So. Prettier pictures today. Real brush, no brush pen. More careful penciling. And tomorrow, more packing up of Patron Loot! You guys are great.
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I went through all of last year’s Hubris cartoons this morning. I had to pick out twelve of them to submit to the NCS to try and get a nomination for the Silver Reuben for the Short Form Online Comic division.
I’ve been rushing the art for the past year in a way that bothers me. I won’t say that I’ve chosen quantity over quality, in an effort to make sure you guys get four cartoons a week, but I have cut some corners that, when looking through the whole pile all at once, make me think I can do better. And so, I will.
Just thought I’d let you know.
Welcome to the second freebee extra cartoon this week. In case you read at a fixed time each day and skip days that I don’t usually post new cartoons, a couple of taps on the ‘back’ arrow button are in order.
What I’m doing with the new cartoons, I think, is trying to clear my conscience a bit. I’ve owed you guys some extra consideration for a while now- since before I put up the Patreon Link. I thought I’d feel better about asking you guys to pony up a buck a month or more if I kept up a little better with previous hat-on-the-pavement events.
I tell ya, back when I first started, I was hoping that ads on the site and retail partner ads that ran in the oldest of the product review posts would pay the way for Hubris. I’m old school enough to be a little queasy asking you guys to do more than just enjoy the site. On the other hand, y’know, life. So there’s a Patreon link and a tip jar link and the sort of ‘new economy of the web’ stuff. I’m pleased and proud that I have readers who’ll pony up to keep Hubris happening.
And Patreon is about to give me my first list of Patrons, so I can send out your incentive goodies. If you’d like to Patronize Hubris, now is a great time to commit to a couple of bucks or five per month, so I can send you some goodies too.
Now, go outside and play, for heaven’s sake.
Remember being a kid in elementary school? They’d try to get you to write stories, sometimes in little books made from folding over some ‘typing paper’ (now ‘copier paper’) and using a sheet of construction paper for a cover. Well, I remember it, and that’s what we’re talking about today. I remember some girl being very proud of her story about a bunch of kids who solve mysteries. She asked two or three people to sketch up their idea for the cover of her book, and she’d decide who’d draw the cover.
In case you hadn’t surmised already, I, like some of you were, perhaps, was the “class artist”. For those of you who were NOT the class artist, it’s a heavy burden. Well, no, it’s not. It’s an ego trip is what.
For the aforementioned Mystery Kids cover illustration, which featured a cave in the title I can’t recall, I drew a mysterious looking cave. I had been to quite a few caves. Carlsbad Caverns, Ruby Falls Cave, Mammoth Cave, and I’d even camped out in Cumberland Caverns with the Indian Guides Father/Son group. I knew me my caves, you betcha. The cave I drew was at the bottom of a large rock wall with creepers all over it. There were bones and stuff in front of the rocky black hole that was the entrance to the mysterious cave. Being the class artist, I was confident that my sketch would be prized above all others, exciting comment about how perceptive and well-schooled I was in both mystery and caveishness.
The writer picked a different sketch by a friend of hers. This friend had drawn what looked like a muddy igloo with, I swear to you, footprints all around the entrance. It wasn’t a cave! It was a lumpen mound with a hole in it! And how the hell did those footprints get up and around the sides of the hole? Some guy lying on his back sticking his giant feet all around the door to his stupid mud igloo? Idiotic.
So, while drawing this week’s cartoons (and the extras) I have continually flashed back to fourth grade and being snubbed for my cave art, which is not to be confused with art in a cave. You can’t go home again, but by Golly, it’ll sure as heck stay in the back of your head for your whole life.
I’ve also flashed back to a lot of smaller caves and water-cut spots I’ve been to since 4th grade, but that’s a whole ‘nother set of silly stories.
If you can’t give your Professional Opinion in good conscience, how would you feel about giving your Opinion of Profession? Oops. Too late. Lowell offered his Fact of Profession. Never mind.
More importantly, here’s an extra cartoon for you this week! I’ve owed you guys a couple of extra for a few months, since some folks hit the Tip Jar a while back. Sorry it took so long. The windup to this story arc has been building for a long time, though, and since the scripts were writ, and the art got done (somehow) you get TWO new freebees this week. And MY conscience is better.
For those of you who have pledged on the Hubris Patreon Page- Patreon doesn’t run your cards and tell me what’s what until the end of the month. So the goodies are coming, but it’ll be early February- just so you know.