24 February 2013

Unmasking Mr. Squish. (And myself.)

I said last week, after recycling a strip in order to meet deadline, I realized I couldn’t draw last-second strips anymore. So the next week, I clamped down and drew my strips a little bit ahead of schedule: I drew them the day before they were due, or at least the morning they were due, rather than the hour they were due. Slightly more responsible of me, I suppose.

First thing I realized I had to do was get rid of the “The Early Years” gag. As you recall, I killed Leonard off in December, and continued the strip by claiming all the current strips were just flashbacks to before I killed Leonard: “Mr. Squish: The Early Years.” But the flashback idea didn’t have legs: After a while, it’s no longer funny to remind everyone how your main character is dead.

16 February 2013

On the making of music videos.

Before and after my church’s services, we show music videos. Christian music videos, of course; Lady Gaga is a bit much to take as background music during pre-service prayer. But I have successfully managed to slip a Cee-Lo Green song into the music mix ’round Christmastime: He did a version of Mark Lowry’s cheesy standard, “Mary Did You Know,” and that counts as Christian enough to not cause a fuss. Yet.

Where do I get the videos? I swipe ’em from YouTube. Where else?

How do I pick the videos? Half of it comes from looking for what’s popular on contemporary Christian radio.

03 February 2013

Recycling Mr. Squish.

When I took charge of the CSU Sacramento Hornet’s Arts & Features section in spring 1991, my workload went up appreciably. We published two editions a week, a Tuesday issue and a Friday issue. That meant two production nights a week, usually from noon to midnight, Mondays and Thursdays. Production nearly always went later than midnight. The printer’s deadline was supposed to be 11 p.m., but we never made it that semester.

Back in the fall semester, when I was Graphics Coordinator, my workload was pretty much from 8 or 9 p.m. till midnight. See, I had a staff of 12, and farmed all the work out to them. So my job, really, was to be on duty during production nights. It was round 8 or 9 that everyone suddenly needed last-minute art and graphics and space-fillers. So I did that. But other than those crunch times, it was a pretty cushy job. That’s why I wanted the A&F job. I wanted a challenge.

Well, at the A&F desk, I got that challenge. And then some.