Tuesday, December 13, 2011

The Spectre

Suze and I are back in Richmond and back at work though Suze is working from home with a horrible cold she picked up in North Carolina. Poor girl can't catch a break. I haven't caught it yet but I feel a watery, itchy tickling in my sinuses that can only mean one thing. I guess it will be a while before we'll feel like things are getting back to normal. As her Dad used to say, we've robbed this train before. But every case of grieving is different. And none of them are any damned fun. Our last day in North Carolina was pretty horrible for reasons I won't go into. Suffice it to say a wretched two weeks ended on a really sour note.

Suze has lost her Christmas spirit this year and that makes me sad because she's always been such a Christmas person. She absolutely adores it. And since I'm the Scrooge, I rely on her to keep me upbeat during this time of year. So I'm taking it as a challenge. I vow to get her in Christmas mode by the 25th, even if it kills me. And she just might.

I haven't had time to work much on drawing HMDH lately, obviously. With Christmas upon us, that may have to sit a while longer. Ugh. I'm this close to posting the scripts online and calling it a day.

I've decided to start sketching again. I stopped because work was getting so crazy I wanted to simplify my life and eliminate any stress that I could. But I've realized I've been eliminating all the things that make me feel like I'm more than just someone's employee and that's no way to live. So I'm going to draw when I can and not put any pressure on myself. I need some cheering up myself and this is the way to do it.

That said, I'm posting a drawing of the Spectre I did before Thanksgiving with the intention of posting it over vacation. I drew it, scanned it and saved it. And forgot to send it home. Then, before I got back to work, we got the news about Suze's Dad. I'd almost forgotten I drew it. I like it, especially considering it had been weeks since I'd drawn anything before that. I hope you like it too. In fact, I hope you like it so much that…

…you'll want to buy it. My Rom drawing auction hasn't caused much of a stir so I'm going to throw this drawing in as a bonus to whomever makes me the best offer on the Rom drawing. I'm still leaving the minimum at $50 because it's for a good cause. Come on. You know you want to pretend you want it.

Okay, that's all I've got. Hopefully, I'll have another new drawing soon.



Josh said...

That Spectre drawing looks great! So does your banner/header, Matt.

Joe Alexander said...

Matt, sorry to hear it's been a rough few weeks for you. So very sorry for your wife losing her father and you a great father-in-law. He sounds like a very good guy, and like all the good ones in this life, irreplaceable. Hang in there.

As for your work for Bill Mantlo, I know there are some who are just waiting until the last day to bid. Understandable. Your work is more appreciated than you might think, I suspect. I really like it! I am quite sure that this bid will be surpassed, but please put me down for the opening $50 just to get it started!

Don B said...

Sorry for your loss - especially this time of year. I was doing a google search to pick up a last minute Spectre comic and came across your site and the cool Spectre sketch. If you do any new Spectre sketches, I'd be potentially interested in purchasing - especially if it goes towards Bill Mantlo.

Warren said...

Sorry to hear of your loss. We lost my father-in-law this year too. Give Suzanne a hug from me.