Tuesday, December 15, 2009


You'd think with it being cold and staying inside I'd be more productive than ever lately, but this unfortunately is not so. We have been making a lot of progress with the Zine Fest and pretty much have a location set and a date which is so exciting! I am starting a new project to hopefully have for that along with all the old standbys. We also have been really busy making chocolate and we have truffles now up our etsy shop--check them out!
With all my time at home I have been drawing and watching television on the internet (boo) but it has given me a chance to watch the rest of the 3rd season of 30 rock..


Monday, December 7, 2009

comic-dec 5th

With the winter coming I've been staying in a little bit more. It's good for getting things done, but not so much for the social life. An example of a hopping Saturday night for me..

Friday, December 4, 2009


I recently re-watched the movie Contact for the first time in many, many years and it made me remember a bunch of funny things which I don't really think about anymore. Winter always makes me nostalgic and I guess I would usually just write in my journal about it but since I've been trying to draw I figured I would try to draw about it.

Monday, November 23, 2009

shameless self-promotion

So, in news other than writing my friend Toby and I have been working on starting a vegan chocolate business.
Bum's Candies is officially up and open for business!
Please, visit our etsy shop here and our fellow blogspot here, any feedback would be great or if you have any flavor suggestions we would love to hear them!

Also in other news, tomorrow night I will be participating in an open mic event for my friend Amy's literary magazine Two With Water
The story I'm reading came from a writing prompt that Matt and I did earlier this week. So far they have been almost all helpful and we have written some good stuff from them.
Here is a snippet from that story...

I started to stay up most nights, as late as I could take, doing god knows what, just to avoid the nightly cat fights. It was around that time that I started trying to teach them simple English to try and communicate with them. I talked to them as you would a baby, just learning how to make sounds and form them into ideas.

“You. Cat. Andy.”

“Me. Human. Michael.”

I would point at their tails and say, “Tail. Can you say tail?”

Ralph, who was big and gray and whom I loved more than Andy, seemed more receptive to the lessons. He would mew and cock his head, as if asking me to, “Explain that again? Maybe slower this time and possibly in cat tongue?” His big green eyes curious to the sounds I was making and the response I was looking for. Andy, on the other hand, would just scamper off, looking for food or a toy. He was a very cat-like cat and I guess I resented him for it. He thought only of cat concerns and seemed to be telling me he had no use for this higher knowledge I was wasting his time with.

If you're in Chicago, please come to Cafe Ballou on Western between Division and Chicago around 7pm Tuesday to hear the whole story!

Monday, November 16, 2009

it's not funny

Well, as I've been saying, in preparation for the Milwaukee Zine Fest Matt, Ramsey and I compiled our comics together and made a zine with them all in it. I like the way it turned out a lot and we called it "it's not funny" since they're comics but aren't really comedic.
This is what is turned out like:
let me know if you would like one, we've been charging $4 for them. They are 40 pages long!

The zine fest was a lot of fun (although I was sick), and actually quite successful. We as a table sold a lot of zines. This was the first time I really tried to sell any of my things and people bought them which was very very exciting. We are trying to plan a zine fest for Chicago now, since for some reason one doesn't exist here.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

comic-nov 7th

Okay, this is the last comic that will be in our comic zine that we're putting out with Matt, Ramsey and I. It's exciting to have a small project like just practicing drawing turn into something much larger and see everything I've done all together. Yah for having friends that do things!!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009


I've been so busy getting ready for the Milwaukee Zine Fest and putting together our new comic zine that I've barely had time to scan in stuff that I've been making. Exciting news is that our friend Neil is coming to table with us as well, he makes really awesome comics! Here is a comic I did last week..

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

prompts, please

So, my friend Mathew (who writes this blog) and I have started every other day writing sessions. But we need prompts. Last time we used a book title by Rita Dove and a quote from Brideshead Revisited. If you would be so inclined, you should help us out by sending us a prompt or two for us to use in our writing. Thanks! We're hoping to eventually compile a bunch of stuff and put it in a zine possibly.

Monday, November 2, 2009

comic oct. 30th

Exciting news is that Ramsey and I are getting close to having all the preliminary stuff done for the graphic novel and almost to the point that we can storyboard the whole story out.
We are also working on a comic zine with the things you have seen right here on this blog and at Ramsey's blog everydaypants.com/blog with her and Mathew's comics. We're getting this together for the Milwaukee zine fest which is next weekend, Nov. 14th. I'm very excited to table at a zine fest and see all the other people's zines. This and next week are going to be very busy with getting things made for it.
Here's a drawing (the third panel says "fully stocked kitchen" I first spelled it "fully stoked" which would be funny--but confusing. Hopefully I'll stumble across some white out soon to fix it.)

Thursday, October 22, 2009

comic oct 21st

i have had a lot of guests and a lot of visits other places lately that have distracted me from doing things, but hopefully i am back on track.
i am trying to do the artists' way that paul introduced me to. it's writing three pages stream of conscious every morning when you wake up. it's kind of hard to do but it's supposed to free your mind up so you are ready to work on real stuff. we shall see.
here is a drawing:

Thursday, October 8, 2009

graphic novel update

today, i finished the story for the graphic novel that ramsey and i are making.
i feel very good about it. i haven't finished writing a lengthy project in some time
it came out to be about 30 pages. it will be interesting to see how many pages
that translates to with drawing.
here's a little sample:

This was the kind of place they sent kids with serious problems. Mischa wasn’t one of these kids; she didn’t understand how things had gotten so serious so fast. In the brochure there were children all in white shirts and blue pants looking like zombies being taught how to be “proper people.” It made her sick. Around lunchtime Ryan walked by and slipped a note into her backpack. She opened it during Math. It read:

Go straight home, I’ll come over at 3:30, leave the back door open.

Get ready to lose at tetris.

ca caw

She smiled and immediately tore it up and threw it away. She knew that if she was to try to have secret meetings with her friends there could be no evidence of them having been there or her parents would somehow find out.

now you just have to sit and wait to see what happens. ooooh

Tuesday, October 6, 2009


i love michigan more than any place in the world. it was nice to be home for a weekend.

Monday, October 5, 2009

another place i would rather be

i miss living in a place with leaves and trees and fall especially.


Wednesday, September 30, 2009



Tuesday, September 29, 2009

places i would rather be

awhile ago i made these drawings of places i would rather be. i'm going to start them up again. here are two of them..

Monday, September 28, 2009

this weekend

today i'm not doing as much work as i should, since i can hardly move my muscles from getting doored again on my bike...booo.
this is a look at the past week

Sunday, September 27, 2009

jellyfish comic

this weekend i've spent a lot of time going back through older drawings so i'll be posting a lot of drawings this week! here's one of them.

Monday, September 21, 2009


so, i have been trying to work on my drawing skills by drawing something new kind of like a comic everyday or every few days. i'll post more every so often. here's one from last week:

Friday, September 4, 2009

a new project

as week two comes to a close of my life as a profession writer, i have begun a new project that i'm more excited about than anything i have been lately.  
my friend ramsey and i have decided to venture into the world of the graphic novel.
this is ramsey:

she's awesome.
this is her website:
i'm really excited!!!

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

goodbye for now squirrel

this is day one of my life as a professional writer--i have mornings to write now everyday, which is very exciting. here's a project i just finished (none of the pages are actually crooked..):

Monday, July 13, 2009

the lonely hippo

this is a story i wrote a little bit ago.
let me know if you would like one i'll mail it to you!

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

a hello to start

hello, my name is leslie perrine.  i've been meaning to make a website for awhile now but don't understand the land of internet...so alas, i have ended up with a blog to chronicle my writings.  
please, feel free to comment and let me know what you think.  
or email me at disappearingground@yahoo.com and say hello.