Friday, July 18, 2014

EOS 100: What have we learned?



Well, here we go EOS 100!
Looking back, I hope my art writing and expressions have improved over the past two and a half years.  I don't know what the future holds. On the one hand I really like these characters and I liek a more detailed art style. On the other hand, I may have to modify my style to make this sustainable in the days ahead. Also, I really want to do an extended graphic novel type event with these characters. So, I might create new ones for joke strips.

Is this really number 100? No, remember I did 19 pages at lona.mildlymiffed.com. I am tempted to complete that, and edit out some of the more metaphisycal aspects. We'll see.Also, I have a number of strips that aren't labeled as EOS. The official list is archived at EOS.mildlymiffed.com. You can also just search the comics tags on the main www.mildlymiffed.com if you want all of my comics (except Lona)

As for the future, what does it hold? How about road trip! Yes, I will be spending the month on the road starting this weekend. I'm bringing my sketchbook and art supplies and I will be giving updates as I go. How is that for fun? Hopefully, after a month of this I will have a bit more clarity in life.

Anyway. Thank you for reading this for however long you have been following me.
I feel like I am becoming a different person with all of these changes, and its kind of a nice change. Don't worry. I'll still be me.

Andrew

Monday, July 14, 2014

EOS 99: Stuck with You


OK. This was supposed to be up over two hours ago, but no, the more tired I get the harder it gets to do. I will put up EOS 100 this week, and then ROAD TRIP! I'll be keeping a sketchbook of my journey, and I might just update you along the way. The current plan is 14 states over three weeks. I'll talk more when I am not dead tired.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

EOS 98: Devolution into Farce


I'm actually surprised how long this series is going. I will have two more up by the end of next week. That will put us at EOS 100!
What do I do after that. Well. I want to keep on drawing. I like drawing, and I like what I draw.

Anyway, here ist he big announcement I was talking about that will affect my update schedule.

I am moving to California. I took a job with a bay-area employer. I am not exactly sure where I will be living, but it will be somewhere on the peninsula between San Fransisco and San Jose.
So, how does this affect the comic? Well, I am planning an month off to drive across the country. It appears to be the time for cartoonists to do just that. ( www.girlswithslingshots.com ) This means I will not have regular updates, but I did buy a sketchbook, and I plan to do a comic a day. Leaving on the 18th, I plan to visit (Cleveland?)) Ann Arbor, Chicago, Rockford, Philedelphia (yes, I have to fly back for something), Madison, Peoria, Kansas City, Tulsa, (Dallas?) Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Denver, Flagstaff, Los Angeles, and of course San Fransisco. This is tentative, and I might take a northern route, but I have a month to do it. Who knows what the comics are going to be about. Probably, national parks and my brother's snoring, but it will be an adventure.

Actually the most adventurous thing I did was when I quit on Monday. I am a very timid person. I don't even let myself fall in love with girls I know I should be crazy about, because of the what-if, factor. Anyway. I was granted a tentative job offer provided I passed some routine background tests. I know there is no way I am going to fail, but heaven forbid I actually bank on that. No, I needed a guarantee in hand before I quit my job. Well, the guarantee wasn't coming that day, but I was contractually obligated to give a two-weeks notice. So what do I do, delay my trip by at least a weekend, or bank on something I knew I was going to pass? In the end I finally did something that made sense, and I handed in my resignation on Monday. It's not really that crazy, but it is not 100% guaranteed, and that feels pretty wild for me.

Anyway. I will not go into details about the job. It is a space technology research position with one of the largest aerospace companies in the world. It is basically what I have been working towards since I was 16/17? for reference I am 30. Anyway, it is really exciting. That being said, I keep on wondering if I should maybe be more crazy and jsut quit all of this to be a cartoonist. This is always has been a passion. We'll see. If you tell all of your friends and they tell their friends and they all love it, then I will totally do this as a full-time job. I have tracking statistics, so I know if you are going crazy about me or not.

Anyway, have fun.
Andrew

Monday, July 7, 2014

EOS 97: Stop Playing so Harshly



OK, hopefully tonight, I will be able to make my announcement. Does it have something to do with my 100th strip and why I want it out by next week? Yes. also starting these things when I am not dead tired is a huge boon for productivity.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

EOS 96: Busines Cards, The Game



Here you go. I think this would be a fun game. Honestly, this is a good was to get through a boring meeting. Imagine it's really two wizards fighting, and your office is the imaginary realm where it all takes place. Office politics, heck yeah!

Anyway, I plan to wrap up this little story arc int eh next four strips. Preferably before the 18th.
Why the 18th? Well I might have some big news on Monday that will cause an extended interruption in my cartooning.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

EOS 95: Out of Nowhere

Yeah, this was supposed to go up on Friday, but, you know, life...
Hey does anyone have an objection to me taking the strip in another direction when I am done with this little series?
Actually, what I want to do with these characters is put them in a much longer story. That that probably means is that any further adventures will be done with a new set of characters.

Andrew

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Contemplation

I attended a Lindsey Stirling concert last night. It was quite an experience. She is creative, and energetic, and passionate, and amazing, and it all comes out in the performance. She is a person following a passion that everyone said would never work, and every night she thanks her audience for making a dream a reality.

What does that mean for me? Well that is part of what this is contemplating. I have passion and dreams and I am pursuing one, but another refuses to go away. What do I do?  I don't know, but either way, changes are in my future. Last night was an important night for that on so many levels.
Last night, I felt uncontrollably happy for the first time in over a year. Last night I decided that I need let my heart get broken again, and in fact, I should pursue that end. Also, last night I dropped my keys, and I haven't found them yet. Finally, last night I made a pretty important life decision, that I will talk more about in the days ahead.

Also, I can't say enough about how awesome Lindesy's shows are, but the thing I want to emphasize is that she honestly cares about her audience, and she made that apparent time and time again. I felt that. That is the thing I learned about shows last night. Shows aren't about entertainment, and they aren't about an act performing. They are a strange sort of relationship. We give Lindsey love and she gives it back. It's not extremely personal, but it is there. It used to be I saw shows as a check-mark of people I need to see. Last night, I didn't see it as a check-mark, I saw it as the beginning of something that I will keep doing my entire life. Her life, however distant, is a part of mine in a way. I will keep going to her shows and listening to her music as she makes it. That is the cool thing about following an artist. I do it with both comic artist and musicians. another example is Ed Sheeran, who released an album that day, but it was already sold out when I went to buy it. (Very cool and I have tickets to his concert in September.)