FC 96 - Take Bennifer For Example

I was going to do something clever like have a newspaper with stories of celebrity break-ups or something like that to demonstrate flawed "introductions", but then I didn't. True story.

Another true story: wings are hard to draw, at least for me. The butt, however, came pretty easily. Hmmm...

Since this cartoon is kind of Valentine's Day themed, I don't feel it is out of place to remind you all that the annual Roses Are Red Poetry Slam is coming up quickly. (There will be an official post soon.) So start composing your poems now!
Thursday February 11 2010File under: comic

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FC 95 - If It Works For the Escalator...

I just got to thinking: how many webcomics are out there? Answer: A lot. I mean a lot. And I can see why. It is easy enough to "publish" them and the audience is huge, so someone is bound to think yours is funny*.

How do these reflections on the webcomic scene make me feel about my little month long experiment gone on way to long? It's tough to say. Sometimes, esp. after seeing a lot of other poorly drawn, not so funny comics, I feel like a metooer*. But then, when I look back through some of the previous comics, I smile and remember that at the very least, these incorrect perspective panels make me happy, and that should be enough.
Thursday February 4 2010File under: comic

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FC 94 - There Is Always an Upside

This week's comic was created much more quickly than last week's, which I attribute partially to having learned the new program and partially to the fact that there aren't 7 people in this one. Anyway, going from 6-8 hours on the last one to just 2 on this one is quite an improvement. *

So I got this idea (or more specifically the seed for this idea) when a friend's daughter* told me over the phone about how their dog had to wear one of those cone collars. I've been around dogs with the cone collars before and it is so sad to see them like that. Anyway, this is an attempt, maybe, at least to myself, to salvage a little dignity for those coned creatures, thinking that maybe there are some upsides.

But just don't ever make me wear a cone, please. I'll be good.

(P.S. First person to say that the dog looks like a goat or sheep or anything else will be forced to wear a cone of their own. So no cute stuff.)
Thursday January 28 2010File under: comic

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FC 93 - Check Please

First, I would like to apologize to anyone who might be offended by this for whatever reason. I'm not making a commentary on unemployment insurance, the economy, snowboarders, or anything like that.

Secondly, I have to admit that I stole this idea from somebody. He also presented it much better than me...."circus scholarship". I can't do the situation justice, but believe me, it was funny enough that I noted the phrase down for use in a future comic.

Thirdly, this was my first comic drawn completely in Gimp, the paint program on my new-ish laptop. I'm slowly starting to learn the ins and outs, and am starting to dislike it less and less. There are even a few features that I like better than my precious Paint Shop Pro 5.0. I don't know if any of it will come through in the drawings, but maybe someday. Change isn't always the worst thing in the world.
Thursday January 21 2010File under: comic

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FC 92 - Hit Me

Huzzah, huzzah! Friday Comics have returned. Don't worry, I know I'm not speaking for you. I'm speaking for myself. What I realized on this last little jaunt is that I really really enjoy the comic part of my week: coming up with ideas, "drawing" or farming it out to artistic friends, posting, and then occasionally discussing the comics with someone who finds a particular one funny (or not). It is just something I've really grown to appreciate.

So groan if you must, but I'm happy to say that I foresee at least a few more installments of Friday Comics on the way.

(Oh, and a word about this comic if you aren't the gambling type: blackjack tables have little sensors that allow a dealer to find out if he/she has 21. If the dealer is showing an ace, you have an opportunity to buy insurance to cover your loss if the dealer does in fact have blackjack. At least that's how I understand it. I've never bought insurance, much for the same reason as Mr. I <3 NY doesn't.)
Thursday January 14 2010File under: comic

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FC 91 - Thanks Be To...

It was right down to the wire on this one. It is actually kind of ridiculous how long this comic took me to make. Just the table settings alone took longer than some entire comics. And it didn't even turn out as good as I hoped. Before this one goes in the book, I'll have to go back and standardize font size at least. I apologize about the mis-sizing and what not. All the more reason I should stick to the single panel format.

Anyway, I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving. I did (which is, in part, why making this comic came right down to the line. I pushed through the gluttony induced sleepiness to beat the deadline.). Chances are few of you are at work today which kind of defeats the whole purpose of Friday Comics, but c'est la vie. I hope you enjoy it anyway. Now I gotta go check my e-mail.
Thursday November 26 2009File under: comic

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FC 90 - Nom Nom Nom

You've heard me go on and on about my beloved Paint Shop Pro 5.0. I love it because it is simple and easy. Sure it can't do fading just right and trying to fill a path that has been outlined with anti-aliased lines can be a huge chore, but still, I love it. Well, I've got this new computer that runs linux which means it doesn't run windows programs. I haven't missed anything except my beloved Paint Shop Pro. The replacement, called GIMP, is extremely inadequate, at least for my purposes.

All this is to say that when I fully make the switch over to my new computer, the high quality drawings* that you are used to in the Friday Comic series might slip while I learn a new program (or somehow figure out how to get PSP5 to work under WINE). Consider yourself duly warned.

But this comic was from the old tried and true prop-it-up-on-a-stack-of-CDs-so-it-doesn't-overheat-in-two-seconds computer. So if the quality on it is lacking, well, I've got no excuse for that.
Thursday November 19 2009File under: comic

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FC 89 - Dedication

I drew this comic almost a year ago, just before I went down to Grenada. I filed it away to have for when I was traveling or otherwise busy but wanted to keep Friday Comics going. Well, since I realized it is somewhat time sensitive, that plan might not work so great. Instead, I'll just post it this week and take the comic that I drew for this week and file it away for my backup comic.

A special thanks to Andrew for helping me work out a decent caption for this one. My first stab* left me unsatisfied and my second stab I wasn't so sure of either. Andrew allayed my fears and we settled on one. This is all basically to say that if you like or hate this week's comic, don't blame me.

Another interesting note: this week's comic represents the 10th in a row that I've drawn, which is by far a record. When I started this series over 2 years ago, my plan was to write the gags and then farm out all the artwork. Now I'm the artist on more than half the comics and getting more settled every week. Anyway 10 is a round number that I thought deserved mention. That is all.

Sorry for the late post. I've been having a hard time keeping track of what day it is recently. Thanks to KK for the reminder.
Friday November 13 2009File under: comic

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FC 88 - Mo Problems

Does anyone you know actually sleep with a sleeping cap on? I mean, I see the advantages esp. if you sleep in a place with no heat (like some people I know), but still it seems to be a fad long gone. Well, I put a sleeping cap on this poor poor fellow because I just wasn't up to drawing hair. And that's your 'in the "artist's" mind' thought for this week.

Speaking of artisticness, I was thinking today that a good comic would involve having a pumpkin carving itself a la an M.C. Escher drawing or something but I just couldn't really envision how it would go. And even if I envisioned it, actually drawing it would be another story. So instead, I settled on this little gem. Maybe I can sell my pumpkin carving itself idea to a real artist/comic maker. It would be kind of like how after the first few albums, rock stars no longer write their own songs and instead buy them from the no-name little people. I'm a no-name little person. So Dan Piraro*, fork over the dough.
Thursday November 5 2009File under: comic

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FC 87 - This Is To That As

I hear from a very reliable source that the SATs are no longer doing analogies. I hope that doesn't make this comic inaccessible for younger readers. But since a reminder would probably be good for us all, the old SAT analogy section used the format X:Y::Z:A, which read "X is to Y as Z is to A". Will knowing that make the comic funnier? Probably not. But at least now you know my thought process.

So another word about this comic: it is recycled (everybody's gotta do their part). I took the image I made for a birthday card for a friend and modified it to work for this week's comic. I hope that fact doesn't lessen the value of the effort in either the birthday card case or the Friday Comic case.

Anyhoo, I hope you like this comic more than everyone* liked last week's. Hit and miss...that's how it goes. If it was a hit everytime, I'd be syndicated and sleeping on large piles of money with lots of beautiful women, just like Gary Larson does.
Thursday October 29 2009File under: comic

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