Learning new moves from experienced strippers

I’ve been thinking a lot about the differences between comic strips and comic books lately.

Even though I’ve essentially been writing & drawing a comic strip for years now, I’ve always thought of myself as a comic book creator. And, while I haven’t yet collected the “Watusi” strips like I’ve planned, my end goal with these stories has always been for book-length (or at least issue-length) collections. Which only makes sense, given how much more my storytelling sensibilities and influences have always come from the pacing of comic books than from gag-a-day comic strips. Still, I’ve found myself paying a lot more attention to comic strips than to books lately. Partly this is because there aren’t that many ongoing monthlies that appeal to me right now, partly because my own collection is largely inaccessible in my current studio space, and partly because the (how to say this kindly?) “vintage” graphic novel collection at the Memphis Public Library includes a lot more “Alley Oop” than Saga. And they only have one “Alley Oop” book…

But I’m enjoying what I’m discovering– not just in classic adventure strips that lean naturally toward my comic interests– but also in gag strips, both those being published today and what I’m rediscovering in older strips. Continue reading “Learning new moves from experienced strippers”

Two scoops of fun!

I’m pleased to announce that I’ve finished an actual print comic book, too! Double Dip is a book that Tom Cherry and I have been planning for a long time, and things finally aligned to get it completed. It’s got a 7-page (a hilarious 7-page) “Those Funky Idiots” story, and a 6-page Watusi comic featuring Professor Harvey and Mitchell. I’m really happy with how it turned out – ask for it at your comic shop of choice, or contact Tom or me to get your hands on your own copy!

Double Dip #1 is a 16-page black & white digest w/ full-color covers. 

[Feb 2020 UPDATE: You can now order a copy by mail via my Square store for $3.00 postpaid in the US.]
[January 2023 UPDATE: this post originally appeared as a footer to that week’s Watusi episode.]