Introduction and introspection

April 1, 2014 at 5:26 am | Posted in Cartoons | Leave a comment
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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 | 1 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.

Silly kitties

November 12, 2013 at 9:30 am | Posted in Cartoons | Leave a comment

crashSometimes our cats will drive me nuts.

I’m going to make some observations about cats. I apologize to anyone that is already familiar with cats, but I grew up a dog owner. All of this is a bit new to me.

First of all, they need to get inside everything. And not just anything, but whatever you happen to be doing. If I open the fridge door, they’re inside the fridge. If I open the closet door, they’ll be inside the closet. They’ll hear me open something and bolt across the apartment in order to get inside. And this happens over and over. They’ve seen the inside of the closet. They’ve seen the inside of the fridge. But that won’t stop them from trying to get inside every time.

They have absolute tunnel vision. If they get their eyes set on the least little thing, they’ll hone in without any regard to their surroundings. Sometimes they’ll forget you’re around and you’ll get a clawful as a consequence. This is especially annoying since we’re in prime hoodie-wearing season. You better hope you don’t stoop too low or they’ll be attacking your hood strings.

I’ve also lost a pair and a half of headphones (one earbud still works on one) and the charge cord to the Wii U Gamepad. It’s not that I don’t try to be careful – it’s just that it only takes them about a half-second to chew through anything they get their teeth on. Let your guard down for a second and your headphones are useless.

Also, they stink. The cat smell is pervasive no matter how often you change the litter box. The litter also gets everywhere, even though we bought one of the litter boxes with a cover and a little doorway. Cat poop also smells WAY worse than dog poop.

It’s a good thing they’re cute.

Hundreds, Halloween, and humor

November 5, 2013 at 11:56 am | Posted in Cartoons | Leave a comment

100dollarbill halloween2013 teachtolieEven drawing one comic a week has been difficult to accomplish, which may give you a good idea of how much work goes into law school. I’m gearing up for the last leg of the semester and getting ready to outline and review like crazy (not to mention my final writing assignment).

The first and third comics posted here are based on real conversations. I’m happy to say that for once I was just as witty as my comic portrays. Most of the time the one-liners are l’esprit d’escalier.

This is probably my favorite Halloween strip I’ve drawn. All of the costumes ended up looking great. I’m a little worried not enough people will know who Phoenix Wright is (or Thranduil, for that matter – I’m not sure just how much the Hobbit trailers have permeated the popular culture as of yet), but the Halloween strips have always been a bit indulgent.

I feel like I have a good rhythm going in my life right now, and finishing comics on time should be much easier from here on out. At least, I hope!

Law so hard

September 20, 2013 at 1:32 am | Posted in Cartoons | Leave a comment
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It’s been a while since my last comic! A lot has happened since graduation, including buying and getting used to a new laptop, moving into my first apartment with my fiancee (who started medical school), getting two kittens (named Fili and Kili), and starting law school.

I just finished my first month of law school, and I have to say that so far I’ve been having a lot of fun. Law is challenging, but fascinating. I really feel like this is what I’m supposed to be doing. Unfortunately it does keep me very busy (and I need to make time for football!), so I won’t be able to update Ralph and Chuck two to three times a week like I did in undergrad. My goal is to draw one comic a week, and fortunately they will still be published by MCT Campus.

I’ll never stop drawing, even if there are a few hiatuses now and then. I look forward to the new ideas that are sure to come from this new stage of my life!

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