Greetings! I hope you’ve enjoyed the 8 initial pages of R&A, but now it’s time for a little somethin’ different.
Both Jonathan and I will be participating in The 30 Characters Challenge, an idea spawned from prolific webcomic creator Tyler James, where in a group of writers and artists challenge themselves to create a brand new character for every day in November, whether it’s through illustration or words. It’s a daunting yet exciting opportunity to jumpstart our brains, meet new people, and simply celebrate comics and art.
There’s still time left to sign up, but if you miss it this year please show your support by following the creators on Twitter (or #30Characters), checking for updates, commenting, and sharing with your friends.
So this is it! For now, anyhow. Jonathan and I produced the initial 8 pages of R&A as a potential pitch and primer, so we hope you’ve enjoyed the misery thus far. There’s a great (if I do say so myself) story to be told here, full of staged PETA protests, washed up conformist hippies, and embezzlement — hopefully someday you’ll get to see it in its completion!
Without further ado, Page 8 (click to enlarge):
I’ll be off to the illustrious New York Comic-Con tomorrow morning, so I thought I’d leave the weekend open with the next page of R&A, which is somewhat of a cliffhanger. I hope you can all manage to wait for page 7…
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We’re back in action with the next page of R&A, after taking a brief time out for me to deliver my ramblings on Joaquin Phoenix’s hoax. In other news, Lohan is back in rehab, Snooki has a “book” coming out (ghost writer, anyone?) and more importantly, Tony Curtis passed away (RIP).
Spread the word of Roscoe and Alice, and send these pages to your mother, grandmother, aunt, and all of their bridge partners. Click to enlarge!
Sorry folks, unfortunately this isn’t the next page of R&A, but I did want to chime in on the recent reveal of Joaquin’s Phoenix and Casey Affleck’s recent stunt on the celeb-obsessed American public.
While my hypothesis from the get-go was that they were yanking our chains, Joaquin was able to keep a public persona in which he quit acting, became a rapper, grew an epic beard, and fell into self-destructive pattern of celebrity cliches that were a reality for most people, for about 2 years. That’s a long time to pull a stunt like that, particularly when falling into the downward spiral usually sparks interest in your pathetic demise from the tabloids and piss rags that folks buy at the grocery store checkout.
I just want to give a quick shout out to Jonathan’s work in the epic WWII zombie anthology that just debuted at Baltimore Comic-Con last weekend, FUBAR. He illustrates a story called DE GUERS, written by Stephen Lindsay that is truly awesome.
I know some folks are “over” the zombie thing, but I urge you to check it out (Diamond Order Code SEP100743). There’s 13 stories for a mere $12. Nothing says value like less than $1 per story and 168 pages.
Hey, they said it, not me.
In an article posted today on CNN.com, writer Todd Leopold half assed a defense of reality television, claiming that despite claims to the contrary, not all reality TV is fixed or scripted. He even goes so far to say that while we have to endure drivel (my words, not his) like Jersey Shore, we also get programs like Deadliest Catch that are genuinely compelling TV. Technically, I would consider something like Deadliest Catch or Cake Boss more of a documentary program, but hey, I don’t write for CNN.
In a week with such interesting and important news like a deciphered pre-Biblical language, it’s remarkable to me that mainstream media outlets have such an intense focus on Mel Gibson’s ridiculous tirades and Lindsay Lohan’s trip to the slammer for being a self-centered brat. With an American public so desperate to know the ins and outs of our celebrities, real news is taking a back seat to Hollywood.
More remarkably, the major media outlets are apparently in such a huge rush to cover these Earth-shattering events that their copywriters and proofreaders have disappeared entirely, if this screen shot from CNN’s Nancy Grace blog is any indication: