Monday, March 27, 2006

Who Am I To Judge?: Late Bloomer

So, I promised some more book reports a while back.

Here I am to deliver.

Just what you were waiting for, right?

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

One Night

Vaguely ideogrammatic, this one is screaming for a vector-art treatment.

Kinda' Chris Ware-ish again, or maybe Richard McGuire. Have you read his story, ctrl, in that McSweeny's book? You should.

Rachelle laughed at this comic.

Monday, March 20, 2006

Old Friends

Notice the extra strip at the bottom of this one, a la Tony Millionaire (or George Herriman, if you will). Am I getting fancy, or what?

Click on these colored words for the Comixpedia article. It's another look at the use of music in webcomics. Sort of a companion piece to this article I wrote for The Webcomics Examiner.

I can't help but think I'm not being comepletely fair to Mike in this comic. It's not as if I don't like him or anything. I'm not sure we can be the friends we were before but that doesn't mean we can't still be friends. And Mike, if you're reading, I'd like to hear your side of the meeting as well.

Sunday, March 19, 2006

Bad Day

I drew this yesterday but didn't get to put it up until today.

go figure.

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

How to make a sandwich

Today I kind of remembered how to draw a little.

I like how the sketch lines and erased parts show through on this scan.

Friday, March 10, 2006


Just a sketchbook page today. Been a rough week and I'm too tired to think up any real comic today.

I haven't been happy with anything I've drawn all week. What I have in my head just can't seem to make it to the page (or screen). I've got so many ideas but when i find the time to do something it all turns to crap. It's very frustrating.

I am so glad this week is over with. I really hope the next one goes better.

(bitch, bitch, bitch...)

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

It's kinda like a zoo

I think I drew this one a bit too quickly.

I go back and forth on whether I want to put up the comics I don't like, and there have been quite a few. How well these turn out has a lot to do with how much free time I have and what else I'm doing with that time. I've been pretty busy lately.

If I thought of this as a regular comic-strip gig I would probably worry a little more about consistency and quality. I'd probably work up a buffer so as not to rush these things so much. But this is my blog and not a comic, I just happen to use it in comics form. It's an experiment in last minute scrawls and trying out different ideas. Keeping up with my self imposed deadline is always a challenge but I do want to continue. Maybe someday these things'll get better but until then you'll just have to forgive me the crappy ones.

Monday, March 06, 2006

I like to think I have good taste.

Lotsa information here. Not sure how well I pulled this off.

Guess I should mention that I checked Chris Ware's Quimby Mouse book out from the library. I can see why he uses text as a graphic element first and foremost in these kind of diagrammatic comics. It's easier to pull off than blocks of narrative, as far as diecting the eye and such. He can get away with stuff like flipping the text to a mirror image, have it guide the eyeflow and still be understood ('cause it's so simple). Live and learn, I guess.

This one was fun to do.

Speaking of Chris Ware and libraries:
Rachelle pointed out that on April 11 the Shreve branch of the Wayne County Public Library is hosting a book discussion on Jimmy Corrigan. It's 1-2 pm so I'd have to skip out on work but I may do that. Wooster's a small town and Shreve is even smaller. It'd be interesting to see just who in this tiny little hamlet actually reads Chris Ware.
Come on down if you're interested. Pre-registration is required.

And you all know where Shreve is, right?

Friday, March 03, 2006

The End.

There you go. All done.
As I've been told; "not that exciting, but it's drawn kinda' good." ( I, personally would put emphasis on the kinda')

But still, I kind of like it. The slight changes of the character's positions from panel to panel against the static background is interesting to me. And it kind of fits a story where nothing really happens. And there's a kind of charm to the sketchy pencil drawings. I think I'll gussy this up in PhotoChop and post it on my site all proper-like some day. (It'll need a title too. Something I obviously had trouble with while posting it here.)


So, in real life:
Sophie was diagnosed with a case of Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV - which somehow didn't make it on my list). It was never really all that serious but she was obviously pretty uncomfortable. And it was hard for us to watch her go through all the sniffling, coughing, raspy breathing, and all that not-so-fun stuff. The worst part, of course, is the worrying and waiting to see if things get worse. Thankfully she's on the mend now and did not require any hospitalization or anything like that (RSV can turn serious). In fact, she took it all like a real trouper and found ways to smile at mommy and me between coughing fits.

We got lucky when we got this kid.

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

As promised, the penultimate chapter in the domestic saga of the nameless "Woman X" and a man who is presumably her husband, "Man X" (scroll down for the first Chapter). Nothing much happens here. If you look closely down at the bottom you can see my dialogue notes fot the six panels following so you can figure out how all of this ends.

Tune in Friday for the pulse-pounding*, guest-star studded*, surprise-end ending*, final and ultimate conclusion to our story.

*subject to change

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