Sunday, March 1, 2009

Comix, etc.

So, it's been a while.

Apologies to anyone who cares.

For the obvious reasons, I've been pretty busy with work, music, writing and whatnot. Since my last post, I had some stuff published on Dusted and Stereo Subversion — because I do that sort of thing.

In other minor accomplishments, at the persistent encouragement of a friend, I recently submitted some music to Calvin College's FFM deally. Apparently, I've made it into the top ten peeps along with some old friends (Deastro and Aaron Roche). Hot potatoes... If you want, check out the submissions here (some really good ones including my great friend Charlene Kaye and breathe owl breathe — my favorite band from Michigan).

After some delay, the art for the perhapsy album is coming along well. Things should be ready for early May... I think itunes should have that stuff, but yeah... No more procrastination is the goal...

But enough about that shizzz, on to a subject everyone loves: homemade comics.

Well, maybe not everyone. Either way, I've been drawing a whole lot lately and am happy to share some of the randomness and resulting crazies. A good deal is meant to be humorous, but some of it's personal stuff, so, apologies if I offend.

Take a gander: here

best regards,

p.s. happy march.


  1. Personally I can't wait for the new Perhapsy album.

  2. Hi Derek,

    I've been listening to your music as part of the evaluation/judging process for Calvin College's Bandspotting contest. I'm enjoying it very much.

    Kind of a weird question, but bear with me: are you related to Tim Barber, pastor, from Mansfield, Ohio? Thanks.

    Andy Whitman
    Senior Contributing Editor
    Paste Magazine

  3. derek,
    i've been listening to some of your new tunez and i have to say, i am very impressed. not that i expected anything less. anywho, i'm excited to get my hands on the whole package (that's what she said).

    your former touring partner-in-crime,
    ryan s.

  4. hey andy,

    thanks, man.

    definitely means a lot.

    And yeah, Tim Barber was my father -- and a really great one at that. Did you know him?

    I'm currently working on a project dedicated to important memories of him concerning his life and his art. It's tentatively titled "My Father: Collected Memories."

    It looks to be a work involving music, essays and poetry -- there's a more than fair chance other members of my family and community will be helping in the process. In fact, I'm currently visiting my mom in California going through my dad's old sketch book stuff and photos.

    Anyhow, thanks again.


    Dude. Great to hear from you man. Thanks a lot and hope we cross paths in the very near future.

  5. Derek, I knew your dad a little back in the late '70s/early '80s when I was a student at Ashland Theological Seminary, and attending church at Grace Fellowship in Mansfield. I have fond memories of him. The Church I'm currently a part of, which is a big Vineyard church in Columbus, was sort of birthed out of the whole Gracehaven Farm/Grace Fellowship scene. Your dad was a good man. I'm sure you know that.

    I'm really enjoying your music. I don't know if we'll cross paths in person, but I hope so. In any event, if/when you have a full album, please let me know ( I write for several publications, Christian and "secular" (I hate the term, but you know what I mean), and I'd like to do what I can in terms of publicity.

    Andy Whitman

  6. Andy,

    That's really cool you knew my father.

    I told my mom about that and she thought it was really neat too.

    Anyhow, I'll be sure to get a hold of you about the album — it should be ready for release in May, I believe, via KC label the Record Machine.

    Thanks for getting a hold of me.