Some cool news here for you all! First off, as the eagle-eyed reader might have noticed, I have added a shop button that leads to my RedBubble. There you can buy some cool T-Shirts, phone cases, and whatnot. A real “Ye Olde Rip-ye-off Shoppe” for some cool designs and stuff.
Also, I have been thinking (never a good sign) and have decided to dedicate a part of this platform to preaching about my invisible disabilities, mainly Fibromyalgia and Parkinsonism-related Tremor. Sounds quite boring, eh? Well, I will try and put some of my off-brand humor in the texts and it will not affect the comic. Curly is and will always be just pure entertainment. So keep your eyes out for future updates and help me spread awareness about a disability that affects so many people.
So this is my new thing for a while, each week I will try and find time to give a shoutout to other awesome webcomic artists!
This week, and as a guinea pig to see how all of this goes, I like to call out Corey Kramer and his super-duper comic Wonder Weenies! A superhero comic about a bunch of fast-food employees that get their superhero powers after (spoiler!) using a filthy, greasy, and radioactive fryer aptly named the Frank-N-Fryer. Dee, Murray, and Frank (that is their names, not just something random that I typed) is dosed harder than the Hulk in radioactivity and gets the powers of fire-hands, an aggressive mullet, and turning into a hotdog-man.
I must be honest, Kramer really pulled my leg here. Wonder Weenies is presented in a classic strip format, just how your local paper used to do it before comics disappeared from paper printed news. It starts off as a workplace comedy, follows the rude behavior of employees in customer service, and has this “unprofessional”- vibe that leads to fun interactions and whatnot. Then it becomes a superhero riff that parodies Marvel and DC with a fast-food twist. I love it! From time to time, mock ads show up with different hotdogs, weenies, and other stuff that helps with the worldbuilding in a cool meta fashion. The characters are well defined and the whole comic is a laugh to read.
Kramer has this clean style, with lots of cubes and circles that give him a fresh art style. The colors are straightforward and the site is effortless to use. You can just go there, read the comics easy-peasy without any fuss. What is even better is that Kramer has been at it for a long while, the first strips dating all the way back to 2010, so there is over a decade’s worth of material to read.
On a more serious note, Kramer recently posted how he was going to begin dialysis at the beginning of March. Being a disabled artist with chronic illness myself, my bloody heart goes out to this bloke. Living with kidney trouble is no cakewalk, and I think we all should send some love his way. Give Corey Kramer some clicks and a read, if nothing else than for watching a lad getting transformed into a weenie.
Lately, I had more flares of pain than usual, so been kinda quiet here. It sucks being disabled, mostly I have spent half the day in bed and then tried to pick myself up to be a good father when the kids get hom. That is why I am so happy that I have an archive of pages, so if I can not draw for a week or two, there is still something being posted.
But enough misery, I still need to explore every nook and cranny in Spider-Man: Miles Morales, get some coffee in my morning whiskey, and try to find out where my bloody left shoe is at. Last seen in the hands of a suspiciously happy one-year-old.
Holy crap, it is soon Valentine’s Day, which I almost forgot this year! Do you know who did not forget? My wife, that is who. My darling gave me a copy of Insomniac’s fantastic Spider-Man: Miles Morales for the PS4! So I know how my weekend is going to be spent! I will lock the kids in a shed, then game away. Or first, I have to find and/or build a shed to lock them into. Maybe I just let them play in the snow and bar the doors? Not sure yet, but gaming will happen one way or another! And backrubs, the wife will get backrubs. She deserves them, in plural even!
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It’s getting cold outside, not even the dog wants to go out freely anymore. And this is just the start of it because winter here gets COLD. I am talking about snot freezing in your nose cold. The polar bears are like “Nah man, I’m good. Fetch me a blanket, will you?” Our landlord has not turned on the heat yet, so every morning is like deciding if I am going to freeze to death or sleep until spring. Or that might just be me?
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I have been reading comics since before I was even able to actually read. My parents often used to buy me a comic book just to keep me quiet. One of my earlier memories was looking through an old issue of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, making up my own stories to the pictures. So, I really did not read the comics, I just kinda looked at them. Nonetheless, I enjoyed them and still do.
One modern comic-strip I enjoy nowadays is Crabgrass by Tauhid Bondia (I really hope that I spelled that right). I first found it on Instagram and it gave me this old school, Peanuts or Calvin & Hobbes feelgood vibes. From what I can gather, Bondia is an indie webcomic artist and an all-around cool cat who deserves a shoutout. So check out Crabgrass comics on either Instagram or GoComics for some good laughs.