Archive for July, 2004

Saturday biking: Groningen – Eastermar Houtigehage

July 31st, 2004 by Reinder

Adrift in darkest Fryslân

This Saturday's bicycling trip took Sidsel and me into Fryslân/Friesland again, with our intended destination being Eastermar/Oostermeer where her aunt and uncle have recently moved. Things became a bit of a shambles as far as reaching that destination was concerned, but I am liking this cycling thing, and what it's doing to me, more and more.


Help Maritza color

July 31st, 2004 by Reinder

Maritza Campos has carpal tunnel syndrome and wants a drawing tablet so she won't have to color with the mouse anymore. Good choice, and a worthy cause to donate a bit of money to. I've found, based on my own long term carpal tunnel/RSI experiences that working with a tablet makes the difference between coloring with relative ease for long sessions with no lasting ill effect, and becoming completely crippled in the arms.
However, the difference is already made with a $100 Wacom Graphire, and it's not strictly necessary to switch to the solution that Maritza has got her eye on, a $1700 Cintiq 15x. I'm not sure the extra $1600 makes that much extra difference. Not that I begrudge her a really nice tablet; it looks really useful, productivity-enhancing and generally nice if you can get it. In fact I donated a bit of money before writing this up. I'm a fan, and I'm all for hitting up on your fans for the means of production as one of webcartooning's few perks. But the medical case can be served much more cheaply.

Note to punksters

July 31st, 2004 by Reinder

I just saw The Apers at Vera Groningen as part of Vera's series of summer gigs. In these gigs, well-known underground bands get to play cover sets of a band of their choice. The Apers did a great job with their set of Rip-offs covers, but kind of lost me when they started playing a mix of their own songs and classic punk repertoire after that. Their presentation is energetic, they have a powerful sound and they know their stuff, but there's only so much punk I can take in a single evening before I want to hear something else. No punk group should be allowed to play 35 songs in an evening no matter how short the songs are.
So I left them without hearing them play "The Ace of Spades" which people in the audience were calling for. Bummer. I hate walking away from a good band.

ZUM reviews Pin Drop

July 29th, 2004 by Reinder

A pretty fair and positive review by Pete Doree of my collection of wordless comics Pin Drop in ZUM!. I think I've got some of his work, but can't recall.

What makes this review extra-noticeable is that it appears six years after the book came out! I think the ZUM! people got this when I went to the CAPTION convention in 1998...


July 29th, 2004 by Reinder

I'm fairly deep into the internal workings of the vast and evil Modern Tales empire. I'm in the know, in the loop and in the swing of things.
So why didn't I know that Ursula Vernon was drawing Fans?

Third time’s the charm… of a diseased toad!

July 27th, 2004 by Reinder

Because I don't like having my time of my resources stolen from me, I am not happy with the proprietors of and (both links go to the Sam Spade pages for the spammed URLs) who spammed this weblog three times from the same IP address ( - may be spoofed) in the past hour or so.

Unfortunately, both domains are less than penetrable. No domain registrar that I recognise as a reliable name, so no use complaining to them (although the domainsbyproxy IDs suggest that it's a subletter for Go-Daddy who are usually responsive). However, I have reproduced what I could find in the hope that a smarter person than me can take them down.


On Henges and Funnel Beakers

July 27th, 2004 by Reinder

Mental note: if I'm going to write about archeological sites, in English, in this blog, then this glossary of archeological terms is going to come in handy. But I should keep looking for a more extensive one.


July 27th, 2004 by Reinder

Over the past couple of months I've made a few avatars which I thought I'd share with you. I haven't done them up in any systematic way; I've simply used whatever I thought would be nice for use on a forum or on MSN.

Sheep, 100*100Oog, 100*100isolde.pngjakeavatar.png

Ottar.png Kel talking


These are all my original work (one of them is from next Monday's comic). You have my permission to use them. Please don't hotlink to the server they're on now, though; save them to your local machine (for MSN and other messaging clients) or to a webserver of your own (for forum use).

From the heart of the Marxist-Feminist Axis…

July 25th, 2004 by Reinder

The Village Voice reviews Cerebus:

But despite Sim's anti-feminist crusade, Cerebus stands on its own as a ferocious critique of power. Sim believes that freedom is an absolute, and to this end he has self-published Cerebus, advocated for artists' rights, and bucked intellectual-property laws wherever possible (after his and Gerhard's deaths, Cerebus will become public domain). In an era when selling out is considered synonymous with success, Sim's resistance is bracing. But independence comes at a cost, and the price of Sim's is that his 26-year project, his life's work, is ending largely in silence. Tired of his grandstanding, most people long ago tuned him out. But for the scale of its ambition, the intricacy of its characters, the beauty of its artwork, and its commitment to mapping the at times objectionable mind of its creator without ever blinking or looking away, Cerebus remains a staggering declaration of independence.

Email disappearing.

July 25th, 2004 by Reinder

It looks like one reason my email is disappearing is that is down. I am not about to publish any unfiltered email address online, so if you must reach me, use the comments to this post or the Reinder Dijkhuis message board.
April 28, 2007: Comments closed due to spam.