Cheating at Inktober ‘18: Charlie Chaplin

I’ve loved silent comedies ever since I was first introduced to Charlie Chaplin’s Modern Times during an American literary history survey course in college. Modern Times still ranks as one of my favorite movies of all time. I’ve branched out from then, developing an appreciation for Harold Lloyd and Buster Keaton (who I may actually like better than Chaplin), but I’ll always hold a candle for the Little Tramp.

The Edison Street Organ Loft is probably the best-kept entertainment secret in Salt Lake City. The girlfriend and I went there on Friday night to catch a Chaplin double-feature: The Idle Class and A Dog’s Life. The last time we went to the Organ Loft, we had trouble finding a good seat, so we made sure to arrive plenty early this time. To keep ourselves entertained while waiting for the movies to start, we worked on a crossword puzzle on the girlfriend’s phone.

“I dunno that one.”

“Wait, what was five down again?”

“I think the answer there is ‘Nasir,’ but I’m not sure.”

Then, from in front of us, we heard a little voice ask, “What are they doing?”

A little blonde girl, maybe six years old, peeked at us over the back of her chair. Her mother sat next to her. The door now opened, we made conversation.

Her name was Sariah, and we quickly became her best friends. We showed her our crossword puzzle, and she quickly said she knew how to do those.

“No,” her mom said, “you do word searches. Those are different.”

Undaunted, Sariah continued to chat with us. Somehow, the conversation shifted to flossing (I think it might have been one of the crossword answers?) and Sariah immediately chimed in, “I don’t know how to floss.”

“Stephen does,” my girlfriend volunteered.

Of course, she wasn’t actually talking about dental hygiene. And thus an impromptu dance lesson broke out in the aisle at the Organ Loft.

The conversation eventually fragmented. Sariah’s father, a literature professor, showed up, and he and I began to talk about the narrative hidden in every research paper while Sariah continued to chat with the girlfriend. They grew so attached that Sariah moved back to sit with us during the movie, which she spent cuddled up under the girlfriend’s arm.

It was a cute experience, but it’s hard for me not to feel a little resentful. I mean, dates go to movies to have an excuse to cuddle. I wanted to cuddle with the girlfriend.


Anyway, Chaplin’s great. The end.

Cheating at Inktober ‘18: Majin Buu

I’ve always been fascinated by the Dragon Ball franchise. I caught several episodes of the show while I was in college, mostly from the Frieza and Majin Buu arcs. In particular, I love the character designs – the spiky hairstyles of Amira Toriyama’s designs have always appealed to me somehow.

The trouble is I’ve always found the show to be… just really really boring.

So far the best way I’ve discovered to indulge in my interest in the series is the video game Dragonball Fighterz. I get to kill an hour or two while enjoying the stellar character designs I like so much. Unfortunately, I’m terrible at fighting games, and each gaming session usually leaves me crying amid a pile of shattered Joy Cons.

Maybe I can try the manga?

Cheating at Inktober ‘18: Celes Chere

Final Fantasy VI is the best game in the series. You disagree? You’re probably wrong.

I’ll allow arguments for IX being better. Everyone else take the exit to the left.

As much as the sixth installment has to offer, nothing appeals to me more than the wide, wonderful variety of characters. The stoic Cyan and his driving tragedy. The complicated love between twin brothers Edgar and Sabin. The tormented Terra. And then there’s Celes.

Battle-hardened general. Lab experiment with innate magic powers. Lonely survivor. And, of course, surprise opera singer. Didn’t see that last one coming, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Cheating at Inktober ‘18: Winnie the Pooh

Lemme tell you a story about my cute girlfriend.

Last month we took a trip to Disneyworld. I had never been. The girlfriend, on the other hand, used to live down there. She worked at Disneyworld as part of a college program. While she was there, she was especial friends with Tigger. If you know what I mean (no not like that).

Anywhoo, when we travel, the girlfriend has a tendency to set the whole agenda and then rush us through everything. We determined to make Disneyworld a bit more laid back – ample time for moseying, maybe we stop and catch a show now and again. However, the one thing we absolutely had to do was get breakfast at the Crystal Palace, where Winnie the Pooh and his friends would come say hi.

The girlfriend and I made small talk and ate some pretty good food (the sausage and croissants were amazing, but the omelet left something to be desired), but the minute Tigger came into view, there was only one thing worth her attention. She got up, gave him a big hug and chatted with him briefly. Also, I took several photos. You know, for the memories.

We sat through visits from Eeyore, Piglet, and Pooh as well, and you know what? I really like those guys. Pooh especially was adorable. He got all self-conscious when we asked for his photo, adjusting his shirt to make sure he looked his best. He was more than happy to pose with us.

Did I have a point to this?

Yes. Winnie the Pooh is awesome. And so is the girlfriend.

Cheating at Inktober ‘18: Sam Eagle

When I was in sixth grade (so when I was twelve years old or so), my teacher had a dream wherein each of her students was represented by a different Muppet. Apparently, in this dream, I was Sam the Eagle. I’ve never quite persuaded myself that this wasn’t an insult in some way.

Cheating at Inktober ‘18: Professor Ratigan

The Great Mouse Detective might be the most under-rated Disney movie of all time. I used to say that about Lilo and Stitch, but then I went to Disneyworld. Nearly every shop sold some sort of Stitch paraphernalia. I couldn’t find a bit of Basil of Baker Street for purchase anywhere.

Well, okay, that’s not true. I did find a blind bag of Disney pins with a chance to pull a Basil or Ratigan pin. I bought one, and wonder of wonders, there he was: the world’s most nefarious sewer rat.

Don’t… don’t tell him I called him that.

Also, did you know rats only have, like, ten teeth? They’ve got incisors and molars. The rest of their mouth is empty. Super creepy, right?

Cheating at Inktober ‘18: Luke Skywalker

Once again, Inktober is upon us, and what better way to begin a challenging artistic endeavor than with a nourishing sip of fresh milk?

Luke Skywalker made a huge impact on me last year. We left him at the end of Return of the Jedi in a mostly hopeful state. Watching him fall and rise back up again in The Last Jedi was the most I’ve ever related to (and been inspired by) the character.

Seriously, Luke in The Last Jedi is the best Luke. I love him forever.

I’m being a bit more up front about the fact that I’m not obeying the letter of the Inktober law. I don’t draw in ink. I work exclusively digitally. And I sketch each of my pictures in digital pencil first. I feel I’m engaging in the spirit of the event, though, so I’ll be posting every day for the month, using the #inktober hashtag, and I won’t even feel bad about it.

Okay, maybe a little bad.

Something Wicked

I am just. so. excited for autumn. I’ve been feeling that creative void again, and nothing really scratches that quite like the one-two whammy of Inktober and NaNoWriMo. I drew up this quick witch to scratch the itch until October 1 hits, but I’d still chomping at the bit to get started.

What are you creating today?

At the Opera Tonight

Took my time working on this one. It never looked finished to me until I added the peacocks.

Inspired, in no small part, by the best scene in Final Fantasy VI. Literally everything I do has a nerdy motivation.