What happened was I just kept eating. There was a Halloween lunch party and I couldn’t stop myself. I ate it all. This was over a year ago. It had been a while since I’d painted anything and I wanted to give it another shot. I’d already picked out some new canvases. They were 18″x24.” I had yet to complete anything larger.
When I got home that day, I couldn’t believe how much I had eaten. I felt like a total pig. This would be my inspiration. I was going to paint something that looked the way I felt. That was how Hostess was born. I was quite pleased with how he turned out. He would spawn an entire series. Stick around and I’ll introduce you to some more.
In the past, I’d completed a few acrylic paintings here and there. Now, I have a whole series of paintings that I’ve been slowly and steadily working on over the past couple of years. It’s been both fun and gratifying to be able to find and use inspiration in this new and exciting way.
I wanted to reshape my website in order to better reflect what’s happening now, so that’s what I’ve done. It’s nothing drastic. There are still bunches of comics here, and I’ll also be cranking out more of those as well.
Having said that, it is very refreshing and invigorating for me to have a new and revamped attitude around here. I figured it was cause for celebration, so let’s celebrate with a sale! For a limited time, use the code “JAM” in the Neil Jam store to receive 40% off everything! There are several books in there that could use your love.
Moving forward, I’ll be sharing more about what’s happening now, whether it’s my comics, my paintings, or beyond. Thanks for sticking around. Hopefully we’ll be seeing a lot more of each other.
That’s right, we’re back with a third installment of Jerry’s Journal! It’s been a while, but I think it’ll be well worth the wait, as this is surely the best issue yet. This volume’s packed with more shenanigans than ever before. The pages that I was selecting from were originally intended to amount to two separate books, only one of which was going to be Jerry’s Journal Vol 3. Seeing as how Jerry plays a sizable role in what would have been the other book, and that I was drawing all of these pages within the same time frame of one another, I decided instead to mash the two projects together into one super book. I blended it together and pared it down to the diamond form that it became. Yes, a lovely diamond.
First up for this “diamond” will be a showing at this weekend’s CAKE, Chicago’s *free* alternative comics show. It’s gonna be Saturday and Sunday (May 31st & Jun 1st), so come on out and say hello. I’ll have a table with all my crap that I’d be happy to draw on for you if you’d like.
And the week after that, I’ll get the book available online, and maybe even get back to regularly doing what I was meant to do (do you really have to ask?).
As you might have noticed, I had a little help in drawing this strip. The bulk of the artwork was handled by my pal Justin Madson. We cranked this sucker out this past weekend during the Chicago Comic Con. I suppose this has become something of a tradition, as we busted out the forerunner to this strip last year during the very same convention. Nothing beats making comics with friends!
Did you think I’d given up? Surely you know by now that will never happen. There are always happenings happening around here. Why just this weekend, for instance, August 10th and 11th, I’ll be on hand once again at the Chicago Comic Con. I’ll have all the usual goods with me, so do me a solid and swing on by. It’s a long multi-day show, but due to a scheduling conflict I’ll only be there on Saturday and Sunday, so please make a note of that. It looks like they’re gonna have a pretty large artist alley this year. Look for me at table M2.
Another thing I’d like to mention is this review Rob Clough recently posted about a couple of my recent books, Me and Jerry’s Journal Volume 2. It’s kinda cool how he talked about both books together, as they certainly do piggyback off of each other in terms of theme and content. He has some nice things to say, so check it out, and then contemplate whether you can continue living your life the way that you do without purchasing these books for yourself in the Neil Jam Shop.
Some cool Neil Jam related things have been popping up around the web the past couple days. First off, Benjamin Kelly conducted this pretty great interview with me over on his Disastercouch blog. The interview is sort of rooted around my Everythingness comic book, but we do touch on some broader, more general stuff as well. He did a good job and I am pretty pleased with how it turned out.
Also, Dan Murphy recently did some nice reviews of both vol. 1 and vol. 2 of the Jerry’s Journal series over at Syndicated Zine Reviews. Generally speaking, I’m happy that people seem to be appreciating Jerry and everything going on in his world. He’s a nice bird and I think he deserves it.