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Ah, Miscellaneous Musings…

Hi, Friends!

Can you believe it’s already Wednesday?  Where the heck did the week go!  Sheesh.

We got in a fresh new shipment of our trade-paperback, “Johnny Saturn: Synns of the Father,” today.  We are expecting our shipment of Johnny Saturn no. 9 any day now, but very likely this week.  This gives me a warm heart.

Yesterday, I helped Benita run a fabric and dye seminar at the Huddleston House, a historic inn built along the old National Road (US 40) in the 1840’s.  I wasn’t involved in any of the teaching aspects of the day, but I got to help keep the fires going, and I drew some pictures for kids.  I also snuck into the nearby barn and did a quick sketch of an original, un-restored Conestoga wagon.  I expected such wagons to be somewhat crude: I should have known better.  These boat-shaped wagons were built along exacting lines, with hundreds of specialized wood and iron parts.  The men who built this thing would be building high performance cars if they had been born in our time.  If you want to see pictures of Benita and me in action, and read a report on the day, please go here.

As an artist, I’ve noticed that I have gradually changed all my standard tools this year.  I’ve gone from drawing with 2H leads to 3B leads, and I’ve switched from Hunt Crowquills and G Pens to Windsor & Newton Series 7 no. 1 brushes.  I also bought a small cabinet, which I subdivided into long six compartments per drawer, and into this I put all my markers.  “Hi, everyone, my name is Scott Story, and I’m a marker addict.”  I have an obsession with tools that make black marks on paper, I guess.

You’ve by now probably noticed the knife that plays such a big role in the current Johnny Saturn storyline.  It’s based on a real knife, one I found in stack of old car parts in our garage when I was about ten years old.  I had always imagined it to be a World War II GI’s knife, but I’ve been cleaning and sharpening it, and I found an inscription on the pommel that says “Ontario NY, 1-1969.”  This knife is still in very sturdy condition, and the pommel is solid, unlike the modern survival knives that hide a compartment full of miniature implements.

Scott.

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