Caption Contest Winner and Her Prizes

May 4, 2009 - Monday

Rachel Degelbeck was nice enough to send me a picture of her with her prizes from winning the caption contest, so I thought I'd share it here. I have to admit, it was a little surreal to see somebody other than myself holding my artwork. I hope Rachel does something nice with the art, but if she decides to use it as a coaster or something, please don't tell me about it!

Caption contest winner Rachel Degelbeck with her book and original art prizes.


Fan Art by David Wilborn

April 30, 2009 - Thursday

Thanks to David Wilborn for sending me some stupendous fan art (click the picture below for the full-size version). David creates the webcomic Urban Jungle, which updates every weekday. It features some nice colored artwork and consistently funny gags, so I suggest you check it out.

Fan art by David Wilborn.


The Baconcyclopedia

April 26, 2009 - Sunday

Wow, an update on Sunday? That's pretty rare. I won't be able to post on Monday, so I figured I might as well post Monday's update early. Consider this a bonus for all of you folks that are dedicated enough to check this site on the weekends. It's like you're seeing into the future...well, at least until Monday when everyone else checks the site. Unless a meteor strikes, and then they'll never know about the last Calamities of Nature update. That'll teach them for not checking on the weekend!

Last time I posted a comic about bacon, I was sent all sorts of great bacon links. Since today's comic is also bacon related, I figured I'd dedicate today's blog post to this most ultimate of foods (really, shouldn't bacon be considered it's own food group by now?). But then I was sent a link to this amazing article from the site MyBadPad titled The Baconcyclopedia. This article is fantastic. It includes fun facts about bacon, snacks with bacon, bacon candy, Bacon Salt, bacon alcohol, comics from xkcd and Nedroid, the bacon tuxedo, bacon Hitler, bacon tattoos, and so many other great links I can't mention them all. Just check out The Baconcyclopedia, you won't be disappointed.

And if that's not enough for you, here's a picture that can only be described as bacon heaven...

Bacon Heaven


And the Caption Contest Winner Is...

April 21, 2009 - Tuesday

There were 190 entries for the caption contest, and from this I had the tough job of choosing the ten I liked best. Then you readers voted, and there was one clear favorite. Congrats to Rachel Degelbeck! She was the winner with the entry "Watch out for that banana peel. It's slippery." Click the picture below to see the final comic with her caption written on it. For her great submission, she'll be getting a book (with a personalized sketch) and the original art to this comic. Here is the breakdown, from most to least votes:

22% (52) Watch out for that banana peel. It's slippery.

17% (41) Did you not see the sock on the doorknob?

15% (36) I think the mistake was giving the mini-gorillas jetpacks.

10% (24) Wipe your feet, Harold! You're tracking mud all over the floor...

8% (19) Some guy looking for John Connor dropped this on his way out.

8% (18) Good news, we're eligible to apply for a stimulus grant now...

7% (16) I think I've found the weapons of mass destruction.

6% (15) Great! It works *exactly* as planned!

5% (11) I'll call it the entropizer...

2% (4) It's from the new household appliances division of AIG...

Thanks to everyone who entered. I was really impressed with the enthusiasm for this contest, so we'll definitely have to try something like this again in the future.

The final comic from the caption contest


Drain Monster Sketch

April 15, 2009 - Wednesday

This is the last day to vote for the caption contest. There seems to be one clear favorite, but it's not so far ahead that some of the other entries can't catch up. It's been fun to see how the reader voting compares with my own favorite caption entries.

The sketch below was from when I was designing the monster for the It Came From the Drain storyline. I had a fairly clear picture in my head for what I wanted the monster to look like, so it didn't take too many sketches to get to a finalized design. Click the picture below for the full-size version.

Monster from the drain.


It's Supposed to Look Like Easter

April 10, 2009 - Friday

Sometimes once I finish a comic I have to fidget with the color palette a little before it looks quite right. The first version of today's comic can be seen below. I quickly realized that it didn't have a strong enough spring feel for what was supposed to be Easter time. So I adjusted the hue and saturation of the trees and rocks until I got what you see in today's update. Hue and saturation are powerful tools (ctrl-u or command-u for you Photoshop aficionados out there). Often when I'm at a loss for how to color something, I just bring these up and play around with different colors until I get something that looks nice.

A previous version of my easter comic.


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