Asperges Me

Sometimes as I walk home through Queen Anne streets after a day of school and the air is particularly damp and the sky is dark it smells like the time my father and I climbed Mt. Humbug in Oregon, a mountain I bet no one climbs except people like us, passersby who stop on a whim (because sometimes it sounds nice to climb a mountain) and work their zig-zag way upwards to find the elevation where spring dampness becomes frost and snow that clings to the trees and everything shimmers. I pause and think of that day and of the other blessed few days I’ve spent hiking the Pacific Northwest and imagine what Queen Anne was like a few hundred years ago, before urbanization, just another tree-canopied hill cut from the continent’s cloth. I look up and want to go higher, to reach the moment of transposition where time and water freeze.

As I continue my short walk home, a song flits into my mouth.

Asperges me, Domine, hyssopo et mundabor,
Lavabis me, et super nivem dealbabor.

Miserere mei, Deus,
Secundum magnum misericordiam tuam.

Gloria Patri et Filio et Spiritui Sancto
Sicut erat en principio, et nunc, et semper, et en saecula saeculorum, Amen.

Asperges me, Domine, hyssopo et mundabor,
Lavabis me, et super nivem dealbabor.

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little dude

In an earlier post, I made a passing reference to a comic series I tried to begin when I was… 8? 9? 17?
Who knows.
A long time ago.

I went through several obsessions back in my single digits.  Geography/maps; Greek/Roman mythology (also a couple brief affairs with Norse and Tiki myths); magic tricks; cartooning; Crazy Bones.  For journalistic integrity, I should say that the last three of those aren’t necessarily in chronological order.

Posted below is the epitome of my cartooning phase.  The pièce de résistance, if you will—and it’s my blog, so you better will!  This comic is also a survivor of the Tragic Rainfall on Cartooning Folder as well as the Regrettable Basement Flood of ’07.  After the TRoCF I moved many of my cartoons into a plastic accordion-style portfolio.  The portfolio has many sections, including “Villains,” “Paper! paper!,” and “Other Artists.”  This comic was found in “Ready to Sell.”

I hope you find it amusing.

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