Happy Day Without Sports, otherwise known as the day after Bastille Day! It’s my favorite holiday so I celebrate it 365 days a year! In honor of this momentous occasion, here’s that painting of a knife fight that I told you about. This is definitely not a sport. Somebody could die!

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Now you can see for yourself that I did a terrible job making it look like X-Men Adventures #6. First of all, there are way too many characters in it. My compositions are getting progressively more crowded. You’ll notice the titular Brother Banenose, the tooth-be-necklaced Fairuza, & the mighty Stephfi. You also get your first looks at Norbert the false pig specialist & the All-Seeing Insect of Doom! Lastly, we have the clothing-deficient [CHARACTER NAME REDACTED BECAUSE IT’S A SPOILER]!

Originally, I had intended to paint an entirely different scene for this chapter. Then I remembered I kind of made a big deal about the tanto fight so I should probably paint that. It also did not require me to paint a ceiling like the alternate scene so it won. My difficult second novel might be set entirely outdoors to completely circumvent the possible necessity of depicting ceilings.

Most books would put such a thrilling scene at the climax, but not mine! This happens in chapter ten, which is roughly the halfway point. So things can only escalate from there! Unless everything is downhill after that. I’ll let you be the judge. But first have a look at the even behind-the-scenesier uninked sketch for the painting that didn’t scan that well:


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Unfortunately there’s no exciting The Dolorous Adventure of Brother Banenose news this week. Unless you consider me painting a knife fight exciting. It homages the cover of X-Men Adventures #6 by looking nothing like it. Do you like knife fights in your novels?

I finally saw Mad Max: Fury Road & it rocked my face off. Je suis les yeux sans visage. Avoid this movie if you value your skull skin! I’m renaming my cat Impurrator Furryosa!

We stand on guard for thee! Happy belated Canada Day! This really should’ve gone up yesterday.

My pals at The Wages of Cinema compared me to the late Sir Christopher Lee. I didn’t even need to bribe them!

Considering how amazing his life was, I’m surprised Christopher Lee isn’t more memetic. These are my humble contributions:



If Star Wars was more realistic, at least half of Darth Vader’s dialogue would be “Did I ever tell you about the time Christopher Lee sliced my arm off?” You’re imagining that in James Earl Jones’s voice right now, aren’t you?

Vote  Gamorrean Guards into the 6″ Star Wars Black Series toy line!

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