Wednesday, November 26, 2014

My Hero Zero

I grew up in a town where wrestling was a big deal. My best friends' dad was our coach. I was terrible, and this strip is pretty accurate. In my entire high-school wrestling career I NEVER wrestled an entire 6 minute match. I pinned one guy even worse than me, and got pinned every other time I stepped on the mat. I quit mid season of my sophomore year. 

My Hero Zero by Schoolhouse Rock: 

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Weasel Face

Does anyone photograph well at age 15? Weasel Face, by the Ramones: 

Monday, November 24, 2014

Walk This Way

This is the first strip in the originally conceived 'Blank Tape Comics,' designed to be a 3 day a week gag strip with a loose ongoing continuity. HERE's the story of what went wrong. Set in the late 1980s it was the semi-autobiographical tale of Wendell, and his pals trying to figure it out in Reagan's America. Music was a big part of my life growing up, so each strip was titled after a song, and my original intent was to include a music video matching the strip title with each release. With that, meet Wendell in Walk This Way!

This version of Blank Tape Comics never really got off the ground, but I'm releasing the 16 completed strips on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday over the next couple weeks for your enjoyment. Wendell, Luthor and Alex (You'll meet them!) will be back in mini-comics and other forms as their tales come to me.

The Accidental Cartoonist: The Wendell Strips

Over at Brain Teaser Comics, my other site, I have mentioned my Doomed original web comic that remains unreleased...until NOW!  Discovering I had 16 completed strips sitting there on a backup disk doing nothing, I decided to let you see them between now and the end of the year.  Today I'll release Walk This Way the first Blank Tape Comic I completed, though not the first released. For that check out 55 Rewind. I'll release them Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday through the end of the year...and the end of the strips.

Blank Tape Comics was originally conceived as a three times a week gag comic with a loose continuity. The adventures of Wendell Winger, a teenager in a small town trying to survive the late 1980s. It is admittedly semi-autobiographical and steeped in nostalgia. It didn't end up working for a ton of reasons, but I learned a great deal while working on these strips. I hope you enjoy them. Looking back at them now, I like them well enough, even knowing that in a lot of ways they could be better.  

Each strip comes coupled with a music video that matches the strip's title, part of the original conception of the idea. This was to add additional content to each strip, as well hopefully be a conversation starter for the comments.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Fizz Ed: A Worse Verse Comic

Fizz Ed: A Worse Verse Comics was the second mini-comic produced as part of my podcast challenge with Larry King, my partner on the Media Montage Podcast for our 'Making Mini-Comics' episode.

Ed was a character born in my sketchbook, not too bright, but hardworking, and deserving of some good fortune.

Blank Tape Comics Presents: 55 Rewind

Blank Tape Comics Presents: 55 Rewind

This mini-comic was was the first of two, written and drawn as part of a challenge for the Media Montage Podcast by my podcast partner and cartoonist, Larry King, who did a couple of comics himself. This was also designed for print, and has been printed and distributed as a printed comic.