July 31st, 2008

The Zombie

Back(pain) To The Drawing Board

July 30 -  Man, I have been so busy recently.  Really!  Thanks to an uncommon, and sudden, influx of artwork requests, I've been practically shackled to the ol' drawing board for the last few days.  I've been drawing comic strips, caricatures, poster art, and the usual assortment of weird pieces to be used in advertisements and as gifts.  I'm not complaining, mind you.  Well, I'm about to complain, actually...but not about the workload.  No, it's my chair.  I hate it.  A gift from my sister, the chair at my desk is one of those swiveling "office chair" types.  Recently, something in it broke (OK; a lot of somethings in it broke, but I was able to fix most of them), and, ever since, sitting in it has been a torturous struggle.  After a few hours of drawing, my back and - ahem - lower back are in great pain, no matter how the chair is adjusted, no matter at what height, no matter if I sit back in the seat or forward.  Yes, I'm smart enough to get up and stretch every once in awhile.  The negative effects, however, are cumulative.  I never really "recover" during my breaks, so the last hour or so of art work is pretty miserable.  Right now, it's been about eight hours since I first sat down.  ERGH!  Why do I bring this up?  Oh, I suppose I'd hoped to get a little sympathy from you.  Mainly, though, I wanted to explain tonight's cop-out entry.  I have info, stories, and other fun stuff ready to go, but I can no longer sit upright without feeling like an ornery meatgrinder has begun to turn my back into hamburger.  So, I'm off to bed, but not before I leave you with your Platinum Age Comic Book Characters of The Day for - July 29 - Popeye, and July 30 - Harold Teen!

Harold Teen, trying to hide that he was playing with dolls when he tripped