Vegetarian pizza-style

Jo uses cheese rolls with ricotta cheese, passata, tomato, mushrooms...


Sorry but I couldn't resist one more Bingo! because Facebook still thinks I want to befriend random women.

The Sculptor by Scott McCloud

Scott McCloud has been mentioned a few times on this blog and I'm a fan of his scholarly discussion of comics and visual communication techniques.

The Sculptor is a graphic novel by McCloud that was published last year but it's taken me a while to get to it. It's a great story and I don't want to give too much away, so I'll just mention a couple of impressions.

It's beaut to read a story by McCloud after reading his non-fiction graphic novels and seeing how he utilises many of the ideas discussed in them.

As the narrative comes to a head (sorry but I couldn't resist the pun), there's this image of a man falling. It immediately brought to mind the falling man photo from 11 September 2001 by Richard Drew.

This powerful image appeared on the front pages of newspapers the following day and was controversial for being impactful. I've seen artworks that reference it, including Untitled #8, 2004 by Josh Azzarella -- which was the subject of a Disquiet Junto activity where I created the soundtrack in the video below.

I would be surprised if McCloud weren't referencing it in The Sculptor but, who knows, maybe it was a subconscious decision. The result is powerful though, as I found myself crying though the story of the graphic novel makes no reference to the watershed attack on the Twin Towers in New York.

Another possible reference is the similarity between the character of Uncle Henry and comic book writer Stan Lee. Again, maybe it's a subconscious choice by McCloud or just fanciful on my part.

In the text at the end of the graphic novel, McCloud draws comparisons between himself and the hero of the story, David. He details the significance of the name of the love interest, Meg, but I like to think that McCloud chose a notable figure like Stan Lee to be a mentor-like figure for David as a reference to the influence that Lee has had on comics or possibly McCloud himself.

And, while writing this, I've just googled to see if this was mentioned elsewhere and found I'm not the only one to see Lee:
It’s no coincidence that Great Uncle Harry bears a striking resemblance to former Marvel Comics impresario Stan Lee. Or that Death-as-Harry(-as-Stan-Lee) shows up to seal the deal with the young artist just after he plunges his hands into a block of granite, realizing for the first time his scope and potential.

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Even as someone who's written about Stephanie Scott and the problems with automated online content, it was still weird to see this collection of news stories on Facebook today.

No One Knows

'No One Knows' is starting to look like another modern classic.

I like how Dean Fertita seems to be contributing the vocal harmonies using guitar in this live version. Hadn't really considered how musicians need to interpret parts from recorded songs before speaking with Gustav Ejstes recently.

Tripping around Griffith

Found this gorgeous example of tourism marketing from yesteryear at work this week.

It was brought to my attention that it's a Humber in the picture, which is a car I associate with the Queen's 1954 visit to the Riverina -- although I think she only got as far as Wagga.

Wonder if the representation of a woman waving her hankie out of the car is meant to suggest it's the Queen? It's curious there's no driver, unless she got right-hand drive.

Anyway, the car reminds me of my Uncle Andy's Humber that had been part of Queen Elizabeth II's entourage.


Send in the clowns... to the police!

Recycled picture of my youngest as Pennywise from It for illustration purposes only.

We had a guest last night, who commented on my onesie. I've been wearing it most days for the last few months because it's warm and feels nice. I made a comment about the looks I get when I forget I'm wearing it and go out in public.

Then I went for a walk around the block and overheard two women talking. The first was saying something about Muslims and a clown epidemic.

As I walked into view I heard the other say "speak of the devil" and then the first say "nah, that's a skeleton outfit but same difference."

Anyway, I didn't understand the context in which I was being compared to Muslims and clowns until I saw this story, which is one of a slew from cities around Australia about a trend for terrifying clown sightings.

Think I better switch to my Hello Kitty onesie. Then again, someone maybe might decide to follow Donald Trump's recently unearthed boast about grabbing felines.

More toasted sandwiches

My youngest suggested we try toasting a peanut butter and jam sandwich, the popular combination known as a 'PBJ' in some parts of the world.

His sister joined us in tasting the result and I think she steals the show a bit. I also think this combination was recommended based on this song about peanut butter and jelly.

So I made a song that loops him singing the line. It's kinda mesmerising watching this video of him looped.

Filmed this sandwich last weekend, which might explain why I've no hair in other recent videos.

Currently I've three more sandwich videos waiting to be edited. It's pleasing to see there's an audience for this sort of thing. Not sure if I want to make a job of it by seeking sponsorship.