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July 30th, 2004

I Opened My Brain and This Stuff Fell Out

Part One:

Aaaah! Mummy rot! My hand is going all green!

Oh, no, wait, that's where the Teal Green marker emptied itself all over my hand last night. My mistake.

Part Two:

It seems that huskyteer is less than enthusiastic about the new Thunderbirds movie.

Also, ryanohki has something of interest to all those Transformers fans on my friends list.

Part Three:

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, bearblue! Keep on rockin'!

Part Four:

There is no Part Four ... unless everybody out there wants to see my user icons dancing again...

Part Five:

-The Gneech

Snagged from lythandra

For those who have a sense of humor...

...and for those who don't.

Well, at least the bureaucrats in the U.K. are as lame as the ones here! Yaay.

"The Department of Vague Paranoia." Brilliant. :)

-The Gneech

Achievenation

Y'know, when katayamma sent me the colored version of Monday's Suburban Jungle strip earlier today, it sorta brought home to me how far my cartooning has come.

Not wanting to give away any spoilers, Monday's strip is a vague echo of the first SJ strip I ever drew, and while it's not fall-down funny, it is a pleasant and happy little gag of the kind that I always wish there was more of in my work.

In the years since I did that strip, I've turned into something of a small institution, "Gneech, Incorporated," almost ... with Story Consultant laurie_robey, Book Guy Dave, Color Guy Hikaru, mammallamadevil and Grammallamadevil building the merchandising empire, and now higginsdragon carrying the artistic load on NeverNever. Except for the fact that there's very little actual money involved, I've practically got a staff! 0.o

And these days, for the most part, the artwork is finally worthy of the subject. When I started SJ, I was keenly aware of the fact that I was no Eric Schwartz. To be honest, I felt pretty awkward doing a comic about a supermodel, because I couldn't draw her well enough to be convincing. These days, I still have my clunkers, but I am at least capable of doing what is actually very nice work, such as the Fun In the Sun print.

And this is just the first five years! I wonder where I'll be in another five years...?

-The Gneech

This Is a Good Thing? ¬.¬

So on the way home I'm flipping channels on the radio looking for something that doesn't suck [1] and on NPR I hear whassername the announcer saying in her most self-important voice, "Coverage of the Democratic National Convention is prompting political discussions among co-workers and even among families!" like this was the greatest thing in the world.

There's a reason "never talk about religion or politics" is one of the most commonly repeated social lessons among polite society. Frankly, I think the world would be a better place if we could prompt a little political SHUT UP.

Especially among co-workers and even among families.

See also Sinfest.

-The Gneech

[1] A futile exercise in the D.C. market, I know, but it's late and I wasn't thinking properly.

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