May 29, 2011
If you've been keeping score, you're aware that
is close to wrapping up its fifth year. The strip's actual "birthday" is June 12.
You're also most likely aware that an
anniverary means another book, and indeed, Book Five will soon be out soon. I'll write a separate post about that when I have more details (such as when it's available for orderit won't be long).
The upcoming week of strips (starting with tomorrow'sMay 30) marks the end of Book Five. It also marks another endit will be the last week that
runs six days a week.
It's been a goal of mine since the beginning to add a seventh strip on Sundays, like a "real" comic strip; alas, I'm not headed in that direction. Instead, I'm dropping the Saturday strip.
will now run five days a week, more like a typical
The reason for this is, after five years, I've failed to hit one of my other goals: for the strip's popularity to reach the point where it becomes my sole source of income. Right now I seem to be in kind of a holding pattern. I'm not gaining any readers. I don't seem to be
any, either, and that's a good thingbut I'm a long way from quitting my day job (it's a night job, actually, but that's not particularly relevant here).
isn't going to be my ticket to the big time, after all. Well, damn. Reality
But I ain't licked yet. I have at first not suceeded, so I'm rarin' to try, try again. That means a second webcomic. It might, in time, even mean a
webcomic. I have ideas. I have inspiration. I have motivation. What I
have is unlimited time. So something had to give, and it's the Saturday
I wish I could give you a firm date on when my next webcomic extravaganza will hit the Web, but I gotta confess here: it's a long way off. It's still essentially in the planning stages. But having reduced my six-strips-a-week burden by one, I'm hoping the extra time will be put to good use. We shall see. This is still
lazy ass we're talking about.
Thank you for supporting
. I hope you enjoy the sleek, stripped-down, no BS, five-days-a-week version. I know
January 10, 2011
And Another One…
The webcomic-writin' machine known as T Campbell tagged me to do a guest shot for his techy-schmechy
. Was I out of my element? And how! At square one I didn't know a Winklevoss from a Winkerbean, but an image search or two later I was up to speed, and T's sharp script did the rest.
December 22, 2010
I did one for
awhile back (shoulda mentioned that then; I'm mentioning it now), and one for
Penny and Aggie
today. Check 'em out, it's free!
June 28, 2010
The Internet is all well and good, but wouldn’t you feel smarter reading a BOOK?
Even if it
just a book of the same stuff you read on the Internet?
the same stuff. We here at
) think that a printed collection of Web-type comics should contain more than just a bunch of stuff you can already read online for free. So once again, I'm including a never-before-published, 27-page bonus story in my latest book. (Oh, did I happen to mention I have another book coming out? No? I'm mentioning it
As usual, this bonus story will NOT be available online, EVER. (Well, maybe one shouldn't say
. Let's just say, it won't be online FOR A REAL LONG TIME, and QUITE POSSIBLY never. Good enough?)
Applying the Rules on an As-Needed Basis
Since we're being chatty here, I may as well bring up my appearance at the COMIC-CON INTERNATIONAL in San Diego, CA, July 2325. Keenspot booth. #1229. Same as it ever was. Yep, you can get the book there, too (all of my books, actually). Oh, and I've been asked to remind you that if you
going to the Comic-Con, you should check out the KEENSPOT PANEL Sunday at 2 pm, in Room 4. I'll be there, trying to come up with something interesting to say. Maybe you can help me by asking embarrassing questions or something.
Thursday, April 1, 2010
The Wonder Of It All, Baby
Early tomorrow morn I'll be hoppin' that freight and headin' up to San Francisco for WONDERCON! You can find me at the Keenspot booth. I'll be the only guy there who looks like me. Buy a book! Stand around and chat! Walk right past and pretend you didn't see me! There's an overwhelmingly vast array of activities available to the discerning convention-goer.
DamnI just noticed what day it is today. Now nobody's going to believe me. I REALLY WILL BE AT WONDERCON TOMORROW! I PROMISE!
January 12, 2010
Is It That Time Again Already?
Friend of mine was hassling me the other night about never updating the blog section of my website. Man, isn’t it enough that there’s a new
everyday? Trust me, I’m
bursting at the seams with creativitythe comic strip takes every last ounce I have. Expecting me to churn out a daily strip
say something witty here more than three or four times a year is simply asking
too damned much.
Oh, fine. I’ll say something. Happy New Year. There. (You happy now, David? Oh, look. Now you’re famous.)
September 23, 2009
Whimboy Strikes Again
See, I had a feeling something was wrong with embedding my Facebook page in this space from the get-go, but being a novice (even after three years) at the creating-and-maintaining-a-website game, I just couldn't quite put my finger on what. Two Safari users were kind enough to tell me they were going to stop reading my strip if I didn’t get that consarned Facebook page off the site; apparently it was slow to load and when it did it jerked the page down to the bottom while these poor souls were trying to read the strip. Now, I’m sure there’s a way to fix the jerking thing with esoteric coding (not that
have a clue how to do it), but the slow loading is probably unavoidable, and besides, none of the other webcomics guys and gals embed their Facebook pages on their sites, and they’re all a lot smarter than me, so there must be something intrinsically wrong with it.
Turns out Facebook has already figured out the “right” way to do what I was trying to do; the “Fanbox” you see on the right is their nifty solution. I think. Actually, I don’t know if it causes the same jerking problem as before, because it never happened on
browser (because I use Firefox; you know, LIKE A MAN). Anyway, I’m hoping everything’s hunky dory now, and that the two nice people who complained will let me know if there’s still an issue, assuming they haven’t dumped
for good after having their manhood publicly impugned (actually, one of them was a woman, and I’m just funnin’ ya, kids, I use Safari too sometimes).
September 17, 2009
When I give in, I
give in. Having resisted the Facebook phenomenon for so long, you’d think that after all the kicking and screaming was done and I’d finally relented, I’d deign to use Facebook about as often as I use hairspray (those who know me know why I don’t use hairspray, and those who don’t can probably guess).
Instead, I’m buying the whole enchilada. From here on in (until I change my mind, which can happen on a whim), Facebook is my new blog. Look, here it is now.
September 12, 2009
Fine, I give up. If there
to be an
Out There Facebook
bloody well going to be the one who’s in charge of it. Please ignore the link I posted on September 2, and accept no imitations.
And prepare yourself mentally for the fact that I still consider Facebook to be a waste of my time, so the “official” page will probably have input from me only very rarely. Of course, that’s probably a
By the way, have I mentioned lately
buy my book?
I thought not.
Buy my book.
September 2, 2009
I Guess It’s Time…
…for another blogging. Been awhile. Over a month. Aren’t you glad I don’t do this very often? I know
am. Can you imagine how lame my Twitter posts would be if I was lame enough to have a Twitter account? Possibly even lamer than everybody
Twitter posts, I’m guessing.
Speaking of, if you’re someone who knows me personally (poor you) as opposed to just someone who reads the comic strip, you’ve probably been privy to one of my whiney rants about how much I hate Twitter and Facebook and anything else that people under the age of 105 use and/or enjoy. I just can’t seem to get with the program on this kind of stuff. Well, that’s okay. Maybe someday I’ll see the light. In the meantime, be glad you don’t know me.
I Swear I Didn’t Do it
Well, hold the phone, what’s
then? If I hate Facebook so much, why did I create an
Someone else did. I don’t know who. I don’t even have a Facebook
a hypocrite. I’m
Facebook page. If you are one of my six “friends” who have signed up, I’m afraid you have been deceivedthis is an impostor of a Facebook page.
A Cool Thou
Onto something else. A couple of weeks ago the 1000th
strip appeared. I was going to make a big deal about this, but I forgot. I’m making a big deal about it
Well, as big a deal as
make about these things.
Okay, I’m done.
Just One or Two Other Things and Then I’ll Let You Go
Hey, you know those
that I used to yak about all the time? Well, they’re still available, but I can’t tell you when the next one is coming out. Not because I haven’t put it together yetactually I’ve done the next one and the next three or four after that,
because R.C. Monroe cares about delivering the goods.
But the ball is sadly not in my courtApple has to approve these things, and Apple likes to take its time. Another thing I have no control over is Apple’s rating or labeling of these apps. iTunes rates
as being for ages 12 and upwhich is fine but it also says it contains “sexual content or nudity” and “profanity or crude humor.” That would be okay if
have any of that stuff, but you and I both know it
Oh well. Who am I to judge content for which I am solely responsible?
Recently I’ve had a few people inquire about purchasing original
artwork. I’ve been basically cutting and pasting the same response to all of them, so I figure I’ll post it here so I don't have to keep doing it. Here it is:
What an artist can get away with in charging for their work obviously depends on how famous they are and how much in demand their work is, and in my case, I’m not very famous and my work isn’t in very much demand. That being said, I’m loath to just
stuff I poured my soul into, so some sort of pricing system must be implemented. What I’ve arrived at is charging at the rate I used to charge back when I was a graphic artist $40 an hour.
I draw each strip on two 9" x 12" pieces of bristol board (2 panels on each sheet). The panel borders and text are done on the computer, so an “original” is just a sheet with two drawings on it… it doesn’t look like a finished strip at all. Often, if there’s a large area that’s supposed to be black, I fill it in digitally rather than on the original. Also, sometimes I’ll scan a drawing and while viewing it on the computer I’ll decide I don’t like somebody’s expression or I’ll notice that someone’s left foot looks like a right foot and I’ll make changes in Photoshop… again, the point is, the “original” is not the finished strip, but a step in the process of what
a finished strip.
Obviously, I don’t time how long it takes me to complete each individual strip but I know one typically takes me about two hours, so for an original strip, I ask $80.
Of course, if you’re thinking of buying a whole
of strips we can discuss knocking that price down a bit, and I’m probably even willing to haggle over the price of three or four strips.
There are options. If you want the original to look more like a finished strip I can print out the text and stick it on the page; that’s not a major investment of my time so I add that for free.
Full-size copies of
A much cheaper option would be for me to just run a finished digital strip (including the panel borders, text, and graphic revisions) out on my printer “life-size” (the size I draw it) on two sheets of paper. I charge $10 a strip for this, mostly because it takes time and because printer ink is absurdly expensive. Again, if you want to order multiple strips we can discuss a break in the price.
Another possibly cheaper and more personalized option is a commissioned drawingan original pen and ink drawing of one or more of the
characters. You tell me what you want, I figure out how long it’s going to take me, and I quote you a price. Typically a drawing like this takes less time than a whole strip (depending of course on how involved it is), so that could go for as little as $20. As far as content, the sky isn’t exactly the limit (i.e, no porn), but if it’s something I feel like I can competently draw, I will. Some people have asked for color work. I don’t really have any way to color my artwork “traditionally”I do all my color work digitallyso if you want a drawing that’s in color, we’re talking about a color
, not an original, although I would send you the original black and white drawing as well as the color print. Obviously, coloring takes time, and then there’s the aforementioned absurdly expensive printer ink, so I have to charge for all that, too.
me if you’re interested. Thank you.