Hubris Comics http://hubriscomics.com Read this, then go outside and play. Fri, 29 Jul 2016 05:01:54 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Hubris- Career Plan http://hubriscomics.com/comic/hubris-career-plan/ http://hubriscomics.com/comic/hubris-career-plan/#comments Fri, 29 Jul 2016 05:01:54 +0000 http://hubriscomics.com/?post_type=comic&p=7643 2016-07-29-hubris

Like the guy on the A-Team, we all just love it when a plan comes together… or comes out of nowhere.  Right?  I think Ms. Wiggins-Ross was a big A-Team fan.]]>
2016-07-29-hubris

Like the guy on the A-Team, we all just love it when a plan comes together… or comes out of nowhere.  Right?  I think Ms. Wiggins-Ross was a big A-Team fan.

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A long, long time ago… http://hubriscomics.com/comic/a-long-long-time-ago/ http://hubriscomics.com/comic/a-long-long-time-ago/#comments Thu, 28 Jul 2016 19:39:32 +0000 http://hubriscomics.com/?post_type=comic&p=7640 2016-07-28-hubris

Oops.  I forgot my new feature- Throwback Thursday. So, better late than never, here’s the very first appearance of Lowell. If you’ve ever wondered why Lowell has the haircut, glasses and build that he does- this is why. I admit,[…]↓ Read the rest of this entry...]]>
2016-07-28-hubris

Oops.  I forgot my new feature- Throwback Thursday.

So, better late than never, here’s the very first appearance of Lowell.

If you’ve ever wondered why Lowell has the haircut, glasses and build that he does- this is why.

I admit, shaping a character for the sake of a sight gag is pretty lazy.  But Lowell wasn’t supposed to take on the… large silhouette… that he has.  I just thought he’d be the irritating neighbor.  Of course, as his thoughtlessly cruel behavior became more useful for storytelling and for leaving a lingering bitter (acquired) taste in the mouths of readers, he stuck around for the fun.

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Hubris- Voice of Exerience http://hubriscomics.com/comic/hubris-voice-of-exerience/ http://hubriscomics.com/comic/hubris-voice-of-exerience/#comments Wed, 27 Jul 2016 05:01:24 +0000 http://hubriscomics.com/?post_type=comic&p=7636 2016-07-27-hubris

Random photo from recent travels for you: This is my cousin Amy’s turkey.  I can’t recall which one it is. It MIGHT be ‘Thanksgiving Dinner”.  Yes, that’s the name of one of their turkeys.  Their two big domestic turkeys were[…]↓ Read the rest of this entry...]]>
2016-07-27-hubris

Random photo from recent travels for you:

This is my cousin Amy’s turkey.  I can’t recall which one it is. It MIGHT be ‘Thanksgiving Dinner”.  Yes, that’s the name of one of their turkeys.  Their two big domestic turkeys were almost doglike in their desire for attention, and their willingness to rearrange the pecking order when given the opportunity.  Very entertaining.

Aaaand if current evolutionary theory is anything to jump up and down about, then THIS should inform us about the look of dinosaurs far more than the grey beasts of old stop-motion educational films.

Ooooh, look-  it’s just like staring a li’l tiny T-Rex in the eyes.

A T-Rex with nasty red wattles… which they COULD have had, and how are we to know?

This turkey has therefore ruined my childhood- moreso than all those silly people who claim the new, I dunno, Mr. Rogers movie adaptation of the old TV show ruined THEIR childhoods.

Amy’s some kind of hotshot archaeological scientist, too… so she probably just loves the nasty lookin’ thing.

Tuuuurkey

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Hubris- Working Right http://hubriscomics.com/comic/hubris-working-right/ http://hubriscomics.com/comic/hubris-working-right/#comments Tue, 26 Jul 2016 05:01:36 +0000 http://hubriscomics.com/?post_type=comic&p=7633 2016-07-26-hubris

You know how it is… you got a job to do, and you don’t wanna give up on it.  Just one more minute. That kind of behavior was bad enough, and then they invented Facebook.]]>
2016-07-26-hubris

You know how it is… you got a job to do, and you don’t wanna give up on it.  Just one more minute.

That kind of behavior was bad enough, and then they invented Facebook.

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Hubris- Hiding in plain sight http://hubriscomics.com/comic/hubris-hiding-in-plain-sight/ http://hubriscomics.com/comic/hubris-hiding-in-plain-sight/#comments Mon, 25 Jul 2016 05:01:33 +0000 http://hubriscomics.com/?post_type=comic&p=7629 2016-07-25-hubris

If you’re wondering who ‘Joel’ is, then you might need to back up to a certain Stanky Creek Outdoorfest, or possibly the weaker, more ridiculous SportSmart Outdoorsfest.  It’s all there in the archives someplace or other. Or just take it[…]↓ Read the rest of this entry...]]>
2016-07-25-hubris

If you’re wondering who ‘Joel’ is, then you might need to back up to a certain Stanky Creek Outdoorfest, or possibly the weaker, more ridiculous SportSmart Outdoorsfest.  It’s all there in the archives someplace or other.

Or just take it from me, Lowell is not always as assertive or truthful person.  When big boss Ed Honcho calls you ‘Joel’, then you just go with it.  Maybe consider having your name legally changed.

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Hubris- The Decider http://hubriscomics.com/comic/hubris-the-decider/ http://hubriscomics.com/comic/hubris-the-decider/#comments Fri, 22 Jul 2016 05:01:23 +0000 http://hubriscomics.com/?post_type=comic&p=7626 2016-07-22-hubris

Bam.  Right into the deep end.  No problem.  Tread water, and tell everyone the water’s not that deep.  Right?  Right?]]>
2016-07-22-hubris

Bam.  Right into the deep end.  No problem.  Tread water, and tell everyone the water’s not that deep.  Right?  Right?

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The First Hubris Throwback Thursday http://hubriscomics.com/comic/the-first-hubris-throwback-thursday/ http://hubriscomics.com/comic/the-first-hubris-throwback-thursday/#comments Thu, 21 Jul 2016 05:01:44 +0000 http://hubriscomics.com/?post_type=comic&p=7619 2016-07-21-hubris

Thank you, Proamericana, for the suggestion that I fill the silence of Thursdays with the now trope-y but totally workable THROWBACK THURSDAY! This one is from 2012, back when Hubris was still gag-a-day, like so many comic strips are.  There are[…]↓ Read the rest of this entry...]]>
2016-07-21-hubris

Thank you, Proamericana, for the suggestion that I fill the silence of Thursdays with the now trope-y but totally workable THROWBACK THURSDAY!

This one is from 2012, back when Hubris was still gag-a-day, like so many comic strips are.  There are a few comics featuring Hubris and Kara attending church or funerals.  I can’t recall which early stage of development spawned this particular cartoon, but it was probably pretty late in the series of revisions for the syndicate.  I was very lucky to have Amy Lago (first at United Media, then at Washington Post Writer’s Group) giving me advice about how to bring Hubris (originally called ‘Because It’s There’) up to scratch.  One of the suggestions she made that I didn’t really care for, and didn’t do while I was still pestering her with new packages, ultimately resulted in both Lowell and Durnell- well after I’d turned the project into the webcomic you’re staring at now.

I wonder how Hubris would have done if I’d taken her advice, and taken the time to crank out a couple more packages, and gotten one of the syndicates to pick it up.  It was late in the day as things were getting worse all the time for newspapers and syndicates, so I imagine it’d be… a lot like it is now, except I couldn’t have changed the format to the vertical form the way I did.

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Stand Up for the Board… http://hubriscomics.com/2016/07/stand-up-for-the-board/ http://hubriscomics.com/2016/07/stand-up-for-the-board/#comments Thu, 21 Jul 2016 01:47:23 +0000 http://hubriscomics.com/?p=7622 ↓ Read the rest of this entry...]]> Okay, so some of you know that it’s my brother that’s the inspiration for a lot of Hubris cartoons.  He’s more outdoorsy than I am, but he can’t draw for beans.  So when I get a chance to hang out with him, there’s usually a good chance that something entertaining is going to happen, and I’ll be the only one with the kind of art skills to exploit it mercilessly.

Northern Wisconsin, on a lovely lake surrounded by all manner of cabins and summer homes and all, he and his brother-in-law decided to find out if you could stand on a SUP and be towed behind a motorboat.  They were kind enough to give me a turn at it.

The last time I’d tried to stand on anything being towed behind a boat was nearly forty years before.  And before I started kayaking much, I was insanely creeped out by large bodies of water (or, more accurately, by what my imagination filled those bodies of water with).  That time all those years ago, I learned to faceplant expertly, but I did not learn to ski.

So the chances that I’d do something worth photographing this time seemed pretty high.  I figured I could knock out a tooth or something clever.

As it was, my brother said, “Remember to lean back”, which I also recalled being told when I was twelve, so I leaned back.

He didn’t say to wait for the slack to leave the rope, so I hadda climb back on the damned board.  Fine.

I stood up.  I leaned back at the appropriate time, and I skied along behind a boat on a SUP.  I’m told we didn’t go over about 14 miles an hour.  When you’re ON the board, though, and have no idea how long you might be there, 14 miles an hour feels pretty good.

I should have put more effort into crossing the wake, and making a show of leaving the board, but that’s what my brother and Doug were for.

For now, you have to look at photos of me not flying off a SUP and into that nest of Cottonmouths they spooked me with tales of back on that lake in 1977.

Then you can look at photos of my brother doing a wildly entertaining dismount.

 

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Nice, right?  Look at that form… that style… that weirdly pained expression on my face.

Now, watch this action… My wife (the photographer on this trip) had worked out with Jeff that he would ‘try to get horizontal before he struck the water’.

And so…

 

Jeff Splash

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Hubris- Connoissewer http://hubriscomics.com/comic/hubris-connoissewer/ http://hubriscomics.com/comic/hubris-connoissewer/#comments Wed, 20 Jul 2016 05:01:22 +0000 http://hubriscomics.com/?post_type=comic&p=7616 2016-07-20-hubris

How many of you guys draw? Here’s the thing- I learned to draw with a brush years ago, and it’s served me very well for a lot of reasons. And now Kolinsky Sable brushes are very hard to get.  They’re[…]↓ Read the rest of this entry...]]>
2016-07-20-hubris

How many of you guys draw?

Here’s the thing- I learned to draw with a brush years ago, and it’s served me very well for a lot of reasons. And now Kolinsky Sable brushes are very hard to get.  They’re the best brushes for inking with.  Seriously, they’re great.  Raphael brushes, Isabey, or Windsor-Newton Series 7s.  Nice lines.

But like I said, they’re hard to get these days.

So, needing new brushes, you try out what’s available.  Especially if your friends recommend them.

I think I’ve mentioned here before that I got a nice brush pen with ink cartridges that I liked quite a bit.  Twenty bucks for the pen, and maybe 11 bucks for a pack of refill cartridges.  It took some getting used to, but it seemed to be a good thing.  Plus, without the ink bottles, and the little pads of paper for pointing my brush, and the careful cleanup of Kolinsky Sable brushes, the nifty little Pentel brush pen seemed so convenient.  And it IS convenient.

But I got out the ol’ Kolinsky Sable brush again, cleaned it carefully just in case, cracked open a new bottle of Higgens Black Magic ink and drew the latest couple of cartoons.

And I realize that as nice and convenient and seemingly as slick as that Pentel brush pen is, the control and the line and the feel and the final product that comes off a good brush with good ink is far superior.

Honestly, for the past few months, I’ve been kicking myself and wondering why my backgrounds had gotten so… dull.  I thought I was losing my touch, or my eyesight, or something.

But it was the brush.  Using the sable brush again, I dived at the backgrounds and enjoyed the lines and appreciated the feel of the whole thing much, much better.

I think the last time I mentioned that brush pen, someone commented that they hadn’t noticed the change in the art.  And that’s good news.  But I think, unless something goes pretty squiffy, I’ll be happier drawing with my stupidly expensive, hard-to-get brushes.

And so, if any of you guys draw… there’s some mindless cartoonist trivia for you.

For everyone else… Hey, look! it’s a cartoon about eating a bug! Hahahahahahaha!

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Hubris- Who’s Spinning Who http://hubriscomics.com/comic/hubris-whos-spinning-who/ http://hubriscomics.com/comic/hubris-whos-spinning-who/#comments Tue, 19 Jul 2016 05:01:53 +0000 http://hubriscomics.com/?post_type=comic&p=7613 2016-07-19-hubris

Why throw mere strikes when you can throw curveballs, right?  Lowell is the man with something that looks suspiciously like a plan… except there’s no way he could have planned for it. Lowell.  Admit it.  You like the stories he’s[…]↓ Read the rest of this entry...]]>
2016-07-19-hubris

Why throw mere strikes when you can throw curveballs, right?  Lowell is the man with something that looks suspiciously like a plan… except there’s no way he could have planned for it.

Lowell.  Admit it.  You like the stories he’s in.

 

 

I can fix that, you know.

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