Wednesday, November 24, 2004

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Or, rather, it should say Happy American Thanksgiving. Apparently, the Canadians had their Thanksgiving about a month ago, but I don't know if other countries have a similar "Thanksgiving" holiday, or if they do, when they celebrate it. I'm looking forward to eating some good food tomorrow.

As for the comic itself, I like how the lines turned out, but I should have inked in some more blacks for the background. If I had more time, I would have done that or added more color. Drop me a note in the comments, if you have time, letting me know wether or not you like the line quality of this comic as opposed to this one from October, the one titled "A Wet Cat."

Also, even though I never intended this comic to have semi-autobiographical elements in it, it has drifted towards being that way. Dana, Bossy Doodlecoop, and Skratchi all have rough real life counterparts. And in that regard, I should say that my girlfriend, the inspiration for Dana, is an excellent cook. She is not horrified by the "dog biscuit stuffing" punchline here, but by the idea that one gets recipes off of the Internet. While very occasionally she uses the Internet for food inspiration, most of the recipes, which I can attest to from personal experience, are yummy, and have either been handed down to her through her family or have been developed through her excellent sense of taste. Anyhow, enjoy your own Thanksgiving (if you have one) and happy holidays.

Sunday, November 21, 2004


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Like I promised, this is the comic for Sunday night. I tried some different techniques in this one like using a pen brush instead of pen and ink quill. Visually, I tried to continue with the circle inset. It is something that I really like, but there is a lot of white space around the whole image as a whole, and I need to work on that. Essentially, I need to remember that, even though I can experiment with different shaped comics, they're always going to be rectangle.

As for the comic itself, I must confess that it is a little auto-biographical. I would like to call in sick for the rest of the term to miss some of this work, but like a sled dog, the only way through this is to "mush" rather than stop. Probably won't be an new comic this weekend because of school and the holiday, so in case I don't say so before then: Happy Thanksgiving!

Friday, November 19, 2004

Angry Update

Okay, well things are starting to pick up quite a bit around here, and as you may noticed, I did not get a chance to do an official full-cartoon update last weekend. I will try to get one out this Sunday night or so. It looks like that Sunday is currently in the lead as far as sidebar voting goes, but as you may or may not know, it is possible for some people (or everyone?) to vote at least twice. Since I don't have control over the code that is responsible for the poll, and because I really can't do anything about other people's dynamic IP addresses, I don't mind at all about the voting. I'm not expecting anything hugely accurate. Vote as often as you wish for your favorite day! I am thinking that I'll eventually get a new poll out sometime during the winter break or for the first of the year. By then, I figure I will have worked out an acceptable routine for the blog that you readers can truly depend on.

As for the being busy part, I will be even more busy than usual with work here at the University. Graduate work is sometimes a killer, and I have about three papers I need to complete in about as many weeks or less--not to mention, I need to read two other novels during that time and somehow maintain my sanity. I believe I can do it, but I'll have to put on my thinking cap (or fez if you prefer!). See you Sunday.

Friday, November 12, 2004

New Color Logo

New Color Logo

As you can see, I decided that I should expand the experiment in color into the logo on the sidebar. This circle logo design is one of my favorite images here on the site, and if you go to the store, you can still buy a T-shirt in the original black and white colors. But, what do you think of the colors in general? If possible, I would like your feedback about this color experiment. Do you like the logo in color? What about occasionally having a color comic like the one below? If you have the time, let me know what you think in the comments.

Tuesday, November 09, 2004

Mr. Doodlecoop's Project

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Mr. Doodlecoop's Project

As promised, this is the special update with ths special treat: colors! Of course, I am still learning how to do this, so things may not look as cool as one would hope, but still, I think it is progress. I will not be able to post every comic in color, and I think that stylisitically, I really do even want to. However, the occasional color comic should be nice.

I am not sure where the current storyline is going, but I am thinking that I should do something with Thanksgiving. It is coming up at the end of the month, and it might be neat to do something with it. Of course, my real life work at school is starting to really pick up so I may not be able to post full comics as regularly as I would want to. However, I assure you that I will post something at least once each week. Keep checking back here for updates! Also, if you have any suggestions, such as what color things should be, or whether or not you even like it, just let me know. I really appreciate any and all comments.

Monday, November 08, 2004

Update Coming Soon!

Skratchi's Motto

Hey, everyone. Although I do have a comic that is nearly complete, I probably won't be able to get it online until probably tomorrow. However, in exchange for the late posting, I am hoping to have a little surprise! to go along with that new post. I am not going to say what that surprise is. Let it suffice to say I have a new program on my computer that will allow me to do some different things, even cooler things. While, I haven't explored all of the program's capabilities or features, I think I can already do some neat tricks. We'll see.

In any event, the reason why the comic is late is because I am finishing up a major project for my real-life work, which if you don't know already, is as a graduate student at a state university. I needed to do a class presentation on a novel that I had been reading this past couple of weeks. The presentation went great, but I was working on it right up until late last night and did not have time left over for the comic. (Sorry.) In any event, check back tomorrow for the new treat. Also, if you have done so, consider linking to this site. And leave a comment; they are always welcome.

Wednesday, November 03, 2004


Hello, everyone. I just wanted to take this time to thank everyone for supporting this blog. I have learned a lot about the comic craft during the short period that this blog has been in operation, and I have some good ideas about continuing into the future. Your feedback has been very helpful and highly valued. I hope that you find the future comics even more enjoyable than the ones that have already been posted. I am still aiming for weekend updates, probably early Monday depending on how the sidebar poll goes. (Which by the way, I want to say: Thanks for voting!)

However, it occurs to me as I surf through the blogosphere every now again just how many brand new bloggers are out there. In that regard, I wanted to post just a little blurb about how to link to this site. Not everyone knows, or feels comfortable with HTML, and therefore they may not know how to create their own links. But from what little I know, it is very simple. (Links to this site are very welcome. I will try to include a link back to your site in return for a link to this one.)

With a view to make it simple for everyone, the HTML code for a link to this site appears below. However, to get this code to work you will need to change the square brackets that look like this [ ] to angle brackets, which look like this < > . (I needed to change their appearance below to get them to show up in this post):

[a href=""]Angry Bear Comics[/a]

If you use blogger as your blogging tool, find an appropriate spot in your template and post this HTML code. Next, save your template and republish it. You should see a text link to this site appearing on your blog depending on where you put the link in your code. For more information about making hyperlinks, or other fun tricks with basic HTML, you can go to this site for more information. Or, of course, you can also search the web. If you do include a link to us here, or put Angry Bear Comics in your blogroll, let me know in the comments by including the URL to your homepage so I can include a link back to you. See you soon with another comic!