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Thursday | October 17th, 2013

Vol 2, No. 2: River Pigs

Here’s the thing - comics are a very subtle kind of funny communicating a very subtle message. This one has something to do with authority and paint huffing. Ok, so maybe me - the lowly artist - puts very little thought into what Grim is trying to say with each Dos Factotum strip. It used to be we’d have long conversations over pizza and cigarettes about the direction our wayward Condom and Cigarette were headed, but now - it’s a surprise for me when I get a new strip.

As it was a surprise for me to get a new, longer strip for VOL. 2 No. 2, it was a pleasant surprise for me to have only pages of dialogue with no splitting into panels whatsoever. So, once again, I got to kind of “direct” the strip. things like Condom motioning with the huffing can and bag or Cigarette painting a portrait of the Angry Baby Koala (whom he must subconsciously miss, they were roommates for a time) and chucking the palette under the easel when the conversation gets involved.

Not to mention that VOL 2 thus far has had several all-digital elements, the most notable this time around being the River Pig himself - drawn entirely on an iPad with a WaCom Stylus. The original Dos Factotum run (Volume) was designed around scanned pen drawings and clips from stock photos. Now, it’s evolving into a “style” and since I’m not really doing much other graphic work all by my lonesome, I guess I’m evolving it into “my style.”

Which is surprising me as much as you.

ANYWAY, I’m surprised you read this. The comic is pretty long.

Thanks for scrolling.

-Da7e-

Very Ape

October 13th, 2013

Another Volume 2 lengthy comic is on it’s way. I’ve been a-workin’ on it for a bit.

I’m Moving Out, David

January 24th, 2010

Feel free to turn my bedroom into that office you’ve always wanted.

‘THIS IS GRIM’ IS MY NEW HANG OUT. Please stop by.

Later,

Ryan

Spec Ad for Gordon’s Gin

January 22nd, 2010

INT. HOTEL BAR. MORNING SUN FILLS THE ROOM.

Two middle-aged men, GARY 1 and GARY 2, sit on bar stools. Their unfortunate clothes and blank faces indicate that they are not busy or vital men. Standing behind the bar is a BARTENDER (early 20s) eating scrambled eggs and toast.

BARTENDER

Alright. I’m on the clock. What will it be?

GARY 1

Gin and tonic. No fruit.

GARY 2

Same here.

BARTENDER

Is well gin OK? Or are you celebrating?

GARY 1

Well’s fine.

GARY 2 nods. He is also fine with well gin. Truth is, he probably couldn’t tell the difference between well and the good stuff. Not since last November, anyway.

In the background an ENERGETIC AND WELL-GROOMED WHITE FAMILY OF FOUR sits down at a table.

BARTENDER SCOOPS ice into two GLASSES and POURS a generous serving of GORDON’s GIN into each glass. He tops them off with a small amount of tonic. He slices a lime into wedges and slips them on the rims of the glasses. As BARTENDER hands the men their drinks he realizes his mistake.

BARTENDER

Oh, you said no lime. Typical. I mess up the first drinks of the day. Here, I’ll take them off for you. [He reaches for the drinks.]

GARY 1

Don’t worry about it.

GARY 2

Yeah, don’t worry about it.

BARTENDER

You sure?

GARY 1

Yes.

GARY 2

Yes.

GARY 1 and GARY 2 start drinking. They do not raise their glasses in a toast.

VOICE OVER

Gordon’s. Leave well enough alone.

[Hey Agency Republic. I see Gordon's is one of your clients. If you're not hiring me to consult, what are you doing?]

No Room for Debate: This Is the Best Scene in ‘Joe Vs. the Volcano’

January 21st, 2010
INT. SMALL EXCLUSIVE LUGGAGE STORE (J. RUSS) - DAY	   42.

It's as quiet as a church.  A few pieces of extremely
high quality leather luggage are on display.  The
SALESMAN, a small neat man in a quiet suit, is the
store's representative.  He's talking with Joe.  He's a
very serious, understated man.

			  LUGGAGE SALESMAN
	Have you thought much about
	luggage, Mr. Banks?

			  JOE
	No, I never really have.

			  LUGGAGE SALESMAN
	It's the central preoccupation
	of my life.  You travel the
	world, you're away from home,
	perhaps away from your family,
	all you have to depend on is
	yourself and your luggage.

			  JOE
	I guess that's true.

			  LUGGAGE SALESMAN
	Are you traveling light or heavy?

			  JOE
	Heavy.

							    (CONTINUED)
JOE VERSUS THE VOLCANO - Rev. 5/16/89			 39.

42	CONTINUED:									   42

			  LUGGAGE SALESMAN
	Flying?

			  JOE
	Flying.  And by ship.

			  LUGGAGE SALESMAN
	An ocean voyage?

			  JOE
	Yes.

			  LUGGAGE SALESMAN
	Ah.  Yes.  So.  A real
	journey.

			  JOE
	And then I'll be staying on
	this island, I don't even
	really know if I'll be living
	in a hut or what.

			 LUGGAGE SALESMEN
	Very exciting.

			  JOE
	Yeah.

			  LUGGAGE SALESMAN
	As a luggage problem.  I
	believe I have just the thing.

The Luggage Salesman rolls out an absolutely gorgeous
steamer trunk of dark, wine-colored leather and brass
fittings.

			  JOE
	Wow.

The Luggage Salesman opens it. It has hangers, drawers, a
mirror, the works.

			  LUGGAGE SALESMAN
	This is our premier steamer
	trunk.  All handmade, only the
	finest materials.  It's even
	water-tight, tight as a drum.
	If I had the need and the
	wherewithal, Mr. Banks, this
	would be my trunk of choice. I
	could face the world with a
	trunk like this by my side.

Joe is moved.

							    (CONTINUED)
JOE VERSUS THE VOLCANO - Rev. 6/2/89			  40.

42	CONTINUED:  (2)								   42

			  JOE
	I'll take four of them.

This is the classiest thing the Luggage Salesman's ever
heard.

			  LUGGAGE SALESMAN
	May you live to be a thousand
	years old, sir.

[Thanks.]

Staring Into Alexei Perry’s Throat

January 20th, 2010

The rock band Handsome Furs performed last night at a party celebrating the new partnership between VBS.tv and CNN.com. Before they took the stage at Public Assembly, MC Eugene Mirman mumbled some jokes which were barely audible above the folks enjoying the open bar; Kenneth “KC” Estenson of CNN.com said a few remarks about the importance of first-person storytelling; and Shane Smith of Vice/VBS said something about taking over the world with CNN. He added that while some men have large heads and small bodies, he’s got a small head and a large body.

Once the band started their set it was hard to look away from keyboardist/drum machinist Alexei Perry. Her mouth would puff and chomp, often with the beat. She resembled an animal actor with peanut butter on its gums to make it look like it’s talking, but in a sexy way. While breathing heavily and chomping, she would sometimes stare fiercely and admiringly at her bandmate and husband, Dan Boeckner. His trick: wrapping the microphone cord around his neck while singing. At one point during the set they faced each other and got very close as if they were going to kiss or nuzzle, and a girl in front of me let out an “Awww.”

Alexei Perry’s throat was even more interesting to watch. Because she’s breathing so deeply and rhythmically, and she doesn’t have much neck fat, a very pronounced oval would appear with each deep inhale, and then disappear with each exhale. Well, perhaps it’s not really an oval. It’s more like the shape we make with the skin between our thumb and index finger when we try to reproduce the shape of a vagina by touching our hands together. An elongated oval with points. So if you wanted to be lewd you could say that, while performing, Alexei Perry’s throat looks like a pulsating vagina.

Ms. Perry would often balance herself on one leg, raise the other leg behind her and kick it to the beat. When she bangs her head, her copper hair (it’s currently copper, anyway) is fun to watch, too. With the leg, the hair, the mouth and the throat, she’s the most animated keyboardist/drum machinist I’ve ever seen. And if you’re only casually playing the instrument to begin with, you have no excuse not to go berserk.

[Thanks for the picture.]

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