My skeletal familiar

I have a new companion in my writing room these days.



This is “Failing Sparrow,” named for the street near where artist Matt Hall found it. (He took the above photo as well; click it to go to his Tumblr.) The paper behind Failing Sparrow is a partial map of Portland; the red pin marks where Hall discovered Failing Sparrow. The apothecary jars hold some of its feathers.

Creepy? Morbid? Maybe. But I love to look at this assemblage and think about the painstaking work Hall did to reassemble and preserve it, especially when I’m trying to make a story out of thoughts that often seem as fragile and fragmentary as Failing Sparrow’s bones.


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  • chris russo
    January 17, 2013 at 2:18 pm

    Hi there. I’m writing a comic book script, and I was wondering if there are any services or sites that provide constructive criticism. I’ve used such sites for my short stories and it has been helpful.

  • Sara
    January 18, 2013 at 5:08 pm

    Hi Chris — Looks like there are critique forums on Comic Fury and PencilJack. I also turned up this video of an artist doing a detailed critique of a comics script, including thumbnails, which you might also find helpful.

    • Chris Russo
      January 19, 2013 at 3:52 am

      Thank you!