An Uncharted Train of Thought

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        1. That was certainly the idea, Maria. I like to give my strips a real sense of time and place wherever I can. It’s a way of hopefully pulling readers into the story more. (Well, that’s the aim!) 😀

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  1. Interesting strip Tony, after reading it I found it a rather philosophical follow up strip to last weeks strip, please tell me Ernest does not flash us again?. As much as I enjoyed this strip I have to ask where’s Rory?.**TPG**

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    1. Ha ha ha! Yes, Rory is a hard act to follow, so I can understand why you’d miss him so. As for Ernest flashing his bits… well, he wasn’t the one who took his underpants off! 😛

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    1. Thank you so much! Yes, I’m pleased at how that turned out too, although it was rather complicated to pull off. Amazing what an online Photoshop tutorial will do for your strip! 😀

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  2. Distance seen with backwards eyes… so beautifully written!
    The ephemeral and smokey reflection of your artwork is evocative and well done.
    A beautiful mix of words and pictures!
    Absolutely wonderful work Tony.

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    1. Thank you, Pam! When I sat down to colour this one, I thought it would be quite easy and straightforward. Little did I know… Still, the ten or so hours I spent on this appears to have paid off. I think I’ll have me a bit of a nap now! Ha ha!

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  3. Stunning artwork; the muted colours, the detail and the journey Ernest is on is really beginning to unfold. I love Americana music, literature and films and your drawings echo this for me, the train on its tracks. I suppose it is the vastness of both Australia and America which so often shows us on the road, on the track, on the way to a hopeful somewhere.

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    1. Thank you, Chris. As always, your assessment of my work is not only kind but perceptive. I agree about Americana music.

      I particularly love the late, great Johnny Cash’s work. I actually had Come Along and Ride this Train, Orange Blossom Special and his rendition of Wayfaring Stranger playing while I was colouring it.

      Then I moved onto Billy Bragg’s & Wilco’s Mermaid Avenue: The Complete Sessions, three CDs worth of original Woody Guthrie lyrics turned into rousing song.

      Boy, did I ever enjoy that! Really got the creativity flowing!

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      1. This is actually from Mark but I’m perceptive too! This problem is we both have a blog but only one iPad and one desktop between us and we don’t always check whose signed in.

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      2. Similar music collections then. Billy is one of our heroes whom we have seen many times and Wilco are sublime. Who else you got? We love The Walkabouts and The Triffids and the old porn king lookalike Nick Cave.

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        1. Billy Bragg is awesome. I’ve seen him live only once, but boy was that a fantastic evening! Wilco is so good too. They seem to move effortlessly between folksy sounding stuff and the more avant-garde compositions! Brilliant!

          As for other bands, I’m really into one called Wovenhand. I cannot adequately describe their sound but it’s a blend of a lot of things. As the Wikipedia article says, they combine elements of “neofolk, alternative country, post-rock, punk, industrial music, folk rock, old-time music and native American music”. I’ve heard very few groups like them, and highly recommend that you start with their album Mosaic (should you so wish). It is truly hypnotic.

          Honorable mentions would be Alela Diane (especially her first album The Pirate’s Gospel), Natalie Merchant (The House Carpenter’s Daughter is amazing), and of course Bob Dylan’s earlier stuff (although his latest stuff is pretty cool too).

          I’m fairly new to Nick Cave, but yes, he is great. I think I’m going to enjoy exploring his work!

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          1. This is great – we are musical mates then as have all of these. Sixteen Horsepower, David Eugene Edwards’ band before Wovenhand, were also great – if you haven’t already done so check them out.

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            1. It’s so cool that you’re very familiar with both Wovenhand and 16 Horsepower! I mention these two bands to most people and they go, “Uh?” You and I are meant to be, Mark! 😉 Yeah, I’m currently listening to Mr Eugene Edward’s newest, and he definitely hasn’t lost his touch!

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                  1. We like some rap – real Public Enemy fans. We have just finished watching Jazz, the old documentary by Ken Burns, and so Mark has ordered a lot of cds to add to his collection. We are currently wearing black roll top sweaters, shades, black trousers, and saying things like ‘he’s a hep cat’ and ‘cool daddio’. Tee hee hee. And yes, this IS Chris.

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                    1. I’m laughing so hard right now. I should break out my black jeans, shirt, and boots, add corpsepaint, and spikey neck and wrist wear. I’ve got the long hair, so that would cap it all off nicely. And then I wouldn’t say anything ‘cos black metal legends only growl like they’re badly in need of a tube of Soothers. 😛

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