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Are you wondering what all of this ‘benjamin being attacked by letters’ was all about?

I doubt it, but if you look below you’ll find that the last page pulls a Clarissa and explains it all:

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On January 30, 2005, I first used the term “Things I Can’t Draw” on LiveJournal, regarding The Day I Saw An Unidenfitied Flying Object, a story for some class that I drew when I was in about 2nd or 3rd grade.

On January 2, 2006, I did my first entire page of TICD, because I was bored near a pen and a sheet of printer paper. I had so much fun, and that coffee-maker still looks good…but wtf laptop?

Now, in October 2014, it’s time to retire the title.

Thing I Can’t Draw belong to the ages.

Welcome to This Is How I Draw.

Sure, it’s taken eight years for me to accept it completely, but I can draw; I simply have a very unique style. It takes me far longer than you would think—I can draw, but it’s difficult—and that’s totally fine, because I love the fuck out of doing it. I’ve been getting better as time goes on, and can easily finish things in one night that used to take me two or three.

The Wizard’s Lesson is a great example of this, and I have a page already uploaded and ready to post on Thursday. I start another tonight and may even have it ready for the same post.

The moral of the story is that you can all stop telling me that I really can draw, because I’ve finally acknowledged it. The next person who derides my derision can go screw. 😛

Now, if you’ll excuse me, these bastards aren’t going to fold themselves:

Sheep Folding Practice by JFH Thomas bookcover

Love,

benjamin sTone

REMINDER: The works pictured above leave copyright on October 14, 2024.

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Hey kids!

As some of you may know, my brain doesn’t always get words right. It’s always been a problem with my gray matter, but the older I get, the more my brain misfires and makes me sound like I’m having a stroke.

I don’t always keep track of them, but I’m starting to, and I’m going to start drawing as many of them as I can. The first one was a misfire while talking to Nadja about a recipe I was going to make with a number of onions, which aren’t Nadja’s stomach’s favorite if they’re not very cooked. I was asking about a change I could make.

Please enjoy my first I Don’t Words Talk Right:

Crystalize the onions Fuckbrain Comix

Doing a completed drawing every few days isn’t exactly #Inktober, but #Drawtober works just fine with me.

Tomorrow you might have the horrifyingly blood-soaked very strange next bit of The Wizard’s Lesson as well as a bit about the best new horror movie I’ve seen in ages.

Love,

benjamin
Who’d crystallize YOUR onions any day….

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Nadja and I were going to participate in #Inktober, but since so much of my art is based on the structure and not the inking itself, we’re just sorta doing #Drawtober.

I did two last night to catchup. The first one is a throwaway that was inspired by Nadja telling me to draw “a guy smashing a city.”

The second is the penultimate one in my recent and confusing series of me being abused by gravity and my own letters.

I’ve got very little else, because I had an entry planned for writing and then a filling tore out of the middle of a tooth, so now I’m hurty and about to go to the dentist.

Anyroad, here you go. The Wizard’s Lesson resumes next week, and the daily draws will continue.

Love,

benjamin

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…and then he next-to-last-page of…

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FACTS:

We will be at Made-Fest next weekend, both Saturday the 27th and Sunday the 28th. There’s a FB page here.

We’ll be on the east side of the vendor area, up against the wall of the Highdive.

We’ll be sharing our booth with artist Sophie McMahon, who is awesome.

You will come buy our things.

There will be a mini-comic with this as its cover:

Benchilada Comix 1 cover

For more awesome things to do in Champaign-Urbana all the time, visit my Ladybee von Robot‘s AWESOME local events webpage, Nothing to Do in C-U. If you know of a local event that’s coming up, let us know!

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.

Sui Dynasty hats were super-weird

 

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

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Today, no talk! Only art!

NEXT TIME, shit gets even more realer. Seriously, it’s where The Wizard’s Lesson takes a hard right into WTF.

<3,

benjamin
PS – I promises a Toy in the Bookstacks this week
PPS: This comic leaves copyright on August 25th, 2024.

THE WIZARD’S LESSON, previous chapters:

Part One
Parts Two and Three
Parts Four and Five
Part Six
Part Seven
Part Eight
Part Nine
Part Ten
Part Eleven

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The post is over. Get back to work.

 

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Sometimes insomnia is a total bastard, refusing to let you focus long enough to do anything other than watch bad infomercials and half-assedly flip through comic books.

Last night I drew the entire next page of The Wizard’s Lesson for you. That makes two art posts in two days. I’m getting marginally better at this.

As always, click the pic to make it bigger. I think.

THE WIZARD’S LESSON, previous chapters

Part One
Parts Two and Three
Parts Four and Five
Part Six
Part Seven
Part Eight
Part Nine
Part Ten

Wizards Lesson 1000 bros
Ta ra,

benjamin