Apparently, how you enter a new year will indicate how the rest of it turns out, according to some people. Well, I hope that’s not the case for me because I’d then be wading in snot, slime and phlegm for yet another 12 months. Yeah, I’m sick, which means I’ve been catching up on daytime TV inbetween having strange feverish dreams. So I unfortunately haven’t done any drawing over the holidays, but luckily for you I’ve still got a steady stream of older strips scheduled for posting — none of which should be contagious.
While other webcartoonists might take the holidays off, with no new strips postings for the next few weeks, here at Optipess Studios I strive to keep you entertained completely as scheduled! Actually, that’s partly a lie: I’m probably going to take a few days off as well, but luckily for you readers I still got a bunch of older strips ready for your enjoyment, posted as regular every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
But yeah, either way which holiday you may or may not be celebrating; Hannukah, Christmas or Festivus, I hope you’re having a nice few days where you’re at, whereever that is, reading this through a bunch of wires over the true season miracle which is the internet.
You should all read Pictures for Sad Children by John Campbell, but honestly I’m not entirely sure why. That is, I laugh out loud at pretty much every strip, but still being unable to pinpoint exactly why it works. It could be the completely deadpan deliveries of the dry jokes, coupled with the ultra-minimalistic art that bring so much to the humour despite being extremely simple. I absolutely adore the ambiguity of the expressions, rendered in the most basic way with only dots for eyes and lines for arms, but still they communicate just enough of the essentials to make it fantastically hilarious — when it by all accounts really shouldn’t.
Also, who wouldn’t want to parade around in a shirt sporting a drawing of the Eiffel Tower and the word “Paris”, laughing quietly to themselves as everyone else probably are missing the fine print of “Just another bullshit town” below.
…so apparently I managed to mess up posting todays comic, that is, I must’ve forgotten to upload it to the server in the first place. Oh well, I’ll fix it as soon as I get home from work. In the meantime, and I plan for this to be a regular feature of this blog, I’d like to recommend other comics on the web for your reading enjoyment.
First off is Simulated Comic Product by Kevin Forbes, which oftentimes features sad robots, scientific themes and/or obscure references. Either way it goes, it’s always brilliant and hilarious. Read it!
Edit: Oh, and I forgot to mention that this SCP strip actually has a single line of Norwegian dialogue provided by yours truly!
Ok, so the first few comics are online, with a bunch more to come. I’ve got a decent buffer of older strips at the moment, and I’ll probably be jumping a bit back and forth between these and some newer ones occasionally. Luckily there’s no continuity between strips to speak of, so I can easily skip the most embarrasing early strips, and rather save them for a rainy day.
Currently the posting schedule is a new comic every monday, wednesday and friday, and it will stay that way for at least another couple months. So stick around, or click that ‘subscribe’ button for an RSS feed. At the moment the site is very bare-bones and work-in-progress, but things will definitely be improved upon. As for the comic itself, as we reach the newer ones the art will also improve. The jokes, on the other hand, will not. Enjoy!