Tunnel vision

One of my resolutions this year is to stop snacking, with some important loop holes. 1) on date night, I can snack. 2) if I’m at an event that has snacking as a big part of what it is (for example, a movie with friends and everyone’s got popcorn). Really, it’s meant to keep me eating food at meal times, and after the meal is over, to stop picking away at stuff. That’s the intent.

the only thing keeping me from breaking this resolution is the fact that I don’t want to be cliche and break my resolution before I’m even out of January.

all I can think about right now is how Diana’s instant pot Mac ‘n’ cheese is sitting in the fridge, begging to be eaten. And if I didn’t eat that, I could whip up some tasty peanut noodles, or popcorn with white cheddar seasoning, or oh man the options are pretty well endless! I’d even go for an Apple.

Here’s what I do instead. I drink tea and sit with a magic bag. I have to microwave the magic bag, which makes me feel like I’m preparing something, and tea tastes pretty good so it feels like I’m having a snack. Also, keeping busy helps.


The clarity nobody was asking for

Go go Mach rocket sheep is a combination of a number of different comic aspirations of mine.

I like making the true story comics when they come along because a) they’re funny and b) they are little stories about my family I don’t want to forget, and it’s a fun way of keeping those memories around. Most people I know in real life tend to like these ones the best.

I also continue to make charlie and the ghost strips, sans ghost. Charlie was my alter ego for over five years when I was updating that strip, so on occasion, it’s fun to use chuck to draw funny stuff that happened to friends, or that are based off of real conversations, or that I’d like to distance from myself to suspend disbelief or really for whatever reason. Most people I know in real life still think these comics are about stuff that happens to me, but not really so much these days. These ones are popular with people who like comic strips in general.

I have plenty of internal dialogue. It’s like an episode of scrubs up in my head. I also have plenty of dialogue with other people, and usually my brain takes what my friends are saying and twists it into something ridiculous. Often when I’m with friends I’ll just giggle for no reason and then I have to explain. Anyways- comics with me and chuck are usually either a thought process I’ve had, or an internal dialogue with myself, or my made-up recollection of a conversation I had with a friend. These ones are popular with my nerd buddies (usually because they can detect hints of our conversations in them).

The last type is not based on anything, I tend to make them when I have a funny idea for a comic that isn’t based in anything other than a funny thought I had. Also, when I’m lazy. These tend to bomb, or be the most popular comics I make, with internet people.

comics! Is there anything better than making comics???

He’s going the distance

Who doesn’t love a good “get pumped up” driving song? And after watching exciting car shows like “fastest car” and “hyperdrive” I find myself at intersections revving my poor little hyundai’s Four cylinder and getting caught up in the music playing in my imagination. Of course, my mind isn’t always firing on all fours, and lyrics are easily forgotten (or modified).

The distance! My favourite pump up driving song of all time! And upon closer reflection, as far as I can tell, it’s about the downfall of corporate America and the toll it workaholism takes on personal relationships. While musically it is very motivating, lyrically it mocks the motivation. Gotta love it!

use your words! or, commuting for dummies!

2013-12-4This comic strip is inspired by a funny story told to me by my good friend Clayton!
1)  If you’d like your name to be entered into a draw for a FREE BOOK of charlie and the ghost comic strips, it’s EASY!  all you gotta do is send an email to rob.shauf@gmail.com and say “I would like a free book!” and yes!  It’s like a contest, but much less formal.
2)  I’ve seen Pacific Rim a couple of times now, and i’m 100% sure that Gipsy Danger is the coolest name ever, and that if that movie were only the 25 minutes worth of robot fights, it would be sufficient.
Have a great Wednesday!


Lie to me

2013-8-13Every, oh i dunno, year or so, I go through a bit of a creative existential crisis…  but I think Steve Martin said it best:  “Be so good they can’t ignore you”.

I’ve said it before, and I guess I have to remind myself once in a while that doing this comic is practice, real-world experience, and I’m learning how to be good at it.  If Steve Martin’s philosophy is the goal, Toyota’s “Kaizen” philosophy is the model.

All I gotta do is look back a week, a month, a year, or through the pages of my first book, to see that I am happier now with where this comic is then I was back then.  There have been hiccups along the way, but in general, I’m pretty happy with how the art and story telling and everything is improving.

Thanks for reading the comic!  Hopefully you like it!  If you wanna support me in this learning endeavor, you can buy a book!  That would help.  If you hate online shopping, right now I have some “Charlie and the Ghost: Slow day” books in stock, they are $15 and they are a good way to kill an hour.  Or, if you want to see my drawing and comic making improve right infront of your eyes, the “Just the classiest” book is the first 400 comic strips, it’s $20, and it’s a good read!

Shameless plug.  I don’t feel ashamed because photoshop is expensive!  haha.  Have a great… tuesday?  I want to say?  PEACE OUT!



cg98 100Just to remind yah, if you want to read through the first 97 of these, click the “Slow day” tab at the top of the site!  Also, if you feel like supporting me by buying a book, you totally should!  the first 400 charlie and the ghost comic strips are for sale!  Click on the “store” tab, or talk to me personally!
I’m excited that this story is almost done, I’m REALLY excited to see what it will look like in book-form!  I’m planning on making this storyline into a book!  So, also, keep your eyes out for that!