Thursday, April 28, 2011

Text-Heavy and Topical to Boot!

I'm feeling pretty drained tonight but really looking forward to the weekend.  Hopefully I'll get the time I want to recharge and jump at the next week just to fatigue myself all over.

Years from now, when we're foraging for food in the post-nuclear wasteland, we'll laugh at how we had "day jobs" and "morning commutes."  We'll jump in our dune buggies and ride off into where the sunset used to be but now it's covered by fallout clouds.  Ahhh, how great will that be!

With that bit of weirdness behind us, I have a confession to make: I'm a Star Wars fan.  Even after Lucas decided he wanted to make the prequels into a kid's film and even after the huge amount of video games to come out on the subject, I still love the characters.

I read the books and I do play the video games if they're accessible and don't look awful (which a good number do).  There are even enough books where I feel like that characters themselves are starting to mature as my sensibilities do, especially since I started digging into them when I was but a wee lad.

All that to say that I'm completely stoked for the Star Wars Old Republic MMO to come out later this year.  I got sucked into World of Warcraft in the past for a couple months, and I wasn't even all that into the lore.  This sounds like a perfect storm for me to spend a good number of hours exploring.  I highly recommend you look into it yourselves; I'll be posting my impressions and making comics as they come to me.

Thanks for dealing with my ranting/rambling and I'll talk to you next week bearing a bonus comic this weekend.

Punch it, Chewie!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Even Short Safaris Count

Can you hear the clarion call in the distance?  It's all of the lawnmowers in your neighborhood cranking up and making their owners tired and happy... until it grows back.

Just did the inaugural mowing and it was nuts, it nearly came to fisticuffs between me and my lawn.  The grass is so wet and clumpy that it was stalling my machine every twenty seconds or so.  It didn't help very much it was also nearly a foot tall.  Mother Nature needs to take a chill pill and give us a break with the rain.

Bardem is confirmed for his starring role in the upcoming Dark Tower movies and TV events.  If they can keep the rest of the cast to that caliber (pun intended) it should be good stuff.

Hopefully everyone isn't looking at a terribly busy week since most people had a long weekend in one form or another.  Thanks for coming and please leave your comments or post ratings below!

Punch it, Chewie!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

It's a gold mine, I tell ya!

Hey Everybody! In a weird kind of mood.  This random thought derailed my other plans for the comic this evening and here's the result.  Thankfully I have lots of time to either celebrate or get away from this weirdness since I don't work again until next Tuesday!

Recently I finished a really good novel and since I was still in the reading mood picked up my copy of Dark Tower V.  I was instantly reminded that Stephen King was high out of his mind through most of his groundbreaking and brilliant material.  Good, bad or indifferent, you can't deny the man is very unique and successful because of it.

I also heard they're shopping around and doing some initial casting for a Dark Tower movie.  On a scale of influential books to movies, with Shawshank on one end and the made for TV Shining on the other, I hope they're shooting for the former.  Javier Bardem would make a kickass Roland and I would pay money to see it.

Relax this weekend, whether you celebrate or whatever you may do.  This run from the Christmas/Holiday season until now is way too long without a national break.

Punch it, Chewie!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

I hear he has Taz's lawyer on retainer

Good evening folks, quick update for a quick week.  Not sure and nor do I really care about the different religious affiliations of anyone catching these updates, but I know for myself I'll be going home this weekend to see my family.  If you start to see cows cropping up in my updates to come, you can begin to draw the correlation.

I got into a road rage moment this morning on my way into my job.  A tractor trailer tried to speed up and cut me off when merging onto the highway, but I made it on.  Since he was speeding up, he suddenly decided to flash his high-beams on me.  This was responded to pretty quickly by my middle finger, something I'm not proud to say isn't all that uncommon for me.  Gets me thinking about how anonymity breeds selfishness.

Is it the isolation from a group and thus the understood group dynamics or is it more the regression to our baser or truer selves?  Thankfully I don't get obsessed over the philosophy of it all or else that would drive me nuts!

Thanks for coming and we'll see you again soon.

Punch it, Chewie!

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Sort-of Guest Comic

So this isn't really a guest comic because the guest is my wife.  I guess I didn't lock my office door well enough or she crawled in through the HVAC vents.  You can imagine my surprise when I find this on my drafting table just waiting for me exploit it.

The joke is related to an episode of 3rd Rock from the Sun, which we have been watching every episode of on Netflix.  I can't say enough good things about that service, it's ridiculous.

Moving on.  The only real problem that I have with this is it took her around two minutes altogether but it's got such a pretty decent concept to it.  My problem is that I'm envious she could just spit out the idea and walk away, an ability I have yet to develop.

Enjoy the bonus and I'm sure she'll use her hidden tunnels again sometime to revisit her comic-drawing tendencies.

Punch it, Chewie!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Maxin' It Out

Finally, we've arrived!  This post signifies a marriage of an old idea I had with an updated revisiting.  Luckily nothing I do is intellectual or this would have taken some serious thought; we can't have that.

I'm going to use this as an actual blog for a hot minute, so apologies in advance.  Am I the only person in the universe who gets annoyed when someone continually welcomes you to where you already are?

When something backwards or frustrating happens at work or in the community and it gets brought up, why do some people feel the need to say "Welcome to (insert place or organization here)" ad nauseum.  I know where I am, I don't have dementia.  Although such a person would be handy to have around in case I ever go down that road.

I've got the next few comics mapped out in my head, but who knows where we'll end up.  The development of some regular characters is going to start here over the next month.  This will include both good and bad ideas, but I won't be able to tell the difference without your honest feedback on the blog here.  Please leave a quick one-liner or rate the post so I know what to steer away from.

Thanks for coming back and I'll look forward to updating you again very soon.

Punch it, Chewie!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Ammo here!

Video Games!  They're a large enough part of my life that I can't avoid them on the drafting table.  This one references Battlefield: Bad Company 2.  Great game with an interesting little team dynamic to it.

You, depending on your class, can help a teammate out by giving them first aid, ammo, repairing their vehicle or spotting enemies on their radar.  Usually this devolves into every man just wanting his own glory as depicted here with the time-honored tea-bagging tradition.

In news, it's a shame I can't draw the female form very well because a Dancing the the Stars Kirstie Alley comic should be here in a perfect world.  I don't watch this show and I've somehow hypnotized my wife to stop watching it as well, but news on the radio is telling me she's fallen twice and now is losing her shoes on stage!?  It's almost, but not nearly close enough, to make me want to watch and see if something else tragic happens.

That's the American mentality though, right?  Watch it as long as it's going down the tubes.  It's why Jersey Shore and the other "reality" shows have done so well.  Note to self: get job as reality show writer.

Stay tuned for more updates this week, there is a very good chance at a bonus comic from a guest artist going up tomorrow night!  Hope the week is moving as quickly for you as it seems to be for me, and I'll look forward to connecting with you all again very soon.  Thanks again for following or reading!

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Damnit, Chloe! There is no time!

24 is great television.  I'm also tragically behind and just worked my way into the seventh season.  Listen I know, but there's only so much time I can devote to watching shows.  Where would you get this great content from if that was all I did?

Hopefully this season will bring Jack fully back to the forefront and not just another character as in the previous season.  All this praise aside, sometimes the plot can be seen from miles away.  Such as knowing that Jack Bauer will only ever have to account to himself for his extreme methods, so a Senate hearing will get interrupted by some crazy whatever-bomb.  No court will ever convict the guy; there's always another crisis for him to handle.

I also started playing around with text additions tonight, as you can see/read clearly.  In the end, I'm trying to get an idea across, and if my terrible writing is getting in the way of that I'm wasting my time.  

Anyone have any experience with digital tablets?  I've been idly shopping for one to help augment the tools I have to sketch and draw.  I doubt I'll ever go totally into the digital Matrix, but it will be nice to have the option to touch things up with a more natural feel to it.

I hope this all finds you well and that the weekend brings enough opportunity for you to invest in your own passions or hobbies.  I'm just lucky that I get most into my hobbies, so two birds and all that.  Eventually my goal is to create not only a community of friends and readers but also a resource for nerdsourcing ideas and projects.  

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Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Keepin' it "Real"

We meet again, my faithful friends.  This posting has been inspired by the various alien invasion movies I've seen in the recent past.  Skyline and Battle: LA are two completely different movies but both have aliens out of nowhere kicking butt all over this green and blue marble.

Of the two, I definitely preferred Battle: LA as I found Skyline to be trying pretty hard to make me care about the lead characters.

I'm pretty fond of this submission, I'm starting to play around with fore and background a bit more in my simplistic way.  Eventually I'll be moving to darkened outlines or digital text, I haven't decided if my terrible handwriting is better or worse for the cause.

Please enjoy and share the link in whatever manner you choose below.  Leave me a comment or rate the post, and as always please follow the blog and/or enter your email address for a pain-free way to learn of my updates!  Thanks so much for visiting and we'll see you around the bend!