]From: green_wellies
2009-09-09 10:52 pm (UTC)
I was looking through some blogs I read and I found a picture of your book incorporated into something and I thought you'd like to see it. It's the last picture in the September 9th entry! :D

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[User Picture]From: seakae
2009-09-10 12:24 am (UTC)
And I read it too!
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From: (Anonymous)
2009-09-10 01:03 am (UTC)

J+J movie

For that very reason I don't read reviews anymore; I tend to go with my gut and recommendations from friends who I know have similar tastes as mine. So I *will* be seeing J+J because I've only heard good things about it.

I just finished reading My Life in France last weekend and just adored it. What a life! And I can't help but admire her attitude about living in (and visiting) different countries; she was truly French at heart.

(My happy discovery: towards the beginning of the book there's a photo of her looking out the hotel window in Paris on her first night in France. And I'm all, "Gee, all Parisian buildings must look alike because that looks like my view from the hotel we stayed at in July." Sure enough it *was* the same hotel. Made me feel all giddy inside for some reason.)

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[User Picture]From: ducttapesnakes
2009-09-10 01:12 am (UTC)
speaking of being interested in other people's self discovery etc etc etc, I just got the confirmation order from amazon about how I finally got money and bought French Milk. wooooo wooo.
Too much free entertainment you give me here, you know? :D
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[User Picture]From: deino_13
2009-09-10 01:15 am (UTC)
Now I've got to read about her (and her books!), for I trust your judgment.

jaja, it's like the typical Ctrl-z scenario, where you try to find those keys while working traditional, only all the way around! Technology really messes up with our brains.
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[User Picture]From: zlecky
2009-09-10 01:19 am (UTC)

Amy Adams

One review that I read made a great point.. just because Amy Adams plays a blogger doesn't mean she has to have horrible hair. After I read all those iffy reviews.. I thought the Julie part fit in fine and was cute. I would have been totally happy to watch an all Julia movie.. but the transitions worked fine!

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[User Picture]From: daaakota
2009-09-10 03:05 am (UTC)
Ok, when I saw the first panel of the comic I thought "Is that James Dean?"
Relaxed/cool pose+motor vehicle thats not a car=James Dean.
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[User Picture]From: heartonsea
2009-09-10 03:51 am (UTC)
Your trying to blow off the eraser bits made me chuckle :]
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[User Picture]From: theidolhands
2009-09-10 04:05 am (UTC)
I hope you'll still do things by hand, because I liked that a lot about your style -- it was special.
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[User Picture]From: tesseracting
2009-09-10 05:58 am (UTC)
I bought My Life In France the same time I bought French Milk. <3

and have you seen this? Julie Powell: What "Julie & Julia" Butchered

Personally, I loved the movie (saw it on my brirthday!). Mostly the Julia Child part, but all of it was good. I want Amy Adams to play me if there's ever a movie made about my life. :D
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[User Picture]From: jabberworks
2009-09-10 06:42 am (UTC)
Yay, glad you made the comic! And congrats on the new Cintiq [very envious]!
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[User Picture]From: clownfishdesign
2009-09-10 12:23 pm (UTC)
Weeps with envy about the Cintiq ...
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[User Picture]From: timpiotr
2009-09-10 12:32 pm (UTC)
I've got one, and I love it! I use it so much, I've found myself, a few times in my life drawing group, thinking "undo" when I don't like a line I drew.
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[User Picture]From: ns_dreads
2009-09-11 01:26 am (UTC)

Even more pretension J&J pondering

I thought the biggest dilemma about Julie and Julia stemmed more from the fact that the movie created and then ignored the problem of its own artistic ownership: Julie spends all this time worshipping Julia from afar only to discover that Julia doesn't approve of the project at all, right? But, instead of grappling with the conundrum of what that means for the over-all project, Julie (with the help of her hubby, of course...) decides that it's not the REAL Julia that matters, but "the one inside her head" instead. Already problematic, in my mind, but then the problem is compounded by the fact that we're WATCHING A MOVIE of a BOOK about a BLOG based on a COOK BOOK. And poor Julia Child, who apparently didn't even approve of the blog, was robbed of the opportunity to approve of the movie due to the fact that she's dead (rip, Julia.) No one else sees this as frustrating? Just me? Oh, and I can't take Nora Ephron's overly romanticized, hetero-normative mush, either.

What? Too cynical?

Ok, ok: even with all that: it's TOTALLY worth seeing JUST for for the utter delight that is Merryl Streep and her relationship with Stanley Tucci! Amazing! Adorable! Tall people in love with short people are soo cute!!

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[User Picture]From: kersy
2009-09-11 06:36 am (UTC)
Don't worry about those kind of reviews :) you're talented while honest and modest. We love you and your work!
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From: srmm
2009-09-14 11:11 am (UTC)


You definitely need to learn to spell definitely (unless you are being defiantly deviant).
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