CRASS FED
CRASS FED COMICS IS TWO YEARS OLD!

I swear, if thing isn’t potty trained by next year, all bets are off.

First, here is this week’s cartoon:

CRASS FED 0109:  This Gag Is Super, Man!

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(July 16, 2014)  This is another of my “figure out the gag” cartoons that I am probably more proud of than I ought to be.  Tag me on Twitter or Facebook, or email me at the address at the top of the page to guess what the joke is.

This wasn’t supposed to last.

Seriously.  When I started this thing two years ago, I was doing it as a lark.  I have no art training, and am a self-described doodler at best.

I was doodling pictures of bad puns in a sketchbook to distract myself while taking care of my mom during her final months.  After she died, the family attended the Baltimore Comic Con, and spent a lot of time chatting with Francesco Francavilla and his wife, Lisa.  I was talking with Lisa about Francesco’s process and skill, particularly with design, and it came up that I doodled.  It was Lisa who said that I shouldn’t wait to be perfect, because that will never happen.

I’m still not, but after two years I am so much farther than I ever expected to be.  I figured that at one cartoon a week I’d run out of ideas in a couple of months.

Well, after two years I’m still going, for better or for worse.  And in that time I have added a regular “Random Fun” cartoon post, and a second web comic, The Adventures of Surf and Turf, which appears monthly.  And, I am now (holy cats!) working on creating a children’s book.  Not only have I kept going, but here is a comparison of the very first Crass Fed cartoon with today’s toon (plus a Surf and Turf toon, and a 6” ruler for scale…yes, I really do work on paper that small):

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Needless to say, that this weird labor of love has taken on a life of its own.  So, to everyone who checks in regularly, thank you.  It is nice to know that my cartoons bring a chuckle to folks other than myself.

I want specifically to thank a few people who have inspired or helped me along the way.

First and foremost, my Wife and Kidlet.  Their love, support, and patience have been immeasurable and invaluable.  As have the encouragement of folks like Wendy, Greg, Maeghan, Eric & Maggie, Jen, and my Godmother, Hortense.

There are several amazing comic creators that I have looked up to, and am lucky enough to have become acquainted with, and they are a source of constant inspiration, humor, and encouragement.  There are too many to count and acknowledge individually, but there are a few that I must mention that I am now lucky enough to call friends: Jamie Cosley, Tara Abbamondi, Dave McDonald, Shing Yin KhorDrew Moss, and Eryk Donovan.  From art tips to encouragement to lending an ear when times have been tough, they are all amazing people and my life is all the richer for it.

Finally, thank you everyone who has given my cartoons a shot, and depending on your level of masochism, come back for more.

Cheers,

JRD

Crass Fed 0108:  Roman History At 88mph
(July 7, 2014)  Just one of those goofy puns that gets stuck in my head…until I draw it to get it out.  One of the last remaining sketches drawn in 2013.
Next week…CRASS FED turns 2!

Crass Fed 0108:  Roman History At 88mph

(July 7, 2014)  Just one of those goofy puns that gets stuck in my head…until I draw it to get it out.  One of the last remaining sketches drawn in 2013.

Next week…CRASS FED turns 2!

Random Fun: Raccoon Rocket

Skottie Young is an amazing artist, and even better guy.  We’ve had the pleasure of speaking to him twice at the past two HeroesCon shows, and he was great with the Kidlet every time.  Yesterday saw the debut of his Rocket Raccoon comic…and the announcement that it had sold out and was being reprinted.  Congrats to Skottie, and I hope he doesn’t mind the liberties I took with the character.

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(By the way, this was just a quick sketch (and age test), until I decided to color it…which took the longest of the time spent on this.  So, the next time someone suggests color artists don’t deserve equal credit, smack ‘em with a comic book.)

Crass Fed 0107:  Fishing For A Gag
(June 30, 2014)  This one has double intent.  First, it’s a silly gag that occurred to me when I noticed my wife watching one of the CSI shows one day.  Second, after last week’s fun in Charlotte, it’s a gag perfect for my friend Dave McDonald.

Crass Fed 0107:  Fishing For A Gag

(June 30, 2014)  This one has double intent.  First, it’s a silly gag that occurred to me when I noticed my wife watching one of the CSI shows one day.  Second, after last week’s fun in Charlotte, it’s a gag perfect for my friend Dave McDonald.

Crass Fed 0106:  Bear-Brained Idea
(June 23, 2014)  In honor of a wonderful, pun-filled weekend with friends Jamie Cosley and Dave McDonald at this past weekend’s HeroesCon, this one seemed appropriate.  (Y’all know Jamie can be found at codythecavalier.com and jamiecosley.com, but did you know you can check out Dave’s great work on Hamster S.A.M. at davemcdonald.com?  No?  Well…what’re you waiting for?  Get going!)

Crass Fed 0106:  Bear-Brained Idea

(June 23, 2014)  In honor of a wonderful, pun-filled weekend with friends Jamie Cosley and Dave McDonald at this past weekend’s HeroesCon, this one seemed appropriate.  (Y’all know Jamie can be found at codythecavalier.com and jamiecosley.com, but did you know you can check out Dave’s great work on Hamster S.A.M. at davemcdonald.com?  No?  Well…what’re you waiting for?  Get going!)