20040921

Awful Rob Reiner Farce

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How much of my life have I spent like converting these comics to new formats and thinking of new titles for them and uploading them to different websites?

this is maybe the first appearance of Elvira’s Julee Cruise poster that I draw compulsively in the background of her living spaces a lot and also own

20040920

Obviously He Seeks Higher Things

20040920

The proto “alt text” or whatever is because this appeared in the local UT paper, The Daily Texan. I think it was drawn near the turtle pond if you’re curious.

I think this is the first comic where I realized that I liked Elvira a lot more than the main character? I mean I maybe realized that within like two seconds of drawing her.

20040915

Curse My Rigid Moral Structure

20040915

Another one with hideous lettering. You couldn’t even read this one in print, as I remember. I don’t know why I thought it was smart to write in sentence case at the time. It seemed unique, daring.

I still love the line about him being merely “a man who dislikes yet unknowingly abets fun.”

Look at the ridiculous DRUG PARAPHERNALIA in Elvira or whoever that guy is’s dorm room! He’s like drinking, smoking, gambling, and all manner of things at once! How OTT!

20040910

Elvira Ellison

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Slowly we start restoring these to their rightful place on the new site, with NEW SLIGHTLY IMPROVED SCANS. This one originally debuted on September 10, 2004. I like the Kerouac “diss” and the little author photo of Seneca. I like that the presentation completely buries the joke, which I still think is kinda funny. I like how everyone has a terrifying jawline in this one!

I remember I was vaguely thinking that this library patron might turn into some kind of regular character, but was against the notion.

20040903

The Man Who Hates Fun: An Introduction

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Welcome to THE MAN WHO HATES FUN. Your enjoyment of it will only grow as I release new and exciting installments of it to this site!

Commentary on this from the vantage point of May 2012: I know the name for the character came out of a car trip to Corpus Christi, TX with friends in August 2004 (I can be precise about the month because I remember I’d just moved into a new house in Austin and had to take off on this trip something like the Very Next Day.) I was twenty-one and I remember spending a lot of time working on these strips in a room laid out like an office with a big camo net on the ceiling, listening to Bauhaus at strange hours. It was a good time!

This was going to be a project sort of like Boat Girl is for me now: a single idiosyncratic character who appears in a series of disconnected episodes, in each time being unpleasant and philosophical in a way that is swiftly undermined. I had done a couple of webcomics before this (thankfully LOST TO HISTORY) and it always stopped being fun right around the time that plot and character intruded, so I wanted to avoid this at all costs. Clearly this didn’t happen, and I only kept it up the “gag strip” idea for this episode and the next one before introducing characters and some kind of story, although I still tried hard not to write anything in advance. In retrospect I’m not sure why this was such a worry.

Technical notes: I seriously don’t remember what I was using to draw at the time, but it looks like Microns, maybe? I know the panel borders and balloons were done with a brush and really terrible ancient calligraphy ink that eventually turned purple on the original art. I do remember putting lots of fun little jokes on the spines of the books in the background that I completely can’t read now.