Strips with earlier versions of these characters here .
Spotted anything different this week? Yes, I've moved the copyright and URL outside of the strip itself.
No, seriously though. I know the change to black and white and the single tier are probably a bit of a let down, but there is a method behind my madness.
My ultimate goal is to be putting a strip up daily. Also, I've been putting so much effort into the drawing and the colouring I think the writing has suffered. So, to be able to give more attention to the writing, which you have to admit hasn't exactly had you rolling in the aisles, I've had to sacrifice the colour for the time being.
As for the shedding of a tier (sorry, couldn't resist), it's not quite as bad as it seems. Starting Wednesday, I'll be on a twice weekly schedule. So there'll still be two tiers a week, just not all at once. This is a ploy to get me to write funnier gags. So, no pressure there then.
Anyway, let me know what you think. I know it's a drastic change of tone in a way, but I thought it was better to go with my instincts on this one and take the plunge into full blown monochrome.
Maybe I'd better not tell you about the changes I've got planned for Joe's world yet. It'll be a nice surprise.
See you Wednesday.
R.I.P. David Carradine
My most vivid memories in the first year of Secondary School are of my friends Dale, Chris and I tumbling (in the best imitation of slow motion we could manage) down a grassy embankment that ran around the bottom of the grounds as we did our version of kung fu on each other. All of this was inspired by Friday night airings of that TV show along with some pretty cool Poster Magazines of Bruce Lee that we (well, Dale at least) picked up to fuel our obsession with the fighting style that the programme showcased.
And now, with the death of David Carradine, the show's star, we can only feel saddened. I know little of the man himself beyond his total involvement in the show and his role in 'Kill Bill' but I will always remember him for the part he played in my childhood as I negotiated my way into adolescence alongside my two best school friends. Whatever his personal beliefs and lifestyle choices, he helped us with that I'm sure, however inadvertently. So, thank you David wherever you are. In the words of Master Po -
Perfect wisdom is unplanned.
Perfect living offers no guarantee to a peaceful death.