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Where ideas come from

June 16th, 2009 by

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There is a comic over at Chronic Malpractice. Couldn’t get it done by Monday due to Manga Studio screwing around on me. It is there now. Go and enjoy.

Photoshop Word Bubbles with Paths – Video

June 9th, 2009 by

Check out this video tutorial I made so you can see how I make word bubbles in Photoshop CS4 using paths.  If you want to see this tutorial as a sequence of still images, go to the CS2 Word Bubble Tutorial.


June 8th, 2009 by

I tried to finish this comic by streaming it on Ustream while drawing it, and I had a whole 9 visits! They all watched about 30 seconds before leaving. This comic has bees and a gramophone in it!


I abnegate the old site

May 31st, 2009 by

So, how do you like this little redesign? I enjoy it, although it feels a little claustrophobic compared to the old one.

Which I loved.


Since I spent so much time on this damn thing, due to ridiculous little things going wrong, and I just realized I found out some more stuff I forgot, I didn’t get much of a comic drawn for tomorrow. It was going to be another Thesaurus entry and an Adventure in Retail comic, but I just didn’t get a chance.

To tide you over, here is a sketchy version of the Thesaurus entry. I drew up the sketch in Manga Studio, then turned the page and the Cintiq sideways and used it as a lightbox to get the sketch onto the sheet of Bristol. Betcha didn’t think of that! Just scaled the workspace in Manga Studio till it matched the paper on top of the Cintiq.


Adventures in Retail #56

May 25th, 2009 by

Got this finished just in time for bed. Hope you enjoy this installment. Danny has written what I feel to be a great comic.

webcomic adventures in retail #56

AIR#56 progress

May 20th, 2009 by

So I’m being super slow at this and I have tons of other things I should be working on. However, I wanted to give you something to look at. So here’s the work in progress that is the next Adventures in Retail comic!

adventures in retail 56 work in progress

Science Consultant

May 6th, 2009 by

This comic will go up in a couple of hours, so I’m scheduling this ahead of time as well. Enjoy it. I’m not making fun of Mr. Asimov in it. Just the use of him by the Star Trek folks, as it may have gone down.

Asimov the thinker

Asimov’s Chops

May 5th, 2009 by

Here are a few sketches of Isaac Asimov for a comic I am working on. Just needed to get something that would shout “Asimov” to the reader. Mainly, those enormous chops. Wolverine has nothing on Asimov.

Isaac and his mutton chops

comic layout for asimov

Zuda comics

March 5th, 2009 by

Does anyone actually read any Zuda comics? Or, considering that they appear to be episodes or issues of comics, has anyone read an entire Zuda comic? It’s been out there for a while now, but I can’t read them and I don’t understand why anyone else would.

Why not? That ridiculous method of delivering the content.

Go to any respectable webcomic site and you can actually SEE the comic. A comic is a combination of words and pictures that tells a narrative (possibly more, see McCloud’s Understanding Comics). Thus, it should be easy to post a comic on a website in order for one to read it. Go to any respectable website that displays comics and you can see the comic pictures and read the comic words. End result: people read the comic and maybe send you money or fan mail or buy merchandise. Why does Zuda insist on making it an annoying trial to read any of the comics on their site?

Zuda puts each comic “issue” inside of a Flash enabled viewer and I have no problem with that. Platinum Grit does the same thing. Go to the Platinum Grit site and you can read each issue inside an embedded Flash player by clicking or hitting the arrow keys left and right. It is enjoyable and loads quickly for viewing enjoyment. Go to the Zuda site, and you are shown what looks like a poorly exported JPEG or GIF file all full of jagged aliased lines. If you want to read the dialog, you either have to zoom in by clicking the tiny zoom bar and then panning around the entire comic in the tiny window or click the ‘full-screen’ button, effectively making your entire monitor the comic page. While in full screen mode, you cannot do anything else with your computer until you finish the comic. If, like me, you chat with friends who don’t live near you anymore while you browse the internet, the full-screen Zuda comic will close every time you respond to a “What’s up?” or “Check out this silly YouTube video.”

I haven’t finished reading a single Zuda comic since the site was launched in 2007. Whether or not comics were put up in 2007 is a moot point, as I haven’t finished reading anything that I started reading on the site. I keep clicking on Project Wonderful ads and each time I get tricked into going to Zuda and leaving after 2 pages. The artwork is always interesting, but it’s a waste of time if I can’t just look at it without playing Sherlock Holmes with a magnifying glass. In regards to Platinum Grit, it shows comics that were originally in print form and it doesn’t show the entire comic page, but are you really missing anything that way? Fables has fancy comic borders that detract from the content of the panels and Watchmen has the minimalist grid layout with little variation in panel layout so as to keep FROM distracting you. If you zoom in on Zuda’s comic viewer, you are only seeing a couple panels at a time anyway and miss out on the general layout of the page. You’re better off reading Platinum Grit at this point, which is actually an enjoyable comic.

What if Zuda did this on purpose? Make their comic viewing experience annoying in all the little ways because the little things add up to make big issues. In this they could be saying, “wouldn’t in just be easier to go out and buy some DC print comics? Eh? EH?” At least you could still chat with your friends without the book slamming shut on you when an AIM window pops up.


I know Myspace is dumb and even I have a profile there, but at least their comic thang lets you read the entire comic without having to zoom in or open some monitor hogging ‘full-screen’ mode.

Make a wish

February 18th, 2009 by

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This here is the sketch for the comic up over at Chronic Malpractice. I’m very happy with the half-tone shading on it. It looks like it was placed right, but something slipped. It looks the way Meg Lee Chin sounds.