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???

Space Chuck Web 1

Spacechuck web 1

After a week away, it’s good to be back!  That was the first time i haven’t drawn a comic every week day, or had something scheduled to update, since before i got married… or at least, made the decision to have nothing to update.

The first few days, I felt really lazy.  On Wednesday, it started feeling pretty good.  On Thursday, i thought about possibly doing a larger-scale project… On Friday, I plotted it out, and on Saturday, i started sketching.

This will be my most ambitious comic-project yet!  When it’s finished, we’ll have a glorious stand-alone graphic novel of sci-fi deliciousness.  If that isn’t your thing, i think you should try it out, it’s gonna be accessible and worth reading!   Stick with it for a bit.  If you find it interesting or like where it is going, you should share it!

So, while charlie and the ghost has always been a monday-to-friday updating comic strip, that is going to be changing!  My goal has always been to draw a little bit every day.  The problem i’ve run into, after doing that for like… 4 years… is that the daily race of thinking of an idea, drawing it out, compressing it and sharing it… is no longer creatively satisfying!

My plan is going to be to release the pages in chunks (like today’s update, which represents 5 pages), so that you’re never stuck with an update that is one frame of something exploding, or something like that.  I’m going to add a page that will collect ALL of the updates, and i might have to look into archiving… but for now, you can expect an update every monday, with at least five pages worth of content!  IF I have an especially productive week, it’ll just get added to the next monday’s update.