Update

04/10/2014

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It's been a while since I've posted. I do have an excuse, though– I've been writing and drawing.
Below are pages 91 and 92, almost halfway. I've removed the text because that keeps changing. I like the chapter head title on p. 91, but, eh, that will probably change next week.

 
 
Actually the top one I roughed out yesterday...
 
 
Just found out that I was indeed included in Comics Sketchbooks, a book of comic artists edited by Steven Heller. Crumb, Katchor, Panter, Deitch, Chwast, Griffith are some of the other artists included. Wow! 
The book has  been out for a while but I've been living in another universe– hunkered in my bunker drawing and writing.

 
 
The I'll be ready for the test. (I hope.)
 
 
Change of pace last week. Spoke to an 8th grade class of St. John Vianney Regional School at the Tolerance Program hosted by the Institute for Jewish Christian Understanding at Muhlenberg College. Also went down memory lane– showed work and spoke at Kutztown Elementary School and Greenwich Elementary School. Great kids– interested and motivated. Enjoyed being a teacher for that little bit. Now back to my keypad and hopefully some drawing soon!
 
 
 
 
Here are some tips by a writer with a spare clean style. I like his work but know I've broken at least 4 of his rules. Must be that I'm reading John Steinbeck's East of Eden– a great book! (Oops, an exclamation mark!)
  1. Never open a book with the weather.
  2. Avoid prologues.
  3. Never use a verb other than “said” to carry dialogue.
  4. Never use an adverb to modify the verb “said.”
  5. Keep your exclamation points under control!
  6. Never use the words “suddenly” or “all hell broke loose.”
  7. Use regional dialect, patois, sparingly.
  8. Avoid detailed descriptions of characters.
  9. Same for places and things.
  10. Leave out the parts readers tend to skip.
 
 
A nice present when I opened my mail today– the Polish cover of Mendel's Daughter. The book launch is in 2 months at the Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw. Quicker than I imagined.
http://www.sklep.gildia.pl/komiksy/194931-corka-mendla-wspomnienia
This is the address for info on the Polish edition (in Polish.)
 
 
Some Great advice from Kurt Vonnegut

  1. Use the time of a total stranger in such a way that he or she will not feel the time was wasted.
  2. Give the reader at least one character he or she can root for.
  3. Every character should want something, even if it is only a glass of water.
  4. Every sentence must do one of two things — reveal character or advance the action.
  5. Start as close to the end as possible.
  6. Be a Sadist. No matter how sweet and innocent your leading characters, make awful things happen to them-in order that the reader may see what they are made of.
  7. Write to please just one person. If you open a window and make love to the world, so to speak, your story will get pneumonia.
  8. Give your readers as much information as possible as soon as possible. To hell with suspense. Readers should have such complete understanding of what is going on, where and why, that they could finish the story themselves, should cockroaches eat the last few pages.
 
 
I've halted work on coloring my pages ( shucks, I was having such a good time) and have begun to rewrite. I'm cutting a lot of  the first part of the book and taking it in a different direction– developing characters and plot.
Many of the images I'm posting won't all be into the final book...

Hope you like 'em anyway.