by Tim Hulsizer (C) 2004
There's a cool weekly competition going on
called Stripfight. Every
week there's a new requirement for the strip and anyone can submit an entry. Visitors
to the site rate the strips and there's a discussion board where you can get solid
feedback on your work. Most of all, it's just plain fun! Here are my entries.
Comics open in separate windows.
Entry 010: Round 44 consisted
of the instruction to "create a single panel Family Circus style comic strip - using any
themes and/or elements that would normally be found in the Family Circus. Feel free to
subvert as much as you like." Most folks used Family Circus art but I didn't want
to go that route. Instead I chose to do an unfunny punchline in keeping with
FC tradition, using different characters. Another failure.
Entry 009: For round 42, Stripfight
creator Ed Brisson posted a link to a horribly unfunny cartoon in which a man looks at a
dog and says, "I don't care what you think, the moustache stays." Our assignment was to
use some aspect of that in our entry, be it the characters, dialogue, etc. I chose to use
the dialogue, and inspired by my current favorite TV show "The Wire," I mixed drug
dealers, urban slang and Sesame Street characters. Overall reaction to this comic was
mixed. Some liked it, others said Big Bird was too small compared to Oscar, and that in
my comic Oscar lacks a moustache. To which I replied, sorry about Big Bird but I don't
much care about that. Second, Oscar's whole face is hairy...there's gotta be a
moustache in there somewhere! Anyway, another in my long tradition of weak
Stripfight entries but I had fun doing it.
Entry 008: "Sleep" was the
topic for round 34, so Colin Tedford and I did this jam comic together. In case you're
unfamiliar with the concept, a jam comic is when you hand the comic back and forth, with
each person doing the next panel in sequence. That explains why the strip makes no sense
and goes nowhere.
Entry 007: Round 32 dealt
with "Revenge" and I came up with this little failure of a strip a week after the round
ended. Oh well. Not sure why I did this, as you need to know several things in advance
to get anything out of it. 1)Judy Blume is a popular writer of young adult novels
including "Tales of a 4th Grade Nothing" and "Are You There God? It's
Me, Margaret". 2)Beverly Cleary is another young adult author who wrote some of my
all-time favorites like "Henry & Ribsy" and "Beezus & Ramona". 3)Slash
Fiction is a really weird form of fan fiction.
Entry 006: For the "Changing
Of the Seasons" theme in round 24, I drew this comic about a man's errant member. Comments
against it included scathing criticism from one woman about the size of the breasts in
the final panel, and a couple people didn't like the fact that the penis looks different
in every panel. Thanks, but everyone already knows I can't draw.
Entry 005: For Round 18 we
did a Stripfight Switchup, where each person wrote an anonymous script and received
someone else's script. Then we drew each other's comics. I ended up swapping scripts
with Mike Stevens and I enjoyed drawing his script. I used markers and colored pencils
to color it.
Entry 004: The theme
for Round 16 was "Voting" and I decided to do your basic anthropomorphic animal
strip. Some folks thought the rabbit needs the hacksaw to neuter himself, but my
intent was that he's going to attack the mailbox.
Entry 003: For round 14 I
wanted to do something different so I broke out the pastels and did this comic, using
the required phrase, "I know that I shouldn't have..." I pulled off third place.
Entry 002: Round 13 required the
phrase "There are two things in life I really enjoy..." and I decided to treat my entry
as though it were one strip from a daily newspaper comic. I made up this 19th century
duo of the British viceroy in India and his put-upon servant Selkirk. Art's mediocre
but people seemed to like the writing.
Entry 001: The requirement
for round 11 was to use the phrase "He wasn't actually a doctor..." Most folks didn't
like my coloring style but I'm not a huge fan of the popular internet comics trend of
digital coloring. It makes everyone's comics look very similar in my
opinion, and "gradient" shading looks too perfect. Just my two cents though.