Draw Until It’s Funny ran a second guest post from yours truly this past weekend. The premise of the site is that you don’t plan the gag out ahead, you just start a line and keep going until something funny happens and then you stop. I think you could take that premise to an extreme. Virtually all DUIF’s are super minimalistic in style, and I enjoy drawing in that style. I really liked how the dog came out on my first DUIF. Just a few curved lines and you have a little dog that even has some personality. I thought the cat came out rather nicely in the current DUIF. Anyway, please go check it out, and if you are a comic author you can submit your own DUIF and they will post it.
Woot! My comic on practicing apparently “struck a chord” with Malaysian reader / guitarist / IT guy Namz. He featured my comic on his blog with full credit and linky luv, plus another one of his faves along the same lines. He even put a watermark on it for me (something I’ve been meaning to do myself.) Now that is a gentleman and a scholar. If you play guitar or just like music check out Namz Crypt, (AKA Chinariff) The featured image here is the flipside: Namz’ fave on your fate if you DON’T PRACTICE. It’s originally by good ol Gary Larson from the Far Side. Gary, if you don’t like me having it here, just ask nicely and I’ll take it down. ( A problem I’d LOVE to have.)
The dude’s version would be “you’ll end up in a cublcle doing stuff you hate for people you hate.” I’ve been there. Blargh! I’m not sure which of these outcomes is worse. At least the street musician gets some outdoor air. I’m practicing a lot these days, which is why this is not a DAILY comic. Just to rub it in, I embedded this Disney song from the Aristocats. I’m arranging it with jazzy chords, and I’m hoping the gang will bust it out for the dude before we break for summer.
I found a new place to list your comic. It is called Comic Match, and it’s a little different than the other comic directories because it actually attempts to find web comics that match the ones you already like. Many of the existing directories ask you to categorize your comic according to how pornographic it is, what style of art you have, what format, subject matter, etc. They allow you to create searches based on those attributes. Comic Match, however, automates all that for you. They aggregate and remember the attributes of the comics you flag as likes. Then you just click “Find me a Comic” and it finds the best matches.
Warning: The following paragraph contains geekage. Skip down to the last paragraph if geekage makes you hurl. I love data mining. I once had a dream job doing that sort of thing. I won’t be lampooning that gig heavily in Tix-Comix because the only bad thing about it was that they ran out of money. We built online profiles of online gamers and then found them sparring partners based on their availability, game choices, level, even internet connection speed. Too bad that idea was just a little ahead of its time. It was fun to write macho raw SQL queries that would have completely flummoxed any Active Record framework. Although there is something to be said for Object Relational Mapping, damnit I got hot SQL licks a duras penas and I come down with the school of thought that believes Active Record is a crutch for lamers who don’t really know SQL, or people who want to write CRUD-only applications. And if you don’t know what I’m talking about, don’t worry about it.
Anyway, Comic Match found me a “slice of life autibio” comic with a girl hero who even wears her hair in a ponytail like Tix does. Check it out! So, readers who are fellow comic creators, (and that’s most of you at this point,) I recommend that you get your little comic asses over there and list your comic, then love it, and see what Comic Match comes up with for you. And if you really want to complete the circle, come back here and leave a comment about your results with Comic Match.
Scooter Hughes of Life Under Construction offers coloring pages for people to color and send back to him. Just for grins I decided to do it analog (that’s geek for “traditional” media), so I printed it out and coloured it with markers. I have to say it looked awesome. Then I scanned it and it looked like something the cat drug in. Scanning is also an art form that I have yet to master. I tried to clean it up digitally after the fact and more or less failed. But I already suck, so I couldn’t make things too much worse.
Anyway, Scooter blogged my pathetic attempt on his site complete with a load of overblown artistic hype–the dude has potential either in politics or advertising!!–and he also posted a fun “Where’s Brandon” panel reminiscent of the “Where’s Waldo” books of yore. I thought I might have spotted Brandon wearing yellow somewhere in the middle of it, but my geekified eyes are just not up to the task of making a positive ID at that resolution.
So much for analog. I’m goin back to digital, especially now that I got a little Wacom Bamboo for Christmas. And I hereby promise to learn to make vector graphics with Inkscape, and will maybe blog some experiments so you can laugh and mock me more.
I am honored to have a guest cartoon on Bearman Cartoons. Bearman is a very friendly and encouraging webcomic artist and his cartoons are hysterical. He took a break in December, and published guest cartoons. Trying to come up with a single panel gag, I thought what if Bearman met Tix. ( In future cartoons, it will be revealed just how warped and paranoid Tix truly is. Let it be said for now that she used to be employed in the unglamorous and grungy field of computer security.) I thought what would it take to get through Tix’s personal/social firewall. You can see how it worked out at my guest cartoon on Bearman Comics.