Sunday, March 8, 2009



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Monday, February 23, 2009

Sunday, February 15, 2009



...You know, I had a storyline, brief though it was, in mind - and, indeed, in action - when I lost my, er, how should I say it, "gusto," all those months ago. I could finish it now; I will not, for the same reason that I didn't back then, which is that it's not really that interesting or funny. Actually that's how I feel about the whole comic, so far. That's OK - if I'm honest with myself, and I hope I usually am, the comic in its beginnings was more a form of catharsis than anything else; I vented my rage at what I perceived as just a few of the idiocies of the world, and I had fun doing it, which isn't a bad deal as long as one doesn't wake up in jail the following morning. Manhunts are also good to avoid. I tried to make it humorous and if anyone ever laughed or even smiled I'm glad, but really it was a comic for me, and ultimately even I didn't find it as funny as it was in my head. So I lost interest, as so many others have done. With their own comics, too.

Well, I also made the mistake of reading loads of good webcomics, which made me realize that if I really wanted to deliver a quality product to people who want it, I would have to spend extensive time and effort studying storytelling and drawing and possibly comedy. These are all good things to know, but it could be some time before I can even begin to seek that knowledge. In the meantime, here I am. The reason I'm back now is because I did really enjoy making that comic, even though it took a lot of time and was not as great in the delivery as I'd hoped. As I've expressed in my blog and as hardly needs to be told to this web-centered generation, making things is fun, especially when one can put it on the Internet where people might see it and might even read it. Accidents do happen. Gives one a feeling of professionalism, of "Being Published," of the pride of creation and distribution. Not wishing to abandon that forever, I have decided to give this another go, but as the title of the posting might indicate, in a slightly-different manner. I don't have as much time as I did before and neither do I have the same all-consuming subject matter, for which I am very, very grateful. I doubt I'm going to become a webcomic sensation any time ever, so why worry about things like mass appeal and humor for others? I made a comic that was truly for me but I pretended it was otherwise before; no longer. Combine this with my time constraints and what results is this new one-panel approach with bits of surreal and pun-filled humor that amuses me and probably will confuse or bore others. That's fine. It's a comic for me, as I eke out my own little space, my own few strands of this great Web. (Who, incidentally, is the spider? SkyNet?)

But if there is anyone who does get a laugh out of these, that pleases me to no end. Bringing joy to others is among the most potent natural highs.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Thursday, November 20, 2008



Man knows his priorities. And shops at the same store as Cloud Strife.

Thursday, November 13, 2008