I just wanted to give y’all a heads-up that tomorrow’s comic is going to be a little late (expect it some time in the afternoon), because I want to spend some more time working on it. I’m having fun with it, and I’d rather spend some extra time polishing it instead of cutting corners so I can rush it out the door. Hope you don’t mind too much.

Comic for 09-01-03

There’s a theme to today’s comic…can anyone guess what it is? If you can, let me know. I’ll come up with a little somethin’-somethin’ for you if you guess correctly (I don’t know what, exactly, but that’s a minor detail).

It seems you can’t swing the proverbial stick without hitting a discussion about webcomics these days. I think it’s a sign of interesting things to come.

Comic for 09-03-03

I usually try to have the the scenes planned out beforehand when I sit down to work on the comic; sometimes, though, it works out better if I just wing it.

Two things. First, I find this somewhat comforting. Not that I’ve, you know, ever eaten anything I’ve dropped on the ground before. Ahem.

Second, every webcartoonist should pay heed to what Mr. Evanier has to say regarding the use of comic book fonts. I’m sure I’ve been sloppy with my “i’s” in a strip or two (not that I’m not trying to stay alert).

Comic for 09-05-03

The comic is out there.

I think this might very well be the thing that gets me to give Bitpass a try.

Due to some technical difficulties, it looks like the comic’s going to be a little late (about an hour or so). Such is life.

I was hoping to have a post with actual news (nothing major) for you today, but I’m afraid I’ll have to wait until tomorrow to announce it. Stay tuned.

Comic for 09-08-03

As you might’ve gathered from today’s comic and the ones that have preceded it, I’m rather fond of the word “muffin.”

Oddly enough, Garry Trudeau of Doonesbury fame started a story arc about flash mobs right around the same time I did.

Comic for 09-10-03

Must. Finish. Comic.

Comic for 09-12-03

I sure do need to get back on schedule, because these late-night comic-producing sessions will be the death of me.

At long last, I can reveal the bit of news I mentioned last weekend: the winners of the buzzAwards have been announced, and Milton performed one of the award presentations (in a rather fitting category, no less). Go take a look…maybe you’ll find a new comic or two to add to your reading list (might I recommend Count Your Sheep?).

Tomorrow’s comic is progressing nicely, but I have a feeling it’ll be late nonetheless. See, Conan O’Brien’s 10th anniversary special is on right now, and I keep looking over at the t.v. every fifteen seconds or so.

John Tesh, Abe Vigoda, and William Shatner just rode across the stage on a tandem bicycle while I was typing this. Now you understand why I must watch.

Comic for 09-15-03

The sooner I post an entry about today’s comic being finished, the sooner I can go to bed.

Tomorrow’s comic isn’t coming along quite as smoothly as I’d hoped, meaning it’ll be another late night for me as I try to make it presentable.

In the meantime, why don’t you swing on by epitonic.com and try some free music by folks who don’t sue 12-year-olds? I’m listening to a customized radio stream from them at this very moment. Tasty stuff.

Comic for 09-17-03

While I’m over here making a comic, some folks are busy building fusion reactors.

That machine looks like something from a Jules Verne novel.

If you haven’t heard, tomorrow’s Talk-Like-A-Pirate Day. In honor of the occasion, here are the lyrics to “A Pirate’s Life” again (I linked to them in a previous post, but alas, the webpage is no longer there):

A Pirate’s Life

Yo ho, yo ho,
A pirate’s life for me!

We pillage and plunder,
We rifle and loot,
Drink up me hearties, yo ho!
We kidnap and ravage and don’t give a hoot,
Drink up me hearties, yo ho!

Yo ho, yo ho,
A pirate’s life for me!

We extort, we pilfer,
We filch and we sack!
Drink up me hearties, yo ho!
Maraud and embezzle and even hijack,
Drink up me hearties, yo ho!

Yo ho, yo ho,
A pirate’s life for me!

We kindle and char,
Inflame and ignite,
Drink up me hearties, yo ho!
We burn up the city,
We’re really a fright,
Drink up me hearties, yo ho!

We’re beggars and blighters and ne’er do well cads,
Drink up me hearties, yo ho!
Aye, but we’re loved by our mommies and dads,
Drink up me hearties, yo ho!

Now you’re properly equipped to annoy your friends to no end. Don’t say I never did anything for you.

Comic for 09-19-03

Arr! Batten th’ hatches and hoist th’ mizzenmast, ye scurvy seadogs! ‘Tis a new comic on th’ horizon! Ye best be inspectin’ it smartly, lest ye be thought a slimy bilge rat!

If you’re like me, you probably thought that Talk-Like-A-Pirate Day was the sort of geeky event that, really, only web savvy people would bother with. But as I was out walking through town today, I actually heard people yelling “Arr!” to each other across a parking lot. On top of that, CNN had a news segment earlier this morning all about the event.

Apparently, Talk-Like-A-Pirate Day has worked its way into the global consciousness, and I figure it’s only a matter of time until it becomes a full-fledged holiday that requires us to dress in puffy shirts and give sacks of chocolate doubloons to our loved ones. So, in recognition of that inevitability, I’ve come up with what may be the very first “Talk-Like-A-Pirate Day” greeting card.

Here’s the outside:

…and here’s the inside:

If you’ve got the free time and printer ink to spare, and a little bit of manual dexterity, you too can make a “Talk-Like-A-Pirate Day” card. Just download this pdf (it’s about 1.1 MB), print it out, fold it up, and trim the edges with some sort of sharp implement.

The Jolly Roger is a little on the blurry side, but it’s not bad for a hour’s work or so.


This hasn’t actually happened to me (yet), but I thought it was funny all the same.

I have only today discoved the joys of the Wikipedia.

And people wonder why we need the internet. Pfft.

Comic for 09-22-03

Today’s comic is actually being posted almost on time! Oh frabjous day! Calloh, callay!

In honor of Banned Books Week, why don’t you go read something controversial?

I was surprised how many of the books on that list I’ve read, actually…and most of those when I was a kid. No. 72 being a notable exception. Sadly.

Comic for 09-24-03

The more British among you should mentally replace the word “pants” with “trousers” when reading today’s comic.

I’m not sure why I dig this so much…

Comic for 09-26-03

I will gladly pay you Tuesday for a new comic today.

Just wanted to give a heads-up that my web host is moving all their servers to a new, fancy-schmancy datacenter tonight, so I’ll be off the web for a few hours; they say 11:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. (Pacific), but you know how these things go.

In the meantime, why not read this interview with Lynn Johnston, of For Better Or Worse fame? Interesting stuff.

This took up far more of my attention than it should have.

Comic for 09-29-03

No animals were harmed in the making of today’s comic.

For all you RSS junkies out there, I’ve come up with a new, experimental feed that displays not only the blog posts but the comics as well. So tune your newsreaders to “www.tweep.com/backend.php” and enjoy some multimedia goodness.

Being experimental, it might need some fine tuning (I doubt it’ll blow anything up, though). That said, I’ve tried it with Mac, Windows, and Linux newsreaders and it seems to work fine on all of them (…but it doesn’t work with the Bloglines service, I’m afraid).

Let me know if you run into any problems or have suggestions. I’ll be adding a button to the sidebar soon.

It looks like the new new feed does, in fact, work with Bloglines after all. Spifftastic.