Remember those Web Cartoonist’s Choice Awards I mentioned earlier this month? Well, they’ve announced the final list of nominees. I’ve already cast my votes, but if you peruse that list and find something that seems really deserving, let me know and maybe I’ll change my mind.

There’s some grumbling in the web cartoonist community over whether these awards are everything they’re cracked up to be. I think it’s just a fun way to show some support for some comics that deserve a little attention.

Besides, it’s generally best to take what folks in web-cartoonist-land say with a grain of salt.

Today’s comic’ll be posted a little later than usual (I’d try to come up with something witty to put here, but it’d only take time away from finishing the comic).

Comic for 06-02-03

Without further ado, here’s today’s comic.

Say what you will about Keanu’s acting ability, but at least he knows when to push away from the table. Having come to the realization that he’s got enough money to last “for the next few centuries,” he’s giving roughly $82 million of his earnings from the Matrix sequels to the special effects folks who worked on the movies; there are 29 members on the crew, meaning they get about $2.8 million apiece.

How cool is that?

Money is not the root of all evil, it seems. It turns out that women’s trousers are to blame.

Comic for 06-04-03

I wish I could say that the various foodstuffs in today’s comic were all figments of my imagination, but sadly that’s just not the case.

According to this article, Berkeley Breathed of “Bloom County” fame is sorta, maybe, kinda, possibly interested in doing a comic strip again. I’m not getting my hopes up, but it’d great if it actually happened; “Bloom County” is part of my Holy Trinity of sorely-missed comic strips, with “Calvin and Hobbes” and “The Far Side” filling the other two spots.

Comic for 06-06-03

Sometimes you finish the comic, and sometimes the comic finishes you.

No, I don’t know what that means, either. All I know is that I’m sick, so if I don’t make sense, I’m going to blame it on the fever. Achoo. Sorry for the exceptionally-late comic, but it just took longer than expected.

Even if you’re not a big Bill Watterson fan, you might find this site pretty interesting. In addition to having a bunch of “Calvin and Hobbes”-related info, it has a collection of interviews with/articles about/speeches by Mr. Watterson. I found it all pretty fascinating; if you start here and read through the rest of the articles, you can see how he progressed from early enthusiasm to eventual bitterness.

I always try to look on the bright side of things. For example, as aggravating as my head cold may be (and about which I’ll cease whining, I promise), at least I don’t have the dreaded monkeypox.

At least, I don’t recall handling any unfamiliar prairie dogs of late.

Looks like I’m going to be a bit late again today, but here’s a little doodle to help tide you over until I finish the comic.

Comic for 06-09-03

Neither rain, nor sleet, nor sinus congestion shall keep me from posting a new comic.

I’ve always had horrible handwriting, which was a source of great distress in high school. If only my teachers had realized that I was simply ahead of my time.

Here’s an irreverent little webcomic (is it “webcomic” or “web comic”? Nobody knows. Sometimes, folks compromise and call them “WebComics”, which I think is a bit of a cop-out) that you guys might enjoy. I did, at least.

It’s also one of the nominees in the “Outstanding Newcomer” category for this year’s Cartoonists’ Choice Awards.

Comic for 06-11-03

Why, yes, I do have a new comic ready.

It’s “bated breath,” as in “abated,” meaning “reduced or lessened.” Not “baited breath.”

One means you’ve practically stopped breathing, the other means you need a mint.

So, L.A. now has its own top-level domain (meaning you can now get a .la website, instead of .com, .net, etc.). But that’s not the neat thing. The neat thing is that you can see all the recently registered .la names.

It’s entertaining and vaguely depressing all at the same time.

Comic for 06-13-03

Straight from my mighty forge, I bring you a new comic.

As you might’ve noticed (if you’re the observant sort), I’ve taken down the old link banners and replaced them with some brand new ones. Why the change? Well, for one, I think everyone’s sick of the old banners. For another, the banners were for sites that are already pretty popular in their own right and don’t need much help from yours truly. So, now the banners link to places that I think are a bit on the underappreciated side.

The only reason I didn’t link to these places before is because they didn’t have any of their own link banners for me to use. So, I made my own. I think the new banners jive well with the look of the rest of the site; they have a sort of an “Adult Swim” feel.

I’ll be adding more soon, methinks. And fear not…they won’t all be links to webcomics.

This is friggin’ surreal.

Comic for 06-16-03

Ask not for whom the new comic tolls…it tolls for thee.

Just wanted to point out that I’ve turned the titles for the blog entries into permalinks. I didn’t change their appearance, though; I’ll see how well it works this way first, before I think about underlining the titles or having them change color (I’d rather not have them become too distracting).

Feeling nostalgic for your junior high days? Well, this will cure you of that right quick.

I actually did pretty well. The Pythagorean theorem is the only bit of geometry I actually remember…maybe it’s the funny name.

Today’s strip will be a bit late, folks.

Comic for 06-18-03

So, who wants a new comic?

You would think that since I have a webcomic and a blog, I’d have written something about my experiences working on the comic and posted it by now. Well, the truth is, I’m still so very new to all this that I don’t exactly have a wealth of knowledge to share on the subject. That said, I’ve got a few observations that I’ll share with you:

* I literally see things a little differently now; when I’m watching a movie or going out for a walk, I find myself taking note of stuff like vanishing points, lines, and shadows.

* There are a whole lot of other webcomics out there. And sites about making webcomics. And sites where people who make webcomics talk about webcomics with other people who make webcomics…and sometimes they make more webcomics together.

* I can survive on much less sleep than I would have thought.

* Webcartoonists often run in packs.

* It’s harder than it looks (for me, at least), but I’m having fun.

There. Now I’ve gotten the “let’s talk about what it’s like to make webcomics” post out of the way.

And now I present…duct tape formal wear.

Comic for 06-20-03

Red Rover, Red Rover, send the new comic right over.

Here’s a webcomic that I think might merit a space in the funny pages some day (and I mean that as a compliment). It’s got a bit of a “Bloom County” vibe to it (which the author seems to recognize…you’ll see what I mean, if you read through the archives), but it’s not a rip-off.

Keep an eye on it…I think it’s got potential.

Somedays, I find myself struggling to find something interesting to write about. After reading this article, I’ve come to the conclusion that at least I’m not alone. Not that that’s a knock…I thought it was a pretty entertaining read.

On a side note, I bet if the lady in the article had succeeded, Disney would be angling for the movie rights. I’m picturing Geena Davis as the lead.

It’s a pretty surreal experience seeing someone you’ve known since high school (but haven’t really kept in touch with) on an episode of Insomniac (here’s a picture of him with Dave Attell), but it’s even more surreal seeing that same person make an appearance in the latest Kia commercial. If you watch for the scene with a band unloading a car in front of a retirement home (at least, I think that’s what’s going on), you can catch a glimpse of my friend Oscar.

These developments, coupled with the fact that he’s in a band called “The RocknRollAdventureKids” (in fact, I think those other folks helping him unload the car are his real-life bandmates), have earned him the title of “The Coolest Person I Know.” Maybe he’ll let me be his official biographer if I ask nicely.

Still working on today’s comic, folks. In the meantime, relax, have another cup of coffee, ponder the mysteries of life, and so forth.

Comic for 06-23-03

Here’s today’s comic, presented in stunning TweepVision as always.

Remember how I said that there are a bunch of webcomic sites out there, where webcartoonists would get together and…well…do whatever it is webcartoonists get together? Well, here’s another one.

I like the idea behind this one though, and the spirit of community and cooperation the founder’s hoping to foster. I think it’ll do well, too, judging from its starting lineup (I’m not a big fan of sprite comics, but getting 8-bit Theater to join was quite the coup) and the fact that the group’s mastermind, Neil G., knows a thing or two about making webcomics profitable.

Comic for 06-25-03

Unless my arithmetic is off, with today’s comic we’re at the 50th-strip mark. I suppose it’s not a big milestone, when you consider all the webcomics out there with hundreds, if not thousands, of strips under their belt, but I think it’s neat nonetheless.

I am just not a summer kind of guy. The heat’s sucking all the energy out of me and all this uber-brightness is giving me a headache…bleh. Now, autumn on the other hand…that’s my kind of season. Give me cold and rainy weather any day, baby.

Arrgh…my eyes…the goggles, they do nothing…

Comic for 06-27-03

So, I think a little explanation is in order as to why today’s comic is so late. Up until today, I haven’t run into very many creative roadblocks as far as writing the comic goes. Sometimes an idea’ll be late in arriving, but usually if I sit down and stare into space long enough, I’ll come up with something eventually. Today, I’m afraid, that just wasn’t the case.

The third panel was the cause all the trouble, you see. I just couldn’t quite figure out how I wanted it to look. I knew where I wanted to end up, story-wise, but I just wasn’t sure how I was going to get there. Finally, after much pulling of hair, I just started sketching something out of desperation. Now, I should mention that I generally don’t do any sketching before I start a comic…I usually just get to work and keep tweaking what I come up with until it looks decent. That should give you an idea of how desperate I was.

Much to my surprise, that did the trick. Once I started doodling, the ideas started falling into place and the panel came together pretty easily. And, to be honest, I think the finished version of the panel is probably one of the best things I’ve done so far (which isn’t saying much, perhaps).

The moral of the story? If at first you don’t succeed, try something different.

Hmm. Maybe not.

Oh, if you’re curious, here’s the sketch. As you can see, I’d originally planned to have a third person in the scene. Then I remembered the thought bubble.

I just got back from seeing the Hulk movie. I thought it was pretty good, if a bit on the slow side. It’s worth seeing for the visuals, if nothing else…although the whole comic-book-panels thing was a bit overdone in some scenes, leaving me a little disoriented at times. I’m looking forward to watching the DVD version, so I can freeze-frame a few parts.

Bleh. I always feel a little shell-shocked after watching a movie these days. Off to bed, methinks.

The talented Mr. Ellis has released a new version of pMachine, so I’m going to try to update the site today. Consequently, the weblog portion might (almost certainly will, in fact) be a bit wonky at times. The other parts of the site should be just fine, though.

And yes, I realize that if something does go wrong, you won’t be able to read this message.

That was pretty painless. I’ll have to fiddle with the search page a bit to make it fit in with the rest of the site, but otherwise everything looks the way it should…as far as I can tell, at least.

Once I have enough spare ducats, I’m going to have to show my support and upgrade to the Pro version of pMachine. It’s truly a very nice piece of work.

Comic for 06-30-03

Dear Teacher, please excuse today’s comic’s tardiness. It missed the bus.