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This is the first comic where I’ve included shading. Makes the panels pop a bit more, right?

Whenever I spend extended periods of time in nature, I feel refreshed and renewed. A calm intuition opens up inside me, the concept of time dissolves, and I find joy in the sights, smells and sounds of the forest.

So why don’t I go outside more often?

Alas, too much time is spent each day behind a screen. Drawing, writing, posting, reading, watching. There’s so much to do on that 14″ window into the virtual world, that I often leave the real world on the back burner. Simply, in order to effectively make my living, I’ve got to do a great many tasks behind a screen. How does one build a fanbase or a brand nowadays without social media or SEO?

You can hardly go into the forest searching for new fans. Hi, Mr. Squirrel. Can I tell you about my comic strip, Ergo?

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A Higher Allowance

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Playtime

The first Ergo comic strip! Well, I actually drew the strip “Meet George Ergo” first, but I felt that this Sunday strip best sums up the overall feel of the comic, because it involves all main human characters. This strip, like many of the other strips, went through several style iterations before I found the look I was truly happy with.

One thing I feel this particular comic strip does well: It establishes that the events occurring in the panels are real. That is, they are not merely part of a child’s imagination. When we see George building a particle accelerator out of hamster tubes, he’s really building a functional particle accelerator, not just pretending that it functions.

In fiction, I enjoy stories where the character’s actions have actual consequences, and where the characters change and develop over time and reflect on their previous adventures. I remember reading about Jeff Smith’s comic epic “Bone.” I believe he had a similar opinion. In many comics, the characters reset after each adventure. Everything goes back to a static status quo. Perhaps in some ways this is comforting for the reader, but it also detracts from some sort of momentum that can be built up over story arcs.

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