I may have mentioned that I do career day at a couple of schools around here. Add to that, walking a big dog to drop off and pick up my kids at school, and you get a few students who know what I do for a living. A young man named DeVarelier Mitchell shows me some of his artwork now and again. And he asked if I could publish a cartoon he drew. Of course, I said “yes”. Publishing isn’t what it used to be, apparently. When I was a kid, getting published meant knowing somebody who worked at the local paper, or at least at a screenprint shop that needed some work on the cheap. Now? Ask that kid’s dad, the one with the webcomic if he’ll pop it on there one Tuesday.
Anyhow, here’s DeVarelier’s cartoon. If you’d like to see it nice and large you’ll have to click on it, and then maybe click on it again until you get the huge version. I took the blue notebook lines out for you, and I made up a little sketchbook for DeV, so he can draw on unruled paper for a bit. I think he has a big future in mutant violence comics. I’m sure you agree.
Would you like to be ‘published’? I’d prefer things with skateboards and bikes and such in it, or maybe even Hubris or Kara or somebody, but hey, if you read the Hubris, the least I can do for you is use a Tuesday here and there to get you published… whatever that means in these days of digital media.
Well, I’m really new to this book thing. But here I am flogging another book. I just got my big box of them and sat down to look through the printed version. I like it. I’ve been doing The Buckets comic strip for a long while, with a few disappointing outcomes over publishing a new Buckets book. After this last time, I figured I needed a book no matter what, and asked John Lotshaw with Moonbase Press to set it up for me. He did, and now I know what everyone in my family and group of friends are getting for Christmas. If you have family and friends, I encourage you to consider The Exhausted Parents Guide To Why Your Life Is Normal.
I went back through six years of Buckets strips, reading each one. The ones that made me laugh out loud were used in this book. So that’s what you’re getting: distilled Buckets O’ Funny. Concentrated Humor in a neat package. Remember to get extras, ’cause you’re gonna want to cut one of them up to put your favorite cartoons on the fridge and on your office door. See? That’s me being helpful. Christmas and birthdays, anniversaries, baby showers, Hannukah, Eid, Festivus, Agnostica, Solstice, New Year, Black Friday… I honestly do not wish to interfere with your right to give and receive celebratory gifts in your own freely-chosen fashion, within the bounds of your country’s attempts to legally restrict any antisocial craziness going on. I’m just sellin’ books here. Enjoy.