If you follow my blog changes are you and I, and at least a couple of your friends, have similar taste. So, in this time of year when everyone struggles to find gifts for their loved ones I made a brief list of stuff that has made my life better recently. I encourage you to do the same. Good things, great things, like this need to spread.
Steal Like an Artist
An inspiration of a book. Simple, straight forward advice and principals that put the whole endeavor of art-making in perspective for me. Whenever I want to feel like creative challenges are in fact fun ways to spend your days (which they are) I turn to this book. $9
Sleepwalk With Me Live
A live recording of Mike Birbiglias hysterical, moving, and brilliant one man show of the same name. I’ve listened to it over and over while comic-making and it still makes me laugh and cry. A fantastic blend of drama and stand up. It’s so rare to find something that feels like subversive comedy that family would love. $12
B ^ F: The Novelization Of The Feature Film
I’m trying to refrain from recommending things that are only available as digital downloads because they are tough to unwrap. For this I’m making an exception. Buy it, print out a little card that says you got it for them, wrap the card and stick the card in their stocking. It’s that good. Ryan North of Dinosaur Comics reviews, page by page, the insane novelization of the move Back to the Future. That’s right, the novelization of the movie that came out in the 80s is so bat shit crazy that a page by page review of it made me laugh more than anything else this year. On second thought, instead of printing out a card to put in their stocking, perhaps you should print this out instead.$3 Kindle Edittion
GrowIt’s tough trying to make a go of an independent creative life. This handbook helps walk you thru piratical steps to turn DIY projects to something more than a hobby. Just what I was looking for, and perhaps what someone else you know needs. $13
Solo Piano II
My favorite album to draw comics to. I’ve heard it compared to vanilla ice cream, simple and lovely.
Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and LifeOver the last couple months nothing has made me want to hide away in a corner with my laptop and the script in progress for my next book more than reading a chapter or two of this.$13