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I have to admit it’s pretty cool to see my comic strip posted on the internet. I started posting strips on instagram @abirdseyeviewcomics in late 2018, and while I’ll continue posting there, it was time for a website.
I’ll be improving and expanding the site as I get a better handle on how to work with it. In the meantime, enjoy the strip and feel free to leave feedback!
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October 23, 2020 — Almost Time for Another (Time) Change
(Quick note to self: Develop a habit of posting regularly to this page. Two posts annually doth not a blog make.)
For the better part of 2020, Covid-19 has insinuated itself into our daily lives, altered our very mindsets … There have been 1.14 million deaths worldwide (222,000+ in the U.S.) to date.
I like to feature a mix of the “real world” with a strong dose of quirky and a streak of irreverence, so naturally I couldn’t ignore something as huge as a global pandemic. One of the first things I noticed once the coverage became 24/7 was that image:
It seemed to become ubiquitous overnight. It’s not a pleasant sight, either, but that’s at least part of the point: THIS IS THE FLOATING SPIKY AIRBORNE MYSTERY ENEMY WE’RE UP AGAINST. That’s the implied message.
I wanted to work the reality of Covid into the strip, and this image gave me a simple “in”: make one of these viruses (virii?) into a character. Nothing cute about it, just reminding everyone it’s still here and spreading. Sure, I have to give it some clever lines, but come on — even Al Vocādo gets those once in a while. It’s a comic strip, after all.
Wrapping up this theme, I’ve decided to post a few of my takes on the always-mutating coronavirus of A Bird’s-Eye View Comics. Which is the best? The worst? Vote here and/or send me a note through the Contact link on the home page!
Regarding the time change, it’s Sunday, November 1. The day after Halloween. We turn the clocks back an hour (though many states have been making a push to end this practice). We shall see …
March 8, 2020 — Real Company News and The Time Change
Today’s strip, as with many others, is drawn from a real-life experience. (drawn: unintentional pun)
After launching this site, I wanted to pull it up at work to see how it looked (ok, I missed it). To my half-surprise and other-half-amusement, I found that the site was blocked. Content: adult.
Whoa! For a moment, I felt like I’d been deemed a smut-peddling purveyor of unsavory content. But only for a moment (but(t): second unintentional pun), as my fleeting shame was replaced by a strange sense of accomplishment. Without baring a body part or publishing a syllable of erotica (“butt”? Hardly.), my comic strip site landed on the Blocked List. I love it!
I’ll admit I incorporate some mature themes and intense scenes that may disturb some viewers (to borrow from a TV disclaimer), but I always thought of “adult” as bad stuff. I guess that’s stuck in my mind from childhood.
Remember, today’s the semi-annual time to change the clocks. Although in 2020, most of them change themselves. I guess that’s also stuck in my mind from childhood. Whatever.