Saturday, March 30, 2013

001: Family Tree

I decided to introduce a new group of comics featuring Greek Mythology since I have always loved the stories as a little kid.  Here is my first attempt starring Zeus and Hera.

Inspired by the song I'm My Own Grandpa by Ray Stevens.  Here's the lyrics--

Many, many years ago when I was twenty-three 
I was married to a widow who was pretty as could be  
This widow had a grown-up daughter who had hair of red  
My father fell in love with her and soon they too were wed
This made my dad my son-in-law and really changed my life  

For now my daughter was my mother, 'cause she was my father's wife  
And to complicate the matter, even though it brought me joy 
I soon became the father of a bouncing baby boy
My little baby then became a brother-in-law to dad  

And so became my uncle, though it made me very sad 
For if he were my uncle, then that also made him brother  
Of the widow's grownup daughter, who was of course my step-mother
Father's wife then had a son who kept them on the run  

And he became my grandchild, for he was my daughter's son  
My wife is now my mother's mother and it makes me blue  
Because although she is my wife, she's my grandmother too
Now if my wife is my grandmother, then I'm her grandchild  

And every time I think of it, it nearly drives me wild 
'Cause now I have become the strangest 'case you ever saw 
As husband of my grandmother, I am my own grandpa
I'm my own grandpa, I'm my own grandpa 

It sounds funny, I know but it really is so 
I'm my own grandpa

Saturday, March 23, 2013

049: Walk the Cat

Sunday, March 17, 2013

DIY: Handmade Envelopes

Along with my journal covers, one DIY project I do on a semi-regular basis are envelopes.  While I hardly use postal mail anymore, I find them useful when giving cash gifts to people.  Definitely better and more personalized than a regular white, blank envelope.
What you’ll need:
For the envelope pattern:
Old Cardboard
For the envelope:
Photos/Pictures -- I always use big, glossy calendar photographs
Creating the Envelope Pattern:
The envelope pattern will be your guideline in making your envelope.  This is mostly a one-time procedure since the pattern could be used over and over again.
While you could design your own pattern(horizontal, vertical, big, small, rounded flap, etc.), I’ll give you mine for illustration.  Make sure that the pattern has extra allowance for folding and gluing the panels together wherever necessary.  For the pattern below, all 0.5'' measurements are panels where glue will be placed.

Front Piece
Back Piece.  The cut for the gluing panels are slightly inclined at the top.
Measure and cut the pattern out from the cardboard.
Creating the Envelope:
1.       Trace the pattern over your photo/picture.  Make sure to trace over the details that you would want visible on the back and front panels of your envelope.

2.       Cut out the envelope pieces

3.       Fold and glue the pieces together 

Finished product
  Now I have plenty of envelopes--

I hardly think envelopes warrant making a post over but I made a bunch just recently and thought “oh well, will post”.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

The Bus Ride

Saturday, March 9, 2013

048: Cyclone Project

The second part of one of my comic strip a few months ago.  Click here for the first part.

Saturday, March 2, 2013

047: Rock Formations

This comic strip was inspired by our tour guide in the Underground River.  Credit completely goes to him.