Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Sunday, July 27, 2014
Today's sunday strip was a lot of fun to do although it took me forever.
It's actually a homage/tribute/rip off of this amazing double-spread by Wally Wood (art) and George Belkin (script) from issue #68 of Mad, circa 1962. This is the uncut Bristol board image. Notice I stole one of the jokes!
Here's the pencil rough before I started inking.
I was really happy to be able to make a band. Hardest to draw was Dagwood from Blondie. I need to practice that one more. Next up, the Comic Strip Characters Beach party!
Here's the complete list (approximately top to bottom, left to right):
Horace (Dark Side of the Horse), Calvin and Hobbes, Garfield, Travis (the head in the jar from Scary Gary), Jill Kaplan (The Pajama Diaries), Jonathan Lemon (me!), Stephan Pastis (Pearls Before Swine), Alien Admin (from Human Cull), Rory (The Barn), Percival Dunwoody, Idiot Time-Traveler from 1909 (Tom the Dancing Bug), Scary Gary and Leopold (Scary Gary), Buni (Buni), Dilbert, Helen Kudlick (Dustin), Keith Knight (The K Chronicles), Lance (Fusco Brothers), Dagwood (Blondie), Luann, Arthur (Sheldon), Pointy-haired boss (Dilbert), Petey (Cul-de-Sac), Popeye, Lettuce (Rabbits Against Magic), Roger Fox (Foxtrot), Charlie Brown and Lucy (Peanuts), Big Nate, Lio, Tina (Tina's Groove), Beatle Bailey and Sarge, The cloud (Wizard of Id), Zippy the Pinhead, Trixie (Rabbits Against Magic), Jeremy Duncan (Zits), La Cucuracha, Joules (Brilliant Mind of Edison Lee), Rat (Pearls Before Swine), Lamont (Candorville), Duke (Doonesbury), Monty Montahue (Monty), Bung and the Wizard (Wizard of Id), Andy Capp, Schroeder (Peanuts), Hilary Forth (Sally Forth), Poncho (Pooch Cafe), Bucky (Get Fuzzy), Bleeker the Rechargeable Dog, Thatababy, Hammie (Baby Blues), Marla (Retail), Eaightball and Weenus (Rabbits Against Magic), Grog (B.C.), Earl (Pickles), Oscar the Penguin (Arctic Circle), Enos (The Duplex).
Posted by J. Lemon at 2:36 PM
Wednesday, June 11, 2014
Tuesday, June 10, 2014
Rabbits Against Magic, June 10th, 2014
Lio, June 11, 2014
Although these are different jokes, I'm stunned by the similarity of these two strips. The camera placement, the two trees, insect hanging in tree. Well done Mr. Tatulli, you made me almost feel like a professional.
Posted by J. Lemon at 10:25 PM
Friday, April 25, 2014
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Saturday, March 29, 2014
Friday, March 14, 2014
Sunday, February 2, 2014
Saturday, November 30, 2013
Thursday, October 31, 2013
Monday, August 5, 2013
Kuretaki Sumi Brush Pen (my hardest working pen for borders and character lines) and 7. Papermate ProTouch II 0.5 Mechanical Pencil with 2B leads (brilliant for sketching and penciling).
More infor here.
More infor here.
Posted by J. Lemon at 1:50 PM
Wednesday, July 24, 2013
I've been pushing the envelope this past week with some of the strips I've put off publishing due to their potential controversial nature. Well, at least in the world of comic strips which is seen as a family-friendly environment.
First I took on evolution. Got a few negative comments over at GoComics although I don't think I'm really taking a position on anything here. But just the mention of it seems to rile some people up.
Yesterday my napping editor didn't call out my devil worshiping reference. Actually that's what "djävulsdyrkan" means in Swedish. I wonder if the furniture names in the Stockholm Ikea are in English.
Today I got away with an exposed nipple.
Tomorrow? Well I can't decide if I want to insult the prophet Mohammed or address Roe Vs. Wade. Then again, just using the word "suck" is often enough to get you banned from some newspapers, unless you're talking about a vacuum cleaner of course.
Posted by J. Lemon at 10:22 AM
Friday, May 3, 2013
Yes, it's been exactly five whole years to the day since I started on this daily comic strip experiment. That's the "wood" anniversary for those who care about such things. So to celebrate, here are all the May 3rd strips through the years.
The very first Rabbits strip from 2008.
The 2009 May 3rd strip was on a Sunday. This was a pretty ambitious strip. I wouldn't attempt a background like that these days.
2010 it looks like I actually remembered ahead of time to do an anniversary themed strip.
The 2011 strip fell in the middle of a series about a ventriloquist dummy, or "figure". My coloring had become a bit more "mature" by this stage and the inking has become a lot more finesse.
By 2012 Lettuce had entered the strip and was already up to her usual antics.
And by pure coincidence, she features in the 2013 strip as well. This is the end of a week-long series where her eyes glow red when she misbehaves. At least that's what I think it's about. Anyway, I'm off to hoist a few brews to celebrate. Cheers everyone and thanks for reading!
Posted by J. Lemon at 5:44 PM
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Cat & Girl by the amazing Dorothy Gambrell. The strip started in 1999 and runs three days a week. I'm a huge fan and regular reader and have signed copies of all three of her books sitting on a shelf next to my desk. Today's strip has to be an all time favorite for obvious reasons.
Posted by J. Lemon at 12:08 PM