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Monday, July 30, 2012

It's all in the way that you look at it...

The Grand Canyon via iPhone and Camtastic App
I was remembering my recent family trip to the Grand Canyon this summer. The first time we as a family gazed upon the immense beauty of the canyon it was a spiritual moment we all shared. I was thinking this morning how it must have been everyday for Jesus appreciating the wonders of the Father's creative expression found in nature. The more I thought about it the more it hit me that when Jesus looked at nature he most likely didn't see creation in past tense but more as an ongoing experience. A lot of times we look at the world and think, "Wow! Look what God created". The reality is that God continues to create 24-7, 365 days a year–a continuing cycle of birth, life, death, and rebirth. If Father God ever decided to turned his loving gaze away everything we know would wither and turn to dust. So the next time you find yourself awed by nature take a step back and realize it is a beautiful work in progress–it's all in the way you look at it.

Monday, May 21, 2012

The Diary Comics of Dustin Harbin

It has been way tooo long since my last post. I just got out of the habit and then it was hard to get back into the grind. So what brought me out of the darkness? Well, it is actually a couple of things. The first was discovering Diary Comics. If you haven't heard of them before, and you are a frustrated cartoonist, or just like cartooning, then keep on reading (I think even if you aren't a cartoonist you might enjoy this one).

I am not sure where I came across this link but none-the-less I came across the wonderful work of Dustin Harbin. Dustin is on his third series of Diary Comics (am I suppose to capitalize "Diary Comics"?) and I happen to be a late adopter so I purchased "Diary Comics 3"online. To my amazement (mostly because I am forgetful and forgot I had ordered them) they showed up in the mail! First off, I paid a l'il extra and got a version that included an original toon by Mr. Harbin (Is it Dusty or Dustin? Just let me know and I will edit it!) Sweet! Dustin's presentation was awesome (see cool pictures included). I really dug how his four panel strips captured a moment in Dustin's life and presented it as a visual diary entry. After reading the whole book I felt I would love to hang with Dustin and drink a few beers and maybe draw a few cartoons (Fear not Dustin I am not a stalker just a fellow cartoonist who likes beer).

One of the biggest issues that kept me from pursuing tooning was my fear of writing funny or relevant stories in a three to four-panel format. I attempted this throughout high school and into college but ended up pursuing design instead. As any of you who know me know, I haven't given up cartooning I just call them "Sketchnotes". So, I want to give a big "Thank You" to Mr. Harbin for opening my eyes and mind to another awesome avenue for enriching my love of toons! If you would like to see more of Dustin's wonderful work check out his site at I also recommend that you buy a few of his comics because they are pieces of art and unlike me he can write!

Dustin is published by Koyama Press and if the featured comic is a good representation of their work THEY ARE AWESOME!!