Archive for September, 2008

DAWN OF TIME

September 30, 2008

What can I say….I wanted a caveman strip with dinosaurs and stuff. I also wanted a Caveman named BUBBA. That’s simply how DAWN OF TIME came about. The chimpanzee that I designed years earlier and had no place for now had a perfect home and finally a name…..MILO. He’s actually the smart one to balance out BUBBA’s insanity. He has his hands full with BUBBA’s great grandpaw, PAW PAW BUBBA. An old crotchety caveman that believes DoDo birds are demons. I gave BUBBA a pet pygmy Trex named, well, PYGMY. He has since gotten a pet saber tooth cat which PAW PAW BUBBA has referred to it as being as cute as a man eating carnivore can be. I named it SEYMOUR after my own cat that I’ve had for 12 years now and still going. I’ve speckled the strip with other characters of cavemen and aliens. The main two aliens, JON & SHANE, are there to do a study on prehistoric Earth. They are your classic Grays and are quite indignant about being there.

This was the third title that I created and the only way to get the ideas flushed out of me head was to write and draw the blasted things. I figured that I would get them all out and be done with it. That’s not the case and never really has been. That’s why I’m currently creating six titles at once. Every time I get an Idea I just run with it and the ideas don’t actually stop. That’s when I decided I needed an umbrella name to associate all of my comics together in one universe, sorta. Every good Southern family has an Uncle Bubba each generation. I am that person in my family. All my nieces and nephews know me as Uncle Bubba. They all pretty much agree that I live in me own little world up in my head. Thus I came up with the name BUBBAWORLD COMIX. It just seem to fit perfect and has ever since.

The hardest thing to do with DAWN OF TIME is to figure out how to involve it in the TALES FROM THE APPLIANCE GRAVEYARD stories. I have worked them in each year and am pretty proud of being able to do it. Be sure to check out last years TALES when I put the link up at BUBBAWORLDCOMIX.NET on October 1st this coming Wednesday. And check out the DAWN OF TIME strip every Wednesday.

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MISSISSIPPI SWAMP DRAGONS

September 28, 2008

You may wonder why I named a strip MISSISSIPPI SWAMP DRAGONS. Well it’s simply because I can’t spell NANIH WAIYA consistently. It was going to be NANIH WAIYA SWAMP DRAGONS until I realized that I couldn’t spell it the same way twice & no one outside the county I live in could pronounce it right by looking at it in it’s written form….so I went with the MISSISSIPPI SWAMP DRAGONS. Even in this article I’m cutting and pasting the name to make it easier on me.

The main characters are HERMAN THE PSYCHOTIC CHICKEN …. his best friend and neighbor KNOTHEAD THE CLOWN … the Swamp Dragons BILL & BUBBA …. FUZZYWHAT, a short furry something from a pocket dimension in HERMAN’S closet behind his boots. There are also plenty of secondary characters.

HERMAN lives with BILL & BUBBA the Swamp Dragons in a nice and homey cave in the back corner of the county. KNOTHEAD lives in a two story mobile home next door to them. HERMAN & KNOTHEAD tend to get into a lot of mischief, …. tormenting nuns ….. stealing Halloween candy from children …. tormenting nuns ….. aggravating MELVIN the Mailman ….. tormenting nuns …. picking on KILTBOY …..and most importantly….tormenting nuns.

Yes….KILTBOY crosses over and appears in this strip also. Some of the secondary characters are used in different strips even if it’s just in the background. Ironically, MELVIN the Mailman appears in the QUICK APPLIANCE REPAIR strip where nobody believes him when he talks about being harassed by a psychotic chicken and a clown. I also need to point out that KNOTHEAD’s character is a very pessimistic clown.

HERMAN was the first character that I ever came up with that I planned to use in a comic strip. It took me a few years to figure out the strip around him. I originally teamed him up with a chimpanzee. It didn’t work for me. Telling a friend’s sister about the NANIH WAIYA Swamp Dragons one day and how they would jump on children’s beds and make the slats fall out and eat teddy bears and crush easter eggs gave me the idea for some more characters. I figured they were the perfect room mates for HERMAN. HERMAN more or less just sponges off of them. Later I wanted a really pessimistic clown and KNOTHEAD was born. He was the perfect running buddy for HERMAN. They have all sorts of adventures with the ’68 Buick Skylark that they modified into a hover craft ….I used to own a ’68 Buick Skylark and it was my favorite car. It belonged to my grandma, who bought it new before granddaddy died, and when she got a new car, a Buick Skylark, I acquired the ’68 and drove it all thru high school and college and many years after. I sold the car around 5 or 7 years ago and as far as I know it’s still on the road now. You could almost consider the car a secondary character.

The first 28 strips of this title are the first real strips that I’ve ever drawn. Thus they are the worst strips that I’ve ever written. I did not even use them in my paper when I was doing it and they do not appear in my archive. The second month started getting better and the wrtitting was improving. Then came the day me and my brother were talking and the creation of QUICK APPLIANCE REPAIR came about. Ironically, it came about while riding in the appliance truck running service calls. I started working on the character development and writing strips and drawing them. I just completely forgot and ignored the MISSISSIPPI SWAMP DRAGON strip during this time. I worked off and on for over a year on this strip. This was long before self publishing anything or drawing on a regular schedule and I was just stockpiling what I got done for use later. A year or more had past and I came across the strips that I had written for MISSISSIPPI SWAMP DRAGONS and decided I needed to draw some more of them. I never even picked up the original 28 strips to look at them before I went back to drawing them. There is this process called evolution of a comic strip. You can look at early “Garfield’s” or early “Peanuts” strips and compare them to the latest versions and see what I’m talking about. The 28th strip and the 29th strip of this title doesn’t even look like it was drawn by the same person. There is a missing evolutionary link in this strip. That missing link is in the first 150 strips of QUICK APPLIANCE REPAIR. Just to show you what I mean, below is the 28th strip of MSD. I have never published it before.

Now compare it to the strip below, which is the 29th one, and see just how much difference there is.

Now just a reminder about TALES FROM THE APPLIANCE GRAVEYARD that will be starting this Wednesday October 1st at BUBBAWORLDCOMIX.NET .Be sure to check it out.

MISSISSIPPI SWAMP DRAGONS appears every Tuesday at BUBBAWORLDCOMIX.NET .

QUICK APPLIANCE REPAIR

September 27, 2008

I’ve decided to do a blog about each one of my titles that I write and draw and put up at the daily updated web comic site BUBBAWORLDCOMIX.NET .

Today’s title will be QUICK APPLIANCE REPAIR, which appears every Monday. The strip is mainly about two idiot brothers that work for their Dad in the Family Appliance Repair Business. I guess this strip is near and dear to me heart due to the fact that it is a warped (very warped) view of most of my growing up life up to my twenties. The two brothers look nothing like me or my brother but they have our personalities. Jasper is inspired from my older brother and Corky is, sadly, inspired from me. They have two older brothers, Jr. and Thomas, both of which are inspired by my oldest two brothers.

These two brothers get into all sorts of adventures with aliens, Elvis, bigfoots, or just hang out at the coffee shop with all their weirdo friends. Sometimes they dress up as the superheroes REPAIRMAN & TOOL TOTER. They usually have to go against their nemeses BUBBAMAN or IT MAN. Their brother Jr. occasionally joins them as the PLAID NINJA after his short run as the NAKED NINJA. Occasionally they even get a service call run.

The mayor of the town is a Chimpanzee and his translator is a circus clown that also serves as his secretary. The boys drive an old jalopy type truck with no roof. A few of my friends in real life appear in the strip as “extras”. I use them in the straight man role while doing the craziness or joke with the main characters. The exception to this rule is KILTBOY. If you read the strip let me warn you now… YES….KILTBOY IS INSPIRED BY A REAL PERSON as scary as that is. The real person is a nut so I let the character inspired by him be just as big of a nut.

This is also the strip that inspired the name for my Halloween Special every year called TALES FROM THE APPLIANCE GRAVEYARD. All six of my titles are theoretically in the same area…just two of them are separated by the fourth dimension….one of them just some of the time. Because of this I use the Halloween Special to cross over the titles with each other. In 2007 I did a 30 day special that crossed over all six titles. This year (2008) I’ve crossed over different titles but only 2 or 3 at a time in different stories. Be sure to go to my site BUBBAWORLDCOMIX.NET and check out the special each week of October and all the daily updates.

MISSISSIPPI WEB CARTOONISTS

September 23, 2008

I’m curious as to how many web cartoonists there are in Mississippi. I’m one. My site is BUBBAWORLDCOMIX.NET and it houses six titles that I write and draw that updates on their own special day of the week thus making my website updating six days a week. Most of my humor strips are based in and around Mississippi….even the sci fi humor strips deal with Mississippi a lot. SPACE REDNECKS whole premise is, “If Houston, MS had it’s own Space Program.” CAPN’ GEEZER of the Space Time Patrol strip winds up in Mississippi a lot of the times he winds up on Earth. Even my caveman strip, DAWN OF TIME, features Bubba the Caveman in the area that he refers to “What will become Mississippi.” Being a Mississippian I just find it easier and funner to write my strips this way with my unique southern based humor. I’m still curious to how many web cartoonists are from Mississippi though. Being a cartoonists of any type is hard in the fact that you usually have no one in common near you to talk shop with….even more so in a small town in Mississippi.

I recently found a web comic called the ERRANT APPRENTICE that was about magic returning to the world in the 1970’s and a modern day knight from Ridgeland, MS. The creator of this strip is also from near this area too so I was overjoyed to find the strip. I was even happier when I discovered it was good. There are a lot of comics on the web now a days….you don’t actually have to be good at it to get your comic on the web. There are actually more pitiful comics than good ones and it takes a while to weed thru them to find the good ones. So the fact that the only two web comics that I know of from Mississippi are good is way above average. Actually….mine are quite brilliant even.

I’m a big supporter of self publishing. With the web the way it is there is no reason a cartoonists cant try to self publish his own work. Maybe there are more cartoonists in Mississippi but they just don’t realize that getting there comic out to the public is just a keyboard away. HOW TO MAKE WEBCOMICS is a great book published by IMAGE that any old or new web cartoonist needs in their collection. It’s written by four of my favorite webcomic creators that I read daily….Dave Kellet….Scott Kurtz….Brad Guigar……& Kris Straub. You can order the book from any one of their web sites.

When I was younger and in school and college I had friends that were artists too and wanted to draw comics one day, whether they were humor strips or comic books. I’m the only one I know of out of them that actually did something with it. I was self publishing a monthly four page newspaper with nothing but my comics and ads that I eventually moved to the web to make it easier on me. Most of my artist friends don’t even take time to doodle anymore. You can have all the talent in the world but it don’t amount to a hill of beans if you aint got any gumption to follow thru with anything. If you’re in school or college start crafting your comics now and keep doing it before the real world sneaks in and slowly conforms you into another drone.

It’s easier to inspire young new talent….It aint worth you time to constantly prod the ones that have proved they don’t have the drive to create anything with their talent anyway.

COMIC STRIP PAINTINGS 4

September 20, 2008

This is another of my comic strips that I did as a painting.  It’s from my QUICK APPLIANCE REPAIR title from my webcomic site BUBBAWORLDCOMIX.NET .  It features the two brothers of the strip, Jasper and Corky Quick.  Jasper is behind the washer asking Corky if he can reach a screwdriver that is very much out of Jasper’s reach.  Corky, while sitting on the tool box and eating a candy bar, replies “Yep.  I can reach it.”  He then proceeds to eat his candy bar without doing anything else while Jasper fruitlessly wiggles two fingers trying to retrieve the screwdriver.

i like this strip because it’s actually what I would do to my brother in the same situation.  I really enjoy doing these paintings.  They are on 3 foot by 1 foot canvases but I may do some on some canvases that are the same size of the actual comics.  15 inches by 6 inches would be the size and would include the borders.

Don’t forget to check out my website for daily updates and the Halloween special, TALES FROM THE APPLIANCE GRAVEYARD, that will be appearing with the normal updates each week of October.  All this and more at BUBBAWORLDCOMIX.NET .

HALLOWEEN SPECIAL

September 18, 2008

October is slipping up on us again and that means Halloween is getting closer. I read a lot of webcomics and some of them use to do Halloween specials every year. Some were many creators doing different days of one special. The thing I hated about this was there would be one or three good cartoonists that you would have to read all of the crap to get to them. There were a few sites that did their own by themselves or with a partner. These I liked better because they had more control over it and could keep the quality up.

In recent years I have not seen as many of these specials. Some of my favorite creators are definitely not doing them anymore. I looked forward to this every year with antici…PATION! What do I do now?…..Well….. I just do my own special. At my website BUBBAWORLDCOMIX.NET I did a special in 2007 for Halloween called TALES FROM THE APPLIANCE GRAVEYARD. I do six different titles and update each title on a different day of the week thus making my website update daily six days a week. TALE was a 30 day story that I crossed over all six titles into. I did my normal updates and put the TALES up as extra for the holiday special.

This year I’m doing it slightly different. Oct 1st (on a Wednesday) I will replay the 2007 TALES FROM THE APPLIANCE GRAVEYARD in it’s entirety. Each week on Mondays I will put up a new TALES story. The first full week—–CAPN’ GEEZER in SPACE ZOMBIES. The second full week—-DAWN OF TIME in THE FIRST HALLOWEEN & SPACE REDNECKS in THE MYSTERIOUS STANK. The third full week —–QUICK APPLIANCE REPAIR, GOING BATTY & MISSISSIPPI SWAMP DRAGONS in THE NIGHT OF THE CHUPACABRA! Then on the final week of October I will present the first two stories from the Horror Graphic Novel Antology, MISFITS & MAYHEM, that I have been working on. The stories will have intros by the Horror Host of the book. MISFITS & MAYHEM is the first project that I’ve ever worked with someone else on. I wrote half the stories and my friend Shane Sullivan wrote the other half. I will be drawing the whole thing. There will be six stories in all but you only get the first two to wet your appetite. The book will hopefully come out toward the beginning of 2009. We will be self publishing it.

During the month of October I will be doing my normal six day a week updates and the TALES FROM THE APPLIANCE GRAVEYARD stories will be extra for the Holiday Special. Be sure to follow the links on the BUBBAWORLDCOMIX.NET site to read all of the TALES.