You need this more than you need $0.99.
Something Terrible is now available for download. This is the true story the above image, You’ll Be Safe Here, comes from. I spent the last year working on this, and I think it’s the best thing I’ve ever done with comics.
Please share everywhere. There are people out there who need this story.
mattgoldey asked: The Amazing Life of Onion Jack is one of my all-time comic stories. Do you have any plans for more comic stories like this one? I also read & enjoyed Ironhide Tom. :)
Thanks, Matt! I’ve done a few other pieces in that style. One called “Scents of Space” appeared in… uhm, Opium Magazine, I think? And some of the 24-Hour comics anthologies have pieces in them. I would like to do more with this approach, in the future. I enjoy the way the simple figures contrast with any other sort of drawing I feel like throwing at the page, whether it’s collage, or gouache painting, or what have you. It also frees me up to be a lot sillier than I ever get with slower drawings. And I like how a little of repeated panels let you set up a visual rhythm, and then break it. Dang, I guess I do meed to do more of these things! Maybe I’ll integrate a bit of this into the project I’m working on now…
lilykisses asked: I was wondering if you have any advice for coming up with unique and interesting stories? A fantasy themed basketball match in a dungeon isn't really an idea that first comes to mind when making up a comic.
For me, a fantasy themed basketball comic seemed really obvious! I dunno. What do you like? Make a list of things that you like and see if anything clicks together. Are there two things that you’re obsessed with? Is there a logical way to smash those together into something interesting? I’m obsessed with basketball and dungeons and dragons. Seemed like the most natural thing in the world for me to put them together.
Don’t make the type of story that you don’t like to read. I like to read adventure stories and I like jokes and I like physical comedy, so I made a comic that had all that stuff.
I dunno. I’m no expert. Try to find a way to use the things that you like in new ways. Pick a small idea (like the phrase “fantasy basketball”) and try to pull on it from all sides until it becomes something larger. Then refine those edges. Most of Fantasy Basketball began as one-off gags that I wanted to find a context for. Figuring out the big idea is usually the hardest part for me. Making lists of stuff that I want to draw or write about or whatever is helpful, and sometimes the connective tissue appears on its own.
Nothing comes out fully formed. Just start writing.
Seems like pretty good advice.
Automatic Lauren Bacall Reblog Policy, now in timelapse.
"I think your whole life shows in your face and you should be proud of that."
Betty Joan Perske aka Lauren Bacall | September 16, 1924.
Derek Danger, guys.
Full on anatomy of action.
Robin Davey makes me want to start making gifs like crazy.
You guys are remembering to check out simple pleasures, right?
Come study Comics with me, and you too will be duly authorized to make butt jokes on the Internet!
Okay it’s finished, or rather, I’m done messing with it.
Noted things to improve on: word bubbles and text.
But I’m pretty proud of how it turned out! Now I’ll stop posting it. Next thing I post will be something else I promise!