Tag Archives: Valley Advocate

A Message About My Comics

After five years of stripping in The Valley Advocate, I’ve decided to quit the weekly comic routine in early May. It’s been a rare and wonderful experience to be a paid, independent, in-print cartoonist in this day and age. I thank the Advocate very much for the opportunity. I’ve had a good run. (more…)

REVIEWS: The Demographic

Reviews of The Dem. Page updated Sept, 2014. (more…)

From The Flat Files: Turn It Up! Comic Ads

I was doing some house-cleaning and found a beat up old sketchbook with some paste-ups of Turn It Up! CDs comics/ads. I was given the luxury of having a pretty free hand on creating ads back in the day, and little narratives like this little back-to-school gag would often result. These are probably around 15 years old and predate my use of Photoshop. I used to print out the type on the store’s computer, because it had Sierra Print Artist on it. Cheap inkjet printouts + bad cutting job + Pro-White + glue stick + a generation or two of quality loss via photocopying at Kinko’s = Perfessional Grafik Dezyning.

(At the time, I felt very clever for coming up with “Superbman”).

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. (more…)

A Minor Personal Comicking Milestone

Yesterday marked a nice little milestone for my comic The Optimist. Below is strip #102, making this particular comic venture officially longer-lasting than its three-panel predecessor, Whiskey! Tango! Foxtrot!, which ran for 101 weekly strips in 2007-2008 before I yanked it. (more…)

INTERVIEW: The Bill Dwight Show

I recently sat down in the studio bunker of The Bill Dwight Show podcast to take part in a free-wheeling conversation with Bill Dwight and Jaz Tupelo about my comicking. Comimickry. Cartoonering? Errr, about a wide ranging variety of topics. By my reckoning, I only say three or four outright stupid things. Not too shabby, really. On par with my regular average of dumbness. (more…)

Even Lions Will Fear You (WTF comic anthology)

EVEN LIONS WILL FEAR YOU: Two Years of Whiskey! Tango! Foxtrot!, A towering collection: every WTF strip published in 2007-2008, plus a bunch of unpublished ones, some early comics (Turn It Up ads) that pre-date the strip, and a few full-page comics that were published elsewhere. If you’ve only read WTF online, you are missing the glorious effect of a bloopy yet crisp halftone pattern on bright white paper. Highly recommended.

Whiskey! Tango! Foxtrot! is a comic strip about two kids you wouldn’t want to know in real life. At least I think they’re kids. One’s crabby and dumb! The other one is dumb and crabby! …and fat! To my knowledge, they do not have names. W!T!F! is not really about much. I mean, like, the two kids don’t do much, you know? They just sort of sit around and complain about things like consumerism and television and are generally sort of annoying. W!T!F! ran in The Valley Advocate from January 2007-Dec. 2008, and special strips appeared in issues of Royal Flush and I Want Your Skull. There are a bunch of these strips archived over at the-opt.com site. Check em out. 52 pages, 8″x10.5″, self-published (2009).

Purchase a copy for an extremely reasonable price on my comic site.

Alternate Uses For an Alternative Paper

A full page comic for the 35th anniversary issue of the Valley Advocate, Sept. 2008. Click to see full size. (more…)

Change Begins Here: Barack Obama

A full page illustration I did for The Valley Advocate after the inauguration. See larger photo.

Kurt Vonnegut editorial illustration

A spot page illustration I did for The Valley Advocate when ol’ KV passed.