Sunday, October 31, 2021



This strip was originally published on October 25, 2011

I've decided to try and consolidate all the creative stuff I've done online here in one place, and this site seems to be the best place for all that stuff.

All the podcasts I do are here. They are also on their own sites, but again... consolidating.

So it makes sense to pull over the web comic that I did with Harold C. Jennett III.

And so, here is the first strip - Brainstorming.

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.

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 Variety Smack 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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