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Weeeeak!

Okay, so this update’s a little lacking (#19).  Sorry.  I know how I’d want this scene to look in a movie, but I just couldn’t pull it off in drawing.  Whatever… the next one I have planned is ridiculously intricate and, well… fun.  It’s going to be a long one to get done though, so I can’t promise a swift update.. sorry, again!

MJ


News update:

Okay, so #20 is up, and I hope you enjoy it.  Or at least, tolerate it.  Just so you know, classes start for me tomorrow, so this page marks the end of the (soon-to-seem extravagant) 2-updates-a-week summer season.  I can no longer guarantee more than one page per weekend.  Updates will be on either Saturday, or Sunday, depending on which day has less going on.

On a side note, I’ve discovered that wrapping my drawing hand in a piece of ripped t-shirt (while working on my tablet) significantly reduces the coefficients of static AND kinetic friction between my hand and the drawing surface, thus making my lines a little tidier, and the drawing process a little quicker (take THAT ex-Physics Prof).  Additionally, it keeps the screen from getting all smudged up.

MJ


Okay… So one update per week is kind of depressing me.

As the title of this post suggests, this whole business of posting one measly comic per week makes me sad.  I’m going to try REALLY hard to get more than one per week from now on. Anyway, #21 is now up, and although it is wanting in artistic awesomeness, it is worth the frustration simply because it has a giant beaver leaping through the air.  What fun!

MJ


Wha? Huh? I don’t get it…

First of all… IT’S TUESDAY AND I UPLOADED A COMIC!!! Could this be the beginning of some terrifying, new, webcomic-dominated world? In this artist’s opinion, almost certainly YES! And away I go!

Now that I’m done butchering a classic Simpsons quote, I’ll get on to the matter at hand.

Q: What exactly happened in scenes #21 and #22?

A: Well, to begin, I’ll clarify that the beaver was always there.  His job with the vultures was to pull the slave-wagon.  The beaver got mad, leapt in the air, and crashed into the cart, thereby launching the cages far from the battle, and freeing the captive chickens.

Q: But why did the beaver get mad?

A: Beavers like working hard.  It’s what they live for.  Our poor (and frightened) little guy just lost his employer (A.K.A. Vulture who deals out pure, unmitigated, super-saturated bliss), so of course he’s going to be angry.

Q: This is confusing.  Why do you enjoy hurting peoples’ brains?

A: Look, the birds had to get out of the cage somehow; this just seemed like the best way.

Well, I hope that clears things up a bit.  Hopefully I can get another comic up before the weekend.  I’ve worked out a fantastic new system that seems to work wonderfully for me!  No matter what, though, you’ll be getting another new one either Saturday or Sunday.

MJ


Avast, ye landlubbers!! Yarrr!!

It be Talk Like a Pirate Day, me hearties! Ye best be a-talkin’ like a pirate, or ye’ll be walkin’ the plank!!

Right, that aside… #23 is now up. I had originally hoped to post it on Thursday, however time seemed to work against me.  Also, this comic might be the SINGLE reason for my failing Introductory Attic Greek (also, Introductory Latin). Just jokes. I’d fail them no matter what 😉 .

Oh, and you’ll still be seeing a new page on either Saturday or Sunday… probably Sunday, just so I can have a nice day-long gap between pages!

MJ


Lame Marcus is lame.

Hiya folks!  I meant to get #24 up earlier… like yesterday, but as it turned out, I actually had a social life this weekend.  Seriously, my two “work” evenings turned out to be filled with fun and (relatively) exciting events.  On that note, I would like to bring everyone’s attention to a band I’ve had the chance to see live (twice): The D’Urbervilles.  Their CD “We Are The Hunters” is prime. PRIME, I SAY!

http://www.myspace.com/thedurbervilles

Also, I would like to apologize to my ex-housemates for bailing on them this evening. I hope you guys had an awesome time at the kegger!

MJ


Hey look… an Ad Box!!!

So Project Wonderful came through for me.. I’ve now got myself a wonderful little “SkyScraper” ad space.  Hopefully somebody somewhere sees it and decides to put it to use. I’ve got it more for looks than anything though; I figured that a proper webcomic had to have some cheap ad-space somewhere.

Anyway, #25 is now available for your viewing pleasure. Unfortunately, my idea of where I want this story to go has changed drastically from last year (when I did the majority of my storyboarding), so I think this weekend you can look forward to my first entirely digital comic (no reference pages, or anything).  This might be a good thing… seeing as a tablet lets me do a lot of things that just don’t look right on paper.  However, I might (unwillingly, I assure you) start to make comics specifically for my 800X618 size limit, which would probably result in more 3 – 5 panel pages and less 7 – 9 panel ones.  I dunno.  We shall see…

That’s all for now, enjoy the rest of the week!

MJ

(edit: This weekend is Homecoming at my school, which entails much debauchery and chaos.  Nevertheless, I intend to update either Saturday or Sunday, as usual.  Wish me luck!)


6 of the evening watch and all’s well!

Well, the homecoming redonkulousness is about to begin, and there’s a real sense of freedom and excitement in the Student Ghetto.  The aroma of poorly executed barbecue drifts lazily through the heavy air, as the dull thud of some far off sub-woofer adds its rhythm to the atmosphere.  This is going to be an awesome weekend, no doubts there!

Anywho… #26 is up, and takes you to a quiet little farm in the heartland of Coop Island, where evil is afoot.  This wasn’t any quicker to get done than one of my 9-panel pages, so… I don’t know… I do like keeping my text (aka impossible scrawl) as legible as possible, so maybe for the high-text pages I’ll keep the panel count low.

MJ


Homecoming was awesome!

It was a good weekend.

#27 is up. I tried fooling around with some of GIMP’s features… y’know, the ones I was scared to experiment with before.  Honestly though, there’s no point in having a fancy-pants program if you’re not going to use any of the cool toys that it comes with.  Don’t worry, I promise I won’t overdo it.. this isn’t Pimp My Comic. You probably won’t even notice the changes, as scaling a 3300X2550 image down to 800X618 kind of negates any of the subtle intricacies.

MJ


Wait, wait, wait…. lemme explain!

So before you turn your head in disgust at the “unfinished” #28, let me first explain why it is what it is.  Bluntly put, I just wanted to draw something tonight.  I didn’t want to slave away with a sketch layer, then a line layer, followed by a colours layer, all put on top of a backgrounds layer (or two, or 6)… Spartachick might not look like much, but I do put a lot of time and effort into every page.  Today, I just wanted a break.  As a result, you see #28.. which contains a backgrounds layer, an “art” layer, and only the most crucial “small” layers (ie borders, text, bubbles, emergency “idiot” layer).  Simple, simple, simple.

This has been a pretty busy week for me so far, but (as usual) you can expect a new page on either Saturday or Sunday.

MJ