Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Great Dismal Swamp, Page 2

 


Happy almost birthday to my brother!

I think I will try to comic our adventures, as it is helpful to remember all the small moments as well as the big ones. We had a short weekend away, but plenty of happy memories from it. 

Text:
Panel 1: VA Beach Boardwalk
L: Let's never get to the socks-and-sandals stage of not caring
M: Agreed.

Panel 2: 
M: Duck Donuts on the Boardwalk
L: An upgraded Pastries in the Park Sunday.

Panel 3:
M: I see a lot of red and orange ahead.
L: I only see some red cars, no orange.
M: On the map - it's slow ahead.

Panel 4: Flower Flamingos in the Botanic Garden

Panel 5:
M: Actual archaeologists unearthing Jamestown!
L: Cool!

Panel 6: Cactus Jack's - always a delicious meal.

Panel 7:
M: Look at all the history around us!
L: So many Pokestops!

Sunday, September 27, 2020

Great Dismal Swamp, Page 1


Over the Labor Day holiday, we took a trip down to VA to see the Great Dismal Swamp. I heard about this park on a blog I follow and it was a nice trip. There were a lot of bugs in the swamp but that's expected in a swamp. We did not spend the whole weekend in the swamp - we went over to Jamestown and VA Beach and a garden as well. We drove by the creepy church twice because Google Maps tried to take us through someone's yard to get to the swamp. 

Text:
Great Dismal Swamp, September 4-6, 2020

Panel 1:
M: Let's start this weekend right - with a proper Friday evening!
L: Board Game Arena with the Hong Kong relatives!

Panel 2: 
L: New First Baptist Church, why do you have an angel in a field surrounded by cherubs??
M: Creepy

Panel 3: That is a Very Large Bug attacking our car

Panel 4: Lake Drummond
M: This is the blackest lake I have ever seen.
L: The waves look like iced tea.

Panel 5: Black Bear Trail, so many mosquitos

Panel 6: 
M: Where is my mask?!?
L Check your face, my love.

Thursday, September 24, 2020

Uneven Vs Odd

 

Happy Birthday to my Grandpa!

As for this comic, maybe I should have added ties to my figures so you could tell more clearly this is a job interview. Yes, the interviewer is putting the resume in the trashcan. He does not understand non-linear thinking. DOT is Department of Transportation; sometimes abbreviations are regional like MVA vs DMV but I don't think DOT is one of those. Around here it's the Motor Vehicle Administration because Delaware/Maryland/Virginia is DMV (but the MVA has DMV in their urls so....). 

Text:
Interviewee: Instead of "Uneven Lanes", why not just say "Odd Lanes"? 
Interviewer: Yeah, I don't think you're a good fit for this DOT position. 

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Garden State


 I thought this up on one of our many trips between MD and CT. We try to avoid Jersey, but it's hard sometimes. We also try to avoid the George Washington Bridge but every mapping software is in cahoots with them and steer all traffic through the GWB. It's annoying. One of our drives through NJ, I believe we were on the Garden State Parkway and we had the windows down and that was a mistake. So many power plants. So much stench. 

Text:
A: Why is NJ called the "Garden State" but smells so nasty?!
B: Because it has all the plants.

Sunday, September 20, 2020

Modern Horror Story


 I forget what spawned this comic, but I originally thought I'd come up with a series on it. Still working on the series. I don't recall my cell phone ever ringing - it has been on vibrate its whole life. I'm not overly fond of computers making any alert noises - I have my alarm set to a playlist I made on Spotify and everything else is just vibrate or silent. I vaguely remember my old phone saying "Hello Moto" unexpectedly and I did not like that. 

If this turns into a series, it would be called MHS and would be way better than AHS which if you don't know what that is, you are NOT missing anything. I wish I didn't know what it is but sadly Netflix had it in the opening spot for a while and I never wanted to see it. I'm not a fan of the horror genre. 

Text:
Title: Modern Horror Story
A: This one time, I heard ... my phone ... RING!!!
B: WHAAAAT?!?
A: I don't know how the ringer turned on!
A: I didn't even know what my ringtone WAS!

Thursday, September 17, 2020

Captain America 3


I wrote this one a while ago (clearly as this movie came out four years ago) but I thought I'd post it today because it's the best day of the year and Captain America is my favorite superhero. Why is this the best day of the year? Well, you are just missing out if you don't know. Actually I am missing out if you don't know because that means you probably didn't send me a card or present or wish me anything on social media. Oh well. Drawing the iconic shield was a bit difficult but I was able to use some basic shapes to make it - free-handing was just not working out. 
As a comic explanation, one of Captain America's catchphrases is "Avengers, Assemble" because he's usually leading the fight and that's how he gets his group together. In Captain America 3, stuff happens and decisions are made and due to the decisions that mainly Captain America and Iron Man make, the Avengers team splits apart and it's kind of a low point in their team spirit. 


Text:
Title: Captain America 3: Civil War Summary
CA: Avengers, Disassemble.

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Toad Stools


 I thought this up when we were looking for stools for our new kitchen - we have a center island which has an overhang on one side that works perfectly for a breakfast nook. We did not find any toad stools but we did get some nice cherry ones from Wayfair that match our kitchen cabinets. We looked at Ikea but the one we wanted was out of stock (actually they had one but we wanted at least two and if you want them to match, you gotta buy them together).
And yes, I know what a toadstool is. Well actually I thought I did - I thought it was a red mushroom with white dots BUT it turns out all mushrooms are technically toadstools. And they got their name because mushrooms seem like a great place for a toad to take a seat. The more you know...


Text:
E: Hello, Chair Emporium, we have the seats.
P: Do you have any frog-shaped, backless -
E: FOR THE LAST TIME we do NOT sell toadstools!

Sunday, September 13, 2020

Hobnob


I thought this up when a coworker was describing some parents at his kid's school but I forget the specifics. I'm not sure if this is the image he was going for, but it's what I got out of it. But I think both a monocle and top hat are needed to truly hobnob. Apparently hobnob just means to associate with or to drink sociably, but in my mind it means a fancy sort of that. 


Text: 
A: Why are you wearing a monocle?
B: I'm off to hobnob. 

Thursday, September 10, 2020

Flash Mob


I was watching CW's The Flash when it was airing (it wrapped up the last season early and who knows when the next season will drop) and thought up this one. The Flash is a super-speedster, meaning his superpower is that he can move fast, and he wears a red suit with a lightning bolt on the chest. A flash mob, per Wikipedia, is "a group of people who assemble suddenly in a public place, perform for a brief time, then quickly disperse, often for the purposes of entertainment, satire, and artistic expression."

Text: 
A: Why are you late?
B: The streets are packed with people dressed in red with yellow bolts on their shirts!
A: Ah, a Flash mob. 

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

The Game's A Foot

 


Happy Birthday to my Mom!

So, I had to look up Sherlock's hat because I couldn't remember where the bills were. I don't recall what sparked this one - I watched BBC's Sherlock way back when it came out with those short little seasons, but I am familiar with his phrases due to pop culture referencing them. Also, The Great Mouse Detective was an excellent take on the stories. 

The key is that Sherlock likes to say "The game's afoot" when he puts together the important clues and runs off to apprehend the villain. I played on that to make a game about feet, so the game is a foot. 

Text:
JW: This game is lame - it's all about hooves and paws and -
SH: *heart*
Game name: "It Behooves You"
Comic title: The Game's A Foot

Sunday, September 6, 2020

Slow Computer Safety

 


So at my last job, one of the reason I left was due to major lag on the network. It was frustrating. I drew several comics about it. I'm glad I don't have that anymore. But currently, when I start up too many servers locally, my computer slows to a crawl. But thankfully we have VMs to play with so we can get everything running non-locally which is quite helpful when you're doing something resource-intensive. 

Thursday, September 3, 2020

Tetris Blue

 

Shades of blue today :) Tetris is derived from the word 'tetra' which means four, and each of the Tetris blocks is made of four squares. And a square has four sides. So many fours!

Hoping we are all moved and unpacked in our house so I can do my usual blog night and schedule more posts for next week - hope you have enjoyed a week of Tetris!

No text, just blue Tetris blocks progressing.

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Tetris Reds and Blacks

Welcome to September! My favorite month. Double Tetris today :)  

No text, just two Tetris examples, one in warm colors and one in monochromatic. 

Sunday, August 30, 2020

Tetris Awana Colors

 
I have posted this in the past with pencil shading but this time I did bright colors to show the progress of the image. I am a bit busy currently (at scheduling) so this week is just going to be variations on this. 

No text, just progressing tetris blocks.

Thursday, August 27, 2020

Local Children

 

Ending on a local note :) There are towns named Laurel, Glen Burnie, and Arbutus in Maryland. Only two of those are normal names (and the one is usually spelled Glenn). "Arbutus" is pronounced "Are-byoot-us" not "Are-butt-us" but I usually pick the latter because... it's immature. The lady's hairstyle is called a beehive and for some reason the wiki article doesn't mention Baltimore - it is prominently connected with that Maryland city. See HonFest. And the "O" is orange and cursive because the Orioles do that (local baseball team). And in Baltimorese, you call people "hon." 

Text:
B: Are those your kids over there?
C: Yep, that's Laurel, Glen B., and little Arbutus.
B: O my, I didn't realize you're a local, hon.