Yes I’m working hard on The Big Belch.
I actually have it out for the first round of comments. Not only have my dear friends told me I’ve got some revisions to do, but one said and I quote, “Were you trying to kill yourself!”
Her point being I guess that I’m an idiot who signed on for the huge amount of drawing done already and a lot more to go.
Vastly underestimated what I was getting into. Really thought it would take less time. Beginners mistake, never having done a graphic novel before. But I am actually getting somewhere. So there is hope. Really.
Just wanted touch base. I’m making pretty good progress on The Big Belch drawings. Working on page 102 today. Going to be 110 for the novel itself and I’ll be taking a good friend’s suggestion and adding a back section with fossil fuels/climate change information.
I hope you’re surviving January 2014 OK – not snowed in or iced in or for the different side of the planet, dealing with drought. Climate change is aptly named I think. It does seem to be changing things up.
Thank you for supporting The Big Belch graphic novel project!
All the best,
PS – This is a drawing I did today of Fletcher, the environmental crime fighting parrot, friend and companion to fellow crime fighters; Monty, Maureen and François, the French bulldog.
May 2014 be absolutely wonderful for you and for the planet.
Now working on page 94. Have a great Solstice, Holiday of your persuasion, and fantastic New Year!
P.S. – It’s four years since the Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico and Louisiana is still cleaning up – 4.6 million pounds of oil just this year! Folks are still picking through tar balls on the tide line and who knows what else is going on. Maybe it’s time to give alternative energy a chance?
Still drawin’ The Big Belch graphic novel. Working on page 81 today, and mighty glad to be doing so! I’ve been suffering a computer glitch nightmare for about a month or so. Gaaaaa! Fingers crossed that this latest attempt at a fix works.
Nearly three quarters done with the drawings for The Big Belch. Or well, at least the first go round. Looking back, there’s a lot I want to revise.
Just finished page 65 yesterday. Getting closer!
President Obama delivered what has been called “his most forceful push for action on global warming” this past Tuesday, June 25, 2013. What he called for is absolutely the right way to go. In fact, it has been the right way to go since the Jimmy Carter administration forty years ago when the exact same things with the exact same arguments both for and against were proposed.
A lot of political theatre has unfolded about President Obama’s call for action, just as it has every time the environment or climate showed up in the media since the 1970s. Maybe this time we will actually do at least some of the things that were called for back when flower children and miniskirts were new.
Had we not engaged in forty years of obfuscation and outright deception – brought to us by the same people who told us for decades that tobacco was good for us – the USA would own this vital lucrative economic sector instead of China and Germany as is the case now.
Had we started to do the right things back then, people would not now be dying and suffering untold other harm from the super storms and mega fires that now happen here with increasing frequency.
What will our planet look like in another forty years if we don’t enact the sensible measures that the president has put forward? How long will we survive as a species if we continue to dither in the facing of a pressing danger?
Today – June 19th – The World Bank issued a report about how very serious threat from Climate Change is titled “Turn Down the Heat: Climate Extremes, Regional Impacts, and the Case for Resilience.” There is also now a movement on college campuses to force their endowments to divest from oil companies. Another thing I heard in the last couple of days is that there is significant science showing that women giving birth in areas with a lot of soot and other pollution from fossil fuels have twice the rate of having children born with autism. So my update is – don’t wait, let’s go alternative energy now!
I’m making good progress on The Big Belch. Just starting on the drawings for page 50 of 100.
You might or might not know that Michael Silverstein is a dynamite writer and is also The Wall Street Poet. This time he’s done a poem about global warming. Of course I had to share it. So here it is.
Global Warming — The Poem
The planet’s on slow boil,
Its temperatures are rising,
You’d think more folks would worry,
Most don’t — which is surprising.
Greenhouse gases are the cause,
Their main source is CO2,
Long trapped methane getting loose,
Adds to this climatic stew
Shrinking ice caps, freaky weather,
Fauna, flora, disappearing
Oceans on more lands intruding,
Wiser heads now feel despairing.
Can we somehow meet the challenge,
Check this global wide assault?
Or just deny the threat is real,
And if it is say: “ain’t our fault.”
©2013 Michael Silverstein
The Big Belch is progressing nicely. A nice surprise – though why I’m surprised I don’t know – is that my drawing is getting more fluid as I get more and more into it.