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Pip Estrelle
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Stripping by Pip Estrelle

October 13th, 2008 8:29 AM

INSTRUCTIONS: Make a series of short comic strips and post them, at regular intervals, in a public place for all to see.


The funny thing is, when I first read the instructions for this task, it never even occurred to me that "intervals" might mean something other than "intervals of time". Midway through my completion, I actually scrolled down and read the comments, which made me realize that there are far more interesting spatial intervals I could have used.

But I'd chosen a pretty standard temporal cycle, post a comic once every twenty-four hours, and in the end I chose to stick with it.


Every day at 8 AM, when I go to the cafeteria to eat breakfast, I brought a comic (usually drawn the previous day during one of my less interesting classes) with me and tacked it on the bulletin board in the hallway outside. I attend a very small college. We only have the one cafeteria building, pretty much everybody eats there at least sometimes, pretty much everybody passes that bulletin board several times a day. I knew that my art would be seen.

I did this for five days.


This was the first day.

Don't worry, none of the others are nearly this wanky and pretentious.

I am agnostic and doubtful with regards to almost everything, and I envy the certainty many other people seem to have about what is Good and Right, but at the same time I think I tend to look down my nose at them a little for being what I perceive as closed-minded. That's the genesis of this, I guess. I suspect if I were to ever actually meet a godlike figure like the little sausage shaped me-surrogate is doing here, I'd get equally enigmatic and frustrating advice.

Also, my mental image of god is apparently a cross between a pirate, a film noir femme fatale, and Frank N. Furter. I wonder what this says about my psyche.


This was the second day.
Sometimes everybody needs to be Godzilla.

(If you can't read the dialog--sorry about that--I've transcribed it as the picture caption.)


This was the third day, and the beginning of a short series of weird romance one panel things.

I probably shouldn't admit this, but I do sometimes have fantasies about building an android companion.


I am a freak. Fortunately, this is the internet!


Fourth day. I like how I drew the vampire, I'm less satisfied with the boy. What's up with his leg? Is that supposed to be foreshortening? I don't even know.

When I stuck this one up, I noticed that the previous three days' comics were gone. At first I didn't mind. In fact, I was flattered. I assumed people had liked them so much that they'd taken them down for their own perusal or to tape to their walls. Later, when I came back to the cafeteria for lunch, Boy Meets Vampire was gone too. This time, I had a hunch to check the trash for it...and, yup, there it was, crumpled up right at the top. I unfolded it and tacked it back up, but didn't have the heart to go digging for the others. I didn't want to know if they'd all been thrown away.


Someone's a harsh critic. Or just a mean-spirited grouch.


Fifth day.

I apologize to anyone who is offended by this cartoon, either because it depicts Jesus making out with the devil or because of those badly, badly drawn hands they're hugging each other with. Eeeugh.

I actually laughed aloud while I was drawing this. I don't know if anybody else will find it nearly as funny-- I've got a pretty strange sense of humor.


I also put up this bonus drawing of a sea monster. I'd doodled it the night before and was surprised when it came out looking (for something I drew) really good. Man, that is an awesome beast! I had to share it.

It's pretty nice paper, too. Hemp and flax. I stole it from the bookmaking studio.

Next semester, I'm just going to take a class there so I can quit skimming off their stuff all the time.

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first comic
second comic
third comic
fourth comic
fifth comic
extra bonus drawing
gladfelter, outside
gladfelter, inside
bulletin board, close up
bulletin board, long view
bulletin board, close up #2
people were throwing my pictures in here, if you can believe that!

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4 comment(s)

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posted by Jellybean of Thark on October 13th, 2008 8:37 AM

I especially enjoy the Godzilla cartoon.

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posted by [smedly] on October 13th, 2008 8:55 AM

i like the sea monster asserting his own existence

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posted by Bryce on October 13th, 2008 11:52 AM

Epic Kickassity and nice art.


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posted by Rrose Selevay on February 24th, 2010 11:40 AM

these are great!I love the girl and robot one.