March 14, 2008

Octopus Pie Video

If you're not already checking out Octopus Pie by Meredith Gran you're missing out.

I love watching this kind of stuff and find it really inspiring. I'd also be lying if I didn't admit that underneath that inspiration there's a bit of jealousy seeping through. But not too much that I can't really enjoy this. Also an excellent choice of music (Battles - Atlas)which really peaks around the 4:30 mark where the cuts between the hatching of the beard and the music sync so well that I want to leave work early so I can go home and draw! Too awesome!

[Link]

Posted by hypnobee at 2:54 PM

December 3, 2007

Mordant Orange 2008 - Wall Calendar

I put together a calendar of some of my favourite comics over the past year over at Zazzle.com. I usually just make a few for myself and some close friends but Zazzle is running a pretty great promotion this week. 20% off. So I figured I'd pass along the link because at $15.96 (the new discounted price) I think it's now a pretty decent deal.


create & buy custom products at Zazzle

Posted by hypnobee at 6:43 PM

November 26, 2007

November Is Ship In A Bottle Month

Apparently November is Ship in A Bottle Month.

Here's F Minus' Strip from last Sunday.

Welcome to the party!

Ziggy and I are having a blast!

Posted by hypnobee at 10:06 PM | Comments (5)

November 19, 2007

Damn You Ziggy!!

I haven't read Ziggy in a long time but maybe I should. Or maybe I should stop making comics. I'm so confused.

Here's Ziggy from Sunday November 18th, 2007

and here's my comic from Tuesday November 14th, 2007.

Crazy.

I'm sure this Ziggy much like every other print comic was drawn up over a month ago but it's still ridiculously bizarre.

Am I Ziggy? What does this mean? I have a lot to think about.

This has sort of thing happened previously with F Minus a while back which you can see here. The similarities of that one were a little sketchy at best but this one exactly the same.

Thanks for the heads up Zue.

Posted by hypnobee at 8:19 AM | Comments (3)

September 10, 2007

F Minus Blog

I'm becoming a bigger fan of Tony Carrillo's comic F Minus. He keeps a blog which is updated regularly, Spread the F Word where he gives you a behind the scenes glimpse of what sparked the idea for a comic and other F Minus related things.

My particular favourite though is when he responds to some of the hate mail he receives. And like anyone who's particularly funny, everything is fair game and nothing is sacred. So that means all kinds of people get offended. Most of the time as Tony elaborates, people are projecting on the comic and seeing things that aren't there or that they wished were there or just out right miss the joke. Here's the latest comic to come under fire.



I get.... Old people are like pets....Funny

not like this guy who totally loses it.

Now knowing that this comic upsets someone makes it even funnier to me. And what I love most is that along with a great response pointing out that their hate is misdirected he always follows it up with an older comic from the archives that further crosses the line that the person is upset about.

Keep up the good work Tony!

Do yourself a favour and get the just recently released first collection of F Minus.


[Link]

Posted by hypnobee at 9:25 PM

August 17, 2007

Beaver and Steve 300

Beaver and Steve turn 300 today and the rarely seen (at least in webcomics) clip-show-card is played. Bravo Mr. Turner, Bravo.

[Link]

Posted by hypnobee at 8:21 AM

July 20, 2007

The Trial of Colonel Sweeto and Other Stories


The Perry Bible Fellowship
by Nicholas Gurewitch is one of my favourite comics and he has a book The Perry Bible Fellowship: The Trial of Colonel Sweeto and Other Stories coming out. It's available for pre-order from Amazon. It's not out till October 15th but I'd thought I'd post it anyway. It's being put out by Dark Horse who I'm sure at some point will put up some previews.

[Link]

Posted by hypnobee at 9:12 AM

June 29, 2007

Stephen Colbert's Alpha Squad 7: Lady Nocturne: A Tek Jansen Adventure

Stephen Colbert's Alpha Squad 7: Lady Nocturne: A Tek Jansen Adventure is hitting the shelves July 11th as a 5 part comic series by Oni Press. Each issue will contain 2 separate stories. The first by John Layman and Tom Peyer with art by Scott Chantler. And a second self contained story by Jim Massey and art by Robbi Rodriguez.

There's an interview with the writer Jim Massey and a full 7 page story Horn Like Me.

Colbert also has a hardcover coming out in October - I Am America (And So Can You!) which is available for pre-order from Amazon which I'm sure is fantastic as I can tell by the cover it's already the recipient of the much coveted Dr. Stephen T Colbert Award for The Literary Excellence.

[Link]

Posted by hypnobee at 1:05 PM

June 25, 2007

Dilbert Submission

Scott Adams has posted his submission package for Dilbert that he sent out in 1988. Along with the rejection letters that followed. Excellent stuff!

Glad someone came to there senses and gave Mr. Adams a shot!

Scott Adams also recently posted his routine for creating Dilbert. He draws his strip on a Wacom Cintiq 21UX. Oh man what I wouldn't give for one of those! I draw using a Wacom Graphire 4x5. Which is the equivalant of drawing on the back of a pack of cigarettes.

[Link via Mike Lynch]

Posted by hypnobee at 12:20 PM

May 18, 2007

Dinosaur Comics


Dinosaur Comics has been running guest strips all week and they've been fantastic. I'm a huge fan of guest strips, they're like a peak into an alternate universe where your favourite comic is written and drawn by someone else. Thursday's comic by Aaron Diaz of Dresden Codak hit a nerve. I couldn't agree more!

Also I saw a few people coming from Blog Top 40. Where apparently I'm coming in at #8 on the web comics list, WOW can you believe it. I can't, I'm sure it's only a matter of time before this obvious error is corrected and I fall back into obscurity. For now...I'll enjoy it.

[Link]

Posted by hypnobee at 9:53 AM | Comments (1)

April 30, 2007

Coincidence

Today's F-Minus (April 30th)....strangely familiar.

My original idea when I came up with this comic was a rival locksmith unlocking a locksmith's truck but I decided to change it to a locksmith locking his keys in the truck and losing the admiration of the new guy at the last minute.

True Story!

[Link]

Posted by hypnobee at 9:14 PM | Comments (1)

April 9, 2007

Flight 4 Preview

Newsarama posted an interview with Kazu Kibuishi (Copper) the editor of the Flight anthologies a couple weeks ago with a promise of a preview of Flight 4. They finally put the preview gallery up last week. At least they made the wait worthwhile with a 57 page of preview of the 432 page installment due July 10th.

[Link]

Posted by hypnobee at 12:35 PM

February 7, 2007

Cow & Buffalo - Adventures In Sandwich Making

Mike Maihack has released his first Cow & Buffalo Book. A 74 page black and white book that covers the story entire time traveling arc from September 2005 to August 2006. It looks pretty sweet, you can't beat the price either. $10 for US orders or $12 for international, shipping included.

If that's not enough of a deal there's a new epilogue, an alternative ending and giant guest gallery.

GO BUY IT!

Posted by hypnobee at 2:50 PM

January 26, 2007

Captain Excelsior

You have to check out Captain Excelsior if you're not already doing so. Chris Jones of Grumps and Zach Weiner of SMBC have joined forces to bring you Captain Excelsior. There's only a handful of comics up so far but if you check out the Cast page it gives a great peak at what you can expect in the future. Updated weekly on Wednesdays.

[Link]


Posted by hypnobee at 6:00 AM

January 10, 2007

Top 57 Webcomics

Stephen Schleicher at Major Spoilers runs down his Top 57 Webcomics. So many comics I haven't checked out yet. I'm going to have to scale back the work at the office so I can get caught up.

[Link via You'll Have That]

Posted by hypnobee at 10:43 PM

January 5, 2007

F Minus

I can't remember where I picked up the link (I remember now Comics Reporter) to this interview but I'm now all over Tony Carrillo's F-Minus. It's a single panel comic distributed by United Features Syndicate at Comics.com

It had some great absurd humour you usually don't find in a newpaper. It's now become part of my daily reading habit.

[Link via Comics Reporter]

Posted by hypnobee at 8:40 AM

January 2, 2007

Pearls Before Swine Interview

Here's a great interview with Stephen Pastis creator of Pearls Before Swine.

[Link via Mike Lynch]

Posted by hypnobee at 8:28 PM | Comments (3)

November 20, 2006

Third Place Never Tasted So Good.

On Friday I received my 3rd place prize in the Savage Chicken's Halloween Caption Contest.

If you're feeling slightly jealous fear not you can get your own mug here*.

Thanks again to Doug!

*Mug may not fill the empty space inside of you that the jealousy has carved out but will still allow transportation of fluids over short distances effectively.

Posted by hypnobee at 9:19 AM

October 31, 2006

3rd Place

Savage Chicken had announced the winners of it's second annual Halloween Caption Contest today and look who finished 3rd!

First prize - Allen:
[leave speech bubble blank]
caption: Marcel Poulet de Pantomime, history's greatest chicken mime, rises from the grave for one final performance!

Second prize - Chris Garrison:
Beware the "other side"!

Third prize - hypnobee:
Colonel Sanders is freaking out down here, he keeps repeating "No Trans Fats, that's half of the 11 herbs and spices gone!"

Wooo! That's right me! For finishing 3rd I get a mug from the Savage Chicken Store.

This mug is going right up on the old trophy shelf, move over participant ribbon you're no longer top dog.

Possible mug selection either - Endurance or Adventure

[Link]

Posted by hypnobee at 12:00 PM | Comments (1)

September 25, 2006

Ohh Marmaduke

I've mentioned it before, I don't get Marmaduke. Thankfully Joe Mathlete is now taking the time each day to explain the complex multilayered workings of sublty that is Marmaduke.

Marmaduke has been eating expired foodstuffs out of the refrigerator, which gives his breath an unpleasant odor. Owner-Man is more disgusted by Marmaduke's bad breath than he is by his dog eating out of the refrigerator. I don't know what the dandelions are for.

[Link via Boing Boing]

Posted by hypnobee at 10:14 PM | Comments (2)

July 6, 2006

This Guy Lives On My Street

This made me laugh out loud so I thought I'd put it up. If you're not checking out Savage Chickens you're missing out.

[Link]

Posted by hypnobee at 8:47 AM | Comments (1)

June 19, 2006

Beaver and Steve Guest Strips

Beaver and Steve (possibly the best web comic out there) is having a two week run of guest strips updating everyday.

[Link]

Posted by hypnobee at 8:55 AM

May 15, 2006

Now This Is What The Internet Was Made For

[Link via Drawn!]

Posted by hypnobee at 3:35 PM

April 7, 2006

Cartoonist Burnout

A great article on cartoonist burning out. By posting this I am not comparing myself to them or trying to draw any pity. I just found it a really interesting article.

I only do 2 comics a week which take between 2 to 3 hours a piece. I work six days a week and on average work 45-50 hours with another 10 hours of commuting on top of that. I tried doing a comic everyday and that lasted for about a month and a half. If I didn't work Saturday's and abandoned the little TV I watch I could probably keep up the output of a comic a day.

Luckily I haven't suffered any burnout yet. This week I was late posting but I still managed to post on the day I said I was going to. I have a stack of ideas ready to go at the corner of my desk. Sometimes I find it hard to unwind from my day job and be in the right frame of mind to start drawing (that's why I was a little late posting yesterday).

Wiley Miller of Non Sequitur has some great points:

"Heavy lifting is easy, picking up a pencil and paper and being creative is another matter entirely. Don't believe me? Try it.... Then, after you're finished, imagine having to do 364 more of them this year."
"Our deadlines aren't so much immediate as incessant. You know, the sort of thing that makes postal workers come to work with an Uzi one day."

[Link via The Comics Reporter]

Posted by hypnobee at 3:32 PM | Comments (2)

March 20, 2006

Super-Hero TM

Can you believe this?

Marvel Comics is continuing in its bid to steal the word "super-hero" from the public domain and put it in a lock-box to which it will control the key. Marvel and DC comics jointly filed a trademark on the word "super-hero." They use this mark to legally harass indie comic companies that make competing comic books

[Link]

Posted by hypnobee at 7:31 AM

March 3, 2006

This Tops Poppi

I think I could sit and laugh and this picture all day. Actually that was what most of my afternoon consisted of yesterday when I stumbled across Dan Krall's sketch blog.


Last Night I went to the Indian Restaurant by my hotel in Portland. I saw the chef licking his arm in the kitchen, when he looked around to see if anybody caught him our eyes locked. It was magical

Dan's got a bunch of other great sketches up be sure to check it out.

[Link via Cartoon Brew]

Posted by hypnobee at 9:06 AM | Comments (1)

February 20, 2006

Hardly Worth Mentioning


It hardly seems worth mentioning but The Chronicles of A Mordant Orange and A Coconut Named George (Or TCOAMOAACNG for short) the strip that started this all is a year old today. It had a short run lasting only 5 weeks (33 strips in total). I cringe now looking back on it. These strips were some of the first things I'd drawn in 4 years. As you can see I was pretty rusty (not that I was ever that good but I've done better.) Abandoned mostly due the insane pace I was trying to do them (5 comics a week) and a poor setup which was preventing me for producing the quality of product I was happy with I shelved the project. Rather than cutting back the number of strips I decided to try something completely different.

I moved on to what is now called Mordant Singles in attempt to create one off single panel comics which I could potentially sell to magazines. There are now 52 Mordant Single comics since July and I've yet to sell a single one. The is largely due to the fact that I haven't mailed out a single one!! (procrastination or fear of rejection? - a little from column A and a little from column B I guess).

Will TCOAMOAACNG return? Probably at some point but I still need to upgrade my drawing tablet and get my hands on a drafting table before I give it another shot.

Take a trip down memory lane.

[Link]

Posted by hypnobee at 11:31 PM

February 17, 2006

Beaver and Steve Book

The Unfeasible Adventures of Beaver and Steve is probably my favourite online comic. Updated Mondays and Fridays, Beaver and Steve as you might guess from it's excellent title, is about a Beaver and a dinosaur; Steve who together have totally unfeasible adventures. I don’t know what else to say other than you should check it out.

James Turner has compiled 112 strips of Beaver and Steve bliss into a 100 page great looking book (a beaver riding a unicorn and a dinosaur riding a giant squid cover, how could you not want to own it!). Coloured versions of early adventures and 3 new comics for only £ 8 ($16.00) it seems like a great deal to me. Support James and do yourself a favour and pick up a copy of this book.

[Link]

Posted by hypnobee at 10:55 AM | Comments (2)

February 10, 2006

Butternut Squash Returns

Back in September I stumbled across another great webcomic and like most things in life that I find and like they are promptly taken away from me. Only one comic (it's a weekly comic) was posted since I put up a post about it here. Translation, anytime I find something I like and tell people about it, it proves to be the kiss of death. After months of nothing except for the odd post to let you know they were still alive and that new comics and plans were in the works the first BNS comic since October 3 was posted with promises of new comics to follow every Thursday.

Also the long awaited Butternut Squash #1 comic book is scheduled to hit the comic book shelves February 15th. Be sure to pick one up. They're also having a release party for it.

THE BNS COMIC BOOK RELEASE PARTY!! 8PM @ INSOMNIA, 563 BLOOR ST. W (@ bloor & bathurst) TORONTO, ON FEBRUARY SUNDAY the 12th

[LINK]

Posted by hypnobee at 10:30 AM

February 8, 2006

Cow & Buffalo

I usually don't go searching the internet for other peoples comics, I'm content to sit at stare at my own (sorry but all the nice comments I've received lately have let my ego grow widely out of control) but I love when the few sites I visit regularly post a new comic that I haven't checked out before.

Cow and Buffalo is a weekly single page black and white strip/comic done by Mike Maihack. It involves as you might guess a cow and a buffalo. They're two best buds* who have crazy adventures together. I blazed through the archive of strips from the last year and a half in about and an hour. I can't wait for the next one.

[Link via Drawn]

* If you're asking yourself, "Best buds? Isn't a cow the female of the bovine species?" Well congratulations you're smarter than me! It never entered mind why a "male cow" had an udder and produced milk (I guess I was too busy enjoying the strip..so shoot me) but if it did pop into your hear you'll find all the answers to that question right here!

Posted by hypnobee at 6:00 AM

January 30, 2006

Happy Anniversary Savage Chickens

Savage Chickens turns one year old today. It's been part of my daily surfing habit for the last seven months. Nice work Doug (I don't know him but he did draw a birthday cartoon on my actual birthday so I like to pretend that we're friends) and keep up the great work.

[Link]

Posted by hypnobee at 11:38 AM | Comments (2)

January 4, 2006

Complete Peanuts 1950 - 1952

I'll admit I was really never much of a Peanuts fan growing up. Sure I'd seen all the tv specials but I don't think I ever even really read the strip. I preferred the more off the wall humor of Gary Larson (The Far Side).

In recent years since I've been getting into comic strips more and more. First it started as trying to find a substitute to fill the void left by The Far Side. Then it was trying to soak up as many comics as possible for reference in an attempt to create my own.

The more I got into comics the more Charles Schulz kept coming up and everyone was referring to him as the master.

Luckily for me The Complete Peanuts is being released in chronological order in hard cover volumes that span 2 years each. I picked up the first volume during boxing day (Sweet 30% off...had to resist buying more).


The First Peanuts Strip

I'm about 6 months into this first book and it's fantastic. I've barely scratched the surface but the first strip was the one that got me hooked.

Posted by hypnobee at 9:45 AM

December 9, 2005

Sick on Sin

One of my favourite webcomics, Ornery Boy has finally activated that long dormant tab MERCH on his website and now has merchandise available. Sick on Sin which is run by the real life Dirty Girl (Jennifer Krebsz) opened for business on December 5th, just in time to fill all your Ornery Boy Christmas needs.

There's a ton of stuff available, Lalonde's style was destined to be on a t-shirt. If Ornery Boy is a little to dark for you there's a lot of other stuff which falls into the "CUTE" realm.

Be sure to check out some of the fine merchandise available.

[LINK]

Posted by hypnobee at 9:52 AM | Comments (1)

December 5, 2005

Best Webcomics of 2005 (Web Comics Examiner)

The end of the year is fast approaching and the year's best and top 10 lists are starting to surface, as someone who can't be bothered going much further than the handful of sites I visit it's always nice to be exposed to things other people think are great and you've never heard of.

The Web Comics Examiner has put together The Best Web Comics of 2005. The list ranges from comic strips to full length stories told in comic form. Some how Mordant Orange was left off the list...hmmm..oh well maybe next year

I recommend The Perry Bible Fellowship and Copper as a good place to start.

[link]

Posted by hypnobee at 1:06 PM

October 28, 2005

Donato so close

Toronto Sun cartoonist Andy Donato was 1 number away from his cut of 54 million on Wednesday's drawing of the 6/49. He had 42 instead of 43.

So instead of 54 million he gets $1800 for his trouble. It’s nice to see that it hasn’t totally destroyed him as it would to many people I know.

I just started to laugh. I couldn't believe it. I thought, 'How can I be so close to so much money and miss it?,'" Donato said. "It may hit me later and I'll start to cry over it but there's nothing I can do."

[LINK]

Posted by hypnobee at 10:20 AM

October 5, 2005

Comic Commitment - New Comic Every Wednesday

I'm going to commit myself to a schedule, I'll be bringing you a new comic every Wednesday come rain, snow or reality tv program.

You might also notice that this week's comic is in colour and 35% bigger and still doesn't cost you a damn thing, now that's what I call added value. Every comic might not be in colour but the new size is going to become a standard.

I hope to add more comics as often as I can but for now you can count on one comic a week and for it to be up on Wednesdays!

Enjoy.

The Management

Posted by hypnobee at 12:55 PM | Comments (4)

September 29, 2005

Savage Dragon is Pissed

An open letter from Erik Larson (Creator of Savage Dragon) tearing into everyone in comics telling them to get off the coat tails of past creations and make something new. An interesting letter which could easily applied (and refernces) the glut of remake movies / television series.

That's your legacy?

If you died tomorrow, you'd be fine with that?

That's pathetic.

What have you done, which is really yours? What characters will you leave behind? What can you point to as being something near and dear to your heart? What work are you most proud of?




[LINK]

Posted by hypnobee at 10:58 AM

September 27, 2005

MMmmm...Butternut Squash

I gave up on the hope of Undergrads ever coming back to TV about 2 years ago. This 13 episode series ran on teletoon almost and still does nightly. Butternut squash is the closest thing that fills the gap left by Undergrads. It has the same sort of feel to it, complete with Star Wars references. I’d say it leans a little more towards adult humor but presented in a PG manner but if you liked undergrads you’ll like this as well.

Butternut squash is jumping from the web on to paper, with a 40 page comic book coming out (or maybe out, check your local comic shop). Sure it’s mainly comprised of the strips that are already available on the web but could it mean another 40 page comic in another month…who knows.

Check it out.
[LINK]

Posted by hypnobee at 1:00 PM

August 19, 2005

Toothpaste for Dinner

Strengthening my case that you don't need to have great drawings skills to make great comics. Now if only I was funnier. Check out toothpaste for dinner, a new comic everyday.

www.toothpastefordinner.com

Posted by hypnobee at 12:58 PM

July 27, 2005

Heaviest Comic Book Ever

I just started reading Jeff Smith's BONE - One Volume Edition. It's 1332 pages and weighs in at close to 5 pounds. This is the complete run of BONE in one book.

This is the first comic book I've bought in close to 10 years. When I was into comics, I was into them big time collectiong All Batman titles (5), X-Men (2), Spawn, Ghost Rider, The Maxx and various other Image comics. I was spending a ridiculous amount of money and one day I just walked away from it. I'm not going to fall back into the comic books again, I'm only going to pick up the odd trade paperback that interests me.

I saw BONE when I was collecting comics back then and it had always looked really interesting. The problem was the place I bought my comics from would only get it in sporatically so I never bothered to pick it up.

Here's a brief introduction found on the back cover:


After being run out of Boneville, the three Bone cousins, Fone Bone, Phoney Bone and Smiley Bone are serarated and lost in a vast uncharted desert. One by one, they find their way into a deep forested valley filled with wonderful and terrifying creatures. It will the logest but funniest - year of their lives.

BONE has won 9 Harvey Awards, 9 Eisner Awards and was named Best Comic Book by the Nation Cartoonists Society as well as other awards from all over the world.

I'm a 150 pages in and finished 'book' one of nine. The three bone cousins have just met up and things are really starting to get interesting. The drawings are fantastic and plot seems to be developing nicely. I recommend picking it up if your wrists can handle it.

Posted by hypnobee at 6:00 AM | Comments (2)

July 14, 2005

Andertoons.com

It might seem like an easy way out of a post but I figured I owed it to my links section to give each entry a shout out. I think I'll try to profile a link each week and adding more to my links as I go.

Professional cartoonist Mark Anderson of Andertoons.com has got a really slick site going on. With new daily cartoons which you can even link to your page via some java magic and hundreds of archived single panel cartoons, it's worth checking it out for that alone. Just recently he's had a great technological breakthrough. He's figured out a way so he can ditch the ever distraction watermark from his work and now can cleanly display his toons without fear of someone ripping him off.

Then there's the blog side of his site where he's recently cut back his weekly entries from 5 to 3. There's something to be said about someone who says something and actually follows through with it. The worst thing I find about some people's blogs is that they're updated sporadically. Score more points for Mr. Andertoons! Three posts a week on cartoons, comics, animation, movies or the odd jazz post.

So he didn't know who the Gorillaz were, nobody's perfect. Still worth checking out Andertoons.com

Posted by hypnobee at 6:00 AM

July 7, 2005

Ornery Boy

Ornery Boy

A weekly Comic strip by Michael Lalonde. It's so crisp and fresh. It always makes me hungry for brains. There's been a weekly strip since July, 22, 2002 so you've got some catching up to do.

Posted by hypnobee at 6:00 AM

June 30, 2005

Savage Chickens

Doug Savage serves up two chickens on a post-it note everyday. Head over to savagechickens.com and check out his simple but funny comics.

Posted by hypnobee at 6:00 AM