Friday, September 12, 2014

Introducing: A Purposeful Derailment



Here is my new comic. It will contain bad puns, bizarre viewpoints, and geographic ambiguity. I must warn you it will also contain discussions on religion, addiction, mental health, and cultural norms.

This comic is my attempt at breaking certain molds while still being something worth reading. The only way I now how to do that is to be myself. Let's see how this goes. This might last 100 strips or so.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Sneak Peak: Purposeful Derailment

So, here is the character art I have worked up for my upcoming comic.

I will not be continuing with EOS for the near future. The reason is that, EOS evolved into a very specific story with some very specific points. EOS was always going to be a slightly snarky metaphor on life. Also, it has a very long story to resolve it, and I am not ready to tackle it at the moment.

What I will be doing with my next comic will be less of a metaphor and more of an assult on life. I will be tackling issues I never would have dreamed of discussing in EOS, mainly faith and my place int he world. I'm not going to pull any punches in this one because I decided that I can't let myself hold back if I want to be successful. This is not to say, I will not write silly fun story lines, but this one just has to feel real. I am not sure where this will end up, but I have enough now to hit the ground and go. It's the only thing I know. Strangly, my goal is to be more cartoony in my images, but less fanciful overall.

I can tell you the basic premise is being honest with yourself, and following what you love.



So, may I introduce Jean and Gloria. The bio information is a bit blury, but you can deal with it. I need to get to bed. I have a real job these days. Coming up "The Purposeful Derailment."


Saturday, August 23, 2014

Love?

These are some quick comics I did while eating some delicious food.

It may seem odd that a person who is self-proclaimed to be incapable of love would write comics about it. The truth is that I am quite capable of loving other people, and I do it quite fiercely. Love is integral to my life, and it defines every interaction that even remotely matters to me. Love is everything, and I could write about it all day. It is all-encompassing, engrossing, and far more complicated than simply romance. I am, however, incapable of loving someone romantically. I don't know why. There are just some things I can't do. I can't play sports and be expected to contribute in a serious game, I can't spend all day writing computer code without wanting to throw the machine out the window, and I can't maintain a romantic relationship if I am being honest with myself. It doesn't mean I can't love in general, and it doesn't mean I don't appreciate romantic love in particular. It doesn't even mean romantic love isn't appealing to me. It just means that I accept that romantic love is not the answer to my fulfillment as a person, and, therefore, I don't need to feel bad about myself not being able to honestly pursue it.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

New job

I started my new job today. It is better than my previous job in just about every respect. Although,  it still isn't cartooning. If you want me to be a professional cartoonist, you need to tell all of your friends to read my site.
I sketched a couple of ideas during new employee orientation. These aren't the original sketches, but they are still rough. I just am not used to the permanence of drawing with ink.


Wednesday, July 30, 2014

The Desert?

Today started on a dirt road in Oklahoma jogging by a llama farm. Hundreds of miles later and a different kind of beauty was found: one of mesas, desert rainbows, and mountain lightning.

Here are some sketches inspired by today. The first was inspired by Texas. The second is pretty self-explanatory. I have never seen this happen, but I would like to.

I'll do some nature sketches tomorrow after we do some hiking.

Odd things about today. New Mexico in July is surprisingly cool and wet. Also, our first meal in New Mexico was Taco Bell. It was one of the few places open.

However our lodging choice was determined by a Weird Al song.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Means of Travel

I'm posting from Blackwell OK. I can now say I have been to 42 states.

I love road trips. Here is why.

When I travel by plane, I feel disconnected from the rest of the world. I disappear from one location and appear in another. While I enjoy the suspended time (I spend it reading), I feel as though where I arrive is a bubble that doesn't connect to the rest of the world and doesn't exist beyond what I see.

Driving is the opposite. It connects two places. If I drive somewhere from home that new place becomes home as well. It takes effort, but I end up belonging here, there, and everywhere in between. Also, it is hard to pass up so much beauty along the way.

Andrew


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