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Bear’ll Roll

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I’m steadily inching toward the deadline. Here are my two favorite panels so far. This isn’t even the punchline, but for some reason I wanted to see if I could draw a bear leaping over a counter, only to accordion on the floor below.

Edit: Argh, I took a second look at these panels and realized, it’s hard to read what the bear is doing in the first panel there. I think sometimes when I’ve been drawing something for too long it starts to look right even when it isn’t.

Here’s my re-do:


So, I think that’s easier to read, and it’s a much better action (a genuine jump instead of meekly rolling over the counter…probably more sanitary, too).

Ironically, I couldn’t for the life of me conjure up this simpler action from my imagination, so I hired a goofy-looking model:


Bear Claw

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Ack! Only two toons in, and my elderly hand is already cramping up. Of course, in this particular strip, the character is reading a letter, which I’ve written by hand instead of using my usual custom font.

On Your Mark…

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One comic down, nine to go. According to the rules, I can’t post them here until the contest is over, but I can give you this brief glimpse. Any idea what’s in that box?

I find drawing comic strips to be a lot of fun. Writing’s a bit tougher–still fun, but I haven’t really been able to rein it in. By that I mean, I can’t schedule it as a task; ideas only pop in to my head when I’m doing something else and my mind wanders. Running seems to work best.

So, here’s hoping my next few runs are very inspiring. 10 strips due February 1st. “Nothing like the last minute,” a certain slacker was fond of saying in the `90s.

Challenging Your Belief In Dog

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The backstory for non-family members: Sam the Dog was my childhood creation. A sarcastic talking animal who lived with a bachelor owner and slept in a cat bed. (I believe my previous character was “One-ear the Sailin’ Dude.”)

I’m not saying I’m totally against reviving Sam, but if I did, I’d definitely want to rethink his character, kind of like how Frasier totally changed when he moved to Seattle.

And yes, I’ll watch out for lightning bolts tomorrow.

Pre-Comic #2

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I’m doing these to familiarize myself with Manga Studio, a fantastic piece of software designed specifically for comic art. I’m also doing it to see how much work it takes to put a daily strip together. Not much, honestly. This one took under 2 hours from idea to posting, which is nothing compared to most of the stuff I’ve been trying lately. Obviously a lot of that has to do with the level of simplicity, but it also helps that inking is a breeze. In an all-paper workflow, I’d have to do a fairly finished pencil sketch, then carefully go over it with ink, thus removing most of the spontaneity from the drawing. Here, I can do a very rough sketch on paper, then a freehand “ink” drawing in Manga Studio.


So why do I even bother with paper? Because I’ve found that I’m much more likely to come up with an idea if I’m away from the computer. Sad, but true.