Monday, March 22, 2010

Web Comic Project: Day 275

Joe's boss. It took me a couple of tries to find the right look for him:

From  "Java Town: Invitation to Fear," a work-in-progress (and, I should add, my first all-digital comic effort).

And Another Thing: Wikipedia recently took down my brief bio. It was, as I recall, factually accurate and it's inclusion couldn't possibly have done anything to diminish Wikipedia in anyway but there you go. It's gone. I don't mind the bio not being there but having someone make an effort to point me out say, "he's not worthy," was a bit deflating.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Web Comic Project: Day 272

I really don't want to make too big an issue over my health situation but I can't really emphasize enough how treatment for my kidney failure has improved not just my physical state but my mental state as well. The worst downside of my illness -- as a creative person -- was the utter fog I was in for so long. It felt like I was locked out of the best parts of my brain. As I've come out of that fog (an ongoing process), I see more and more clearly weaknesses in the Java Town story that I can't let pass (even though I'm really, really behind on getting the material done for publication). So I keep pounding away and, hopefully, improving the thing in the process. I've made so many changes, in fact, that I've removed the old pdf of the first part from my website until I can put up the new revised version (I'll leave up the flash version at the SLG page for now). Above: Joe's boss has a thing for tiki.

And Another Thing: Kickstarter recently popped up on my radar. Some web cartoonists seem to be finding it useful (like Jess Smart Smiley here). I love how Kickstarter provides a route to financing without seeming too much like begging (I guess it's more like collecting a bunch of micro-investors). I haven't delved too closely into it yet but I'll be keeping my ears open for success stories.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Web Comic Project: Day 270

The thing I like about working digitally is the ability to condense or expand parts of my story as I work on it. I've recently gone back to the early part of the story and added several pages (and removed a couple pages too). I felt that I needed to better establish Java Town as a place and develop Joe's character a bit more. Hopefully, the new pages will do that. The pages shown here will eventually be added to a revised version of the already posted first part of "Java Town: Invasion of Fear."

Monday, March 15, 2010

Danger: Asteroids! Major Award

The folks at ZumTees have kindly declared my Danger: Asteroids! design to be T-Shirt of the Day. You know, when I was around sixteen one of my first summer jobs -- and an early "professional" assignment -- was designing t-shirts for a local screen-printer. Dude tried to rip me off and not pay me ($200! In 1976 dollars = 800 comic books). My mom got good and riled, read the guy the riot act and I got my money in time to give it to give to my parents who were going through a really rough patch at the time. I love that story. Buy my t-shirts.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Web Comic Project: Day 262

A space alien shows off his place of work. From the work-in-progress second part of "Java Town: Invasion of Fear." Part one can be found here.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Web Comic Project: Day 261

Joe's car (probably some kind of Rambler). From the work-in-progress second part of "Java Town: Invasion of Fear." Part one can be found here.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Web Comic Project: Day 259

A scene from the Perk-U-Later Diner. I'm starting to get a better feel for the style I'm working in now (finally) but worry that it's creating some internal inconsistencies between the more representational cartooning found in the earlier bits. And hands remain a huge headache for me to draw (this group appears to have flippers). From the work-in-progress second part of "Java Town: Invasion of Fear." Part one can be found here.

And Another Thing: Comforting words of a sort for cartoonists (and other oddballs) from Scott Adams. (via The Daily Dish)

Check it Out: This is a bit late, but Microsoft shows off its upcoming tablet. I'm excited by the possibilities this thing represents for me as a designer and cartoonist in a way I don't think I've felt since I saw my first laser printer. And, amazingly for this long-time Mac guy, it's a lot more alluring than the iPad.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Web Comic Project: Day 258

The KKUP Channel 96 reception area and a couple of employees (Old Miss Kabe and Hank From Maintenance). From the work-in-progress second part of "Java Town: Invasion of Fear." Part one can be found here.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Web Comic Project: Day 254

Dr. Brunhilde Von Voom, PhD, Nucl.E, DBA, DDS - from the as-yet-unseen part two of "Invasion of Fear" (soon to see print in JAVA TOWN and Other Unlikely Destinations). For the record: the doctor is holding a steaming plate of meat in one hand and freshly knitted booties in the other.