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Some quick miscellaneous items, then a webcomic from the How have I missed this until now? file.

  • From Zach Miller, instructions on violating the laws of time and space:

    The year three Joe and Monkey collection is now on sale. That’s right! It’s on sale BEFORE the JaM year is even over. If you order now you may receive the book in time to see what happens before it happens!

  • From Chris van Gompel, the best week of the year:

    Totally to toot my own horn, Shark Week has returned to Hockey Zombie. Celebrate accordingly.

  • From some math guy in Colorado, a bold prediction about the Dumbrella panel at SDCC. By this time next week we’ll know if he was right, but in the meantime I’m keeping quiet on the prediction in case it turns out to be off-base so he doesn’t get laughed at too much.
  • Cameo sightings in what I believe to be the 100th strip at Weregeek.
  • From Josh Lesnick, the end of a hiatus and the return of your will to live.

And from a whole bunch of mentions in the last week or so, a webcomic that’s been flying beneath my radar somehow: Lucid TV, which appears to be the latest strip to find and exploit a niche. Much like Unshelved is by librarians/for librarians, Overcompensating is by reclusive billionaires/for reclusive billionaires, and Goats is by crazed transdimensional New York Jews/for crazed transdimensional New York Jews, Lucid TV may not be created by doctors, but it’s surely for them.

Jim Belushi Memorial is a hospital like any other, with a number of Indian doctors, insane vending machines, chestbursters, you know, the things that make up modern doctorin’. The art is a nice clean mix of Dr McNinja and The PBF, except for when it’s a photocomic. As a bonus for those of you at the University of Connecticut, the strip appears five times a week in the pages of The Daily Campus.

Just about uniquely in webcomics, the Apocrypha section of the archive shows very early strips, along with lessons learned which are so important I’m posting them here verbatim:

These were made in the Spring of 2006, directly after we decided that we wanted to make a comic strip, but about 5 months prior to deciding that we wanted to put effort into making it.

There are a multitude of lessons to be learned from these strips. Sharpies and comics do not mix. Make a template in photoshop if you are too dumb to operate a ruler properly. Use a font that has decent apostrophes. Don’t use rollerball pens. Don’t use 8.5 x 11 computer paper. Don’t attempt hockey jokes. Don’t draw your word balloons by hand if you can’t properly eyeball the amount of space needed for text. Learn how to operate a brush before you use it for a strip. Make sure you know what a sonogram looks like before you draw one. Uneven crosshatching does not appeal to the eye. Learn how to use levels in photoshop before posting comics.

And most importantly, make sure that on average, your strips take more than 10 minutes to draw.

If that’s what you’re going for, that is.

To conclude, Lucid TV is funny because it’s true, and you should read it every chance you get.

I knew acting like I had really learned something there would come back and embarrass me someday.

Shame and regret aside, thanks for the write-up!

It really is baffling that you failed to notice this comic for so long considering how much I talk about IV Comics. (Of which it is a member.) For shame.

But at least you finally saw the light.

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