Saturday, July 31

Future Website

Today I decided to update the website that will be used for the strip. Currently it's being used with on obsolete name, so at some point down the road, I'll have to move it to its new site.  I registered the domain names (one with dashes and one without) the other day.

I realize I'll need to work out the page layout, and can anticipate making changes as I add elements to the page. All-in-all today was satisfying, as I made real progress.

I thought about some ideas for the strip. The scene will be a residence hotel, and my characters will be the residents, with occasional guests, and the ever-present hotel manager/owner, Mr. Rhooms. Some characters may be an inventor, a handy-man, and a waitress/actress ...

Thursday, July 29

Day Two

Today I realized that I can't create my comic strip, if I spend the greater part of the day watching a recorded full stage of the Tour de France, and a bunch of other interesting TV programs, no matter how educational or enjoyable they may be. So I've decided to pull out the sketch book that my girlfriend gave me, and doodle while watching TV. A perfect solution!

Since I always have my cell phone with me, I'm now using the 'Memo' application in it to jot down ideas for my strip elements and characters. I know I'll have to be careful, and make it clear that I'm not using the people I know as my characters. So I'm stating right now that I'm not, and if it seems like I am, that's only because people will be looking for themselves in my work. And if you seem to see yourself in my comic, that is not you, Jessica. Plenty of other people have a similar personality, size, and shape.

Wednesday, July 28

Hey, Let's Start A Comic Strip

I just fully retired, and decided after 35 years to get back to cartooning. When I was a kid, I drew cartoons, and doodled all over my school notes. My mom loved the cartoons I drew, but she loved most of what I did anyway, except for the things I never understood that made her really mad.

After graduating from San Francisco State University in 1975, I called the Walt Disney Studios to find out about a job, and the man on the other end of the line told me they wanted younger artists. I was 30. I looked around for local animation studios, but they didn't need anybody, so I got a temporary job working for the 'bus company'. That's the company I just fully retired from, and now that that's over, I'm ready to try cartooning again. I hope I haven't waited too long.