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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Pig Post - Barista


Pig posts lately have no rhyme or reason behind them - they just pop into my head and then I sit down and draw. So make of this one what you will - perhaps I'm craving a bacon mocha...which actually sounds worth a try.

Hmm.

-ic

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Employees Only - Carrying the Torch

To say that I tired out my hand working on my commissioned comic this month would be a big understatement. My hand and wrist still hurt a little a week later, and I actually was looking into the best way to approach my comic in the future without requiring any need for later amputation!

I figured that rather than postpone your weekly dose of comic, I'd recruit the ever talented the Mix to help out. I guess we can honestly say he's come through with "flying colors", but I hesitate to say that in any more than a descriptive sense. I may have to institute a random drug test for my guest artists in the future... either that or check the mirror more closely for any green-tendriled tail that I haven't noticed before.

-ic

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Comics in the Classroom!

One of the reasons you didn't see any posts for this month is because I had a paid gig! (That sounds awesome even being typed out...even my keyboard clicks seem merrier!) Even better, Employees Only lent over it's style and humor to a project that will hopefully help kids in school do better at test taking! How do you like them apples?

Although I can't share the whole project with you because it is now part of a product that the company will be selling to schools, I can share a few details that didn't make it into the comic which I thought might be interesting...sort of a director's commentary.

The concept circles around a duck (which I've privately named Pearson) that helps three kids prepare to take tests. Oddly enough, a lot of kids don't really know how to take tests in general, nor do they know the best ways to prepare and study for them. I went with a duck because I figured it was odd enough that most kids would at least give it a chance.  However, because I was under such a tight deadline, the story stuck very much to the point and there's no back story (IE - there's no reason why there's a duck helping kids take tests).

To me this is secretly hilarious. I love nonsense stuff, and ducks are perfect non sequitur in my opinion.

The student characters are also a little too busy being helped with test preparation that they don't even get introduced properly, but for any who may be curious they are named Neil, Kevin, and Felicia. Each had a personality and as the story developed I started to really sense their identity, even though there wasn't much chance for it to show through. I did squeeze in a small amount of shtick between Pearson and Neil though that was a lot of fun for me to include into the story - I'm really hoping that students respond well to it.

Overall I'm really pleased with what I was privileged enough to do, and that's in no small part thanks to Employees Only, which I'm looking forward to returning to (Pig Posts too!). We'll catch you at our regular (ish) schedule this Thursday - thanks as always for your patience!

-ic

Thursday, August 04, 2011

Employees Only - Accessorize Backpacking

The Bear Grylls Parang*, by the way, is priced to move at only $30 on Amazon. At that price how can you afford not to ignore the fact that it's primarily used for jungle survival?

Actually, I'll tell you how...zombies. Don't even act like I'm joking around either, because we all thought the same thing when we saw it. Yeah, the wife may give you the look when you try to pass it off as camping equipment, but we'll know secretly that its day of undead protection will come. When it does, you'll not only be ready, you'll have a very stylish Bear Grylls approved weapon that will be the envy of your neighbors.

Better buy 2.

-ic

*If enough people use the link to buy one, I'll use my earnings to get one too! So really, you're helping me survive the zombie apocalypse as well.