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Feb 14

Tindering.

 

Originally, I was going to publish this on Valentine’s Day, but I was too preoccupied eating heart-shaped pizza and donuts alone in my apartment. Nonetheless, here’s Nigel, Verona Red, and appropriately Oakley Cupid messing around on Tinder. In case you don’t know what Tinder is, it’s a mobile dating app that allows you to like or reject prospective dates with a swipe of a finger. It’s all really based on physical looks (though it pulls data from your Facebook account), and if you ask me it’s a pretty superficial way to meet someone. Despite that, it’s a pretty interesting game to play with a group of friends.

“How’d you and Daddy meet?”

“We hooked up on Tinder.”

14
Feb 08

Valentine’s Day Cards 2008.

Here are the Valentine’s Day cards for this year, and if you haven’t noticed, you can find the last four years’ worth of VD cards to the left of this page in two printable PDFs. You can also download a printable, colored PDF version of the 2008 Valentine’s right here: VD 2008 (5.7MB).

And if you just want to see the previous Valentine’s Day comics, simply click this link.

New comic tomorrow, so stay tuned. HVD, folks… that means “Happy Valentine’s Day”, not a new sexually-transmitted cervical disease.

16
Jul 07

Occupational Hazards.

 

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.

14
Feb 07

Valentine’s Day Cards 2007!

It’s that time of year again: printable, cuttable, giveable Valentine’s Day Cards! Thanks to Tim, Todd, Tim, and Jeff for inspiring me with some of the cards.For more Valentine’s Day action, check out previous years’ cards:

  • Valentines 2006.
  • Valentines 2005.
  • Valentines 2005, again.
  • Valentines 2004.
  • 18
    Oct 06

    Love is in the Air.

    The thrilling conclusion, kinda! More characters, more questions, and more lovesick drama with a mix o’ humour!

    I really enjoyed drawing this comic, although inking everything was a bitch — especially when my hand and arm were a little shakey after drinking a lot of caffeine (damn your delicious addictiveness, Full Throttle!). The guns, in particular, were really fun to draw just because drawing firearms asserts my masculine and violent side.

    Other small details:

  • The boarded up hole in the guys’ apartment is a result of a giant, toaster-headed robot breaking through the wall.
  • The “Doran” sound in the fourth panel is a tribute to fellow cartoonist, Pat Doran.
  • Both Kyle and reincarnated ZCC are visible in Chris’s photo, indicating that Chris and Lizzy have retained their friendship after “The Rules of Attraction” Storyline (in which Lizzy hardly makes an appearance after its conclusion).
  • There is a Broken Social Scene poster on Chris’s wall. I am seeing them tomorrow, and I am very excited.
  • I just started watching “Veronica Mars.” Damn you Christina and Shane!
  • Though I do want to slowly ease myself out of the usual college humor of my older comics, it’s obvious that all events still take place at my University, U of I.
  • Random, non-linear comics starting Friday (minus Randy of course), so stay tuned!
  • 06
    Oct 06

    Cherub Downe.

    Sorry for the delay. A certain coffee-shop manager had my sketchbook, in which she ransomed it for 100 dollars and my formula for eternal life. Next time you see Christina Head, remember the only way to kill her is to chop off her Head (Head, get it?)

    So I introduced a new character, Cherub Downe. She’s the young, overly cute and adorable intern of Oakley Cupid who talks with a heavy lisp and wears a Rambo-style headband. She was definitely a fun character to develop, and hopefully you’ll enjoy her as this particular storyline progresses.

    Also, this comic marks the reintroduction of Chris and his crew. For those of you who’ve missed the human aspects of the comics, don’t worry; they — under Oakley, Nigel, and Randy’s meddling — all have a major role in the future.

    04
    Oct 06

    Old Time’s Sake.

    The last time Nigel and Randy were at Yurkanigan’s was when they had to deal with Jimmy the Voice of Indifference and Apathy. Coincidentally, Oakley Cupid — like Jimmy — is another metaphysical being that have crossed paths with Nigel and Randy.

    Now, if you don’t know this or you’re just as dull and dim-witted as a rock, “Yurkanigan’s” is a cross between the restaurant chain, “Bennigan’s” and my old, DI comic buddy, Matt Yurkanin. He wrote the strip “Thoughtless” back in what I consider the “Golden Age” of Daily Illini comics. You can check out his old strips here at Collegiate Comics.

    12
    Jul 06

    Hiatus Daze #3.

    Whatever did happen to Jimmy?

    28
    Jun 06

    Nigel, Interrupted.

    If you wanna grow in comedy, you have to take your shots at celebrities.

    26
    Jun 06

    FUCK ALL Y’ALL BLOGS!

    I’LL UPDATE WHENVEVER I WANT — which, luckily for you, is today. I’m continuing the whole “Oakley Cupid Introduction” story arc, starting with how Oakley lost his eye.

    So what have I been doing during my unexpected absence? The usual, you know… drugs, sex, and marauding the streets with crowbars. I’ve also resumed working on the first official Sausage-Fest book, “Whiskey and Pills,” after my friend Allan kept asking me about it. It will definitely come out this late summer/fall since I have finally gathered all the comics I needed to include (for instance, the “Rules of Attraction” storyline). I’ve also decided to rework some of the material, like the cover and the written parts.

    I’ve also drawn/pressed 7, 1-inch Sausage-Fest buttons. Now you can be stylish AND funny!

    Once I get the store all set up, you can buy them for US$1.00 each or US$5.00 for all seven. More goodies, surprises, and news within the next following days, and I promise you, more art and comics!

    
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