[VIDEO BLOG] Free Comic Book Day!

Posted in video on May 3rd, 2019 by Jin Wicked – Comments Off on [VIDEO BLOG] Free Comic Book Day!

Meet me Saturday, May 4th at Hot Comics and Collectibles in Richfield, MN, for Free Comic Book Day! (8AM – 4PM, 6609 Nicollet Ave S Richfield MN 55423)

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MMPI Results

Posted in health on May 2nd, 2019 by Jin Wicked – Comments Off on MMPI Results

In the midst of sleep-deprived, last-minute preparations for Free Comic Book Day and MSP Springcon 2019 today, I was finally able to sit down and discuss the results of my MMPI test with my therapist. Nothing really surprising there. It was fairly in-line with my own self-assessments and existing efforts.

The therapist initially attempted to cushion? the results a bit, I suppose, but I told her that these conclusions seemed accurate to me. She replied along the lines of, “Having interpreted thousands of MMPI results, I honestly expected yours to be worse.” And we both laughed a little. She also told me much later on that I seem surprisingly well-adjusted, given many of the situations I have been/lived through. I attribute it to a lifetime of service-oriented jobs.

Full report below. Click the images to embiggen them.

MMPI Page One

MMPI Page Two

MMPI Page Three

[VIDEO BLOG] Heavy Lifting

Posted in video on April 17th, 2019 by Jin Wicked – Comments Off on [VIDEO BLOG] Heavy Lifting

Bro, do you even lift?

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Three-ish weeks on ADHD medication, and I feel a little like I have developed a super-power. A few evenings ago, I was attempting to have a conversation with someone soft-spoken while his TV blasted a talking-head news program only a few feet away. In the past the two streams of competing sound would have sent my brain bouncing back-and-forth like a pinball, but I found that I could follow him easily, and even recall what I was told in detail later. I think this is probably an ability most people take for granted. The feelings of being “out of sync” with everyone around me have slowly faded, and I certainly feel more present and engaged, generally. I am being mindful of creating “good” habits while I am medicated, that will hopefully carry-over at least somewhat to the times when I am not. The consuming sense of impatience and urgency that I experienced when hyperfocused on something is fading, as well.

I was apprehensive about the loss of hyperfocus, but the increase in day-to-day productivity, and time not lost to disorganization more than makes up for it. Now that my office is clean (I was excited to show before and after pics to my therapist!), next is my convention prep for this year, then finish getting my financials in order. I have continued to be on-time to things, and not missed a single gym day this month, in spite of coming down with another cold.

I am not sure if this is “being normal,” but I like it.

[VIDEO BLOG] Work-in-Progress

Posted in video, work on April 11th, 2019 by Jin Wicked – Comments Off on [VIDEO BLOG] Work-in-Progress

Getting the most out of every day.

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I made a Calvin and Hobbes practice/tribute/fan artwork.

Since I was comfortable with the technique after the commissioned piece last week, I went ahead and produced a start-to-finish video of this one.

Calvin and Hobbes

Recently I received this humbling message about one of my comic art prints. I wanted to share it here, with permission. I feel truly blessed when my work is able to touch and communicate with others on an emotional level.

“Hello, I wanted to tell you my story. In 2016, I was diagnosed with non-curable cancer. Five weeks later, my firstborn and only daughter was with me at treatment. She fainted, and upon being checked, out we discovered she too had Stage 4 colon cancer. We did cancer treatments together. She passed away November 17th, 2016. I’m still battling. Six months before she died, my son was in a horrific accident that left him in a coma and permanently in a nursing home. This has devastated our family… When I saw this about deviled eggs, I cried and laughed, as you see [Daughter] and I made deviled eggs together for every family get together. I don’t mean 2 dozen, we made 10 dozen for our family of 18! This comic was us to a tee! Thank you for bringing back so many memories. [Daughter] raised chickens and ducks, bees and rabbits… she had chicken dishes and signs about “wicked chickens make deviled eggs” even… She’d approve of this purchase… I’d like to send you a photo of her. And [Son] who could eat a dozen by himself!”

Devilled Eggs

I forgot to mention in this week’s vlog, but at the gym, I am finally able to do a real bench press, bar only — about 45lbs. I probably could have put another 10lbs on the bar, but I did not have a spotter and did not want to risk injury. In the past I could never lift the bar up once I got it down, so even though it is a small thing, this is still a big milestone for me. Next is a push-up!

Creator Spotlight: Bob Lipski

Posted in spotlight on April 4th, 2019 by Jin Wicked – Comments Off on Creator Spotlight: Bob Lipski

“Creator spotlight” is a recurring feature of this blog where I introduce you to the biography and creative work of some of my best friends and colleagues. Please take a moment to learn about them!

This spotlight is on friend Bob Lipski. In Bob’s own words…


“My name is Bob Lipski and I have been making comics in the Twin Cities since roughly 2001. I grew up reading comics; mostly ‘Peanuts,’ ‘Archie,’ and of course, ‘Calvin and Hobbes.’ I was obsessed with Batman and the X-Men in Junior High, but when I got to High School I discovered ‘Sandman’ by Neil Gaiman and was hooked on non-superhero stuff for a long time. I stopped reading comics when ‘Sandman’ wrapped up, and I thought I was done with them. But when I was in my 20s I got a part-time job at DreamHaven Books, and discovered comics all over again. This time I was drawn to James Kochalka, Alex Robinson, and Julie Doucet. I was amazed at the auto-biographical stuff that Adrian Tomine was doing, and thought I could take a crack at making my own comics. I always liked to draw but this was a new adventure.”

Cover of Uptown Girl by Bob Lipski

“My first comic was a simple, one-page quasi-biographical thing called ‘Fake Farm Landscape.’ Really different than the stuff I do now, but it was stuff about me growing up and stupid stuff I did. I learned a lot about panel structure and balloon placement. I published it on the Internet and did that for a while; maybe a year, maybe longer. I got tired of talking about myself and started a new comic called ‘Uptown Girl.’ It was set in Minneapolis, about a plucky young reporter, and was in the spirit of ‘Archie’ comics and ‘Seinfeld.’ I self-published it monthly for 75 issues. I loved doing that comic. The monthly schedule was a grind. I was inspired by books by Kevin Cannon, and I wanted to up my art game. My wife and I just had our second child, and it was a good time to step away from the monthly schedule, spend more time with my family, and more time making comics instead of spending every Saturday at Kinkos. I went on to publish five original ‘Uptown Girl’ graphic novels (and one retrospective) before wrapping up the series. All in all, I made ‘Uptown Girl’ stories for around 13 years.”

Comics by Bob Lipski

“In 2015 I launched my current comic, ‘The Incredible Retros,’ which I publish five times a week. It’s about a team of superheroes fighting villains in the year 2438. It is very much a mash-up of X-Men and ‘The Simpsons,’ I think. Epic adventures with funny dialogue. I think it’s funny, anyway. I am also working on a new stand-alone graphic novel called ‘Norah Locke’ and it’s pretty much ‘The Legend of Zelda’ but set in White Bear Lake where I live. It’s going to be like 500 pages, and I hope to finish it before I die.”

“So that’s me. I have a wonderful wife and two great kids. It’s a better life than I thought I would ever have.”

Jin’s Note: Through Tuesday, April 30th, 2019, The Retros second print-copy volume “Secret Identity” is available through a Kickstarter campaign.

Comics by Bob Lipski

Learn more:
The Retros
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Bob Lipski @ WordPress
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Bob Lipski @ Twitter