2017 a year in 4000 seasons

2017 was my first full year as an ex-pat (similar to an x-man but my power is not being able to understand anyone and their slang and basically learning to live life all over again in a foreign land – maybe more howard the duck than x-man).

1. What did you do in 2017 that you’d never done before?
Saw radiohead. Not see friends and family and cat for more than a year. Not eat a slice of real pizza. directed traffic. learn to cook. bartended.  bought a bus pass. ate fried pizza. saw nick cave.

2. Did you keep your new years’ resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
i never make them and you know it. however – goals. this year im having them. youre on it as well, website.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
seriously babies never stop. babiessssssssss

4. Did anyone close to you die?
a few major ones. im hoping it slows down a bit, but as we get older that gets a little bit harder to maintain.

5. What countries did you visit?
none!!! straight up scotsman all year. hoping for some international flight this year. goals, baby.

6. What would you like to have in 2018 that you lacked in 2017?
energy. ENERGY. energy times motivation equals output.

7. What date from 2017 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
a few. seeing st etienne in glasgow. seeing radiohead. moving to our new flat. finally getting a job.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
getting a job. it was a long struggle.

9. What was your biggest failure?
eating too much crap and not putting out as much work as i could.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
kids give the sickies real easy when theres no anti-bac around.

11. What was the best thing you bought?
some really good records. a desk.

12. Whose behaviour merited celebration?
my bil and sil for handling a lot of stuff

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
lots of lots of people in positions of power.

14. Where did most of your money go?
billz

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
last jedi (awesome). new st etienne (awesome) moving (awesome) TACO BELL IN GLASGOW. yes.

16. What songs will always remind you of 2017?
well, here are my top ten listened to songs of 2017 as determined by my last.fm scrobbler.

1. Saint Etienne – Dive

2.Saint Etienne – Magpie Eyes

3.Saint Etienne – something new

4.Saint Etienne – after hebden

5.Saint Etienne – church pew furniture restorer

6.Saint Etienne – Whyteleafe

7.Saint Etienne – breakneck hill

8.Saint Etienne – heather

9.Saint Etienne – take it all in

10.Saint Etienne – out of my mind

So damn, new st etienne album means total domination of my playlists. There was also a good amount of pfunk being heard as well.

17. Compared to this time last year, are you happier or sadder?
depends on the day.

18. What do you wish you’d done more of?
always always art.

19. What do you wish you’d done less of?
eating crap

20. How will you be spending Christmas?
prob the same as this past year, with my scotland fam, tho i wouldnt mind going home either.

21. is half the number ill be in may

22. Did you fall in love in 2017?
oh aye

23. How many one night stands?
i have one nightstand by my bed but that didnt show up until 2018

24. What were your favourite TV programmes?

taskmaster still. so. good. jokers still so good. watched so much masterchef its insane.

25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?
not so much

26. What was the best book you read?
damn i dont think i read a whole book this year. at least i cant remember it.

27. What was your greatest musical discovery?
the orielles. holy crap so good.

28. What did you want and get?
a fucking job.

29. What did you want and not get?
a job (for most of the year) vans in a color i wanted. i just typed color as colour and had to go back and change it.

30. What was your favourite film of this year?
last jedi? watched a lot of movies this year. guardians 2? get out.

31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
41!! had a nice celebration with wife.

32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
a saxophone. a drawing table.

33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2017?
stuffed sausage skin

34. What kept you sane?
not much. games.

35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
still bernie

36. What political issue stirred you the most?
the tweeting doofus

37. Who did you miss?
all my friends and fam. my cat. my guys from my old job. pizza. chinese food. burritoes. my old comic store.

38. Who was the best new person you met?
new work peoples.

39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2017.
dont forget to wake up. do a page every day. do do do do do.

40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.

‘Make my escape just to see your face
Now I long so for your embrace’

saint etienne – ‘dive’

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what???

yup. fourty issue 3 is almost done.

 

40.3

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BOOK

next project in the pipes – EVERYTHING IS STUPID and i hate you (featuring j.j. the jerk) – a 16 page minicomic about life, growing up and being oblivious. Here is a sneaky peaky of the cover.

 

eis&ihu1

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new mini? NEW MINI!

Fourty issue two has arrived! 16 pages of pure torment and healthcare!!

40.2

$4 (shipping included) – paypal: Garellip5@aol.com and please add your mailing address/instructions.

ALSO

FOR THE FIRST TIME – i’m digging into the cocoon to reprint classic jab minicomics for anyone interested that purchases 40 #2, some of these books not seen for 21 years! Add any on for the price listed (shipping is included with 40 issue 2).

$1 each -Girls Don’t Like Us #2-6 (1996-1997)

$1 – Minimum Rage #1 (1999)

$2 each – 30 #1-5, 7-9, 11 (2005)

$3 – I Buried My Cat (minicomic day 2013)

$3 – The Thinkering Chair (minicomic day 2014)

Please share with those you might think are interested :)
thanks for your support of Jab, world cocoon and Social Caterpillar Press!!!

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i forgot the title i had just thought up 2 min ago for the 2016 survey

2016. what the fuck. All over the place, it said what he fuck. we all know the stories. everyone died, chaotic power, all that shit. we wove the world into a straight jacket but those sleeves loop backward dont they. yeah its almost half 2017 at this point. i know. thats what this cocoon blog is all about. the lateness. the blossom. lets do this.

1. What did you do in 2016 that you’d never done before?
Moved not only out of state but out of country. what??? i ate reindeer. i had staff of a nursing home fear my name. i turned 40. i got the ‘youre getting old’ talk from my eye doctor.

2. Did you keep your new years’ resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
i couldnt see myself keeping one, so i dont make them. if you wanna do it why wait?

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
i love the babies that keep on comin. theyre all adorable arent they?

4. Did anyone close to you die?
obv this year was a lot of death. so many celebs, so many people i knew, so many people close to people i knew. not the best year for life, but yet not a coda to the universe, just the start of the final act.

5. What countries did you visit?
i hit the double at the end of the year, via plane. My new home of scotland. and iceland!

6. What would you like to have in 2017 that you lacked in 2016?
it comes down to the same things and ive yet to learn the lesson that these are things only i can provide myself. i want more art i should make it. i want more money i should grind for it. instead i look longinly at that new zelda game.

7. What date from 2016 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
the day i finally get to be with my wife,

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
not quitting my job. then quitting my job, and making the move overseas. taking care and advocating for my guys to the best of my ability. getting told by the right people that even though not everyone noticed the hard work and caring i put in, that the right people did, and saw what i meant to my guys and what i did for them, and that i was honest.

9. What was your biggest failure?
not advocating for myself as much as i did my guys. not creating as much. not packing as well as i needed to.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
here and there and everywhere

11. What was the best thing you bought?
oh crap. pills lol. pizza. some really good deals on games. a set of coltrane records real cheap at a yard sale.

12. Whose behaviour merited celebration?
bernie.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
heh

14. Where did most of your money go?
same as always right? bills, food, video games.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
MOVING! rogue one (eh), cap civil war (sweet), some new albums etc.

16. What songs will always remind you of 2016?
well, here are my top ten listened to songs of 2016 as determined by my last.fm scrobbler.

1.Rufus Wainwright — Montauk
2.Rufus Wainwright — Rashida
3.David Bowie — ‘Tis a Pity She Was a Whore
4.Rufus Wainwright — 14th Street
5.David Bowie — Lazarus
6.David Bowie — Dollar Days
7.Geggy Tah — Dumb Submarine
8.David Bowie — Girl Loves Me
9.Rufus Wainwright — Go Or Go Ahead
10.Rufus Wainwright — I Don’t Know What It Is

So really bowie (omg what an album) and rufus dominated my year, along with the new tribe album which was my car’s most played cd. blowfly also took up many hours or ear time.

17. Compared to this time last year, are you happier or sadder?
a little of both, again. happy to be with my wife but naturally homesick.

18. What do you wish you’d done more of?
always always art.

19. What do you wish you’d done less of?
eating. love it LOVE IT looooooove itttttttttt

20. How will you be spending Christmas?
two years ago i hoped scotland and it didnt happen. this year it finally did.

21. is like 20 years ago but feels like yesterday

22. Did you fall in love in 2016?
oh yes

23. How many one night stands?
i can barely stand at 10pm

24. What were your favourite TV programmes?

jokers, TASKMASTER

25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?
meh

26. What was the best book you read?
autobio of james t kirk, autobio of elim garak lol

27. What was your greatest musical discovery?
the bird and bee, probably

28. What did you want and get?
a raise (tiny), a visa (finally), a new mini

29. What did you want and not get?
same ol

30. What was your favourite film of this year?
ive lost touch with movies. civil war maybe. im sure there was better out there.

31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
40. 40. i was 40.

32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
a saxophone.

33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2016?
new t-shirts. jeans. i finally embrassed i needed to go up a size.

34. What kept you sane?
pizza with sc, pills with soda, video games, venting. jokers. same as ever.

35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
bernie

36. What political issue stirred you the most?
the double evil of the election and the rubes that got us here.

37. Who did you miss?
all my friends.

38. Who was the best new person you met?
new work peoples.

39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2016.
save often. :) dont give up. learn to erase. enjoy your pizza.

40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.

‘I could have clipped and saved and planted in the garden/
Damn you guess I’ll have to get a new one’

rufus wainwright – ’14th street’

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well now thats weird

and by ‘that’ i mean everything.

hold on, mother’s little helper incoming…3…2..

…that’s better.

ok so i dont know why the last update decided to update NOW – as im doing a new update – but hey thats like 2 updates in one year so im ahead of the game.

My new minicomic (and my first non 24 hr hour day mini in what 10 years?) is out now and its called 40.

inquire within, but surely you already have cause this site is the last stop on the jab train.

i wont promise anything but i feel the hands stir from underneath. well see. i dont think the animals are finished speaking.

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tiny little updates

so it looks like its not one post a year!

inktober is here and i plan on doing inking. you might see some.

putting the finishing touches on my new minicomic ’40’ – the first issue anyway.

i still eat pizza.

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2015 – oh hey

Holy crap 2015 went so quickly. it started quick and never let up. Truly tho it went at the same pace as every year. but every year we start to slow down things come at us that much quicker. it gets harder to dodge things this way.

1. What did you do in 2015 that you’d never done before?

ok so, i got married. who knew?? never thought i would and there we go. married. love it. thats the biggie. there it is. how are ya.

2. Did you keep your new years’ resolutions, and will you make more for next year?

noooooooooooo no no no. never. just DO IT. shia in your face.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?

i dont think this was a baby year. i know some babies that said hi to the world this year. hi babies.

4. Did anyone close to you die?

there were a good amount of deaths this year but nobody super close which always makes me fearful. dusty rhodes tho. that one hurt.

5. What countries did you visit?
SCOTLAND ::dances:: my home away from home.

6. What would you like to have in 2016 that you lacked in 2015?

more art. more ART. holy shit please more art. money and time would also be nice.

7. What date from 2015 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
my wedding day/my reception day. yay.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
getting married!!! second biggest is getting a promotion. that was huge.

9. What was your biggest failure?
while i did get to see friends this year, seeing them once in april and then nothing really isnt enough. but thats life. not picking up on my job as well as id like. fuck not getting enough (any?) art in. i could use a new bed too.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?

no only gotten worse with the ones i had.

11. What was the best thing you bought?
i bought wayyyyyy too many good video games this year. some great shirts too.

12. Whose behaviour merited celebration?

Claude was a very good cat this year.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
cant say.

14. Where did most of your money go?
bills, food, video games.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
got to see fishbone again a couple of times. fallout 4. NXT brooklyn, getting promoted, supergirl tv show, new star wars (ok), making a playlist/cds for my reception (which didnt get played lol) oh yeah – MARRIED.

16. What songs will always remind you of 2015?
well, here are my top ten listened to songs of 2015 as determined by my last.fm scrobbler.

really dug the new FNM this year but this year was filled with lots of great new music, but my most listened was a mix of some new mostly old gems.

17. Compared to this time last year, are you happier or sadder?
a little of both.

18. What do you wish you’d done more of?
always always art.

19. What do you wish you’d done less of?
eating. love it LOVE IT but its starting to show.

20. How will you be spending Christmas?
last year i hoped scotland and it didnt happen. this year it better.

21. was a long time ago

22. Did you fall in love in 2015?
even more

23. How many one night stands?
with fallout 4? a couple.

24. What were your favourite TV programmes?

same as last year – gotham. the flash. impractical jokers. with a few additions, supergirl, adam ruins everything.

25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?
meh

26. What was the best book you read?
holy shit did i read any books this year? if i did i dont remember.

27. What was your greatest musical discovery?
downtown brown? i didnt discover them but i was def courted by them.

28. What did you want and get?
a wife, a fallout 4, a promotion

29. What did you want and not get?
timey timey time. weight loss.

30. What was your favourite film of this year?
ive prob seen even less movies than last year!!! this is getting out of hand. im reluctant to say star wars because its the freshest in my memory, and my list of movies seen is on my laptop which needs a new battery. so i have to think about this. because i KNOW there has to be something better than fucking star wars.

update: ugh.

31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
i totally dont remember. i turned 39. i probably ate a lot of something and then fell asleep.

32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
a saxophone.

33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2015?
i got some really nice new shirts.

34. What kept you sane?
pizza with sc, pills with soda, video games, venting.

35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
thats a good one i dont really know. nothing franco level.

36. What political issue stirred you the most?

insanity

37. Who did you miss?
all my friends.

38. Who was the best new person you met?

new work peoples.

39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2015.
save often.

40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.

My mind is open wide

and now im ready to start

your mind surely opened the door

to step out into the dark

now im ready.

‘ready to start’ – Arcade fire

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2014 – what the s

2014 was truly an insane year filled with a lot of nothings and everythings. i got little accomplished yet hit goals i was hoping to. very back and forth. this year were pointing up and jumping.

1. What did you do in 2014 that you’d never done before?

Paid off multiple major bills! omg who knew. that is what accomplishment feels like, reader. wow.  Had my work printed in an honest to god paper comic book. (you prob already own a copy but you know you can order one of the remaining copies from me right? i might even sign it. i might even buy a silver pen. ) drove a van for about 7 straight hours. oh – I FUCKING GOT ENGAGED. who saw that shit coming? big year.

2. Did you keep your new years’ resolutions, and will you make more for next year?

they don’t make sense, just do something. oh here’s one – stop throwing so much money at simpsons tapped out.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?

the babies keep coming. all totally adorable. loving the babies.

4. Did anyone close to you die?

someone i hoped to get closer to died, as i did someone i took care of. one is always too many, and always hard.

5. What countries did you visit?
yes, i again traveled to the scotland, tho under sadder circumstances. next time should be under happier ones!

6. What would you like to have in 2015 that you lacked in 2014?

this is kind of the same answer as last year. i need more physical space, tho i think ill be getting a downgrade since im getting married (double the stuff – im not sure if we will have two jealous agains tho lol) – more artwork done. my goal is to continue my webcomic and have a few minis out.

7. What date from 2014 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
the day i got engaged!! wow.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
again im gonna say proposing, which yung jab would be like what the f but old jab is nodding his head in agreement.

9. What was your biggest failure?
still didnt see friends enough tho i think that ship has sailed off. not enough artwork done. this year was spent mostly at work and tho i paid off bills which is nice, mostly this year is a sleepy one.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?

sort of kind of. more hey stop eating badly kind.

11. What was the best thing you bought?
sushi. pills. good beer. oh and a diamond ringggg.

12. Whose behaviour merited celebration?

same as last year and the year before. kind people. selfless people. my lady. my friends.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
agenda twisters, news spinners

14. Where did most of your money go?
foooooooooood. comics, bills, food. (ring) FOOD.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
hyrule warriors lol PROPOSING. the wire in hd. getting a new phone. starting at a new house. the e.t. atari carts getting dug up. seeing old clients. getting a small meager promotion. seeing fishbone again! getting a new record player. popeyes chicken opening in town lol

16. What songs will always remind you of 2014?
well, here are my top ten listened to songs of 2014 as determened by my last.fm scrobbler.

1
2
2
2
2
2
7
7
7
7

really nothing new at all. this has been a year of reflection. ive also been playing a lot more full album listens, enjoying discs straight thru and revisiting old favorites while discovering things i forgot.

17. Compared to this time last year, are you happier or sadder?
im kind of in the middle. hopeful and full of promise.

18. What do you wish you’d done more of?
always always art.

19. What do you wish you’d done less of?
sleep. this was a very sleepy year.

20. How will you be spending Christmas?
in scotland i think.

21. pieces of sushi would be amazing right now.

22. Did you fall in love in 2014?
stayed in it, fell for other things lol

23. How many one night stands?
you mean staying up all night working? lots.

24. What were your favourite TV programmes?

gotham. the flash. impractical jokers.

25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?
i hate hate

26. What was the best book you read?
the squared circle – great book on wrestling history.

27. What was your greatest musical discovery?
lupe fiasco was a nice find. id known about him before but actually listened and liked what i heard. i may have known classics of love prior but thats a great disc.

28. What did you want and get?
a ring, a fiance. a comic. a transfer. a promotion. hyrule warriors lol

29. What did you want and not get?
oof, tiiiiiime.

30. What was your favourite film of this year?
totally worst year of movies for me. i barely kept track of the few movies i got to see, and working at the new house subjected me to a million movies id never watch ever, some horrible, some ok. i can testify that tyler perry is not that bad lol

easily beyond any kind of contest my favorite movie was this is the end. i dont know how many times i watched it and it was an easy go to feel better movie.

some favorites – guardians of the galaxy (of course), winter soldier.

unfavorites – the annie remake. the girl was cute, jamie foxx is always good, but a horrible rest of cast and terrible redux of old songs. just garbage.

31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
i think i actually did not work on my birthday but thats prob a lie. i was older than i thought i was. i dont know how we made it this far. where am i? who am i? i didnt think this age was possible.

32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
magic.

33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2014?
i dont think my fashion is changing now. new band shirts, mostly new fishbone shirts. i will not stop until i get as many as i can.

34. What kept you sane?
ohhh pills i love you. video games when i could, music when i could. this was not a sane year. sundays with seany watching wrestling. joking with my guys.

35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
i kind of fell off the franco train this year cause he was putting too much out there. tracey says i was still in love with franco this year so who knows. he is a charming one.

36. What political issue stirred you the most?

division

37. Who did you miss?
all my friends.

38. Who was the best new person you met?

new work peoples.

39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2014.
stop. look. listen.

40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.

Coming home

when I see the runway lights

In the misty dawn the night

is fading fast

Coming home

far away

as their vapor trails align

Where I’ve been tonight, you know I will not stay

Iron maiden – ‘coming home’

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fantastic information regarding something you may or may not know about a comic you may or may not read currently in the past or in the future.

hey gang

new mdsh up today, well be trying to do about 2 a week, more if possible, but working on a new mini comic SERIES (thats right) so im weighing the balance.

ALSO

comic-rocket.com have you checked it out? great comic reader and were on it. so check it out and add us to your daily reads. makes things super easy!

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