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Finding Out There’s No Jury Duty Produces Mixed Emotions

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2008-12-22

So, back in early November 2008 I received a jury duty summons for the dates of December 23 and December 24. This put me in a big slump because it meant I could do little as to planning how I’d like to spend my holidays and such. Still, everyone assured me that there would be no way in Mordor that a trial would actual be set for the holiday week. I shrugged and said I had to wait until the 22nd to call in and see what was what.

As you can see, the call went in my favor. No jury duty…for ANYONE. The courthouse shut down for the remainder of December. I’m pretty sure they knew they’d do this for some time so why make everyone wait until the last minute possible to alert them. Gah. The system makes no sense to me.

Until next time, jury duty. Until next time.

And we could pretend it all the time
Can’t you see that it’s just raining
Ain’t no need to go outside

– “Banana Pancakes” by Jack Johnson

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December 22, 2008 at 7:25 pm

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We’re Adorable Nappers, I Guess

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2008-12-21

Um, in case you are having trouble napping on your own, here’s a helpful how-to…

I’ve been stuck on your foreign eyes
They have struck for better boys
We put your lives on our shoulders
But these arms are too weak to hold us

– “Song For Luna” by As Tall As Lions

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December 21, 2008 at 9:36 pm

Don’t Say Anything Dumb is a Good Mantra

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2008-12-20

Who watches the Watchmen?

Sorry, couldn’t help myself on that one. Anyways, despite this being the 12/20/08 comic, I’m really posting it on 02/08/09 (yes, I know, it’s stupidly confusing), which means I’m back from New York Comic Con. And it. Was. Awesome! How awesome, Paul, you ask? Well, I went there with three hopes: (1) Meet Bryan Lee O’Malley and pick up the new Scott Pilgrim book; (2) Meet Aaron Douglas, a.k.a. Chief Galen Tyrol from Battlestar Galactica; and (3) buy a new Munchkin set.

Of those, the first two were successfully met, and that more or less means it was an awesome con. Definitely wanna hit it up again in October 2010. Below are three photos for y’all to enjoy (thanks, Mon!):

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December 20, 2008 at 10:38 pm

The First Big Snowstorm of the Season

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Here’s how one of the photos turned out.

Of course, since then, Clifton’s been slammed a high number of times with dumpings of snow and it is no longer as exciting as it once was. Unless you’re six years old, and then it rocks because it definitely means one thing and one thing only: day off of school. Ah, nostalgia is washing over me as I type. Let’s end on this note then…

We’ve only got one chance to put this at an end
And cross the patron saint of switchblade fights
You said we’re not celebrities, we spark and fade
They die by threes, I’ll make you understand
And you can trade me for an apparition

– “Our Lady of Sorrows” by My Chemical Romance

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December 19, 2008 at 2:14 pm

What’s the Deal with Disappearing DVD Board Games?

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2008-12-18

Allow me to offer a pinch of advice to all my readers (all ten of you, that is): if you’re out holiday shopping and you see something that you are planning to buy, don’t be lazy like me and think, “Oh, I’ll get it on my way out so I don’t have to carry it around while I peruse bookshelves for an hour or so”…because it might just not be there upon your return.

Luckily, the stack of Scene It? Seinfelds had just been moved from the middle section of the Barnes & Noble up to where the registers are. I guess they wanted to shoehorn all the impulse buyers waiting in line. So, in the end, crisis averted.

For those in the know (Tara and fam), no one say anything about us being doppelgängers. That’s certainly a comic to come…

Nice surprise, I haven’t seen you in so long
We laugh and you smile and I stroke your hair
Drive me home in the same old car, the 4th of July
What am I, oh, what am I doing here
Come on in, yeah, stay for a while

– “Must Be Wrong” by The Rentals

Written by Paul

December 18, 2008 at 11:18 am

Kermit and Scott Pilgrim are Total Look-alikes

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2008-12-17

It was all about the parka, really.

Speaking of Scott Pilgrim, I’m possibly going to be cosplaying as the leading lad for the upcoming New York Comic Con. So long as I can find a cheap parka to wear, that is. If not, I’ll just be a dude with an SP shirt and a lot of excitement, also known as a Scottaholic. Either works for me, really.

Question of the day: When did Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy get married (1984, 1988, 1996, 2001, or 2006)?

Let’s make a date out of the cinema
Then stay out until early in the morning
I always like it ’cause we take it slow
While everyone around us seems so hurried

– “On My Mind” by New Found Glory

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December 17, 2008 at 7:09 pm

Rain’s a Pain, Snow’s for Hoes

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2008-12-16

Oh, that Momma Dukes! Weeks later, when I told her I’d be drawing a comic about this little conversation nugget, she had no recollection of ever saying it. Hmm. Someone needs to eat more blueberries. Or play Brain Age.

Question of the day: Would you rather be caught in the rain or buried in the snow?

It’s gonna take a lot of time
Before I can cross that finish line
And when I can’t take the fall
I really wanna make that call

– “Commerce, TX” by Ben Kweller

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December 16, 2008 at 10:27 am

Don’t Know What’s Inside the Black Box

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2008-12-15

Check out those acute geography skills in panel one. If only New Jersey and Australia were neighbors, if only. Then I could actually visit Hobbiton and be with my people.

Anyways, Black Box is a multimedia CD publication from Brimstone Press that features short fiction (drabbles, really), artwork, and music from a slew of contributors. To name a few from the author lineup, there’s Lucy Sussex, Mikal Trimm, Jay Caselberg, Lee Battersby, Jason Sizemore, and me, of course.

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My published piece is a quick bit of dark flash called “Something” that is another go at the theme of scary shit under the water that I can’t seem to escape in much of my writing. Oh well. It works for some people.

I haven’t tried to run the CD on my aging PC yet, but if it worked there then that would be Irony with a capital i. Will keep all you die-hard fans up-to-date…

Every day ends in wasted motion
Just crossed swords on the killing floor
To settle back is to settle without knowing
The hard edge that you’re settling for

– “Jackson Cage” by Bruce Springsteen

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December 15, 2008 at 6:54 pm

Trying to X-mas Shop on a Sunday Afternoon

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Anyone that knows me knows this: I’m a patient man hobbit. Yet, in this world of ours, there are a few things that I can’t handle and one of them in particular is parking lots during the holiday buying season. It’s just so…unmanageable. Chaotic might be an even more apt word. People are just the rudest then, jetting forward in their cars to snatch up any free rectangle-shaped space with no regard for those that were there first, blinker at the ready. I even saw some cars double-parking, which is awful for all.

It’s amazing we don’t read more newspaper headlines in December like “Man Shot One Hundred and Three Times After Stealing Soccer Mom’s Spot” or “Target Indeterminately Shut Down, Too Much Blood.”

But I learned my lesson. From now on, if I do have to get some X-mas shopping done, I’m going out Tuesday nights after 11:00 p.m. Granted, no stores will be open then…but at least I’ll get a good parking spot.

I’m making the difference
It just seems pointless
With all the obvious lines all out of focus
Why can’t you just be happy
Why can’t you just be happy

– “One-Eighty by Summer” by Taking Back Sunday

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December 14, 2008 at 10:06 am

Test Drive Into Paterson, New Jersey Proves Scary

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2008-12-13

I was, to really no one’s surprise, afraid for my life. As soon as the light switched to green, I zoomed forward, spotted where the courthouse was, as well as its parking lot, and immediately got the frak out of there. If there’s one part of New Jersey I’ll be happy to never visit again, it’s Paterson (at least the seven streets I saw, that is).

Question of the day: Do you do test drives too or just wing it the day of wherever it is you have to go?

I’m sticking with you
‘Cos I’m made out of glue
Anything that you might do
I’m gonna do too

– “I’m Sticking With You” by The Velvet Underground

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December 13, 2008 at 10:10 am

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