Paul – A Chaos Book

I drew a new comic last weekend. It was written drawn in 21 hours. 18 hours on October 1st and 3 hours on October 2nd 2016. 

It was drawn using prompts from my Patreon backers. I’ve done this with backers once before and we got a crazy fun comic out of it. Since they helped write it they got to see it a few days before everyone else, but I’m excited to share it here now. 

It’s been too long since I’ve gotten to post completed comics to this site. 

Thank you, so much for sticking around. 

I drew a new comic last weekend. It was written drawn in 21 hours. 18 hours on October 1st and 3 hours on October 2nd 2016. 

It was drawn using prompts from my Patreon backers. I’ve done this with backers once before and we got a crazy fun comic out of it. Since they helped write it they got to see it a few days before everyone else, but I’m excited to share it here now. 

It’s been too long since I’ve gotten to post completed comics to this site. 

Thank you, so much for sticking around. 

Thank You 

These are the backers that submitted suggestions. Their suggestions are listed below the comic.

  • Chris Higgins

  • Jamie Yakeleya

  • Dave Jordan

  • Erik Missio

  • Neil

  • Bryan

Thank you also to:

  • smattathias

  • Jesse

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Here are the suggestions they sent and the ones I tried to use.

  • invisible phone that won’t stop ringing
  • faxes from grandma
  • the sun stopped sunning
  • suntan potion

  • Bag of nickles and grapes (seen in the first panel)
  • False teeth
  • only left sock(s)
  • Goat picture

  • A Gentleman Ghost
  • math (thers’s a math book on the table in the first panel)
  • exploding soda

  • elderly rhino
  • Mexican wrestling
  • a cactus that only blooms one day a year
  • the sitcom, The Golden Girls

  • Paul the Platypus
  • A gargoyle named Luther

  • Emu WInehouse, a flightless bird with a crush on Rob Thomas (of Matchbox Twenty).
  • Check your wallet, nothing but horse money.
  • Doppelganger who works at a Blimpie in St. Louis.
  • Butter on a Pop-Tart.

Milestone Goal – Original Sketches

Hey everybody,

I haven’t talked about Patreon Milestone Goals in a while. When we reached the last one I celebrated by posting a PDF of the first comic I ever published as a teenager back in the 90s. I’ve got a new one which, I hope, is even more exciting.

If we reach $100 per paid post, every patron backing over $1 gets an original sketch.

Regardless if you’re backing at a $1 or $100, if you’re over a dollar, you get a post card with an original drawing by me on it. It might be Mary or Nel from The Chairs’ Hiatus, or a dog I see in a coffee shop, someone riding the bus with me, or Fugitoid. Everybody backing at the end of the month in which this goal is reached gets one in the mail, just to say thank you, so much, for helping me stay afloat while I make these comics.

We’re only $13 dollars away.

If you’d like one and decide to help support me you’ll also get to read the all the pages of my next comic Scissors, OH that I’ve been posting over the last few months. It’s the only place those pages exist right now.

Thanks for being here everybody.

Head over to Patreon.

Scissors, OH – Part 4 Patron Preview

I posted three new pages of my upcoming comic Scissors, OH to Patreon if you’re a backer. We’re up to 12 pages now!

This last month was the most successful month I’ve ever had on Patreon, raising over a hundred dollars.

It’s been my lifelong goal to make comics that pay for themselves and this is the most exciting progress towards that goal I’ve had yet.

If you’re not a backer you’ll be able to read all of these pages in a few months when they go online for free. If you feel like supporting an independent comic creator, I would thank you for it, and you’ll be able to read the first twelve pages of this new story right now.

Take a look at my Patreon page for more.

“Scissors, OH” Announcement

Exciting news! I’ve started a new comic series called Scissors, OH. I’m doing it in collaboration with one of my favorite cartoonists, the author of the fantastic Hereville series of books, Barry Deutsch.

The plan is for Barry and I to each draw our own stand alone stories that interconnect in interesting ways, both of which take place in our fictional town of Scissors, OH. (That title makes me laugh.)

My half is about two sisters named Erin and Megan who are adjusting to collage life together after being separated for a couple years. It’s a slice of life that’s funny in parts and sad in others and I can’t wait for you to read it.

We’re going to start posting weekly pages in a month or two, but I’ve got a head start and I’m excited to share. SO, to thank my patrons for funding this project I’ve started sharing scenes on Patreon as I finish them. The first scene went up yesterday and I’m hard at work on drawing the next diving into the next right after I post this, so if you want to read it early, or you want to support me in making these things, join the gang on Patreon. We’d love to have you!

No shame if you’re not interested in pitching in however. The comic will be free to everyone once we’ve built up a back log of pages.

Thanks you guys!

MILESTONE GOAL REACHED – Shock Waves #1

From my Patreon blog.

Well, you’ve gone and done it now.

With your help we reached our latest milestone goal so I’ve attached a PDF and a CBZ version of the first comic I ever published to this post. I also made a short video for the occasion.

This is really embarrassing, but also nostalgic and fun.

In the description of the goal I called the comic:

“An embarrassing rip off of old Image Comics like WildC.A.T.s or Youngblood. It includes such well developed characters as Razar, the moody team leader whose was a misspelling of “razor”, Glassious whose hands were made of … glass, I guess, some kind of glass that could … change shape?”

Along with comic publishing, I tried to make shot for shot recreation of Star Wars, was half of a 12 year old stage magic duo, and tried to orchestrate the most epic squirt gun fight, which got so out of hand I was sent to the principals office.

What childhood projects did you all get into?

Also, what milestone goal should we do next? Any ideas?

Proposing The Patreon Chaos Book

While I plug away on my next “feature length” comic I’ve got an exciting idea to propose in the form of a new Patreon goal. I’m calling it the Patreon Chaos Book.

The last time I did a 24 hour comic, although it nearly killed me, I had a great time, managed to make something that turned out pretty well, and people seemed to like it. I think it could have been pushed further however.

I’d like to do another another one, but this time, I want all of you to be involved.

 Photo by Guudmorning! Photo by Guudmorning!

The Idea

  1. You, my awesome Patreon backers, enter suggestions into a web page I’ll create. Suggestions such as astronaut, tractor, taxation or jungle gym. Whatever you like.
  2. On an upcoming Saturday, I’ll get up super early and crack open the submissions for the first time.
  3. I then have 24 hours to write and draw a 20 page comic using as many of those terms as I can.

What will it be about? Relationships? Aliens? Time Travel? Who knows? Not me. I won’t till I sit down and look over your suggestions the morning of. It’s chaos!

I’ve set the goal to be very attainable. If we can reach $55 in pledges,** that’s only $15 more dollars, I’ll get everything set up.

What you get.

  • Everyone – If you’re not a Patreon backer you can still watch the creation of the comic live as I make it. I’ll publish the details about the big day well in advance so you can follow the updates.
  • All Backers – All Patreon backers, regardless of pledge level, will be able to submit suggestions for what the comic will be about, and they will also receive a downloadable ebook of the finished comic with their name in the thank you section.
  • $3.99 backers and above – If you back at $3.99 or more I’ll mail you an exclusive print copy of the comic that we made together, with your name listed on the thank you page in the back. (If you live outside the US please add $5 for shipping.)

If this is something you think would be fun to do then please spread the word so we can reach the goal!

  • Take part in the creation of a really strange comic.
  • Watch me make comics live.
  • Watch my brain melt down live under the pressure.
  • Will it be the best comic ever made?
  • Oh, probably.

Come take part.

The best of my Patreon so far.

Now that I’m in the final phase of my Kickstarter it’s time to start focusing on making new things for this site, as well as sprucing up my Patreon

The first thing I’ve done is make it easier for new backers to get more value out of pitching in a buck or so to Patreon. I put together this list of some of the best stuff that’s been shared so far, so if you’re a backer it’s all easily explorable. 

Just to be clear, I want the vast majority of everything I do to be available free of charge, for everyone, forever. But I’ve been squirreling away interesting things here and there for the folks that have been helping me keep a roof over my head and they’ve begun to accumulate. I don’t want them to be a secret, so I’m sharing some here. 

Rare Comics

The two largest chunks of material that have been reserved for supporters are two new comics about Mary and Nel from The Chairs’ Hiatus

  • How We Met – a four page comic about how Mary and Nel from The Chairs’ Hiatus met.
  • Nel Calhoon – a short comic about the time Nel was in the tour van and some shit went down.

eBooks

If you’re backing at $2 or above you can download any of my ebooks free of charge. This post explains how. 

Tips and tricks

Process posts

I love seeing work in progress versions of pages. I’ve posted tons of them here, many with explanations as to my thinking behind the choices made in them. These are a few of my favorites. 

Other interesting posts.

Now that I’m in the final phase of my Kickstarter it’s time to start focusing on making new things for this site, as well as sprucing up my Patreon.

The first thing I’ve done is make it easier for new backers to get more value out of pitching in a buck or so to Patreon. I put together this list of some of the best stuff that’s been shared so far, so if you’re a backer it’s all easily explorable.

Just to be clear, I want the vast majority of everything I do to be available free of charge, for everyone, forever. But I’ve been squirreling away interesting things here and there for the folks that have been helping me keep a roof over my head and they’ve begun to accumulate. I don’t want them to be a secret, so I’m sharing some here.

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Rare Comics

The two largest chunks of material that have been reserved for supporters are two new comics about Mary and Nel from The Chairs’ Hiatus.

  • How We Met – a four page comic about how Mary and Nel from The Chairs’ Hiatus met.
  • Nel Calhoon – a short comic about the time Nel was in the tour van and some shit went down.
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eBooks

If you’re backing at $2 or above you can download any of my ebooks free of charge. This post explains how.

Tips and tricks

Process posts

I love seeing work in progress versions of pages. I’ve posted tons of them here, many with explanations as to my thinking behind the choices made in them. These are a few of my favorites.

Other interesting posts.

Writing in public.

 

As I work on the comics I get to do as part of my Kickstarter rewards, I’ve been posting parts of my process to backers of my Patreon.

Last week I recorded a short video about how I approach writing comics, and this week I just decided to do the scarryest bit of creative sharing I’ve done so far: I’ve published a link to the script of my next comic that updates live as I write it.

It includes spelling mistakes, sentence fragments that only make sense to me, and ideas I haven’t realized are terrible yet. I have no idea if it will change a lot or a little as I start to layout the actual pages of the story, but if you’d like see a script like this evolve over time this is as good as looking over my shoulder.

Why share this kind of thing?

As I work on the comics I get to do as part of my Kickstarter rewards, I’ve been posting parts of my process to backers of my Patreon.

Last week I recorded a short video about how I approach writing comics, and this week I just decided to do the scariest bit of creative sharing I’ve done so far: I’ve published a link to the script of my next comic that updates live as I write it.

It includes spelling mistakes, sentence fragments that only make sense to me, and ideas I haven’t realized are terrible yet. I have no idea if it will change a lot or a little as I start to layout the actual pages of the story, but if you’d like see a script like this evolve over time this is as good as looking over my shoulder.

Why share this kind of thing?

I’m a big believer in demystifying the creative process. Many people have the impression that folks who make things are blessed with some sort of magic quality that others simply don’t have. Hopefully, sharing the worst, most unpolished bits of my creative process can help people realize that everything starts out bad. After all:

“On the spectrum of creative work, the difference between the mediocre and the good is vast. Mediocrity is, however still on the spectrum; you can move from mediocre to good in increments. The real It’s between doing nothing in doing something.” from “Cognitive Surplus” by Clay Shirky

Of course it’s also possible that all this will serve to do is make my Patreon backers realize that I’m horrible at this and go back a cartoonist who knows what they are doing.

Anyway, I’m not putting my comics online to become famous or change the world. I’m here to make friends, and by letting go of our egos and sharing our process, we allow for the possibility of more people making more cool things and establishing a deeper ongoing connection with us and our work.

That said:

 Spoilery says Look Out! Spoilery says Look Out!

Of course, this comes with the ultimate spoiler warning. It’s possibly the worst way on earth to read a comic. Not only will you know what’s going to happen in the comic before it’s done, you get to have the added frustration of discovering that your least favorite bits make it through every script revision, and your favorite line is going to get edited out at the last second.

Sometimes it’s best not to know how the sausage is made.

BUT, if it helps you out or you find it interesting, here’s where you can become a backer and read it. It’s pretty short right now, but I’ll be adding to it and changing it over the next little while.

I’m doing it for backers only at the moment, mostly because I’m terrified of sharing it with the whole internet. But if you’re dirt poor and can’t afford the $3 send me an email and I’ll send you the link.