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Further Down

Trust me, it’s a great name for a cat.

Trust me, it’s a great name for a cat.

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Every job’s got one.

Every job’s got one.

False equivalence is never the answer, kids.

False equivalence is never the answer, kids.

Shoutout to my wife for helping with this one.

Shoutout to my wife for helping with this one.

This isn't some lazy homophobic joke, I was going for like, a stereotypical dazzling transformation, and got worried it would be misinterpreted, because the world is so goddamn awful and bigoted. - The joke is, Nick used to be shlubby. Now he's fit. This all started when I recently found an old sketch of him all buff helpfully labeled "Fit Nick," which I found really funny, and was looking for how to reintroduce him to the strip.

This isn't some lazy homophobic joke, I was going for like, a stereotypical dazzling transformation, and got worried it would be misinterpreted, because the world is so goddamn awful and bigoted.
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The joke is, Nick used to be shlubby. Now he's fit. This all started when I recently found an old sketch of him all buff helpfully labeled "Fit Nick," which I found really funny, and was looking for how to reintroduce him to the strip.

My folks sent me to a Catholic school in Minneapolis from K-8th and let me tell you, that leaves a mark on you. You think something is buried and then unexpectedly it lurches back, rotten and smelling up through the nicely tamped down dirt of your psyche. I always joke if you want your kids to grow up athiest, raise them in the church. - Probably makes for good artistic angst, I suppose.

My folks sent me to a Catholic school in Minneapolis from K-8th and let me tell you, that leaves a mark on you. You think something is buried and then unexpectedly it lurches back, rotten and smelling up through the nicely tamped down dirt of your psyche. I always joke if you want your kids to grow up athiest, raise them in the church.
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Probably makes for good artistic angst, I suppose.

07/24/2019

07/24/2019

I wanted to post early because I'm really happy with the art in this one, and hey, why wait?  This one changed a bit as I worked on it. My wife pointed out that Naomi and Jess seemed almost opposite their normal personalities, with Jess being very aggressive and Naomi being a bit meek. So we brainstormed 3 (!) more panels that I jammed in, and changed some dialogue to keep everyone more in character.

I wanted to post early because I'm really happy with the art in this one, and hey, why wait?

This one changed a bit as I worked on it. My wife pointed out that Naomi and Jess seemed almost opposite their normal personalities, with Jess being very aggressive and Naomi being a bit meek. So we brainstormed 3 (!) more panels that I jammed in, and changed some dialogue to keep everyone more in character.

Oh man, the soap opera melodrama returns! Jess is one of my favorite characters, so it was only a matter of time till she came back to the strip.   I normally don’t like to reuse artwork QUITE so obnoxiously in a strip, but I had been traveling over the weekend and didn’t have as much time, but still wanted to make sure I posted one.

Oh man, the soap opera melodrama returns! Jess is one of my favorite characters, so it was only a matter of time till she came back to the strip.

I normally don’t like to reuse artwork QUITE so obnoxiously in a strip, but I had been traveling over the weekend and didn’t have as much time, but still wanted to make sure I posted one.

Jess is back! For a good chunk in the old strips, particularly the college incarnation of the comic, Jess was Curt’s longtime girlfriend Naomi was a side character who Curt maybe had a bit of a crush on here and there, but they never dated. When I restarted it and began a new continuity in 2011, I thought that Curt and Naomi made more sense as the off and on again couple, although he and Jess did date for awhile in that version as well.  She was kind of the “normal” girl to Curt’s misfit, because cliches, but I really got to like the idea of Curt thinking she’s shallow but finding out she’s not who he had assumed. Anyway, now that they’re a little further on in life, I figured that Jess and Richard (from Curt’s VERY brief stint in college that just didn’t work for me in the strip AT ALL, you’d be forgiven for not remembering him) ended up dating and got married a bit too soon, and are now splitting messily.  Shoutout to my wife Steph for helping me polish the dialogue!

Jess is back! For a good chunk in the old strips, particularly the college incarnation of the comic, Jess was Curt’s longtime girlfriend Naomi was a side character who Curt maybe had a bit of a crush on here and there, but they never dated. When I restarted it and began a new continuity in 2011, I thought that Curt and Naomi made more sense as the off and on again couple, although he and Jess did date for awhile in that version as well.

She was kind of the “normal” girl to Curt’s misfit, because cliches, but I really got to like the idea of Curt thinking she’s shallow but finding out she’s not who he had assumed. Anyway, now that they’re a little further on in life, I figured that Jess and Richard (from Curt’s VERY brief stint in college that just didn’t work for me in the strip AT ALL, you’d be forgiven for not remembering him) ended up dating and got married a bit too soon, and are now splitting messily.

Shoutout to my wife Steph for helping me polish the dialogue!

06/26/2019  Life, man...it never turns out how you'd think.

06/26/2019

Life, man...it never turns out how you'd think.

6/19/2019  Today’s comic is short and sw…  Well, it’s short.

6/19/2019

Today’s comic is short and sw…

Well, it’s short.

6/12/2019  I really had wanted to revisit the first strip in the current continuity of the comic, from way back in 2011. I thought it would be fun to do a redraw of it, and it would tie this current batch of strips to the older run.

6/12/2019

I really had wanted to revisit the first strip in the current continuity of the comic, from way back in 2011. I thought it would be fun to do a redraw of it, and it would tie this current batch of strips to the older run.

06/05/2019  This one is personal, man.

06/05/2019

This one is personal, man.

5/09/2019   I like the idea of Naomi not being the worst person at any given job like she's been portrayed in older strips. - So this reintroduces Art, a character from a previous iteration of the comic with different continuity. In that, he was a slacker romantic interest for Naomi. Here, I reimagined him as a frustrating co-worker to give Naomi a taste of the attitude she usually displays towards other characters. 😆

5/09/2019


I like the idea of Naomi not being the worst person at any given job like she's been portrayed in older strips.
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So this reintroduces Art, a character from a previous iteration of the comic with different continuity. In that, he was a slacker romantic interest for Naomi. Here, I reimagined him as a frustrating co-worker to give Naomi a taste of the attitude she usually displays towards other characters. 😆

5/22/2019  The floops! Noooo! (They were annoying to draw.)

5/22/2019

The floops! Noooo! (They were annoying to draw.)

5/14/2019  Oh, you wanted a comic? How about a list of things that enrage me? Anyway, enjoy!

5/14/2019

Oh, you wanted a comic? How about a list of things that enrage me? Anyway, enjoy!

5/08/2019  Not having kids is definitely one of those things where people assume you mean “yet.”

5/08/2019

Not having kids is definitely one of those things where people assume you mean “yet.”

5/1/2019  This strip was unusual in that it’s sort of mashed together from 2 strips that I’d completed in an aborted restart before THIS restart that were…pretty terrible. It burned a bit to let all that work go to waste, so I reworked a bit of the art and shuffled it around, wrote some new dialogue and hey, new strip!  Anyway, Ali’s back too! I always liked the character, because she kinda rolls her eyes at how pretentious Curt and Naomi can be, and I loved drawing her hair here.  Maybe if there’s interest I can collect all my abandoned and aborted strips into one collection. One horrible collection.  Nah, gross.

5/1/2019

This strip was unusual in that it’s sort of mashed together from 2 strips that I’d completed in an aborted restart before THIS restart that were…pretty terrible. It burned a bit to let all that work go to waste, so I reworked a bit of the art and shuffled it around, wrote some new dialogue and hey, new strip!

Anyway, Ali’s back too! I always liked the character, because she kinda rolls her eyes at how pretentious Curt and Naomi can be, and I loved drawing her hair here.

Maybe if there’s interest I can collect all my abandoned and aborted strips into one collection. One horrible collection.

Nah, gross.

4/24/2019

A couple of years ago, I realized I’d continued to age and these characters of mine had not, they were perpetually in their early 20’s, and I…wasn’t. So I had the idea to age them a bit and see where they were in life, because while the internet is lousy with misfit 20-somethings in webcomics, there weren’t many that I could think of that featured characters that were more like me now: someone living their 30’s somewhat nontraditionally, without interest in being parents or anything. What happens to goths and punks and misfits when they age?

I actually did something like 6 or 7 strips in 2016 (I think), but I just wasn’t ready to commit to doing a regular strip again and kind of fell off. But when I was trying to brainstorm ideas to start doing it again, I realized I REALLY liked some of those, and redrew the first one from scratch using the same dialogue. This is that strip, and I still really like it!

So I hope that this comic actually has a little to say. Not much, maybe, but more than just another “hipster slice of life” comic in a sea of them. If nothing else, it gives me an excuse to keep drawing as a hobby. Thanks for reading, and check back on Wednesdays for new content!

4/24/2019

It begins again!

 
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