An Upward Look

Oh heart green acre sown with salt
by the departing occupier

lay down your gallant spears of wheat
Salt of the earth each stellar pinch

flung in blind defiance backwards
now takes its toll Up from his quieted

quarry the lover colder and wiser
hauling himself finds the world turning

toys triumphs toxins into
this vast facility the living come
dearest to die in How did it happen

In bright alternation minutely mirrored
Within the thinking of each and every

mortal creature halves of a clue
approach the earthlinghts Morning star

evening star salt of the sky
First the grave dissolving into dawn

then the crucial recrystallizing
from the inmost depths of clear dark blue

An Upward Look By James Merrill

Better late than never I guess, apologies this took so long to put up.

An Upward Look was our (Jefferson, Laura, Hannah, and myself) entry to the Chicago Hole Competition “MINE THE GAP” which won an honorable mention. The content consisted of the two boards above, you can click them to enlarge if you want to see some of the detail, or at least as much as a online image can offer. I hope you enjoy.

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Today is pi day 3.14.15, and to celebrate I am sharing this image.

I may have mentioned before but I’ve been drawing comics with friends at Four and Twenty Blackbirds semi-regularly for the last couple of months, it’s a support group of sorts, where we shoot the shit and work on our various projects. Initially inspired by Extreme Studios, Rob Liefelds comics studio we wanted to create a super group, but it didn’t happen. Pie has been maybe the only consistent piece between our schedules, and now that we have a table at MoCCA Fest, we will be under the moniker of “pie club” Above is a potential logo/icon thingy. Will update more on the table as we get the details.

Pure Baddd is having very consistent updates for once, I even made a wallpaper. Check it all out.

Alternate in black.



I made a separate website for my new comic Pure Baddd, it’s home is now PUREBADDD.COM, I’l hopefully updating it regularly.

The first piece is approx 20 pages, and will be collected into a printed mini which I’ll share with Paul Lau of Spacetrash fame, hopefully just in time for MoCCA Fest, which is one of NYC’s best indie conventions. The exciting news is that I’ll be joining a table with friends (unruly gang of comics creators) to exhibit our work. I haven’t tabled in years so this is awesome news all round, I’ll update more when I find out more.



So I’m working on a new comic called PURE BADDD, it’s about high school bitches, and high schoolers. It’s slow going but I’m enjoying the process a lot.

I also hope to put Endsong, a comic I did last year online soon, I have to figure out the best way to format it because of 2 page spreads but yeah look for that.

Happy holiday’s everyone!