LULU by John Linton Roberson (c) 2012.
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09 October 2020
  Masks and Living


So I had to go to the Post Office in Hayward today and took an Uber back(well, and to as well) because I live way up in the hills and there wasn't much in the way of buses before Covid 19, but now, some hope. As you may imagine, I've been quite isolated since March; I could count the number of times I've left the house since then on one hand, give or take a finger. So I always see something that shocks me anew when I go down there. I remarked how surprised I was to see so many people at outdoor restaurants, and not one wore a mask.

The driver said, "Well look at it from their point of view. They see you walking down the street in the open air and wearing your mask and they think wow, he's not really living."

And I said, "You know what's really living? Staying alive. I don't care if I have to wear a stupid little mask."
"Man, it's sad to see people that way."

"Well, if you ever want to see people again they should grow up and do it. For the sake of being careless in one stupid conversation at one stupid little meal, it's worth death? You think that's 'really living?' THAT'S sad."






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  Hey, the Blog's Back? YES! AND LULU BOOK 2 IS OUT NOW!

HELLO AGAIN!

LULU BOOK TWO OUT NOW!


As those of you that have been following me on Patreon, where along with my Twitter account has been mostly where I've been while finishing my latest project, know, I just finished the second book of LULU! Below is the cover. 

I'm wrestling with getting the print version out now. It's not so much an issue of censorship this time(thank God), as it is formatting issues, which are still being resolved. But while the Comixology version is also pending still, you can get it right now in digital at Kindle, Google Play Books, and even directly from me! In the latter two cases, DRM-free. 

And this one, following from the excellent introduction I'm grateful the late Martin Pasko wrote for Book 1 (may he rest in peace; he was a fine man and one of the best writers comics ever had, on a level with Steve Gerber) has an introduction from the equally legendary DONNA BARR! And I'm incredibly grateful for this as well. Buy the digital version now!
 
LULU Book 2 Available Now!

The problems I was having with the formatting here meanwhile at Blogger appear to be resolved by an old version of the code I uploaded, so at least everything's not at the bottom of the page now. This happened when Blogger accidentally updated me to one of their "new themes." I will be using my OWN very basic theme, thanks. It's served well for a long time. So please excuse all the outdated things. I will shortly be updating all of that and restoring old links.

In the meantime, I will let you know when the print version is out, and will be spending more time here again. So add me to your Feedly or whatever, and keep coming back!

And please let me know what you think of LULU Book 2 in the comments. Thanks!
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06 August 2020
  New Lulu Pages! Hard at work on finishing LULU book 2! See the 13 completed pages of chapter 6 here at Patreon! And please be sure to become a Patron!

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18 April 2020
  Quick Post: Blog Not Dead

I'm just working on finishing LULU Book 2 (which you can see in progress at Patreon, and please subscribe today) and also have to fix some formatting issues here before I start posting regularly.

But it will return.
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22 March 2020
  March 22: Happy Birthday Angel

Wherever you are, today's still your birthday and you're still one of the fondest friends in my memory. Have a happy one.

March 1989, and the only Catholic Church near Pisgah National Forest, where we were camping. She needed the palms for some kind of Brazilian spiritual ceremony that I still don't understand.

Our idea of Spring Break from Chicago was the wet Smoky Mountains in the deepest part of the forest. But right next to a roaring waterfall. And a lot of Neil Young and Sandy Denny on the box. And Siouxsie & the Banshees, which she liked and at the time I did not.


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31 October 2019
  From the Archives: Count Dracula (BBC, 1977)



And now the yearly repost of a treat for Halloween.

My favorite version of Dracula, by Philip Saville and Gerald Savory, which I first saw when I was 8 (as mentioned here), starring Louis Jourdan. 

Any adaptation of Dracula will always be one removed from the original, because the original is an epistolary(told through journal entries, letters, and that kind of thing). So when Dracula is adapted, one is forced to interpret, and usually those are quite different than the novel. Sometimes this ends up good, like with both versions of Nosferatu. Other times it's mangled, like most of the 1931 version or Coppola's pretty debacle. The most usual thing is for Lucy and Mina to either be switched or merged, and Quincy Morris and Arthur Holmwood are either eliminated or, as in this version, merged.

This one manages to be closer to Stoker than any other version. And is quite scary. Also kind of hot. This film has been somewhat of an obsession for me since I was a kid. You may disagree, but for me, this is the best non-Nosferatu version of Dracula.

It's BBC 1970s, which means it's film outside, video inside. But like many, I think horror works better when it looks cheaper, and in any event they do a fantastic job with the means they have. I certainly prefer it to the American-clean way a lot of BBC looks now. And I actually like the cheesy video effects too. Also excellent are Frank Finlay as Van Helsing, Judi Bowker as Mina, Jack Shepherd as the best Renfield since Dwight Frye--and maybe better--and my first movie crush, the incredibly sexy Susan Penhaligon as Lucy Westenra. To this day I have a thing for chokers or ribbons about the neck thanks to her in this, which is why I draw them so often on women. Quincy is played with the worst American accent you've ever heard, but try to look past that. (as well as the Portuguese subtitles, unless you speak it, in which case, bonus!)






Here's the score, which makes heavy use of not a theremin, but a different early electronic instrument called the Ondes Martenot, which Radiohead fans might recall as an instrument Jonny Greenwood is very fond of. You start hearing it about 0:45 in--it's a bit like a theremin in that it sounds like it's singing, but in a much warmer way. After is the full film.



Happy Halloween!

Bonus: Sue Penhaligon, early 70s.


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24 October 2019
  Trump's Buddy

Trump is far more like Stalin than like Hitler. In his conviction only he should make any decisions(and thus government only does what he's interested in, which is very little that has to do with American interests); he rewrites facts that don't suit him and ejects anyone who knows more than him from the government.

And Stalin thought Hitler was his pal.

Till the invasion of Russia, Stalin was happy to deal with Hitler and rather admired him, as they shared many of the same goals and prejudices. So it was both nations that invaded and shredded Poland. Stalin was thrilled because of all the additional land and resources and the chance to purge party members he disliked and slaughter Polish army officers (see: Katyn)

And when Hitler did the obvious thing that he'd done many times before to others, which was fuck him over, Stalin was genuinely shocked, and paralyzed with depression for a week, realizing he'd purged all his best generals.

And this is just how Russia is setting up Trump.
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04 October 2019
  Oh No, Martin Scorsese Said Something Bad About Movies that Gross Billions

All of you jumping down Scorsese's throat for speaking the truth: where are you when actual innovative films that need your support go under? Why do films that gross billions need you to defend them?

People who want Marvel movies to be called real movies:

1. Don't ever tell me to "turn off my mind, it's just fun" when I point out their flaws. If it's a real film it can handle criticism like any real film.

2. Does it occur to you that largely they do no more than IMITATE real movies? WINTER SOLDIER knocks off from THREE DAYS OF THE CONDOR and was praised for that. The Ant-Man films cribbed from Ocean's 11 and again, praised. They're fun but they are faux and would have not have much most would go see without their grafting from other non-superhero films. That's how they get the masses to accept it.

3. You may have forgotten, because of Marvel's imitation and replacement strategy, what real movies are like.

4. They're all basically the same plot arc. RAGNAROK isn't and that's why it sticks out--it defies all that. And that's why it's to be undone.  
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Thor and Hulk Resolving Eternal Issues of Human Relationships

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03 October 2019
  Trump Will Take Pence With Him

When the criminal part is operant, you could say Trump has a kind of high cunning. Like any good mobster, he knew to get Mikey to dip his hands in the blood too. 


Really clever of Trump to taint the GOP's backup Normal Republican this way. He ensured Pence was part of the same plot, so they don't dare help impeach unless they're willing to lose the whole office. 

To Nancy Pelosi. Who's in the line of succession after Pence. 

 Seriously, if they'd had any sense they'd have at least made sure Pence was involved in no Trump decisions at all. Otherwise, what was the point of him? 

 I'm guessing that once they got one more Supreme Court Justice, and the country softened for the GOP by all of Trump's draconian policies, they'd have cut him loose to have Pence with a country made easy for him by the sacrificial Trump. 

 I think that was the hope. 

And then they'd say Trump was never a real Republican at all. They managed to muddle the memory of Dubya fairly well, why not him? 

But we saw them, how they are when they fear no loss of power for making America suffer; how much they enjoy the permission Trump gives them, and how little they ever meant their crowd-controlling talk of their perverse 50s view of Christian morality they themselves would never follow. And we will not forget.

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12 June 2019
  Bitter Mark Trail

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11 March 2019
  New Art: Crazy Jane

Inspired by the rather nifty new DOOM PATROL show, and especially Diane Guerrero's stellar performance, I drew this piece of one of my favorite characters ever, Grant Morrison & Richard Case's Crazy Jane. (click to enlarge)

Drawing her was both easy and difficult, because as I drew her I realized I'd been using elements of her in female characters all this time without realizing it. I didn't realize how much my style owed to Case.
   

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19 February 2019
  Update Video at Patreon! (Free) New Comics, New Sale, and More!

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16 February 2019
  New at Patreon: Suzy Spreadwell Chapter 3 p. 3 Final Color (Free!)

Yes, my generous heart is allowing non-subscribers to get away with reading the new pages well ahead of the issue. 

Won't you have a look at the whole page by clicking the panels below, and please support this and other works for only $1? Right now your support would mean a lot, especially if you ask friends to support Bottomless Studio as well.

Anyway, here's the new one! Happy Saturday!




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02 February 2019
  New at Patreon: SUZY SPREADWELL Chapter 3 p. 2 Final color (Still Free!)

Newest page of the new chapter in progress. This page, like the last one, is free, as this scene will likely be. Bookmark here to see each as they're finished.(Click image to see whole page)
SUZY SPREADWELL (c)2019 John Linton Roberson


But remember, some later pages may not be, as Patreon enforces upon me now, rather than banning me outright or locking down all my posts, the iron rule that posts that are more "adult" have to be patron-only now. 

So to be sure to follow the whole new issue in progress, just subscribe for $1 (or more if you like, I never mind that, I promise) to support the work and gain access to each page as it's finished, plus much more! 

Making indie comics these days is a real bitch, and your help, whether at Patreon or any amount you want to throw through the donate button below, helps this cartoonist in his 22nd year of independent cartooning not worry so much about eating. It also helps me put out free pages in the first place.
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23 January 2019
  New at Patreon: SUZY SPREADWELL Returns! (Free!)

I've begun drawing the new chapter of SUZY SPREADWELL, and while most of the finished pages will only be available to $1 patrons till "official" release, this brand new one's free, so click the image to see the whole page, and be sure to subscribe today to see everything afterward! (and more)

And if you missed it: chapters 4-5 of LULU (the newest stuff, not published yet, over 40 pages!) are also up there now as well!



SUZY SPREADWELL is back at Patreon!


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  New (Old) Stuff Posted at Patreon: Two Banned Works Newly Up for Patrons

I have resumed and (slightly) revamped my Patreon page, and now it's a very simple, streamlined pledge structure: $1 (or more, we accept more) for access to all posts except two things: ebook downloads and the really explicit stuff...
Support the Comics and Writing of John Linton Roberson for only $1!









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19 January 2019
  Trump's Shutdown and Federal Slavery

Trump's Shutdown (collage by John L. Roberson)

As you probably know, the orange cancer beast Trump, despite having shut down the government over his wall, and so no longer issuing earned pay to federal workers all across America, expects most of them to work anyway. 
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18 January 2019
  LULU Chapters 4-5 Now Available to All Patrons at Patreon!

Click image. Unlocked for all patrons at $1 or more! 


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14 January 2019
  New Suzy Spreadwell Story Starts - P. 1 Pencils
This chapter will be a little flashback to Li'l Suzy and her mom on a walk in Springtime many years ago.

Note: No, her head isn't floating in the last panel. The pencils on Suzy's neck were too light for the scan to pick up.

SUZY SPREADWELL Chapter 3 starts (c)2019 John Linton Roberson. All rights reserved.

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01 January 2019
  Happy New Year! New Suzy Spreadwell Painting- "Lake of Fire." Also: My Art Now Available At Saatchi

Let's begin our 2019 with the Devil in chains, shall we? This is what I did with my New Year's Eve till about 8 am today...

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29 December 2018
  Aquaman: That's Not Swimming and "Unrightful" Kings
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Saw Aquaman. I like it.

But.

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25 December 2018
  Sparks - "Thank God It's Not Christmas" (French TV, 1974)

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24 December 2018
  Kay Martin and Her Bodyguards - "I Know What He Wants For Christmas" + A Couple Others

Not Kay Martin

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  George Bailey In Jail (from the archives)

So, after the end of IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE, you know George would still go to jail, right? I mean, just because George got the same town he'd stolen the money from to give him more doesn't change federal bank regulations.


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  Merry Christmas! New Suzy Spreadwell Painting! "Agape" (UPDATED)

So I made yet another of these cursed things and I ask, as great religions also have, for your indulgence. Whole painting after the cut.
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  Merry Christmas: John Gielgud as Dostoevsky's Grand Inquisitor (1975)

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15 December 2018
  "Scherzo Infernale" (Walarian Borowczyk, 1984)

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09 December 2018
  New Suzy Spreadwell Painting! "Behold the Girl"

Yes, I did another one of these things, after the ink you saw earlier this week. I'm not sure the scan really does justice to the color on the original. But anyway, this is more of me trying to get the hang of watercolors over ink. 

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07 December 2018
  How To Paint Like Barnett Newman

As you may imagine, it's short.

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  SUZY SPREADWELL: Ink Stage for New Painting

I've started another of those cheerfully blasphemous paintings of Suzy. I am not sure you can really call them paintings when there's an india ink drawing at the core of it, but that's what I'm calling it. You can also buy the last two I did (plus some sweet Vladrushka original art as well) at Ebay this week. (and they can be viewed here at her refurbished site)
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19 November 2018
  Final Page! Vladrushka: "Why No Story" Page 7

Final page of the new Vladrushka story. Read the whole complete thing here!




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17 November 2018
  New Vladrushka: "Why No Story?" p. 6

Now up. Go look!


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04 November 2018
  JAKA'S STORY: What It Was in 1988, and What Cerebus Used to Mean

New piece at Medium about what 1988 meant to comics, how Jaka's Story fit in, and the meaning of CEREBUS and how slippery a thing that is over the years. 





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03 November 2018
  Watch Your Phone

It's usual for fascists to declare their enemy is going to do something to provide a pretext, self-defense, for doing it themselves.

Something like this makes it not so bad to you, when you need a way to accept it, because you can't stop it and if you don't go with it, you'll die too:

"We lost our innocence that day, there was no turning back. It was a hard choice but THEY forced it on us. THEY made us this. Now we stay this way"

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31 October 2018
  The Reactionary EXORCIST

I have always considered THE EXORCIST reactionary and overrated.

 Let’s start with the overrated part.

My issue with THE EXORCIST is that its scares are basic, childish: on the level of someone waiting round the corner and shouting BOO, or a nasty brother showing his sister his mashed up food on his tongue. “Did you hear there was an accident? HERE ARE THE VICTIMS GLAAA” — like that. It does scare, yes, but not in any substantial way. Pazuzu is basically just a prankster.

I have always felt this way about it, especially since OMEN got me first as a kid(as well as a lot of other horror), so this seemed…so basic when I got to IT. What I gathered was this was a film designed to scare middle-class people who didn’t watch any other horror.
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29 October 2018
  Censorship Update: Kindle F**ks With Me Again (UPDATED) EVEN FURTHER UPDATE: 10/30/18: They're back. Their system did this automatically, they claim. Now my books are restored at Amazon & Comixology. (which are now the same)

But I still am having a phone discussion with them tomorrow to make sure this doesn't happen again. I don't care whether it was a mistake. I want to make sure this doesn't ever happen again, to me or anyone else. So I'm not going back and restoring all the links I scrubbed last night until this is not longer an issue.

Still don't trust them, though.
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23 October 2018
  Comics & Art: What I'm Up To #1 (Video) Read more »

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20 October 2018
  Even More Newest Page! VLADRUSHKA: "Why No Story?" p. 5

Yet another dang page of this. I'm a little surprised how fast this is going. See the whole page plus the rest of it so far by clicking on the image below!

VLADRUSHKA (c)2018 John  Linton Roberson

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19 October 2018
  Newest Page! VLADRUSHKA: "Why no Story?" Page 4

Newest page! Click image to see larger page and read the rest, and more!

VLADRUSHKA (c)2018 John Linton Roberson



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16 October 2018
  New Vladrushka: "Why No Story?" p. 3

Yes, I'm doing this one a lot faster than normal. But then I chose a simple style for this one.

Click on image to see whole page at Vladrushka's own, now-refurbished site!

Vladrushka (c)2018 John Linton Roberson



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