Hi guys! I turned 30 this week, and all of my wonderful friends did such a thorough job of making sure my weekend was full of fun and excitement that I didn’t have any time to draw a comic. So I photographed it instead… because I’m just weird enough that I actually did have a blood-spattered axe laying around my apartment for just such an occasion as this.
9 years ago today, Lex and I started Cartridge. Well, it was called Cartridge Comics back then, and we were operating on a crappy little website I built myself in Notepad. This was the first comic I ever drew for the site. It’s actually the second one I uploaded, hence why it was displayed as the second comic in the archive for the first two years, but to me, this will always count as the first comic. It’s been an incredible journey to this point. Lots of ups and downs. I’m a very, very different person from the young idiot who launched this thing. I had no idea how to properly form a joke, my artwork hadn’t found a groove (not that my current state of constant self-reinvention is much better) and I was obsessed with making my humor “edgy” to the point of being offensive pretty often. I’ve watched my vision go from playing around with pop culture icons like a kid with a chest of toys, to a story based satire on nerd culture and tropes, to commentary on nerd media. I’ve watched readers and fellow artists come and go. I’ve gone to conventions and met some of the most amazing, supportive people in the world. I’d be lying if I said this whole comic thing had gone as expected when I started out, but I’d also be lying if I said I wasn’t immensely thankful for every last one of you out there who comes to here listen to what this crazy nerd with a Cintiq has to say. Thank you for supporting me.
I had planned on making a video about San Diego Comic Con 2014, but something bigger came up.