The new Life On 66 book is almost completely ready to be sent to the printers. ”Take Too” will be a collection of this strip from January 2013 to March of 2014. It takes up where the first book left off. Plus a fews other fun things added for, well, fun. :)
I read a lot of webcomics. I mean I read a LOT of them daily. Some are my favorites and some I read to try to understand why others like them. I do not want to give the impression I am degrading any comics here I am just saying what I look for in a comic. Webcomic, newspaper or any media.
To start I am going to bring up my favorite (next to mine of course:). It is the whimsical look at a father and son team, Mister and Me. As an avid reader of Life On 66 you are familiar with this strip as I used to run it on the weekends until Jason launched his own website. Now I am going to tell you why I like it, not only because I am friends with Jason, and why you should be reading it and others like it.
Mister & Me©2014 Jason Platt. Used with permission
First thing you notice is the clean lines. Crisp and clear. Next you see the characters in each panels are perfectly place and the comic flows easily. You would be surprised to see how many webcomics do not follow this simple rule. And the most important aspect of this strip, the characters do not just stand there and talk to each other. They move. They act. Not surprising since Jason is also an actor. The characters show expression and this draws you into the story. This “acting” is so very import and probably the one thing most readers overlook. They just read and smile and go away knowing they spent a few minutes on a positive side. And that is what a comic should do. Again, most webcomic do not do this. So as I continue to bring up Mister & Me as a shining example of what a comic should be, it is not due to the fact Jason and I are friends. It is because this is just a darn good strip.
Received a great honor in the mail and in the current White Castle newsletter. My little cartoon of Stan brining home cases of White Castle sliders that I posted on September 18th, 2013 was used in their newsletter. They sent me a case load of swag for creating the comic with a mention of the Castle and I gave them permission to use the comic. So they did. Buying dozens upon dozens of the little sliders and bringing them home is something I do in real life. So does art imitate life or is life imitating art?
In today’s comic, 1/21/14, you might notice a different look for the Bo Lumpkin character. I decided to make the cartoon character look more like the real (late) Bo Lumpkin. Mostly so when I re-read my strips I get to see a more real him. Hope you like it. :)