I’m getting worse at remembering this anniversary every year. Of course, if you’ve been following me the past couple of months I should have a very easy excuse instead of just a reason. Still, October 25th keeps passing without a celebration of my laughable (for the wrong reasons) comic strip.
I’d like to think I get a little better each year, but judge for yourselves. All the comics should fit the “official” orientation and none of them will have been done in Manga Studio since I only started using it for Jake & Leon the past two strips. It’s taking some getting used to but there are some good parts to it. There are no new characters for Jake and Leon to play with, and I don’t recall any special events in the strip, so this should be based on the topic and gag. Let’s see what I consider my highlights
over a year later. (Yes, this will be very image-heavy.)
It’s sad that so many of my Superman strips are commentary about how DC and Nolan are messing with my favorite DC superhero and cast. I still want to learn how to draw the “S”, though.
OK, there’s one event. Having a character from one comic guest-starring in another. This was a follow-up to this Captain PSA strip, and after I came up with that, I came up with this gag.
This was after they started pushing any evidence of Stephanie Brown from DC productions, including altering some kid’s Halloween costume in the pages of Batman: Li’l Gotham, putting her in good company with the other three heroes. Although I had to go back to this once it was announced that Step was returning to the New 52. I have a feeling that won’t go well.
Last Christmas people were still getting over Hurricane Sandy. This year we have a typhoon in the Philippines. Mother Nature can ruin a lot of Christmases–and the rest of your life.
Oh, I had to come back to the 2012 fiasco.
I’m not saying The Big Bang Theory isn’t funny. I’m saying they’re not helping.
Seriously, has anyone else done this gag yet? It shouldn’t just be me!
I swear issue #2 of Captain Yuletide will be up this year! And yes, there’s a different elf chosen every Christmas. That’s the next one.
Some day I’m doing a video review on that version. That’s a ship to be worried about. Nowadays we have ways of dealing with tripods.
Seriously, there wasn’t a good enough food supply to handle all those giant monsters. And nobody’s explained how living Zords work. And the concept will be back for Wild Force.
Hey, if you can’t have fun with your own art failings, what’s the point of being a mediocre cartoonist?
Some technology you hope stays impossible.
I think this is when I decided making fun of the New 52 would be a recurring gag. If Sugar and Spike were “New 52ed” you can bet this is what would happen to them. That or being blown up.
The page numbers were for the archive. I had to do a two-page tribute for Superman’s 75th anniversary (which DC wouldn’t celebrate until the movie came out…which is still better than Batman got for his 50th when HIS live-action movie came out). Change happened a lot to the Man of Tomorrow, but I’d rather celebrate the GOOD changes. Or the tolerable ones, Mr. Luthor.
Not only is this a Power Ranger Parody I actually like (I got to fit in a tattoo joke AND have some fun with Kelsey) but there’s a personal Easter Egg in it. “Leroy” was the name I was originally going to give Leon. For some reason, when I went to write the article about messing with the art style that led to this comic I ended up writing “Leon” instead of “Leroy”. In hindsight it works better, especially when it came time to create the logo, but at the time I had no intention of making a comic strip with these two. I think Leon changed more than Jake has. At any rate, at some point I decided to give Jake a brother named Leroy. Maybe someday he’ll make an appearance?
This one dates all the way back to #18. If you’ve ever seen the add for Rhinoshield house protector…stuff you’ve heard them use the expression “look too Mickey Mouse”, which bugs me because a lot of Mickey Mouse cartoons look pretty darn good. I wouldn’t mind a house looking that good. The term has been around for a very long time and it’s just so stupid.
I dragged this gag into the next two strips. It was a too good, and I could have gone longer. I actually went to a website to learn how to draw Finn and Jake and as the strips went on I improved. Part of my wants to do a recurring bit with this, but I think the joke’s played out. As for Max, that was a reference to strip #89. Because I can do that.
I had planned dialog for this, but while I was drawing it I figured it wasn’t necessary. Also, I got to draw Castle Greyskull as the toy looked. Superman had appeared on Eternia twice (once in his team-up book, the other in a preview for the Masters Of The Universe miniseries) and they were friends. Not expecting that from the new crossover, but I haven’t read it and really don’t plan to.
Still trying to come up with the Wild Force parody.
First time drawing Wonder Woman and you can see I’m still thinking fashion, choosing her classic outfit while Batman and Superman are the New 52 (parody version) outfits.
First time I physically appeared in 168 strips. And of course I’m riding Falcor. If you could draw yourself riding Falcor you’d totally do it! And if you can why haven’t you!
Still using the game gag with Spider-Man so long as Marvel treats him that way. Also, first time I’ve drawn the Hulk..I think ever.
This is why the wrong people are making superhero stories.
And that takes us through all my favorite comics between Oct. 25 of 2011 and 2012. Thanks for putting up with the strip, and I’ll try to get better. Honest.