News from May 2011

You cussing with me?

May 04, 2011

I’ve been spending a lot of time on reedit since I got an iPad last November. I’ve been flip flopping on subreddits to subscribe to since day one, but the only consistant subreddit I’ve been subscribed to has been f7u12. There’s just something about the style of the drawing and the random embarrassing moments people I will never meet probably never had.

Fantastic Mr. Fox is one of my favorite movies. I really wanted to make an illustration about it for a long time and one of the obvious jokes is the use of the word cuss. If you pay attention the script was written with actual swear words that were just all replaced with the word cuss. For example, “what a cluster cuss” and “you cussing with me?” naturally it was a short logical leap to combine the two.

Edit: Here’s a youtube video all the cuss’n in the movie

Nathan

Summer Time

May 11, 2011

Summer time means two things, vacation and burn notice. When I think burn notice I think Bruce Campbell, the only man that make mojitos look manly. The show has been developing a more predictable formula lately, but any show approaching 5 seasons will start to have similar episodes. I couldn’t decide if I should do a Chuck Finly joke or an alcoholism joke, but I settled on the direction I went because I wanted to have that hard contrast of mint green and RPG.

Summer time means it’s time for me to take a quick trip down to the beach for my annual recharge. If any of you half dozen fans live in Folley Beach or Charleston SC, you might bump into me next week. I’ll be the tall tubby guy cycling in a Blue Moon jersey, you can’t miss me.

Nathan

Patience

May 18, 2011

I recently picked up a copy of Battlefield Bad Company 2 from steam for $7. Since I haven’t played a battlefield game in a long time, I thought it was a great deal and it would be a good chance for me to enjoy the mayhem that is battlefield. Within the first 5 minutes playing I saw a helecopter flip upside down at the spawn and was teamkilled by the pilot abandoning helecopter I was riding in without notice, just so he could parachute to a nice sniping spot. Modern technology in video games has made sniping become a little more like it’s real world counterpart, the vast render distances and addition of bullet drop require a lot of practice and patience. Gone are the days of the Counter Strike beta 360 noscope AWP headshots, in favor of the more skill based patience (at least in the learning period) of modern sniping.

I should at least point out, I was going for the contrast of actual military service versus just adding extra smell to mom’s basement. I feel like these “one of these things is not like the other” drawings are good venues for some of the ideas I have. With a two pane “comic” I can still use the limited text and lack of speech bubbles. With just the use of a little typography and contrasting yet similar images, I can tell a much better story.

Nathan

They Don't Work

May 25, 2011

Seriously, citronella candles don’t work. I was just on vacation and I had to hold one about 5 inches from my face for it to do anything, I’m pretty sure it was just the fire at that point. Unless you live in an area with no standing water and it doesn’t rain, you’ll have to suffer the mosquito army in the coming weeks. All mosquito repellants are snake oil anyways, so you’ll just have to suck it up and deal with it.

Nathan