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do you hear that

something

i hear something

behind the door

under the light

out back where the shadows never move

skritch scratch from the garden floor

a hand a paw and something more.

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2019 – Holy crap how is it 2019? time is a rubber band that snaps back at your face.

i think, just hear me out, the pills destroyed my brain.

1. What did you do in 2019 that you’d never done before?

wore dentures?

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

As i never make them i’m going to say this counts for a yes.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?

UH…i think so? i think so. i’m not sure really. i think so.

4. Did anyone close to you die?

Not close close but close enough to where i was upset they did

5. What countries did you visit?

Just the multi-insane Glasgow, where i live. So while i didn’t visit a different country glasga has multiple personalities so all of those count.

6. What would you like to have in 2020 that you lacked in 2019?
same as last year and the year before that – energy. a sense of goals. I’m creatively empty. i don’t know how the fuck to get my mojo back beyond the occasional energetic squirt

7. What date from 2019 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
Oh goodness. The day i took the power back. The day my front tooth decided to give up. The day i realized i didn’t have much left in the tank.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
ehhhhhh? Probably finally starting to get my teeth in order.

9. What was your biggest failure?
oh the same the same – still eating too much, not trying to lose weight enough, not doing positive things. its a copy paste but its also a forward echo

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
hahahahah – probably had the worst case of flu-stuff ever. if there was a hole to be had there were MULTIPLE fluids shooting from it. It was 2 weeks of hell that i don’t think i’ve fully recovered from.

11. What was the best thing you bought?
a front tooth! coffee.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
Family always. Friends and cohorts.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
oh you know – the dummy in charge. (ALL dummies in charge)

14. Where did most of your money go?
very similar again to last year – coffee coffee coffee – comics and cabs and taco bell YAY and yea bills bills bills

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
seeing the new star wars (hahah how’d that turn out) – seeing juliana hatfield and living colour – all my vacations. oh we got it so good here.

16. What songs will always remind you of 2019?
well, here are my top ten listened to songs of 2019 as determined by my (malfunctioning) last.fm scrobbler.

1. Kanye West – Famous
2. Kanye West – On Sight
3. Drake – Started from the Bottom
4. Radiohead – Bodysnatchers
5. Body Count – Talk Shit, Get Shot
6. Blowfly – Drenched In Cum
7. Drake – All Me (Feat. Big Sean, 2 Chainz) (Bonus Track)
8. The Orielles – I Only Bought It For the Bottle
9. The Orielles – Let Your Dog Tooth Grow
10. Funkadelic – Super Stupid

So really not too different from last year – HOWEVER – the last fm app on my phone went batshit crazy this year deciding to multiscrob tracks i’ve listened to once up to 30 or 40 times per play, massively ruining the stats. its very disappointing. I wouldn’t say i didn’t listen to a lot of the songs a bunch of times, just not as many as it may seem.

17. Compared to this time last year, are you happier or sadder?
steady decline

18. What do you wish you’d done more of?
always pushing the rock i bought instead of making up the giant hill, ah fuck it ill just let the rock roll on top of me. where do i start, looking into this mirror to remind myself i’ve done nothing i’ve planned? i just wish i did something. anything.

19. What do you wish you’d done less of?
all the stuff that causes the stuff i wont do

20. How will you be spending Christmas?
with fam in one place or another hopefully. how i wish it were everyone together.

21. was a long long time ago.

22. Did you fall in love in 2019?
no no i did not

23. How many one night stands?
one on the left side of the bed one on the other but they’re there every night and covered with nonsense

24. What were your favorite TV programmes?

jokers continues to make me happy as always. watchmen was an incredible surprise. when i was sick i found this game show but i forgot what it was called but it was amazing.

25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?
yes of course!

26. What was the best book you read?
That kids in the hall book i read last january! (currently i’m reading a book about the origins of gangsta rap)

27. What was your greatest musical discovery?
not really a discovery cause she was in my pod but i really got into rihanna this year.

28. What did you want and get?
things. nothing meaningful.

29. What did you want and not get?
those damn fishbone sneakers lol weight lose. a sense of self. a saxamaphone

30. What was your favorite film of this year?
yikes. seriously i don’t even remember what i saw this year – i think everything i saw was owned by disney? prob endgame. i think. i cant remember.

31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
christ am i 42? i think i had off. prob just relaxed with fam.

32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
a fucking drivers licence.

33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2019?
sausage skin

34. What kept you sane?
solitude.

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

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

37. Who did you miss?
this has not changed again. 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?
i don’t think i met anyone new worth getting excited about this year.

39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2019.
do something

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

‘I be Puerto Rican day parade floatin’
That Benz Marina Del Rey coastin’’

– Kanye West ‘Famous’

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2018 survey- worth the weight

2018 – a year in a void. what happened? there was a year? where was that? that was it? i remember that.

1. What did you do in 2018 that you’d never done before?
Traveled to new york…on vacation (they call it holiday here). Drove on the wrong side of the road (on purpose). Saw my favorite band in a different country. There is a theme here and im curious if you can get it. actually im curious if anyone reads this. its like livejournal but for hermits.

2. Did you keep your new years’ resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
i should probably change this question as ever year i say i dont make resolutions. i dont think i resolve at all. maybe i will try to resolve.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
yes more babies!

4. Did anyone close to you die?
its gets to be more and more as you travel on doesnt it. if time goes too long in between i start to worry.

5. What countries did you visit?
america!! yeahhhhhhh!!!

6. What would you like to have in 2019 that you lacked in 2018?
same as last year – energy. a sense of goals. its not seeming to get better as i get older but hope has somehow maintained.

7. What date from 2018 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
travelling home to see fam and friends. seeing fishbone here in glasgow.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
i really dont think i achieved anything this year except for going home and thats not something really achieved, just done.

9. What was your biggest failure?
still eating too much, not trying to lose weight enough, not doing positive things.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
strangely less flu-iness and things like that. sluggish as f tho.

11. What was the best thing you bought?
a ps4? ha ha.

12. Whose behaviour merited celebration?
anyone looking out to help someone

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
the dummy in charge. (all dummies in charge)

14. Where did most of your money go?
bills, cabs, chinese food.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
seeing infinity war lol, seeing fishbone! same ol same ol

16. What songs will always remind you of 2018?
well, here are my top ten listened to songs of 2018 as determined by my last.fm scrobbler.

1  OutKast — Bust (feat. Killer Mike)

2 Drake — All Me (Feat. Big Sean, 2 Chainz) (Bonus Track)
3 Funkadelic — Super Stupid
4 Ice Cube — Now I Gotta Wet ‘Cha
5 The Game — Red Nation (feat. Lil Wayne)
6 The Orielles — Snaps
7 A Tribe Called Quest — Clap Your Hands
8 Rick Ross — Push It
9 Body Count — Talk Shit, Get Shot
10 Nas — N.Y. State of Mind

SO. A lot of rap. I think this is due to having to walk around the city and taking the bus. It just feeds into it. But some other gems in there like the rap-influencing p-funk and the orielles who…what…a fairly new group? yep. tho i found em last winter so.

17. Compared to this time last year, are you happier or sadder?
sadder. so much sadder.

18. What do you wish you’d done more of?
everything i wanted to do but hold myself back from. the chains on the brain are heavy. we all know we have our own keys but turning that damn thing is so hard.

19. What do you wish you’d done less of?
eating delicious crap. if only i knew how to quickly cook delicious crap. learning to drive tho i kinda dont want to go through the grind of paying for a car again. that becomes everything.

20. How will you be spending Christmas?
i want to be in the states.

21. sure ill play.

22. Did you fall in love in 2018?
depends

23. How many one night stands?
im asleep by 9.

24. What were your favourite TV programmes?

i kind of fell off taskmaster this year. always digging jokers. haunting of hill house was a nice surprise.

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

26. What was the best book you read?
another year, another book not being read. tho i think i read the first of 2 histories of star trek and it was amazing. currently im starting a book about kids in the hall.

27. What was your greatest musical discovery?
man i dont think i found any new artists this year. how sad is that? i need new. even old new.

28. What did you want and get?
this is what you want this is what you get. frivolous shit.

29. What did you want and not get?
fishbone sneakers lol weight lose. a sense of self.

30. What was your favourite film of this year?
gotta be infinity war. im sure something else might pop into my mind.

31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
42. celebrated with wifey and the fam. nice times.

32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
a saxophone. a drawing table. im just gonna keep the same things if i didnt get them and add on. drivers license. all my retrogame stuff from home.

33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2018?
unhealthy mold puddle draped in tighly bound cloth of band logo

34. What kept you sane?
probably video games and music.

35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
still bernie. STILL.  ACO was pretty enjoyable too.

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

37. Who did you miss?
this has not changed. all my friends and fam. my cat. my guys from my old job. pizza. chinese food. burritoes. my old comic store. and ill add the two people i made firends with from my last year job.

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

39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2018.
breathe.

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

‘And I’m sick as a cough, did I mention it’s raw?’

– outkast ‘Bust’

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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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