September 13, 2005

The second issue of Radium the Robot is posted. At only four pages, this is the shortest story I ever did for my early comics. The third issue more than makes up for it, however, but you’ll have to wait until next month to see Radium’s trip to Mars! Meanwhile, take a peek at my second comics story.

August 8th, 2005

My week-long EXCEL Cartooning For Comics class at Sonoma State University went well (except for getting a parking ticket and killing my battery by leaving my headlights on!) Once again, I learned as much or more about myself as a teacher as I’m sure my students learned about cartooning. I will definitely be teaching the class next year, but maybe as two classes, splitting the age groups up, younger and older. The university wants me to teach an adult Extended Education cartooning class next Spring in addition to the EXCEL Saturday University one-day offering. The kids really enjoyed seeing (and reading) the “Radium the Robot” comics I wrote and drew for myself when I was twelve. They suggested I publish them. I explained the realities of how expensive color printing is and how there is no mass market for such a thing, but they did give me the idea of publishing them on this web site! So go to “Radium the Robot” and see where I started. I will be publishing an issue per month, intending each issue to “stay on the stands” for about three months. I produced 29 issues over a three-and-a-half-year period between November 1968 and March 1972, so there’s a lot to come.