At the request of the Artist, we would like to highlight some of the supportive statements we received from our friends and fans:
“Well it’s about time! Welcome back. You’ve been missed.” – John Lustig, Last Kiss Comics
“Looks great kids!” – Dan Baldwin, Indiana University
“I am thrilled about your return. I am probably your # 1 fan. Thank you for sharing your expertised graphic talent, as well as your wit. You will enjoy a rainbow-filled future.” – Mrs. Marshall
“OMG OMG OMG OMG Back online! I was checking constantly and going ‘Wait …. today is totally not the 6th.’ ‘No, not the 6th yet …'” – Jessie Jones, EverTomorrow
“It’s great to see the little guy coming home. I will be looking forward to the flashback sequences where he gets to relive the “highlights” of his trip.” – Mark Monlux, The Return of Stickman
“Very excited to get a Scooter and Ferret in my inbox today! Congrats to both of you” – Gene Ambaum, Unshelved
And I would like to give a special thanks to Krishna of PC Weenies for being the fist person to ReTweet one of our strips on Twitter.
A fellow webcomics artist and friend Bill Barnes, that creates the VERY successful comic strip “Unshelved” has been running strips in pencil lately. Now I like seeing art that is in process. It’s a unique perspective on an individual artist. I’ve had interest in the past in my process for our comic strip, and now that I’ve seen Bill doing that, I feel better about showing some of that myself. This is a great time too as our pending move is really draining my time. So the next several strips are going to show you how Maridee looks in process. You’ll see that I work pretty durn tight with my pencils. I’d like to get to the point where I remain sketchy in my pencils and become more refined at the inks stage, but that’s to come.
Now on the move front. We are still moving to Florida and very, VERY soon! We’ll be in Florida all this week in fact, and I’m not sure how that’s going to affect our updating the strip, but I can assure you it will some. I still plan to update on my dates of Wednesday and Monday, but if something happens to keep that from being successful….well, you’ve been warned. I’m looking forward to the time when all this craziness will be over and Maridee will be back to full strength….albeit in a much warmer climate.
A few weeks ago we did a guest strip for Unshelved that reviewed one of my favorite books, a suspense novel by Mary Stewart called The Ivy Tree. They were nice enough to forward a couple of comments by their readers. One of them was inspired by the review to go out, find the book and read it. That is pretty amazing. I’ve never influenced someone to read a book that I know of. In case anyone else was thinking of picking it up, she said: “It was great! I loved it. I like those kind of mysteries.” And she was a little surprised it was shelved in the romance section, as am I. This weekend we won’t be around again, we’re headed back to Wenatchee to see the Apple Blossom Festival. I’ve never been, it sounds just Andy Griffith enough to make me want to go. And although he doesn’t know it, Moose can’t wait to go either and get a second helping of country dog living.