Productivity

November 3, 2014 at 2:31 pm | Posted in Cartoons | Leave a comment
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02houseworkNothing like a deadline for a fifteen-page paper for coming up with comic ideas!

In all seriousness, I’ve found a clean and orderly environment is helpful before working on a big assignment. Taking care of all the little things before sitting down and putting in several hours of writing can do wonders for anxiety and focus. Putting off a paper to draw comics is another story entirely.

I was experimenting with contrast in this comic, and I think the effect is pretty successful. I wanted a few solid blocks of ink, and I think it has the benefit of helping the eye more easily distinguish different elements in each panel. It was fun to focus in on the little details that really improve the overall effect of the comic, even if they go unnoticed.

Well, back to work!

Halloween 2014

October 29, 2014 at 11:12 pm | Posted in Cartoons | Leave a comment
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03halloween2014(color)Ralph as Groot; Chuck as Smaug; Lily as Taylor Swift; Sarah as Elsa

I almost forgot to do a Halloween comic this year. But then I had an image of Chuck flapping around yelling “I AM DEATH” and the rest followed. I also wanted to take care of it now rather than rushing to get it finished on Halloween (I’ve finished late in years past). I have social engagements, as well as a paper to write this weekend.

The plan was to stick to just pen and ink for a while, but how can I do all of these great costumes without color? Not only do they look better in color, but they’re more easily recognizable. And as long as I want to do color, I’m not going to arbitrarily limit myself. Part of the reason I wanted to work in just black and white for a while is so I wouldn’t feel so obligated to make every strip in color; but if I’m excited about it, it’s not work.

Back after a long hiatus

October 26, 2014 at 9:11 pm | Posted in Cartoons | Leave a comment
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01catsittingBack after a long hiatus. Bill Watterson’s collaboration with Stephen Pastis led to watching Dear Mr. Watterson, which led to digging my Complete Calvin and Hobbes out of moving boxes, which led to picking up paper and pencil again. Sometimes you just need to remind yourself why you draw in the first place.

Getting back to basics experimenting with an artist’s pen instead of feeding it through Illustrator. The way I was doing comics before was getting pretty rote and tedious. I’ve decided to go sans color for a while and get back to line drawing (which is my favorite thing to do anyway). I’m feeling more invested in every line. I’m also feeling VERY out of practice.

Don’t expect a flurry of activity. Law school is still law school. But this is some therapy I’ve been needing, and it’s long overdue.

Introduction and introspection

April 1, 2014 at 5:26 am | Posted in Cartoons | 2 Comments
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citizenintrobetterbookRalph and Chuck is going to be published in IUPUI’s Campus Citizen. I’m looking forward to actually seeing my characters in print again. To introduce the strip to the campus, a new introductory comic was needed. The last time I did a strip like this was for the IDS, way back in 2010:

idspilotwebNot a whole lot has changed, other than the location and the pending marital status. Both mimic the first Garfield strip.

The next comic offers a bit of insight into what makes me tick. Over the last few years I’ve made a point of studying the Bible, and my faith and reliance on Christ has grown exponentially (thanks to Goodreads motivation, I know I’ve closely read about 60% of the King James Version). Law school has been one of the biggest challenges in my life, and my growing trust in God has been a big influence in how I approach both school and the other challenges that I’ve come across since graduation.

A big paper and finals are coming up much faster than I’d like, but I hope I can still get a comic out once a week during the last leg of the semester.

Swimsuits and scrutiny

March 13, 2014 at 9:42 am | Posted in Cartoons | Leave a comment

ImageThis comic is still relevant, barely. Spring break for the law students starts tomorrow!

I didn’t glean enough from the laptop screen to become quite as knowledgeable as Chuck, but I did see enough to be amused of my classmate’s use of her time. You’ll pardon me if “minimum scrutiny with teeth” didn’t have my “strict scrutiny” that afternoon.

Everything is awesome

March 4, 2014 at 8:40 pm | Posted in Cartoons | Leave a comment
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legomovieThey had to have planned that. Had to.

Sorry for the long hiatus – second semester finally caught up with me. And it’s still running me down, as a matter of fact. But everything is, in fact, awesome. I have a lot of work to do tonight, and I’m fully involved in the search for a summer internship. I have a stock of comic ideas saved up though, and hopefully I’ll be able to budget my time to get more finished and posted.

 

Wedding decisions

January 29, 2014 at 9:35 am | Posted in Cartoons | Leave a comment
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decisionsNot being involved in wedding decisions is not a big deal for most grooms. Most are thankful not to be, frankly. This Grooms is mostly interested in macro decisions (where, when, open or cash bar, etc.). Lisa hasn’t shut me out like Sarah has in this comic, but the “calling her mother every three minutes” thing is true to life.

The big day probably won’t come until 2016 at the earliest, but we’re getting a jump on planning now. Any money we’ll have for this wedding is borrowed, so we’re scrimping when we can. We set up a new savings account to encourage more discipline. We’re also both planning on losing weight. Optimism abounds.

“Am I a pretty girl?”

January 22, 2014 at 9:16 am | Posted in Cartoons | Leave a comment
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girlMy fiancée helped me come up with the idea for this one. She’s started doing her graded interviews for med school, and yes, I’ve had to pretend to be a girl once or twice. An odd and uncomfortable experience.

After all, it’s hard to get into the role convincingly without a little background. And if you try too hard to develop that background, it starts getting weird.

And it’s not just about pretending to be a girl, either. It’s difficult for me to pretend to be something I’m not, in any respect. I know I can help Lisa practice for interviews the most if I come up with a variety of different symptoms, but that’s not as easy to do as one would think. Most of the time I tend to exaggerate existing problems (headaches, cold feet, a cold, etc.) that I probably wouldn’t be seeing a doctor about.

Hey, I’ve actually managed to get a comic done two weeks in a row. Hopefully this becomes a habit.

Horse race

January 15, 2014 at 11:58 am | Posted in Cartoons | Leave a comment

horseAin’t it the truth though?

I’m a Colts fan first and foremost, but Peyton Manning was my quarterback for over a decade. As long as his success doesn’t directly impede the Colts’ success, I’ll be rooting for him. Since the Colts are out of the race, I’m a full-on Broncos fan until the offseason.

I took a little hiatus for those last weeks of finals and over break. My first grades of law school are coming back and they look pretty good – it looks like I’ll maintain my scholarship, at any rate. I’m hoping I can draw comics with more consistency with the first semester of law school under my belt, but you know how that is.

Looking forward to the rest of 2014 – it’ll be a lot better for me if Peyton manages to get another ring!

Frosty and finals

December 3, 2013 at 10:39 am | Posted in Cartoons | Leave a comment
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In spite of our hectic and coinciding graduate school finals schedules, Lisa and I are going to try to get through the Christmas classics before Christmas day arrives. We started with the Frosty programs, because they’re objectively the worst.

They’re also the least Christmas-y. I know Christianity absorbed a lot of pagan traditions when the day was co-opted, but usually the traditions have at least some religious significance, however shallow.  Santa shares the connection with giving, the Christmas tree can represent the Tree of Life, etc. Frosty has none of it. It’s a purely secular tale from a song written in 1950. I suppose you can make an argument that the life granted to Frosty is symbolic of new life in spiritual death, but I’m not really comfortable analogizing Christ’s sacrifice on the cross to the top hat of a failed magician.

The Second Coming of Frosty was also pretty underwhelming. The first film at least had some innocence, but the second was full of heavy-handed environmentalism and 90’s cynicism (no mention of “support groups” in the 1969 program). And it didn’t even had continuity – Frosty was talking and dancing without wearing the magic hat.

But we’re out of the woods and can start enjoying the fantastic stop-motion programs – in between long bouts of studying, of course.

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