Friday, March 30, 2012

#24 LoL Cassiopeia Pages 1-2

League of Legends is a Multiplayer Online Battle Arena-style free online game where you control a champion and attempt to take down the Nexus while defending your own. This is the opening two-page spread to a four-page comic about the champion Cassiopeia and her, uh, unique ability. The champions shown in the first panel from left to right are Garen, Anivia, Cassiopeia on one team and Teemo, Ashe, and Singed on the other.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Extra #1: Going to DC!

Vacation will not stand in the way of timely updates! I will update on time all the time!

The mini-update-every-weekday thing was a rather successful and fun experiment. I'm glad I was able to produce enough content to do it. My official update day has always been every Friday, so although there won't be as much EXTRA content going forward for a little while, the normal update schedule will continue uninterrupted. I'm already planning on throwing in some surprise non-Friday updates, so there should still be plenty to look at in the weeks to come.

Why reduce the number of comics I'm making and sharing with the world? Well... I'm not, just rearranging my priorities a bit. I'm going to be taking the extra time that I would use to make little daily updates to work on my first-ever graphic novel. I'll post it page-by-page online once I've got enough of it done. I figure that's a decent reason to reduce daily-little-sketchy-fun-thing output. If not, well, I'm open to suggestions.

Friday, March 23, 2012

#23 Blossom Driving

Blossom is a good traveler. I wonder if he'd be a good driver? Perhaps it's a good thing we'll never know. This is the last of the cat comics for now... but knowing me, there will be more in the future. Next week- video game comics.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Comic Cats #36: Rice Cat

Rice Boy is a completed graphic novel (all pages are available online) by Evan Dahm. I learned about his work through a post by Yuko Ota on Johnny Wander (which I also parodied as a cat). It's great to find another great artist and storyteller through a webcomic, and it's even better when they decide to work together to create a new type of collaborative art blog. If anybody is interested in creating a beast and doesn't have a partner, let me know, it looks fun!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Comic Cats #35 Scott McCat

Scott McCloud is one of the few comic book characters that I've drawn here that is also an actual person. He draws himself into his books on the theory and ideas behind comics and their creation. If you want to make or understand comics on a deeper level, you need to read his books, no excuses. He is also the creator of the 24 Hour Comic challenge. The Challenge has inspired many a sleepless, caffeinated creator to create a complete comic with 24 pages in 24 hours. My favorite 24 hour comic is by a French artist named Boulet, who kindly put it all online. It's called Darkness.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Comic Cats #33: McCatdro

McPedro is the cactus that starts talking with the Irish accent when Hazel drinks too much in Girls with Slingshots. It's occasionally NSFW-ish, mostly in the "we're going to talk frankly about our love lives now" and "drinking is fun!" sort of way. Still, fair warning.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Comic Cats #32: Catless

Princeless is a new all-ages comic parodying fairy tales and re-spinning them in a more female-empowering light. It's funny, it's smart, and it's one of those titles that will engage readers of any age. If you want to see what I mean, one of the best conversations of issue #1 can be found online here. I'd suggest reading that, then picking up all of the issues you can get your hands on.

Friday, March 16, 2012

#22 Reno

Reno was a bit young when he was rescued from the fields, so he would crawl up on my shoulder (usually by scaling my shirt with his claws- ow) and suck on my earlobes for comfort. He did that so much that by the end of the trip I had little scabs on each side of each ear. He was a little hellion cat, that one.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

#32 Yotsucat

Yotsuba makes a second appearance in my webcomic! I blame it on the fact that her hair's fun to draw... and green. Who can resist that? She's one of the more surreal comic cats I've done, since I decided to turn her clover hair into four cat ears.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Comic Cats #31 Medusacat

I first heard about Modest Medusa when Dan started quoting it, most notably by telling me that he had "a sword that I will stick so far up your butt that everyone will call you 'sword butt'!" It's cute, it's simple, it's silly, it's online and free, plus drawing her hair-snakes as hair-cats was fun.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Comic Cats #30: 8-Bit Cat

This is one of the places I began. 8-Bit Theater was the first online comic that I read. It's finished, so you can read it in its entirety right now, if you so choose. It was and is a great mentor-comic to me; the creator went from doing his own little thing in his corner of the internet to writing for the Big Two and co-creating my favorite ongoing series (Atomic Robo) and contributing to one of my favorite podcasts (The Nerdy Show). There's a vast improvement from #1 to #1224, showing that 1. if you keep practicing you'll get better, 2. you don't need to hide the earlier stuff and 3. you don't need to re-do the old stuff either once you get better- you've already tread that ground, so go do something that will challenge you to get even better.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Comic Cats #29: Dominicat

Dominic Deegan has been updating every weekday for 10 years now, and even had some color strips on the weekends for a while. Considering how much work it's been to update every weekday for a few months, I have to applaud Mookie's dedication. Here's hoping for another ten great years!

Friday, March 9, 2012

#21 Montana Cats

An introduction to the two kittykats that I know best from Montana. Yay two-page spread!

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Comic Cats #28: Questionable Cat

Questionable Content is a webcomic that is, ironically, not all that questionable at all. It's like slice-of-life, except it's all made up. Most of the time it's entirely relateable, the sort of thing you see happen every day, and then every now and again the characters are in space. It happens. Pintsize is the perfect combination of these two ideas: he's a sentient robot (very futuristic) who has crashed himself by eating cake batter (EXACTLY what a pet robot would do in real life, if my cats are any indication).

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Comic Cats #27: Malkatna

Malkana is a character from the most amazing comic series in the entire world, WoW Comics #1-6! I'm not biased at all, since I totally didn't write, draw, publish and distribute it... oh, wait, yes I did. I figured hey, as long as I'm making other people's comic book characters into cats, I might as well subject my own to the same treatment.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Comic Cats #26: XKCAT

This was far more fun to draw than it had any right to be. I'm always slightly confused whenever somebody says they can't make a comic because they can't draw, because, well, xkcd exists. xkcd is ALL stick figures all the time, has sold over 25,000 books of Volume 0, and used the funds to build a school in Laos. If you can make a mark on paper, you can make a comic, and maybe change the world for the better.

In other news, Comikitty has been printed, bound, and is now available for purchase in the store. Yay cat comics!

Monday, March 5, 2012

Comic Cats #25: Johnny Wandercat

Johnny Wander is a webcomic written by Ananth and drawn by Yuko Ota. I'd known of Ananth's writing from Applegeeks and Yuko's work from Fallen, so when I saw they were doing a webcomic together, I figured that whatever it was they decided to do would be automatically amazing. I was right!

Friday, March 2, 2012

#20 Playing Cats

 I wonder why we didn't fight to be the well-adjusted, healthy cat with a loving family and financial stability. I guess that just didn't have enough dramatic tension and narrative potential to it. I forget what the problem with having two or more defects/enhancements on your cat was, but I do recall that it was a capital-P-Problem. Ahhh, the mysteries of youth.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Comic Cats #24: Will You Still Love a Cat

Will You Still Love Me If I Wet The Bed is by my fellow native Bostonian Liz Prince. Even more exciting than knowing that there are comic book writers and artists getting their work published and receiving prestigious awards out there somewhere in the world is actually having met and talked to a local one. Very cool.