Monday, August 22, 2011

Good Bye to Pete's

You would think these would come out a lot more often than they do. I wanted to do four panels per day. That's obviously never going to happen. I think I'm averaging two strips per week. With school beginning in a couple of week's that could even slow down even more. This is one of those instances where patience is a virtue.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Let's Eat at Pete's

Yes, I'm playing with color and adding more of it in hopes that added color will compensate at least a bit for my lack of drawing skills.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Defense Against the Dark Arts - I Mean the Left

Barry Rubin is a pretty good political analyst. That's probably why he's not working for any of the big networks. Here is one of his latest.
The hardcore Obama supporter is not watching unemployment levels, the economy, the mess in Egypt and Libya, or the effectiveness of health care reform, His concern is that if he decides Obama is a terrible president it means he is one of “them.” This is a horror he can never accept. For the Jews among them—which explains their higher membership in this group—these factors are reinforced by the image of becoming the very Nazi Cossack Klu Klux Klan monster that is their worst nightmare.

The left isn’t doing this because it’s on the defensive or desperate. On the contrary, this is its main strategy. How else can you persuade about half the population, liberals and centrists, to support the most left-wing policy in American history? That’s why they need a strategy based on hate, fear, stereotyping, demonization of the “other,” rejection of diversity, and all those other things that supposedly Political Correctness and Multiculturalism supposedly oppose! What’s the response? I’m not going to tell you anything you don’t know but it might be useful to have it all in one place:

1. Avoid playing into these stereotypes whenever possible. Once you lose your credibility by being too extreme or not being able to present facts, it is very hard to regain it in this atmosphere.

2. Word of mouth, have the best arguments and point them out to people. Never doubt that no matter how confident many of these people appear to be they are having severe doubts about their policies and ideas working. Be able to argue on the other side’s own terms in order to show hypocrisy (see point in bold above).
Don't stop here. There are more tips. Collect them all.

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Time to Eat?

Monday, August 08, 2011

Burn - and Then?

Since this one was supposed to come out yesterday, which was Sunday, I added color. A bit anyway. Let's face it. I'm still feeling my way, and I probably will be for a while. But I like color, so I will continue to play with it. With computers and home scanners though, putting this stuff up for people to ignore is easier than ever.

Wednesday, August 03, 2011


I had hoped to put out four panels per day. It's summertime after all. We'll see how productive I am for the rest of the summer and we'll see if I can continue into the school year. Meanwhile, here's the next strip.

Monday, August 01, 2011


No, I can't draw. Not really. For a while I could. Many years ago I taught myself to draw using the book, Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain, by Betty Edwards. I hunkered down, followed the lessons step by step, and what do you know? I entered what I can only describe as a meditative state and actually drew things that looked like what I wanted them to look like.

That was a long time ago, and for many years I haven't drawn much of anything. When I do draw, the process isn't always pretty. I have comic strip ideas though, and they must be drawn. I can't promise that they're good ideas, but I'm going to draw them anyway. I tried getting others to draw for me, but that hasn't worked. The advice I've gotten from artists has always been, "draw your own." OK, I am drawing my own. But just remember, all of you people who can draw, but wouldn't draw my goofy ideas, this is your fault. You could have drawn these so that even if they were poorly written, at least they would look good. Perhaps over time, if I continue to fool myself into thinking I have something of value to say, and I work and practice real hard, my drawing skills will once again improve.

Until then, this is the first strip in a multi-strip story. When will the next page be done? Soon, I hope. It's already written. I'm going to start drawing right now.

Read it and weep.

UPDATE:Copyright 2011 by the Garbanzo Press

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