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This is the End

May 22, 2013

I’ve changed a lot in the last 3 years, I can’t believe the volume of work I’ve been able to produce and how many weeks I’ve been able to not skip. I’ve grown and aged mentally and physically unfortunately, I’m starting to turn as grey as my rendering, no doubt. But the time is coming that I’m starting to get very little joy out of the drawings anymore. It’s been a great series and concept to run with, but I need to move on to new work and concepts.

So I’m hanging up my hat as Comical Concept but I’m going to keep producing work as Nathan Batson. I want to move on and try some other mediums, like oil paint. Experimenting outside my fast workflow and accommodating my work schedule is hard, so rather than disappoint and miss weekly art I’m just going to end Comical so I can enjoy producing work more. It’s kind of sad and I know some of you will be disappointed, all 12 of you, but it’s been an uphill struggle for the last 3-4 months to keep producing things. The website won’t be going away anytime soon, if you come to the site and you wind up at http://nathanbatson.com/ I’ll be eventually archiving this site’s work into my site and I’ll have 301 redirects from all the correct urls to the new ones. I’m going to stop producing work as Comical Concept, but I’m not about to give up that sweet sweet google relevance.

During some of my newfound spare time I’m going to be converting artwork to the largest renderable sizes for some online printing and random merch. I’ll be posting them up on RedBubble and doing a lot of printing for myself. I’m planning on creating a big wall project with all my favorite illustrations in one big wall collage.

If you follow me on Twitter, you might want to start following @nathanbatson to see anything new I’ll produce with less constraints, time and conceptual, and stay for my web development ramblings. The facebook page will just chill and collect dust. It’s been real fun and a great experience, but I’m hanging it up on a highish note instead of pulling the classic web comic, never updating, only posting once every couple months then never being heard from again.

Peace out,

Nathan

Phone Stuff

May 15, 2013

I tend to use my phone a lot, my wife will tell you. Some days it gets a little out of control and it doesn’t leave my face, other times I’m just checking e-mail or looking up something to pass the time. The funny part is I actively try and live in the moment and not try and spend time on my phone, it just inevitably happens. It’s hard to live without our phones anymore.

Nathan

I Won't Explain

May 08, 2013

Seriously, I’m not going to explain this one. If you get this joke and know the original ytmnd.com this was derived from, you’ll know. If you don’t get it… I’m sorry.

Nathan

From Reddit

May 01, 2013

I saw a post reddit, where the chalk board writing outside a bar said “farts are just the ghosts of food we’ve eaten”. Brilliant, I thought it was perfect for me always illustrating the life and death of food characters. This fit with the 1940’s diner art like I’ve done before, and the grossness of farting contrasts well with the cheery characters and how happy the food ghosts are to have been killed and processed by the trenchcoat man’s ass.

Nathan

Daft

Apr 24, 2013

I’ve been listening to Daft Punk since I was 15. It makes me sad, but I can’t remember the name of the guy I went to camp with who introduced me to Daft punk. But I have everything to thank this guy, he had “Homework” on a mini-disk player. I don’t think I’d ever listened to any electronic music before in my life, and I’m so grateful.

Daft Punk lead to Prodigy, which lead to Crystal Method, which lead to Fatboy Slim, which lead to DJ Shadow which lead to this whole avenue of turntablism and one of the most awesome musical periods of my life. I bought “Discovery” in the virgin mega-store in time square when I was on my senior trip, I heard “Harder Better Faster Stronger” 100% on my own with no hype and it was one of the best musical listening experiences of my early years. Anyhow, I owe so much to Daft Punk and all the retro disco electro stuff they produce. I thought it would be fun to do a version of their cover for “Random Access Memories” themed like the 70’s disco groove they are summoning in this record. I’ll post the uncropped version of the rainbow robots later this week in a special separate post.

Nathan

Seals

Apr 16, 2013

If you haven’t seen the original comic where the homophobic seal came from, please visit this guy’s site, anticscomics.com. The homophobic seal became the image everybody posted on facebook/reddit/tumblr/picture messaging in response to somebody saying something stupid. It was this very popular gay retort for a while. Yesterday my friend Micah linked it to me when I told him I thought about spending $900 on a 27" monitor from apple, an appropriate response, and I sketched over it into the mafia seal to be funny and sent it back to him. I didn’t have a fresh idea for tonight’s drawing so I did a collection of non-homophobic seals doing their thing.

Nathan

Who Did It?

Apr 09, 2013

I’m going to be real with you guys, I didn’t really have a whole concept for this other than I wanted to do another tragic food story. Really, the whole inspiration was the phrase, “killed a beer”, then I started to think about a beer killed staged to look like a suicide… I have problems.

Nathan

Quake 3 All The Way Down

Apr 03, 2013

I loved playing Quake 3, I’ve been trying to brainstorm ideas on how to incorporate it into a drawing. I think the awesome railgun map Q3DM17 is the best example of how terrible I am at strategy. I’d dominate when at a disadvantage and struggle then reach the top of the scoreboard and inevitably I’d do something stupid like go for the quad then fall off and have like 15 health and decide the best decision would be to do the double jump up to the mega health… It never worked.

I loved Quake 3 even though I was decidedly bad at movement and great at aiming.

Nathan

Where is he?

Mar 27, 2013

So I was talking to my friend Matt the other day, we’re fans of the Assassin’s creed franchise because we both love to scale historic architecture and stab motherfuckers. I was ahead of him in the series and played most of the games and convinced him to not get three and and catch up by playing Ass 2 and Ass Bros. I loved the Ezio series and all the historic Italy locales. Anyhow, I had some sour feelings about the lack of architecture and the story structure in the final third of Assassin’s Creed 3… The final act sort of fell apart and felt disjointed. It seems silly to boil down a video game so much, but I swear to batman it felt like I was playing “Where is Charles Lee?” simulator the last half of the damn game.

I realize the analogy the developers were going for where Connor symbolizes the rough and untamed nature of the new world that contracts with his father’s old english pomp and circumstance and refusal to adapt, BUT COME UP WITH SOME NEW DIALOGUE AND MAKE LUST FOR FREEDOM AND REVENGE MORE SOPHISTICATED THAN CONSTANTLY SCREAMING WHERE IS CHARLES LEE!?!?

Nathan

Meat

Mar 20, 2013

Some times I draw a blank and I just like to illustrate a character. Ron Swanson was up there on my list of guys I needed to draw. He’s pretty much a caricature of himself anyway in that show now anyhow. It’s really easy to draw Offerman with just hair.

Nathan