Todays Tea

Todays tea is a daily U-tube blog I’m doing talking about tea…

Drawings from Word 2014
Last Sunday I had a table at Word, the annual book & magazine (and comics) festival at the Main Library in downtown Vancouver. Word has been shrinking over the years so for the first time I was on street level, we were lucky as the weather turned out to be perfect for a change. I was beside Jonathan Dalton and we had a relaxed afternoon, I sold pretty well. But being a literary festival you get more than your average public event share of cranks, weirdoes and ‘free thinkers”. One can only be polite, particularly if the cranks are giving you money. One woman demanded to know why I didn’t do a history of the B.C. Liberal party… in other words, express her political agenda. A man said he would not buy my comics because there was a drawing of Hitler on the cover of one. He hadn’t read the comic, he didn’t know what I had said about Hitler, I assure you it wasn’t good… it was enough that the drawing was there. Another demanded I come up with a plan to solve all the worlds problems on the spot, did I think a balanced sex life helps creativity (how would I know?), did I believe in fairies and how the only thing that will save us from doom is getting every white woman pregnant… I told him I’ll see what I can do about that. I didn’t find anything to buy myself. I employed a new sales strategy. I used to sit behind my table drawing pictures but apparently people find it off putting so I started drawing while standing up. I think it helped… See More
9-11 2014 This is the latest of 9-11 mini-comics, my annual chance to talk about war and politics that I begin on the anniversary of 9-11. Talking about politics normally doesn’t make for particularly good comics so this allows me to get some stuff off my chest. This will be premiering at Word on the Street on Sunday.

9-11 2014
This is the latest of 9-11 mini-comics, my annual chance to talk about war and politics that I begin on the anniversary of 9-11. Talking about politics normally doesn’t make for particularly good comics so this allows me to get some stuff off my chest. This will be premiering at Word on the Street on Sunday.

Word Vancouver 2014 Festival Schedule

Believe it of not Word on the Street Book and magazine Festival is happening this Sunday! I will have a table so come out and see me, and other fine cartoonists and authors, feel free to throw wads of cash in my direction!!!

The Last Saturday, by Chris Ware

Self-portrait with tea and cat… My first drawing in Manga Studio, drawn with mouse…

Self-portrait with tea and cat…
My first drawing in Manga Studio, drawn with mouse…

…and last but not least… Private, Smaland Regiment, 1813 6” by 4”  Soft body acrylic on canvas.… After the retreat from Moscow neutral Sweden jumped on the Allied bandwagon against Napoleon, even though the Crown Prince (and de facto king) of Sweden Bernadotte was formally a Marshal of France appointed by Napoleon himself! Such are the twists and turns of European monarchy. While he himself was a brave soldier Bernadotte avoided committing his troops to battle for fear of losing his crown, to the point the Swedish officers complained he made them look like cowards. His real goal was to annex Norway, at the time the possession of Napoleon’s ally Denmark, in which Wallmoden’s Corps played a part. Some of the “Swedish” regiments were actually made up of Germans as Pomerania was a sometimes Swedish possession.Sweden at this time was quite impoverished, much of it’s uniforms and equipment were from allied sources (particularly Russian) and captured French items. This uniform is almost purely Swedish with the odd round hat, unusual lancer style girdle and Hungarian knots of the ragged trousers.
…and last but not least…

Private, Smaland Regiment, 1813
6” by 4”
Soft body acrylic on canvas.

After the retreat from Moscow neutral Sweden jumped on the Allied bandwagon against Napoleon, even though the Crown Prince (and de facto king) of Sweden Bernadotte was formally a Marshal of France appointed by Napoleon himself! Such are the twists and turns of European monarchy. While he himself was a brave soldier Bernadotte avoided committing his troops to battle for fear of losing his crown, to the point the Swedish officers complained he made them look like cowards. His real goal was to annex Norway, at the time the possession of Napoleon’s ally Denmark, in which Wallmoden’s Corps played a part. Some of the “Swedish” regiments were actually made up of Germans as Pomerania was a sometimes Swedish possession.Sweden at this time was quite impoverished, much of it’s uniforms and equipment were from allied sources (particularly Russian) and captured French items. This uniform is almost purely Swedish with the odd round hat, unusual lancer style girdle and Hungarian knots of the ragged trousers.
Trooper, 1st Hussar regiment of the Russo-Prussian Legion  6” by 4”  Soft body acrylic on canvas.
Much of Napoleons army that invaded Russia was made up of allied contingents from all over Europe who were more or less forced into contribut…ing forces. During the retreat from Moscow the lucky ones were those able to surrender to the Russian regular army before the cold, the Cossacks or partisans got them. Some German prisoners were formed into an all arms legion equipped and uniformed by the Russians. The Russo-Prussian Legion eventually was transferred to the Prussian army as the German Legion and fought at Waterloo still in their Russian uniforms as regular regiments of the Prussian army, although the hussars were by then converted into lancers. He wears the spectacular concave Russian 1812 shako.
Trooper, 1st Hussar regiment of the Russo-Prussian Legion
6” by 4”
Soft body acrylic on canvas.

Much of Napoleons army that invaded Russia was made up of allied contingents from all over Europe who were more or less forced into contributing forces. During the retreat from Moscow the lucky ones were those able to surrender to the Russian regular army before the cold, the Cossacks or partisans got them. Some German prisoners were formed into an all arms legion equipped and uniformed by the Russians. The Russo-Prussian Legion eventually was transferred to the Prussian army as the German Legion and fought at Waterloo still in their Russian uniforms as regular regiments of the Prussian army, although the hussars were by then converted into lancers. He wears the spectacular concave Russian 1812 shako.