Having seen a few reactions to last week’s, I realise that I’ve not been clear enough, so I’ve to redrawn this one and posted it again. You can see it here. If you don’t get it now, it just means that you don’t have a filthy mind and you can congratulate yourself on not being a filthy reprobate.
Hey guys, I had the pleasure of appearing on the 119th episode of TGT Webcomics podcast this week with Kurt Sasso and Byron Wilkins of 1977. You can check it out here: http://tgtwebcomics.com/podcast/ep119-djbogtrotter/
“It’s pretty simple. Every comic starts with a random line of dialogue or some little idea for the first panel. Beyond that, we have no idea where it’s all gonna end up. Some comics take more panels than others but once they are funny, we stop drawing and post it!
On weekends, you’ll hopefully see guest posts from other webcomicers! As long as we have the submissions, we will be posting one every weekend! A little treat for everyone.”
And guess what? It’s me who’s on it this weekend. And you can see what I DUIF’d (cool acronym, it’s bound to catch on) right here.
So if you have a webcomic, get one in there and you could be the next DUIFer (see, I told you it would catch on).
One of the things I’ve enjoyed most about starting up a webcomic is getting involved in the thriving online community attached to it. Through forums and Twitter, I’ve discovered many other webcomics and gotten to ‘know’ (in a very 21st century, online kind of way) many other webcomic artists and creators. One such guy is David Shirley, known as t_iii on Twitter, and he started his webcomic Fera at around the same time I started this (early 2009). But instead of crudely drawn cartoons and cheap gags, he’s producing an epic steam-punk/fantasy webcomic. Fera follows the exploits of a rag tag group of would-be heroes as they embark on a journey that will take them across their homeworld and beyond. Set on the lost planet of Mu, which recently reappeared in the skies above a war-torn future Earth (12 millenia after its mysterious disappearance).
So, check out the archives and if you like what you see, you can tell him in person at The London Film & Comic Con where he’ll be making his very first convention appearance.
I was delighted to be one of the many webcomics that contributed a guest strip to help celebrate the 300th strip for the delightful My Cardboard Life (don’t let the cute artwork fool you, it’s a webcomic with teeth).
There are going to plenty more guest strips all week, so it’ll be worth going back for more.
For no reason other than I felt like it really, I’ve decided that Friday May 14th 2010 is going to be the inaugural “Dialogue Free Comics Day”. Too often, when writing my webcomic, I forget that this is primarily a visual artform and so to emphasise that, I’ve set myself the challenge of posting a dialogue free comic on that day and I’d like you to join me.
I’ve set up a site – http://dialoguefreecomicsday.wordpress.com/ – and will post all the comics that join in there.
If you don’t post on a Friday, then just make it whatever day is nearest, as long as it’s before Friday 14th, I will link to the webcomics that have joined in, tweet about their involvement and, on the day, advertise it on the blog beneath my comic. If you do the same, it’ll be a fun way for us to promote each other’s webcomics.
If you want to join in just email me at [email protected]. Please list your webcomic and the day that you’ll be posting your dialogue-free comic.
I know I’m not exactly prolific. It’s going to be a while before I match y2cl‘s mighty target of 1000 comics (congrats John btw), but I’ve realised that I’m spending too much time trying to maintain my schedule of one cartoon a week here and two a week for my new webcomic Milton’s Life. As a result, I’ve been rushing the drawing and writing on some cartoons (exhibits A, B and C) and I’ve posted jokes that are just funny enough, rather than ones that tickled me so much that I just had to share them with you. Also, getting the comics done has sometimes become a chore rather than a pleasure. I already have enough stress and obligations at work and home without voluntarily adding to them with a hobby that should just be fun. So, I’m going to take a little break from DJ Bogtrotter. The comic will be back on Friday May 14th (just in time for Dialogue Free Webcomics Day) and after that I will only post when I’ve finished a cartoon that I’m happy with. I’ll aim for once a fortnight, but won’t beat myself up if I fail to maintain that schedule. In the meantime, I plan to blog a little bit more with quick cartoons and sketches. Thanks to everyone who’s subscribed. I’m really chuffed with all the kinds words and comments I’ve had since starting DJ Bogtrotter. Hope the new slow schedule isn’t too annoying. I’d rather attempt to maintain a reasonably competent standard than add to the almost infinite unfunny internet webcomic mountain.
I finally got around to picking a winner for the New Emporer Competition. Well actually, I got my wife to pick a winner, since I knew some of the entrants and I didn’t want to be biased. And this is the one that tickled her most:
It’s by Brock Chisholm and he gets a print of my The Undead comic, which, by happy coincidence, is one of the prints that’s available from my new shop. If the print you want isn’t listed, just contact me directly and I can print one to order. Thanks again to everyone who took the time to enter.
Tommie Kelley of Road Crew is doing a webcomic promotion week and he’s been kind enough to promote my new webcomic Milton’s Life. Tommie’s own webcomic Road Crew used to be a strip format that was mainly humour based, but he made the brave decision to switch to a graphic novel style. I believe it has been quite tough for him (long format serious stories are a much tougher sell than quick gags), but his perseverance seems to be paying off. His slow burning story of Jim, the young angry roadie, certainly has me hooked and if you’re looking for something different from the thousands of gag-a-day strips out there, you should have a dig through his archives. And, of course, you should check out all the other fine webcomics he’s promoting.