Sunday, October 31, 2021



This strip was originally published on October 25, 2011

I can't believe I forgot about Variety Smack!

Okay, so if you recall, earlier this past week I put up the very first comic strip that I did with Harold Jennett.

You can see that HERE.

The problem, however, is that Our Adventure Continues wasn't the very first comic that Harold and I did.

Nope, two years earlier, in October of 2011, we rushed out a comic called Variety Smack.

It was, in essence, Our Adventure Continues before there was Our Adventure Continues, and we published 15 strips before we decided to pack it all in and reboot under a new name, the aforementioned Our Adventure Continues.

One thing of note, originally the strip was black and white with gray tones and the first one of those went up on October 25, 2011.*

In fact, it was on that very same day that Harold and I decided to do the comic, and when I say we rushed it out, well, here's how the story goes:

On October 25th, 2011, I was chatting with Harold on Gmail chat, and out of the blue he asked me if I wanted to do a web comic with him. He's an artist, I'm a writer, seemed simple enough.

The idea was that we would both come up with story ideas, I'd write the scripts and he'd draw the strips. It was so simple it was akin to genius.

So, of course, I said yes.

We went back and forth on the name but finally landed on Variety Smack.

Two hours later I'd written a script, Harold drew up the strip, I started up a Blogger site, Harold put together a banner image, and we'd posted our very first web comic together.

And that's how it all happened.

So I've decided, today, on Halloween, to present to you the first four strips from Variety Smack throughout the day with strip #4 being a Halloween-themed strip.

Once all 15 strips of Variety Smack are up over the next few weeks, I'll get back to Our Adventure Continues.

Enjoy. There will be more to come later today.

If you want Harold and I to get the band back together and create more comic strip fun, please say so by leaving a comment below.


*I should probably explain now that yeah, I know I spelled wildebeests wrong in this strip. What's funny, is that we use the word a few more times and it isn't until strip 14 of Our Adventure Continues that I realize my mistake and then address it in the comic, justifying what turns out to be not a mistake at all. But I'll let you wait until then.

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