Friday, January 27, 2012
Monday, January 23, 2012
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Anyway, if you have a copy of The Retriever from the early 90's you might see it. I think the original was much funnier. My current editor (my better half) is disgusted by both versions but thinks the original was too "crass". She's probably right...the original version of "The Chisholm Trail" should probably stay in the archives.
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
My wife's friend DJ'd the event. Hanging out with him and hearing some of the old artists like Rob Base, reminded of going out to clubs. I've never had any dance moves, pick-up lines, or any kind of "game" for that matter. I was fortunate enough to have a few friends who were/are DJs. I'd spend the evening drinking, getting in their way, making stupid commentary and generally frightening off all the hot chicks. The booth was a great place to people watch and think. A lot of great comic ideas came out of nights spent in the clubs.
This one in particular was directly influenced from a night of drinking. Like all of my comics, it's probably a lot funnier if you're drunk but the notion of advertising anti-drug messages on urinal cakes still amuses me. No way in hell somebody came up with this idea in an unaltered state of mind.
Friday, January 13, 2012
Thursday, January 12, 2012
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Monday, January 9, 2012
Friday, January 6, 2012
It wasn't until this year that I got the bug to start drawing again. I begin by posting the first panel from my 2005 attempt at syndication. In those days I drew everything by hand and the entire submission was in black and white. I'm in the process of digitally remastering the work in color and will post them all upon completion. There are about 50 comics in all. In addition, I have hundreds of files of half finished jokes and sketches that I hope to draw up when time allows. God willing, I'll even post some brand-spanking-new stuff when inspiration strikes me.
Thanks for reading!
Wednesday, January 4, 2012
In further setting up my blog it got me thinking a lot about the past. So, I thought I'd go into a little of the history of Mesy Comics for those of you who might be unfamiliar with the origins. (Pronounced just like messy comics.) Mesy Comics is my delusions of a comic book company. In reality, it’s just one guy with a vivid imagination and very little sense. Ironic since it all began with a single comic poking fun at another guy with equally big aspirations….little did I realize how that first comic would come to be a metaphor for an entire career.
It all started back in 1988 with Matt Strott, a boring social studies class, a number 2 pencil and a British ski jumper named Eddie The Eagle Edwards. An inspiration in both heart and determination, Eddie was also the spark to ignite Matt Strott’s passion for absurdist comedy. For those of you never lucky enough to watch The Eagle, you missed something special. Eddie flew through the air with all the grace, style and aerodynamics of a newborn moose. Time and time again, his quest to fly ended in a spectacular crash, always falling far short of the competition. (Out of the 57 Olympic competitors that year, he finished 56. The 57th was disqualified). But no matter how many times he crashed, he always got back up and jumped again. If the crashes were spectacular, the triumphs were amazing! You wouldn’t know to look at him, how ridiculously short he was of the competition. He was always beaming with pride. Some might say Eddie was foolish to devote his life to a sport he had very little chance to reach the pinnacle of, but a true fool would not have had the courage to jump in the first place.
It is that same foolish pride and reckless abandon upon which Mesy Comics was founded. That same spirit of absurdity which compelled a goofy British guy to take up ski jumping (without a mountain or snow), is the same spirit of absurdity which compelled Matt Strott to take up cartooning, without plan.
As in life, the spectacular crashes and the miraculous landings are unimportant. It’s the jump that counts! Mesy Comics is one cartoonist’s jump toward a dream – the dream of making comics.
Tuesday, January 3, 2012
Monday, January 2, 2012
Happy New Year everyone! At the urging of my wife and friends I'm starting a blog of my comics. This first posting is "Cards of Christmas Past". It's by no means a complete collection of the Christmas comics I've made over the years but it is most of the better ones. I began drawing Christmas cards for friends and family in 2001. 2011 was the 10th anniversary. What better way to commemorate the Christmas comic tradition than by launching the blog.