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< Piro >

Kimiko and Piro

"art therapy"

Friday - March 29, 2002

[Piro] - 12:56:01 - [link here]

Well, as i said in the status bar above - real sorry about the schedule collapse this week. (and please, stop sending me emails telling me to stop apologizing. its only common courtesy to apologize for being late. mou...)

but you gotta admit - even YOU would apologize for putting up a Shirt Guy Dom strip. ^_^

I've ranted enough about the joys of deadlines in my day job, so i won't bore you with any more griping (griping is fun tho ^_^) I finally managed to get home fairly late - and just as i expected, i had about as much energy and time to do a comic for tomorrow as that little AA battery in the clock near my TV that has been telling me it's 3:23am for the past few days.

Stress is a funny thing. I admit, its been a really stressful week. One of the things about forcing yourself to draw to meet a regular schedule like MT requires is that i've had to draw in all sorts of moods - from the euphoric, relaxed and totally in groove with what i'm drawing, to the seraphim-taking-away-the-pruning-shears-as-i-take-them-to-my-fingers moods.

Sometimes, when you are stressed, you feel like there is all sorts of stuff bottled up inside. What it is might not be what you need to draw the scheduled work, but sometimes, when just allowing yourself to freesketch, that stressed, pensive mood can lead to some pretty good drawings, that have a lot of feeling in them.

over on Fredart (my poor neglected art page (sniff)) i posted one these types of sketches, a drawing i did just by sitting down and sketching at random. I had no plan, really, but... for some reason, it really caught something profound about Kimiko and Piro. Since Dom had worked so hard on the SGD strip for today, i decided that fredart was the place to put this sketch - think of it as something extra. I hope it makes up a little for leaving you hanging on the largo/miho story. no worries, i'll have the next installment up by saturday. :) WORST case monday :P

I'll keep you posted. I gotta go to bed before i fall over. ^_^

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< Dom >

Oop ack!

"Music therapy"

Friday - March 29, 2002

[Dom] - 21:30:00 - [link here]

I'm always amused by what it takes to work myself up into the combination killing/giggling frenzy that is needed to make an SGD day. Like Fred--and unlike Fred--music helps. Take a look at what I popped in at various times over the writing and scribbling of this SGD. This is by no means a list of my favorite songs, but you'll see that most of them make me laugh or make me angry, for one reason or another. The anomalies are when I needed a little mellowing because of an excess of emotion getting in the way of the writing process.

Bon Jovi - Bad Medicine: Most '80s metal makes me laugh. Don't ask me why.

Utada Hikaru - Sukiyaki: a Japanese singer, covering an English cover of the original Japanese song...

Roy Orbison - Only the Lonely: Sometimes, I need to feel mellowcholy. Don't ask me why. It's just cathartic, I guess.

Miles Davis - Freddie Freeloader: I worship Miles Davis. Well. Except for the covers of Michael Jackson and Cyndi Lauper he did...

Happa Tai - Yatta!: If you need to ask why I like this song, you haven't seen the video yet. I own two copies of the DVD (one's set aside as a gift) and am casting about for a Nan-chan UFO catcher and a pair of green leafy undies. I already have Maximo boxers from Capcom, so I'm set on that front.

Phantasy Star 4 Orchestral - Fight!: I've always liked this one over the Final Fantasy fight music. But maybe that's just old Genesis vs. Super Nintendo bias.

Bust a Move 2 - Let the Music Take Control: Because I want to be dancin' like a hero.

DJ Taka - .59
Silent Hill - Tears Of...
Dracula Battle 1 - Bloody Tears: what can I say, I'm a sucker for Castlevania remixes.

Cookie Monster - Cookie Disco: He's shaggy, he's blue, and he knows what to do... COOKIE!

Yuzo Koshiro/Streets of Rage - The Revenge of Mr. X: I once had a piece of Streets of Rage music stuck in my head for three years. THREE YEARS. Music to kick ass by, hands down. Crystal Method doesn't compare to Mr. Koshiro, in my mind.

Radiskull and Devildoll - We Roll & Rock: Natiskull and DevilDom will, one day, happen. Just you wait. It'll probably happen before the next episode comes out, too... blah.

Saeko - Yume ha Tooi keredo: Iria Zeiram: The Animation was one of my first exposures to anime. I have a soft spot for it, especially the gory parts.

They Might Be Giants - Dinner Bell: No SGD goes by without at least one TMBG song playing. It's just right.

New Model Army - Purity: When I was a kid, my exposure to music mostly came from my older cousins, who had money and could buy records, tapes and radios. These guys, and The Cure, were the favorites of one, and for some reason, Their songs have stuck with me more than The Cure.

Orbital - Tootled: Ah... tasty.

Matsuda Seiko - Ashita he to kakedashite yukou: Just a nice, mellow, wholesome song, from a nice, mellow, way too wholesome show.

Vivaldi - Violin concerto for four guitars: I have no explanation for this.

Alison Krauss - Down in the River to Pray: Most of the O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack has been stuck in my head since the Grammies. I curse them. This track is a particular favorite of a friend of mine, who until recently was studying to be a priest.

Tokyo Ska Paradise - Lupin '78: ACen reasons which will be revealed later.

And there, you have a glimpse into what makes an SGD tick--lots of psychosis and a little bit of melody.


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