The Return of The Element Men (and Quinline Graphics' Blog Post!)

Good day, gentle reader!,

     Welcome to February 2016 -- and my SECOND blog post (just to prove that the first one wasn't a fluke!). Let's try not to kill any more aging musicians this month, shall we? Never mind. My ruminations on the recent deaths of musical celebrities will only lead to a rant about my personal life and how terrible it was last month. I'd rather not bother with that any further, if you don't mind (and even if you do!). Anyway, that was LAST month.

     THIS month, I'm moving forward or, at least, laterally. I'm teaching drawing classes for children and adults at a nearby recreation centre and, on Wed., I'll be returning to the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University (and how is a college also a university, you ask? Don't ask me and, while you're at it, don't ask NSCAD U either - they're far too busy trying to run the joint back OUT of the ground to answer fool questions -- unless, of course, you've a got a spare few million lying about. Then, they'd very much like to hear from you, I'm sure!) to teach a course in Comics & Visual Storytelling. That should be good.

     On Thu., I begin doing a tutorial for someone else who couldn't make it to my Wed. course. That may be a better way to make money, actually. I'll just schedule future courses at 3 a.m. on a Sunday morning, teach the ONE drunk guy who shows up at that time and then also get paid for all the sessions that I teach on separate days, for all the people who couldn't attend the Sunday morning course. Brilliant! I should go into business for myself. Oh, wait ....

      Meanwhile, I continue to draw for a living, as well. I recently finished a storyboard job for Current Studios, who are shooting a series of commercials for the NSCC (that's the Nova Scotia Community College, to you -- NOT a university, but likely your best bet for post-secondary education in these parts) and, just last night, turned in some character designs for Devo FX, for some Los Angeles-based production, about which I've been told almost nothing. Both of these projects are so fresh, that I'm probably not allowed to divulge anything, including pictures. That's right - I'm TELLING without SHOWING! Not very good at Show & Tell, am I? Distressing, isn't it? Don't fret, dear reader (and put that chainsaw down!) -- it's going to be okay. We'll get through this together, you and I. Just take my hand and breathe deeply into my eyes. That's it ...

     ... okay, you can let go of my hand now.

     Besides, I DO have something to show you, after all! Hurrah! It's the first page of a Top Secret comic book project on which I've been working for more years than I care to admit. Just as a journey of a thousand steps begins with but a first step (and stark incredulity -- Note: NEVER tell them how many steps it is at the starting line), so too does a comic of a thousand pages (or 80 pages) begin with but a single page ... and that's what today's thumbnail image is. Enjoy.

David Lewis Cullen - Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada