Saturday, December 12, 2009

For Another Week's Disease

Long-time devotees of my online musings surely must have noticed by now that my prose is rarely preened of its more extravagant feathers. For a glorious example of such, please see that sentence you just read.

So when someone comes along and candidly bears their soul in simple (but not simplistic) lyrics, my ears stand at attention. If you were to ask me (and who knows, mayhap you will some day) what's been occupying my ipod lately, I'd have to tell you all about this:



Seriously, I've listened to this thing seven times today. The video for Oh Messiah is pretty great as well.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

I Am My Mother's Only One




This past Saturday was the second annual Family Quilt show; over at the always spectacular Together Gallery. The above pieces are on display there now, along with a pretty wide variety of really talented people. Details about the show are due to be posted at their site any time now, so keep a lookout.

I've been rather neglectful of this blog as of late, a fact I'm trying very hard to rectify. I have every intention of posting more often (my sketchbook and notebook are fit to burst with comics stuff), so we'll see how that goes.

Now I'm afraid I have to eat a sandwich, so I will say good day.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

The biology of purpose keeps my nose above the surface

The other day, amidst a cataclysm of fever dreams and coughing (all entirely on my part),Rebecca and I celebrated our first year together. Completed a week late, this painting is a gift to her to mark the occasion.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Volcano Choir


A recent image for the coloring book Sean is putting together for the Fun on Foster show. The children in the image ended up resembling some people I am very familiar with, but who are not children. It is funny and distressing!

Lots of sketching lately! Let's take a look!





That last lady has been cropping up a lot lately. She's part of an idea I have for my first graphic novel; an idea I've had for what seems like donkey's years now. But more on that later.

Meanwhile, work on Suitable Cases continues on apace. Expect more on that front soon.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Lick the envelope, and cut your tongue.


Here are my contributions to the Neu! Futurz! 2Day! show currently up at Guapo Comics. If you have a fancy, I hope it is tickled by them.

In other news, some very talented people and I have put together a blog for crowing about comics and illustration. It is called Ink Mountain, and we do hope you will stop by and take a gander at it from time to time.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Melt melt melt melt into the universe...


I'm going to be in another show at Guapo Comics and Coffee this Saturday! These shows tend to be very exciting (for me, anyway), as they are full to the brim with cool people. Stop by for the opening and say hi to Rebecca and I.

Monday, June 29, 2009

"...of a wet dog who had been smoking a pipe."

Hauschka - Morgenrot from Jeff Desom on Vimeo.


In the highly unlikely event (that takes place in an alternate future) that I become successful enough to have one of my stories made into a movie (and leaving aside the moral conundrum of selling one's work to Hollywood); I would really appreciate it if Hauschka could provide the score. His music has a tendency to move in perfect time with the worlds in my head.

Incidentally, the video was apparently made by animating old postcards and photos from the Library of Congress. A fact which only heightens my indescribable joy.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Suitable Cases part 4

Suitable Cases pg.7

Suitable Cases pg. 8


Here we are...here we are...there it is! That's the picture!

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

She don't see so good, but she don't look so bad


Greetings, all. Here is my contribution to the very cool Beast Masters of the Universe show. See more of the excellent work at Sean's flickr.

In other show news, this Thursday is the 4T: Forty Ounces of Radness show at Tender Loving Empire. In keeping with the theme, I and several of my good compatriots drank our forties and then made art on them. We hope you will enjoy.

After a quick respite, Suitable Cases will be back in full swing. But for now, I must away!

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

At the time, you were a Rake and a Roustabout



You'll pardon this slight bit of explication: Suitable Cases is going on hiatus for just a little longer. The above poster should give you some idea as to why.

Yes, that's right, Graham is going to be in another show. I'm just as shocked as you are. Actually, that's a bit simplistic; I was even more shocked before, and now I am probably less shocked, since I've had more time than you to absorb it. Regardless, I will be putting off comics making for another week or two in favor of art making.

In the meantime, I highly recommend you hop over to my brother's flickr. Ian has been jawing a long time now about adapting The Mariner's Revenge Song (propagated and popularized by The Decemberists) for the comics medium. And lo and behold, my fellow owner of a lifetime membership to the Kahler gene pool has gone and put his money where his mouth is. I would advise starting your journey here.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Married to the Sea

So remember that drawing I did for my friend Rosemary? Of course you do. Well here is her half of our art trade:

I LOVE HIM SO MUCH. Thank you, Rosemary. We really should do this again sometime.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Summertime Clothes



I was finally able to secure a new digital camera for myself. My old one (hereafter referred to as "The Brick plus Flashbulb") decided to defecate all over the bed, so to speak, and it was months before I could afford a new one. But I like my compact new Olympus, and more recent photos can be found at my flickr.

In other news, I will be attending the Stumptown Comics Fest this weekend, though unfortunately without copies of Suitable Cases, as I was unable to finish it in time. I will have copies of Blunderbuss for those of you who still do not possess such things. And the majestic Ed Brisson should have copies of all three volumes of You Ain't No Dancer, to which I am a modest but consistent contributor. For potential greeting reference, here is a picture of what I look like:



For a more accurate image with which to spot me, adjust your monitor until my skin tone takes on the hue of mint ice cream. Large crowds tend to make me nervous, and unless I A) stick around long enough to settle my humors, or B) show up wasted; I will probably seem a little green around the gills for a while.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Suitable Cases part 3

Suitable Cases pg5

Suitable Cases pg6


A Happy Easter to one and all. Because nothing says "Spring Religious Observance" like vaguely noirish comics-making.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Suitable Cases

suitable cases one

suitablecases two


The first two pages of the aforementioned comic, produced in my typically laborious style. I would like to have this thing done in time for the Stumptown Comics Fest, but my chances of doing so take their place next to the clouds and birds up in the air.

Expect intermittent updates of the comic in the next week or so. I promise things will only get stranger.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Come down from the mountain, you've been gone too long...


Another sketchbook page, to whet your appetites. I took a break from drawing comics to sit in a tea shop and draw in my sketchbook instead. Witness the results of my brain sans direction.

On Monday I owned a turntable for precisely three hours. I got it home, hooked it up and discovered that I had been sold a dud. Actually, if the turntable doesn't turn, isn't it just a table? Words to consider and live by.

Comic pages coming tomorrow. If you are half as excited about that as I am, then I am twice as excited as you.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Burned His Body For Incurring My Wrath


This is my half of an in-progress art trade with the lovely and talented Rosemary Travale. We had bandied about the idea of a trade for quite some time, and I'm very much looking forward to seeing what she can cook up.


Went to Music Millennium yesterday at the urgent behest of Rebecca (who is in LA), to purchase the new (incredibly great) Decemberists album. Urgent, because the whole band was there signing merchandise. Was it worth it, you may ask, to stand in line for an hour to meet them for all of two minutes? That depends entirely on how much of a fan you are. Also: YES OF COURSE IT WAS, YOU ASS.

I love this city.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Singed Fingers

A page from my sketchbook, for a comic project I am currently working on. And by currently, I mean as soon as I depart from the internet. After spending weeks upon weeks doing nothing but painting, it has been a real treat to get back into pen and ink work.

This comic will eventually be collected as its own mini. Exactly when that will happen, is anybody's guess.

Monday, March 23, 2009

A New Way of Seeing


Salutations! Greetings! And just plain Hello! Welcome to The Curiosity Department. Please find contained herein the musings, comics, art, interests, and random effluvia of Mr. Graham Kahler. Clay pipes are optional. Drinking is all but mandatory. A jaunty fez and monocle combination is a welcome bonus.

We trust you will enjoy your stay.