Strike is over, I have a start date, lost playing Dreamblade, waking up to change babies.
THE SIMPSONS NEWS
Well, the writer’s strike seems to be over and animatics are going to screened this week. I just got the call from the studio that I go back to work beginning the 25th. It was going to be the 18th but I asked for one more week so I could help my wife out with the kids for a while longer. We need the money but my wife also needs the help. Once I’m back at work, I’m gonna have to hit the ground running. I’m looking forward to earning the cash again but I’m not looking forward to the work. Still, I’m glad to be going back.
I played Dreamblade against my wife this Sunday. Dreamblade is a game I really like but it’s been discontinued by Wizards of the Coast who make the game. They will no longer support it and once all the Dreamblade figures everywhere are sold out, they will not be coming back. It stinks because I really like the game a lot. The good news is, that now you can get the game for very cheap (50% off or more) because all the game stores are trying to get rid of the Dreamblade products.
My mom took The Munchkin for the evening and my wife and I had a little time to spend together. The Boy was asleep and we took the stroller with him in it to a quiet place in our housing community near the playground. Once there, we sat on a picnic table and played the game.It was the second time she was playing the game. I’d played the game with a friend of mine at work a few time. My wife sorta remembered how to play.
She kick my butt at the game. I mean, she really worked me over. I didn’t even score one point. I don’t know what happened but she just did everything right. I felt completely helpless. I’d never felt so dumb. I was dumbfounded. I wanted a rematch right away. My wife was just siting there laughing at me. I didn’t get my rematch because it was too late to play another game and Munchkin was gonna be getting home soon.
On Wednesday we tried it again. Munchkin was taking a nap and so since we had a small break, I thought I’d get my rematch. I lost again. At least this time, I didn’t lose as bad. The first person to six points wins and my wife won two to six. Man, I suck at that game. Needless to say, Alesha was having a lot of fun playing me.
I thought that being at home would give me time to do other things. I thought I’d have the time to work on my web comic and draw better drawing on the blog but that turned out not to be the case. All the chores (still unpacking boxes from the move) and the kids have been taking up a lot of my time. Especially The Munchkin. I’ve been spending a ton of time with her and I love it.
Nights aren’t so bad for us with the new baby. I tend to sleep through most of the night. Alesha tends to be the one that wakes up to feed the boy because he tends to have a hard time drinking from a bottle and it’s just easier in the end to have her feed him. She wakes me up whenever he needs a diaper change though.
Little by little I’m getting better at using the Wacom tablet. My cartoons on this blog are never great works of art. I tend to just crank them out whenever I get a little bit of time and as long as they read well I don’t tend to sweat them much. If I wanted to do something really nice looking though, I’d have to scan it in.
Katy in Scotland wrote:
Hey! I just found your blog yesterday. My husband and I just got back from a trip to Rome last week. It was my third trip to Rome, but my first since converting to Catholicism. Isn’t it incredible?! I love, love, love it.
I have an animator friend in LA, who works on Spongebob Squarepants. He said that the strike wasn’t affecting him – something about a different union. Anyway, I hope you are all alright. Congratulations on your baby!
Wow! You’ve gone to Rome three times? I’m jealous.
Congratulations on your conversion. Welcome home. It’s always great to hear when someone converts to the faith. Especially since Catholisism gets so badly misrepresented all the time. Hurray!
As to your animator friend in LA who works on Spongebob, I’m not suprised. The only shows in our industry that were effected by the strike were Family Guy, King of the Hill, and The Simpsons. The rest of the animation industry was not effected by the strike because the writers in animation are very often artists themselves. We all belong to a completely different union. A fact that I myself was not aware of until a few weeks before I got laid off. It was good to know that I’d have the possibility of finding more work at a different studio if worse came to worse.
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