Welcome to 2016, everyone! It’s not that bad, so far. I got some more LEGO today so that’s nice!
Well, it’s true, I do have a Kickstarter, thanks for asking!
It’s called Super Blow The Cartridge and it’s awesome! But don’t just take my word for it here, let me tell you about it – IN VIDEO FORM!
It’s going to have all the comics I’ve done on Blow The Cartridge so far, AND a ton of new comics done especially for the book that YOU decide on, AND a behind the scenes look at how I make these things, AND excellent bonus stories if we hit Stretch Goals! Seriously it’s going to be incredible.
Check out the Super Blow The Cartridge Kickstarter page – this is something I’ve been waiting AGES to do – and with your help we can make it a reality! And even if you don’t feel like throwing your valuable dollars behind it – PLEASE PLEASE spread the word! Thanks
G’day. I’ve been a bit busy of late! Let me catch you up with what’s been going on:
First of all – and this was a bit of unplanned thing that only solidified recently – I’ll be at Supanova Brisbane this coming weekend! Actually by ‘weekend’ I mean ‘Sunday’ but that’s still pretty cool! If you’re in Brisbane then you should definitely swing by. I’ll be at the Edge Comix booth in the newly refurbished Artist’s Alley, HEY LOOK IT’S A MAP:
I’ll be there doing sketches of, I dunno, whatever you want as long as it looks like Minecraft or something, the kids these days love Minecraft I hear.
Secondly – I’ll be there selling the brand new print edition of Blow The Cartridge #3! It’s turned out an absolute treat, and will be available exclusively at the show before making its way to the store later on this month. This is your first and best chance to grab a hold of this cool comic!
Thirdly – I’ve also been hard at work on a brand new Plant-Man + Flowerin’ story, “Plant-Man’s Big End and Flowerin’s Tremendous Climax” which will be appearing in Groovy Gravy #15, ONLY AVAILABLE AT SUPANOVA BRISBANE ALL WEEKEND! This will be your one and ONLY chance to buy this comic so I highly advise you rock on up to the Edge Comix booth and get it while the going’s good.
Apparently there’s other new comics and fun stuff by actually talented people there but c’mon, our table is where it’s at.
Finally – I’ve also been hard at work at an upcoming Kickstarter project that should, if everything works out and I can find my bloody video camera, be up in a week or so from now. It turns out making a decent-looking Kickstarter page is actually a bloody lot of work! Who knew? (Not me)
OK that’s about it for me. Gotta get back to the drawing board and make more silly nonsense about high-ranking canines, filthy-minded confectionery and code-weary adventurers. See you at Supanova!
Did you know, in addition to chronicling the adventures of a Dog who is also the President, an old man stuck inside a chocolate bar and the people who make breakfast radio such a joy to listen to, I also make a comic about classic video games? It’s called Blow The Cartridge and it’s been going for a few years now! If you like the comics I make here and also you like video games you will probably like it.
This weekend I finally finished work on Blow The Cartridge #3, the third 30+ page collection of comics from the site presented in a superior high-resolution, uncompressed fashion. While we wait for the printers to make a physical version, the DRM-free digital version is ready for you to buy on my store! I reckon it’s a good idea to buy this. I bought a copy, it was a good idea.
I’m also giving away copies to anyone who is awesome enough to make a forum thread about Blow The Cartridge any time in September – so if you’re kind enough to do that, drop me an email and I’ll send you your download link! Just think how happy you will be to have this appear in your inbox:
And of course, I’m always on the lookout for more games to feature in Blow The Cartridge – after all, I have to start work on the next issue…
I’ve probably mentioned it on Twitter a couple of times but just to reiterate – I’m very excited about going to the first Penny Arcade Expo in Australia, which is only a few weeks away!
What makes it especially exciting is that I’m going just for the hell of it. Unlike things like E3 or Supanova I won’t be attending as someone behind a table or in a booth, I’m going just as part of the crowd and can actually soak up the atmosphere and just concentrate on having fun. As an exhibitor for these kinds of events it’s very hard to actually see or do anything at the show, and you’re usually too tired to do anything after hours, so the opportunity to just go and enjoy the ride is incredibly enticing!
There’s a lot of neat stuff to see and do at the show, and I’m looking forward especially to the retrogaming and indiegaming areas. Yes, I’m going to fly to Melbourne just to play some more Commodore 64, you got a problem with that? Word has it there’ll be the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 on display, but I have a feeling the lines are going to be massive for those two and there’s not much I want to play on the new machines at the moment. Oh Killer Instinct, that’ll be worth a look.
Are you going? Let me know! I want to meet people. I want to talk about video games and comics and show visiting Americans our game store retail catalogues to demonstrate how screwed we have always been here in Australia. I want to play games that I haven’t heard of before and find something new and cool. I want to street pass and also figure out how street passing works. I want sing and dance and wait maybe not these ones got carried away there.
SO! Tell me if you’re coming to the show too! I am gonna shake SO MANY HANDS AND THEN SUBTLY WASH MY HANDS WITH THAT HAND SANITIZER STUFF WHILE YOU’RE NOT LOOKING.
I like drawing. It’s fun and it keeps me off the streets. Now here’s your chance to help keep society safe while getting your VERY OWN comic or illustration created by me!
It’s easy! All you have to do is buy me something – anything – off my Amazon Wishlist. For that awesome piece of generosity I will draw a comic with you in it, or a comic about any subject of your choosing, or even a custom forum avatar – you name it! I’ll send you the high resolution version of the art and shout your name from my virtual rooftops.
Want a comic about your favourite old video game, or of you being interviewed by the Hive FM crew, or you gleefully munching on Henry The Sexually Perverted Chocolate Bar? Now’s your chance – but it’s for this month only! After July I’ll retreat into my man cave and revel in its sweet hermit-like warmth.
Why am I doing this? Because I’m crazy, and also because I am trying to save up for a Microsoft Surface Pro and really must refrain from buying myself anything for the foreseeable future. I shouldn’t be left alone on Amazon! I’m a danger to myself and everyone around me! See what I mean about being kept off the streets?
That Amazon Wish List link again – http://amzn.com/w/3CLYFJ4QC5905 – tell your friends, your family, the people ahead of you in line at the shops. Let’s get me chained to the drawing board, surrounded by cool stuff!
It’s so very rare that I draw just for the sake of drawing instead of trying to put together a comic, but that’s what I ended up doing last night for a bit. So I thought I’d scan and post it for kicks.
Trying to figure out why sketching feels nice and loose and as soon as I sit in front of the computer to do a comic it all feels so stiff and stale. Hrm. :/
Back to the drawing board…
We’re almost at the five year mark of Funnywebcomic.com. What started as a joke in September 2008 has turned into a…OK it’s still a joke, but maaaaybe I’ve gotten a bit better at making comics? I’ve done over a thousand comics here, made some excellent books (that you can buy now), done some conventions and even spun-off Blow The Cartridge and Hive FM into their own sites. Over the years many of you have taken time out to read the comics or send me your thoughts which is incredibly gratifying. It’s certainly a billion times better than spending a month to make a mini comic, photocopy up a hundred copies, give them to local comic and record shops and then have no idea if anyone actually read them or not.
I said at the start I’d give it five years to see if it works, but I feel like I’ve just…begun? Weird. I just don’t know how to not make comics.
Lately I’ve been watching Strip Search, the reality show about people who want to make it as a webcomics artist. Not many people know it but I somehow got to the third round of shortlisting for this show last year. That’s not a brag, I think there were something like 40 billion rounds of shortlisting in order to whittle over a thousand applicants down to the dozen contestants we’ve seen on the show. But the reality of spending two weeks in another country when I had just started a new job and really I have a wife and some cats at home am I really just going to leave them for two weeks and what if I win, am I really going to drag them all to Seattle? meant that being on the show was not a feasible option anyway.
Sorry, rambling. My point is that I was watching it, and really became a fan of Lexxxy (who I used as a basis for how I draw Anna, fact fans) and especially a fan of Erika Moen, who just got evicted from the show. On her own comic she posted about how she had dinner with Robert Khoo, and he asked her what her brand is, and she didn’t really know. It occured to me that I should think about what my brand is, you know, the stuff I’m into.
So why am I instead doing comics about radio DJs? *headscratch*
I like doing Hive FM though! It’s fun. I think the comic’s working better than it did when it started, and I’m having fun writing and drawing it. I’m interested in mass media and how they act as gatekeepers and how crushing it is to work in an industry that is becoming incredibly irrelevant to the point of absurdity. And Action Sally is a good character that I’ve been drawing for way too long now so hey, why stop now?
My plan at the moment is to keep doing Hive FM here on Funny Webcomic until September, at which time the Hivefm.com site will have ‘caught up’ to where we’re at here and new comics will go up exclusively there. What’s going to happen to Funnywebcomic.com in September when I hit the five year mark? No idea. Hopefully you’ll be along to see with me…
Today I uploaded the 150th Hive FM comic to Funnywebcomic.com – a neat little milestone that sits nicely next to hitting the 1,000 comic mark here!
So…I’m happy to finally unveil the new Hive FM site! Yes! It’s been in secret beta for the past few weeks, but now it’s ready (?) to face the music:
It’s going to be the new home of your favourite (?) morning radio crew comic, and right now we’re going back to the beginning and putting up a new comic every day. Since it updates daily it’ll eventually catch up to where we are here on FunnyWebComic and then it’ll probably go over there exclusively, like how we moved Old Gaming Jokes over to Blow The Cartridge.
Very exciting! Please let me know what you think!
I’m writing this on the first day of January, 2013, and I started FunnyWebComic back in…September 2008 I think? I don’t want to distract myself to check. Anyway, somehow we’ve ended up here, at 1,000 comics. Crazy!
(I mean, there’s more comics I made on Plant-Man and Blow The Cartridge, but hey, who’s really counting?)
Thank you for being along for the ride. The last year’s been an interesting one, I think I learned to just have more fun making comics and not worry about making them viral or cool or hip whatever I was “supposed” to be paying attention to. I stopped making them for anyone but myself and – crazy – I think I did some decent stuff that actually found an audience. Thanks for your emails, comments and tweets, they have all really helped. Thank you to my long-suffering wife Sabb for putting up with this. There have been a lot of times where I let making comics just take over my life.
So…2013, what’s going to happen?
Well first of all, I think Hive FM is going to go to its own website very soon. Don’t fret too much they’ll still be here, just like how my Blow The Cartridge comics were on both sites for a long while when that strip split off onto its own site. But I did notice that Blow The Cartridge really grew into its own once it got its own domain and I think Hive FM could do the same. Stay tuned!
I’ve also decided not to do any conventions this year…it’s just way way WAY too much stress for what I get out of it. 2013 has a lot of stuff going on and, seriously, preparing for Supanova is practically a full time job for two or three months. It’s a fun event, but maaaaaan. I’m way better off putting my comic energies into…well, the comic. The comic needs improving. The comic ALWAYS needs improving. So how about I stop treading water and improve it?
However, one cool bit of news is that I’ll be teaching kids comics at Carindale Shopping Centre Library on January 13, so if you know any kids that want their fragile little minds warped by the power of COMICS come on by! Check this link our for more detail. See you there!
I’m sure you’ve all heard the news story by now that broke over the weekend about the Australian radio DJs that prank-called a hospital in England that ended up with the woman who took the call taking her own life.
There’s already been millions of virtual column-inches and hours of TV news full of people falling over themselves to attack / defend the DJs, the station, the management, the woman, the hospital and everyone in between. I’m not really interested in adding to the noise of that, short of saying it’s a terrible thing that’s happened and nobody looks good coming out of it.
What I do want to do here, however, is pick your brain a little about what I should do here on this comic…
As you might now I do a comic about breakfast radio DJs. Making prank calls is part of what they do…actually, now that I think about it, they even prank called Hitler once, and he killed himself shortly after, so there’s precedent. But here’s the thing: do I do a comic about what happened this weekend?
If I do, I run the very real risk of being seen to be making fun of this horrible thing, and that’s not what I want to do. On the other hand, not doing a comic about it, not even addressing it at all feels rather dismissive of it, like it doesn’t matter, and it does matter.
So it’s a bit of a pickle. I think I will end up covering it, but I’m curious to see what you think first.