Sunday, November 25, 2012

The Oeuvre

Way back in the stone age days of blogging - I'm talking spring of 2005 here - I decided to try my hand at a comic strip. It was going to be one of those slice-of-life observation strips of the kind done so well by Karen Ellis in her Planet Karen comics. (And you could spend a few hours very well reading her entire series.) Of course, since my cartooning skills are, shall we say, underdeveloped at best, I used an online program called Strip Generator from out of, I think, Slovenia. It looks like that site has turned into a thriving little community of creators, but when I stumbled upon it, it was a little no-English-spoken web backwater with fairly rudimentary cut-and-paste tools. Still, the work looked lots better than I could have done freehand, so I made some characters based on myself and my cronies and started distilling some social exchanges down to two-panel gags.

I only lasted about a half-dozen entries before something broke the spell/distracted me/discouraged me/whatever. Recently, I came across the original jpegs of the strips while looking through some old files, so, lucky followers, here's the He is a Thark Achive Edition of The League of Public Domain:

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There you have it. Perhaps it's just as well that this is all of it.


  1. I like these a great deal. And how strange that you do this post just as I was pondering doing the exact same sort of post with my own unseen strips from three years ago!

    (In my case, having to update my user profile with my current address prompted me to look through the old stuff.)

  2. Well, after that teaser, you're just going to have to post those, man!

  3. I thought you'd already seen them! Anyway, here's the complete set:

  4. Those were cool beans, man. I'll be waiting for the reappearance of Fishman in the New 52. But seriously, fun stuff.

  5. I think we were working in the same conceptual space with our respective strips, if you know what I mean.

    The New 52 version of Fishman is a crustacean, because we're not afraid of change for the sake of change! Meanwhile, Movie Fishman attends San Diego Comic Con to assure everyone he really was a huge fan of Fishman his entire life and didn't just hear of him for the first time when he got the script.

  6. Well, I suppose that Everything I Knew Was Wrong and that Nothing Will Ever Be the Same Again.