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Ok, I know, I NEVER post enough... [Apr. 6th, 2013|01:20 pm]
Ron Gravelle

Alright, I admit I never post enough on here (or anywhere if you try to follow my twitter)
I get busy and really, not a huge fan of sharing my life with people out there in internet land.

But I will try more, as I need to grow my readership for several new projects.

Here's a link to my site with some new art.


Not gonna post it here cause I am lazy today!
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So the world didn't end... [Dec. 21st, 2012|08:59 pm]
Ron Gravelle
[Current Location |Hamilton, Ontario, Canada]
[Current Mood |amusedamused]
[Current Music |Tower of Song version by: Steve Wynn]

I wonder if anyone can sue any of the doomsayers for the cost of survival shelters etc.

Now THAT would be funny!

So as 2012 runs down toward that limbo between Dec 25th and New Years, I reflect on 2012.

All I can say is, glad to see you go 2012, you've been a pisser of a year.

A quick run down,

7 co-workers had heart attacks, one so bad he is in a wheelchair now.

2 co-workers with career ending injuries, another got lucky and after 7 months can walk on his left leg again.

Another co-worker in a car wreck, messed up his spleen leg and hip, took him 9 months to walk again, just getting back to work now.

My wife's recurring illness which had her go to the hospital so many times I stopped counting at 12. (doing better now, but 2 more operations in January)

My daughter's abscessed tooth, which swelled up of course on a Sunday morning, which meant emergency wards etc, a real fun 6 hours, then the resulting dentist visits. (with an autistic kid, it's always a fight).

My Mother's health decline and passing. (with alzheimer's it's never a fun time, a slow slide into oblivion.)

My Brother-in-law had a stroke, affected his balance regions, he can walk, but can't drive or sail his boat anymore. (he may improve, but it's not looking the best)

And so far, just this week a friend of mine found dead on the floor of his shop when the cops looked for him 'cause he didn't show up for dinner with his wife. (another heart attack).

All this coupled with all the political crap at work, feh, 2012, good riddance you fucker.

2013, it's looking better already, my own artistic output increasing, I am starting a new publishing company, been close to a decade, I actually look forward to the changes in both technology and the markets. it's a challenge, but one worth taking. (if you can't bank on your own destiny, why the hell should other people bank on you).

So here's to tomorrow and the challenge of a new day.

Don't get stuck in the past and let difficulty stop you, it's all really just an excuse, if you let things beat you or cripple you, is it really the thing or event, or your own fears and you use the situation as a crutch to lean on and hide from things, the "oh I would like to, but (insert crisis)". That's frankly, bullshit, you are just lying down and wimping out, unless you are dead, or in a coma, it's all an excuse.

Sometimes the phrase "life's tough, you just gotta be tougher" does apply. 

I feel sometimes we are all just being too soft, hiding and running from the bull, instead of grabbing the bastard by the horns and really showing him who is boss.

Well here's to the limbo before the new year.
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Been too long... as usual... [Dec. 21st, 2012|09:50 am]
Ron Gravelle
[Current Location |Hamilton, Ontario, Canada]
[Current Mood |accomplished]
[Current Music |none, watching weather reports]

Ok, I am not the best at this "social Media" since I am by nature anti-social.

I am one of those folks who gets along just fine all by myself.

That said, in 2013 any art projects will be 100% solo projects.

Working this way I am averaging 2 pages per day, that's 2 pages, pencilled, inked, lettered and colored.
This is the most and fastest my output has been in YEARS, so it's way cool.

Yesterday 3 pages, I don't think I am going to have a problem with my new series bi-monthly schedule, even if done early I am sticking to the schedule.
This will avoid the temptation to rush, if I get ahead, so be it.

I will put up some character designs and maybe a page or two soon.
But the publication date will be the end of Feb 2013.

Well that's all for now folks.
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A repost from my site blog... [Oct. 29th, 2012|10:22 am]
Ron Gravelle
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[Current Location |Canada, Hamilton]
[Current Mood |amusedamused]
[Current Music |none, watching weather reports]

I posted this today, because I am sick of getting asked to basically work for free.
The asking does not bother me as much as the snotty and shitty attitude from these fucking nobody idiots who get all wound up when I explain it to them.

The older I get, the more I understand Alex Toth.
Well, here's the post...


Here goes, gonna get some hate mail on this one, but it's worth it.

Please do NOT ask me to work on you indy comic project unless you are willing to pay, or if you have no money, then expect me to ask for a piece of ownership and creative control of all the art aspects.

To suggest any other alternative is to devalue my skills and waste my time.

I have had writers balk at this, well my answer is this, if I am taking a risk, it MUST be worth my while, and the only way to hold my interest and keep me invested in the project is to be allowed to use all my skills. Yes this means a total control of all the art, even the typography and lettering.

I have been burned before, the letterer and so called editor, just changing the design and placement, with NO thought to just WHY the design worked with the original layout. This having been done without any input from me as the designer.

All indy publishers and writers should think long and hard before asking any other creative to basically donate work, remember, if I want to work for free, I will develop my own properties and projects.

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I want to type an entry... [Sep. 9th, 2012|09:17 pm]
Ron Gravelle
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[Current Location |Hamilton, Ontario]
[Current Mood |tiredtired]
[Current Music |none]

No, really, I do!

I just don't have much to say right now.
I am not going to rant about the childish morons in comics, nope.
No sense, certain people, no matter what you say or do, will always think they are wronged.

It's not worth my time...

On a creative side, I have 2 projects to choose to develop, I need to make a decision soon on which one.
And no, I can't do both, not enough time. Both are very time intensive.

That said, if the one I pursue works out, I might hire an assistant to help on the second one.

I will post some art from my decision soon.

Have a good one out there in internet land.
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Why I don't work with other creators anymore... [Aug. 19th, 2012|08:02 am]
Ron Gravelle
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[Current Location |Canada, Hamilton, Ontario]
[Current Mood |amusedamused]
[Current Music |First We Take Manhattan By Maxx Klaxon ]

So, you are honest and this get's called "hostility".
Yeah, ok, if anyone thinks I am harsh, go do some real work for a REAL publisher, see what happens with your little "sensative"  attitude.
This is why I am NEVER working with another creator again, too many flakes.
When you first meet someone and think, "wow, they are an idiot" then you give them the benefit of the doubt, and get proved right.

Anyone who knows me, knows if I am gonna be hostile, I won't "sound" hostiel.

I think it's time for me to get back into publishing, at least some limited edition books, focus on quality, and just move forward.

Been learning some really cool colour techniques this summer, it's been my focus to increase my skills, I have kind of ignored colour for a long while, but now I find I can produce the kind of work I have always dreamed of doing, so now I need a project to apply these skills to.

My biggest regret is that due to health issues, I can no longer use Markers, at least not the good solvent based kind, so I figured out a process in which I can use the cheap-o dollar store water based markers to create a base, then apply Coloured pencil on top, blending it all into a cool effect.

Here is an example of the technique for your enjoyment.

Not the best scan, my scanner is dying and so is my Mac Mini, it's doing stupid usb tricks, which is usually the logic board.
But time will tell, I have to figure out a way to photograph the art, then import the images, I think this will give me a much better colour and saturation.
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Just rambling... [Aug. 14th, 2012|07:11 am]
Ron Gravelle
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[Current Location |Hamilton, Ontario, Canada]
[Current Mood |awake]
[Current Music |Santa Monica by Everclear]

I am saddened by the passing of Comics Legend Joe Kubert.
A true artist and a nicer person than I can express here, he helped a lot of people get into comic and was always willing to give a critique.

I may have found my favourite movie of all time: Small Town Murder Songs.
Don't know why, but I can watch this movie over and over and not get tired of it.

Great Books I read this summer:

Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt By Chris Hedges and Joe Sacco
A Great read, if somewhat sobering, but highly recommended.

The Art of Howard Chaykin By Robert Greenberger and of course Howard Chaykin
A book of such exceeding quality, it's beyond my feeble attempts to describe.
Anyone who knows me well, knows that Howard Chaykin is one of my Comic Gods, so this was a pure treat.

The Billy Bob Tapes: A Cave Full of Ghosts, by Billy Bob Thornton and Kinky Friedman
Wow, is the first thing to say about this, a great read, but not for the faint of heart.
The stories of his childhood remind me of some stuff in my own, strange stuff.
Billy Bob Thornton lays it all out in this book, his phobias, weaknesses, failures and successes.

Read a bunch of other stuff, most of it not worth going over, lots of html and other technical books, a few Design books etc.
Boring stuff, not really learning anything new, except that Web designers are getting a little too complicated for their own good.
The use of complex web programming and fancy bells and whistles is just so overdone, it's overkill at most times. Just a way to charge more and confuse clients, fas as I am concerned.

Well that's my two cents for today.
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Got to wait around ALL day... [Aug. 13th, 2012|07:08 am]
Ron Gravelle
[Current Location |Hamilton, Ontario]
[Current Mood |tiredtired]
[Current Music |none]


Gotta wait for the Cable repair person today, my movies on demand box looks like it's dead.

Second one this year, can't they make these things any better?

On the Work front, I am closer to walking away, I feel an obligation to help fix the local, but I also would like to be free of the bullshit, and just focus on art full time again.

September is rushing in like a freight train, I have to go through my Daughter's uniforms for school and see what she needs for next year.
This can't wait too long as the uniform place is insane the last week of August.

That's all for now, just trying to get into the habit of using LJ more.
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Got ambushed... [Aug. 9th, 2012|06:39 am]
Ron Gravelle
[Current Location |Hamilton, Ontario, Canada]
[Current Mood |indescribable]
[Current Music |Last to Die by Bruce Springsteen]

So I check the mail yesterday...

In it is a rather thick letter from the Union office, never a good sign.

I have a contract ratification meeting this morning at 11AM, totally blows my day.

What is annoying about this?

I am on the figgin' Eboard (that's executive board), the President and Secretary, even the Business Agent should have warned me this was coming, I could have been prepared, instead I find out one day before, WTF.

That's ok, I have a surprise for them soon.

This Hamilton local is the worst run local in Canada, maybe North America, it's like a time machine back to 1978.
This is getting old, I feel like I have "stayed at the dance too long".

This is one of those times where I can feel the foundation being laid for a big change in my life and direction etc.
I can feel it, kind of like when you can feel a big storm coming, but it's just over the horizon, so you can't see it, but you know it's there and coming fast.

The big question, do you hunker down, stay put, or let it blow you to someplace/something else?
That's my dilemma at the moment, I know it will sort itself out.
I am not a wait around and hope something goes away kind of person.
I tend to take the bull by the horns and deal with it head on.
But sometimes the best defence against a strong wind is to bend with it, to stand and fight will just break you.
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I am on an anti "Social Media" crusade [Aug. 6th, 2012|08:04 am]
Ron Gravelle
[Current Location |Hamilton, Ontario, Canada]
[Current Mood |awake]
[Current Music |none]

Ok, anyone who knows me from Google+, Diaspora, Facebook, Twitter etc...

I have deleted my accounts...


Quite simple, these things are time wasters, they are a SCAM, all Social Media is a scam, it's one big global MLM scam.

This account is the last public sort of thing I have, even got rid of Tumblr and Blogger, just damn useless crap they tell us we need to fill our lives with.

How long will I keep the LJ, only time will tell...
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