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  • yesterday’s strip was from my august sketchbook
  • today’s was from my july sketchbook
  • today’s is another digital strip as i try to get a little ahead in the 30 days of comics game. i can work so much faster in digital. yesterday’s and today’s strip each took about about a half hour to do, compared with a couple hours plus for me to do with real world materials. (though i am getting faster)

 

p.s. a note on the ‘(happened in july 18)’ note. when artist john porcellino (whose king-cat comics you should really subscribe to) makes his comics, he (often? always?) notes the date when the incident that inspired the comic occurs, and then also notes the dates when he draws and inks it, which i think is a lovely touch. i meant to do it for yesterday’s strip, since the date when the peas incident happened and i actually published the strip were so far apart, but in the rush to get it posted before midnight for yesterday’s 30 days of comics deadline, i completely forgot. so the date is my john p homage.

a new steps strip is up

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it’s been so long since the last one

but a new ‘steps’ strip, ‘potty training’, is up

almost every other ‘steps’ strip has been done in digital, pushing pixels around

but today’s is fully scribbled in pencil, with lots of (kneadable) erasing, then brushing down puddles of watercolor, and finally a bit of inking

if this is the first ‘steps’ comic you’ve happened to catch

you can start reading ‘steps’ strips here

we’re past the halfway point

 

the story continues, as does balloon’s journey, with page 12

if you have just stumbled upon this story, you can pick up from the beginning here

in other news, there’s not much news:

i’m reading space opera, in hardcover, and i just finished the westing game on the kindle.

as soon as i finished i read that the author, ellen raskin, did quite a bit of work designing the book visually; not just the cover, but even how the text would appear on the page. so if you’re going to read it, find an analog copy.

page 5 of the story about a guy with no head is posted

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page 5 (of 22) is now up.

 

start here if you’re just getting here:)

this story has been kicking around in my head for a long time. and even though it’s not new to me (I did this version years ago, showed it to a couple of friends, and stuck it in a drawer) I’m glad people can see it, even if I would probably do a few things on it differently now.

 

 

page 4 of the story about a guy with no head is up

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Page 4 is up.

Or, start from the beginnning.

In the second version of this story, which is the one you’re reading, I decided to drop the narration and go full color, doing all of the artwork in crayons.

Hopefully crayons give the story some accessibility and people, will look at it and say, ‘I can do that.’

Page 5 (of 22) tomorrow.

 

page 3 of story about a guy with no head

Page 3 is up.

But if you’ve’ just found us, you should start here.

I’d been noodling with and doodling the character for a long time before sorting out a story.

When I did get a story figured out, the first version I did was in black and white, very Shel Silverstein, and featured narration.

The story you’re reading is the second version. More on that tomorrow.

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