The Week Off.

The title of today's blog doesn't refer to an upcoming break for Garth or myself, nor does it mean there's going to be a week-long delay in comic page updates.  "The Week Off" refers to this week, where my four-year-old son is off from preschool.  It's a scheduled vacation, and it's one I dread every year. I love spending time with my son.  I truly do.  But as he's getting older he's acquiring things like impatience and a vocabulary that lets him be demanding.  And as he gets older we be...

Full Page Art Scares the Hell Out of Me.

This current crop of pages for THE HEAVY METAL SHOWDOWN has included, as you may have noticed, full-page art.  I felt that once the fight between Star Power and Karudak the Hammer escalated, the scale of the visuals needed to escalate along with it.  So I made the choice to have the real meat of their brawl be in full-page action sequences.  I knew it was the right choice, but it scared the hell out of me. In the hands of a skilled artist, full page art in comics makes for beautiful pages....

My Four Year Old is Popular.

As the title of today's blog states, my four-year-old son is popular.  I was never one of the popular kids in school, so I have no idea how to handle this. Now I get that being popular is different when you're four as opposed to when you're a teenager, but this kid isn't just popular with his classmates.  His teachers and babysitters adore him.  They're excited to see him and remember little things I say about his daily life.  I have no idea how to handle this. A couple of recent examp...

My First Exotic Ship In No Man's Sky!

As you can tell from the title, this blog entry is about No Man's Sky again.  If you have no interest in my love of this game, or how I've come to bond with my four-year-old son over it, you should stop reading now. Still with me?  Then let me tell you how I found my first Exotic spaceship yesterday. There are four quality ratings for spaceships in No Man's Sky: C, B, A, and S in ascending order.  S-class ships are the top of the line.  Best stats, most storage space,...

Me versus Forums.

I have never had a good relationship with online forums, and that's why there will (likely) never be a Star Power forum or message board here. When I was getting started as a webcomicker back in 2002, it was assumed a forum was a necessary part of having a webcomic.  This was years before social media as we know it today, and you needed to hear back from your readers.  Feedback is essential to keeping your readership happy!  So, like everyone else, I installed a message board onto my first...

It's Been A Slow, Sick Week.

My four-year-old son has been fighting a fever all week.  It hit him on Monday afternoon and has been coming and going since then.  It kept him out of preschool on Tuesday.  I was going to see how he would fare on Wednesday, as it's normally a half-day, but there was a district-wide school opening delay thanks to snowfall, so the preschool day was canceled.  He was fine most of yesterday, acting his normal energetic self with no fever, until the evening when the fever came back with a vengea...

Guess I'm Not Working Today.

I'm lucky that I get to work as a writer full-time.  I'm lucky that I get to work from home, so I can play with my son when I'm not working and spend as much time with him as possible.  I'm lucky that... wait, my boy's sick again?  Well, there goes working on anything today. Today's illness isn't anything serious.  He was running a fever near the end of preschool yesterday, and the school's policy regarding sick kids is that they need to be fever-free, without the aid of medicine, for 24 ...

Yet Another Collection of Thoughts.

I've got a few things on my mind as I sit down to write today's blog, but none of them are lengthy enough to make for a full entry.  So I'm going to do what I normally do in situations like this and make a blog entry of those smaller thoughts.  I want to get them off my chest, so I may as well do it all at once in a "collection of thoughts" blog entry.  I hope you enjoy. - U.S. politics has me angrier than I've ever been.  I hate him so much (you know who I'm talking about) that I can't s...

Color Blind.

One of the reasons I draw in black-and-white is that my brain does not draw in color.  It's not the only reason.  I love black-and-white art, whether it's in comics or illustrations or photography.  There's just something about black-and-white that speaks to me, and I'm the most comfortable expressing myself in that (lack of a) color scheme.  But I've also dabbled in color art, and my brain just doesn't wrap around it. It's not that I can't see color.  I see it just fine.  I'm moved by ...

No Man's Sky Astrophotography.

I recently took a break from playing Hitman 2.  I was playing it a lot, and if you're a regular reader of my twice-weekly blog entries you already know how I feel about that game.  But variety is the spice of life, so they say, and I needed to step away from the meticulous planning and puzzle solving of Hitman 2.  So I stepped out of Agent 47's signature suit (or whatever disguise he happened to be wearing) and stepped back into my spacesuit for a return to No Man's Sky. Within moments, I ...