Part 1 of the “Occupational Hazards” Story Arc.
Yes, I am going to draw comics full-time again now that I no longer have to worry about school (although finding a real, professional job may take some importance — but not really). As such, this entire storyline revolves around the search, the discovery, and the trials of working. The arc will tie up some loose ends from other arcs, create new plot threads, bring back some old characters, and introduce new ones. I have a lot in store for this comic, so be prepared… or afraid…. well, whatever emotion comes naturally to you.
And Happy Birthday to TWLSB Friend, Tom and fellow cartoonist, Marty. May old age bring wisdom and happiness to your remaining years.
It’s my friend Tim’s birthday, so I decided to draw a comic with him in it. There are a lot of inside jokes (engineering stuff, Little Tim’s short stature, etc), so I don’t expect everyone to find this comic drop-on-the-floor-LOL funny.
And don’t think for a second that I’m only drawing comics for friends’ birthdays — I’ll call you ignorant. It may seem that lately I’ve been drawing comics for special events, but COME NEXT MONDAY, I’m starting a new storyline. Furthermore, since I’m all gradu-amated, I’ll be churning out FIVE comics a week. You heard right, deaf-o! FIVE COMICS A WEEK.
…of course, that is until I find a job.
T.O.E. is a caricature of my friend Lil’ Tim — an electrical engineering grad student from Memphis (hence the slight Southern accent) who’s into death metal and is (surprisingly) pretty short. It’s his birthday today, and I promised him that I’d finally draw a comic.
Love it, like it.
My apologies for the lack of updates; Spring Break and all. Anyway, during my week-long absence, I’ve updated the FAQ and the About/Acknowledgements section with some new material. I hope you guys enjoy them, because it was really fun writing them.
As for this specific comic, I drew it at the Daily Illini office, and I didn’t have access to the filters/custom shapes that I regularly used on my home computer. Hence, the text bubbles are much simpler.
On a side note, my friend Chris Rojas said that Cyrus is pretty popular with the Nuclear Engineers at UIUC. Maybe Cyrus’ personality and demeanor isn’t that far from the truth…?
I cheated on this one; I used old stock images of some of the characters to produce this comic. Very “I Hate Pam”. This was also the very first appearance of Kyle’s Smashtastic Destructo-Bot, the killer senior engineering project who plays a pivotal role in “The End of the Road” story arc of Spring 2005.
It was incredibly fun to draw and photoshop this comic. It also demonstrates exactly how old Nigel and Randy are… then again, they are supposed to be timeless and immortal.
The Sausage-Fest crew gains a 6th roommate, ZCC. In later comics, however, ZCC’s face appears on the toaster; I love drawing his face, namely stippling in his beard.
And so ends year 2.
The lyrics are from Alkaline Trio’s “Mercy Me.” At the time, the real ZCC was into that song.
In this comic, I wanted to include something with Optimus Prime, “Death Missiles of Annihilation,” and Anime Mecha-style missile attacks.