So Much

Thursday, September 29th, 2011

As it turns out, I don’t really have a lot of time for extracurricular writing, it seems. While that’s certainly disappointing, it’s because everything else is so full, there’s just no time.  between developing new products for my day job, working on PoP! and other gigs, the family and all the fun personal projects I’ve been working on, there’s just no time for anything else!

Big Doin’s

Thursday, February 10th, 2011

The Panels on Pages crew and I are prepping for the 2011 C2E2 in Chicago. We’ve got a panel, a table on the show floor and some pretty big interviews lined up already.  It’s going to be ridiculous.  On top of that, I’ve been hard at work redesigning the main PoP! site, building new forums and prepping some new stuff for the portfolio here on top of my day job.  I’ll sleep when I’m dead.

A Blast from My Past

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010

I’m back in Shelbyville. I’m settling into my new job pretty well and I’ve finally got some time to do some of the things I was looking forward to doing once we got down here. I’ve managed to keep in touch with a few of my old high school teachers and this week I visited Shelbyville Central High School for the first time in nearly a decade. It was pretty surreal. About four years ago, the entire building was torn apart and rebuilt. It’s a thing of beauty,to be perfectly honest. As Nicole and I were talking about making the move down here, she definitely had some reservations about the school system. My go-to defense is that I’m brilliant, but there’s a whole “nature vs nurture” argument in that. Now, though, it’s irrelevant. The facilities have finally managed to catch up to the teachers in terms of quality. I don’t know that I’ve ever seen a nicer school building. It’s easily on par with some of the big Lake County Illinois schools I’ve seen the past few years, and that’s pretty great.

I also saw an old friend of mine who now teaches there for the first time since Brock’s funeral. I never would have recognized him if he hadn’t been pointed out. Homeboy lost MAD weight. Dude looks good. He’s married with a four year-old son now, so we’re going to hook up and let the kids play at some point soon.  It’ll good for all of us to find another family unit we can collectively hang with.

All in all, the move was a success.  We need our own house, but it’s all about baby steps.  this was totally the right thing to do.

Sketching at Chicago Comic Con

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

Sweet photo bomb by yours truly.

By my estimations, I did somewhere between 120 and 150 sketches at the Panels on Pages table at Chicago Comic Con this weekend. It was INSANE.  It was also a lot of fun, though, so that definitely counts for something.  I developed the weird little doll characters the day before as something I could do quickly yet still maintain some personality. It started as kind of a gag. “Hey, I’m doing free sketches!” I had no idea I’d have a friggin’ line at the table for huge chunks of time.  The good news is that gave me a captive audience to speak the PoP! gospel to.

I’ve also decided that I’m going to get some markers and actually put some time into some of these guys. They were a lot of fun to draw and distilling the most basic elements of these characters down to such a simple figure was sometimes challenging. I might sell them here if folks are interested.

Prepping the move

Thursday, July 29th, 2010

The timeline for my impending move may have gotten a bit of a kick yesterday. The good news is that I may have a job straight away. The “bad news” is that it may somewhat urgent thus throwing my standing time table completely out of whack. Looks like I might miss CCC this year as a result, but maybe not. It all depends on the next couple of days, really. At any rate, changes are a’coming.

What once was old is new again

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

Welcome to version 3.0 of LeeRodriguez.net. I’m hoping to integrate a blog into the portfolio this time around as a means to showcase my writing beyond what you can find at PanelsOnPages.com, so keep an eye out for plenty of updates in the coming weeks as I get this new monster up and running.