Episode 56 of the CMP is live now... with a definite bird theme. I added in a few excerpts of songs, too, that I hadn't originally planned on using, and I felt like I ended up with my own "bloopers" track at the end of trying to dub in the "that was... x by x" line. I got so tickled trying to credit one song that I could not stop laughing. It was pretty silly. That's never happened to me before.
I was checking in at bloglines after months of not using it, and I ran into a wonderful bird (and a super cool frog) at So Many Stars (see June 28 for the bird).
And, I had already finished the show when I saw Kritty's wonderful grid of photos, many of which are stamp-related. She's done some awesome, incredibly cool hand-carved stamps, for sure. So, you have to go take a look. (She even had to clear out a stamp drawer!)
And, if you want to look at birds, I found a "pretty" bird group at Flickr.
Also, Mrs.P asked me about graphic novels for younger readers, and I'm hot on the track of a ton of graphic novels right now... several of which appear to be aimed at the young reader crowd... and, hey, most of those will probably end up my favorites anyway. Not sure what that says about me, but it's true. With titles like Amy Unbounded: Belondweg Blossoming, Alison Dare, Little Miss Adventures, The Way Home & The Bittersweet Summer (Owly (Graphic Novels)), and Meridian v. 1: Flying Solo, I'm very much looking forward to seeing these. I requested a ton of stuff from the library today, including a bunch of adult-focused graphic novels. Despite having struggled this week with my comic panels... their allure remains super strong for me.... stressed about a dr. visit yesterday... it was in comic panels that I recorded the bare bones of what was going through my head. So, something is here...
And... for those of you still reading... and for those of you who have heard EP 56... I can not yet bear to show a photo of this. But after goofing around with the "Super-A" stamp design, I went ahead and carved one... and... a total bust. The negative space within the supergirl shape and around the "A" has the effect of some horrible face, a la Munch's The Scream. It's awful. And I don't think I could have predicted the awfulness of it. On the paper sketch, the negative space didn't jump out at me at all. But STAMPED, it's knock-you-down "there"... "is it a vase or a woman" quality even... (you know, those neg/positive space images that you tend to see "one" or the "other")... Bummer. On to the next one. Luckily, erasers are easy to come by.