In addition to introducing an updated design for Jordan (blue shirt! rolled up sleeves! aside from a beard, he's SLIGHTLY more representative of my daily visage) this strip is the first of a brief (very brief) storyline about depression.
As I said on Facebook: we should have code and/or safe words for depression. It's for everyone's safety, really.
As an overly sensitive creative person (although I hardly think that makes me special) I get depressed rather easily. Recently, professional expectations were unreasonably high while I was simultaneously running myself ragged with my consulting work ... and it all resulted in a downward spiral of misery and worthlessness.
But without the low points, the high points are only just average.
So I gave my wife a heads-up -- Code Black, Sam -- as kind of a safety net ("I'm miserable right now. It has nothing to do with you. There's nothing wrong. There's nothing you can do for me. I'm just going to miserable for a few days, and that's okay."). I think we both put on some metaphorical protective gear -- for Sam, it helps her know that the depressed Jordan is just a passing phase. For me -- and this is something that I've really taken a long time to learn -- it's that the depressed Jordan is a PASSING phase and NOT TO MAKE ANY MAJOR DECISIONS. Like completely giving up on an art project because it seems pointless. Yes, actually, it really IS pointless, but it'll feel slightly LESS pointless once the depression passes.
And it does. Some of us have coping mechanisms, others have delicious pharmaceuticals, and even others have fun combinations of the two. Whatever the case may be: it's just a happy fact of life that we get sad. Try to enjoy it a little.
This will eventually be a full-fledged Seminal Works comic strip, but I was excited and really wanted to share. I did a nominal bit of research to see if anyone had designed a smart fortwo TARDIS wrap, but all I found was a standard blue smart with a TARDIS license plate. So .... here's the SMARDIS.
JORDAN: Behold! The SMARDIS!
SAM: .... I don't get it.
JORDAN: It's like the TARDIS--from Doctor Who!
SAM: You having unfettered access to a vehicle wrap company is probably the dumbest thing ever, isn't it?
JORDAN: It's all wibbly-wobbly and bigger on the inside!!!
SAM: .... I hate you so much right now.
Back in 2009, I collaborated with an artist named Bell02 to adapt one of my screenplays into a comic book series. We managed to produce three issues (an average of 20 pages each), but it was never "printed" nor was the presentation online executed very well. Later, the screenplay would be adapted one last time into my novel, "Disastergeddon!".
So, really, for the first time ever, here's the first issue of Explorers of the Unknown. Be warned, though: due to the nature of the content, the linked page clocks in at 10.6 megabytes -- it's best viewed on a computer screen or tablet on a high speed connection!
I recently produced and published a new video for WBC Graphics. I consider this one of my first full-fledged, non-automotive commercials and am pretty proud of the result. Stay tuned for a short, 15-second promo for their Wrap Like a King contest entry!
The anguished musings of a jack-of-all trades creative professional based out of Longwood, Florida. Find out more about him here. You know, if that's your 'thing'.
Most of my production music is original but if I need something extra-special, I usually get it from AudioNautix.com: