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Paul Yim Paul Yim: (paulyim-deleteme[at]-deleteme-direman [dot] com) 2011-01-21 10:16:46

Man Cannon

When I was a teenager my father renamed me "Paul" as I had become a naturalized citizen (yes, I can never be President - fortunately for you). I also remember complaining that it was a moniker of such mundane proportions that I immediately felt the need to proffer up a few suggestions of my own: Simon (I got my revenge on graduation day as I had taken it as my middle name), Maximillian, Sky (yes, I had a hippie streak in me then), Magnus, etc. In the end I accepted my fate taking comfort in the fact that none of my college professors would ever stumble over my name during roll call ever again (boy, was I wrong about that).

One day, being the sort of curious creature that I am, I decided to look up what "Paul" meant. It's a biblical name and all biblical names are derived from actual words used in everyday speech. My name meant "little rock". I was furious. How could he name me "little rock"? Why couldn't he have named me "big rock" or simply "rock"? It didn't strike me then, but years later - after passing a few kidney stones - the name seemed to fit somehow.

I now shoot very tiny rocks out of my penis...from time to time.

I'll be back on Monday with more selections of my favorite strips from 2010. See you then.

Dave Dave: (dave-deleteme[at]-deleteme-squishycomics [dot] com) 2011-01-21 11:06:12

It's all GARBAGE!

I recently told Paul of an experience I had this week. I told him how I was feeling kinda proud of the strips that I've been putting out lately, that I thought they looked fairly good. And then I saw some stuff from REALLY good artists. Suddenly, I'm staring at my stuff, ranting and raving, "GARBAGE! THIS IS NOTHING BUT GARBAGE! BY WHAT ARROGANCE DID I EVER *THINK* I WAS IN THE OUTER-MOST PERIMETER OF "GOOD"!?" As I was relaying this to Paul, he started laughing, "Did you throw your artwork out the window and smashed your tools!?" My reply was, "I WOULD if it wasn't all digital!"

So yeah, we both had a good laugh. He reminded me that, as artists, be it writer, illustrator, musician, painter, etc., we should always be striving towards perfection. Always refining our skills, and learning new ones when possible. Well, I spent the last few days trying to absorb more than I normally do (I.E., FAR more practice and studying than usual for me), and although still raw, it looks like it's paying of.

Also, I'd like to thank MadCat for finding good artists that I can steal-er... LEARN stuff from... yes...

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