Well, Halloween and the first Halloween strip are both upon us like two linebackers after a fumble. It was lots of fun to do this strip. In fact I finished it at least a month ago because I was so anxious to do it. Greg was originally Einstein, but a buddy of mine suggested Colonel Sanders and I knew he was on to something. And Dave is already practically The Dude from The Big Lebowski, so that wasn't much of a leap. And Sirloin? He's already practically Mr. Clean. ...Except he's fat. And very unclean. I wish I could have fit Chain-link in there somewhere. Rest assured he's on his bench on the park, dressed as Janet Jackson or something.
October 31, 2005
October 27, 2005
Today's comic is, until the very last panel (well, even a part of it) almost exactly what went down in our offices some time back. Our resident programmer, Paul, picked up the ringing phone that the secretary wasn't picking up, on account of...well, she just wasn't there. The person on the other line was looking for a company that had a name similar to what we had in the late 90's, and then asked if we accepted credit cards, which came rather out of the blue (I was later told that Paul almost told her, "Sure, send 'em on over."). Then, in an unrelated twist, almost immediately asked for someone who does not work in our office. After the good-byes were said I knew there was a comic strip on my hands. But that was from the silly putty.
I also notice that this blog is the "Featured Blog of the Day" at BlogExplosion! Awesome. ...What better time to plug the First George Comics Book over at lulu.com? :D
Posted by John Norton at 12:27 AM
October 20, 2005
Well, Google finally publicly updated their PageRank levels, and I'm proud to announce that the main George Comics page has a PageRank of 5. Thanks for reading and linking to the site, everybody! This makes me want to work even harder to promote the site to get it up to 6 by the time the next update rolls around.
Also, today marks the finale of the "Mac Daddy" storyline. It was really fun to write and draw but I'm actually sort of glad it's finally coming to a close here on the site. I've got some stuff lined up that I think is really good.
Posted by John Norton at 8:49 AM
October 10, 2005
Interjecting the creator of a comic strip into the very comic strip in question is not a practice that has not been done before...at least, not in George. Wait...does that make sense? There are too may "nots" in that sentence. I think you get my drift, because we have a communication thing going.
Anyway, the Mac storyline is great fun and I find myself more eager than usual to draw and write the comics for it. I'll be a little disappointed when it comes to an end, but hey, there'll be something good coming after it too. I hope. I am glad I finally got Colleen to show her face in the strip again! Now...where's Chain-link and Coach Demurson?
Posted by John Norton at 11:18 AM
October 3, 2005
That's because I decided to change the font on the comic, starting with today's strip. This new font is narrower without sacrificing readability, so I can fit a little more text onto each strip if necessary. Also, I just really like the look of it. It's cartoony and pretty easy on the eyes. The old font was fine, but sometimes fitting a lot of text into a particular panel was a challenge and I'd have to make some strategic edits. Plus, sometimes the commas and apostrophes would jump up or down to adjacent lines and try to pick fights with the other words, and this font keeps everything on a level playing field. Hopefully everyone else out there likes the new font as much as I do! I'm still sort of tweaking with the size, width, kerning, leading, all that good stuff. I'm going to find the absolutely optimal specifications for easy reading. Man, I got tired just writing that.
Posted by John Norton at 10:40 PM