Sunday, September 30, 2007

For Your Shopping Pleasure...

I've joined 10,000 of my closest friends and opened up a store on Cafe Press for EEK!

Right now, the fabulous array of merchandise includes a mousepad, a mug and a tile coaster.

I plan to add T-shirts soon and new designs in the aforementioned product categories.

I'm sure I'll need to hire an assistant soon just to count my money.

Friday, September 28, 2007

Oh, Mandy

Just want to give a shout out to cartoonist Jarrett Osborne. Jarrett gave a nice, unsolicited, plug for EEK! on his blog.

Check out The Pursuit of Mandy. It's good stuff.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Second Time's the Charm?

We all know that the writing in a comic strip is important. But even more important, oftentimes, is the rewriting. Generally, this happens before the drawing stage. You write your gag; you polish it; you draw it.

I wrote a gag for EEK! that I thought was funny. I then drew it, inked it and began to letter it. Suddenly, I didn't like the joke. Something just wasn't quite...there.

So I started rewriting -- after I'd completed the strip. I labored over several different jokes and approaches, until a gag just popped into my head (as gags sometimes do, bless their little hearts).

The result, I think, is a funny joke, certainly better than the first one I wrote.

You be the judge.

ORIGINAL GAG






REWRITTEN GAG


Saturday, September 22, 2007

EEK! now five days a week

Be afraid. I know I am.

Comics Du Jour: Cul de Sac

I hope you're all reading Richard Thompson's delightfully entertaining strip, Cul de Sac from Universal Press. The strip had a nice big launch (70 papers, I think) and should definitely be a hit.

Oh, and some guy named Bill Watterson says it's good, too.

Monday, September 10, 2007

Sunday, September 9, 2007

Best Belch?

Another of my graphic novels, The Boy Who Burped Too Much, has won an award: The Extensive Reading Foundation 2007 Language Learner Literature Award.

Say that three times fast.

Friday, September 7, 2007

Comics Du Jour

For some reason, I didn't like Brewster Rockit when it first came out. I'm not sure why, as I enjoy science fiction and science-fiction parody, and should be in the strip's target audience.

Be that as it may, I didn't like Brewster and didn't read it. Until last week. I was browsing through the strips at Go Comics and decided to check it out. And I was pleasantly surprised. I like Brewster Rockit. It's funny and clever and nicely executed. I'm not sure if the strip changed or if I did, but I'm glad I gave it a second look.


Sunday, September 2, 2007