Apr 23, 2008
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Thursday's Guest Artist: Tyler Martin of "Wally & Osborne"

Wednesday, April 23, 2008 - 09:00 PM

One of the things Japanese Manga — and later, John K. of Ren & Stimpy — does very well is jump into a hyper-realism when it "focuses in" on an object. A simply drawn, everyday object becomes this incredibly ornate, detailed, *important* thing when looked at closely. It's a very cool cartooning tool. And few people use it better than Tyler Martin, our Guest Artist for today. I've seen him do it plenty of times on his wonderful, all-ages strip, Wally & Osborne, and he uses that technique really effectively here. I mean, c'mon...look at that third panel! That's frame-worthy artwork, right there, and an awesome visual gag, to boot. Flaco's face alone is worth the price of admission. :)

Tyler's not only a brilliant cartoonist, he's the mastermind behind ComicPress, a powerful and popular WordPress theme specifically designed to publish comics with all the support of WordPress. Aaaand he's a web designer, aaand he's one of the creators behind Lunchbox Funnies. The dude's a machine, basically. Check out all his work at the hub siteMindFaucet.

And don't forget! If you enjoyed today's strip — And how could you not? Look at panel 3 again! — drop Tyler a note to thank him for today's awesomeness!

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Seattle, Here I Come!

Wednesday, April 23, 2008 - 03:32 PM

Big reminder: If you're within driving distance to Seattle, you HAVE to go to Emerald City Comic-Con on May 10 & 11th.

Emerald is rapidly becoming my favorite comics convention in the U.S., and they're pulling out all the stops to welcome myself and "Sheldon".

And since so many, many Sheldonistas live in and around Seattle ('s the biggest readership for Sheldon in the U.S.) this show can't help but be awesome. I'll be signing and selling, and giving out free sketches to please come on down!

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