Okay, so I’m having some trouble with the script right now, hence no updates in a while …
I have this kind of slumps quite often in autumn. And as usual, I didn’t know exactly what was wrong, but I just had a diffuse unwillingness to ink the page I’m working on right now.
But the thing is that I was going to give a pretty negative portrayal of the country where Willie is right now, but in light of how obscenely cruel the country where I live right now is, that would feel a bit dishonest. (I’m an Anarchist, but I’d rather spend time criticising right-wing liberalism, capitalism and imperialism, since that’s a lot more relevant today …) So I have to wait until my subconscious gets the story right.
Kind of frustrating, since this is such a relatively boring part of the story (to me, anyway), compared to what’s going to happen soon after …
In the meantime, have some sketches … I don’t draw much at all that isn’t actual comics, but here are some sketches of traditional Chinese stoves and cooking utensils. On the right there’s a steamer (that you put on top of a wok filled with water), a slow cooker (kind of a big wooden lid that you put on top of a wok on a low-temperature hole on the stove), and a wok for stir-fry on the hottest hole on the stove. A wood stove on board a ship is a serious fire hazard, so I should probably think of ways to make this type of stove safer. I haven’t been able to find any reference for real kitchens on old Chinese sailing ships. :(
In sketch 2, there’s a random scary piggy from some loose drafts for another comic (if I ever get around to it), and a potential spoiler for a future storyline in Dog Island (if I ever get around to it …).