I was traveling through England with Marian and we ended up in Birmingham for a meetup with her fans. Birmingham, as it turns out, is where J.R.R. Tolkien grew up and where he saw the pastoral lifestyle of his youth trampled by the industrial revolution. This immediately got me thinking about drawing orcs in business suits.
I love the idea of orcs in suits.
So here are a few comics that loosely inspect the pastoral/industrial conflict in the Lord of the Rings through the all-seeing eye of Mordor Unlimited Finance.
It’s kind of a Bane Capital meets The Office meets Sauron thing.
This comic was inspired by the past few weeks of traveling through cat infested homes with an allergy stricken guitarist. We were wondering what the world would be like if we shared it with cat people. Probably more sneezy.
Lou points out that cat people would require a tail hole in their pants which would mean inevitable breezy moments for we, the non-tailed bipeds.
I thought I’d include one of my pencil sketches for the comic, I usually scan or photograph these and then work over the top. There’s something about the clean edges on the new lines that steal some of the life from the initial sketch, I’ll have to figure out a way to better retain that voice in my lines.
I suppose this one is fairly similar to my other comic about flying, there’s just something magical, inspiring, and terrifying about floating through the sky in the belly of an aluminum tube… even if the math does work out.
I’m told the math works out. It does, right? It’s sure going to be awkward when someone actually checks the math and discovers giant metal birds really shouldn’t be able to soar across the Earth.
Here’s a picture of me with a ton of camera gear strapped to my front, a bag of perpetually dirty clothes on my back and a couple giant boxes full of CDs and miscellaneous gig equipment. Escalators are easy. The fun part is when we hit a narrow stairwell or an overcrowded train.
Home soon. Loads of photos and sketches to share when I get back.
Rule 1: We do not think about Philosophy Club
I made this comic because I thought it would be fun to draw René Descartes, he just looks like a total bad-ass French dude. Kant makes an appearance as well, playing the part of the stuffy philosophy club president.
I haven’t studied much philosophy, maybe one class somewhere along the trail, but I sure do think it’s a romantic pursuit. I’m not sure if being a philosopher is a profession these days or if it’s just a collateral occupation to anyone who thinks about the world.
My favorite contemporary philosophers have mostly disguised themselves as comic creators – Bill Watterson, Randall Munroe, Kazu Kibuishi. I also like Malcom Gladwell and Michael Pollan. Bob Ross. I think he counts. Yeah, Bob Ross definitely counts.
As it happens, I’m writing this from France, just a few blocks from Voltaire’s house. It’s nice outside. I’m going to go explore, that’s what a philosopher would do.
Some days that coffee table is a mile wide and you aren’t even sure who’s sitting across from you. Other days, it’s hardy even a splinter.
I’m not sure what causes human connections to ebb and flow.. probably a small wood sprite takes up residence in your spleen and slowly turns your heart to oak. A good dose of hot soup should cure the problem. If there’s one thing wood sprites hate, it’s warm and nourishing soups.
I got back from Comic Con last week and realized it’s been way too long since I was publishing web comics with any kind of regularity.
I’ve decided I’ll be doing this more often. It makes me happy.
Zeus is Poseidon’s older brother and king of the gods. He chases skirts, skips meetings, and he’s quick to anger but he’s a good dude anyway.
He would have been the youngest sibling but his dad, Chronos, swallowed all the other kids and barfed them up in reverse chronological order which somehow makes him the oldest.
If you’re attending Comic Con, you can join us at 1pm today at Booth #1033 for the aforementioned Comic Con 5k.
We’ll run down the waterfront past the pirate ship. If you want to run and you’re in San Diego but not at the con, you should be able to intercept us behind the Marriott on the marina walk.