Brentosaur got married! You may know him as the guy that does those weird and funny Transformers reviews. I already promised him I’d do a comic about him a while ago, but I figure this strip still counts as a wedding gift. Check it.
I’m getting married too, incidentally! That’s not just something we made up for comic-Martin.
Brentosaur is actually ridiculously good fun to draw, and so is his wife. I drew him once many many years ago, in the comic I drew before Zunfa Comics. I searched my old hard drives, and I just happened to have – out of all of them - that particular strip! This’ll take you right back to the old Illustrator days:
My wedding’s not actually until next March, so I guess they get a free pass. Just this once.
(Fictional) Martin has a history with baby milk. And as I mentioned a little while ago, (real) Robert’s in Japan now! Since we’ve finally shared that on the site, we figured it was time to do some comics about it.
I drew panel 3 in the style of an ukiyo-e print, a distinctive Japanese woodblock printing style that’s been popular since the 1600s. The Great Wave off Kanagawa is probably the most instantly recognisable of them all, and I’ll never get tired of seeing it on endless tote bags and phone cases, because I think it’s gorgeous. It took me years to notice Mt Fuji in the background – that print is actually one in a whole series of prints depicting it. And I assumed it was another wave when I was a kid!
Here’s a larger version of panel 3, without the dialogue balloons:
I just want to draw ukiyo-e style backgrounds forever now. Every comic we do must be set in Japan from now on.
The second appearance of my friend Jaffit! There’s a place near where I live where you can jump in a giant warehouse-sized room where the floor is made of trampolines. It’s awesome. The first thing I did when my knee was confirmed for “exercisable” was go there on Jaffit’s insistence, where this conversation took place.
We used to do a lot of “ripped from the headlines” comics; nowadays it seems we’re doing a lot of “ripped from our own mouths” ones. That sounds more painful than it is.
Robert and I decided to change whose dialogue it was when writing; we agreed it was a much more “Robert” thing for either of those characters to say. It’s not the first time we’ve done that, either. Funny how that works sometimes.
It looks so wrong to draw Robert without glasses.