Archive for January, 2006

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January 31, 2006

No Talent, Part Two: “The Confrontation”

January 31, 2006

Part II: “The Confrontation” or “What’s wrong with my arms?”

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My List: Webcomics I’ve read in the past, but stopped (forgot to continue?):

January 31, 2006

Another list likely to expand.

Bruno the Bandit by Ian McDonald. If I recall correctly, this is a series that I sampled because McDonald wrote a series that appeared on the Sluggy Freelance website. I read three months (1998) of his series before running out of time and stopping. I had every intention of returning, but forgot to do so (interesting looking series). So far I’ve rated the series a 3.86 out of 5. Started July 1998, currently active.

Ghost Cat by Clay & Hampton Yount. I believe I’ve read all the series, but as I’m unsure, it has been placed in this category. I think that either the series went on a very long break, or it has finished. I’ve read August 2002 through February 2004. Interesting series (or at least I think it was, don’t particularly recall it). Gave it a rating of 4.15. I read the two comics by Yount because I was lead to them after I read some guest-spot comics found on the Sluggy Freelance website. It appears that Ghost Cat isn’t on-line anymore.

The Grizzwells by Bill Schorr. This is a comic that I’ve only read on-line, but believe is a newspaper comic. I’ve read just six months of the comic (first six months of 2000), and have given the series an overall rating of 4.18. Unfortunately, it’s been too long since I’ve read it. I’ll need to restart my reading of it (what, another talking animal strip).

Kevin & Kell By Bill Holbrock. A series that I read just one month of (Sept. 1995) in 2004, and cannot now remember what it is about. I gave that one month a rating of 3.85. I do not recall why I stopped reading, as I don’t recall the series. On-line since 1995, apparently stopped in September 2005.

Liberty Meadows by Frank Cho. Started in the University of Maryland newspaper, I believe, spread to newspapers nationwide, then turned into a webcomic due to editor and censorship concerns. Lost touch with it when it moved to the web, and still trying to figure out where I left off and what I haven’t read yet. The comic is about a nature preserve starring talking animals, and some humans (specifically starring a male animal doctor). I’ve rated the series (that I’ve read) 4.31 out of 5. The rating is based on three books and reading nine months of on-line comics (December 2001-August 2002). I stopped reading because it became difficult to figure out where I was in the series.

Penny Arcade by Mike Krahulik & Jerry Holkins (and someone, style changed there). I didn’t actually read this one in the past, I just included it here to remind myself why I don’t currently read it (actually, I just accidently read about a year of the comic entries). I’m sure the comic is brillant, but I’m not deep into the game and computer culture, so I don’t really understand all the references (though I admit that the entry with the Microsoft Certified System Engineer cat was funny; and this one; and here; and this one).

Rob & Elliott by Clay & Hampton Yount. See above. I stopped reading this one because it was taking too long between entries in the series. I read two months of the series (July-August 2004) and gave those two months a rating of 4.05. Enough time has elapsed now that if the series is still active, it might be enjoyable to read.

by Tatsuya Ishida. Another comic that I started and stopped so long ago that I don’t recall the series or why I stopped. Going by my records, I read the first ten months of 2000, before stopping for some unknown reason. I’ve given those 10 months a rating of 4.25. I’ll need to reexamine the comic and update my files. Started January 2000 and currently active.

Alien Loves Predator: Today’s entry

January 30, 2006

I don’t normally do this, but I just had to write a quick little post about how much I like the current entry in the series.

Quite funny.  My only problem with it is that it started as if it was a continuation of a previous entry and it wasn’t.  Otherwise, a great entry to the series.

Peacekeepers: The Beginning

January 30, 2006

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Turns out that I don’t have the necessary software at home to work on this comic. If I included the short-story with the comics, I’d only be able to include 1 1/2 paragraphs that match up with the action so far. At this rate, the comic will be complete in several years (if I had the necessary software at home, I’d probably already be done, even taking into account the number of comic strips versus size of incomplete short-story (right, sorry, should have included a warning that the short-story is incomplete, and has remained incomplete since I wrote it back in 1997)). Unable to work at home will greatly increase the time requirement. Maybe the next segment will be out Wednesday, or next Monday (I plan something on the Monday/Wednesday schedule, which probably won’t be meet).Oh, and don’t forget that I have no ability to draw on the computer (I actually have a small ability to draw, just not on a computer).

My List: Webcomics/Comics that I want to read, but haven’t had the time yet:

January 30, 2006

A list for myself. Webcomics and comics to look into and see if I’ll enjoy:

Argon Zark! By Charley Parker. Very interesting looking color comic that sucked me in for 19 straight entries. Had to stop and haven’t returned yet. Priority to return. “The first and longest-running webcomic. Serving the finest in pixel based comics since 1995!” Can’t tell if still active.

Atland by Nate Piekos. Not sure, but I believe I clicked through an banner/ad to it and bookmarked it. Haven’t examined the colorized “hero” comic yet. There’s currently 76 entries, but no dates, so not sure when it started, or if still active.

The Big Three-Oh by Phillipe Gaboury. Another one I found on “The Webcomicker’s list”. Not exactly sure why I bookmarked it. I’ll give it a try at some point (read the first 12 or so entries; interesting, might come back). Black-and-white comic started (apparently) Feb. 28, 2005 and currently active (as of 1/23/06).

Chugworth Academy by someone (Dave Cheung? Jamal Joseph Jnr?). I think I might have found and bookmarked this manga/anime looking comic after reading an entry about it in a blog (actually, I think I was going by just the first entry and the ads, not sure it really is in the manga style). I haven’t attempted to start this comic that “Reloaded” in 5/21/03 (I think the blog entry I read was something about this comic restarting in a new format, though not sure) and is currently active.

CTRL+ALT+DEL (CAD) by Tim Buckley is apparently a big favorite among certain bloggers. Seems to have started in 2002 and not sure if still active.

El Goonish Shive
by Dan Shive. Started 1/21/02 and as of 1/20/06 still active. I don’t remember bookmarking this one, but since I did, it has been included on this list.

GPF by Jeffrey T. Darlington. Another comic found off of The Webcomicker’s blog and bookmarked by me. I’ve read just a few of the entries and it looks interesting enough (oops, I was looking at another comic listed on that blog and then clicked on an ad for GDF, which I now see is not on that blog).

Girl Genius by Professors Phil & Kaja Foglio. Going down The Webcomicker’s list, and decided to add this one to the list to sample.

Joyce and Walky! By David Willis? Another of the early comics (started 1/8/97) that I haven’t sampled this black-and-white comic yet. Looks interesting enough. It appears to have ended 10/28/04.

Mac Hall by Matt Boyd and Ian McConville. another one looked interesting of that blogs list so bookmarked it.

MegaTokyo by Fred Gallagher.

Monkey Law by Brad Hawkins. Don’t recall where I found this one (maybe from “The Webcomicker’s list), but another one that I found and bookmarked and haven’t read yet because of no time. I’m very interested in reading this one. Very funny comic today (Jan. 25, 2006) about one of the monkey’s being so out of it that he finds “Spongebob” “amazing when you’re tripping” and the other monkey points out that the first monkey is watching “The West Wing.” Not sure why, but I found that quite funny (and somewhat annoying, in that I like reading from the beginning and accidently read the most recent entry in the series, and really liked it, hope I didn’t ruin anything by doing that). Comic appears to have started Sept. 18, 2001 (and looking at it, I see why I might not have tried it yet, something about the artwork in the first entry hurts my eyes; oh, actually, it looks like it didn’t really “begin” until the beginning of 2002). Appears to have started as a black-and-white comic and then become a color comic. As mentioned, there’s just something unexplainable that is causing my eyes problems when I try to read this early black-and-white work.

No Need for Bushido by Alex Kolesar & Joe Kovell. Interesting looking start, will examine later.

Over the Hedge – I’ve read some of this series, but never rated it. Great chance to go back in the archives and reread. Talking animal strip.

Real Life
– I actually found this comic while playing the game Blogshares. It looks interesting, but I haven’t had the time yet to try it. Apparently started November 15, 1999 and currently active.

RPG by Ian J. Interesting look series. I kinda got sucked in there for a little bit (200+ strips), but I don’t have the time now to read it, so I’ll bookmark it. This particular comic is on permanent hiatus (and example; and here; here; here).

Shortpacked! By David Willis. Found this comic through a link on a particular blog (can’t remember the name now) that had a link to a comic showing Batman dancing. Interesting (funny). Bookmarked the comic, but not had the time to examine it yet. Apparently started January 17, 2005 (or at least that’s as far back as the archive goes), and is still active as of Jan. 25, 2006.

Todd and Penguin by David Wright. This one’s also on “The Webcomicker’s” list, but I think I found it elsewhere. Interesting looking colorized comic. I’ll have to give it a go at some point. Very first entry looks interesting enough. Started April 2001 and currently active (as of 1/25/06).

The Peacekeepers

January 27, 2006

Start of a new series based on a short-story I wrote, part one is a teaser. Not sure how the transition from short-story to comic will turn out, or if I go off somewhere else in the meantime. I’ll see if I can put something together over the weekend. Whatever I accomplish at home will determine what might turn up next week.

Oh, and those that pay attention to such things, there are already two more segments of “No Talent” set up to be posted. I believe I set them up to appear on Tuesday and Thursday. That series is basically my “test-bed”, sketch-book.

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My List: Comics I’ve read, but mostly off-line:

January 27, 2006

List is very much not exhaustive. Many comics missing, like Big Nat, Shoe, Non Sequitur (which I’ve stopped reading), Herman, and others that I can’t recall at the moment.

Baldo by Hector Cantu & Carlos Castellanos. I’ve read two of the comic books so far, first one I really enjoyed, and the second one was much less interesting. A similar feeling consumes me as I follow(ed) the series through the newspaper. The series is about a Hispanic family. The two books have a combined rating of 4.30 out of 5 (rating based on just two books is causing a higher rating than I think I should be giving). Never read on-line.

Dilbert by Scott Adams. My local paper likes hiding the Dilbert comics in odd locations, so I rarely get to read the newspaper strips in newspaper form. There too many comics out there to read, so I’ve not tried to keep up with the web-posted comics. Oddly enough, I do keep up with Scott Adams blog, which only occasionally includes comics (see introduction for the blog). I keep up with the comics through the book releases. I haven’t gotten the most recent release yet, and I’ve only read 21 of the comic books (and 4 of the management books – I actually was able to justify the cost of buying one of the management books by reviewing it for a college management class). I like Dilbert, but can be a little too repetitive at times and in the end, I’ve rated it only 4.04 out of 5 (the books).

Get Fuzzy by Darby Conley. One of my favorite newspaper comics. As I tend to not read the comics on a daily basis, I’ve mostly read this series through the comic books. I’ve read five of the releases, though I accidently didn’t rate the last book. Overall, I’ve rated the angry cat, dumb dog, man comic strip a high 4.38 out of 5 stars. Rarely read on-line.

Mutts by Patrick McDonnell. I’ve read two of the Mutts books, and occasionally read some of it in the newspaper. There have been some very good arcs and one-off gags, but overall the series is somewhat flat. Just going by the two books I’ve read, I rated the comic 3.80. I like the series better than that rating, and like the comic in newspaper form a lot better than in book form (and the rating just reflects book form, most ratings in these ratings reflect book ratings). Never read on-line.

Pearls Before Swine by Stephen Pastis. This is a very hit-or-miss comic that occasionally scores big, but largely falls flat. I’ve read two collections of the comic, and rated those two books an overall rating of 3.81. I’m much more comfortable with this rating than other newspaper comics that only have book ratings, ratings. I think I’ve read it on-line, once or twice.

Pickles by Brian Crane. A good comic that is somewhat undermined by the method the comic was released in book form. I’ve read just one Pickles book, and while I generally liked it, I was annoyed that the book did not contain everything between a set period of time like most books of its nature, but an odd assortment of comic strips that disrupted the flow of the series. I like the comic a lot better than the 3.92 rating I gave the one book I read, but I only have that rating to go on. I’ve occasionally read it on-line.

Sherman’s Lagoon by Jim Toomey. I believe that the series might have started in 1991, though that’s based on a book that I’ve read that supposedly collects the “Greatest Hits” from 1991-2001. This is one of my favorite Sunday comics (Sunday is the day I read newspaper comics, just the Sunday page), and I always look forward to reading it. The week-day comics, though seem to be much better, and I’ve read some of that particular segment of the series in book form. Based on the six books I’ve read, the series has an average of 4.16.

Zits by Jerry Scott & Jim Borgman. I’ve read this teenager series in both book collection and newspaper form, but, yet again, only have a rating for the books. The series started off strong, but has become somewhat repetitive of late, and I tend to basically ignore the series. Despite that statement, the series has been given a rating of 4.33 by me. I’ve n ever read it on-line.

Alien Loves Predator Reader Comic

January 26, 2006

Here’s my entry in the reader/fan contest. Yes, I have no ability to draw or create comics, thank you for asking. Click on the comic, it’s easier to see that way.

See here for the contest. Sorry, forgot to mention that dialogue is copyright of Bernie Hou. Oh, and don’t get confused about the above comic and the inclusion of a copyright, I’m not secretly Bernie Hou.

No Talent

January 26, 2006

Part I: “The Mysterious Meeting” or “What’s that giant arm scratching the cat doing there?”

Just to show I have no ability in the comic world, here is part 1 (of a projected 1 part project) of the comic “No Talent.”

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