Shots Fired

Shots Fired

Even though it’s unfairly hated by neckbeards, I’ve always envied the legibility of Comic Sans. Not wanting to risk the scorn, I built my own font from scratch back in 2004. I called it the “aaa” font, but let’s not kid ourselves: It was kind of awful.

Years passed, and from time to time I updated the font. Eventually it got better, but last night I truly overhauled the damn thing. I straighten all the points and most of the lower case letters were completely rebuilt. If I my say so, it’s surprisingly legible.

Why the revamp? I wanted a font that was smaller and more legible because I was having trouble fitting the speech bubbles in some of the panels.

So I hope you like the new look. If you have any comments, concerns, or questions, please feel free to let me know.

Pax,

-f2x

Shots Fired
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Perspicuous Parley

Perspicuous Parley

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They say that the key to a good relationship is good communication. Right now I think Brandon and Alexis are finally making progress. They both like “the weird stuff”, but Brandon feels his dominatrix needs to take it down a notch or two… maybe even nine or ten in the area of domination and humiliation.

So anyway, that’s a wrap. Nine strips is long enough, and I’m ending this arc right here. Next week will be a single non sequitur panel.

Pax,

-f2x

Perspicuous Parley
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An Unexpected Admonishment

An Unexpected Admonishment

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So here’s the thing… If I’m going to be totally honest, I never really got into comic books. What I really loved were the newspaper comics. When I was a kid it was “Peanuts”. As I got older I really enjoyed “Bloom County”. I was also really drawn to the off the wall humor of “The Far Side”. I couldn’t wait to read the funnies when I got home from school. Occasionally I’d get ahold of something a little edgier like a Matt Groening book or MAD magazine, but I wasn’t into those “serious” comics like X-Men or Mary Worth.

OK, I did like Spiderman-Man, but that’s because he made wisecracks. Basically I liked comics that were funny. That serious stuff blew because it was always a downer. It was like reading my homework assignments. Key point: I hated homework.

Now that I’m older, I can enjoy those less-than-whimsical graphic offerings, but I’m still very partial to comedy. For someone who loves humor as much as I do, I sure do find it hard to be funny.

The thing is, I kind of painted myself into a corner with this storyline. I just couldn’t think of a zany, comical solution to resolve this arc… so I turned to heartfelt drama. God, I hate that shit. But still, I’m not going to abandon it. I’m finishing what I started. It might suck, it might be a bummer, but I’m finishing it.

How will it end? Your guess is as good as mine right now. I’m writing this as I go.

Oh, and just in case anyone was wondering: No. The storylines and characters I create do not have any parallels to my life. I work in a manufacturing plant, and I don’t shit where I eat. I dream up the characters in my imagination where they live out their imaginary lives, then I try to turn that into “art”. Quite frankly, my life today is joyously boring. I am thankful I don’t have to live through this kind of drama in real life.

Pax,

-f2x

An Unexpected Admonishment
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Still Needed

Still Needed

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So here lately, Brandon’s been getting raked over the coals. As much fun as it’s been, I’m starting to tire of it. The horse is dead and the whip is nearly broken. It’s time to move on.

So what are abandoned Angelfire pages? Well, they’re like a time capsule that lets people see how awful the internet was back in the 1990’s, complete with looping music and flashing GIFs.

Pax,

-f2x

Still Needed
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Worst Day Ever… Until Tomorrow.

Worst Day Ever… Until Tomorrow.

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I’m just going to let the comic’s storyline speak for itself. I mean, if you don’t understand what’s going on after reading it, then my explaining it down here isn’t going to make it any better.

Instead, I thought I’d touch on one of my envies as a comic artist: Dutch angles. Well, actually, it’s more than just that, it’s the ability to frame the panel from any point of view. Like, what would the scene look like if the camera were on the ceiling looking down? What if I were in the sink looking up? Seeing the scene from any angle would make the story so much more interesting.

So when I created the first panel in today’s comic, I was really proud of myself for conveying a sense of depth. It’s not something I normally do even though it’s not actually any different.

You see, I can’t actually depict my characters outside of three quarter view and portrait. OK, so in this case we actually see the back of Brandon’s head, but still… It’s not the same as being able to see my characters as if they were real objects.

And there in lies one of my most irritating limitations… I don’t even know what Brandon would look like from above. How the heck can I draw something I can’t even imagine? And who could I even turn to to even help me imagine it? It’s just frustrating.

OK, well thanks for tuning in. I’m still enjoying working on this story arc. Believe it or not, I’m just making this shit up as I go, and I’m not quite sure where I’m going with it yet. In any event, Brandon’s “bad day” has at least a couple more episodes before I can wrap it up and move on.

Pax,

-f2x

Worst Day Ever… Until Tomorrow.
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