I hope you’re all checking the alt text every comic because this is my favourite yet.

This is both the first strip I’ve drawn with my Cintiq and the first strip I’ve drawn in Photoshop! In the couple of days since I drew this, I’ve already gotten far more familiar with both of them and learned a whole host of new techniques which should make the strip look a little bit better in the future than this one.

(You watch, now that I’ve promised that, it’ll be nothing but a sharp de-evolution of art from now on in. I’m tempting fate.)

So anyway, I bought a Cintiq 12WX from Patrick Alexander recently! Hopefully it’s absorbed some of his art juju over the years which will rub off onto me. I’ve always drawn Zunfa Comics with a battered old Medion tablet I bought for $50 from Aldi about eight years ago, which had no pen pressure sensitivity and functioned only as a mouse input replacement. Its drivers wouldn’t work in Photoshop either, so I learned to draw in Illustrator. I’m finally sick of the single-weighted vector lines it uses, so I’ve decided to make the switch. I have no idea how steep of a learning curve it’s going to be for me, but I’ve had fun drawing with it so far.

It’s been really weird translating how I draw Martin and Robert with single-weighted lines to drawing them with pressure-sensitive lines. I’ll get the hang of it soon, I hope. I posted some of my experiments to my art tumblr, but I’m going to try something different again for the next comic. Expect some weird art for the next couple of strips.

The Death of Superman is kind of interesting in its place in superhero comics. The fact that it pretty much directly ruined the comic book industry in the 90s is as far as I’m concerned more or less an unassailable fact, but whether or not the comic is any good when simply read on its own merits, in an historical vacuum – well, I think that critically the jury’s still out on that one. Some people think it’s great, and others think it’s terrible. I straddle the divide in an odd manner, because while I genuinely and unironically enjoy the comic, I also think it’s legitimately one of the worst I’ve ever read. I’d like to say my interest was entirely academic, like a war historian, but that wouldn’t be entirely true. I might call it a guilty pleasure, except I don’t feel guilt for enjoying it.

I studied the International Baccalaureate back when I was in high school, and I wanted to write my Extended Essay on The Death of Superman. My thesis would have been that The Death of Superman didn’t kill Superman – it killed death in comic books. But, apparently comic books couldn’t be considered literature or deserve study, so I wrote about the linguistics of Anthony Burgess instead. And as it turns out, I wasn’t alone in my thinking, because years later director Max Landis made a video that was basically my thesis. Spend the 17 minutes and watch it; it’s way better and funnier than I could have told it, and has more Elijah Wood and Mandy Moore than my essay would have done.

It will also explain to you who the Eradicator was if that’s why you were actually reading this newspost.