Record Comics #8: The Spaniels: Great Googley Moo

The eighth of my series of OUBAPO comics with the following constraints: I must draw the entire comic within the space of time I spend listening to one record. (Sides A & B) I must draw each individual panel within the space of a single song. I must draw with a cheap black pen. No pencil or erasing. The record has to be one that I haven't listened to "in a while." I can't use the lyrical content of the record in the text of my comic. I must use the half sheets left over from printing shipping labels. The Spaniels: Great Googley Moo Page 1: This is the first of these comics where I'm kinda happy with the final story. It turned on me a couple times while writing, but I liked where it went.

Record Comics #7: The Bobbyteens: Fast Livin' & Rock 'n Roll

The seventh of my series of OUBAPO comics with the following constraints: I must draw the entire comic within the space of time I spend listening to one record. (Sides A & B) I must draw each individual panel within the space of a single song. I must draw with a cheap black pen. No pencil or erasing. The record has to be one that I haven't listened to "in a while." I can't use the lyrical content of the record in the text of my comic. I must use the half sheets left over from printing shipping labels. The Bobbyteens: Fast Livin' & Rock 'n Roll Page 1: I took off waaaay too much time between record comic #6 and #7. My self loathing over my lack of activity really came through. Stupid stor

Shop Talk: 20 Months of Website Sales

Remember last week when I tried to blame my lazy writing habits on a feeling that my blog posts were sometimes answering questions that no one was asking? Well, sometimes I start asking myself questions and have to plow through the numbers to get the answers I want… and shit… I might as well post them since I did all that work. This week I’m trying to decide what to do with this mail order website next year and I’m churning over all the questions that brings to mind. I launched this website about two years ago, and the plan was to create a mail order site that featured not only my Nix Comics stuff, but works created by my peers and a curated selection of the types of comics and records tha

Shop Talk: Five Years of Gross Sales at Events

I'm not planning on doing a Cartoon Crossroads Columbus (CXC) wrap-up blog post. I guess I haven't really done much writing about that sort of thing in recent years, mostly because I felt like I was spending a lot of time answering questions that no one was really asking. That said... I had no less than three CXC show runners (Staff and board members) ask me about my sales on the Sunday of the show. I won't say they had a desperate look about them when they did, but it was clear to me that it had probably been an up and down year for my fellow exhibitors. (For the record, I did pretty well by own terms) Subsequently, I read Alex Hoffman's Sequential State essay about CXC in which he t

Record Comics #6: Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Trio: Fly Right...

The sixth of my series of OUBAPO comics with the following constraints: I must draw the entire comic within the space of time I spend listening to one record. (Sides A & B) I must draw each individual panel within the space of a single song. I must draw with a cheap black pen. No pencil or erasing. The record has to be one that I haven't listened to "in a while." I can't use the lyrical content of the record in the text of my comic. I must use the half sheets left over from printing shipping labels. Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Trio: Fly Right... Page 1: This page is pretty much a true story. Some dude was definitely feeling me out to see if I was sympathetic to his rant about "PC Bullshit" in

Record Comics #5: The Galaxy Trio: Saucers Over Vegas

The fifth of my series of OUBAPO comics with the following constraints: I must draw the entire comic within the space of time I spend listening to one record. (Sides A & B) I must draw each individual panel within the space of a single song. I must draw with a cheap black pen. No pencil or erasing. The record has to be one that I haven't listened to "in a while." I can't use the lyrical content of the record in the text of my comic. I must use the half sheets left over from printing shipping labels. The Galaxy Trio: Saucers Over Vegas Page 1: Chose a 10" EP today because I feel a little pressed for time. Not sure why I added the belligerent nod to Madness on panel 1. Think I nailed a qui

Record Comic #4: the Rip Offs Got a Record

The fourth of what will be my series of OUBAPO comics with the following constraints: I must draw the entire comic within the space of time I spend listening to one record. (Sides A & B) I must draw each individual panel within the space of a single song. I must draw with a cheap black pen. No pencil or erasing. The record has to be one that I haven't listened to "in a while." I can't use the lyrical content of the record in the text of my comic. I must use the half sheets left over from printing shipping labels. The Rip Offs: Got A Record LP Page 1: I wish I could quickly and easily draw things like someone snipping a wire... I think that kind of thing is actually among the hardest to do

Record Comic #3: Raw Deal

The third of what will be my series of OUBAPO comics with the following constraints: I must draw the entire comic within the space of time I spend listening to one record. (Sides A & B) I must draw each individual panel within the space of a single song. I must draw with a cheap black pen. No pencil or erasing. The record has to be one that I haven't listened to "in a while." I can't use the lyrical content of the record in the text of my comic. I must use the half sheets left over from printing shipping labels. Raw Deal LP: Page 1: I'm not sure why I decided to do a Batman comic today. Not normally a fan-fic kind of guy. the end result was a little aimless to begin with and completely wen

Record Comic #2: The Waldos Rent Party

The second of what will be my series of OUBAPO comics with the following constraints: I must draw the entire comic within the space of time I spend listening to one record. (Sides A & B) I must draw each individual panel within the space of a single song. I must draw with a cheap black pen. No pencil or erasing. The record has to be one that I haven't listened to "in a while." I can't use the lyrical content of the record in the text of my comic. I must use the half sheets left over from printing shipping labels. The Waldos: Rent Party LP: Page 1: I don't why I wanted to do a "Mod Mindflayer" heading to the record store. but I do know that I probably need to ,make choices for this series t

OUBAPO Record Comic #1: Chelsea: No Escape

This morning I found myself getting ready to throw away a bunch of half sheets of paper left-over after mailing out the latest round of Nix Comic subscription books. (I couldn't figure out how to batch them on stamps.com so that the shipping labels were two up on a page.) That seemed wasteful, so I decided that I should use these half pages to make a series of short OUBAPO comics, which are essentially, comics made with a set of constraints to the process. The idea the artist must engage creatively to work through and with the constraints. The constraints I decided on for this project are: I must draw the entire comic within the space of time I spend listening to one record. (Sides A & B

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