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Swallow pride – it tastes great!

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Turtle Creek is a comic strip I developed in 2003-04 about a turtle and a computer. It is online for the first time. Above is one of my favourites, though the punchline is already a little dated (do you remember that Tom Ridge was the first head of Homeland Security?).

My friend Rob, who provides an invaluable humor-meter for my work, says I should do more like them. Re-reading them at this distance, there’s a freshness and fun irreverence about them that I haven’t achieved recently.

At this point I’m between gigs. In September I decided that This Bright Future, the strip I’d been drawing for a year for the online eweekly The Canadian Charger, had no future. I was feeling burnt out and overwhelmed with the graphic design work that actually pays my mortgage.

While I’m in cartoon limbo, I’ve taken the opportunity given by Posterous (thank you Art Kilgour!) to quickly select a preexisting “theme” (graphic look), throwing my designer hat out the window and swallowing my I-will-do-all-original-work pride. Within a few hours, I posted all of my recent, non-Weltschmerz cartoon work. They are listed at left.

I’ll use this blog to riff on cartooning, post recent stuff (if I can unstuff my creativity) and ramble on as concisely as I am able.

I hope you enjoy a chortle or two.