Today is a guest strip from an old friend who goes by grandoldaubrie. I've known Aubrie since we were in college, and even then she had a remarkable artistic style with painting, especially in traditional mediums. This strip captures some of that magic with digital tools, and I regret to inform you that you'll have to return to my lackluster illustrations next week.
When we talked about making a strip about Frank, Aubrie was very keen on adapting a noir storytelling feel and I think she's captured that with her beautifully crafted dialogue and visually interesting framing. The character concept of Frank is that he's a tough as nails detective with a tragic past, often acting as a foil to the other members of the DTF. His sorrow is usually below the surface, but he ends up frequently as the butt of the strip's joke. That's ok, he can take it - Frank is no stranger to pain and hardship.
There's one more guest strip this week before returning to the regular weekly update schedule, but I have a lot of artistic friends and it's possible we'll see another round of guests in the not too distant future...
It's important to have goals in life. Even if they're shallow beyond belief, they're at least a destination that you can reliably measure distance to. I do hope however that unlike our dino heroes, your retirement aspirations don't involve eating your co-worker's family.
This week is very special as it breaks with the standard release schedule so I can bring you two guest strips by some of my very talented artistic friends. Like I said last week, we'll get to see some truly unique interpretations of what it means to serve on the Dino Timecop Force with a focus on the character of Frank. And if you still don't remember who Frank is, you can catch up on the origins of the myth, the stego, the legend himself right here.
Keep your eyes open for these guests strips on Wednesday and Friday!
Some believe that adversity breeds excellence, but I don't think this scenario is quite what they have in mind when using that phrase. One would assume that cops tasked with maintaining law and order in space and time would be responsible for ducks as well, but clearly Rex has differing opinions on the matter.
I'm going to be doing something pretty special next week; I will be releasing not one but THREE new comics M/W/F. These comics focus on a character we haven't seen in awhile, Frank the stegosaurus. For those of you who don't quite remember him or his contentious relationship with Rex, you can brush up on Dino Timecop Force's rich 5 month history here.
In addition to a week of comics focused on this character, I am very excited to be able to showcase the work of some of my very talented artist friends. That's right, not one but two of next week's comics will be guest strips, and we can see how other artists interpret these lizards who walk the thin blue line. Be sure to like and follow on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram to catch all of the latest comic updates!
What’s not to love, right? Between you and me, I’d probably recklessly endanger the fabric of reality in exchange for unlimited pork dumplings. Sadly, I find the selection of Chinese food in the greater Portland area a bit…wanting. We have incredible diversity and Pan-Asian representation, and when you’re going out for Vietnamese, Thai, Japanese, Korean, even Indian food there is a culinary bounty to choose from.
This isn’t to say that good Chinese food doesn’t exist in Portland, but I still have my eye out for the perfect centrally located takeout destination. It’s entirely possible I haven’t over-turned every delicious food cart in the city, but this is a continuing quest that I am more than happy to accept.
We can argue the finer points until we're blue in the face, but the cold truth is that these lizards close cases. This may be a situation where one doesn't necessarily want to see where the proverbial sausage is made; but I suppose one might be inclined to go down that rabbit hole if the bill for said sausage was 1.3 million to repave public streets.
I added some shading to this week's strip, and you may be asking yourself "hey, why don't you shade every strip!". The short answer is that I'm not particularly good at it and it takes longer. In the time it took me to shade this strip, I (feel) like I could have drawn another whole strip. Still, it helps to add dimension and I see a lot of my favorite illustrators being less lazy than me with their work all the time, so I'm going to try to take it that extra step whenever possible. Just don't start asking for color.