Tags: christianity, christmas, christmas tree, chuck, comic strip, finals, frosty the snowman, graduate school, ralph, snow, winter
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.
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.
Even 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!
Tags: apartment, briefs, cats, chuck, colts, comic strip, football, grad school, law, law school, life, med school, ralph
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!
Tags: basketball, cap and gown, chuck, college, comic strip, commencement, graduate, graduate school, graduation, hoosiers, indiana, indiana university, indianapolis, law school, life, little 500, living, milestones, ralph
Normally I’m a pretty sentimental guy, but honestly I’m not feeling any sadness right now. I’ve loved my time at IU and I know I’ll have opportunities to visit. I’m not going to be very far away attending law school in Indianapolis.
I’m excited about the challenges and opportunities that life will put in front of me, and IU will always be a big part of helping me grow along the way. I look forward to future Little 500s and basketball games – this time watching as an alum! Go Hoosiers!
My “goodbye” comic has gone over well. Stick a few landmarks in your comic and everyone starts getting sentimental! It came to be just as a classic “avoiding schoolwork” comic, while Lisa and I were brainstorming for a penultimate comic.
The graduation comic is a deliberate homage to the comic I drew in high school:
Alfred and Jimmy both make reappearances! The new comic is meant to serve the same purpose – Ralph and Chuck isn’t going anywhere. Sure, it might take them a while to find a new place to be published, and comics may be drawn more sporadically (I hear law school is no cakewalk) but Ralph and Chuck goes where I go, and I’ll never stop drawing!
Avoiding chores, analyzing outfits, pros and cons of the internet, final papers, and violent punchlinesApril 30, 2013 at 9:01 am | Posted in Cartoons | Leave a comment
Tags: academics, boston bombing, cats, chuck, clothes, comic strip, debate, depression, final paper, fourth wall, graduation, grammar, internet, islamic extremism, men, outfit, ralph, religion, self-referential, violence, women
Looking back on my most recent comics, it looks like I was in a pretty self-referential mood. Three out of the five had the characters somehow acknowledging that they were in a comic strip. Really it was four out of six, if you consider the Calvin and Hobbes homage last week.
The first comic is an idea I remember coming up with a while ago, and I couldn’t tell you why I haven’t actually drawn it until now. I liked the idea of some characters staying “in panel” while another abuses the privilege of “breaking panel.”
The next one is partially based off of experience. Sometimes my opinion is asked of one of my fiancée’s outfits and my first response is “why are you asking me?” Although I’m not a comic strip character, I’ve pretty much been wearing the same clothes since high school. When I have to dress up I’m mocked by female family members for not understanding what’s allowed and not allowed. I’m the last person you should ask for fashion advice.
The next comic represents my range of emotions when thinking about the internet.
I had the inspiration for the final paper comic after finishing one of my final projects and writing the file name.
The last comic speaks for itself. I’m annoyed we’re walking on eggshells when it comes to what motivates these people. If it were the KKK bombing people, we would have no problem pointing to their sick ideology, so why do we pretend otherwise in instances obviously related to Islamic extremism? No intelligent person would argue that all Muslims are terrorists any more than they would argue that every white person is a white supremacist. Identifying the problem is the first step to solving it.
Tags: art, bill watterson, calvin and hobbes, chuck, comic strip, derivative, homage, inspiration, nuance, originality, plaigarism, ralph, ripoff, wagon
This seldom helps, since then I can only think of all these great ideas that I wouldn’t be able to use without some pretty obvious plagiarizing.
For this comic, my internal musing about how difficult it is to come up with original ideas seemed perfectly suited for one of Calvin and Hobbes’ philosophical wagon rides. I was thrilled, since this way I could call it an “homage” rather than a blatant ripoff. Nuance is important.
Of course, talking about originality and nuance in art is also very well suited for a Calvin and Hobbes snowmen comic. But I think I’ll quit while I’m ahead.
Tags: chuck, comic strip, hoosiers, indiana university, iu, ralph, sample gates, snow, white
It may seem odd to post this with spring (we hope) almost fully sprung, but a week or two ago and this comic wouldn’t have seemed so strange. Indiana weather is weird like that.
Tags: adult, chuck, comic strip, debt, economics, free lunch, graduate school, indiana university, iu on strike, law school, maturity, noise, pots and pans, protest, ralph, responsibility, student loans
As I wrestle with the issue of incoming debt by looking closely at graduate school choices and payment plans, others are taking a different approach. Specifically, the assumption that by making a lot of noise, somehow they can get some sort of a free lunch.
Things cost money. Sometimes you can’t pay for those things right away, so you take out a loan that you plan on paying back later. If you don’t think you can pay it back, then you don’t take it on. And whining about it doesn’t make debt go away. The laws of economics apply to all of us, and that includes Indiana University.
Simply demanding that tuition and fees be reduced won’t make it happen. Demanding that tuition and fees be reduced while shoving secretaries and stuffing flyers in purses won’t make it happen, either. What it does is expose immaturity and tells others that you’d rather throw a tantrum than actually consider realistic ways your issues can be dealt with. And sometimes the only way you can deal with them is by checking your own responsibility on an individual level. In fact, that’s supposed to be the first instinct of a mature adult.