Journal Entry 14

Howdy folks! This is going to be a short blog post because I really don’t have much to say as far as “Habitat” goes. And because of not having much to say, I thought I would answer a commenter’s questions here in this post.

I was asked “why the name ‘Habitat’?” My initial idea was for a comic about all sorts of animals that you would find outdoors in a suburban setting. I still would like to add more characters into the mix but for now I want to concentrate on fleshing out Morton and Finn. I wanted the name of the comic to be short and sweet like “Peanuts” (even though Schulz hated that name) or “Pogo.” Another name I had in mind was “In the Neighborhood.” “Habitat” had a nice ring to it and it described nicely what the comic was about. No real secret meaning or anything cool like that.

To answer another question, I work full-time as a graphic designer for a small, local publication. I am responsible for ad design. Working as a graphic designer could be a cool job but it’s not where I work. I’ll just leave it at that.

One more thing and then I’ll end this. A funny, crappy thing happened to me this past Tuesday. During my lunch break I got locked out of my house while letting my dog out. So I was stuck with a dog and no keys or cell phone. I could have knocked on doors around the neighborhood to ask for a phone but my anti-social ass walked 3.3 miles (I checked) across town to my landlord’s house to be let into the house. It was a nice day and I enjoyed the weather but I got a blister on my foot and I was pretty sore the next day. Just goes to show how out of shape I am in.

OK, I’ve blabbed on long enough. Thanks for reading and I hope you keep enjoying “Habitat”! Peace.

Journal Entry #13

Howdy folks. As I’ve stated in a previous post, this past week has been pretty crazy. Working by myself is no fun. Being the only full-time person in the art department is stressful because I’m pretty much responsible for how the publication turns out. I’ll definitely be glad when my supervisor starts working full-time again. That’s enough about my job though… I don’t need to clutter up my blog posts with garbage about my stupid day job.

I do have a new Habitat comic coming up on Monday. It took me longer to create than usual. I usually like to finish the comic off all in one 2-3 hour block of time, but this time I took a break from it and went back to it later. It’s nice to have a break sometimes and come back fresh. I didn’t feel rushed like I normally do when I work on it straight through. Usually towards the end of the comic I start to get antsy and I just want to finish the thing so I sort of settle for the rush job. In the future I might be a bit more leisurely with the comic.

In other news, I might be teaching my own cartoon and comics class in the near future. My future father-in-law told me on Friday that there will be a cartooning class opening up for about 30 girl scouts at our local museum. I’m not sure of al the particulars but he made it sound as if I would teach the classes and he would help me out with them. I’m pretty excited if I’m able to teach my passion to a bunch of kids. 30 girls is quite a bit for someone who has never taught a class before though. Those little girls could eat me alive! 🙂 I’m excited but nervous. I’m already planning out in my head what the class would do. I’ll let you know more as I get more information.

Well, I don’t have much else to blab about so I’ll end it here. As always, thank you for everyone supporting me and my little comic. It’s nice to know that someone is reading them. Have a good day!

Journal Entry #12

Done in sketchbook. Made especially for today. Morton and I are sorry for taking the day off. :)

Done in sketchbook. Made especially for today. Morton and I are sorry for taking the day off. 😦

NO COMIC TODAY. I’m sorry to disappoint any one who follows my comic but because of my day job there will be no comic today.

I’m actually writing this on Wednesday, the day I normally do today’s comic. I’m flying solo at my graphic design job for the next couple of weeks and that adds a lot of extra stress and worry to my life. Tuesdays are deadline days and I worked from 6:45am to 8:30pm last night. Needless to say, I’m burnt out. True, I could have made a comic but I didn’t think it would be very good with the way I’m feeling right now. Since I plan on having these comics sent for syndication consideration, I want to work on them when I know I’ll have my full concentration.

Once again, I apologize to anyone who follows my comic and actually looks forward to reading it… so to that one person… I’m sorry. Ha-ha! I will still be making a new comic Tomorrow (Saturday) and posting it on Monday at 10:00am! Thank you for your understanding, and all your readership! See you Monday!

Journal Entry #11

Hello all! It seems that I always start these journal entries by saying I don’t have much to say and then go on babbling longer than expected. This post will be about little things that are going on with the comic that may not have much importance to you but is good for me to keep track of.

Sketchbook drawing. Possible idea for t-shirt.

Sketchbook drawing. Possible idea for t-shirt.

First of  all, I’m starting to get to the end of my sketchbook. It feels good to have a document of the past couple of months (5 months, to be exact) since starting “Habitat.” The whole sketchbook is not just “Habitat” stuff but it still feels like I’m accomplishing something by nearing the end of its pages. I used to try and make every sketchbook drawing/page “perfect” but now I’ve just been using it for drawing practice which I think sketchbooks should be used for. I’ve finally discovered that (unfortunately) not all of us can start off with sketchbooks like R. Crumb, Chris Ware or Gary Panter. It takes patience and practice to create sketchbooks that are as artfully done as these guys.  It will be awhile before I will be able to trade my sketchbooks for a country house in France a’la R.Crumb. LOL

This past week I’ve been pretty stressed at work and that will continue for the next couple of of weeks. This worry and stress has unfortunately, resulted in missed strip writing days. I started with the mindset of writing a strip every day but I have missed a few days this past week. I’m not too worried though. I don’t feel like I have fallen into the habitat of being lazy about script writing. With the additional stress at my day job I tell myself that I don’t need to stress about writing everyday. I try not to feel guilty about not writing everyday but I think it is healthy for me to just relax and not worry about ANYTHING for at least a day.

In the next couple of strips you might notice that I’ve discovered a ruler! LOL I actually use the ruler a lot in my comic but usually trace over the blue line freehand. I’ve started to ink the comic using the ruler. It’s amazing the difference a straight edge can make! LOL I’ve also started using an oval stencil for the word bubbles which make the comic look way more professional. I started off this comic wanting to create everything (beside panel borders) freehand but now I use whatever I can to help me make the comic a little sharper.

I think I mentioned this in the previous journal entry but I would like to start a “Habitat” store soon. I haven’t researched all my online sales possibilities yet but I’ve been sketching ideas for t-shirt and mug ideas. I don’t really want to jump into the sales thing too quickly. For one, I think it could cheapen what I’m doing. I don’t want it to look like I’m only working on this comic to make a buck. (Although some money would be nice.) LOL Another reason I’m not jumping into sales too quickly is I want to take the time to create something that I would actually buy. I don’t want to create crap and expect people to buy it.

OK, I think I’ve taken this far enough. Before I go I want to thank all of you again for reading “Habitat.” It feels good to create something like “Habitat” for myself but with an online audience it makes it even more rewarding. I want to let you know I appreciate every single view, follow, comment and “like.” See you Monday! Peace.

Journal Entry #10

Another sketchbook entry. I was inspired by Walt Kelly's self portrait in ink so I thought I would give it a shot. I'm satisfied with how it turned out.

Another sketchbook entry. I was inspired by Walt Kelly’s self portrait in ink so I thought I would give it a shot. I’m satisfied with how it turned out.

Hello again. In the coming weeks I’ll be making some changes to “Habitat.” I want to start working larger. I’m beginning to think that the comic can be a lot more interesting if I was given more room. I currently  have been able to fit two comics on to 11 x 17 in. Bristol board but each panel was only about 4 x 5 in. That makes for a pretty skinny panel. You will notice a change to Monday’s comic which I used on whole sheet of Bristol board for one comic. Each panel is now 6.25 x 5 inches. You’ll also notice it is very hard to read which I apologize for. I’ll be experimenting with panel size and layout in the coming weeks. I’m thinking of shrinking the comic down to 6 x 5 inches and maybe keeping the comic in two rows instead of making one long row that could make everything small on the website. For now, I want to stick with the 3-4 panel format but maybe a year from now I’ll start doing more adventurous layouts. I have always liked taking baby steps and seeing how things evolve.

I’ve also been toying with the idea of having a contest to celebrate/promote my 100th comic strip. I was thinking of giving away a piece of original art to either the 200th follower or maybe at a certain # of “likes.” I haven’t decided if i’ll even go through the trouble or not but I thought it would be a good promotional gimmick. I hope I can even make it to my 100th strip! Ha-ha!

Well, thats all for now. Thanks for reading and I hope you like the next comic. Look for more changes in the future! Peace!