Habitat #7: Very Possessive

Habitat 07Think of this comic whenever you touch something outside. It’s weird to think of just how much of the outdoors has been used as a toilet.

You may have noticed a little change in the look of the blog. I thought it was time for change in theme. Also, after this post, I  will be changing my posting schedule to EVERY FRIDAY at 10:00 am CST. Sorry for any confusion. Thanks for stopping.

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Habitat #6: Finn!

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As promised, the cat’s new name. As I mentioned in the previous post, the name comes from our new kitten we adopted last Friday. I had just finished reading “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,” which kind of inspired the name as well.

I’m not totally satisfied with the look of the comic yet. I still don’t think the draftsmanship is good enough for a syndicate to pick up. I think I might want to tweak the design of Finn just tad bit. I think the characters blend in to the backgrounds too much and shouldn’t be flat looking. I’m not saying the art is horrible either. I wouldn’t put anything on this site that I’m ashamed of. I just want to let anyone that plans on following this comic that it is still in flux.

Thank you for reading, y’all come back now, ya hear?!

PS Sorry for any lateness… I was having trouble with WordPress reading my tags when published on a schedule.

Habitat #5: A Hatred of Ants

Habitat 05It’s Saturday once again so it’s time for another “Habitat” strip! It is pretty obvious that Morton is not a big fan of ants. Maybe it’s something from his past that has always haunted him. I would not suggest committing genocide on ants or any other living creature for that matter. This strip is somewhat inspired by my fiancé’s hatred of ants.

I’ve been thinking of a name for that cat character and I think I finally have on picked one out but you’ll have to wait till the next comic to find out his name. It’s actually the name of our new kitten which we just adopted yesterday. Hopefully naming a character after a pet isn’t a kiss of death for the comic. It worked for Garfield though.

Thanks for reading!

Habitat Comic #4

The inspiration for this came while walking Iggy.

The inspiration for this came while walking Iggy.

Hello again everyone. It’s time for another comic strip. I’m going to try my best and work my buns off to get a new comic out every Saturday. So keep stop by every Saturday to see whats going on.

I figure that if I’m going to submit my comics to a syndicate by my next birthday, I’ll have to do more than one strip a month. Putting them out weekly should be enough to give me choice of which are going to be sent off. I’m sure not every one of these things is going to be gold so it would be nice to only send the best. To make this hobby into a career is my goal.

This past week wasn’t as productive as I would have liked. I stayed up too late most nights and didn’t wake early enough to practice drawing before work. I’m a fairly proficient at drawing but I struggle with it sometimes and I would like it to come a bit easier. Anything I can do to make this comic better I’m going to do even if it means getting to bed earlier and waking up early.

I still would like to create a podcast even though I’m unsure how good it would be. I actually bought a cheap microphone for my MacBook but it wouldn’t work so I had to take it back. I did find a free app for the iphone that records audio and is pretty easy to get on to my computer so I’ll probably just use that. As for content of the podcast, I probably will just talk about what I usually would write about: How the strip is going, ideas for future strips, my process, random dumb ideas… you know, boring stuff like that.

OK, That’s it for now. Thanks for stopping.

Habitat Comic #03

Created on last Wednesday. I think this is probably the most humorous one yet. I hope you agree.

Created last Wednesday. I think this is probably the most humorous one yet. I hope you agree.

It is the first of the month so here is a new comic strip for you all to enjoy. I thought I would talk a little more about this comic/blog in this post and explain what I hope to achieve with this project. I started this comic strip, web comic, or whatever you want to call it, as a challenge to myself. I wanted to create a humorous, well crafted, comic that was 100% traditionally created (besides scanning into the computer and getting rid of the blue lines.)  I want a strip that can stand beside the greats like “Pogo”, “Peanuts”, and “Calvin and Hobbes.” I am still a long way away from achieving a Walt Kelly or Charles Schulz greatness but at least that’s my goal.

Since starting the comic i’ve been trying to find inspiration everywhere. I’ve started reading  a manga series called “Bakuman.” It is about two high school kids who set out to achieve their goal of creating  a successful manga series. I don’t normally read manga but this one caught my interest. I love the idea of creating a goal for yourself and doing anything  to achieve it, even if it means disciplining yourself to do it. Since reading this series I’ve decided that the ultimate goal of “Habitat” is for it to be either syndicated or professionally published. I’m not content with just a web presence. I love my blog visitors but there is a real sense of achievement being professionally published.

I’m just at the beginning stages of this comic and I know I have a LONG way to go before I can even send something to a syndicate or publisher but I’m taking the steps to build a good firm fan base. Just having this unpaid WordPress blog is the first step. 🙂 Then once I see that I’m getting more visitors I’ll buy a domain name and have an actual hosted site. As a way to keep people more interested in myself and the comic I’ve been contemplating doing a podcast which could be on the horizon so watch for that.

I’ve come up with a new schedule for myself. The only two days I have to myself to work creatively is Wednesdays and Saturdays. I have designated Wednesdays as my pen and paper work day, where I don’t worry about computer stuff at all. On Saturdays is when I do my blogging and promotional web stuff. So look for new updates every Saturday! Thanks for visiting!