Tuesday, December 19, 2006

#25 - The H Bomb

Stripes #26 (12-19-06)

I wanted to go out with a bang. (Heh heh.)

And that's a wrap! Thanks all for reading Stripes this past semester. I haven't heard yet if Stripes will be back in the spring. The current editor's rooting for me, so I think my chances are good. I have a lot more ideas I'd like to use, so I hope Cubby, Twitchy, Dallas, Audrey, Grim and Co. can stick around.
If not, there's no way to end a storyline like blowing up the planet. But if Stripes comes back, I'd just like to say that this has got to be the mother of all cliffhangers.

Stay tuned.

Friday, December 15, 2006

#25 - The Stripes Christmas Carol, Part 4

Stripes #25 (12-15-06)

In this strip I wanted to show that Twitchy isn't all that evil. Just mostly.

Thursday, December 14, 2006

#24 - The Stripes Christmas Carol, Part 3

Stripes #24 (12-14-06)

Who else loves minty fresh floss?



Tuesday, December 12, 2006

#23 - The Stripes Christmas Carol, Part 2

Stripes #23 (12-12-06)

Here we have the first Stripes "swearing," just in time for the holidays.

Friday, December 8, 2006

#22 - The Stripes Christmas Carol, Part 1

Stripes #22 (12-8-06)

I think there's a bit of Scrooge in each of us. Awww.

Thursday, December 7, 2006

#21 - Untitled

Stripes #21 (12-7-06)

Man, I love the Muppet Christmas Carol. This series will run until the start of winter break.

This strip hints at a lot of past Stripes stories. Twitchy refers to Audrey's grand entrance and the piano from the birthday strips (in case you forgot the strip two days ago...) Twitchy's "moron" line in the last panel is borrowed from one of the first Stripes strips. I figure now's a good time to take a look back on the past season since it's almost over. I have a lot more ideas I'd like to put out, so I hope I'll be around for a second season!

Tuesday, December 5, 2006

#20 - Parte Deux

Stripes #20 (12-5-06)

Life isn't fair.

Friday, December 1, 2006

#19 - The Aftermath

Stripes #19 (12-1-06)

That's a steak in the third panel. And yes, I know steaks are not made out of rabbits. And you try drawing a steak. Google "steak" and all you get is crap.

Anyway, I came up with the idea for the previous strip and this one before I thought of having a piano land on Cubby for his birthday. Originally, Twitchy smacked Cubby so hard he went delirious. But after I came up with the birthday strip, it only made sense to fit these two strips along with it, so the cause of Cubby's hysteria changed. I also don't want Twitchy to seem too evil either. He's just....very, very misunderstood.

Thursday, November 30, 2006

#18 - Eleventeen

Stripes #18 (11-30-06)

To fully appreciate this joke you need to understand that Cubby is usually a moron. This strip might whiz over the heads of new readers but are great are Stripes veterans. Doesn't that just make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside?

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

#17 - Best Day Ever

Stripes #17 (11-28-06)

In the tradition of milking birthdays for all they're worth, this is the start of the first real Stripes series. The next two weeks will be continuing this story. Stay tuned.

This strip also marks the first time all four starring characters have been featured together.

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

#16 - You're a Loser, Charlie Brown

Stripes #16 (11-21-06)

Harvard lost for the first time in six years. I'm not bitter...

Friday, November 17, 2006

Thursday, November 16, 2006

#14 - #@$% JetBlue...

Stripes #14 (11-16-06)

JetBlue ran a promotion last week at several college campuses across the country. Students wearing blue might be approached by a JetBlue rep who would ask them, "Go what?" If the student replied with "Go blue!" they won a free flight.
Since this was the week before the great Harvard-Yale game, a lot of Harvard students went into a frenzy thinking this was a Yale prank to get Harvard kids on tape yelling "Go blue!"

Turns out the promotion was legit, but I have no need for a one-way ticket to NYC or DC anyway. Besides, you could never get me to say "go" and "blue" in the same sentence. Except just now.

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

#13 - A Whole New Style!

Stripes #13 (11-14-06)

Shout out to my homies in the Teen Girl Squad. Who caught the reference?

Also, no one actually told me they thought Cubby wasn't sketchy enough. But as Stephan Pastis says, "What the strip needs, the strip gets."

Thursday, November 9, 2006

#12 - Angry Animals

Stripes #12 (11-9-06)

Stephan Pastis once wrote how he could never really tell which of his strips would be popular and which ones wouldn't. I think the same thing applied here - I wrote this one rather quickly, but people seemed to like it when it was published.

Tuesday, November 7, 2006

#11 - Hell Hath No Fury...

Stripes #11 (11-7-06)

Poor Audrey. Actually, poor Twitchy - he's about to get sacked...

Realistically, guys and girls can't room together at Harvard. I think there's a committee actually discussing it, but really I just wanted to put Audrey in with the other characters. It's not like she'd associate with any of them by choice...or would she? Stay tuned.

Friday, November 3, 2006

#10 - Hi there, Audrey!

Stripes #10 (11-3-06)

For some reason I can draw people as long as it isn't me. This marks the first appearance of Audrey, our fourth character.

Thursday, November 2, 2006

#9 - TV

Stripes #9 (11-2-06)

People kept thinking Cubby was a cat, not a tiger, so I wanted to clear that up. It was presented in The Crimson on its side because that was the only way I could make everything fit. But, lucky you, it's put vertically here.

Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Stripes Halloween Special 2006

Don't worry, that gun's not loaded.

PS - It took me forever to draw all those #@$% costumes...

#8 - Crimson Morons

Stripes #8 (10-31-06)

I was half expecting The Crimson to leave this strip out, but on purpose this time. They put it in.

Friday, October 27, 2006

#7 - Quod Erat Demonstrandum

Stripes #7 (10-27-06)

Note the new panel frames, plus it's my mom's birthday today!

Thursday, October 26, 2006

#6 - Internet Addiction

Stripes #6 (10-26-06)

I really like this strip. It's different.

Sunday, October 22, 2006

#5 - Pretty Lady

Stripes #5 (10-22-06)

Awkward and, sadly, based on a conversation with a friend.

Thursday, October 19, 2006

#4 - POT

Stripes #4 (10-19-06)

Referencing illegal drugs always makes good comedy. This isn't the last you've seen of it, folks.

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

#3 - Quaded

Stripes #3 (10-17-06)

Towards the end of their first year, Harvard freshmen are sorted into an upperclassmen House where they'll live for the next three years of college. There's no Sorting Hat, but it's an exciting event for everyone.

There are some Houses by the Charles River and three Houses up at the Quad. Many freshmen are scared to get "Quaded" because it's a ten-minute walk, but honestly those kids are just wimps. The Quad isn't that bad.

Nevertheless, this is pretty much what happened to my blocking group when we found out we were Quaded. We love it now, though!

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Stripes Online #1

Stripes Online #1

Just a friendly reminder that Stripes has moved to Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.

#2 - Sunshine

Stripes #2 (10-12-06)

Poor Cubby.

Not all of the strips are inspired by my life, but this one certainly is. I've never had severe depression, but my orgo TF randomly started calling me "Sunshine." Everyone thought it was a scream, so it stuck. I don't really mind the name (it grows on you) but it is a little awkward when you're walking through the Science Center and suddenly someone yells "HEY SUNSHINE!"

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

#1 - The Aspiring Cartoonist

Stripes #1 (10-11-06)

Stripes is here! This was the last of six strips I submitted to The Crimson when I applied to become a cartoonist, and I felt it was the best one to start off the series. Stay tuned...!