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A Fruit Smelling Panel

One sign of a highly serious grocery store.

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Smiley McGorrigle

Smiley McGorrigle!

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Naming the Dung-Carts

Naming the Dung-Carts.

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Misunderstanding Pollan

Make sure to catch those typos.

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The Middle Manager

Subtle!

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How to Do the Poetry

Q. V. Pimsley is the author of several self-published pamphlets and the nutritional information panels for many unpopular breakfast cereals.

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Convenience Noodles

...And this cartoon has been sponsored by the Association of Noodle Nozzle Manufacturers.

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Suddenly the Neckties Made Their Move

This cartoon has been sponsored by the Association of Clip-On Necktie Manufacturers.

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Try Our Big Fat Pencils

Big. Fat. Pencil.

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Decoration Error

Reading instructions carefully can help avoid angering supernatural beings.

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Poetasters

I looked it up, and it turns out Poetaster is actually Poet with a suffix indicating an incomplete resemblance. I prefer to think of it as a Poet crossed with a Disaster.

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Welcome to the Building

Yes, there's an octopus, but the rent is good.

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Your Brief, Regularly Scheduled Phobia

This happens once a day.

…And that’s it for 30 Days of Comics. Pushing myself to draw every evening seems to have gotten my comics back on track, or at least close enough to the track that no one is wondering how the hell a train ended up on an aircraft carrier in the arctic circle. In December I hope to reactivate my blog as well, although I have no plans to post something there every day. Every week may be enough of a challenge.

The next comic will go up on Monday. After that, I plan to return to my old, irregular schedule of one to three comics a week, depending on my time and the comics’ size.

I may end up giving these birds, based on a design I used a few years ago for “Phoenix,” their own category. I started using them because they made it easy to crank out a strip in an evening, but they’ve turned out to work very well for gags that don’t call for easily differentiated characters.

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D.I.Y. Reality T.V.

He makes his own numbing ennui.

He makes his own numbing ennui.

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In Charge

Despite everything, the mountain always wins.

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Oh, So That’s What That Was For

Don’t untie an anchor unless you know what it’s anchoring.

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An Anthropomorphic Bird Thanksgiving

A weird, weird holiday.

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Advice

At least it sounds like advice.

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He Made His Excuses

This sounds like a reasonable excuse.

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Midnight Apparition

He makes no sound.

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Recurring Themes

What is the thing with tweed, anyway?

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The Inconveniently Situated Wrecking Ball of Mount Everest

It cost a lot of money to get that thing up there.

This is another one I drew relatively quickly. I guess the two panels to the right might have been better if I had, as usual, done two or three drafts, but I still kind of like how it turned out.

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The Big Question

I think the colors got away from me.

Every so often I feel like I’ve forgotten how to color a comic in such a way that it doesn’t look like a box of crayons melted on it. At least the last panel is okay.

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Negotiating Importance

Way too much human interaction basically boils down to this.

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The Cupcake of Desperation

At this point he will try anything.

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Transferrable Skill Set

You can run anything like a business, supposedly.

It’s amazing the faith some people put in the concept that skill in one area can be transferred to entirely different tasks.

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Pie Etiquette

Remember this for the quiz.

This will be important at Thanksgiving.

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Fungus Moods

It will calm down soon enough.

I know I said on Wednesday that the rest of the week would be single panels, but that’s because for some reason I thought it was Thursday. And then this thing popped into my head.

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A Nihilist Dictionary

It was voted the most useless reference book of 1987, 1995, and 2003.

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A Perfect Fit

A perfect fit.

I’ll be finishing the week with a couple of single-panel cartoons.

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Brontosaurus Box

Yes, that will help.

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Dog Thoughts

They are a mystery. A stupid mystery.

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Related Concepts

There’s a story here, but I’m not sure what it is.

This is taken from something I had written and perfunctorily drawn in a sketchbook, presumably while I was half asleep. After I started drawing I realized there was some kind of story there.

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Overheard Bird

I actually overheard this on the bus. Not from a bird.

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Awkward Attraction

Incompatible cultural signals.

I tried inking this with a Pentel Tradio plastic fountain pen. Nice line variation, but it tends to spatter if you don’t hold it at just the right angle. (I still miss the Fountain Pentel. Still, I’m probably better off using real metal nib pens.)

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The Scariest Face

The inexplicable, overly intense smile.

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Reactions

Really, who is that person?

You may have noticed, if you’re still reading this at all, that the comics have come very slowly lately. I’ve also been less than satisfied with the quality of my recent work, which only ground my enthusiasm down further.

In an effort to get my work back on track, I’ve decided to try the “30 Days of Comics” project conceived by Derik Badman at Madinkbeard: for the month of November, I’m going to try to post some kind of comic every day. Most will be on the sketchy side. Few will be in color. I have no idea whether I’ll be able to keep to this schedule, but I’m going to give it my best shot in the hope that practice will get me back in artistic shape.

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Hand Sanitizer People

Hand Sanitizer People

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Old Enough to Know Better

Somewhere there is an even older guy wearing a purple zoot suit.

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New Snack Technology

Coming soon: cake stew.