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The Swamp
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Here’s a semi-recent commission I did for the Kado book project. The dark encroaching Louisiana swamp overwhelming the little village with a murky and diseased gloom as the threat of war looms bleak in the background. It’s the low point of the story, when all hope seemed lost, and it was an interesting project to plant and execute this painting to reflect that.

Well on the home front, not all is lost in my roof-over-the-head department, but I don’t think I’ve ever fought so hard for something or been so tired in my life. I have secured a shack, bit of a termite-ridden disaster shack, but nonetheless, things are looking up. However, I’ve got tons of labor to get this place: 1. De-moldy 2.de-Termite 3. De-lovely (there I go with my Cole Porter addiction again). To that end I’ve been putting in massive long days of demolition and reconstruction, and gradually the smell is improving. Yes, it’s bad enough that I’m just going off the smell test. So I’m late today. I’m burning my comic buffer, and I’m looking to Feb1 as my drop dead date to get everything straightened out again. Feb 1! Oh frabjous day! I have no idea how to get there from here, but it's gonna happen.

That wretch Xander hasn’t been having an easy time of it either, thank goodness.

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Tehachapi Pass
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Eh. I’ve spent 48 hours lighting fires and tossing trees like Bigfoot himself. I always wondered if Bigfoot was Scottish. Tehachapi pass is a major rail pass through the southern end of the sierras into Bakersfield. That would be the rail bed in the pic but I didn’t paint the tracks. I hear the journey itself is a bit hair raising. You have to go in a 360 degree loop. You go up and down a lot. Anyways. What tartan would Bigfoot wear that’s the real question.

Or we could go with socks. Scottish socks are pointedly fun. With the little flag thingey and the surprise inside.

I gotta go toss more trees now. Rain is coming.

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Chateau Grief 248
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Isn’t it getting hot in here…

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Kore’s just stabbed Xander in the heart. She’s going to kill them both! Ahahaha, yeah, right. After realizing what happened, Xander informs her of the rules. Because there are rules on Eynhallow that have to be strictly followed, or more precisely there’s one rule, and that rule is ‘Ves Xander is more powerful than you’. So after a brief scuffle, Kore engages in a *cough* another *cough* tactic *cough cough cough*. So the real important question here I think is, do you put the ‘.’ Inside or outside the ‘*’? Is it a parenthetical remark? Is it like quotes? No matter the situation, everyone on the internet agrees, grammar is of supreme importance. Elements of style my friends. See that’s not even a proper sentence. I’m just making it worse, aren’t I? Crap.

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Woke up today and decided I could really see myself doing a joke about clones.

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Soquel Demonstration Forest
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This is Soquel California’s Demonstration Forest. What the heck is a demonstration forest, you may ask? Showing the squirrels how it’s done? Well it’s run by Cal Fire and I think it sounds like a desperate attempt by Cal Fire to demonstrate how the counties should get their act together and not get burned to the ground through the simple problem of not properly caring for their trees. California’s got a bit of a problem there, what with the fantastic plant growing weather, mediterranean dry summers and famously large population of people who, for reasons I’ve never been able to understand, object to logging of any form. Cal Fire has fought disaster year after disaster year and the situation isn’t going to get any better unless people start thinning some brush. So Cal Fire logs their 8 demo forests, 71,000 acres worth and sells 30 million board feet of timber off it per year, which wikipedia helpfully adds is about 3,000 new construction houses worth. For reference, California builds about 60,000 new houses per year, so this is very much a drop in the bucket. But hey, it’s something. Cal Fire keeps the money and uses it for their programs & stuff. And they’ve turned the Soquel demo forest into a mountain biking extravaganza. Highly rated. They also run lots of ‘how to manage a forest’ programs to help educate people that trees need haircuts too. Trim your trees. Save your forest.

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Such a pretty shade of blue!
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chateaugrief - 2 Jan 20 20:05
thank you!
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hell has been going on all night, Kore, if you hadn't noticed.

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Having exsanguinated himself sufficiently for one night, Xander gets ready for bed. Eynhallow is completely deserted so it’s gotta be what, eight, eight thirty? May I interject and say California cities go to bed way early. Xander, somewhat woozily mentions that the moon’s days are numbered. And then Kore appears out of nowhere and stabs him in the chest with a sword. I mean, ok, that’s a sort of an interplanetary threat he did there, but still.

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Jamestown Victorian
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Went to Jamestown California recently on a day trip for business and I saw this incredible Victorian house. It’s a B&B, here’s their page: https://thepalmbb.com/ reasonable rates too. I wandered around and got to the rail museum https://www.railtown1897.org/ five minutes before closing, just enough time to catch a glimpse of five sleek shiny enormous behemoth engines that are being restored in the half-a-roundhouse that’s suffered a few collisions with runaway trains…at least according to the locals. Operator error. Apparently it’s difficult to know whether a steam engine is in forward or reverse gear. There’s an enormous rail blacksmith shop there too, catnip for my heart, with the largest power hammer I’ve ever seen. It’s operational apparently, and is busy fixing those incredible black horses in the shed, but on the day I was there everything was deserted. One day I’ll have to return when a drive shaft or something is getting reforged. Winding down from the rail museum to the tiny main drag, I was struck by the desertedness of the houses, and at every cross street were old railroad tracks. If you looked carefully into the brush, you could see rotting train car after rotting train car stuffed into the thickets of oak and chaparral, just barely visible from the right angle. All the restaurants on Main Street were closed so I went to a taco stand by the highway. Jamestown is an original gold town, founded in 1848 by Benjamin Wood’s discovery of gold at the subsequently-named Wood’s creek. The town was named for a Colonel George F. James, a merchant shyster who sold the miners goods and supplies, offered them legal advice, became loved and respected, and then absconded with investors’ money, never to be heard from again. The rail museum is there because it was the main hub of the Sierra Railway, used to transport ore to smelting plants in the Bay Area. Now the Sierra Railway is used by filmmakers for train shots. Anytime you see a movie with a train, look for those California oak and grasslands. Allegedly they used downtown Jamestown for parts of Back to the Future III. It’s well worth a trip and the old buildings are begging to be Kincaidified, though come early because that rail museum closes at 3:00. I feel as if gold miner ghosts should be staggering down Main Street any minute now, on their way out to work their overgrown claims in the thick green forest.

Merry Christmas!

Sorry for Xander’s behavior. He could be shooting Christmas ornaments off the tree with rubber bands but nooooo… bah humbug for him…

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Chateau Grief 246
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Xander, when your parents told you George Washington was a good role model they didn't mean it like this.

merry disturbing Christmas. sorry.

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Lights on the Ocean
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As I continue to fight for a roof over my head this winter, and moving a second time within 6 months, I'm indulging myself with some ocean here and some poetry. Mighty forces of nature seem just the thing to minimize the trivial problems of everyday life, and I am slammed right now. At least I'm not wet.

The Ocean - Nathaniel Hawthorne

The Ocean has its silent caves,
Deep, quiet, and alone;
Though there be fury on the waves,
Beneath them there is none.

The awful spirits of the deep
Hold their communion there;
And there are those for whom we weep,
The young, the bright, the fair.

Calmly the wearied seamen rest
Beneath their own blue sea.
The ocean solitudes are blest,
For there is purity.

The earth has guilt, the earth has care,
Unquiet are its graves;
But peaceful sleep is ever there,
Beneath the dark blue waves.

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User #6783360 - 18 Dec 19 19:16
Reminds me of this chorus we sung in the SA by Charles A. Miles, 1914. Wide, wide as the ocean, high as the heaven above; Deep, deep as the deepest sea is my Savior’s love. I, though so unworthy, still am a child of His care; For His Word teaches me that His love reaches me everywhere.
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User #6783360 - 18 Dec 19 19:16
His love is greater than even our cares
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A twisted form of penance? Or just more insanity? At least he’s taking it out on himself & not innocent bystanders.

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Saturday Morning Comic 111
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sofa so good

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General Store
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This will be the last time I promote the KADO: Lost Treasure of the Kadohadacho (get em while they’re hot!) book that I recently illustrated. For a while. Possibly a week. I’ve been really scrambling these last few days with the rainy winter and housing situation so thank you all for your patience, the landscapes will be returning soon. I really really hope. Thank heaven or Di for comic buffers, amirite?

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Sure that will help. This is going well.

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Another thing I like to paint, always have, and rarely get a chance to do nowadays. Horses! (and cats, but I didn't do any cats for this illustration project.....wait for it.... Kado: Lost Treasure of the Kadohadacho! 400+ pages of excellent historical adventure fantasy, 12 full color plates by me inside, 3 maps, plus the cover. I get extra commish if you buy from the link etc. horses not included, do not eat, natural flavor with other natural flavor)

and if wholesome boy-and-his-horse stories aren't the thing you're feeling today, read about Ms. Ice twisting the knife even more in order to wreck the life of the guy she cares about to save the guy she doesn't care about. because it's the right thing to do or something.

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Deal with Grant, deal with Eynhallow? Pick vodka.

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Might be just the lift he needs to alp his spirits.

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General Store
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This is an image of an old general store for the book illustration projectI did recently Kado: Lost Treasure of the Kadohadacho https://amzn.to/2NhwMN2 for sale at link, yes I’m trying to get a commission. ;) But anyways this painting. Oh there’s something mesmerizing about planning out a piece like this. What would have been for sale in 1818 at a country general store? From the fabric prints, to the colors of glass, the tools and the wagon wheels. That cashier machine is original to the era, right down to the decorative designs. A pallet of beaver hides in the corner getting shipped back to the mainland. The little museum is apparently historical, dedicated to Andrew Jackson and had one of his battle jackets and one of his swords. I picked for this one a sword of his that is now on display at the hermitage. It had an odd chain guard which I found very interesting and a presumably ivory handle. This is obviously a parade sword, not a fighting one, but oh so beautiful. I’d have to say my favorite part of this piece though is the yarn hanging from the ceiling, freshly dyed with vegetable dyes, naturally.

King of purple hair is having a bad day, meanwhile. But when isn’t he? That’s what you get for washing your hair with beets!

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I'm sure destabilizing already lunatic Xander will go very well for you Kore.

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Long Prairie
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For this piece the trouble was how to depict a vast open empty space of grassland as far as the eye can see. Everyone's arrived at their destination in east texas now, texas didn't exist then, (don't mention to texans prob), *ahem* --arkansaw territory-- (*louisiana purchase raises hand in 1803*)so everyone's arrived at a big flat meadow, which is great for farmers who don't have to take out tree stumps and grade all that land level in order to plant and tend their food crops. But riverside real estate may prove difficult for our pioneers in the historical novel I just illustrated:

amzn.to/2NhwMN2 because flat lands by the river come with other problems. bzzz bzzzz bzzz. get the picture? drain the swamp bros. that goes for today because I've seen all y'all's screened-in porches. drain that swamp. they did it in scotland way back when, an excellent swamp drainage engineering project, no excuse now. (drain the persian gulf?)(holland? thoughts?)(california is mostly old swamp)(too many parenthetical remarks) I get commish if you click the link and click buy. Or you could just click the link to see the fabulous cover and read an excerpt.

The Prophecy
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This piece was a defining moment for the book that I'm relentlessly promoting this month, bet you didn't hear I did 30+ paintings for this, many of which are included in the text in some nice interior glossly insets. Where to buy, where to buy? Oh where oh where. Well here's the link,https://amzn.to/2NhwMN2 I'll bet I haven't told you that if you get it I get a commission yet. anyways....this moment was the defining 'call to adventure' that the patriarch of the family received on the night of the 1812 New Madrid earthquake on the Mississippi River, he gets a mysterious, but irresistible prophecy from a character who vanishes into the night. I should have painted more downed trees, I know, but the look of the fire and the eerie aurora skies was an amazing look that came together well for this.

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a real eye-roller too.

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Caddo Lake
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Caddo Lake is a big old bayou swampy thing between Texas and Louisiana. There's lots of lily pads, spanish moss, and swampy tree things. I believe it's a State Park and it orta be because I have never seen such an ethereal wispy lake. Seriously just peruse some photography of this place.

The comic continues, despite the recent adversity.

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User #24865081 - 21 Nov 19 12:34
What a beautiful painting! It reminds me of the setting for this short student film I saw awhile ago. https://youtu.be/hFrDbdAknws
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chateaugrief - 22 Nov 19 02:16
ooh what a beautiful render in that scene! Legit quality, very nicely done!
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User #24865081 - 20 Nov 19 22:51
It is unreasonable how amazing you are at cultivating nuanced and dramatic scenes. Thank you!
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chateaugrief - 22 Nov 19 02:14
aw thank you!
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Smile you're on candid camera.

Author's Note:

Well this week I’ve had some hard thinking to do. One of my platforms, Webtoons, censored several Chateau Grief episodes. It’s a pretty large market, with several thousand active readers per week. It’s a convenient app that people like. There is a very real possibility that if I continue to post things that they don’t like, they will completely delete the series, without informing anyone. I have my own website, www.chateaugrief.com, which somehow functions just fine without having the laughably named ‘trust and safety’ commissars deciding what I can do and what I can’t. The internet is changing. You will change with it. My choice right now, will be quite passive, because I’m not here to pick a fight. I will begin self-censoring episodes on Webtoons. I will not be putting black boxes or such nonsense. I’ll provide a link, which will not be clickable since Webtoons disallows that, to the weekly episode to my site where Chateau Grief will continue as normal. If a better option pops up in the future, I’ll take it, but for now, I will cease to promote Webtoons as a viable platform to read Chateau Grief on, as more than likely they will cease to promote Chateau Grief as a series they want on their site, if they don’t boot me altogether. Eventually Webtoons is going to go away. I’m on a lot of other platforms, you can find CG on DeviantArt (they seem pretty laid back), and Tapas (I’m 100% certain that if more people looked at CG on Tapas they’d censor me too) and Patreon (there's not just locked posts there, there's lots of stuff & you can subscribe without pledging). I’d encourage you to find me on one of those places. My own site is the only place where you will be guaranteed to see the real story, so bookmark it, and if one day I up and vanish, you can check on me to see if I died or something. At this point, I don’t have a realistic commenting section put up, so I’m going to install a Disqus or similar for the site. It’ll take a few days. The Discord is hopping though, and while it’s yet another site controlled by a corporate board of directors, you’re welcome to pop in there while it lasts. You’ve doubtless heard a lot of political wrangling over free speech in recent months, but did you ever expect that little old webcomic me would get caught up in the steamroller that desires to make everything online as banal as possible?

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Get real Kore, not to be negative but Xander is completely irrational.

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Flying puns, everywhere!!
Ouachita Mountains
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This is the Ouachita Mountains in the fall, key setting for the book I’m going to promote ad nauseam for the next few days *ahem* KADO: Lost Treasure of the Kadohadacho (did I spell that right?) Rusty, the book’s author, came to me with some very specific geography that I had to come up with here because this image had to match a part of the treasure map and also have a very structured location for one of the major battles in the book. So I started digging into the Ouachita mountains…which are apparently bigfoot central…and full of spooky things and interesting goings on. It’s still one of the most untouched wildlands in the country. A fascinating mix of conifers and deciduous trees with plenty of room to have a vivid array of fall colors. This one came out so pretty. GET THE PRINT INSIDE THE BOOK.




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Pay attention to meeeeeeeeeeee plz

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Oh Grant you have such good instincts. For Mid-Century Modern.

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ear jokes are so corny

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Great joke and that smirk on Xanders face in the last frame-priceless!!
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It was tire day for the last few days. First we started out with a 3 a.m. race to the airport to make a flight, not my flight, which was a good thing because I was kryptonite from here on out. What else happens though but a flat tire. It was early. Everyone is closed. It was twenty degrees. Still managed to sleep until a tow truck was acquired, and we trundle on down the highway to the semi-local tire genius haus. Outside the shop is a work truck saying 'we work on tractors'. I should have known right then, but it took me a few minutes for the full import of the words to really sink in. Well we get our tire patched up and replaced and start talking with the proprietor of the establishment, and his two year old. Tractor tires? he says, Oh sure. 4 feet tall and full of water and 1000 pounds? No problem! I'll do it by hand. Thus began tire day. It continued for like 48 hours. I went back and fixed the twelve flat tires that we have hanging around the house (doesn't everybody?) and scheduled the great tractor tire extravaganza out on the farm. I just got home. Was a sight to be seen. He did indeed flip two thousand pound tires single handedly. I should have brought popcorn. It involved driving by Hensley Lake sometime on the way. Pictured.

Telepaths couldn't have done it better, because they're still arguing.

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So...is that an offer or a threat?

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This is Bakersfield, where Grant inexplicably wants to retire. The bakersfield bluffs are a nice little dog park/hiking trail overlooking the city. May be called Panorama Park, couldn’t quite tell from Yelp. And panorama it is, of probably the largest oil field in California. Derrick after derrick. It’s a fairly big city for California, 500,000 people. It was founded in 1863 by Thomas Baker who came to California along with everyone else for the gold rush. He kept a bit of an inn by the banks of the Kern River. Interestingly, the city has incorporated and de-incorporated multiple times. Boom and bust town. The 1952 Kern County earthquake that sheared off the tunnels in Tehachapi pass was a 7.3 either located directly under the city center or near it in an oil field (wikipedia unclear, oil field seems more probable-get your earthquake forecast here: Bakersfield was leveled. A family that lived in Tehachapi during that time told me that crews worked round the clock to dig new tunnels for the rail pass through the mountains. This happened: and this: A lot of the tunnels were sunlighted. But there’s only one way through the pass, the famous Tehachapi railroad loop, so it had to be done and fast. Lots more photos of the quake here:

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Flashback! With hand drawn backgrounds!

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That way when Xander throws you in prison you'll get lots of pen pals.

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This is McCloud River Falls up near Mount Shasta, because my map is looking a bit thin around Redding. I wondered about the name, and YES it was originally McLeod, which they changed because even people in 1860 couldn’t spell, apparently. Alexander Roderick McLeod, of Clan McLeod in the Isle of Skye, motto ‘Hold Fast’, was a fur trapper who worked for the Hudson Bay Company in the early 1800s. Hudson Bay Company is not to be confused with my bros in the Hudson River School of Art. The whole idea behind a lot of American frontier expansion by the mountain men was that hats were super fashionable in London particularly, but all throughout Europe too, with the undercoat of a beaver being a great feltable water resistant fiber to use in making all those top hats and bowlers that you see in old paintings. It’s a great fur fiber, to be sure, if you’ve ever felt a beaver hat, they’re quality. Hats had become such a huge fashion item though that literally millions of beavers were trapped to export to England. America had an enormous supply of beavers, and if you’ve ever had to deal with farming or settling land around these rodents, they weren’t making any friends shall we say. Beavers can fell enough trees to flood your house in about a day, they make a big mess and flood stuff out. Even today they’re considered pests, and despite the estimated 200,000 beavers who were trapped each year at the height of the fur trade, there’s still a hefty thriving population that is certainly not endangered, despite everyone’s best efforts to hunt them to extinction. By the late 1800’s the beaver population was getting low and the hat demand was still quite high, so the fashions changed to silk with the advances in silk production and the invention and increasing popularization of the world’s first computer, the punch-card operated Jacquard Loom Also, thanks to Louis Pasteur, they’d just gotten rid of a silkworm disease that had devastated the silk industry during the height of the beaver felt hat fashions. It all worked out. Moths and Rats. The height of fashion.

And the drama about cloth weaves and who handles fiber better goes on

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Opens fridge with toes not telepathy. Superpowers man.

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User #24865081 - 17 Oct 19 02:27
I personally prefer this version of X-Men. 😉 Much less disneyfied-which surprisingly, is a word, who knew?!
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User #24865081 - 16 Oct 19 23:59
More like freakishly long toes...
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chateaugrief - 17 Oct 19 01:48
one can only wonder. what with the fingers thing
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Saturday Morning Cartoon 104 2019-10-12T19:05:42+00:00close

I'm sure the Satanist Prime Minister will deliver a great eulogy. Really put the fun in funeral if you know what I mean.

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User #24865081 - 12 Oct 19 19:08
I'm glad you made it through the fire blackout!
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chateaugrief - 13 Oct 19 03:45
me too! thanks to a thousand firefighters, it's looking pretty good right now
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So the power company is going to shut off power in my county tomorrow until 'the danger is passed'. I'm posting early.

It's a great beach. By the water. And if Los Angeles catches on fire, you can just wade in up to your ankles.

Eynhallow, incidentally, is the top location in the US for fatal lightning strikes.

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User #6783360 - 9 Oct 19 19:58
Fire, fire? Did someone say, fire?
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chateaugrief - 13 Oct 19 03:46
it's almost out
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User #6783360 - 9 Oct 19 19:59
And a very nice blue drawing. Exemplary water as usual!
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chateaugrief - 13 Oct 19 03:45
thank you!
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Welcome to your latest addiction.

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bro u got an i-ten-tickle twin.

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This is Chilnualna Falls, which I can’t exactly determine the height of, maybe it’s in dispute, but NPS says it’s the second tallest waterfall in Yosemite at 2200 feet https://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/waterfalls.htm. Wikipedia sets the height at 690. I should cite Wikipedia less, this is a good example for me, crowdsourcing has its limits. Never heard of the waterfall though, probably because of the incredibly un-audiogenic name, what a tongue twister!

If you go for a hike, be careful of those polished granite rocks. They’re like ice. Here’s a story from 2016 about what happens when you get injured in Yosemite National Park:


Eynhallow Days Without Serious Injury: 1

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User #6783360 - 3 Oct 19 02:33
Days without serious injury 🤣
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chateaugrief - 3 Oct 19 03:22
it's about time for an injury, right? it's been HOURS.
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Would you like a lozenge for that broken heart?

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User #24865081 - 2 Oct 19 23:49
Whoa! What a rollercoaster of events 0-0
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chateaugrief - 3 Oct 19 03:23
the night is young... ;)
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he's got a multi-fauceted personality.

oops. looked up at the clock in the midst of merrily painting away and I go, it's not Saturday, is it? *facepalm*

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Welp this is a bit different. I’m entering DeviantArt’s #DeviousDesktopsSpaceOut contest and you should too! Details in this journal:

It’s a great time for space themed stuff for me because I’ve been very excited about how the SAFIRE Project has been going. This stands for Stellar Atmospheric Function in Regulation, not Surface-to-Air Fire in this context, sorry General Grant.

I’m linking their 2019 presentation which is long, but well worth the watch because this may quite possibly turn into some incredible technological advances. My main takeaways are ‘dark mode plasma’ ie. black suns. Chain reaction energy production, ie. free energy. Also molecular alchemy. What?! There’s something incredible going on here. So Safire, I salute you, mission complete, and good luck on your next phase!

No, Smaragdos doesn’t mean sapphire, it means emerald. She’s got those green eyes.

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User #6783360 - 28 Sep 19 00:45
Fantastical!! Love this!
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chateaugrief - 28 Sep 19 04:35
thank you!
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don't accidentally capitulate while threatening him, Kore.

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everybody wants to wool the world

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This is Death Valley National Park, and I hope it’s the part that’s in California not the part that’s in Nevada or I’ll have egg on my face (fried, of course, by the sun). I think this one’s called ‘Natural Bridge’ (check out half mile away at the park entrance from the highway it’s twin: ‘Not-Entirely-Natural-I-Suspect-Darling Bridge') It’s in a nice little canyon that can fill up with raging torrents of water without warning, because how else do you get natural arches like that? But water…is the least of your worries in Death Valley.

First of all, it’s very big, the largest in the United States, at 3000 square miles, and it’s the hottest recorded place in the United States, at 134.1F 56.7C, and this surprises me, but that’s the hottest verified air temperature recorded on planet earth. California beats out Libya, wow. This record is over one hundred years old, too, in case you thought global warming might lead to encroaching on this…nope, nothing even close. I was in Phoenix AZ, on their record 122F day in 1990, and boy that was a warmth that was not going to dissipate at all. In fact when you look at country weather record temperatures, it’s somewhat shocking what mild, cool, climates most of the world has actually. I went from freezing to death in an Arizona region that never reached 100F to the California Sierra where all the plants grow and it's 100F all summer so I’m kind of biased. Some like it hot.

Anyways, Death Valley, not content with heat records, is also nearly three hundred feet below sea level, making it the lowest point in North America too. It’s a big salt sink down there, and what water there is is poisonous. The salt crust on the basin floor is up to 5 feet thick in places. Lastly, in their long line of accomplishments, Death Valley National Park in 2013 designated itself an official ‘dark sky park’, a particularly difficult and virtuous move, considering that this enormous badlands wilderness area has permanent population … of four. But someone invisible is playing bocce ball with the rocks, because the rocks move all on their own and leave solitary tracks across the desert sands. I absolutely don’t buy Wikipedia’s explanation here, freeze a rock halfway in ice and then blow on it, nah.

Also things I don’t buy, Xander’s song and dance moves this week like he doesn't know what's going on.

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User #6783360 - 28 Sep 19 00:47
Death Valley was often visited but I don’t think 🤔 I remember this arch. Very good.
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chateaugrief - 28 Sep 19 04:35
I don't think I ever remember visiting there. Everything I remember about the deep california deserts are between Yuma and Needles and El Centro.
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So, ya gonna put your money where your mouth is Xander or not?

Episode Recap:

So after all these visions of hell and stuff, Xander’s like, I ain’t going there. Nope, he’s gonna go on the lam and he’s offering to take Kore with him. Kore just laughs at him. Xander is terrified of his own power, he can’t be a god like Hades, he’s too likely to get mad and smoke someone he shouldn’t. In fact he’s not even responsible enough to be running Eynhallow, as if Kore hadn’t figured that one out by herself. Xander is overwhelmed by the pain of other people’s minds, and his giving Kore telepathy and the ability to make sure the bad things that happened to her never happen again is going to eventually destroy Kore’s ability to block out her own trauma. So they’ll both be stuck, in a world of pain that’s not their own, and in Kore’s case, having to relive old trauma again. Xander figures that this definitely means she should stay with him, because he can regulate her mind. It may suck, but hey, it’s at least some way to keep meaning in his life. Eynhallow could give them both a purpose, and y’know, keep him from heading to the underside of the tracks so to speak. Xander knows he’s a god, but he doesn’t want to be that one. So he’s monologuing like all get-up, and for the guy who really has trouble expressing himself, it’s a step. Ok, it’s a step. Kore instead of listening, waits until the last second to spring the trap. So you’re a god, she says? No you’re not, you’re pretty much incompetent. So, what do you think, will Xander prove it next week or not?

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hey, that was some self-reflection from Xander, that's supposed to be good, right?

woot comic 100! I really need to make an ebook out of these...

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User #6783360 - 14 Sep 19 23:21
I can see clearly your point to this joke.
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chateaugrief - 15 Sep 19 16:30
yeah well I have to admit my eyes glazed over
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Today seemed like a nice day for a simple quiet picture of a lovely rosemary and lavender herb garden up here by the mother lode in the mountains of California. For some fascinating tales and history of the mother lode, I’ll point you to http://www.historichwy49.com/mainmap.html historic Highway 49 being the main road from gold rush town to gold rush ghost town through the major gold region of the Sierras. It’s a great day to go outside and pan for gold, so I think i’m going to do just that. What wild mystery awaits!

not as wild as the continuing tilt out of euclidean geometry that’s happening in the comic.

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User #6783360 - 11 Sep 19 20:13
Pure loveliness 🌾
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chateaugrief - 12 Sep 19 17:07
thank you!

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