FC 37 - Again With the Cows

I'm excited to present a new artist in this week's Friday Comic. Not only did she draw the comic, but she also came up with the idea (undoubtedly inspired by our previous series on cows.) Katherine, current NYC denizen, had a go at the notorious MS Paint and I would say came out quite victoriously. I went in and did a little sizing/background work, but the artistry is all Katherine.

I kind of like this whole theme idea. We did the cow thing a couple times, then the potty humor a couple times, and now back to the cow. It will all make for a great chapter in the book. Then, of course, there is the most popular sub-series, Rock Paper Scissors. Hopefully that's one we'll revisit soon.

I like Friday Comics. I hope you do too.
Friday June 20 2008File under: comic

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Everyone Deserves a Good Paddling

This past weekend, I took our so often neglected kayak out for its* first voyage of the year. I'm always looking for an excuse to get out on the water, but rarely find one. (Lack of transportation for the kayaks is usually one of the main reasons*.) A friend visiting from out of town was reason enough to get out and have a good paddling.

We launched the double kayak at low time at South Harbor Park (a.k.a. Sea Farer's Memorial Park) and headed over to Saddlebag Island. Saddlebag is my most common destination because it is a fairly easy paddle (we did it in just over an hour) and it is a state park. I've camped there a time or two but not this time. After exploring the island a bit, we re-took to the sea only to find the rudder broken. My arms got an extra workout as I had to paddle hard to keep us pointed in the right direction. Besides the sore arms, broken rudder, and sun burn*, it was a wonderful way to spend the day.

There are pictures of the aforementioned adventure but until they make their way from cell phone to computer (pending learning how to transfer said images), you will have to use your imagination. If human intelligence triumphs over technology sometime soon and the pictures are liberated from the phone, I will post them in the comments. I know how annoying pictureless posts are. EDIT: Humans triumph machine! Here's me on Saddlebag Island.
Monday June 16 2008File under: Anacortes

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FC 36 - More Potty Humor

Since I got a chuckle or two out of last week's potty humor comic, I thought I might try another stab in that direction. Typically, potty humor appeals to a slightly younger demographic. This comic, however, should be appreciated by an older demographic as well. Living through the 70s gives you a leg up on understanding.

Oh, and again I did the drawing, which is becoming a pesky tradition I know. Hopefully we'll have some guest artists in again here soon. Two are currently contracted out, so next week we should be back to the high caliber of drawing you deserve. As for the humor, however, you shouldn't expect any upward change on that front.
Thursday June 12 2008File under: comic

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Those Clever Coffee Folk

We all know I am a fan of language: crosswords, puns, double entrendes, and the like. One thing I've noticed in my travels (at least here in the U.S.) is the extraordinary number of coffee shops with witty names. I started a little list of some of the clever ones that I've come across. Do you have any to add to the list?*

Brewed Awakening - Westmont, IL
Loca Mocha - Brookfield, IL
Bean Counter - (I forget)
Cool Beans - Bellingham, WA
Uncommon Grounds - Havelock, NC
Brew Thru - OBX, NC
Stomping Grounds, New Bern, NC
Sacred Grounds, Chicago, IL

(I've been collecting these for a while in anticipation of a fun little post when there's not much else exciting going on*. The other day, however, I ran across this post over at Best Week Ever. It is a list of punny store names of any type. Included were The Human Bean and C U Latte. I figured I had better go ahead and get this post up before someone else steals my thunder.)
Tuesday June 10 2008File under: misc

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Chops

A couple of weeks ago, a few good beard links passed through the what's-hot of the internet.
1. Great creative video. (It puts mine from way back to shame.)
2. A fellow documents his pursuit of every beard type.

Since it coincided in timing, more or less, with my bi-monthly ridiculous beard shave, I took a little inspiration and this is what I came up with: mega chops, mustache, and uber soul patch. I wore this ridiculousness to frisbee but got enough stares that I deemed it a little much and quickly removed the rest. I can't go around looking like a fool all the time.
Monday June 9 2008File under: beard

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FC 35 - The Answer Lies Within

Not that I think there are any young folk out there that can be bothered to read BdW*, but I should throw the warning out there that this week's comic contains what might be considered a dirty* word by some. I apologize in advance (for those of you that actually read this blurb before clicking straight through to the comic; otherwise it is only an after the fact apology) for potty mouth*.

Yep, you guessed it: it's me pushing the pixels again this week. I even went a little wild and tried the non-tracing route (except for the turlet*). All in all, it turned out just fine. I esp. like the dude's hair. Anyway, I got some stuff I gotta go figure out.
Thursday June 5 2008File under: comic

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Class of 98 Reunion

Ten years ago today, the Anacortes High School class of 98 done grajemated. Ah, the good old days of high school*. We were all so good looking back then.

Besides being a great opportunity to reflect on the good old days and how quickly the time has passed, ten years also means it is reunion time. The only official word I've heard about the reunion is a page over at MySpace. Since I know a good portion of the world doesn't use MySpace*, I felt the need to spread the word. But not only did I want to make sure all you 98ers were in the know, I wanted to include my very sincere plea that you all make every attempt to come. If ever an occasion embodied the phrase "the more, the merrier", this would be it. Even if you only want to see what Robert Kennedy is up to, settle a bet as to how many kids Clint Lucas has sired*, or finally get up the nerve to talk to your old crush, PLEASE COME! If you've got a pseudo excuse, I'm sure we can solve it together.

Anyway, the gist (for those of you who hate MySpace to the point of not even wanting to visit even for information purposes) is August 9th! Location isn't apparent from the page, but something has supposedly been booked, and we can only assume it is going to be here in Anacortes. I'm sure you will all be here too, right?

(Oh, and I plan on having a yearbook study session at my house on the evening before the event so we can at least have a refresher and not pull the old Matt Henry/Peder Moore faux pas. Perhaps we will even break out an old copy of Grosse Pointe Blank to study up on how reunions are supposed to go.)
Wednesday June 4 2008File under: Anacortes, events

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Familiar Voice on Marketplace

Marketplace is one of my favorite daily radio programs. If you've never heard it, it is worth a listen*. A couple of weeks ago, I wrote an e-mail in response to a story. (Feedback, both positive and negative*, is a great way to help programs, blogs, authors, companies, etc. connect to the actual end consumer. I'm a big fan of feedback.) Anyway, I got a call yesterday asking me to read or paraphrase my letter, so they could broadcast it in their "letters from listeners" section. Needless to say, I was pretty freaking stoked.

Unfortunately, Marketplace was preempted on KUOW today by campaign coverage so no one got to hear it. (I did, however, get an e-mail from a friend back in Maine that heard my 15 seconds of fame.) Anyway, for any one interested, you can listen to/read the story on their website or I've edit it down to just my blurb for archival purposes here. I don't know if this counts as my 15 minutes of fame, but it's pretty neat anyway.

(Because it fits in so nicely, I thought I would at least mention it for those who don't remember: A couple of years ago, I got a little NPR air time on Weekend Edition Sunday, doing their weekly puzzle (with puzzle master Will Shortz). That clip is archived here. Two "appearances" on popular NPR shows. Once I win that pesky Car Talk puzzler and do something significant enough to get Terry Gross to interview me, I'll have completed the circuit!!)
Tuesday June 3 2008File under: misc

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Our Town Our Park

For those readers who reside in the Anacortes area, this is probably old news; it has been the talk of the town, front page news, etc. For the rest of you, I wanted to clue you in on a great project going on here in town.

Our Town Our Park is a community project to build a new playground at Storvik Park. The park was designed by the community (with input from kids), funded by community fund raising, and constructed using volunteer labor from the community, with all sorts of other community involvement (donated meals for the volunteer crews, donated materials, etc.). The organization and enthusiasm for the project have been great and it looks like everything is coming together wonderfully.

I went and put in my shift of volunteer labor yesterday. My team put up a little hut in the 2-5 year old section, a hut that I will be able to forever feel a special pride in*. It was amazing how many people I ran into on the build site: old teachers, parents of friends, high school friends who I haven't seen in ages. Granted the majority of the volunteers have some personal stake in the project (i.e. have kids of their own), but there were other who were there just for the community involvement.

The grand opening for the park is this evening at 5:00pm. Hopefully their website will be updated with pictures of the build in progress as well as the final project (which, I must say, comes close to rivaling the best playground of all time, South Whidbey). The whole deal has been another one of those I-sure-am-happy-to-live-in-Anacortes experiences.
Sunday June 1 2008File under: Anacortes

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FC 34 - An Industry Trend I Can Support

A non-negligible percentage of comic ideas that pass through my comic ideas list are editorial in nature. I do my best to weed those out before they make it to the big time, because the whole point of this Friday comic series is to celebrate the end of the week with a little chuckle, not stir the pot*. At least one has slipped through the cracks way back in the beginning, but all in all I've been pretty good.

This week's comic isn't blatantly editorial. In fact, one might argue that it isn't at all editorial. Good comics have allusions to real world stuff frequently. Making light of the world around us is the bread and butter of comic writers
Anyway, without further defense, here is this week's comic. As with last week's comic, I drew* it myself. This week, however, the research was much more fun.
Thursday May 29 2008File under: comic

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