I apologize in advance for the copious amount of speechifying that’s going to happen over the next few comics. But even though this is not an adventure strip, I promise, there’s some action coming.
Most of the dresses worn by the women in attendance at the Utopian Foundation Gala are based on images I found searching for such things online. I knew I wanted Amanda‘s dress, however, to be different. At first, I considered not even putting her in a dress, maybe going with a pantsuit or something like that instead. But I wanted something to contrast from her usual “tomboy” look, maybe something that might get the somewhat more traditional Luis to notice her. So I sketched this, probably during a lull at Long Beach Comic Con:
I was shooting for a “punk rock princess” look, and for the most part, that’s what made it to the comic:
No new comic today. Not because there’s not one finished (the next dozen or so strips are in “the bank”), but because I’m not as far ahead of schedule as I’d like to be, AND because I realize there’s some timing I want to adjust in the presentation of these things.
I’m in the middle of penciling the 150th strip in this webcomic series, which feels sort-of impressive to me, even if they’ve been spread out over four-plus years. The original Utopian series only ran 109 entries, but to be fair, those were standard comic-book page dimensions, as opposed to the three-panel approach of Foundation.
Meanwhile, I just posted the 20th Sequential Madness strip, but nobody really reads that anyway, so not sure there’s much cause for celebration there (plus, like this webcomic, it went on hiatus for a few years, so that’s not much of an accomplishment, I guess).
Anyway, see you Monday. You won’t want to miss the next strip.
So, I’m going to wait until Monday to post the next comic, because a new multi-strip scene is starting and I want to keep the flow smoothly. So just enjoy your burrito in peace for the next few days.
Speaking of posting schedules, we’re going to move away from the daily posts in the near future as we approach the end of the “rerun” strips and get to the new stuff I’ve been cooking up the last few months (though nowhere near as quickly as I’d hoped). I’m not sure what that will look like–I’m thinking maybe Mondays & Fridays?–but we’ll learn together.
If you can read this, you’re doing better than I am. Since last Friday, my websites have been basically unavailable, at least to me, suffering alleged DDoS (Denial of Service) attacks. Because most of them are hosted on the same server, what’s bad for the goose has been bad for the gander. Hence why there have been no new comics posted this week. How did I get this blog posted, you ask? I don’t know. I logged onto a different computer on a network that let me access it, so that’s good. The bad is that my comics are sitting on a big hard drive at my home office, so I might have to do some file location shifting and then try to get that stuff posted from a remote location again.
Anyway, that’s the deal. I might just call this week a wash and schedule the next batch of strips to start Monday, since there’s a weeklong scene coming up next. Hang tight.