Wow, talk about scraping the bottom of the barrel! This must have been a really good idea on a Sunday night as I saw the deadline looming. The results were not that spectacular. Still, I got in a couple of decent strips. I like the one about me going past the bakery, it’s a True Gazunta Story really.
This was one of the good examples of me using Funny Webcomic to just vent about whatever is on my mind. I think the “Something Else” vote won out this week and I was staring blankly at my notepad during a lunch break, getting pissed off about all the noise from the Team Fortress 2 players.
Look I don’t have an axe to grind with the game, I think I own a copy of it somewhere. Just the NOISE it generates in the office is a bit over the top at times. Oh I long for the days when playing video games was a dirty, shameful exercise that was best done alone in a dark bedroom!
I didn’t really have a concept for this besides the silly title. You know how they teach you in storywriting books about how you should have a plot, and developed characters, and such, before you start putting stuff out into the world? It turns out that’s true!
I think they’re ’70s era crime fighting detectives that are comicly mismatched but ultimately offer each other complimentary skills. Blind Man is blind and Smelly Guy…smells a lot? Can smell good? Knows a lot about odors? I wasn’t really sure.
Again, an idea that could work well enough on its own…if I was a real movie buff, I guess. Which I’m not. Well, not really.
I mean, the idea that I’d sit in place for two hours and do nothing but watch a movie is just odd to me. I’m watching a movie (From Dusk Till Dawn if you must know) while typing this, but I’m also twittering, sending texts to the wife and playing with the cats. Movies are kind of a visual background noise thing to me.
But I still know a bad movie sequel when I see it.
Hey this one’s kind of outdated already because now the hot thing isn’t sequels, it’s entire franchise reboots. Let’s all go watch Robocop and Aliens all over again!
And hey, colour!
OK right off the bat I have to admit this one did not work at all. Or at least, originally it didn’t.
I started drawing this little story about a man who got cut off in traffic while I was stuck in a meeting. Before the concensus was tabulated and minuted and blah blah blah it had balooned out to 15 panels. I just thought it was funny that he was so angry for so long. It fit in with the Misplaced Anger Week theme so I figured cool, that makes for a good Monday strip…
Then I got stuck coming up with Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday’s strip. Looks like I blew my proverbial load on the Monday one. D’oh!
Four frantic days later I resort to cutting the Monday strip into five pieces, colouring them in and putting them online. Since it wasn’t designed to be run as seperate strips the whole gag falls flat. Oh well, better luck next week!
Well, this is one of those strips that took me a lot further than I thought it would.
It started as a take on those old Mentos ads. I’m not sure if you remember them, so the basic run down would be that some guy or gal would be caught in a fix doing something slightly troublesome…like double parking, getting stuck in a cue for a coffee, or being caught stealing underwear, whatever. They’d do something unpredictable to get themselves out of said fix and, when nearby people express concern, flash a pack of Mentos and everyone would have a cheesy laugh and get back to their life.
So it started off as a parody of that. Then I realised the Foo Fighters did this already first, so I changed it from a Mentos ad to people’s ability to come up with weak excuses for horrible things.
I don’t drink coffee, so I don’t get the whole ‘oh I’m terrible if I haven’t had my coffee’ thing. I used to drink three litres of Coca-Cola a day though so I guess it’s the same thing. Just as an aside, do not drink three litres of Coca-Cola a day. Sigh. If I knew I was going to live this long I would have taken better care of myself.
The wife was not too impressed with the third strip in this set, but damn, I really like the colouring. In fact I really think the colouring went up a notch this week overall. So big pats on the back for me!
History is full of fun things. Like did you know that we landed on the moon once? Actually more than once!
Writing this week’s set of strips was a bit harder than I initially thought. It started off with a quick trip to Wikipedia to see the big list of events that happened well, on this day in history. It turns out that there’s a lot of interesting things that happened! The tricky bit was finding an event that lends itself to an easy joke. The one about the Aeronautical Society was easy. The one about Hitler moving into his bunker really, really wasn’t. The man’s like a comedy black hole.
Oh! I’ve decided that I’m going to try colour on Funny Webcomic again. It’s amazing what a difference it makes to people’s reception of the strip. Let me know what you think! Sometimes I think I’m “over colouring” some of these, so hopefully I don’t go too crazy with the trippy backgrounds. Wish me luck.
I sometimes wonder about returning to previous strip ideas or even spinning them off into their own webcomic. Medical Drama Comic would definitely be a strong contender for this, maybe also How I Would Have Ended. I think On This Day In History would be fun to do again…what do you think?