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The passing of Robin Williams.

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The recent tragic death of Robin Williams was quite shocking to me. I found myself thinking these thoughts over and over again until I finally put them down. I needed to get this block out from my other work. While there are countless deaths happening in the world through war, genocide, and terror it is sometimes unclear why the death of someone unassociated with these things can get so much more attention. The truth of the matter is about visibility. Robin Williams was seen the world over in movies, television, posters for such things, on stage, in comedy clubs, and heard on the radio. He entertained troops in Iraq during the thickest fighting. He was a lonesome child growing up. The clip below from Mork and Mindy: Mork meets Robin Williams (Season 3, Episode 10). In his Inside the Actor’s Studio interview, he discussed how this clip was him talking about the real him. So, here’s a poem I wrote about the man’s death. I’m sure Robert Pinsky could do better.

 

Robin Williams

The flashing smile and quickest wit
Do not always save the day.
It becomes not important to stay fit,
To care, to dress, or want to stay.

Lightning jokes and deadpan humor
Are both felt as highs and low.
It’s hard to fathom the pain to cure
(Or think to cure) with drugs like blow.

An actor becomes what he invents,
He builds the mask that others see.
Within camouflaged environments,
“Disappearing into me.”

The tall thin walls created by
The character masks- the actor wears,
It’s not enough to love his work
You have to love them and make it theirs.

Those walls can crumble, fall and crack.
They can bury the builder in too high.
The blackness hides the dark path back,
They redraw into the self-hate lie-

That they’re not worth the life they live,
And that nothing has an impact.
They think there is nothing to give,
That life, itself, is just an act.

To choose the ending of their own play,
Is not how story structure works.
The characters really have no say,
Of the ending of them that darkly lurks.

It is the actor and creator and the muse-
The inventor of these masks galore,
Finding simply nothing of use,
In all himself to live some more.

There is no time travel, no magic left-
To say “Don’t do it,” or simply “Stop.”
It feels like murder, like petty theft.
The whole world’s heart fell down “plop.”

The creative spark and touch you made…
I wish you’d fought…I wish you’d stayed.

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Relocation, location, location

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Glych

Glych

Coming out of online hibernation now. We made it to Denver without much to report. Both Ian and I are good and the cats all seem to be fine. For the moment, we’re staying with a friend until the house sells in California.

Wow, I love this state! Between the glorious splendor of the Rocky Mountains to the west, rolling clouds with short cooling rains, the amount of visual green space while driving around, bike paths, and opportunities, I find myself questioning why I didn’t do this sooner. Moving is very expensive, though, so money is a bit tight until I get more established here. A few freelance writing gigs have already been picked up here so I am encouraged by the new environment.

This means the long process of updating my social media information and accounts on sites like odesk.com and skillshare to reflect my new surroundings. The office is completely packed up and in storage in a POD somewhere so I’ll be unable to update the comics until it is unpacked and I have access to my printer and scanner again. The same is true of the Pop Portraits. To rectify the absence of art, I’ll be posting some experiments drawn with a Wacom tablet on the LOG portion of the site within the coming weeks.

Stay tuned…

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Life moves on…

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Things have been hectic, over here at The Panel. For the past several months we’ve been prepping a move from southern California to to Denver, CO and new opportunities. This means I won’t be able to upload any comics for the next few months and will probably be out of commission for new assignments until about August or September as I won’t even have a studio set up to do work in until that time.

Things have been quiet around here with business. When the house was purchased, it was a HUD home, torn up by its last tenant who lost his mortgage to the house. Acid was poured on carpets, doorknobs snapped off, toilets “double decked.” The sprinkler systems were sabotaged, spray paint in the shower, backyard overrun with weeds and critters of all types. It was disgusting. Nearly four years later, the market bounced back and many back-breaking hours of labor put into sprucing up the place. I know that this isn’t the most artistic thing to talk about, but it is what my life has become of late- The New Yankee Workshop meets the “Paint Drying Channels” of HGTV and the DIY Network. Not in the watching, but in the doing.

We’ve placed pavers, nailed down weed-cloth, poured rock, spread mulch, planted, re-planted, and weeded every inch of the yard. The lawn regrown, the sprinklers fixed. Fans installed. New tile, new baseboards. Paint, paint, paint. Basically flipping the house more slowly than the shows. Our PODs arrived this week and the heavy stuff is in. The move is very real now.

I realize now, as much as I like gardening, cleaning, and repairing things, I miss making art. I have been finishing up projects for other people and writing in the evenings super-secret-hush-hush projects of my own. Until I pack up the office, I will be posting updates to my Livestream account. In Denver, I’ll pick everything up again once we get settled. The end of No Stereotypes has been written. I have plans for Life of Glych as well as a few other things. No pictures this post, just an update. So…have a nice summer!

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Here’s a link to the current Livestream.

Here’s a link to the livestream, though!

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State of the Panel, Summer 2014

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Burned Clock, 7″X 10″ Acrylic on Canvas

Hi All! Things have been very busy around the homestead of Amber Greenlee, as I am preparing a move from California to Denver in late June or early July. Due to the move, artwork updates have come to a standstill from my end and won’t pick up again until August first. Travis Miller will be updating Edda during this time, so there will be goodness here. Above is a recent Pop Portrait I finished just now (literally!), prepped, and posted. More to come after the first.

Geekgasm is still rooting its feet so news to come on that. Until then, enjoy the painting, and I’ll keep you posted on the move.

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Edda sneak peak and Geekgasms

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Click on me for a larger, sexy drawing of these promo pics!

Travis Miller is a hell of a guy. Out of the blue, he’s suddenly doing this comic for Panel2panel, and shaped part of his life around making that happen. I haven’t tried to hover, but I am excited to start seeing pages. Here is one of the first sneak peaks he sent me of the upcoming Edda storyline. Enjoy.

Live on the site today, we have Geekgasm, Andy Floyd’s new venture tracking the progress through a new project. I laid out the first few entries just to show him how the WordPress/Easel archives work, and then I’ll let him sail along. You’ll see a fantastic Blender environment that Andy created so far.

I just spent the last several hours setting that section up and getting the blog to plug in properly. So far, a very productive day. To share in some of my excitement, here is a Livestream video I also did today of Tree-heart hybrid tattoos.

 

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Featured Archives Added to P2P

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Glych

I’ve been keeping busy getting the site ready for the boys. To help illustrate the type of work we like to do here, I’ll be uploading an old Philo episode and comic back from my time on MTN.org doing this live call-in comic book show where we drew the story Minneapolis wrote. This show ran from 2007-2009 of which I have the majority of the run for. Each panel was dedicated to a caller. The first few weeks, I have no video footage for as of this writing, but the following each have the original un-cut episode attached to them in the comments section.

Edda starts updating on the next week, and Geekgasm returns to the Internet next week from the wonderful mind of Andy Floyd. So, lots of exciting things.

Here’s some Philo thumbnails to keep you excited about what’s coming. Consider them a sneak peek.

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Remember that “Other Plans,” part?

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log_iconWe’re moving to Denver. The news is sudden but welcome. This means my 3X a week plan has been cut down to only once a week for No Stereotypes. But that’s okay! New comic starting on the first from Travis Miller called Edda here on P2P to sustain you. Edda will update every following Monday unless something happens. Promo images are going up Saturday. I got a P2P Google calendar set up and on the right now, so it’s easier for us to change our update schedules at a glance, rather than trumping through a lot of code. Character images are still in the work as well as location pages. It’s just a lot of code and data entry before me.

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I’ll be working on new comics and tattoo designs today

Livestreaming in a half hour, so check it out.

Sunday I’ll be Muralin’ again.

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Monday, 6:30pm-2am at the Universal Bar and Grill (map). I’ll be doing a set along with this long list of comics:

Revenge of 100 Comics

Chris Putro,
Evan Kessler,
Jake Luce,
Erik Myers,
Domenic Padulo,
Mikey McKernan,
Robert Chambers,
Kevin Anderson,
Travis Clark,
Mae Victoria,
Chris Chavez,
Camilo Alvear,
Andy Sell,
Michael James Benson,
Joe Bowling,
Colleen Love-morgan,
Erikka Innes,
Brock Wilbur,
Derrick Lemos,
Ron Swallow,
Chrissy Brewster,
Amber Glych Greenlee,
Vanessa Bardun,
Jessica Koucouthakis,
Xander Beltran,
Chad Ridgely,
Alex Davenport,
Chad Lurie,
Whitney Melton,
Comedian Billy Batz,
Rivers Langley,
Alan Lee,
Caitlin Cutt, ,
Maral Adams,
Christopher R Martin,
Alycia Marie,
Andy Hartley,
Kelly McInerney,
Denise Vasquez,
Andrew Lisa,
Paul Laier,
Bri Gigér,
Nick Thomas,
Brent Parris,
Sami Sutker,
Joe Dungan,
Gregory Aram Kashmanian,
Michelle March,
Kyle Clark,
Reza Asgari,
Doug Dixon,
Ben Gonzalez,
Jeremy Toscher,
Jeremy Bassett,
Thomas Young,
Ina Romeo,
Erik von Smithberg,
Andrew Solmssen,
Phil S. Gould,
Quincy L. Johnson II,
Jeff May,
James Dueñas,
Erik Escobar,
Logan Guntzelman,
Frank Nicotero,
Perry Kurtz,
Gothcomedian Mark White,
Aaron Michael Marsh,
Keith Carey,
Dave Gregory,
Adam Feuerberg,
Maurice Northup,
Nicole Briscoe,
Eric DeLuca,
Greg Buckman,
Bombo Belford,
Damian A. Kaner,
Rude Morales,
Anthony Mojica TxCx,
Shannon Bobo,
Jamal Prophit P Coleman,
Seth Woodward,
Tony Bartolone,
Lauren Farmer-Wilson,
Bob Kitson,
BurritoLady Pam,
Al Gonzales,
Robbie Kirkhuff,
Simon Gibson,
Jimmy Rhodes,
Spencer Richards,
Drew Janda,
Scott Blacks,
Jake Cannon,
Greg Edwards,
Richie TheC,
Dan Schneider,
Regan Talleh,
Nikki Wantz,
Jahnavi Goldstein,
Mark Fernandez,
Mark Gonzales

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