Sunday, February 8, 2009

Party Chasers and More

Lots o' stuff has happened to me over the past few months. I was able to make the leap from web page to printed page and got my cartoons published: Prism Comic’s annual guide included an original Michaels piece called Toomey’s Guide to Fire Island. Also in June I started a comic strip for NoiZe Magazine called Party Chasers. In addition to the strip, NoiZe has give me work doing illustrations for the cover and inside their book. I’m happy about the fact that I got this work because their editors liked The Michaels and asked me to create something similar for them. NoiZe comes out quarterly, which leaves me time to do extra (racier) Party Chasers cartoons on the side that I can put into a book one day.

I'm enjoying Party Chasers immensely. Creating it is a very different experience than working on The Michaels. While I have pages and pages of background material on the Michaels characters and storylines, Party Chasers is something I mostly do on a strip-by-strip basis. I just want it to be funny. This is harder than I expected. I can do limited character development in a cartoon people only read 4 times a year, but I'm enjoying the challenge. I also realized that when I come up with strips that more are character and less funny, I can save those for eventual book publication.

Right now I am working on my next Party Chasers and also trying to figure out how to fix the Michaels web site. Until then you might want to view this site in Explorer since it looks a little wonky on Firefox. And probably in Safari. My apologies – I’m working on it.