Thursday, September 17, 2015

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Stretch Goals Posted


Thanks again for your support on my Incompatibles Kickstarter. I promise the promo messages will now shrink. They will be replaced by cartoons!

Please let friends/relatives know it's not too late to pledge for rewards; the Incompatibles Kickstarter Campaign doesn't conclude until noon, September 3rd. And if we reach any of the following milestones, there are additional goodies for all backers:

$8000 ~ A spot gloss will be added to the printed book’s cover text, making it shiny and extra spiffy. Plus, all backers will gain download access to various Incompatibles-themed wallpapers, yo!

$9000 ~ All backers whose rewards included the physical book will receive a set of four nifty Incompatibles postcard prints. Mail them. Frame them. Love them.

$10,000 ~ All backers whose rewards included the physical book will receive a super-awesome Incompatibles fridge magnet. You will be the envy of all your kitchen guests.

Please direct would-be donors to https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/mestioko/incompatibles-book-the-first-100-cartoons

Thanks!

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

WE DID IT!!!




A HUMONGOUS THANKS to all the backers and sharers who made this Incompatibles Kickstarter happen in a smooth 14 days! You guys are THE BEST!!! This really would not have happened without you!

I'll post up our first stretch goal later tonight, which will include some fun rewards for the different tiers of pledgers who have already donated. For now, let's just revel in the awesomeness of having accomplished this feat.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

I Feel Like Dancing


Okay, this is a little TBT on a Sunday, but this cartoon from my 100 archive succinctly expresses the gratitude I feel about everyone's Kickstarter love. You guys rock! We're at 85% funding for the book!

For those who would like to help out still, check out the project at https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/mestioko/incompatibles-book-the-first-100-cartoons

And thank you for your support! (I'll post a NEW cartoon tomorrow!)

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Incompatibles Kickstarter Project

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/mestioko/incompatibles-book-the-first-100-cartoons

The Incompatibles Kickstarter Project has officially launched!

Please help support this project so we can all see Incompatibles in print. Go to https://www.kickstarter.com/…/incompatibles-book-the-first-… to learn more about the book project and how you can contribute.

Oh, and please “Share” this link with all friends, family and taser enthusiasts.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Blondes and Book Clubs Process


The post-it at upper left is horizontally flipped. When I originally drew the thumbnail, the girl saying "Darcy is so hot" was on the couch. For continuity's sake, it seemed more smooth to swap the girls' placement, so the post-it you see is the second one I did. Nailing the expressions on these ladies faces and hand gestures proved challenging. Sometimes I'll finish roughing a cartoon and feel there is something wrong. It can sometimes be an absent, superfluous or misplaced prop. But more often than not it is a mediocre facial expression or irrelevant hand gesture. It's amazing how much of a difference these things make in the gestalt of a gag. It's hard to see, but look at the face and hand of the gal sitting on the couch saying "I don't get it" in the redline/inked drawing. Her hand is open, eyes squinted and mouth down-turned. I really wanted to play up her complete disinterest in this activity, so I changed these features digitally once I scanned it in. In the final cartoon she is looking down at her nails with poofy red lips and you can almost hear the cynical "valley girl" tone in her voice—all this by just adjusting a few lines.

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Kilts and Parachuting Process


This cartoon had a few more moving parts than usual. I had three specific things that I wanted to help people to see in the visual: the primary, kilted parachuter (obviously); the horrified mother looking on; and finally the signage that helps clarify the gag. Sure the joke is understood with just the man, the woman and the caption, but I wanted to side-step the questions an abbreviated cartoon would pose: Why is this random guy parachuting in a kilt? And why is this lady and her kids in the field looking on? Contextualizing this with the Scottish Games/Air Show twist made it come together nicely. In fact, now I'm wondering if I should've omitted the sign element and simply used “Scottish Air Games” as the caption. Hindsight’s 20/20.

The other dilemma was deciding how much detail to include in the background. I used muted colors and abbreviated line art to keep the fairgrounds from jumping forward in the composition and confusing the gag. It took a while playing with color combinations before it felt right, but I'm pleased with final result.