UPDATEI've kept this page here for historic sake. The modern comics are over at NapkinComics.com. Enjoy!
About the Comic CollectionI've been interested in cartooning for as long as I can remember. Though it took Dan Fahs to teach me that there was a difference between cartooning and comics.
That started a long quest to learn how to illustrate, however that required knowing how to sketch, and that required knowing how to observe, and that required study and practice.
Then it turns out if you want to letter your panels, you have to learn a whole new suite of tools, techniques, and styles.
This area simply chronicles my progression so that hopefully I'll stay motivated by seeing progress.
Timebox CafePerhaps you've heard the old expression: "Good, Fast, and Cheap -- Pick Any Two." As a software engineer, a good portion of my job is knowing how to make the right trade offs. The objective usually is to get the most functionality and quality while keeping cost under control.
There's another methodology that focuses on delivery time as being the most important: timeboxing. The idea is simple. List all the things you want at each milestone in the project, prioritize them, have the developers give a level of effort, and they draw a line of commitment to tell how many things can get done in the alloted time. If finished early, the customer gets more features. If finshed late, ideally you have a minimal set of required features. If that target is missed or there are defects, well, then you got to adjust the plan.
But what happens if the developers don't know how to estimate? What if the customer doesn't he is asking for the world? What if critical features are missed? What if defects aren't corrected? ...what would the fast food industry be like according to these rules?
The PalmsIn college I wrote a multi-user bulletin board called HDG. In 2003, I started writing a similar package, only with a web interface. Rather than document the system, I had intended to do so with comics.
Passing GlancesTwo guys sitting in a boring meeting, one draws the first panel of a comic strip and covertly slides it to the other to add on to. This is Passing Glances.
Panel 1 - 7-Aug-2003