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.
It's easy to adorn your adversaries with more credit than perhaps they're due, especially when you have a crazy crime board pointing the way. Truth be told, the crime board was the most fun thing to draw this week, the rest of the comic was almost an afterthought. We'll definitely be seeing more of the board in the future.
You may be noticing some stylistic shifts to the human characters in the strip week over week. While styles will evolve naturally over time, I'm actually still working on finding one that's "just right" for the tone of DTF. I had a permutation where they looked a little more human like, but for some reason it just wasn't as funny. It was also a little sad when they got eaten, which happens quite a bit. Maybe some day I'll post up some of the older concept art for the time criminals on Twitter or Instagram.
If you were in the U.S. yesterday I hope you had a wonderful Fourth of July, whether you were enjoying a family picnic, taking in a vibrant pyrotechnics display, or simply watching the cinematic masterpiece starring Goldblum and Smith.
Today's comic actually began it's genesis with the title. I was pretty smug about the originality of that pun, but sadly a Google search showed that I wasn't exactly planting my flag in new territory. Still, my version has a decidedly separate feel to it, so I'm going to call this one a creative win and move along.
If you haven't clicked the above link, do yourself a favor and do so. It is filled with puns and designs for the naturalist and dinosaur lover (needless to say, the author of this comic is a fan). I myself am now the proud owner of a plesiosaur enamel pin snuggling a heart. I will caution you that the pin is smaller than you might think, though the dimensions are clearly indicated in the item description, there is really nothing in the pictures to help define scale. Still, it's pretty.
For those that didn't already know, Judge Dredd is heading to TV in 2018 which is an exciting prospect. It remains to be seen whether or not they can scoop up Karl Urban to reprise the role after his outing as the title character, but I remain cautiously optimistic. Sure his career is certainly busy at the moment, but I mean come on, he had time to star in that Fox buddy cop show Almost Human (which was cancelled before it's time, thanks Fox execs).
The Dredd property certainly has a rich run of material to draw from, and where the dimensionality of the character itself doesn't really expand, the world he inhabits and the cast around him are allowed to flourish. One of the major selling points of the old comic books was that there was no story too outlandish to tell, virtually anything could exist in that world. With millions of inhabitants in Mega City One, each with their own story, there's little to no danger of the well ever running dry.