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Dec 4, 2008

The Sketchbook

On "idea days" I spend a lot of time doodling aimlessly. I have stacks of sketchbooks filled with random nonsense that my future children will be annoyed to inherit.
I don't like showing them because its somewhat like a window into my brain. But I thought I'd give you a peek just this one time. I don't know why there are so many skeletons on this particular page.
I recently bought a big pack of multicolored ultra-fine point sharpies, and it's really added a nice flavor to my formerly black and white drawings.

The sad thing is that a whole page of doodles like this may only yield one or two quality comic ideas. I guess it's not the most efficient method. I haven't really figured out an efficient method yet.
Any other doodlers out there?

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Dec 3, 2008

The Doozies

Here is a new comic you need to check out. It's called The Doozies by Tom Gammill. Tom is also a TV writer (The Simpsons, Seinfeld).He's also started a series of helpful videos on cartooning:

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Dec 2, 2008

Thar she blows!

"It must have rained last night." I thought innocently as I inspected my front yard yesterday morning. Then I noticed that my neighbor's yards were bone dry, and only the gutters in front of my house had water in them. "Nuts" I thought.
After the city told me it was my problem, I started pulling back the gravel and found that the water was still flowing steadily from somewhere under the earth. Eventually, I discovered an old forgotten landscape beneath mine. Like unearthing an ancient civilization, I felt the thrill that
Indiana Jones must know as I found decorative brick, a tree stump, and a different kind of gravel that was simply covered over by primitive landscapers.
Fresh water was now flowing out of the earth like an Artesian well. I shut off the water to the house and began digging. This continued for some time. Deeper and deeper I dug without any sign of the source of the water, and I began to suspect I had found a natural spring. As I was wondering about the startup costs of a bottling company, I found a cracked pipe. I turned the water back on to see if it was the culprit, and sure enough, water sprayed high into the air as if from the back of some new species of desert whale.
After a quick trip to Ace Hardware, I plunged headfirst into the hole, and spent the rest of the afternoon repairing the pipe. To anyone passing by, I must have looked like the victim of a horrible sky-dive accident. Finally, as the sun began to set, I crawled backwards out of the hole to observe my work.
I had a very manly conversation with my neighbor, Ralph: "Yeah, I went with the telescoping coupling to avoid further digging" I'd say. "Sounds about right", he'd reply, and so on. After the pvc cement dried, I turned the water back on. No drips. A successful repair.

Ralph mentioned he had a leak in his backyard. "Bummer" I replied. An awkward silence followed.

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