Back in September my daughter was born early and I was caught off guard with no buffer for my comics. My good friend Matt stepped in to the rescue with a whole weeks worth of guest strips drawn on his iPad. But then I lost my ability to use Photoshop due to an “upgrade” to my computer. Well, I now have access to Photoshop again and I am now able to post Matt’s strips again. Enjoy! Matt is the guy responsible for the stuff you see here including the podcasts Pipe Up and Tartanvision. Be sure to follow him on Twitter @fantasmagorio You can go to http://ohnocomics.com/2011/09/12/guest-strip-by-matt-taylor-5/ to read the guest strips from the beginning.
It’s a new year, I have goals, I am eager to draw again and I have a new copy of Photoshop to get my comics back online again! BUT, I need a plan, a plan to get things done. Normally I would come home from work and draw a comic at my drawing board after dinner. But that will prove difficult for me these days. As you may already know, I have a new baby at home and well, baby’s eat up a lot of time (and milk, man that little girl eats a lot of milk). Now, for me that’s not a bad thing. I love my daughter. I love spending plenty of quality time bonding with her. BUT (there’s that BUT again) she now occupies my cartooning time. Ruh Roh Raggy, how is Whiskey Falls (yes I am keeping the name, more on that later) and OH-NO going to get drawn? Well, I just can’t do it at home, that’s all. That big drawing board is gonna have to sit unused for a few years.
I have a giant clipboard (big enough to fit three of my 4×13 comic strips on it. I have a brand new messenger bag that can easily fit paper, pens, ink, rulers and paper in. I also get one hour for lunch and my office is close to both Valley Forge Park (for nicer weather) and the King of Prussia Mall (nice and quiet food court now that the Holiday Madness is over for another year). I could easily grab a picnic or food court table and get my comics, written, penciled and inked. All without subtracting from my quality time with my sweet little daughter.
As I mentioned, I need a plan. Otherwise I will spend my lunch breaks goofing off, watching trains and Netflix movies and hunting nearby Geocaches. I have lived with ADD as long as I can remember, and I know if I don’t have a written plan to tell me exactly what I need to do, the “shinny object” will win and the comics will lose. So here it is starting next Monday.
MONDAY: Layout and letter AT LEAST three strips.
TUESDAY: Pencil strips.
FRIDAY: Free day. Use this day to catch up if fallen behind.
SCANNING: Work out a day with my wife that I can scan, color and post to the web after work (with promise of diaper duty to make up for the loss of quality time)
So that’s the grand plan. I wrote it down and shared it with the world. Hopefully doing that will allow me to keep my comic alive in twenty twelve.