At last





Raiment, reticence, and reading

jobfaircheesesticksfirsttimeI attended a law school job fair a couple months ago, which went terribly. I’m very bad at selling myself, especially in a short period of time during an event that’s more about the firms advertising themselves than anything else (e.g. “We’re actually not hiring anyone right now…”). Naturally my thoughts turned philosophical. I hate getting dressed up.

Philosophical thoughts actually seem to be a theme of the last three comics. I like the trope of serious thoughts being undercut by abrupt, practical concerns. The world is a serious place, but it’s also a ridiculous one.

I’ve been re-reading quite a few books lately (specifically, the Animorphs series and The BFG), so even though I drew this comic back in July I thought it would be appropriate to post now. I do wish I could read books I love for the first time again, but the reasons for why that is impossible make for a fun strip.

I’m in the final stretch of law school – only one more sit-down and one more take-home final left to go – and then it’s time for bar prep. My Tolkien calendar for the┬ámonth of May depicts a scene from the Hobbit chapter “Out of the Frying pan into the Fire”, which I thought eerily apt.

Boxes, weddings, and leftovers

boxesjointweddingleftoversI didn’t draw much over the holidays, but I’ve settled into the spring semester and have been having bursts of creativity.

Lisa and I are big fans of Amazon Prime, so we often have an abundance of cardboard boxes lying around. While this has great utility for wrapping Christmas gifts and entertaining our cats, it does tend to clutter a small apartment. Usually I end up periodically purging the excess cardboard containers, after which the cats will pine and Lisa will lay on the guilt.

We’re getting married in September, and deciding what to do about my characters was more stressful than actually planning our real-life wedding. As you may recall, my characters were engaged the same time we were. My characters have always reflected the events in my own life, and I was struggling to figure out how to show both couples getting married around the same time I was, without it being repetitious or stealing any one couple’s thunder. Really the only solution was to make it a joint wedding, though it took me a while to bite the bullet.

I drew the leftovers comic a while back. Though most of my strips are inspired by true events, this one was a brain wave that came from a Calvin and Hobbes comic and has no relation to anything between me and Lisa; we’re pretty free and easy with our leftovers.

Thanks for reading!