Saturday, September 6, 2008


Suze and I are headed down for our annual vacation at her parents' place on Harker's Island, NC to celebrate our anniversary. (September 11th. Yeah, I know.) I've mentioned the place before. Her parents live in a big house they built for themselves when they retired. Across the street is the smaller cottage that they literally built themselves and the entire family has used for decades. They've recently given the entire place a facelift so it's almost a new building. Both houses look out over the water and while it's not exactly ocean front, it might as well be. At high tide, you can't tell the difference.

We're not looking forward to the drive down (5-to-6 hours) because last time Charlie pooped in his cage after the first mile (HUGE poop!) We cleaned it up, hit the road again and he howled for the next hour before tiring himself out. So we know we have that to look forward to. But he and Toonces had such a great time last trip that we know it's worth it.

Usually, I take a bag full of books and finish 3 or 4 of them during the week. This week, because of Hurricane Hannah, we're getting a late start and I plan on spending my time finishing page four of our 'Haps story and starting on our flip cover. (Um, we're still doing that, right Todd?) I'm also taking down some comics that have been piling up including a HUMAN TARGET trade paperback by Peter Milligan and Javier Pulido. I read FINAL CUT on a lark and fell in love with the characterization by Milligan but Pulido's artwork especially. It reminds me of Darwyn Cooke's and that's all I needed to see. I'm hooked. Anyway, I doubt I'll be finishing many novels this week. I am taking the last two John Sanfords, though, just in case.

Since I'll be away from the computer for at least a week, I thought I should post page two before I left. I think I'm getting a better feel for the characters here and getting a little more comfortable with the idea of it actually being published so I'm loosening up a bit. Christian did point out a couple of things that he's going to have to fix in the inks (Big's shoulder is off a little in panel three.) and some continuity things that Craig pointed out that are also being fixed. Hopefully, you'll better see what I'm talking about when Christian posts his inked version later this week.

I hope everybody has a good week. I know I will. See you when we get back.


Brian said...

Still laughing at the Charlie story.

Have a great vacation and if the last two pages are anything like the first two, I'd say your comics debut will be a hit.

Tim Perkins said...

Hi Matt,

Another great looking page.

Have a great time on vacation.


todd said...

yes, we're still doing the flip cover...!

or rather, YOU'RE doing the flip cover...right?

Anonymous said...

Hey Matt,
Looks like I got here a bit late.

The page looks great!

Hope you & Suzanne have an awesome anniversary.

Matt Wieringo said...

Hey, y'all. Charlie pooped again. Details later.

Heywood Jablomie said...

hope you're vacation goes great and you guys have a nice anniversary!

the page looks solid man! keep up the great work!

renecarol said...

sorry I'm late wishing you two a happy anniversary. Hope the vacation is going (or went as the case may be) well.

Leanne said...

Matt, the new page looks fantastic! I love the angles you've chosen for some of these panels-- it's something I'm still trying to work on in my own stuff. I'm really looking forward to seeing the rest of this story.

Hope you guys had a great anniversary and vacation! And I'm looking forward to hearing the newest Charlie story! Sounds like we're in store for another one... ;)

Squeeze said...

Today is Matt's 40th Birthday~! Please give him a hard time about being officially an old man today.


Chris Gardner said...

Enjoy your day ya old bastard... well, your wife said to give you a hard time... you creaky old rickety sumbitch!! How was that?!?! :) REALLY nice pages by the way sir. And to think, you were born sometime before paper was even invented. Good show. I'll be quiet now.

renecarol said...

Happy Birthday Matt.. There should be a whole Happy Birthday Matt blog post. Hope you guys have an awesome celebration for a big B-Day. Old is relative. And it always pertains to other people never yourself:)

Leanne said...

Happy birthday, Matt! Hope you have a great one! Congrats on turning the big 4-0. Age ain't nothin' but a numba :)

Squeeze said...

Awesome reply Chris Garner! You cracked me up at sumbitch....Ha!

Matt will have to post about our vacation and his birthday. A spoiler alert, Charlie did crap in his cage like clockwork round about an hour out from the house on the way down. The lady in the truck parked beside us at the gas station laughed at us as we wrestled Charlie to one side of his carrier and the poop on the other and pulled the newspaper out to trash. I'm happy to report that we all remained poop free and were back on the road in 20 minutes.