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A Certain Scruffy Resemblence

If there are three guys in webcomics that could be said to resemble each other, it’s probably Zach Weinersmith, Boulet, and Scott C. It’s something about the way they all draw themselves as scruffy. And, as chance would have it, all three of these scruffy gentlemen are in the news today.

  • As of about half an hour ago, Messers Weinersmith and Boulet were still in an AMA over at Reddit that started at noon, eastern time (meaning that one or both of them were answering questions for more than three and a half hours); they were talking about their storybook, Augie and the Green Knight. There’s lots of great Qs and As all the way through, but for my money you can’t beat this particular exchange about two hours in:

    Draw yourselves each other like one of your French girls, please? A sketch would be more than sufficient.
    Edit: figured this would be more fun.

    The results are … about what you’d expect, given that cartoonists are suspect under the best of circumstances, and generally horrible to each other. It was beautiful. Truly.

    This is also a good time to note that as the AMA was kicking off, Augie crossed the eight days remaining mark; it’s been a while since they crossed a stretch goal and there are still some unreached. It’s already inside the lower bounds of the (admittedly wide margin-of-error) FFF prediction; if it reaches the midpoint of US$400,000 (a bit more optimistic than Kicktraq’s model), it will be the #4 all-time most funded publishing project and the most-funded children’s book.

  • Scruffy guy #3, Scott C, has a new gallery show about to launch; the third exhibition of Great Showdowns (can a book be far behind?) will be unveiled at Gallery 1988 in LA on 11 July¹. If you think you’d like to buy Showdowns originals, you have a fair chance to do so since they won’t go up for sale until the day after the opening — contact Gallery 1988 to get on the preview list, and you’ll be able to see the works being shown, then try to buy your favorites when they go up for sale online the next day. You’ll get your art some time after the show goes down on 2 August, and from personal experience I can tell you that Gallery 1988 do an outstanding job of packaging and shipping art.
  • You know who does webcomics and is the opposite of scruffy? Chris Yates. I have to assume that having a beard is a hazard around all the power tools he uses to make Baffler!s. But Gary, I hear you cry, Chris Yates doesn’t do webcomics any more! He retired Reprographics ten months ago to make short films on YouTube! You even wrote about it! Yeah, turns out that once you get cartooning in you, it’s hard to shake:

    Hello! So it turns out I really miss making comics, so I’m going to make them again on a regular basis.

    Working on Nothing But Flowers was a really interesting experiment, but I think I’m probably better suited to making weird diary comics and wooden puzzles than attempting to be the next big YouTube sensation.

    The plan is I will post at least one comic each week and try to break some bad shortcut habits. No more automatic Cutout filter at 50% and no more fonts are the first to go. I’m calling this current effort “In Medias Res” which emphasizes just pulling a few moments from real conversations and keeping things concise.

    So happy to be back and hope you stick around!

    For simplicity I’m going to keep the link over there to the right marked Reprographics, but for at least the time being the (very different from photocomics) content that Yates puts up will go under the name In Media Res. The first one is up now, and it looks really nice.

Hi there! This is my first visit to your blog! We are a group of volunteers and starting a new initiative in a community in the same niche. Your blog provided us beneficial information to work on.

You’re starting an initiative in the community to talk about webcomics? Neat. Let me know how that works out for you.

¹ As luck would have it, I’ll be flying through LA a couple of days later, but my connection times won’t permit me to see anything beyond the bounds of LAX. Booooo.

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