December Sun – A Web Comic

May 29, 2009

“Dad’s Toenail” now available on Amazon!?

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dad's toenail

‘Dad’s Toenail’ is a very silly book written by my old friend Andy Watson, that I had the honor of illustrating.  It tells the slightly gross account of a Dad who loses his toenail during an incident with a gourd vine, and following this, explores the strange and disturbing ideas for usages of the toenail proposed by the family.

Anyhow, we had originally published this book and listed it with Lulu, one of those sites for people who haven’t been picked up by a publisher, but who still want to see their work published.  But what’s strange, and unexpected, is that now the title was somehow, strangely, listed with Amazon!  I’m not sure how this happened, but hey, more publicity.

Another note about the toebook: I used to have a cheap site for it on a geocities page, but because Yahoo! is ditching geocities, I just moved it to a new, improved site (basically, I just nestled it under the DSCOMIC domain where it is less likely to vanish.)  The new url is:

As of this writing, there’s plenty of info there about the book and how to order it, but no preview pages yet.  I hope to get those uploaded shortly.  Check it out: it was a very fun book to do the illustrations for.

December Sun #3 – Page 2B

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May 28, 2009

December Sun #3 – Page 2A

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Digital snow!

May 27, 2009

December Sun #3 – Page 1

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Page one of issue #3.  The writing and art starts to get more experimental in this issue, and even moreso in issue #4.  Here we go…

May 26, 2009

Chex Quest 3 – an excellent Doom mod with a very goofy theme

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doomish landscapes revisited

StumbledUpon can be great with some of the strange and excellent stuff that it finds for you, and one of the cool (and somewhat strange) discoveries I made recently was a Doom-mod called “Chex Quest 3“.  I bought and played all the Doom games ages ago, so it was fun to revisit Doom-world again, but this time with a… Chex Cereal based theme?  Charles Jacobi, who did the design work for ‘Chex Quest 3‘, basically continued the theme of a cereal-based hero fighting green slime monsters who have, I guess, infiltrated the Chex corporations intergalactic mining facilities(??) and, ok, I really don’t get the story, but it’s hilarious, and it’s good, old-school shooter fun.  I think this game was originally marketed with Chex cereal as a toned-down, all-ages shooter game, and Charles Jacobi is just continuing the fun here.  There are some creative and very funny levels, such as the movie theater and museum, and the map design is generally engaging and enough of a challenge to keep you interested.  Great stuff, and I’m not even a fan of Chex cereal!

December Sun #3 – Cover

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I’m going to start posting the pages of December Sun #3 this week. Here’s the cover, flanked with smaller images and hints of things to come.

May 25, 2009

December Sun #2 – Deleted page #5

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One more deleted page from issue #2. Bullbeast gets knocked back by a blast of energy. It didn’t fit so I cut it.

Happy Memorial day!

May 22, 2009

December Sun #2 – Deleted page (sortof)

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Not sure where this image fits in. It’s DS ripping open a car. Doesn’t fit anywhere so here it is.

I know, I’m just throwing out the leftovers from the fridge here, but next week willl be December Sun #3…. don’t worry.

May 21, 2009

December Sun #2 – Deleted page #4

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Here’s a deleted concept, one that I ditched in the early stages.  Bullbeast is a toxic monster, and here I had him breathing in some nasty chemical to give him a “power-up”.  I think this panel could be read the wrong way, so I nixed it.  It never made it out of the sketchbook, but all the same, I thought it might be interesting to include here as part of the creation process.

May 20, 2009

Tax on soda?

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I was reading a news article this morning on a potential soda tax, and this had me wondering if this was a plausible option.  Granted, there would be a ton of revenue from it, but I doubt the Coke/Pepsi lobbyists would allow this to pass (just like a ban of aspartame would never pass either.)  But this article had me thinking about some of my favorite sodas:

excellent sodas, root beer, etcCurrently, Boylan makes one of the finest root beers that I know of.  I love these, and I’ll generally pick up either their root beer or birch beer, or even their grape soda, at the market street HEB store.  These are fantastic, and what I really like about these is that they are made without high fructose corn syrup.

Hansens also makes a decent soda without HFCS, and I’ve enjoyed a number of these as well.  Jones Soda is good too (they make a very good root beer) again without the high-fructose corn syrup, and these are of all of the soda’s the easiest to find (in fact, they had these at the local Walmart in a case, which was great news for me.)

So if these were taxed (which isn’t likely) I’d be disappointed, but all the same, having to pay more for soda would probably be a good thing, because ultimately these aren’t exactly health food.  But all the same, this is one of my lesser vices.  

Why can’t they just tax aspartame and splenda?  Or hydrogenated oil?  That would be a smart decision.

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