(Posted originally on July 11th, 2006)
It brings me joy to finally take part in an internet meme. Probably some day soon I will participate IMBB, too. It is good to have your own thing, but it’s also a lot of fun to play with the other kids on the block, which is why it has been bothering me that I haven’t been too quick to take part in different events, memes and discussions in the food blogging community. The problem is the light speed of the net and my snail-pace production of new material. I am considering very seriously buying a drawing pad or tablet or whatsitcalled, to speed things up a bit. So, the need to participate, to be an active member of the community was my main motivation to do this one.
On the other hand, I am not quite satisfied with the end result. At first I thought that mixing drawings, text and photos and making the layout more like in an “ordinary blog” could be exciting, but now I’m not so convinced of that. It is a bit disruptive. To step that far away from my usual style feels a bit like finding an unsuitably weird ingredient in your food (like raspberries in a chanterelle soup, for instance). Sure, there is no rule saying one can’t use photos or text paragraphs in comics, or that one has to place two to five panels next to each other before moving down is feasible, but this just doesn’t feel Right. I should have worked on it some more, done something to it. It’s the same feeling as when my experimental cooking doesn’t quite turn the way I had hoped for. And yes, I know it isn’t sensible to complain about your creations to your guests or readers but sometimes I just can’t help it.
I have also been quite tired lately, which may have played a part in my crappy writing. I feel like both my English and ideas have gone on vacation. And it disturbs me that my caricature of Anthony Bourdain doesn’t look like him at all (although it reminds me of someone, but who?). I should not try to cartoon actual people; I have never been good at it.
Well, this commentary is really starting to show how I need to get on vacation. Happily enough, in a couple of days I will. Then I can return with new energy, less self-criticism and self-depreciation and more traditional comics, which hopefully contain some recipes for a change...