Guest Strip Contest Runner-up: Jackson Ferrell
January 19, 2010 - Tuesday
Today's runner-up entry for the 2nd Annual Calamities of Nature Guest Strip Contest is from Jackson Ferrell. Jackson is the writer of one of my favorite webcomic blogs, This Week in Webcomics. I really dig the sunset Jackson created for his entry. You can see the full-size version by clicking the image below.
Fan Art by Keong Chan
January 18, 2010 - Monday
Thanks to Keong Chan for some fantastic fan art, which you can see below (click on the image for a larger version). Keong does the webcomic terence n. tijuana. Although it's on hiatus at this time, it's still worth exploring the archives to look at his nice work. For example, check out this tutorial to see how insane some of his space craft designs can be.
Also, I hope everyone is having a good Martin Luther King Day. There's probably no better way to honor his memory than to volunteer your time for a worthy cause, or even simply to make a donation to help those in need in Haiti. If you're interested, I did this comic about Martin Luther King Day last year.
January 15, 2010 - Friday
Just in case you're one of the three people that didn't hear, Haiti got hit with magnitude 7.0 earthquake on Tuesday, causing a major humanitarian crisis. There are plenty of ways you can help, including donating to the Partners in Health, Red Cross, or Doctors Without Borders. In fact, if you're in the US you can even just SMS text "HAITI" to 90999 to donate $10 to Red Cross or SMS text "YELE" to 501501 to Donate $5 to Yele Haitiís Earthquake Relief efforts. It's so easy, it's almost more difficult to NOT donate.
Guest Strip Contest Runner-up: George Ford
January 14, 2010 - Thursday
Today's runner-up entry for the 2nd Annual Calamities of Nature Guest Strip Contest is George Ford. George is creator of the webcomic Addanac City, which updates seven days a week in full-color. If you enjoy solid, newspaper-style humor, with a modern touch, you should definitely check out his work. You can see the full-size version of his contest entry by clicking the image below.
January 13, 2010 - Wednesday
Sometimes I have ideas for comic strips that don't really fit into the world of Calamities of Nature. Instead of letting them sit on my computer, I thought it would be fun to share them from time to time. Hey look, here's one now! (Click image for the full-size comic.)
Original Artwork Now For Sale
January 11, 2010 - Monday
As you may know, each Calamities of Nature comic strip is still drawn the old-fashioned way, with a brush, dip pen, and India ink, before being scanned and colored in Photoshop. I'm excited to announce that I'm now making some of these unique pieces of art available for purchase. Just click on the link below any comic that reads "Buy original art" to order. For right now the first 104 strips, which were draw as full-size comic book pages, are not available. But this may change depending on how sales go. For more information, including sample of the artwork, visit the original art page. If there are any strips you've been dying to get, make sure you buy now because you're not going to get another chance!
One of my aspirations for this coming year (hopefully it's not a pipe-dream) is to produce a second collection of Calamities of Nature comics. Ideally, I would like to have a real, offset print run this time instead of doing print-on-demand like I did for the first book. Although this will allow me to print the books more cost effectively, it will require a larger investment upfront. By purchasing some original art, you will not only get a one-of-a-kind comic strip, it will also help me to achieve this goal. For those of you that would like to help me out, but don't want to spend as much money, I've made individual prints available for sale again as well. Just click the "Buy a print" link below your favorite comic strip. I just recently found a new printing vendor that I'm really happy with, so I hope you check it out.