I'm handing out major props to Josh Meinzer (AKA "Fenris) the write and artist of Aikida for today's excellent guest strip.
Josh's comic is one of my absolute favorite on the internet and it was a real treat when he said "Yes" to do this for me.
If you've been following Aikida at all, you know that Josh is telling a MASSIVE new storyline right now. He's introducing new characters left and right. Fleshing out his existing characters. And doing all of it in an inventive way that doesn't feel convoluted at all. Top it off with the fact that it's emotional when it needs to be and laugh-out-loud funny when it wants to be and you've got a winner.
The thing I always admired about Josh's work is that he is able to add layer upon layer of detail to the characters and it always makes perfect sense.
I've been actually re-reading his archives and what started out as a kind of gag-a-day gaming comic with occasional cheesecake drawings of the ladies has turned into a very rich experience. It's like these character have always existed in his head as fully realized creations and he's been unfolding them in front of our eyes very slowly.
I admire the hell out of him, if it isn't plainly obvious. If you want in on a little secret, reading Aikida is what inspired me to flesh out Jimmy's character back in September when he lost his job and also inspired my introduction of Charlie.
The Jimmy storyline went well, I thought. But introducing Charlie was like driving with the parking break on. Meanwhile, when Josh adds new characters or adds layers to his existing cast, it's like spreading jam over toast.
At any rate, for today's buzzComix incentive sketch, I drew Aikida in her demon form. I hope you like it. I think it turned out pretty well, but I had hoped to have had more time to work on it. Vote for Theater Hopper at buzzComix to see it.
Part of the reason I couldn't devote more time to the incentive sketch is because I am currently redesigning the site behind the scenes. That's also the reason I plan on running more guest strips next week to give me time to work on.
I'm getting antsy to get back in the game, though. I have a great story arc that will cover Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy (which opens this weekend) that leads into Star Wars - Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (which opens May 19). I want to get to the story ideas I have soon so they're still timely.
I will probably burn through the remainder of the guest strips next week and post a new one every day until I run out. Be sure to check the site every day next week. You won't be sorry. I have some "big-guns" lined up. Some of these strips are to DIE for!
Incidentally, you might have noticed some of the advertisements on the site have disappeared. That's a temporary thing. I basically let the ads I have run out before the site redesign and am currently not accepting new ads. The dimensions and locations of the ads in the redesign are different, so it would be moot to take on any new clients at the moment.
So, if you'll allow the expression, "pardon our dust while we renovate to make things better." I think once I slap a new coat of paint on things, you guys will be pleased. Things will also be better organized. I'm really looking forward to unveiling things.
Thanks for your patience and thanks for supporting the site!
Ha, ha. Now who is Cami, hm?
It's me, your wife, Julia Roberts!
You look kind of stressed.
I have just the thing!
It's the screen for my new movie: Erin Brockovich 2: Do You Smell What The Brock Is Cooking?
Tom? Tom are you alright? You were having a nightmare.
The monster had such a HUGE mouth...