December 4, 2019

“One dog’s trash…”

This comic originally appeared in Watusi #7, way back in October 2003. While the main chunk of that issue was devoted to the middle section of my first continued Watusi story, it also featured strips created by students in my very first “Make a Minicomic” class. My goal with that class was to show students how they could make their own 8-page minicomic, and I led them step-by-step through to the completion of their own comic. What it really did, though, was teach myself that there’s a huge difference between creating a lesson plan and actually teaching a class, let alone motivating students to continue along the path of making art on their own. They say “those who can, do; those who can’t, teach.” Well, I can’t teach.

About the contributors… that’s kind of a mystery to me. Ted, Shauna, & Levi were all good students in the class, and I love the panels they came up with during this ice-breaking project before they began work on their own comics. I don’t know what life has had in store for them; hopefully something creative & everything good…

(“Watusi in Oz” resumes Wednesday, January 1, 2020!)

November 27, 2019

“Doesn’t rhyme with orange”

And, and the risk of sounding like a public radio spot, I’m thankful for readers like you! With Thanksgiving just a day away, I want to take a moment to express my thanks to all my readers– I’m truly grateful for each and every one of you who take the time to check in on Watusi’s adventures every week. I’m especially grateful for those of you who take the time to comment on my work here (which lets me know if it’s connecting with its readers, or if it’s missing the mark) … and doubly so for those of you who also support this work financially. Whether it’s purchasing a minicomic at Zine Fest, ordering the print edition of Watusi in Oz (books 2 & 3 coming in 2020), or buying a print at one of my popup events, it all goes toward giving me the time and resources that make it possible for me to create art, including this comic which you get to read for FREE.

The easiest way for you to support my work, especially for those readers far afield from Memphis, is to become one of my Patreon patrons. For as little as $1/month, you can help make this ongoing comic possible, plus get immediate access to online bonus comics, including a full-color Human Spring adventure.

Hope you have a happy Thanksgiving! (“Watusi in Oz” resumes Wednesday, January 1, 2020!)

November 20, 2019

“Old friends”

It looks like our travelers are getting a well-deserved moment to catch their breath…

… and I think I have, too, so I’m going to take the opportunity to give myself a break from the weekly deadine to play catchup on the print collections of Watusi’s time in Oz (among other projects). Never fear, though– there’ll be fresh Watusi comics coming your way in the interim: some new, some long unseen favorites, so stay tuned!

(Back to Oz on Wednesday, January 1, 2020!)

November 13, 2019

“Thank you for your service”

Next: this is the tin man you’re looking for…

November 6, 2019

“The castle of tin”

Ah, safe haven at last!

(As with the other double-page spreads in this story, this episode can be viewed at a larger size if you’re interested– just click on the image.)

October 30, 2019

“The Captain takes command!”

Don’t believe me? Then read The Tin Woodman of Oz for yourself! Not only does that novel introduce Captain Fyter, but it features a surreal scene where the Tin Woodman gets into a conversation w/ his former meat head. Then a few pages later it gets even weirder with the story of Chopfyt….

October 23, 2019

“Nick? Chop? Could it be…?”

I figured it was about time to introduce another one of Baum’s cast of characters. Looks like he arrived just in time, too!

October 16, 2019

“Backed into a corner”

Next: help (hopefully, help!) from above…

Y’know, maybe I have been at this project too long, as this is pretty much the same cliffhanger I left my heroes in one point already … at least this time it doesn’t look like Watusi will be the one to rescue them!

October 9, 2019

“Call to arms”

Hey, Watusi got to put the CHOMP on somebody after all!

October 2, 2019

“Marching orders”

Next: Looks like it’s time for some action!!