JIM DORAN

The Haunted House

Here’s a new abstract comic, called The Haunted House.

This place clearly tells a story, and the story is evolving.

I pass this house on the train to work. Today, I stopped during both commutes to photograph it. The shady picture is in the morning sun. If you look at the shadow free picture above, you may notice someone did some work on the basement, changing the story somewhat.

When I first saw it, my mind did something like this:

It’s an instant abstract comic, naturally formed and observed in nature.   I stared while photographing this space and my mind wandered around those rooms, wondering what other stories they tell. The ghosts that haunt this place must be disturbed it has changed so much. I suppose they are waterproof.

Some details:

Several iterations of the kitchen decor are visible. It’s like a history lesson. Dig that beautiful paper – I’d never cover that up, if it were mine.

Those are some gorgeous colors, when viewed this way in the open air. Enjoy it before it’s gone forever.

On Deck

During a recent trip to the local hardware supply super store on official circus peanut business, my little one pilfered these paint chips to “make some art.” I couldn’t be more proud.

And, looking at them on the kitchen table, it stuck me that they already tell a story. Here’s a new abstract comic.

Dawn’s Dictionary Drama

I just guest posted some comics for John Bintz’s Dawn’s Dictionary Drama. People submit words for John to create strips around – kind of like an Illustration Friday for comics in reverse. John gave me the words “Wife,” “Deadpanned” and “Bedeviling.”

John is an awesome hacker and prolific comic genius. Check him out.

Here are my comics, presented for posterity. It’s thematic!

Wife

Deadpanned

Bedeviling

Family Comic Night

The last thing I responded to at ArtScape was the call for the “Comic Strip” exhibit. They are going to cover each window pane at Penn station with a single panel from a comic.  I was really looking forward to this – and, as such, ended up procrastinating something awful. My strips suffered a bit for it, too.

The very best-est coolest part is that the girls drew and submitted comics, too.

CoCoa adopted a theme I use called “The Incredibly Delicate Threads of Sleep.” And Leezle’s is about a magical panda that grows wings. Somehow, her comics usually involve a lot of pooping, regardless of the plot development.

Not sure what was accepted. Both the girls worked hard on this, especially Cocoa.

Here’s Coco’s:

And here is Leezle’s:

Take Some Pets to the Vets

“When you’ve got to go, you’ve got to go.”

~ Mrs. Cosmopolite

I took some of our critters to the pet hospital yesterday during my lunch break. The newest member of our family had his wings clipped. It went as well as I thought it would – he hated it. But, he totally blames the vet and not me.