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Here it is. Here’s The Wizard’s Lesson in its entirety.

I got it done in less than a year, but I wish I’d gotten it done faster. As time goes by my productivity increases, so my next projects should go faster.

You’ll see them soon enough. This post is about this comic right here.

As always, click to EMBIGGEN:


Sui Dynasty hats were super-weird
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Do please enjoy the rest of The Wizard’s Lesson

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Sometimes I worry that I’ve been listening to too much Goon Show [autoplay warning] and general British radio comedy. Then I remember what the Tick had to say about moderation:

“Always remember: less is less, more is more. More is better, and twice as much is good too. Not enough is bad, and too much is never enough except when it’s just about right.”

After I finish this folk tale comic, expect more one-shots and proper blog posts, some of which may not even have art! GASP! I’ve got a new camera–an Olympus XZ-2 that Nadja found for about 60% off–so I’ll be doing photos again as well.

Anyroad, here’s a nice splash page to click on and make huge and be all WHOA YOU FUCKED UP TZU CH’UN and next week? The whole thing rolls up and finishes, and then…the lesson?

To date:

Part 1 ; Part 2 ; Part 3 ; Part 4 ; Part 5 ; Part 6 ; Part 7 ; Part 8

And now:

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Well. Glad he sorted THAT out for us.

Love,

benjamin

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Let’s just chat for a second before we get into today’s comic, the heaviest one in the whole thing. After this we only have a few more days of postings left.

Anyroad, there’s a chance that BIG HERO 6 is still playing in a theater near you.

Go goddamned see it.


Seriously, the movie is ridiculously good, and the trailer doesn’t in any way express its complexities.

If you don’t like it, I’ll…dunno, maybe I’ll do something for you. And then I’ll tick the box next to your name that says “COLD AND EMOTIONLESS.”

In related news, my latest bad movie watching was Gor. Oddly, I could only find a Spanish-language trailer for it.

If you’re not familiar with the world of Gor…well, it’s not entirely pleasant. I’d say more on it, but I’ve refused to ever read any book in the series.

The movie managed to be both offensive and inoffensive. It’s was mostly a standard 80’s sword-and-sorcery film, but with a lot more women tied up and treated like objects than one would expect. And hair. My god, Gor invented hairspray but not hairstyling.

RIGHT! On to the most troubling bit of The Wizard’s Lesson. After this, it’s only a tiny bit more to wrap things up, then on to our discussion about the lesson.

As always, click the pic to embiggen.

First, the last installment I posted:

Wizard's Lesson birth
And now…

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Wizard's Lesson he is back
So that happened.

Love,

benjamin

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It doesn’t matter much, though, since my ability to draw pretty ladies extends about as far as I can flick a boulder. I make do with “visual cues.” *koff*

Need a RECAP?
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Take Him To The Pit!
Eight Hells
Reincarnation

As always, click the pic to embiggen.

Wizards Lesson Pretty Lady
I’ve also included my latest Artisan Pony, which is one of my more unfortunate ones. I intentionally started drawing from the back of the neck, which led to some, whatchamacallits…birth defects. Submissions always welcome, click the pony for details.
Artisan Pony backwards unfortunate head

The Wizard’s Lesson has rounded the last curve and is entering the final straightaway, to use pony terminology. I figure that by the end of the next two weeks, it will be finished. I’ll make a post with the entirety of the work as the last entry for it.

Anybody have suggestions/requests on what to draw next, beyond my “Grammar Nazis” comic and “the benchilada tarot?”

Love,

benjamin

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S’up, kids?

I’m tired of waiting until the last minute to do the actual writy-bit of my entries, so I’m actually writing this the night before.

I haven’t been sticking to my Ten Minutes A Day rule with my art, justifying the many hours I spend on them anyway as being justified. This is bullshit, amirite*?

Don’t get me wrong, I’m having fun with the Artisan Pony Project and the fabulous guest artists that I’ve gotten so far, but I feel like I’ve been dropping-out of the one-page-funny comics, focusing perhaps too much on being Srs with my art. Starting again tonight, ten minutes every day.

I should also get back to a story or two that I was briefly working on. And the dishes. Nadja‘s sleeping, though, so I shouldn’t do the latter right now. Our bedroom and kitchen are only separated by a curtain.

We have been having preposterous amounts of fun lately, including the great success that was the Kung Fu and Kasseroles Party. Great friends, and casseroles and covered dishes were consumed in large quantities.

Here are trailers for the movies that ran all night:

Living Room TV:

The Magnificent Butcher  (Sammo Hung at his best), The Tai Chi Master  (A 90s Wire-Fu classic), 36th Chamber of Shaolin (Because Gordon Liu).

Laptop in Library:

Duel of the Tough twice (good fights, a film by Godfrey Ho) and The Holy Flame of the Martial World  (a truly WUT film in so many ways).

Netbook Opposite the Toilet:

The Fearless Hyena on repeat (a personal favorite, my first Chan kung fu film).

Anyroad, welcome to the SECOND most bizarre part of The Wizard’s Lesson:

Need a RECAP?
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4

As always, click to embiggen:

Chinese Hells 1 Chinese Hells 2
See, that wasn’t so bad, was it?

Love,

benjamin “greater-than-zero chance of current intoxication” sTone

* Apparently this word bugs some people. They can go screw.
** This comic leaves copyright on December 2, 2024

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“Interesting” fact: unless I’m working on a piece that’s 100% planned-out and ready, I don’t keep track of which color I use on various parts of drawings.

As such, when I have something like The Wizard’s Lesson, colors on everything change unless I can remember from the last time I drew.

For example, I know that King Yama, Lord of the Underworld, should have a face red with righteous fury, so I draw it like that…then forgot which pencil I used. Glad I don’t have to draw him again. 😛

I think that the color of Tzu Ch’un’s astral self is “green bice,” but don’t quote me on that, because that would be a stupid thing to quote me about.

Why would you even do that? Quote me on a color?

I thought I knew you.

Oh, by the way, our “Fuck Civility” buttons are now up on our Etsy shop. Support Steven Salaita, kids, by expressing your own first-amendment rights:

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In any event, please have some looks back and today’s art:

The Wizard’s Lesson First Part
The Wizard’s Lesson Gore Begins
The Wizard’s Lesson Gore Continues

Click To Embiggen:

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Love,

benjamin

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I really love The Wizard’s Lesson, and we’re really getting into the truly insane bits. Today is a full recap of everything so far. It will give people who read this only in bits to go through the whole thing up until now, as well as refresh the memories of others.

I think I’m getting even better with my stick figures, particularly when scaling them against actual objects. There are still a few things I have to learn, of course. For example, drawing clothing on a stick figure without it looking completely ridiculous is still hard. Also, drawing a tiger skin over and over with my skill level is fucking ridiculous and I can’t believe I kept that detail.

The clothing in this story is, for the most part, accurate to the Sui Dynasty, and the same with the furnace. I get a nerd boner when I’m researching things, so of course I did it for this piece.

For reference purposes, The Wizard’s Lesson was written–or written down–by Li Fu-yen, aka P’u Sung Ling. The translations that I am using as inspiration for my own version are from Chinese Fairy Tales & Fantasies by Moss Roberts—a book which I recommend in its entirety—and Traditional Chinese Stories: Themes and Variations by James Hightower, from which I only read “The Wizard’s Lesson.”

Incidentally, this is my first attempt at a long-form art project. I did fine on my five page Every Time You Flush The Toilet You Dance With Death piece, so I figured I go for something lengthier.

Related: A few pages of The Wizard’s Lesson may be appearing in an upcoming low-edition print thing for sale at Made Fest 2014. You can also purchase some of our items at our Printfection Store and some on Etsy. The rest of the Stone Robot Enterprises pages are to the right.

As always, click the pics to enbiggen them, and hit the jump for everything after the first page.

Here, in it’s So-Far-Entirety, is The Wizard’s Lesson: Book One.

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OH YEAH LET’S DO THIS!

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I’ve been looking forward to drawing / completely dreading drawing this splash page. It’s the first real WHY IS THIS EVEN HAPPENING page, and I knew it was going to take some imagination. A few tries and I figure I’ve got it just about right for my needs.

Next week I’ll be bringing you an entry with ALL of The Wizard’s Lesson in chronological order, such that its madness may be read through all at once. You might need a refresher, because…uh…shit gets even weirder than this page. Is weirder the right word? How about WHY IS THIS EVEN?

Anyways, here you are, and as always, click the pic to make it bigger. More updates next week as various things happen. Can somebody remind me to write a proper POST for once instead of just jibber-jabbering? Thanks, Mr. Baracas.

<3,

benjamin

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PS – Doesn’t bode well, does it?
PPS: This comic leaves copyright on September 4th, 2024