Monday, August 31, 2009

Are You All Right Olive?

Today's Strip

Just a little bit of slapstick humor to clear the palate today.

Thursday, August 27, 2009


Today's Strip

They say in most writing books, never say someone is the best speaker, artist, writer. The reason for this is there is no way you can show anything that will match up. Normally with Brian I'm off the hook since math is so abstract and I hardly ever have to show his work. However every now and then he has to talk about it. The trick is to make it sound like he's talking a mile over your head but there has to be enough actual words there so it isn't pure gibberish. Most of Brian's rant is me paraphrasing an article on replicator equations... THe scary thing is that it almost makes sense.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

U-District Artwalk.

Well I did the Art walk last night. I'd "done" it before doing illustration demonstrations over at the Dreaming. But this was the first time I actually walked and looked at the various displays. The first was some of the photography of my friend J Kovach, of Feral Sky Studios, at Gargoyles. The second was at Upper Playground, a new high end t-shirt shop, that was showing the works of Alex Pardee. Most of his work consisted of very bizarre surrealist cartoons, very well done though.

It was the first time I had ever checked out Upper Playground since it had first opened up a couple of months ago. It was crowded and lively and I got myself stuck in an unmoving line to see the exhibit. Just as I was beginning to get very annoyed I realized I was standing in the autograph line.

The really depressing thing is that between this and J's opening is this is the closest thing I've gotten to going out for a night on the town.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

I Wonder If It Has Any Weaknesses

Today's Strip

I've been waiting to do this one for years. A very rough version of this strip has been in my file for nearly as long as I've done the strip with Lisa trying to foist off the kitten. The problem was the rest of the story didn't really work for me. It only clicked for me when I added Blossom to the cast which changed the entire political dynamic of Lysistrata, and it was much more in character for Blossom to want the kitten than Lisa.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Friday Museum Sketches

Okay, today we have a little quickie I knocked off last weekend almost on a whim. This is a D'mba headdress, A monument to motherhood of the Baga people from the coast of Guinea-Conakry in West Africa. I still have trouble imagining anyone wearing it for more than ten minutes at a time since it looks as if it ways at least fifty pounds and you can only see out of tiny eye-holes around the figures collarbone which I had to have pointed out to me.

About Two Weeks

Today's Strip

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Where Do You Take Out Of Town Guests?

Today's Strip

I'm sure all cities in the world have a similar phenomenon. But here in Seattle the only time we EVER do the Underground tour in Pioneer Square is when we have guests from out of town. It's nearly the same with going up the top of the Space Needle but at least there's a trendy restaurant up there.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009


Well I went and saw a sneak preview of Hayao Miyazaki's Ponyo on the Cliff, or just Ponyo according to Disney marketers, and it was very much up to the master's usual standards. It is very much going back to the simplicity of his works specifically for children like Totoro and Kiki's Delivery Service.

Artistically it was amazing. All of the backgrounds were done in pastels which reminded me of the use of watercolor in Lilo and Stitch. The animated figures clashed against the background slightly but not enough for me to have had a problem with it. I can't help wondering if they could have fixed that by running the cells through a special filter or something similar.

One small nitpick I had with it was after the spectacular entrance of Ponyo as a human child running on the backs of a tsunami in the shape of giant fish, the ending felt anticlimactic in comparison. That's okay though. Miyazaki's quiet meditative scenes are just as good as his spectacle's.

If I had one real complaint it was that the closing theme left a nearly inextricable earworm.


Today's Strip

We don't know the details about the Hummingbird Incident but it seemed to have a lasting effect on Gage.

Monday, August 10, 2009

A Most Notorious Consultant

Today's Strip

Mr Mookherjee couldn't possibly be talking about someone we know... could he?

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

System Troubles

Sorry it looks like the strip is down for the next day at least. Apparently it's not just me it's all of the sites my webmaster hosts. It's just frustrating that it happens the day I'm crowing about strip number 1000

1000 Strips!

Wow. You know when I first thought I needed to do a month's worth of strips for an attempt to syndicate the strip I couldn't believe I could do it. After that I had a similar belief about 100. After that I stayed pretty jaded until 500 strips but now... Wow. Ultimatly it's like being a shark, you stop swimming you die.

Anyway it's been a wild ride and with any luck the next thousand will be even better.

Anyway for the strip lineup from right to left is as follows: Nancy, Kris, Paul, Kate, Brian, Michelle, Janet, Laurel, Lisa, Blossom, Gage, Francine, Hsin, Åke, Lori, Mr. Zhu, Mr. Ying, Sam, Shilo, Fedya, Olive, Annie, Frank, Scylla, Ogre, Mr. Mookherjee, Falani, Border Guard, Tara, Rowan, Bian, Richard Okubo, Conal, Liam, Kestrel, Dora.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

It Must Suck To Be You.

Today's Strip

Frequently when Kate complains about her "bad luck" she gets very little sympathy from her friends.