Friday, October 24, 2014

APD: I Shall Sleep Here



You can tell the state I was in when I conceived this idea, and I wasn't that bad when I drew it, but now...

I'll have something else up tomorrow...

Um... bed.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

APD 12: Justification

Yeah, this is a comic about how we justify stuff we do to each other. Plus, I wanted to reiterate that stealing is wrong and my characters believe that. I might do something tomorrow.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

APD 11: The Infamous Granola Bar Lady.

Well, here is another one and not unreasonably late, at least my time, that being said, I am still dead.
I will go to bed shortly. I must say that I love granola bars. I mean I have contemplated marrying them, but they will never in my lifetime count as Halloween Candy, not even the ones with chocolate chips. Just, no, don't be that person.

This is based on the time when four very healthy engineers at my work showed up to the diversity day ice cream social and they were instructed to walk a lap around the campus in order to get ice cream. I will go further into corporate attempts to influence behavior later this week.

Coincidentally, this comic makes me think of this... There are some similarities, and that is my excuse.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=okTokQgOo6I&feature=youtu.be
I'm not even sorry.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

APD 10: Holo-Goggles

Well, this was going to go up yesterday. Instead I binge-watched the equivalent of a whole season of "Avatar." I have to agree, it is a darn good show.

Anyway, I have been thinking a bit about how to use technology in my comics. The thing about being a creator, is that you have to make every decision at every level. Usually, we go for something pre-established because it is easiest. Therefore, most comics have people interacting with technology that is identical to the kind with which the creator interacts. If the technology deviates from this, it is usually to emphasize futuristic advances that make it more of historical time periods that make it less capable.

My question is less, "how capable do we want our technology," but "how would we want to interact with it?" The thing is that I work at computers all day. I have a fixed location to look, a fixed location to sit, a fixed location where my keyboard is, and limited view space to place my work. Of course I can rearrange my workspace to me more ergonomic, but I am still limited by the physical devices. I guess my goal is technology that doesn't fix you to a flat screen. The thing about holograms is that they are actual 3D images, and therefore would be much easier on the eyes than staring at a screen. You could build an entire 3d workspace that tracks your motions and responds accordingly. Your keyboard and gestures are wherever happens to be comfortable at the time. The position of information would be entirely up to you, because you are essentially building a virtual office space. Also, depending on power requirements and connectivity, you could totally go mobile with them. It's a thought I might illustrate later.

It's not a new idea. I'm just trying to separate technology advancements into increases in capability, like teleporters, and improvements in usability, like voice commands to your computer. Actually, both of those ideas were on Star Trek. Which one do we use daily, and which one is a pipe dream?

Anyway, I am going to make dinner, and watch more Avatar.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

APD 9: Holo-Kitty!



Here you go. This drove me slightly mad. It's not that is is any more technically challenging than what I have done in the past. I was just fried before I even started.

I can only hope Holo-Kitty becomes as popular as Shark-Blimp, but we all know there is no surpassing Shark-Blimp.

The proper soundtrack for this comic is "Ribs" by Lorde. I had the pleasure of being pretty darn close to the stage this past weekend, and I can give you my personal recommendation, that her concerts are quite worth it.

Edit: the perspective was driving me nuts in the first panel. I had to change it.
I usually don't do this. It's not perfect now, but I am really freaking tired, and I can live with this.

Friday, October 3, 2014

APD 8: Haunted Past



I have quite a bit to say about this little series, but I have to be in Berkeley this afternoon, and the State of California decided that my license plates are a very low priority. Long, story short, I have to take Bay Area public transit. It' feels like I am taking a pilgrimage to the concert. A pilgrimage to see the Lorde. Hmmm.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Conflicting

Taking a month off does something. It makes you long for what you really want.
It's like having the following conversation after viewing the world from a mountaintop.
"Having several weeks off must really make you want to get back to it."
"Yeah, I really want to get back to drawing and writing."
"I was talking about work."
"Work, what kind of a person wants to get back to work?"
Also I had two parts of my life give me a stark contrast today. The first was that of me as a scientist at the National Nuclear Energy Museum. I was soberly reminded that every bit of knowledge I have gained somehow goes towards weapons. I'll never make weapons, but they still could be my legacy.
The second part was that of the social cartoonist. I attended a signing by Danielle Corsetto, and I long to be able to do something like that. I have a long way to go, but it would be a career where I don't have to fear success.