Words of Intereston September 5, 2011 at 3:23 am
Read it at: wordsofinterest.net! L.A.W.L.S. will return TOMORROW!
Ok so, I’m SURE your asking yourself WHY is he throwing in ANOTHER new comic when he’s struggling so much lately to post L.A.W.L.S. on time. Well, the answer to that is both complex and simple. L.A.W.L.S. itself is becoming more and more time consuming for me to write/draw as each strip comes. I’ve prided myself on constantly pushing myself to my own limits while drawing each and every comic… and because of that, yes, I have in fact been posting mid-afternoons rather than the night prior like I used to. This has really been bothering me lately, and I had to consider why this was happening? Well, because each strip has been taking me about 2 days to do now, which makes me feel burnt out much quicker.. and in effect has made each strip longer and harder to do. To avoid that I was considering reducing the comic down to twice a week, which ALSO made me unhappy. So, how do I deal with such a predicament?
A long time ago I started posting filler strips (before the hat fillers) in which I used clip art to relay jokes. They were really fun to do, and from that moment I wanted to make it it’s own comic… but because LAWLS was eating up all my time, I never got around it it. This whole current predicament pushed me into finally doing it because they take a quarter of the time to do!
This project not only is a bit easier for me to put together, BUT it also is really pushing me to learn how to write better. The basic premise of this strip is to pick dictionary word, read the definition and then from there write out a joke. The built in constraint forces me to really develop a stronger way to come up with jokes, the words will always be new, random, and fresh… where as LAWLS being a story, I have to follow a path, in Words of Interest, I go with what is given to me at the moment.
My final comment about this project is this, yes, some of it will be basic clip art, but a large sum of them will be original characters from my own creatures, IE. the whale and squid in LAWLS. The characters will be switched around based on which will help the joke better for that day, but all the same will start to strengthen the LAWLS universe. I’ve got a few ideas revolving around the little bean characters, TONS with the whales and squid, and a many other that will unravel over time. The one basic theme that will overlap though is that I want it to feel like a an old dictionary, so everything is gonna have a touch of “sophistication” to it. :]
Anyway, go check out tonight’s strip. It takes place IN the Headache Cafe and deals with our good ol’ friend Philip the whale and the Barkeep Squid.
LAWLS will be back TOMORROW!