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Local cartoonist and noted weirdo John "The Gneech" Robey announced today that art was
"still too damn hard." Gneech apparently made the comment in reference to his attempts
to draw upcoming Suburban Jungle strips without sucking, a task he finds next to
impossible, even after thirty-plus years of practice.

"Perspective crosses my eyes and gives me a headache," Gneech elaborated. "{expletive
deleted} backgrounds. Can't I just draw characters floating in space and be done
with it? And what was I thinking having tigers for the main characters? Trying to draw
Conrad's back is frickin' torture. Not only do I have to get the anatomy right, then I
have to get the stripes right over top of it! Cripes."

When asked if this meant that Suburban Jungle was still on schedule for its slated
April 21 return date, Gneech sighed heavily and said, "Yeah, that's what I'm aiming for.
Now that the Cherry Blossom festival and my parents' anniversary party are taken care of,
all that's left of life getting up in my face is replacing the windows on the house. If
I can get some drawing done this week and next week, then during the week when the windows
are being done the strip can already be running while I concentrate on dealing with all
the associated moving around of stuff."

When asked how his struggles with meralgia parasthetica figured into his plans, Gneech
was quoted as saying, "Ouch, jeepers, don't remind me. The 100 mg Gabapentin daily last
week didn't seem to do much of anything, so per instructions I've raised it to 200 mg.
I hope it starts helping soon, 'cause having these pains in the leg is a real pain in
the leg. Er. You know what I mean."

Gneech was unavailable for further comment, as at that moment Buddha the kitty came over
to Gneech's chair and demanded some pettin's. Further details as events warrant.

Comments

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mg4h
Apr. 9th, 2008 12:43 pm (UTC)
*snerk*

My humorous thought, in response?

tl;dr
camstone
Apr. 8th, 2008 02:51 am (UTC)
STOP THE PRESSES!!!!

I HAVE THE SCOOP OF THE DAY!

*fox dishes out a scoop of pistachio ice cream*
rhanlav
Apr. 8th, 2008 02:32 pm (UTC)
And now for some breaking news.

*breaks some cheap CD cases*
chipuni
Apr. 8th, 2008 02:54 am (UTC)
Was Buddha satisfied with his pettings?

Inquiring minds need to know!
the_gneech
Apr. 8th, 2008 01:22 pm (UTC)
Temporarily, at least. Pettin's are only a gateway drug to kitty treats, tho.

-TG
torakiyoshi
Apr. 8th, 2008 04:02 am (UTC)
Tchaikovsky hated his work, especially the Nutcracker. Yet it's one of the most beloved pieces of classical music ever written.

-=TK
grizzly47
Apr. 8th, 2008 05:39 am (UTC)
Oh Gneech! Sorry to hear about the Meralgia Parasthetica situation. I know from personal experience about leg pains (but mine was caused by surgery at age 10).

Sure hope the medication helps you out. Don't worry about the SJ getting out, fans will understand the delay.

HEY! How about this.., how about a contest? Fans submit their best drawings to you, and the best ones to match up with SJ characters (and any proposed story line you come up with) get posted?

Okay, it's a stretch, but I think it's a heck of an idea to give you some help.

Oh, and you do an outstanding job with Conrad and Tiger's in general.
the_gneech
Apr. 8th, 2008 01:24 pm (UTC)
I've done the contest routine, I don't think the audience would stand for it again. :) But don't worry about my grousing too much -- it's just a safety valve letting out the stress that builds up when I work.

And thanks, re: tigers. ^.^

-TG
grizzly47
Apr. 11th, 2008 03:39 am (UTC)
Oh crud, that's right. I'd forgotten that you'd had a contest earlier, though I wasn't aware it had been a bomb.

Well, shave me bald and call me Kojak.
huskyteer
Apr. 8th, 2008 09:08 am (UTC)
We're going to see Conrad's naked stripey back? Ooh.
the_gneech
Apr. 8th, 2008 01:24 pm (UTC)
And his naked not-stripey belly too, for that matter. ;)

-TG
ski_fox
Apr. 9th, 2008 03:58 am (UTC)
=D

'Nuff said.
kinkyturtle
Apr. 8th, 2008 10:22 am (UTC)
Maybe you should forget about perspective and go Picasso. Just draw those buildings at any ol' angle! Show all four sides at once if you want! Have the streets going any which way!
lowen_kind
Apr. 8th, 2008 11:08 am (UTC)
Or he could have a certain lion do 3D renderings. Though that may add to turn around time. :=/
smrgol_t_kirin
Apr. 8th, 2008 11:14 am (UTC)
I wish I was local to you! I could teach you two ways to do perspective in about ten minutes.

I'll see what I can do in sketches and scans - IF I can find time!
the_gneech
Apr. 8th, 2008 01:25 pm (UTC)
I know the principles, or at least I think I do ... it's just putting them into application that twists my brain around.

-TG
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kagur
Apr. 8th, 2008 02:12 pm (UTC)
But what about the ninjarazzi? The_Gneech didn't rant about his lack of privacy, or threaten to sue. We have no drama! Waaah!


(Just kidding. Hope the leg feels better fast and that life gives you a break soon)
genecatlow
Apr. 8th, 2008 06:58 pm (UTC)
Art is supposed to be hard! Heck, you wouldn't want just any old doof thinking that just because they could hold a pencil they could "do drawins gud", would you? Be proud of your ability to overcome those setbacks, and succeed with flying colors!

There's a reason they say "The pen is mightier than the sword". You have to work at wielding both of them... guess which one you have to work harder with? :)
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