"It's just that you always keep moving forward"

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

I spent many hours on this doodle. I was inspired by the wonderful anime, Kino's Journey: The Beautiful World. It's about the journey of a girl and her motorad, a talking motorcycle.

The anime has a cinematic style, and spends much of its time lingering over landscapes or pondering philosophical questions. The story takes a backseat to these meanderings. Kino is detached from the world, an atypical young woman with no goals or aims or relationships besides her motorad. I know it's a cliche, but for Kino the journey really is about the journey.

Each country she visits (which are never larger than a city) is different, and used as a parable for a societal issue or fault. You never know what to expect at the beginning of an episode. They don't always focus on the obvious truths, and not every story has a lesson or a purpose.

I haven't doodled since Sunday. Rebuilding my computer (or my failed attempts thereat) has taken my free time. While I still have a sizeable stockpile of Horribles, once the Marathon strikes next month, I might have to go on hiatus for a bit. I would hate to arrive at the end of November with an empty bank of Horribles. The bank is what keeps doodling fun: it doesn't feel like an obligation, since I'm not doodling for tomorrow, I'm doodling for next month. It's amazing how much pressure that removes.

I decided to not play with the computer today. I'll try again this weekend. Instead I managed to eek out a doodle. Oh, and I also wrote about a page of notes for the Marathon. You should fasten your seatbelts, you're in for a terribly uninteresting ride.

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