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25 Links I Haven’t Looked At Yet

When I find things online that I like & I think they’re worth sharing, I usually collect ’em into installments of Random Internet Things From The Internet, but due to busy days and an effort to limit my Unfocused Internet Perusing, I’ve ended up with a backlog of stuff to look at. So, in a similar vein to 50 Books I Haven’t Read Yet, here’s a bunch of stuff that seems potentially interesting, but I haven’t actually watched/read/downloaded any of them yet. I encourage you to look at this junk and tell me if it’s worth my time. Ho-ho. Continue reading

A Selection Of Recent Print Work

Oh, the jet-set life of the self-employed! I’ve been keeping busy and hustlin’ to pay off our recent house remodeling project. On the multimedia front, there’s been a bunch of animation work and even some audio/radio work, but I’m not posting any of that because I’m lazy. Instead, here are a few of the freelance print projects I’ve been working on for the last few months. Continue reading

Polishing A Turd

I was just poking through a folder of already-published Optimist comic art and saw the file for this strip from January. I remembered what a mess the artwork was & how much Photoshop-futzing around I ended up having to do to get it where I wanted it to be. Sometimes I carve up and edit my sloppy pen work so much I wonder why I bother drawing on paper at all. AND SO DOES EVERYONE ELSE. I’ve decided to show you my Photoshop clean-up process via animated GIF to confirm your suspicions that I’m a no-talent slob. Continue reading

The Optimist: A Brief Look Back At 2011

A lot of webcomic people write little meta comments to go along with each comic they post. I don’t really like doing (or reading) that, because I find it to be distracting. I like the strips to stand on their own—without backstory, explanation, or commentary—at least at the time of publication. But now there’s this blog post, so I dunno. Here are some corrections and comments and whatevers for the last year’s worth of The Optimist comic strips (excluding typos, which are thankfully caught by the intrepid editors at The Valley Advocate before the strips hit the presses). SEE YOU IN HELL, 2011. Continue reading

The Edification Of Young Chet – An Alec Dear Pome

Alec Dear was a character that Matt Smith and I put a lot of time and effort into in the late 90s. Besides the Through The Wood, Beneath The Moon comic book (published by Caliber in ’98) and the abandoned Hell story, there was also this special eight-page Alec Dear story that appeared in an issue of Aftertaste Magazine in 1998. “The Edification of Young Chet” (featuring Matt’s excellent line work & me writing under yet another pointless pen name) found dear Alec Dear teaching a spoiled rich kid a very valuable lesson about something or other. I don’t know why there was a butler or a fancy study library. It’s very confusing. Let’s take a look at this magical, barely-seen TREASURE. Continue reading