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high on jam



This morning's picture is inspired by my friend (and web designer) Dan Fone, and a very, very long conversation we recently had about jam. You wouldn't believe how many things we could say about jam. I heard on the radio a few years ago that British jam consumption has gone way down; people used to rely mainly on jam for something sweet, but now there are a gazillion different ways we can get our sugar fixes.

I made some goals when I moved to Britain. One of them is to try quince jam, and I still haven't tried it. The other is to spot three animals in the wild: a badger, a meadow lark and a hedgehog. So far I've only seen a meadow lark, and a squished hedgehog on the road (which doesn't count, I want to see a live one). That means I am falling a bit short of my targets.

So. This morning I am going to see a shrink! Yes, I am! I have never been to a shrink before. But his name is Alex Buxton and he was on my illustration course at college, and instead of drawing pictures after he graduated, he went on to learn all this psychotherapy, life counseling stuff. Normally I would suspect that kind of thing of being very cheesy and Californian, but besides being very fond of Alex, I know he is one of those people who does everything very, very well, and I have a feeling he'll be very good at this, too. He's just opening for business, specialising in people in the arts and rallying his old classmates; so, being dead curious about him, I have booked one session. I think we are going to talk about time management issues. I will tell you how it went, if it is not too embarrassing. (If it's really cringe-making, I'm sure Vern & Lettuce will tell you about it at some later date.)

Oh, and have a look at this picture just posted by Russian artist Igor Kuprin. Isn't it amazing?

Artwork: I'm selling the jam painting for £40 + £5 registered mail postage (a little bit more for postage if you live outside the UK) via Paypal. Image is 23x17cm.

And don't miss the chance to buy your GOAL Anthology from ztoical and donate to charity at the same time! Here's a peek at the first panel of my submission (which I later coloured):

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witchdoctors
Oct. 24th, 2008 07:53 am (UTC)
Every picture you post makes me smile and makes me want to draw/paint.

Also what did you use to make this picture?
jabberworks
Oct. 24th, 2008 10:42 am (UTC)
Aw, thanks! I used ink and watercolour and a bit of coloured pencil.
witchdoctors
Oct. 24th, 2008 11:12 am (UTC)
I thought it was ink at first, then I saw pencil marks and I thought 'the rest of it is too smooth and even to be water colour pencil'. I was quite confused. But now it allll makes sense.
_w_o_o_d_
Oct. 24th, 2008 08:12 am (UTC)
You know Hedgehogs hibernate in winter, right ? You're going to have to wait until spring to see one, now...

Badgers don't hibernate, but, like hedgehogs, they're nocturnals. The best way to see one is to find one of their burrows, and go hide late in the the evening, waiting for them to come out... or so I read in La Hulotte when I was a kid. Never seen a live badger myself, mind you.
_w_o_o_d_
Oct. 24th, 2008 08:17 am (UTC)
Also... "High on Jam" ? Don't think we don't catch the reference !
jabberworks
Oct. 24th, 2008 10:44 am (UTC)
Yes, sad about the hedgehogs, being winter and all. My tutor from college says she has them in her garden in Highgate, but I haven't managed to wrangle an invitation to her garden yet. Must work on that one. :-D

Haha, I honestly have never heard of Scary Go Round! But it looks fabulous, and I'm glad I made an unintentional reference! Now I want to go away and read it all. Thanks for the tip!
ztoical
Oct. 24th, 2008 10:31 am (UTC)
haha I'm working on a comic about making Jam at the moment...Jam rocks!
jabberworks
Oct. 24th, 2008 10:44 am (UTC)
I agree! The world is a better place because of jam. :-)
chamonkee
Oct. 24th, 2008 11:12 am (UTC)
I've always found the biggest disagreement I have with friends over jam is. "When putting jam of toast should you butter it first?"
jabberworks
Oct. 24th, 2008 12:31 pm (UTC)
The eternal question! (But I butter first.)

Hey, I just now got off the phone with a friend from Moscow who's married a guy in Sheffield and lives there. Now I have at least two reasons to visit Sheffield!
chamonkee
Oct. 24th, 2008 01:24 pm (UTC)
Cool Beans.

I also butter first but only with real butter. None of that I can't believe it rubbish...
jabberworks
Oct. 24th, 2008 01:42 pm (UTC)
Yeah. same. I'm a true believer, in that I well believe it's not butter.
chamonkee
Oct. 24th, 2008 02:14 pm (UTC)
Yeah real butter and jam is also how I like my french bomerangs (I can't spell couasants...)
_w_o_o_d_
Oct. 24th, 2008 07:38 pm (UTC)
"Croissants" !

I find it weird when people add something to their croissants... Especially butter, of which they're already full !
jabberworks
Oct. 24th, 2008 10:28 pm (UTC)
I agree about the butter but I've had the occasional jam. :-) This morning I had an apricot danish from the local Turkish bakery. It was an amazing piece of pastry perfection.
rainboworchid
Oct. 24th, 2008 11:02 pm (UTC)
This is very silly (apologies) and 8 years old now... but all this talk of butter reminded me...

http://www.garenewing.co.uk/silly/butter.html
joedecie
Oct. 24th, 2008 12:53 pm (UTC)
Yours is my favourite strip in the GOAL book.
jabberworks
Oct. 24th, 2008 01:43 pm (UTC)
Wow, that means a lot, thanks!

I remember your strip was great, too, but I only briefly saw the book, then lent it to a friend, and now I really want to go through it again and read it properly. Yours had the panels with you sleeping with your baby, I remember. That was really nice.
joedecie
Oct. 25th, 2008 05:56 am (UTC)
When Sam was born I said to myself that I wouldn't only do strips featuring him, but it turns out I was wrong.
jinty
Oct. 24th, 2008 01:44 pm (UTC)
What a lovely illo!
It makes me think I ought to commission you to do a picture for my nephew (who I buy the DFC for) - but I'd better check if he has a different favourite strip first. If I sent you a photo would you do something based on him? Something like the above rather than something more realistic, I mean.
jabberworks
Oct. 24th, 2008 01:50 pm (UTC)
Re: What a lovely illo!
Hi, Jenni! Thanks for your interest! I'm being careful about taking any new commissions right now because I'm totally booked up with three picture books and the weekly strip. So I couldn't do anything that would require back-and-forth communications with rough drafts and fixes and stuff right now. (Apologies!)

I do the morning drawing as a totally non-commissioned free-flow thing to warm up in the morning. But if you gave me a photo, an idea of something relevant (preferably quirky and not needing too many references), and let me run with it in the same vein as a morning sketch, I might be able to come up with something for £50 + postage. But that might be tricky to agree to from you end, because you wouldn't know exactly what you'd get. (See what you think, anyway.)

Edited at 2008-10-24 01:52 pm (UTC)
jinty
Oct. 24th, 2008 03:39 pm (UTC)
that might well work, but I'll need to think about it anyway
I wouldn't necessarily want a detailed back-and-forth sort of commissioned sketch where I say I want him dressed up as Little Boy Blue or whatever - it's more that I think his cheeky face and fly-away hair would be pretty well suited to your drawing style, especially matched with something quirky. If you did it as a morning sketch type idea I would be quite happy to take what comes, but as I say I'll just bat it around in my head for a little longer first.
jabberworks
Oct. 24th, 2008 03:56 pm (UTC)
Re: that might well work, but I'll need to think about it anyway
Okay! :-)
harriettheelf
Oct. 24th, 2008 02:30 pm (UTC)
I made quince jam, and quince jelly, a few weekends ago!

want me to send you some?
jabberworks
Oct. 24th, 2008 02:55 pm (UTC)
Ooh, my first instinct is to say, yes, please! (Homemade, even!) But then my second thought is that jam is very heavy and breakable and messy, so maybe not the best thing to post internationally. Hmm, that is a tricky one. Maybe I should try to find some here to save on a whole heap of postage.

You're the best! ;-)
jinty
Oct. 24th, 2008 04:32 pm (UTC)
It can be bought more locally - the vast majority of other links I found on Google were for making your own...
jabberworks
Oct. 24th, 2008 10:28 pm (UTC)
Ooh, thanks for that jam link, I will get on the case! :-D
almilway
Oct. 24th, 2008 03:56 pm (UTC)
These are so lovely!! My gran makes wonderful plum jam, which I think is my favourite type. And we have a badger's set in our woods, so if you ever fancy a spot of nightwatching!


jabberworks
Oct. 24th, 2008 10:29 pm (UTC)
Hey, cool! I am so going to take you up on that!
bandersnatch_02
Oct. 24th, 2008 04:12 pm (UTC)
I cannot read the word jam without thinking of Eddie Izzard.
jabberworks
Oct. 24th, 2008 10:29 pm (UTC)
Haha... that's good.
rainboworchid
Oct. 24th, 2008 11:04 pm (UTC)
I have a quince tree in my garden. They're rock hard, and stay that way for months it seems!
hamrab
Oct. 25th, 2008 09:17 pm (UTC)
jam
jam is the best.
i don't know what the competing field is but it's coming out on top for me.
what is quince jam? is a quince related to a peach or a pear? i think i might track some down.
i'll let you know if i do.
the igor kuprin pic is a corker isn't it. the water being blank feels weird. like a void or something. anyway, see you tomorrow.
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