Primum non nocere

Friday, October 21, 2011


While I've been slowly changing this blog over to my studio blog, I still reserve the right to rant.  I was going to post about how the world didn't end, Again! Dammit Camping.  I was also reading a story about Ben and Jerry's new ice cream flavor Schweddy Balls.  If you watch any SNL you know it's a homage to Alec Baldwins reoccurring skit.  And how the action group One Million Mom's is trying to get this flavor axed from supermarkets.  Ah to live in a country where you have enough free time to care.  I find it kinda funny that OMM is taking on this cause because it doesn't really fit there mission statement.

From there website:
"Our goal is to stop the exploitation of our children, especially by the entertainment media (TV, music, movies, etc.). Mom, is the most powerful tool you have to stand against the immorality, violence, vulgarity and profanity the entertainment media is throwing at your children. It is time to fight back!"

I guess I'm ignorant as to how Ben and Jerry's is exploiting children by using a play on words from a SNL skit.  It struck me that lots of OMM's causes are pretty banal and some are down right racist and homophobic.  So that got me thinking of all the other organizations that have had seemingly humble and worthwhile origins and due either their own success or lack of anything better to bitch about jump their own shark.  I'm talking about groups like PETA, MADD, and OMM.  Where their initial message and mission statement isn't all that bad.  I mean when you read the above purpose statement from OMM's own website you can say well good for you, but when you look at what they are actually targeting and protesting you kinda have to take a step back whoa.  I get that OMM is a Christian based mob.  So racism and homophobia is standard fair, but playing off peoples fears and insecurities is almost as bad as a lot of the stuff they pretend to care about.

So here at the Tenets I'm starting a list of the Stoopid.  People and organizations that are dumb. 

Welcome Harold Camping and One Million Moms.  You get the label as Stoopid.  And yes I realize that Stupid is spelled wrong. 

Do yourself a favor and go read a banned book, think outside the box, and live your life while not trying to tell others how to live theirs. 

Alright enough ranting.  Until next time.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

A small piece of art.

So it's been busy, but I just wanted to share a piece of art I did, awhile ago, and we used for our wedding thank you cards.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Oh I overslept, what time was the Rapture suppose to start?

I've been neglecting this blog again, and I know I've been using it to show off art and stuff, mainly since I didn't have anything to rant about, but now I do.

I'm sure the two readers out there knew that the end of the world was predicted for last Saturday, May 21st.  Harold Camping of the Family Radio Network predicted it.  Say that this time it was for real.

Well guess what?  He was wrong! Again!

Seems Mr. Camping also predicted the rapture in 1994.  Saying afterward that he miscalculated.  What was his excuse for this wrong prediction?  Another Miscalculation.  So it seems safe to say that Harold Camping is terrible at math. 

He also revised his prediction to October 21st later this year, saying that May 21st was Judgement day not Rapture, end of the world day.  I wonder what his excuse will be when nothing happens on October 21st?

Did no one find it odd that the Family Radio Network had programming scheduled for the day after the rapture? 

As a Buddhist, cynical or otherwise, I always enjoy the idiocy of prophecy makers.  I have lots of friends who are level headed Christians.  They respect my beliefs and I respect there's.  Here in this great country we are allowed to do so, and for the most part most of us do. 

The people I feel bad for are the ones who took Mr. Camping's words to heart and gave away all their money and possessions, or who spent most of there retirement driving back and forth to see his signs.  There was a rumor of a mother who tried to kill herself and children so they wouldn't have to live through the Rapture, but I couldn't find one reputable source for this story, so it's more likely a propaganda rumor.

I think ultimately, as much as I sit and giggle at the stupidity wrought by organized religion like this, that if we all just followed the Golden Rule, no matter what are beliefs, the world would be a better place.

OK next post more comics and art.
CB out.

Friday, April 29, 2011

Randomness in the Great North Land.

Wow, I've been slacking I need to get the rest of the Samurai Mushroom comics scanned.  I still have Chapter 28, which is the last in the story arc and I have few done from the new story arc, which I haven't looked at in about 5 years!

But I ended up doing some illustrations for a manual at work, mainly because I couldn't find what I was looking for it was just easier to draw them to illustrate my point. 

This one's my favorite, mainly because of the poor salmon trying to get in the culvert
If your wondering what the hell all this is.  It's illustrations showing stream structures, grade points and other visual demonstrations of fish passage barriers and site accessments.  Whew.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Samurai Mushroom - Chapter 27

chapter 27 The Hammer of Tolin

Continuing with the "things" of Tolin chapter titles and the last one for now, we are almost to the end of the first story arc.  And at 28 chapter pages this would have been the second to last page in the comic.  If I printed it.  Actually the comic would be 32 pages if you count the front and back cover and inside covers.  But I never did publish it.  Until now.  I did a mock up of the comics and actually got it to the point I could just photocopy copies of it but I didn't want to waste the money. Oh one more after this....

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Samurai Mushroom Comics - Chapter 25

chapter 25 - Army of Stone

Ah the return of the stone guys.  You knew this was coming.  I only wish I'd have taken more time with the strip.  I look at this now and it just seems rushed and crappy.  I was also reading a lot of old Marvel monster comics at the time.  You know the ones by Jack Kirby. I was trying to emulate him here.  I don't think it worked all too well.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Friday, February 18, 2011

Some random art, if you want to call it that.

Since I was in high school I use to buy cheap drawing pads to doodle on.  I also use to doodle on just about everything I could get my hands on, but I liked having a nice clean sheet of paper to mess up.  Some times these doodles led to bigger ideas, characters for comics, or nothing at all. When I didn't have any drawing paper sometimes I would take a peices of copy paper and fold them in half to make a little sketch book. 

This piece was inspired by coral.  I had been diving in Honduras recently when I drew this and was trying to capture the uniqueness of the coral, especially the brain coral down there.  I also like to do stuff like this to relax.  The exactness and definition need concentration and it helps me to focus and relax.  This was drawn on a piece of standard copy paper folded in half.  I'm sure this is third or fourth attempt after a bunch or doodles that helped me get the look right.  And led me to draw a bigger version.

Now this was actually drawn on the back of a piece of waterproof plasticized paper.  A while back the Alaska Fisheries Observer program would issue you these for working on longline vessels.  The front has a sample form printed on it but the back was left blank to do tally sampling and to make notes.  It holds a pencil line very well and is awesome to draw on.  And while digging through a pile of old doodle I found another piece of on waterproof paper

As I look at this now it's weird.  I was thinking about clocks for some reason and this design and doodle kept coming out.  This is a fleshed out doodle.  All three piece were done sometime in 2003.  I've decided this year that I'm going to start adding the month to my signature.  I was looking at some MC Escher drawings and I was impressed that he actually would put the day in his sig.  I don't know if I'd go that far but after thinking about it.  It's a great way to be able to track your art through time.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

The Legion of Extraordinary Objects

  So I posted one of the original sketches I did of all the characters and here is the one strip I actually drew.  I was reading Tom Robbin's Skinny Legs and All and if you've read it you know that some of the main characters in the book are inanimate objects.  And of course this is a spoof of the both the Legion of Superheroes and League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.  And the roll call goes way back to the old Justice League of America comics were at the beginning of the story they would have a roll call of the characters in that story.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Samurai Mushroom Comcis - Chapter 23

chapter 23  -  Tolin's Secret

Another wordy panel.  But we are getting near the end of this story arc.  I had been doodling quite a bit and had big plans after this part of the story was done.  I had a new villain planned out and drawn and was humming right along.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Thought's while going to the gym.

It's been really cold here in Alaska.  I know it's suppose to be cold in Alaska  in the winter, but this winter has been especially cold for Anchorage.  After being cooped because it was absolutely no fun to go outside and hike, or do anything, my fiance and I joined a gym fairly close to our new house.  It's a little expensive but for what we get it's not a bad deal.  

And I pledged that I would try to go to the gym at least 5 times a week.  So far so good.  It helps that the gym is on my way home from work so I stop there before heading home and getting too comfortable on the couch.

What strikes me funny is the lazy things people do while going to the gym.   They drive around looking for a spot closer to the front door.  Now this gym is big.  I mean really big.  Full size swimming pool, indoor tennis courts, basketball court racquetball, you name it and there are parking lots on either side of the main building but nothing really close to the front door, save for the handicapped parking.  I have decided to take the spot farthest away, I'm not being self-righteous here, the spots always empty so I don't have to search for that spot 5 feet closer to the front door.  I'm sure these are the same people that roam around the Wal-Mart parking lot looking for that space 2 spaces closer than the last one they just saw and who can't seem to take the extra 30 seconds and put their shopping cart in the cart return.  Just seems lazy.  Why go to the gym and try to get the closest parking spot possible so you don't have to walk as far?  Isn't the point of being here to exercise?

I like the gym, even though it's huge.  The staff is friendly and the amenities are great.  I think the one thing that creeps me out the most though is how much the old men in the locker room like to walk around naked.  Now I did high school sports I've been in a locker room before and I've showered with guys before, but these men seem to revel in it.  Maybe their wives won't let them walk around naked so this is there time, but it's a little unnerving.  And you try not to stare, but there is no modesty here at all.  And dude I don't want to talk to you when your naked.   I just can't get the picture of old balls out of my head.  Yuck.

And the one thing that I find kinda funny is that they have a little cafe that serves burgers and fries.  Oh and smoothies. 

On a totally different note.  The last Samurai mushroom comic I posted is the last one I have scanned in right now so until I get back on track it'll be a few days till I can get another one up.


Samurai Mushroom Comics Chapter 22

Chapter 22 - The Mighty Tolin

I'll admit the concept was very Star War's Yodaish.  Might in a small package.  And after the giant door on the gate and the keep it's kinda funny.  Plus I always played the Samurai as fairly small in their world so Tolin is tiny.  Warning another wordy page coming up.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Samurai Mushroom Comics - Chapter 21

Chapter 21 Tolin's Keep

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Keeping with the Tolin titles, don't worry there's more.  We have the approach to the keep.  I guess  I could have used a cave, but I already had lots of caves and dungeons in the earlier pages.  I was also watching the Lord of the Rings alot so I liked the idea of a keep.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Samurai Mushroom Comics - Chapter 20

Chapter 20  - Tolin's Gate

I get bigger if you click me, really big.
Wow 20 chapters, my goal was to try and fit the first major arc into 24 to 28 pages, or what would normally be in a comic book.  I'm almost there...

So here we have the start of the next mini arc, of the mini arc, of the main story.  I wish I could remember what gave me the idea of the giant door with multiple knockers but I can't remember.  As alluded to in the Dark Tower arc we have the Samurai seeking out Tolin, to help free the rock giants.  Enjoy.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Samurai Mushroom Comics - Chapter 19

Chapter 19  - Three Gypsies Inn

click to get all that spore ninja goodness!!

So after all that action of the last few pages I needed a little slow down and some wordyness to move the story along.  Plus this was to show a larger plot against the samurai and their shogun and it'll all come to play later on.  The one thing I missed was the spore ninja.  Now if you remember way back in Chapter 6 - Cowards Lament, Tushori lets the spore ninja leader go.   If I had been on the ball a little better I probably would have made the spore ninja here Toko, the fallen leader.  But as it reads he's not, and he isn't. 
I really like panel 4 with the Tushori and Keto peeking over the booth.  Also you'll not I drew the title here again.  I think I was getting a little bored with the cut and past titles and this one begged to be drawn.. I'm pretty sure this one was influenced by Dave Sim's Cerebus covers at the time, or at least one of them.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Samurai Mushroom Comics - Chapter 18

Chapter 18  -  The Deepest, Darkest, Dungeons

click me to see all my imperfections!!!

Alright I promise this is the last dungeon page, at least for now.  So after you draw dark towers, wizard shadows, lots of monsters and 3 pages of dungeons what's next?  Why a dragon of course.  Or in this case just the bones.  I had originally had the samurai pitted against a dragon but I really wanted to get the story moving and the last 3 pages were, while full of action, not very plot worthy, mainly just filler.  I probably could have just as easily written their escape but it's a comic for Pete's sake.  I had also thought I might use this as a plot device later down the road.  Who knows maybe I did.

Monday, January 31, 2011

Samurai Mushroom Comics - Chapter 17

Chapter 17 - Deeper, Darker, Dungeons

click me if you don't want to squint.

As promised another page of dungeons and monsters, and mushroom samurai's that have no legs showing.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Samurai Mushroom Comics - Chapter 16

Chapter 16 - Deep, Dark, Dungeons

click me I get huge!!!
So.....  Well once you draw a wizard and mushroom samurais the next thing you want to include is dungeons and monsters.  I do love to draw monsters.  And lots of darkness cross-hatching in this one as well.  Get ready you've got a few pages of dungeons coming up.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Cynicalbuddha's Art Gallery

So I've established that I like to draw comics.  I don't keep that a secret.  I had a strip in my college newspaper for a while that I probably will post here eventually.  I bought a large format scanner just to be able to scan a full size comic sheet in.  And I've been posting the Samurai Mushroom here for a while now.  But I've been drawing since I was 6.  Seriously since high school and have gotten much much better over time.  It's true you only get better with practice.  That said I found some old scanned art work in an old flash drive so I thought I'd post it here to break up the comic posts and if my Packers lose I'm sure lots of rants. 

The Gray Face

I drew the gray face out at a field camp in 2003.  I really loved that job.  I use to call it my artists retreat.  It was me and one other guy for 7 weeks and luckily I got along with my partner.  The work we kinda boring but the plus side was once camp was set up and ready to go you didn't have a lot to do all day or night for that matter, so I had time to paint and draw.  As a matter of fact a lot of the SM comics were drawn out there.

Here we have a happy little forest scene.  I do believe I was thinking of illustrating a children's book with a friend and I was coming up with some art styles that might work for the book. Well that project never happened but I still have all the samples.

Blue Moon
It's hard sometimes to find motivation and inspiration to draw and paint.  At least for me.  I was looking through a book on Gaelic crosses and such and thought I'd try my hand at something like that.  I also did a sun inspired painting much like this.

Just say Maybe!!
God who knows where that name came from.  I always like to draw monsters and I still to.  That and I'm a huge fan of Sam Keith, who wrote and drew The Maxx and Zero Girl just to name too, but the outback scenes from Maxx were awesome.  I also like to draw this weird monsters because it allowed me to practice different line techniques and shading.  And honestly it's kinda cool looking.  Not all of my monstrosities turned out so well.

Rabies Babies
So when I paint and draw I always have a test pad next to me.  Sometimes it's just scrap paper or leftovers sometimes I put it there to see if I can so an ancillary piece.  Something unplanned but that uses up the color or ink so I don't have to clean out a bunch of it in the rinse water.  Rabies Babies and the following are all those piece I like to call accidental art.  What I like about these is that I have no goal.  Yes they are used to test colors and make sure my ink pens aren't too full but there's something visceral about not having an idea on what should be there.  Abstract if you will.  Then I tend to add weird names because I can and I love to confuse people who look at it and try and figure out what I was trying to do by the name I give a piece.

Brain candy
Sputnik's Revenge
Death Rays set to Kill.
Polar Bear in a shit storm.
Penultimate Golf Ball Rainbow Unicorn Surprise

I have to say this turned out pretty well posted here.  I'll put up more as I have time to scan.  I have a huge box sitting in the closet I need to dig though.

cb out

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Samurai Mushroom Comics. Some Concepts

Well since I'm still in way too good of mood since the Packers made the Super Bowl that I can't find anything to rant about I figured I'd put more comics and art work up here.  I've got Samurai Mushroom Comics already uploaded and scheduled to post every day for awhile.  I do believe I have at least 21 chapters in the bank here.  But I found an old flash drive and was searching through it and found some stuff I had scanned a long time ago.  And on the drive was some old Samurai Mushroom concept pages.

As you can see I can't spell samurai at all.  I think this was more me trying to get motion and side views, and experimenting with armor and stuff.

Here is line up of the legion of extraordinary objects. 
From left to right we have the Atomic Hotdog, the power of an atom in an all beef frank; the flaming Muskrat, the sexually confused rodent of fire; Tube of Toothpaste, fighting justice with his paste of truth;  Magnetic Bedpan, the bedpan of attraction; and of course the Samurai Mushroom, twin swords of fungal fury!!  Missing is the last member the Steaming Cup of Coffee, who's silence speaks volumes.

I'll have to dig out the only strip I ever managed to do with all the characters.  Honestly I have no idea where this idea come from.  Other than the team name was taken from Alan Moore's League of Extraordinary Gentleman and the Legion of Superheroes.  I know that at least the Atomic Hotdog and Samurai mushroom were boredom doodles.  You know doodles you doodle in the margin of your notebook in a class lecture or business meeting. 

Samurai Mushroom Comics - Chapter 15

Chapter 15 - Riddles and Rhymes

click to see my close up Mr. DeVille!
Welcome back for another installment. Just a continueation from the last page.  But we do start the next mini arc here too.  I'll explain more next time.....

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Samurai Mushoom Comics Chapter 14

Chapter 14 - Shadows of the Past

click to read in closer detail, bat-boy!
When I was writing this I had wanted to put a wizard into the story.  Why?  I have no idea but I figured I'm drawing mushrooms that are samurai, I can put whatever I want in the story and it's no less plausible.  Then I thought wouldn't it be neat if the wizard was just a shadow of his former self literally.  And there you have it.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Samurai Mushroom Comics - Chapter 13

Chapter 14 - Choices

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So here we are up in the Dark Tower.  I can't remember if I had any influences here either.  I know I was trying for a little noir effect at least in the top panel, but I didn't want to make the page too dark.  Seeing as I never got into using zipatone gradients and such.  I do like my cross hatching though, but it is really time consuming.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Samurai Mushroom Comics - Chapter 12

Chapter 12 - The Tower of the Dark Wizard

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I really did love this part of the story.  I don't remember how the idea came to me or if I was influenced by anything but this part of the story seemed to write itself.  I also started using a new title logo and chapter set up.  You'll see that in future pages.  I wish I remember how I did it or in what font but that was a computer and a half ago.  The Japanese characters up there actually mean Samurai Mushroom,  or Samurai Kinoko to be precise.  I was working with a Japanese man on a project with Alaska Fish and Game and asked if he'd draw the characters for me.  Later on I redefined the logo once again, and again,  

Samurai Mushroom Comics - Chapter 11

Chapter 11 - Ancient Evils

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You know sometimes you just want to draw something fun.  This page could easily be taken out of the story and not hurt it one bit, but after a few wordy panels I though I needed to interject some action.  So this was pretty much a page just for that.  Plus I love to draw tentacles.  You'll notice the title is all hand drawn again influenced by Will Eisner's title pages. 

Friday, January 21, 2011

Samurai Mushroom Comics - Chapter 10 - Village of Stone

Chapter 10 - Village of Stone

click me so you can read all those teeny tiny words

See told you wordy.  So here we get to the meat of this story arc.  Again I had all sorts of stuff planned from here on out.  Stuff I wanted to put into the strip.  This is also one of my more creative borders and titles.  I was reading Will Eisners Graphic Story Telling and he uses lots of examples from the Spirit where he incorporates the title into the art of the story so I thought I'd try a few.  You'll see more of this coming up. 
Notice how well position Kronk is in the middle left panel so all those words will fit.  That of course was planned.  See getting a little better about planning for dialog.  I hate to draw something only to have to cover it up with a word balloon.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Samurai Mushroom Comics - Chapter 9 - People of Stone

Chapter 9 - People of Stone

click me to make me grow, pervert, i didn't mean like that!

The people of stone.  Kronk was a doodle long before he became a major character in the story.  And for some reason at the time I was doodling lots of rock.  I think I was trying to get my look right.  And while he was a lot of fun to draw I wasn't especially good at it.  I guess the people of stone were inspired by the story of the golem, but kinda reversed, you'll see in the next chapter.  Warning it's another one of those wordy ones.  On a mostly irrelevant tangent you'll notice a nice dark ink blotch in panel 2.  At the time I was drawing this I was watching my oldest nephew and we were drawing together.  I was showing him how to use a pen and dip it in ink and after a while he was getting frustrated and a little bored and ended up making a big mess and I got a nice large blot right on Kronk's shoulder.  I was a little bummed, kinda mad at the time, but now I can look back and laugh.  I've thought many times about fixing it, but it brings back some nice memories.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Samurai Mushroom Comics Chapter 8 - Omens and Warnings

Chapter 8 - Omens and Warnings

click to read me up close and personal, I won't bite!      Hard.

Now we're into the buddy strip with Tushori and Keto traveling together.  I'm  pretty sure this was the start of another big writing session when I wrote quite a few pages all at once. I had some ideas and needed some foreshadowing.  I don't want to spoil it but the witch comes in handy down the road, even if I hadn't planned on it.  Plus we get to my favorite  characters to draw, well almost.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Samurai Mushroom Comics Chapter 7 - The meeting of 3

Chapter 7 - The Meeting of Three

click me to enjoy me at a larger size, I am not fat!!!
Ah the meeting of 3.  Another one of them damn wordy strips.  Two in a row no less.  But here we introduce two new characters that will play some part in future strips, Keto Honda and Ishii Moto.  Where I got these names I can't remember.  Tushori is named after Tushiro Mufine a great Japanese actor that was in a bunch of Akira Kurosawa movies including the Seven Samurai.  I think Keto and Ishii came from various movies or stories I had watched and read, or I could just made them up.  I honestly can't remember, but I do know they flowed well and sounded cool. So in this strip I wanted to show that Tushori was part of a much larger effort and had support.  I love fat Samurai's too.  You'll undoubtedly notice a smudge up in the middle right panel.  One of many mistakes I made and never corrected.  I like smudges.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Samurai Mushroom Comics Chapter 6 - Cowards Lament

Chapter 6 - Cowards Lament

click on me to enjoy  me at a larger size!!!

Chapter 6, ah chapter 6.  Wordy is the term I have for pages like this and there are a few.  Sometimes there necessary to advance the story and interject a large amount of plot.  I also notice my total lack of backgrounds in most of this page.  How lazy of me. 

Anyway, this is pretty much the end of the first mini arc, the beginning if you will.  Hitchcock said that a story has to have a McGuffin, or plot device that throws the story into motion.  I suppose my McGuffin was the attack on the travelers in Chapter 1.  Although it could be anything even something unrelated to the story.  Thinking back I always wanted a better McGuffin, but what is done is done so here you go.  Now onto probably my favorite mini arch of the story.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Samurai Mushroom Comics Chapter 5 - A Den of Thieves

Chapter 5 - A Den of Thieves

Ah one of my favorite early strips.  Mainly because I took my time and had fun with it.
Kill Bill came out right around the time I wrote and drew the strip and the two middle rows of panels was inspired by the fight seen at the restaurant when the lights go out.  That and I didn't have to add a lot of detail to the panels so they went quicker.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Samurai Mushroom Chapter 4 -

Chapter 4 -  If a Samurai Should Fall......

Back once again.  Here we pretty much have a continuation from Chapter 3.  And sadly I killed off Fugu, or did I, no I did.  At least for now.  This ain't Marvel comics here.   I love fight scenes I just wish I could have drawn this one better.  Again it's pretty much me learning the characters.  One thing you'll notice through out the strip is I never show Tushori's feet.  I couldn't decided if he should have legs or not.  I mean I guess so it would seem silly to have him hop around on a stem but I never did draw legs on him.  Of the 28 or so original strips I got done never once will you see his legs.  But I think if I end up continuing the strip he probably will.  Keep a eye on our main character.  He's evolving much like Garfield did in Jim Davis' strip.  you get more comfortable drawing you characters they tend to simplify and start flowing better.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Samurai Mushroom Chapter 3 - The Harder They Fall

Chapter 3

click me to enlarge all that tiny type.
Welcome back loyal reader. 
Here in Chapter 3 we have a little experiment in panel creativity.  I look at these now and kinda cringe knowing that I could draw the strip so much better now, but it is what it is.  I've enhanced the panel by scanning it in color and then turning it to black and white and using the auto contrast in Photoshop Elements.  I've also cleaned a bunch of stray lines and mistakes.  I've also fixed the bleed through on the word bubbles.  What that is when I was lettering I would print the test on paper then draw a word bubble around it, cut it out and paste it to the panel.  This is incredibly old school, a technique that we used at my high school paper years ago.  And me being poor and lacking any knowledge of computer software just wanted the strip to be legible.  But the paper I used was way to thin and the line art behind it could still be seen.  I tend to write my script and then draw but draw with little concern with word placement.  At least I did early on.  After a while you start to incorporate all of it into you sketches and thumbnails with the plot.  When your the writer and artist of a strip the actual script, which I did write one, doesn't have to be super detailed.  I knew what I wanted to do when I wrote the page so my notes on it are minimal.  I'll try to find a nice example of one of my scripts and post it but for now trust me. 

I think at least in the first minor story arc, here I consider the beginning the first little story arc.  About Chapters 1-7.  I liked Fugu the best, at least to draw.  He was inspired by the hairy monster from all those Bug Bunny cartoons.  Now I'm not going to say that they are awesome plots or that the story is a riveting read.  But remember I started doing this comic on a request and it sort of took off from there.  I had little planning in the beginning and almost zero character development before hand.  But as I went on it got a little better.  I'm no Stan Lee or Jack Kirby.  I will say that I tried to write in spurts doing at least 3 or 4 pages at a time, or my minor story arcs.  If I got a good idea I tried to write it out and then work on it.  

Enjoy Chapter 4 to follow shortly.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Come let us warm ourselves by the nuclear fire

It's been a few days since my last rant, which was on censorship.  I tend to have a very definitive point and then screw it all up by going off on a thousand tangents.  You'll find that's my M.O.

I wish I could find more funny stuff to write about.  As it is, it seems like what I want to do is yell at all the stupid people hey pull you heads out of you ass and take a look around.  As an Alaskan, I've lived here for 12 years now I feel safe in calling myself that, I find it amusing that Sarah Palin seems to stick her nose into everything now days.  The shit that comes out of that woman's mouth gets to be embarrassing after a while. And for some reason people want to hear what she has to say.  You know if you ignore someone long enough they usually go away.  Sigh.

I'll be honest I use to consider myself more of a Republican than Democrat.  I really don't like either side of the fence.  I like what the Republican Party use to stand for in the days of Abraham Lincoln and Teddy Roosevelt.  Now it just seems like the GOP is a sounding board for zealot Christians and big business.  And I don't find much to like over on the Democrats side either.  Sigh.

I wish I drank more but it's no fun.  I'm almost married, so the point of going out to the bars is lost on me now.  It use to be a reason to go meet women but now that I don't need to meet women it's cheaper and easier to just go by a 12 packs and sit around with friends.    I guess I'm bored.  I have lots to do just bored with it all.  I'll leave you with my favorite quote from a man who undoubtedly is one of the great patriots of America and quite a ladies man.

"They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety."
                       Ben Franklin.

I think I just found the 7th Tenet.