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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Superhero Girl 92

So this is the last Superhero Girl comic of 2011! There will be no update next week due to Christmas and me needing the time off to ... work on other comics. XD A cartoonist's job is never done, and that's the way I like it ('cause otherwise I'm out of work, and that's bad).

Thank you so much for the amazing 2011, dear readers! You've spread word of this comic far and wide, and I hope you'll make 2012 even better. See you in the New Year!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Superhero Girl 91

Professor Bear does not care for your stupid joke, Superhero Girl's roommate!

Otherwise, look, look! My new graphic novel Friends With Boys is an actual physical book now! In a few months you can even buy it yourself, hurrah!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Superhero Girl 90

Bear with a monocle ... hehe.

Oh man you guys I'm so tired. I got nothin' interesting to say. Um ... go read Friends With Boys. That's where my blogging energy is going nowadays. X)

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Superhero Girl 89

Yes, that is a bear wearing a monocle in the last panel there. Also, FOR REALS, Superhero Girl's roommate needs a name so I should get on that. I have reasons for not giving Superhero Girl a name, but there's no reason (other than general laziness) that Roommate Girl doesn't have one. So ... soon there will be naming, I promise.

Otherwise, hey look, my website got revamped! My Wordpress knowledgeable friend Lissa put it together, and I think it looks very nice. I really just want a portfolio site to store my good artwork (for clients to find & hire me) and online comics, not a personal site that requires regular updates (I have NO TIME for that), and I think this design works well. Let me know if you have any issues with the site, I'd appreciate it! There are still a few things I need to fix up, but overall it's pretty complete. (Btw, If you would like a nice little wordpress site, you can hire Lissa too.)

And check out the guest art I did for my boyfriend Tim's online comic, One of Those Days! It's sparkly and inspired by Laputa. :D

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Superhero Girl 88

Superhero Girl, you have the nicest roommate! Well, at least she never noticed that hole Spectacle punched in the wall. Or the broken TV. Dunno what happened with that ....

So two things this week! One, my boyfriend Tim completely his long running (six years!) webcomic One of Those Days, so major congrats to him! Yeah, getting those first six years of drawing comics over with is pretty tough, but once you're past them, it's smooth sailing to super star comic-dom. (I am kidding.)

Two, I posted a loooong post over at the Friends With Boys site about how I write and draw my comics, so if you're interested in my process, go check it out.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Superhero Girl 87

Hee! Tiny toy poodles of DOOOOOM. Man, tiny dogs .... I know making fun of them is, y'know, a thing and all, but they scare me. They are the bite-y-est things ever. I do think they'd make excellent catapult ammunition, tho. Flying balls of razor sharp teeth and fury, the ultimate weapon. The Vikings would never know what hit 'em. We're still at war with the Vikings, right?

Anyway, I had a great time at Hal-Con last weekend, and sold out of the very first run of Superhero Girl comics! Mad thanks to everyone who bought a book. It's very excellent to know readers are willing to support my self publishing attempts, and hopefully there will be more Superhero Girl books available in the future (if you're in the Halifax area, my awesome local comic shop Strange Adventures still has copies).

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Superhero Girl 86

Even though there's no hanky-panky going on, Superhero Girl's roommate should have put a sock on the doorknob or something. Also, I enjoy that dressing in civilian clothing means Superhero Girl just puts a zip up hoodie over her superhero costume. Doesn't even get rid of the cape or anything ...

So hey, this coming weekend, I will be at Hal-Con, Halifax's biggest science fiction/comics/other awesome stuff convention. I'm a guest, so I'll be on panels and stuff, talking up comics. I will have a table, where I'll be selling all my books as well as my self-published Superhero Girl book, and other stuff like prints, buttons and original art. So if you are native to Atlantic Canada, come to the convention and say hi! I will probably talk to you, especially if you bring me food.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Alternate Universe Superhero Girl by Mike Holmes

SURPRISE! Today's Superhero Girl comic is written and drawn by my fellow Halgonian (that's a person who lives in Halifax; yes, I know it's a weird name) cartoonist Mike Holmes! Mike and I share the comic page in The Coast (right above the phone sex ads!), and we thought it'd be hilarious to switch comics for a day. So Mike drew this very excellent Superhero Girl, and I took over his comic, True Story. The concept of Mike's comic is that people send him emails about their weird real life adventures, and he turns those stories into beautiful art! Mike's been doing his comic a lot longer than I've been doing Superhero Girl, and you can buy the True Story book collection here (or on Amazon, whichever). Here's my True Story:

I think this comic gets super-meta if you imagine the drunk guy as a grown up, drunk Aang from Avatar: The Last Airbender. O_O Whoa, deep. Anyway, we will be back to your regularly scheduled Superhero Girl next week, but enjoy the special today!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Superhero Girl 85

And thus, with the re-emergence of the panhandler Superhero Girl gave change to all the way back in comic #1, ends her completely accidental origin story. Seriously, I just started out doing some comics about her as a kid, and then it grew into this whole thing. But I like how it turned out. I hope you enjoyed it too! Urgh, and apologies for not being around lately to reply to comments and such. Work is absolutely drowning me, and it's a struggle to get anything done. I do read the comments, though, and really appreciate them. Thank you so much, lovely readers!

On another note, my boyfriend Tim is nearing the conclusion of his online comic One of Those Days. I'm very proud of Tim and his commitment to finishing the comic (it'll be done before I finish Ice, that's for sure), as well as how much he's improved his artwork over drawing 200+ pages. He's looking for guest comics/guest art to celebrate the end of the comic, so if you're interested in doing that, give him a shout.

Oh, and I just did a huge comic recommendation post over on the website for Friends With Boys, so if you're interested in graphic novels and not sure what to read, I can maybe help you out with that. :)

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Superhero Girl 84

The Origin Story continues! How Superhero Girl and Roommate Girl ended up living together. Also, Roommate Girl seems to be a baker of some kind. I was inspired by the delicious smelling bread factory down the road from where I live. Also, I was going to reveal Roommate Girl's real name in this comic, but I couldn't think of a good name for her. Oh well, next time. XD Seat of the pants comiking! It is awesome.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Superhero Girl 83

I don't even know what the image on Kevin's chest is for. I think the scene went like this:
Me: Arraaagh so TIRED drawing comics ALL DAY AND NIGHT what kind of symbol should go on Kevin's chest?
Tim (boyfriend): I dunno. Maybe a "K" for Kevin?
Tim: Why.

Also: I promise last ninja joke for a while. The ninjas are all joked out.
Also also: Oh man, how awesome would it be to have super strength when you're moving? I hate moving! I have tiny flabby arms and can barely lift things, but if I had super strength like Superhero Girl? Maybe I'd not hate moving so much (probably not).

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Superhero Girl 82

Superhero Girl you need to get better at the secret identity thing.

Nothing else to say except thanks for all the Birthday wishes and lovely Superhero Girl fanart! I was away on vacation last week, but now I am catching up. Also, do remember my other comic Friends With Boys (plug plug!) and I posted some ninja girl drawings from a Dr. Sketchys session on my facebooks.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Superhero Girl 81

The idea of ninjas at university makes me so, so happy. This is the best thing about drawing this comic: I can go wherever I want with whatever goofy idea I have.

Oh and hey, Superhero Girl has a new outfit and hair colour! After all, university is where you experiment ... with hair dye. That's when my hair colour started coming out of a box, and I haven't looked back. Can't even remember my hair's natural colour ... brown, I think. I dunno. I designed Superhero Girl's outfit to be a bit on the cute/sexy side (she's got a skirt and leggings to go with her Bjork hair), because university's also where you think about being cute/sexy sometimes for the first time in your life. Later, once you get out on your own to do your superheroing, you think practical. I don't think she'd wear a skirt now.

... I think about superhero outfits a lot. Probably too much.

Btw, my boyfriend paid this comic the highest compliment: it reminded him of Kim Possible*. Yay!

*It's his favourite show.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Superhero Girl 80

Aw, Kevin. And oh hey, this is comic #80! That is more than 79 or 78 but not as many as 100. I'm looking forward to having 100 comics drawn, for some reason.

Mike Maihack (previously of the awesome Supergirl/Batgirl fancomic) drew a very nifty Superhero Girl fanart recently, which got me thinking: my birthday's coming up (it's September 29th), and fanart is a pretty awesome thing to get on your birthday. So if you're someone who enjoys any of my comics (Demonology 101, Ice, Friends With Boys or Superhero Girl) and would like to throw some love my way, fanart would be a great birthday present, hint hint. ;)

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Superhero Girl 79

Kevin continues his reign of Awesome ... I like the look Superhero Girl is rocking here, the long t-shirt and Ninja Turtles style headband. We're going through her past, so I'd say she's around 16 or so here, and it makes sense her style would change as she gets older. Superheroes are people too, and the outfits they wear as a teen they probably wouldn't wear as an adult. Kevin also has on something a lot more egotistical than the outfit we previously saw him in, because the world revolves around you when you're an awesome teenager. ;)

Anyway, I hope everyone's keeping up with Friends With Boys as well as this comic! I have to say, after a long period of not really having any comics online (I haven't had a regularly updated webcomic since ... 2007? That makes sense, as it's when I started getting comics published) it's a real joy to be able to share both Superhero Girl and Friends With Boys with you, internets. :D

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Superhero Girl 78

Oh, Kevin...

I was going to do a little blog post about DC Comics' relaunch, but I went out tonight and socialized instead, so no blog post for you guys! In the meantime, you guys can check out DC Fifty-Too, a surprisingly awesome take on the relaunch which is full of the diversity and spontaneity kind of lacking from the ... uh, actual relaunch. Especially check out my favourite, the Supergirl/Batgirl team up by Mike Maihack. I have cared not a whit for DC's relaunch (understandable, I'm not their target audience), but I would read the crap out of that Supergirl/Batgirl comic.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Little Superhero Girl 77

Heheh. I've been looking for a way to bring Kevin back. I think Kevin can fly (it looks like he's flying in this comic), but if you remember, Superhero Girl can only leap over buildings shorter than 11 stories. So in terms of sibling fights, advantage Kevin.

... Superhero Girl appears to have a new superpower, I think. Ah, the joy of making stuff up as you go along. So different from my regular comics! :D hahah.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Superhero Girl 76

Superhero Girl takes a well deserved vacation! Unfortunately she's stumbled on one of those ninja-attire only beaches that are all the rage in Europe. Gotta dress like a ninja or no fun in the sun for you!

Okay, I'm sure some of you lovely readers already know about this, but there is big comic news! I (surprise!) draw comics other than Superhero Girl, and one of those comics, my soon to be published graphic novel Friends With Boys, is being serialized online! You can read the first 36 or so pages here, and it will be updating five times a week (every weekday) until its publication in February 2012. I'm REALLY THRILLED that I'll be able to share this comic with my online readers, and I hope that you'll support me by passing the link on to your friends (and anyone else you think would enjoy the comic) and buying the book when it comes out in February. Please spread the word!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Superhero Girl 75

And thus endth the epic plotline in which Superhero Girl did battle with her Evil Future Self. And lo, the Prime Minster was covered with kittens, which almost hid the fact that he was possibly a robot.

... I couldn't help myself. Had to make one more kitty joke. It was just kinda weird, tho: for some reason the PM's cat fancy kept popping up while I was drawing this plotline. First he adopted a kitten, then posted pictures of that kitten on Google+, seducing members of the American Media into calling him (the PM, not the cat) adorable ... it's weird. It's like the US isn't paying any attention to Canada at all, because our PM is most certainly not adorable.

But his cat addiction certainly is amusing. :D

Oh, and I was supposed to have something big to announce, but it's not ready yet... will post next week, I think. Hang tight! :)

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Superhero Girl 74

I made this comic a little bigger 'cause I drew it bigger! Yay, size doesn't matter on the internets. Anyway, WAY TO HANG OUT JUST WATCHING AND NOT HELPING, SPECTACLE. But I think she knew this was one fight Superhero Girl had to win on her own, by any means necessary. Which in this case, was appealing to the buried goodness within Supervillain Girl, then punching her through space and time. Superhero Girl, you are a bit sneaky when you need to be.

In other news, next week there will be something new and exciting that I'll be doing online, and I can't wait for you guys to see it! Yay! More comics for you to read! Oops, I've said too much. Next week!

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Superhero Girl 73

OH NO SHE DIDN'T. Even Superhero Girl's future version of herself thinks she sucks. I sense future face punching.

Sometimes I marvel at where this comic goes. Such is the fun of having a completely non-planned out comic. Originally I started this storyline with a single joke (hood up = Evil Superhero Girl) and it has become a cross time caper of epic proportions. It's amazing what you can pull out of your butt on a weekly basis. :D

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Superhero Girl 72

Dropping your sandwich peanut butter side down is the WORST THING IN THE WORLD and causes me to fly into fits of sobbing rage*.

*I am probably kidding about this.**
**Or not. It really sucks!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Superhero Girl 71

Canada's Prime Minister really likes kittens. 

Stanley is a real kitty, btw. Yes, I am attempting hard hitting political satire on The Adventures of Superhero Girl this week. With kittens.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Superhero Girl 70

I had to stick a Clark Kent joke in this comic at some point in time. Spectacle is a Reverse Clark Kent. She puts ON her glasses to fight crime. And I'm sure they help in fights, too, because you should never hit someone with glasses (them's the rules).

In my various attempts to make this humble blogspot a little more comic-navigation friendly, I put a link to the first comic at the top of the page, so you don't have to go back through the archives to read from the beginning. Hope it helps any new readers!

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Superhero Girl 69

Superhero Girl and Spectacle teaming up means we can learn a little bit more about who Spectacle is. As I've mentioned before, I don't plan this strip out very far in advance, and sometimes it's really interesting how ideas take twists and turns... this plotline wasn't originally supposed to go beyond "Spectacle thinks Superhero Girl is evil and they fight."

Oh yes, and apologies to every who has purchased a Superhero Girl original and has not yet received it. A million things (postal strike, purchasing the wrong size envelopes) have conspired to prevent me from getting the originals mailed, but I promise, they will be sent out SOON. Your continued patience is very much appreciated. :)

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Superhero Girl 68

I enjoy Spectacle's boundless enthusiasm, especially in the face of serious property damage. No smoking roof will get in the way of her happy fun buddy movie!

If you are lucky enough to live in the Canadian Maritimes, I'm a guest at Animaritime, which is this coming weekend (yes, the July 1st weekend. No fireworks for me) in Moncton, New Brunswick. I'll be there to talk about making comics and sell my books (Zombies Calling, Ellsmere, Brain Camp and my self-published Superhero Girl book) as well as some really pretty prints and buttons and other stuff. So come and visit me and talk to me about comics. I'm hoping to find fellow Fullmetal Alchemist nerds (the manga, not the anime) with which to be super geeky and fangirly. I don't get to do this often, so am looking forward to it. :D

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Superhero Girl 67

So Tuesday updates it is! Tuesdays really work best for me, as Monday nights are pretty much the only weeknight I don't have something going on.

And see? Spectacle's not so stupid after all, attacking someone because they wore a hoodie with the hood up, what nonsense. There's actual photographic proof that Superhero Girl is evil! How will our hero explain her way out of this one? (Spectacle's disappearing/reappearing arm socks also cameo in this comic. I'm amazingly bad at keeping track of fashion details.)

Friday, June 17, 2011

Superhero Girl 66

Hee hee! That whole 'holding someone at arm's length while they flail frantically at you' is kind of my favourite thing ever. I like how both Superhero Girl and Spectacle are surprised SHG can actually do that. Long arms, FTW! But don't worry about that crappy TV being smashed, Superhero Girl. Now you have an excuse to by an expensive flatscreen with all the money you don't have!

And with this comic, we are pretty much caught up with the current strips, so next week The Adventures of Superhero Girl will be going weekly instead of twice-weekly. I've been blown away by the support everyone's shown for the comic, and I hope the change in update schedule won't dissuade you from continuing to pass the SHG link around. It's been great fun to have a comic that updates more than once a week (a new thing for me!), but now the buffer's pretty much gone, so the SHG schedule must now reflect the rate at which I draw these comics ... which is one a week. :)

As for what day SHG will update, well, does anyone prefer a particular day? I really have no opinion... if there is a definite preference, I'll update that day. If not ... uh, I'll let my cat choose. :D

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Superhero Girl 65

Oh crap! I sense possible fisticuffs in the future! Have at thee!

Well, I liked Spectacle enough that I wanted to bring her back and make her do stuff. Not quite sure what yet since I finished drawing this storyline, but I'm sure it'll be SPECTACULAR. (Or not.)

We're actually getting very close to the current comics, and when we do, Superhero Girl will be going once a week instead of twice a week. It's been awesomely fun to do twice a week updates for these past 7 months or so, but I only draw one SHG comic a week so can't go any faster than that. O wells!

Friday, June 10, 2011

Superhero Girl 64

My boyfriend Tim (he also draws comics) deserves a co-writing credit on this one, since he came up with the idea. Once upon a time we were both Lost nerds (I hated the ending to the show, so am no longer a Lost nerd. He still is. We fight about that ending constantly), and we thought it was pretty funny that whenever Charlie The Bloody Rock God (played by the dude who also played Merry in Lord of the Rings) put the hood to his hoodie up, he turned evil. All the island trembled at the wrath of Evil Charlie. It was a very consistent character trait. Thus it's become shorthand that whenever a character walks around with the hood to their hoodie up, they are automatically Evil.

Anyway, this begins the Saga of Mistaken for Evil Superhero Girl!

Oh yeah, and thanks for all the amazing villain names for Tuesday's comic. I had kind of a disastrous work week, so I need to go through them and pick out my favourites another time, but some of them are really awesome. Nicely done, readers! Y'all the best.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Superhero Girl 63

Let's think of names for all these villains! ... um ... you guys, go! I got nothing. (Evil Mime? The last guy is my favourite. I've no idea who he is or what he does, but I enjoy his snazzy mask and necklace.)

Friday, June 3, 2011

Superhero Girl 62

Yeah, and that was pretty much my experience with knitting. I picked it up for about a year, because I really wanted an artsy hobby that wasn't drawing. When drawing changes from being The Thing You Do For Fun to Your Job your relationship with it really changes. Basically, sitting and drawing, which I used to do to relax, became work and I didn't want to do it in the evenings and weekends, 'cause, y'know, I'd spent 60 hours during the work week drawing. So I took up knitting. I made a hat. It took me eight months to make the hat, and I never made anything else. Knitting proved to be too much work. I wanted to do something light and easy, but like any skill, knitting needed to be studied and practiced in order to be good at it. And I didn't want to do the work.

Maybe I'll take up tennis...

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Superhero Girl 61

And thus begins Superhero Girl's Quest for a Hobby! I wonder how this will turn out. Far as I know, she still doesn't have a job, so I'm guessing ... not well!

BTW, major thanks to everyone who's dropped by the comic recently, passed the link on to others and left comments here, I really appreciate it. I'm really grateful for all the feedback and with it the knowledge that people really are enjoying my comics. You guys are the best!

Also, I can't believe it's June already. Well, tomorrow, but still. This year is passing far too quickly...

Friday, May 27, 2011

Superhero Girl 60

This is how out of it I am when it comes to dating: when I drew this, I wondered if I should draw SHG's roommate and her date nuzzling, because I didn't know if it was typical to kiss on the first date. Shows what I knoooowww. Everything I know about young singles datin' I learned from watching re-runs of 'Friends.'

Anyway, soon we will learn what disastrous things happen when Superhero Girl tries to find a hobby...

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Superhero Girl 59

Hee hee! Aw, Superhero Girl. You have made the fatal mistake of thinking your cat cares about you. THEY DON'T CARE. Except when they do. But that's only on their terms and never on yours so when you REALLY need them to be supportive, they're all 'oh hai this plant is so much more interesting than you, human.'

Anyway, good call everyone who said SHG's roommate and veggie dip guy should hook up (since these strips are drawn in advance [altho we are quickly catching up to the advance stack of comics], this strip was already drawn by the time the Veggie Dip Guy strip was posted). A few strips ago someone guessed a plotline I've been thinking about for a while (like, A MONTH AGO), so now I don't know if I should do that plotline. Anyway, it was weird and psychic.

Oh, on the weekend I was complaining about drawing the comic and suggested other people draw it instead. I got a couple of hilarious faux Superhero Girl strips which you can see here and here. Adorable! Nice job, readers.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Superhero Girl 58

For me the real star of this strip is the small child, who seems to be the same small child that pointed out the Emperor wasn't wearing any clothes. Way to point out the obvious, small child!

Oh, and apparently tomorrow is the apocalypse? Okay. Guess I don't have to have a comic ready for Tuesday! :D

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Superhero Girl 57

Hey, a superhero with a name! I love drawing Spectacle, with her big ponytail and arm socks. She's so cute.

Anyway, there's a long personal reason behind this strip, but I don't really feel like getting into it. Just chalk it up to 'sometimes you have crappy days/weeks/months, and you can't imagine that anyone would ever enjoy the work you're putting out there, and when they say they do, it's kind of a shock and you don't believe them' feelings. Yeah. <:)

Friday, May 13, 2011

Superhero Girl 56

Yay, Blogger lives! For some reason it was in read-only mode most of last night and today, so I couldn't update the comic. But here it is at last, in all its glory. Anyway. When I designed New Superhero Girl's outfit I thought it should look like the ultimate cute nerdy girl outfit. Thus: glasses, tall socks and kneepads. XD

Since the last post was written before TCAF, I'd like to mention that my first convention with a self-published book (the SHG collection) was a HUGE success. I sold everything I brought with me, and sold out early. Thanks to everyone who stopped by and bought a book!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Superhero Girl 55

LIFE LESSON TIME. Or something. I dunno.

Again, typing this from the past, but I hope everyone had a great time at TCAF and I hope I met all of you or something! It's weird trying to predict the future.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Superhero Girl 54

... and then I was like "oh, whatever, just hit him with something and end this thing already" which is how many of my storylines seem to end. XD

So! If my calculations are correct (I'm typing this in the past), this weekend is the Toronto Comic Arts Festival! Please come visit me and buy a book (or two) from me at the festival (I will have copies of the self-pubbed Superhero Girl book, Zombies Calling, The War at Ellsmere, and Brain Camp as well as prints & buttons for sale)! I'd love to say hi and sketch in your purchased books and get your opinions on comics and life in general. I will be at table 206 on the 2nd floor of the library, with my awesome boyfriend Tim and my nifty friend Noreen. They will also have fun things (like buttons and prints) to sell, so buy something from them as well! Hope to see everyone there!

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Superhero Girl 53

Readers, this is what's called a "Stalling for Time" comic while Faith tries to figure out how to end this plotline. XD That's the problem with seat-of-the-pants comic making. You go into a storyline not knowing the ending, and while I usually manage to find my way out, sometimes I'm like "ooooh, I have no idea what to do with this thing." Thus, narration comic. Which I hope you still find amusing. XD

Friday, April 29, 2011

Superhero Girl 52

For some reason I imagine him speaking with a heavy Russian accent. So he's a hot Korean pop star supervillain raised in the wilds of Russia or something. Anyway, I think Superhero Girl's expression in the second last panel is my favourite part of this comic. She's so thrilled to meet this guy!

I keep forgetting to mention this, but I've self-published a collection of Superhero Girl comics. The title's been changed to avoid copyright issues (I'm calling the book Just the Usual Superpowers), and it'll be available for purchase from me at the Toronto Comic Arts Festival (TCAF) on May 7-8th and also at Animaritime (Moncton, NB, July 1st weekend). So if you're going to either of those conventions, please come see me and buy a book! The book collects the first 55 Superhero Girl comics with some bonus stuff like an author's note and sketches. If you're local to Halifax, you'll also be able to buy it at my local comic shop, Strange Adventures.

People have been asking if they can order the book online, and at this point I'm not sure yet. I wish there was a print on demand service that could deal with orders and shipping the book for me, as that kind of thing is really time consuming ... anyway, I'll be sure to let everyone know if I do decide to sell the book online. But for the moment it'll be convention and Halifax only.

Hope to see a couple of Superhero Girl readers at TCAF and Animaritime!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Superhero Girl 51

Aw, poor Superhero Girl. Can't even go to a party without her Superhero life interrupting. Even though Superhero Girl doesn't seem to mind so much, 'cause this supervillain's a totally cute boy! Squee! Good thing Superhero Girl's a girl, otherwise this joke never would've worked.

The design credit for Mr. Sparkilypants (or whatever you want to call him) goes to my boyfriend. I wanted Superhero Girl to run up against a villain who she was kind of attracted to. But what should he look like? Boyfriend suggested "a hot Korean pop star." Probably the one in Speed Racer. Whasisname? Rain? Yes, very hot. But his hotness could not defeat the awfulness of that Speed Racer movie. Sigh.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Superhero Girl 50

I am really terrible at parties, so I relate to this. Seriously. It's especially bad during the rare times I go to comic-related parties full of professionals whose work I enjoy but I can't do much but babble at them, and ... it ends badly. Parties are horrible for people who are horrible at them.

Also: Hey, it's comic strip #50! Take that ... um ... whoever doubted I could make it to comic #50! Which was probably nobody.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Superhero Girl 49

And thus begins ... the Saga of Going to the Party! Or the Party Saga. Or whatever, you guys think of a cool name.

Also, I had to use the ol' "superglue the mask to the face" joke at some point, because it's really the only way those tiny little face mask things could possibly stay on. That or double sided tape, which is really only for taping celebrity boobs to low-cut outfits, and wouldn't withstand punching a ninja.


Friday, April 15, 2011

Superhero Girl 48

I'm not quite sure if Superhero Girl's roommate is being "nice" by saying SHG looked good fighting Marshmallow Menace, or if she actually thought SHG looked good. She seems sincere. This actually reminds me of times where I've really enjoyed something by someone (say an artwork by a fellow artist), told them so, and have been privy to very long rants about why the work is terrible.

Which, being an artist who can't stand her older work, I COMPLETELY understand. :D

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Superhero Girl 47

Clearly the most menacing thing about the Marshmallow Menace is his terrifyingly unflattering outfit.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Superhero Girl 46

There's a new supervillain in town and only Superhero Girl can stop him!! Will she be able to triumph against this adversary??? (She'd better.)

I think a lot about timing when I write and draw The Adventures of Superhero Girl. I think this strip is a good example of how pauses can make a comic a lot funnier than it actually is. That one pause in the 5th panel where the "victim" is welling up with tears still cracks me up. I remember as a much younger and less experienced art-person being put off by comic strips that didn't have a final one-two punchline (first punchline: amusing! second punchline: the actual funny one, usually in response to the first punchline. It was weird how it well it worked). Later, as a more mature and developed artist I've learned that comics don't have to follow beats in order to be funny (I'm thinking of Kate Beaton's work, and a lot of other online comics that don't use any kind of conventional timing, but manage to be pretty damn funny throughout all their panels, not just the final panel), but I still like timing a lot, and try to stretch myself to make it work when I feel it should be a part of the comic.

Anyway! I hope you have been amused by this peek into the Artists' Process. We now return to your regularly scheduled broadcast.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Superhero Girl 45

This might seem like an untimely comic, but I live in Halifax, and this is typical weather for late March/early April. Seriously. We had snow last weekend. SIIIIGH.

Anyway. I've often wondered about the effect of crappy weather on crime statistics. I mean, if I was a burgeoning supervillain, intent on committing my first crime, and I looked out the window and saw snow coming down hard, I might wait for spring to start my villainy.