he Digital Strips podcast gave our stats a flying leap yesterday, which is nice. Especially as we go into another show, Stumptown in Portland, where we will have a table in the middle of the room. Here’s a quote from their website: Then, Saturday morning, the main event hits PSU campus at 9:00 am! This year, we’re filling the Smith Memorial Ballroom (1825 SW Broadway, room 355) with over 80 tables cram-packed with comics and art from all over the West Coast! A full day of presentations, panels, and films await in the nearby Vanport room, starting with a Q&A with SCF05 poster artist and Same Difference creator Derek Kirk Kim. The Fest wraps up with the event you’ve all been waiting for, the return of the infamous Cartoon Art Battle, hosted by Changers author Ezra Claytan Daniels. All this is included with your paltry $3 admission fee. There’s no doubt about it, this has all the earmarks of a great event to be a part of.
Well we sure got a surprise email yesterday. Digital Strips wrote us to say that they reviewed our comic for their weekly podcast. Not being as up in the webcomics community as some of my friends, I didn’t know what they were talking about, but a quick look at their site shows that this is a pretty big deal. I do feel honored, especially since it was such a positive review. You can listen for yourself, Scooter and Ferret is reviewed first then two other comics. It was a relief to hear how much they were enjoying the writing, but the big glaring thing I took out of it: because we only archive our past three months, they were under the impression that we are only three months old. Gah! Can’t have people making that mistake. Ok, so it’s official, my policy is now completely reversed. All of the strips are now archived. If you hit that button above that says First it will take you straight back to the very first strip we ever put online. And yow, I am going to have to do something about those first few weeks when I was still using Comic Sans. The archive page has also been updated to more accurately reflect the 150 or so strips we’ve created; take a journey and see how Scooter got Ed, how Ferret met the Macadamian Squirrels, and why Scooter is the webmaster of the “Web of Weird.” To wrap up previous concerns, minor damage to my parents and grandmother’s house, no injuries.
I’m sure everyone caught the news reports this weekend as Hurricane Rita barreled through my home towns of Beaumont and Port Arthur. If anyone is wondering why I consider both my home town, I was born in Beaumont and lived there for 19 years but Port Arthur is less than fifteen minutes away and my parents were both born and raised there. It’s also where my grandmother lives along with most of the rest of the family. Thanks to many of you for writing in your concern, but my parents and grandmother did make it safely to Fort Worth where they are staying with a cousin. No one is being encouraged to return home quite yet. We taped a lot of the coverage and there was something kind of interesting about seeing the likes of Shepard Smith stumbling around in the wind near Crockett Street. The Beaumont Enterprise is reporting damage on Phelan Ave all the way to the goat pen; the goats, they note, seem to have made it through just fine and are nibbling on debris. I was very impressed by Texas’ evacuation efforts, but I was expecting to be impressed. While Beaumont did sustain a lot of wind damage to many of its buildings, no reports so far of loss of life. On a quick note, we’re going to be appearing at Stumptown this weekend and I will be talking more about that show this week.