Polishing A Turd

I was just poking through a folder of already-published Optimist comic art and saw the file for this strip from January. I remembered what a mess the artwork was & how much Photoshop-futzing around I ended up having to do to get it where I wanted it to be. Sometimes I carve up and edit my sloppy pen work so much I wonder why I bother drawing on paper at all. AND SO DOES EVERYONE ELSE. I’ve decided to show you my Photoshop clean-up process via animated GIF to confirm your suspicions that I’m a no-talent slob. Continue reading

The Optimist: A Brief Look Back At 2011

A lot of webcomic people write little meta comments to go along with each comic they post. I don’t really like doing (or reading) that, because I find it to be distracting. I like the strips to stand on their own—without backstory, explanation, or commentary—at least at the time of publication. But now there’s this blog post, so I dunno. Here are some corrections and comments and whatevers for the last year’s worth of The Optimist comic strips (excluding typos, which are thankfully caught by the intrepid editors at The Valley Advocate before the strips hit the presses). SEE YOU IN HELL, 2011. Continue reading