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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.

a few more raphs

 

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sad that i never got april as ilsa to look as good in the strip as she did in the sketchbook

posted a few more raph’s  in the once ongoing, now nongoing mashup of Casablanca and The Teenage Mutant Nina Turtles, co-written with fellow scribe mcwhitsteen, and originally posted on the tumbles

you can start from the ‘beginning‘ here, but i’d like to warn you… it’s not the beginning

and thank you to Michael Barrett for the kind words on his micro.blog

 

 

a new comics page

I’m pretty excited about the new Comics page I set up.

It will give a home to all of the webcomics I’ve made over last few years.

Here’s a quick intro to the new (to you) strips:

 

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Everybody Comes to Raph’s is the Casablanca/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle mashup that no one asked for. ( I do think the two universes line up astonishingly well, though biased as I may be.) I originally wrote these with Mcwhitsteen and posted these on Tumblr back in 2015 but as the social media landscape continues to get shaken up, it seemed a good time to bring them home. I don’t have all the strips and sketches up, so you’ll have to keep checking back for new (old) material.

 

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Ernie and Fitz is a fictionalized look at the friendship between Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald. Ernie is a boozy he-man, spewing toxic masculinity and Fitz is a boozy,wimp, lovestruck by Zelda, and oozing insecurity. I think I may have posted these on screentone in the past, but now they’re all together and easily browsable. And it’s another collaboration with Mcwhitsteen (credited as Code in the strips).

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