Monday, July 31, 2006

In the Future, Dinosaurs are the new black.

(to next strip)

Ryan North of Dinosaur Comics fame graciously granted me permission for this The Future is so Futuristical strip. For those of you who don't know, Ryan uses this very same comic-template with a new script (almost) everyday for his Dinosaur Comics webcomic. He's been doing it for going on four years now. It's amazing the narrative variety he gets out of the same six panels every time. For his efforts he's received many accolades including the recent Web Cartoonist's Choice Award for outstanding writing. Go read his comic and if you like it you can buy the book.

Thanks, Ryan, for letting me rip off your comic for a one-note gag!

And this strip follows ideas from this one by Jessica McLeod.

Saturday, July 29, 2006

Junior High Redux

This cartoon was supposed to have gone up yesterday but the server where I host my images was down (or some other unfortunate instance out of my control). So it's up today. Whoopie.

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

The future is still obsessed with the past

Another one from the future. This one takes place immediately following the last strip. So, really it's even more in the future. And still totally futuristical.

Monday, July 24, 2006

Behold... THE FUTURE!

So this is an installment in a little group-jam called "The Future is so Futuristical" started on LiveJournal by a mister TedPrior.
The deal is you draw a comic about the future and post it (anywhere, according to Ryan Estrada). That's it. Easy as pie.

Mine is a continuation of this entry and then this one too.

Mister TedPrior has a good chunk of 'em archived here. Now go do your own!

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

The other day

-a true story

So take a close look at this comic and then tell me again that space=time. Sure the first and last tiers of panels are fairly conventional comic narrative, but the middle three tiers each represent simultaneous events. Reading right to left, here, is the same as left to right or reading the panels in a random order. All the panels are necessary for a completion of the main theme but sequence (within the tier) is arbitrary. There is some space/time relation only between the separate tiers as the sequence does go top/middle/bottom. But space=time seems to be too limiting an equation for describing the process of reading comics narrative. Why is that still so commonly used as shorthand?

But seriously, though. Cloud Cult really does KICK ASS!!!! Get yourself a copy of Advice From the Happy Hippopotamus. I cannot recommend this album enough!

Friday, July 14, 2006

Yay! Calamity!

Go read What Happened?, my CALAMITY! story.

And then read the rest of them too. I particularly enjoyed The Inevitable Fore-Knowledge of Death by Jon Morris, End of the Scone Age by Brodie Brockie, and Turpentine by my buddy Neal von Flue (who has a song to go with his comic).

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