July 19, 2017

“A flair for the dramatic”

I see now why they needed the sunglasses! More revelations to come…

I’ve been busy this week finishing up new issues of my Smeary Soapbox Press-ents minicomic series for debut at this Friday’s Memphis Zine Fest! Be sure to stop by and check out this free, all-ages celebration of local talent– bring some dollars, because there’s bound to be at least one zine you can’t go home without! In addition to my new comics, it will also feature the debut of brand new zines from creators at last weekend’s Public Zine Workshop and this week’s Youth Zine Workshop. It should be a blast!

July 12, 2017

“Look for the silver lining”

What?!? “He just likes to” what? It’s just one short week until we can both find out…

I was lucky enough to visit Chicago Comics on my recent trip to the City of Big Shoulders; it’s a great store, conveniently located off the CTA Red Line, so there’s no excuse not to visit if you’re in the area. Plus, they’re nice enough to carry a sampling of Watusi comics! Be sure to tell your friends!

July 5, 2017

“Dinner and a show”

It’s probably a good thing we couldn’t see the look on Kirby’s face when he saw what The HipHoppers were wearing!

June 28, 2017

“You shouldn’t have. You really shouldn’t have.”

Well, at least Kirby won’t look underdressed at the banquet…

June 21, 2017

“The Magisterial Suite”

Well, if you’ve got to cool your heels (and/or paws), this looks like a pretty comfortable place to do so!

June 14, 2017

“The grand parade”

More wonders– and dare I say intrigue?– await our quartet in the Emerald City! Stay tuned…

June 7, 2017

“Fashion eyewear for all!”

It may feel like it’s taken Watusi a long time to set paw in the Emerald City … but he still got there a lot quicker that Dorothy did!

May 31, 2017

“I think I’m going to like it here!”

Sounds like Oz is Watusi’s kind of place! Maybe he won’t go back to Wonder Valley…

So, you may be asking “where’s the color?” “What’s up with this ‘new look’ Watusi?” Well, funny story…

You’ve probably heard about the storms that blew through Memphis last weekend; in my case they also blew down a tree in my neighborhood! While it missed my studio, and all the houses involved, it sheared off the utility pole that services my studio! So, I had to put this week’s strip together as best as I could without power and without most of my usual tools. It gives you a little behind-the-scenes peek at how I put a strip together, as this state is a fairly typical inked page before I do clean up in the production stage.

I once read that cartooning is “the best an artist can do on a deadline”– or in this case, under adverse conditions– and that’s never felt more true to me than this week! Here’s hoping that things will be back to normal in time for the next episode!

May 24, 2017

“Pick yourself up and dust yourself off again”

A sighting of a real citizen of Oz! I guess Watusi & friends really are there!!

If you’re interested in some behind-the-scenes sneak peeks of things to come in Watusi’s journey to Oz, you’re invited to patronize me on Patreon. Supporters there have been treated to an early peek at my designs for the Emerald City, Oz character designs, and even a never-reprinted 4-page Watusi comic from 2014. Coming up for patrons there in June is the first Minerva Stone comic from 1999, which will be a useful primer for her role coming up in this storyline. Join in the fun, won’t you?

 

 

May 17, 2017

“Behold, the Emerald City!”

I’m tempted to say “the beagle has landed,” except I think Watusi’s more of a terrier…

At any rate, welcome to Oz! This double-page spread can be viewed at a larger size if you’re interested– just click on the image.