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Strangeways: The Thirsty – Page 121

Art by Gervasio and Jok. Written by Matt Maxwell.

Art by Gervasio and Jok. Written by Matt Maxwell.

Joe’s dead, baby. Joe’s dead.

Just the first of many reminders, but I’ll be up at the Emerald City Comic Con this weekend, somewhere in the J tables of Artist’s Alley. Looking forward to the show, may even get a chance to see some of it, as I’ll have tablemates to help watch things if I want to stretch my legs. The guys from BRAINS, Anthony Leano and Paul Allen, will be splitting the table with me, so you can wet your horror whistle in more ways than one. Should be a good show.

Hey, anyone know a good Mediterranean/Persian restaurant in Seattle? I could do with some koubideh. Or maybe a nice shawerma.

Back on Wednesday.

Strangeways: The Thirsty – page 120

Art by Gervasio and Jok. Written by Matt Maxwell.

Art by Gervasio and Jok. Written by Matt Maxwell.

Uh-oh. That can’t be the way they planned all that.

See you all next week.

Strangeways: The Thirsty – Page 119

Back on track to two pages a week.

Of course, now that I’ve said that, I’ll cut my pinky off or something…

Art by Gervasio and Jok. Written by Matt Maxwell.

Art by Gervasio and Jok. Written by Matt Maxwell.

Well, looks like someone has a bunch of new best friends.

Let’s see how that works out on Wednesday.

Strangeways: The Thirsty – Page 118

Back on track. Kinda.

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Art by Gervasio and Jok. Written by Matt Maxwell

Looks like someone wants to make a couple of real good friends. This oughta end well.

Back next week.

Straight for the art | Dan Hipp’s spaghetti Western

Art by Dan Hipp

Art by Dan Hipp

Ridiculously talented cartoonist Dan Hipp — he of The Amazing Joy Buzzards, Gyakushu! and Ben 10: Alien Force fame — has posted a couple of pages from a spaghetti Western comic (with “monsters and stuff”!) that I dearly hope will see the light of day sometime in the not-too-distant future.

“It’s not something I’m actively working on, as there isn’t much of a climate for westerns in comics these days,” Hipp writes. “Yeah, I know there are some good ones out there, and I love them, but getting a publisher to want to pay you for one is a different thing all together.”

Strangeways: The Thirsty – Page 117

If I say nothing, then people won’t notice. So I’m saying nothing.

Art by Gervasio and Jok. Written by Matt Maxwell.

Art by Gervasio and Jok. Written by Matt Maxwell.

Back next week!

Strangeways: The Thirsty – Page 115

Art by Gervasio and Jok. Written by Matt Maxwell.

Art by Gervasio and Jok. Written by Matt Maxwell.

No comments, no bon mots. Just me frantically trying to keep up. See you on Wednesday.

Strangeways: The Thirsty – Page 114

Kids before cowboys and vampires…or something like that. Apologies for the delay.

Art by Gervasio and Jok, who are on time more than I am.

Art by Gervasio and Jok, who are on time more than I am.

Back on Monday. If I make it that long.

Strangeways: The Thirsty – Page 113

Looks like 113 was pretty unlucky for the Engineer.

Art by Gervasio and Jok. Written by Matt Maxwell

Art by Gervasio and Jok. Written by Matt Maxwell

And might not be so healthy for Joachim, either.

Big things afoot at Strangeways central, some of them even involving cowboys and vampires. Some involving a bunch of stuff that’ll get me shot if I talk about, so there’s just stuff and we’ll leave it at that.

See you back here Wednesday for more cryptic proclamations. And vampires.

Strangeways: The Thirsty – Page 112

And for those of you who are concerned about the ethical treatment of comic book creators, please note that the artists are the first people to get paid on any of my projects. The writer and letterer? Well…eventually.

Art by Gervasio and Jok. Written (and lettered) by Matt Maxwell

Art by Gervasio and Jok. Written (and lettered) by Matt Maxwell

Wish I could afford a real letterer…

Back next week with what’s likely to be a big KABOOM.

Update to add: My interview at CBR went live as of an hour ago. Check it out.

Unbound: Talking to Josh Alves

Araknid KidJosh Alves’s all-ages comic Araknid Kid, started out on Zuda, built a following, and then, when it didn’t win, moved over to Sugary Serials, to complete the story. Araknid Kid is a cheery little comic about a superhero with spider-like powers—he walks on the ceiling and shoots webs out of guns—but it is set in the Old West and bears absolutely no resemblance to that other comic about a guy with spider powers. Araknid Kid is definitely a kids’ comic (the main character speaks in rebuses and someone gets punched out by a boxing glove on a spring), but the goofy humor and splashes of wit make it a good read for adults as well.

After wrapping up Araknid Kid, Alves launched a new comic, Heropotamus, last Christmas. When I saw that go up, I decided it would be interesting to talk to Alves about his work and the challenges of all-ages webcomics in general.

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Strangeways: The Thirsty – Page 111

Week three of rain here at Strangeways Central. I’m beginning to tire of it. I know, folks from Portland and Seattle are mocking my weakness right now.

Anyways, here’s today’s page.

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Art by Gervasio and Jok. Written by Matt Maxwell.

Another page going up Wednesday, assuming my house hasn’t floated away by then. Living at the bottom of a big hill in rainy season ain’t no fun.

Strangeways: The Thirsty – Page 110

Stay tuned for information about an upcoming STRANGEWAYS-related appearance. Or just read the page. Up to you.

Art by Gervasio and Jok. Written by Matt Maxwell.

Art by Gervasio and Jok. Written by Matt Maxwell.

Looks like someone went and rung the dinner bell, it does.

Okay, this Saturday, the 23rd, I’ll be appearing at the Grand Re-Opening of Bizarro World comics in Davis, CA. I’ll be signing books, and will have preview books for THE THIRSTY (which contain all of Chapter 1, some art pages from the upcoming “Red Hands” and MURDER MOON art as well) and trying to bedazzle anyone who’ll give me ten seconds to do so. Oh, and world famous Five Minute Stories, too. Here’s the info:

Bizarro World

223 E St.

Davis CA 95616

530-759-9490

www.bizarroworld.net

Looks like things kick off at about 6:30. Plenty of time to drive in from out of town and enjoy the lovely weather we have in the Sacramento/Davis area this time of year.

That’s a joke, kids. It’s been 40 degrees and raining since Saturday, with no sign of abating. Hopefully it’ll cheer up by then.

See y’all next week.

Strangeways: The Thirsty – Page 109

Feels kinda out of place to be running such frivolity on MLK Day, but there you have it.

Art by Gervasio and Jok. Written by Matt Maxwell.

Art by Gervasio and Jok. Written by Matt Maxwell.

So, I guess they better get to that shed, huh? Wonder what’s in there. Maybe we get to find out on Wednesday.

Strangeways: The Thirsty – Page 108

Art by Gervasio and Jok. Written by Matt Maxwell

Art by Gervasio and Jok. Written by Matt Maxwell

Today’s post will be pithy observation-free. Seek your pith elsewhere.


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