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Jakob Burrows
March 23, 2015

A Delorean inside of Hogwarts !


Marty has to save Doc but then hell breaks loose when the Delorean
breaks through the magical barrier that protects Hogwarts!

Episode eighteen of Library 34. Most Back to the Future fics are just Marty and Doc screwing their way through time and space – or they're pretty abusive depictions of Marty/Biff (any incarnation). This is something rather different...

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Posted March 12th, 2015
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Many Thousand Words

Every now and then I stumble on these two flower drawings I made when I was thirteen, and I'm always taken aback because they're actually not that bad. And because realism is something I haven't attempted since then – I was uninterested in reality and spent the next ten years drawing monsters and stick figures, as is well documented on this website.

Everyone says you should grasp realism before you simplify. It's similar to the old "learn the rules before you break them," a rule broken by every enterprising musician, artist and film student that has ever lived. Unfortunately, no matter how simple/minimal/cartoonish the film/music/art is, you can always tell whether the creator has a proper basis to stand on. When it comes to drawing, this is a basis that I lack, along with nearly every other webcomic-making-person on the web.

Visual art can be striking but it doesn't engage me like writing does. Story makes me tingle in a way that pictures do not, not matter how pretty they are. And yeah yeah, picture = thousand words etc, we all know this, but a thousand words also equal a thousand words, and I can get those words right. I can look at my thousand words and think that they are exactly as they should be, which never happens with things I draw. No matter how good I make a picture I can always look at someone else's and think "what's the point". Writing is not the same - with writing I feel like I've got more of a shot at expressing what I want, so that's what I've been focusing on these past few years.


A month and a half ago I started drawing for an hour every day. Not with any type of goal in mind, and fully aware that I probably wasn't going to keep it up for long. First I copied pictures from my phone.

After four days my phone ran out of pictures, so I started using this page which spits figure drawing photos at you at regular intervals. The page was recommended to me by Mattias Pilhede, who decided one day to get better at drawing and then drew every day until his arm broke. Inspirational!

This figure drawing thing was something I could do without putting too much thought into it, which is exactly what I needed. I've always been pretty decent at copying what's in front of me, and slowly I tried to expand that into seeing three-dimensional shapes rather than flattening them. (While also not thinking too much or spending more than 5 minutes on any single picture.)

Don't judge me for how these people are posed - I didn't take the pictures, I just copied them!

People and their expressions are all I really want to be able to capture. Shapes are what I'm interested in, not landscapes or shadows or whatever people with easels do, so I kept using this figure drawing site thing, hoping that some of it would maybe sink in. With time my pencil strokes grew more certain, and I actively tried not to draw a dozen lines when two would do.

Keep in mind that I'm only showing off things that I'm moderately happy with. If all my drawings looked like the ones you see here, I'd be pretty ecstatic, but instead I'm fine with maybe every tenth drawing. And then when you get something right you don't know why, and you try to capture it again but it doesn't work... The only solution is to make more. Lots more, over and over, because after a thousand drawings you might have a hundred okay ones, and you might learn something along the way.

Listen to me. A few scribbles and I think I'm a fucking guru. Ugh.

"You could be really good if you keep this up, Jakob!"

Well joke's on you, because I've already stopped!

Or lowered the tempo, anyway. Right now I'm doing half an hour every other day. As I said, this is not my main focus, and it's mainly on the schedule because it activates different parts of my mind, letting me return to other projects with my brain flickering like a christmas tree. I hear other people achieve similar effects through something called "exersize" – haven't really looked into what that is, may have gotten the spelling wrong, sorry – but for me it's drawing right now.

And I want more to look back on, and be surprised by, than those damn flowers.

PS: There will be no hourly comics from March 1st because I didn't make any. There probably won't be any on April 1st either. In the future I might draw hourly comics again, but for now I want new things.

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Posted March 5th, 2015
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Times change People do to


Rose never thought her 6th year could be this hard,
or different from the others, but it absolutely was.

Episode seventeen of Library 34. It is fascinating to me that someone wrote this and thought "Yes. This is romance." Apart from that, this story is minefield, with "cosine" instead of cousin, "earthier" instead of either and, my favourite, "body gourde" instead of bodyguard. This is why i should never be an English teacher; I would spend too much time laughing.

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Posted February 26th, 2015
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Hourly Comics - February 1

Hourly Comics from February 1st.

Tags: snow, drawing, jakob burrows stole our idea, buffy dream, cynisism, broken computer, signal hella boosted, couch, silence, landline, police.

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Posted February 19th, 2015
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The snow queen and the horse prince


Episode sixteen of Library 34: "when a mysterious man saves Elsa and Anna it sets off a chain of events that no one saw coming.(hopefully)" Reading this was quite a challenge, not because of the content, but because it's one of those stories you open and then you slowly take off your glasses, dazed by the sheer amount of text squashed together with not a paragraph break of period in sight.

This is the longest episode so far and somewhere in the process of editing I finally realized that it's probably pretty stupid to start a podcast that tries its hardest to get you to stop listening. This is a masochistic show that basically goes "hey come drip your brain into this vat of liquid nitrogen with me". Oh well, it's too late to back out now. I know some of you listen. I know some of you understand.

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Posted February 5th, 2015
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Already I've given frightening insight into the insane stories I used to write when I was ten years old, but I hope you're prepared to fall even deeper down this rabbit hole! You can brush up by reading those earlier posts if you like, but basically it was a Pokémon parody starring a moose called "älgen Moose". His first name wasn't capitalized because he was never baptised.

Here below I have scanned and reproduced one of these books. Half the page was meant for writing and the other half for drawing, but since I often had a pretty minimalist approach to the text portion I went through these little orange books at a frightening pace. The text is Swedish but I've put translations below each page. Translation notes are marked as [TN].

Don't expect it to make sense, and know that älgen is a bit of an antihero. Partly this is because these stories come from the same brain that cut obituaries out of the newspaper and invented a game where the highest age wins; but it's also partly because I played Pokémon Red and Silver all the time and was upset that you couldn't join the bad guys. There was even a point in the game where the criminals ask you to join them and there wasn't even an option to say yes! Upsetting!

You should also know that älgen hung out with this very powerful Puckodum called "Mewduck" who was like Mew but... a duck. This Puckodum could do anything but rarely assisted älgen in evil because it was too kind hearted. (Except yeah it looks like Mewduck exploded a guy down there on page 22.)

CAPTION: This is älgen. He is ten years old.

LEFT CAPTION: Some background info. Everything started at the New Moose hospital.
DOCTOR: No, not again! [TN: This was maybe the fourth time I rebooted the story from scratch.]
RIGHT CAPTION: Älgen and his brother, älgen, are born.

LEFT CAPTION: Their first explosion but not their last...
[TN: The pig they were pulling apart on the previous page was a bomb I guess?]
ÄLGEN: Hm, how does this thing work?
RIGHT CAPTION: The problems continue...

LEFT CAPTION: And continue...
RIGHT CAPTION: Until they end (unhappily).
ÄLGEN: Now I know. This was fun.

LEFT CAPTION: Älgen went to a Puckodum school.
[TN: So like the teacher who is called "Mrs Lunch Lady" asks what the Puckodum on the screen is and both the students get it wrong. Hilarious. Their answers are "stone" and "stick" which are actual Puckodum, but they are still wrong.]
RIGHT CAPTION: Today they're getting their first Puckodum. Älgen chose...

LEFT CAPTION: ...None! Because they ran out.
ÄLGEN: D'oh!
RIGHT CAPTION: But at least he got a Puckodex.

LEFT CAPTION: But out in the tall grass he found a Puckodum!
RIGHT CAPTION: Älgen threw a schoolball at the duck and it worked!!

LEFT CAPTION: Not! Älgen ran after it.
RIGHT CAPTION: Someone else caught the duck.

LEFT CAPTION: Älgen went to Lake of Rage
ÄLGEN: A guy stole my Puckodum
LANCE: do you need help
RIGHT CAPTION: Älgen got to borrow a Puckodum.

LEFT CAPTION: The guy who took the duck was from Rocket Head so älgen went to one of their bases.
RIGHT CAPTION: He got to the top floor with Igura who was a strong because... älgen hadn't trained it.

LEFT CAPTION: On the top floor he met Givony
RIGHT CAPTION: Älgen agreed to join Team Rock Head.
ÄLGEN: Okay, but only if I get to hurt people...

LEFT CAPTION: Älgen got back the duck, who was called Mewduck, and it decided to come with älgen
RED BOX: The one who caught Mewduck.
RIGHT CAPTION: Then the guy from Lake of Rage showed up but älgen scrammed with a jet pack [TN: actually I called it a "getpack" which translates as "goat pack". It's a pun, sort of.]

Okay so that is exactly half of one of these books. I might post the other half in the future but either way I think you get the idea. This was probably one of the later books because it is has a certain style and rhythm that was lacking in my earlier work, where the text was usually long and rambling rather than short and snappy. To finish off, here are some sneak peeks of the rest of this book:

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Posted January 29th, 2015
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"Rose gets cursed. Can she be saved?"

This week on Library 34 we're diving into the swamp that is "next generation" Harry Potter fanfiction; stories revolving around the adventures of Harry Potter & co's children. This is a love story starring Rose Weasley and Scorpius Malfoy, written by someone who probably liked The Fault In Our Stars quite a lot. Credit for finding this gem must go to the Epically Bad Fanfiction tumblr, where I scooped it up.

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Posted January 22nd, 2015
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Hourly Comics - January 1

Hourly Comics from January 1st.

Tags: roadies, drunk gig, very confusing guest comics, spellbinder, ashka, watching me watching you, video editing, mapp and lucia, bitter.

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Posted January 15th, 2015
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What Darkness Conceals


This week in Library 34 I'm reading "A story of courage, love, and the ancient battle of good versus evil..." It's a Whose Line Is It Anyway / Buffy the Vampire Slayer fusion. Basically Colin Mochrie is a Vampire Slayer and the Whose Line crew are his Scoobies. This story is pretty well written but it deserves a place in the library just for its absurd brilliance.

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Posted January 8th, 2015
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Regular readers might know that my camera got run over by a car a year and a half ago. I can't complain too much since I was in the car at the time, but regardless it led to me shooting a lot less video and taking zero pictures for a while. Then, for my birthday early last year, I got one of those fancy new-fangled phones with a camera inside it? So I started taking pictures.

I'm writing this late on the first of January, still feeling worn out from last night when me and two friends rocked and/or rolled in a barn for a pretty large number of people. So I was planning on taking today off and not posting anything - even though it is a Thursday - but in a last minute flip-flop I pulled together some pictures in order to present you with my 2014. As you can see I spent most of the year staring at water and ice and bryggor.

These pictures are unedited. Because you don't edit pictures you take on your phone.

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Posted January 1st, 2015
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Library 34 - Christmas Special


Library 34 comes early this week to help you get into the holiday spirit! In this Christmas special we bring you not one - not two - but THREE Christmas stories!

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Posted December 22nd, 2014
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