Monday, December 24, 2007

Merry Christmas

I hope that everyone enjoyed "Talk Like a Time Traveler Day". I am now going back to a Donald Duck project that interests me.

A great 11 page script was written by Jeff Hamill about Donald and nephews in Hawaii. Jeff met with me and explained how a Donald Duck comic is created and provided me with some good resources if I wanted to play Disney artist. Jeff is a very good writer and deserves to have his stories published, and buckets of money dropped his way by movies, tv, and European distributors for his great stuff.

I hit a perfectionist-block almost immediately, so today's post is a sample of some of what I consider hideous (some say it looks fine... I don't), and I will post soon some of my efforts to finish some pages worth showing.

The current strategy: draw may variations - overcome bad starts with many retries. It seems to me to be a legitimate way to attack a block. We shall test this today.

Thursday, November 29, 2007

3 comics posted

3 Talk Like a Time Traveler comics are up, so it looks like I will have the 4th up tomorrow. I am looking forward to the December series. My next move will be to get font permission, let the koala know that I know of his time travel abilities, and make a splash with buzzcomics and topwebcomics.
Go and have a look:

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Talk Like a Time Traveler

I plan to post a few comics, then (as requested) let the "Action Man" font creator know that I am using his font and send him a link to my comic. Hopefully he will approve and I won't have to seek out another fontographer at

The hook for people voting for my comic on December 8th will be that all of the good unused time traveler ideas will be included in the vote incentive. All this presumes that I can get a following and make a splash. Should be fun.

On another note a copy cat effort entitled "Pretend to be a Time Traveler" has been detected. Apparently a Koala has begun an effort last August with ideas identical to mine except for thinking that dystopia and dress up are good ideas. I am for talk only. Costumes are fine for the Koala, but I am all about talking like a time traveler.

I can only assume that the Koala has access to a time machine, has gone forward to December 8th and then returned to last August to make it appear that December 8th was all his idea. Very clever.

Walking around video games with a camera

I have been walking around the Valve Halflife games and the Roller Coaster Tycoon games with my trusty 35mm camera picking up backgrounds and images that could make a high-intensity update webcomic possible.

I know that Gordon Frohman's comic uses Halflife shots, so I know that this concept has been done very well by others.

For Talk Like a Time Traveller Day these two could be talking about time travel. and this background from RCT 3 might be usable.

Talk Like Adventure

Part of the plans to put up and promote a webcomic are to achieve goal of getting many popularity votes on December 8th. I further aim to prove that even a bad webcomic takes a great deal of work. My poster child for this effort is an old acme ufo defence character seen here:

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

When you start drawing crates

... then you know that you have been playing too many video games. At least I did not include my drawing of the companion cube... maybe the companion cube is just too personal.


Saturday, October 13, 2007

Gordon Chooses a Helmet

I have titled this piece - "no updates in a while"
Release Date Halo - Late September
Release Date Halflife - Early October
Release Date Portal - Early October
Release Date Team Fortress - Early October

This is just not fair.

Aperture Science "We do what we must because we can for the good of all of us except the ones who are dead" (but there is no sense crying over every mistake - you just keep on trying until you run out of cake)

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Pirate Up the Captain

I suspect that some of the people who make my Breakfast Cereal know about today. Limited Edition Piratey shapes were in my menu this morning.

The Captain can be pirated up with darker eyes and jaggedy teeth. ... or with special piratey shapes in the box.

Poop Deck Pappy

"Who hid the halibut on the poop deck?" is an actual song title. For those who wonder about the netting on the bow of a pirate ship... I think that I can hold it until we reach shore.

Rip Post

Talk Like a Pirate today

time flies... these should put me over the 19 mark

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Tuesday, September 11, 2007


A nasty sounding beverage for long sea voyages. Water goes bad after storage. Drink Grog instead.

A big "no prize" for someone who can name where the original inspiration for this image comes from. And a bigger "no prize" for the person who provides the link to the dozens of variations on this image that LucasArts had pop up each new time you entered this area.

Answer Here

Pirate named Black

Monday, September 10, 2007

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Demmed Bones Pyrate Tutor

An early sketch for the Latin Tutor for Fuentez. My Editor Han has since successfully lobbied for a more skeletal looking man. He goes by the name Damned Bones. His family name is Bones, and this character is named after an actual historical person who's full name was "Without Christ You Shall Be Damned Bones" which imho is an excellent pirate name.

Monday, September 3, 2007

Uncle Donald in danger

I was not entirely happy with my warm up sketches today of Huey and Louie. Dewey was to be laughing maniacally, but I think that I need to do several more duck studies before I make myself happy with the nephews in pirate garb.

The pirate on top is the son of a famous pirate. His name is Fuentes de France. On his birthday on the year in which this sketch was taken he was given a Latin tutor named "Damned Bones". He likes his present from the previous year far better.

Saturday, September 1, 2007

Talk Like a Pirate Day Sept. 19

Good Bye Summer, Hello Talk Like a Pirate Day
The Talk Like a Pirate Web Site's Crew has a great link page.
My Pirate Name is “Cap’n Blood Bath and Beyond”
You should have one too. Pirate Name Generator
Once you have the name you should learn the lingo savvy?

You should also visit the site of a great Pirate cartoon out of Everett from the Gregory bros.
And these Great Pirate Toon Links. At least check out the Calvin and Hobbes one.

I think that I have enough pirates in my sketchbook since last year to post 19 pirates in the next 19 days. Lets see if I can meet the deadline.

Side note: Donald Duck work in process – not forgotten

Question: which is cooler – ninja or pirate?
Question: Agree, Disagree-
Best Pirate films:
Best Disney – “Treasure Island”
Best Black and White: “Black Pirate”
Best Movie Pirate ever: “Cap’n Flint”
Best Pirate Comedy: “Princess and the Pirate”
Best Errol: “Captain Blood”
Best Elf reinvented as a Pirate: “Legolas”

Best funny Pirate Game: Curse of Monkey Island
Best Swash Buckling Game from Russia: Pirates of the Caribbean

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Lobster Rough Acme Ufo Defence

I made it to meeting this week.
Very fun group.
The meeting this week reminded me of how fun the world of Donald Duck comics is. DD is popular in Europe where original 10 page stories are still fresh duck.
After the meeting my son and I stuck around to talk to Curtis about the greatness that is xcom ufo defense.
During the meeting John Lustig and Jeff Hamill walked through the creative writing process, after the meeting Curtis inpired my son Z to come up with over 20 great storylines for an acme-com webcomic. I am amazed at his creativity. Love the man-cub.
Today's post honors a worthy adversary, the Lobster Man. Acme-com marines take position, and don't let one of these blaster holding armored beasties get the drop on you.

Side note:
Here is what I loved on the web today - Girl Genius, Dreamland Chronicles, DaFont, Cartoonists NW, finding obscure reference images on photobucket and Google Sky.

Monday, August 20, 2007

I don't want to beat a dead fish but...

I have been thinking about my gorilla man post.

It seems to me that the landslide majority of Evolution adherents (not convinced about the fish-to-ape story) are not well served by the fire-eating-fish-to-ape evolutionists who run the show.

I think that ape-to-man requires less of a leap than the fish to ape. Right out of the gate the lobed-fish comes off as counter-intuitive. For the Evolution-Years that the lobes-legs are too weak to walk they will make the fish a poor swimmer. This defeats the survival of the fit fish.

If the majority of the Evolution supporters were well served by the leaders of the best science two things would happen:
1. The counter-natural-selection nature of the lobed fish would be acknowledged.
2. There would be a stated plan - "what we are doing about it" to address the doubts.

Ape-to-man people:
Did I capture in the picture above the reason that so many can buy the Ape-to-Man, but the Fish-to-Ape only appeals to the few?

Sunday, August 12, 2007


I really love an old marines vs aliens game called x-com ufo defense. I will never understand why there are not more turn based games like this.
Has all the info you need - it is best to start out with ufo defense first - so you can edit your marines when the difficulty level goes through the roof. I find 2 to 4 super human marines to compensate for the amazingly tough aliens that show up 6 months into the first year. After you are the ufo-defense master then you might head over to STEAM where they have the ocean-based slightly updated version that works with my Win XP laptop.

It is my understanding that x-com ufo defense had difficulty securing the rights to the xcom name for their game for a while. I think that acme-ufo defense would have been great. Especially if more humor was injected into the already addicting game play. I also think that defense can be spelled defence in a game title.

If there is overwhelming demand I may put up some sketches from a series of ideas that would inject humor into my proposed update on this 1990s game.

Let me know if you have fun playing this game as a result of this blog.

Saturday, July 28, 2007


I watched "Darwin’s Deadly Legacy" on DVD last night.

I agree that the insult –and-run debate is unpleasant.

But I was reminded of how interesting the actual Creation/ Evolution debate truly is.
And I was struck by how obvious the connection is.
In the book “Mein Kampf” the translator used the English word “development” for the German word “evolution”, which is unfortunate.
“Noble Evolution” as Adolf H. considered it should have been used – “natural selection” is still prominent though.

“The support which I receive from Germany is my chief ground for hoping that our views will ultimately prevail” – Life and Letters of Charles Darwin Vol 2 p 270

Although the video hit on several on my top 10 “that is interesting”
… it missed these…

Ota Benga -
Poly Strate tree fossils
Job 40-41 dinosaurs vs man cagefight
Billions of dead things, buried in rock layers, laid down by water, all over the earth
“dem Bible dinosaurs at deh Creation Museum”
Josef Stalin tried to create an invincible army of ape-men
Eugenics - New York World's Fair, 1939-1940 (Why no Eugenics after WW2?)
DNA only loses information in mutation – no information added

And the number one point of interest:
40% believe evolution - of that 40%, the majority (60% plus) do not believe the part about fish to apes

So my question of the day – what evidence would help you make the “leap of faith” that fish became apes?

Sunday, July 15, 2007

pretty happy

I have a long way to go - but I have colored my line art more badly on other occasions.

Saturday, July 7, 2007

Ryan with Baby

Initial Rough for changing a diaper that will fill once again in moments

Friday, June 22, 2007


This may be the best "Dad with baby story" of all time. The dad diapers the cat, sets the baby on the porch and is never asked to get up at night for the baby again.

Saturday, June 2, 2007

First Post and Hello

I have high hopes of regular updates, some participation in "Animation Friday's" and my local favorite group of good looking, talented, Seattle cartoonists -

More exciting still: deep thoughts, tutorial ideas and proto-graphic novel bits.
May include Biblical scaled epics, political salmon, Video Game walkthroughs from a secret UFO defence bunker, 17th century pyrates, and dangerous animals.

Being that this is a first post I will be putting up a sketch and this note.

If this does not work as expected the post will be deleted like a bad piece of code.

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Settin Sail, Leaving Port