Tuesday, May 11, 2010

This is the end, my beautiful friend.

There is one more JT comic I have to do out of a promise, but this is how John Thorn ends. I don't think Ill ever write and draw about his life past college, but if you're slightly curious, I always thought he'd get a normal 9-5 job, hate it, quit, become a fireman, travel the world for a month every year before eventually settling down and becoming a teacher and a father.

It is interesting to me. I have had this ending planned pretty much since I started this series so it ends exactly as I expected. A quiet little comic in which a picture is taken and one too many cheesy lines are delivered. The series started with JT not knowing what to do and ended up very much the same, but the whole middle is so much different than I expected. I started simply. Simple style. The characters were only cardboard cutout deep in my head. The comic was not ambitious in spirit at the beginning so I wouldn't make a mistake which may have been my first mistake.

I look at the first 50 or so comics I made and can't believe I let myself draw something that was below my ability. I was always able to draw better than what was shown back then. If I had tried as hard as I do now, they probably would have looked just a bit worse than they do now. But I knew I was gonna make mistakes. I just wish I had made these mistakes going for it all like I have more recently.

I also felt like I've cheated John Thorn and Weeaboo Girl/Stephanie and Lu and Travis a few times. It is a strange feeling. I remember, a few years ago I went to see a movie, the Nines (?), at the Alamo Drafthouse on South Lamar and the director and Ryan Reynolds were there for a Q&A afterward. At one point in the session, the director talked about how the movie was a product of him wondering what were his responsibilities to his creations. Of course, at the time I did not understand what he meant, but I do now. I feel like I've gotta apologize to JT and WG because I always had to make their relationship a joke. Apologies to Lu because he never got much time to be much. A sorry out to Travis since I never finished his story. I understand that these are comic strips and that jokes are expected, I just wish I could do more with it. Sometimes, I felt like I had to force a joke and take away from the fact that JT was in fact growing up.

I thought this was most evident in the Albino Squirrel Saga. The albino squirrel is killed by JT when he pigheadedly sets it free by throwing it out the window. Haha Funny end chuckle smile and on to the next comic. The joke diverts the attention from the fact that JT decides to forgo the easy route and becomes a bit more responsible. I felt like I had to sneak in his growth every time I wanted to do it. Hopefully, people will also look at the stylistic differences between now and the beginning and see some sort of growth beyond the superficial.

I also wish that I had decided to be as ambitious as I have been for the past 8 months since the beginning. My plan for the last 8 months was to be the creator of the most visually arresting comic in the history of the Daily Texan. I pretty high goal considering Chris Ware got his start here. I don't know if I have gotten anywhere near that point. That's hardly for me to judge. But in the end, I understand that I was not ever going to be flawless and that I was going to make many mistakes. Looking back at them all, I am OK with the mistakes I made. I was a stupid 20 year old then. Im a stupid 21 year old now, but a slightly better artist. I have John Thorn to thank for that. I had no idea that you were gonna shape so much of what I would become. I remember thinking you up. Average college student and lazy with a name that rhymes with longhorn who would occasionally serve as my mouthpiece of criticism but refused to do so and compelled me to write you differently.

Thank you so very much for everything JT


Sunday, May 9, 2010

Something important

Its the penultimate John Thorn. Le sigh. Lets just pretend JT isnt a total douchebag and instead thinks that the time they can spend before they break up is what is important. Or something like that

Thursday, May 6, 2010


I very clearly could not think of anything to draw

dirty apartments

Friday, April 23, 2010

Color Me Bad

Ooooh a flatly colored JT strip!

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Albino Squirrel Saga

This was a storyline I wanted to do for a long time actually and now that I have just a few comics to do left I figured I had to do it really soon and compress it since I only had two comics. Read this comic like a book as if the first column of panels is a page. Its the only way I could fit the story into two comics strips when I originally planned it as a 5 or 6 part storyline.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Monday, April 12, 2010

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Say it backwards

Hey, so maybe my comics arent so funny, but at least theyre pretty from time to time and occasionally well designed

Monday, April 5, 2010

Not breaking up

You know how I can make JT look so douchy sometimes? I use Cristiano Ronaldo as photo reference.

A Day in the life of a Weeaboo

I tried to make my style manga like to go along with the story but man it did not turn out so well

Hello Mother

Oh god why did I put so much random crosshatching on the couch? Man, I dont know.

Spring Break Memories

I was a bit worried that people might not get the idea that John Thorn's speech bubble was him explaining his mostly blacked out spring break memories but it seems people got it. yay


Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Diverted Attention

Channeling Steranko or something. Craziest panel design I've made

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Thursday, February 11, 2010

A Valentine's Day Special

Quite possibly my favorite John Thorn comic. I love it so. Its pretty!

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Hate the cold

The original punchline was "God, I hate the cold. It makes my sphincter act up." Which I thought was a brilliant punchline, but as expected, it was turned down out of vulgarity. The published punchline is acceptable though not quite as good I think.

Friday, January 29, 2010

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Warring Wills

I had totally forgotten to upload the last comic from last semester. Here you go

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Championship Games

AAAAAND WE BEGIN ONCE MORE. Volume 4, John Thorn's Rabbit Run to Graduation, is here! ...And it is depressing. Oh god. I care about sports too much. Nothing has been as depressing as that game was.