Man, I tell ya. I thrive on deadlines too much. Last week, I was all about "Woo let's build myself a buffer because I'm doing this five days a week." I drew a week in a day or two, and then suddenly the pressure to draw was totally, totally gone. I've kept the buffer at about a week, and today I have strips drawn through Wednesday. It's kind of a struggle. I need the pressure, the immediacy!
Ah well. With any change in process, it'll take a while for the mind to settle in. Back in 2003, when I started using a font instead of hand-written dialog, I had to completely relearn how to draw comic strips, since I was used to writing the words first in the little boxes before drawing the pictures. It took forever, but I soon learned how to write by drawing the pictures first instead. Learning to work with a more-distant deadline is not much different.
The guest star in today's strip sort of found his way into it organically, an idea born after drawing yesterday's strip touching on Beast Wars, though I'd been hoping I'd find a way to work him in for a while. If Aaron Archer can pop into Shortpacked! from time to time, surely the creators of the Beast Wars cartoon can. That cartoon was critical to my development as a young writer.
(I say "young writer" because that was almost 11 years ago, and I'm old now.)
He and his accomplice may soon be relevant to Transformers again. According to an interview with voice actor David Kaye, our guest star's going to be writing an episode of Transformers Animated. Cartoon Network's got peanut butter in my chocolate! Cartoon Network's got chocolate in my peanut butter!
So, anyway, I should turn my attention back to Obama's acceptance speech or something. I hear it's historic.