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December 1st, 2006
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Joyce and Walky!: Almost a true story.

You know, I think it's time you guys knew the creation process behind this strip. I know, I know, you've seen every other cartoonist's "How I draw my strip" dissertation on the Internet, and you're thinking, "How can yours be appreciably different?" Well, it's a lot more complicated than you'd actually think.

First I get a letter-sized piece of paper and draw a 3"x10" border in non-photo blue pencil. I tend to divide this space up into 4 equal panels of 2.5", but not always. (I usually also measure out the borders for the next comic below.)


Then I pencil in Doug Funnie fucking ALF in the ass.


Now it's time to pencil in the strip.


Using a fine-tipped marker, first I mark in the panel borders using a ruler. Then I ink in most of the lines, then detail in the thinner lines using a very fine-tipped pen.


After scanning in the strip, filling in the blacks digitally, and then adding dialogue and/or narration, the strip is complete!


And that's how the strip is made!

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From:dvandom
Date:December 2nd, 2006 04:04 am (UTC)
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And we've all at least thought about trying the iron-it-while-wearing-it trick.

Now Walky needs to wear Jetfire's helmet on his nose.
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From:b_phil
Date:December 2nd, 2006 06:14 am (UTC)
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Hell, I've seriously contempated it more than once.

The joys of being a Junior ROTC cadet in a hurry. I'm sure everyone has at least once tried to shave while eating breakfast while driving to school in a snow storm.
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From:mythos_9
Date:December 2nd, 2006 04:07 am (UTC)
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NOT ALF!!! NOOOOOOOOOO!!!
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From:starline
Date:December 2nd, 2006 04:08 am (UTC)
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*giggles*
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From:deriksmith
Date:December 2nd, 2006 04:43 am (UTC)
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Really? You can go direct from blue to ink? *jealous*

I have to go from blue (well, red, because I'm a communist... or possibly a Republican. Some enemy of democracy anyway.) to pencil, and then ink over things (Calligraphy stylus, whoo!) go back and erase the non-color pencil and scan.

I'm awed by your ability to do the color-work so quickly. I suppose you have years of practice now.
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From:b_phil
Date:December 2nd, 2006 06:15 am (UTC)
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Heh, your description of how you draw comics randomly reminded me of the Red Vs. Blue PSA about how to make a Turducken.
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From:dismalsportfan
Date:December 2nd, 2006 04:52 am (UTC)
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When is the auction for the Doug Greeking Alf original art?
From:jaerune
Date:December 2nd, 2006 04:54 am (UTC)
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Jesus. I'm almost exactly like that, except it's Skeeter fucking Mork from Ork.
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From:ronald_mack
Date:December 2nd, 2006 05:19 am (UTC)
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Wow, I didn't realized we shared some of the same steps. Clipboards, drawing the panels, doug sex.
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From:spectre_general
Date:December 2nd, 2006 05:33 am (UTC)
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Whoa. For a second I thought this was Punks and Nerds
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From:zandperl
Date:December 2nd, 2006 05:47 am (UTC)
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Aw shucks, I was hoping to see a second version of the strip with the Alf assfucking inked. Does it look identical every time?
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From:nick_101
Date:December 2nd, 2006 05:53 am (UTC)
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The Doug/Alf sketch was hilarious.
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From:b_phil
Date:December 2nd, 2006 06:17 am (UTC)
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Indeed, you need to auction some Doug/Alf artwork some day.

But of course, in such a manner that won't get you sued by Disney.
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From:absurdhero
Date:December 2nd, 2006 06:00 am (UTC)
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Clearly I have been missing a crucial step.
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From:tprjones
Date:December 2nd, 2006 06:56 am (UTC)
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Heh, this reminds me of the time I decided to color my hair blue, and after I put in the color then read the directions which said I had to heat it in order to make the color set right. I didn't have a hair dryer handy. But I did have an iron ...
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From:finback
Date:December 2nd, 2006 07:58 am (UTC)
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See, my first thought there is "how can I suspend myself upside down above the iron which is also inverted?"
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From:jin_saotome
Date:December 2nd, 2006 08:56 am (UTC)
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Holy crap, that's awesome! Really I've never seen how anyone makes a strip, probably on the account I can't draw and can only make 3D stuff. Maybe if I sculpted Doug Funnie banging an Alf action figure, my customs would start rocking as hard as your strips? I'm thinking that one step is a keystone...

You know what I'd really be interested in?

A dissertation on how you make icons... *cough*... heh heh....
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From:xerroo
Date:December 2nd, 2006 11:53 am (UTC)
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XD!!!

This is Doug's funniest (And only funny) moment.
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From:robowang
Date:December 2nd, 2006 02:56 pm (UTC)
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You forgot about the part where I have sex with your sister.
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From:jameel
Date:December 2nd, 2006 03:01 pm (UTC)
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Oh, my god. I've done that, and it didn't end well.
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From:dvandom
Date:December 2nd, 2006 05:25 pm (UTC)
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And then, some went beyond just thinking about it. :) Trying to get ironingboard abs?
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