If my math is correct, then next Wednesday, October 16th, will see the publication of the 200th CheapCaffeine strip! In honor of this ever-so-momentous occasion, I declare next Wednesday to be “Everybody Tell Everybody About CheapCaffeine.net Day!” That’s right, do your friends and family the favor of sharing with them the particular surreal humor of CheapCaffeine in its handy daily doses! Tweet it, Facebook it, Pinterest and LinkedIn and Googleplus it, use other proper nouns that have somehow become verbs! They’ll appreciate it forever — and if they don’t, well, do you really want to be associated with them? Think about that, really.
So don’t be some pseudo-hipster, keeping knowledge of this comic all to yourself so you can tell everyone, “I really like this webcomic that you’ve probably never heard of…” Be the Johnny Appleseed of CheapCaffeine.net! Be the Annunciation Angels! Be the Typhoid Mary!
For the past several weeks I’ve been creating this comic without a buffer, putting together each day’s strip in the extra time I have before work in the morning.
But the neighbor’s house across the street went up in flames at 12:30pm this morning, and that kind of occurrence tends to throw such casual patterns awry. Thanks to minimal sleep, I don’t have the necessary minyan of brain cells to write a joke, and anyway I would feel more than a bit ghoulish trying to bring the funny while the fire engines are still folding up their hoses outside.
There will very likely be more on this on my blog later, once the energy drinks kick in.
I’ll be at Salt Lake Comic Con this Thursday through Saturday, and nothing I’ll be doing has anything to do with this webcomic — or with comics at all!
5pm: Movies So Bad, They’re Awesome
8pm: HP Lovecraft: Is His Work Still Relevant in the 21st Century?
6pm: Monsters: Should the Classic Ones be Updated? Where are the New Monsters?
8pm: Warm Bodies, World War Z & the Walking Dead: Why Zombies Won’t Go Away and What that Means About the Impending Zombie Apocalypse
11am: The Appeal of Horror: Why We Like To Be Scared
4pm: Self-Publishing vs. Small Press vs. Big Publishers: Which is Best?
7pm: Effective Horror: What Works, What Doesn’t, and Why?
Nevertheless, you should attend, and maybe sneakily ask me about CheapCaffeine.net at all those unrelated panels so I can slip in a mention.
I’ll be at Salt City Steamfest this Friday, Saturday and Sunday (July 26-28). No CheapCaffeine merchandise — because there isn’t any — but I’ll be displaying and selling the art assemblages and creatures in bottles I’ve been featuring on my blog.
O, the frabjous foibles of behind-the-scenes cartooning!
A week ago or more, I was working on strips at home before leaving for my day job. Uncommonly productive, I had finished one and started another, getting as far as this before I had to save and shut down:
I think you can see where this is going. On Saturday, as I was prepping this week’s strips to schedule, I discovered this unfinished strip… and I have no idea where I was going with it. None. I do know that the strip idea was a spur-of-the-moment whim, not an idea I had jotted down in my notebook, but beyond that, nothing. Not even the penumbra of a shadow of a recollection of this gag.
It probably would have been one of my funniest ever, too.
If y’all are in the Utah area over the Memorial Day weekend, you can find me at CONduit in Salt Lake City May 24-26 at my table in the dealers room. I won’t have any CheapCaffeine.net merchandise (because, you know, there isn’t any), but I will have hardcopies of several books from Cold Fusion Media and several bottled creatures that I’ve been documenting on my blog. (I’ll also be on several panels, but since the powers that be still haven’t published a schedule, I don’t know what they are or when they’ll be.
World’s most professional webcartoonist! I got all the comics ready for last week, and then neglected to post them. Whoops! So much for my reputed punctuality. I hope your week has not been otherwise devoid of mirth.
Apologies, folk, for my absence; the server on which my site was hosted (run by Hostivia.com) chose to audition for the leading role in the “dead parrot” sketch, and the Hostivia techs discovered — to their utter surprise, I’m sure — that the backups hadn’t been running. Needless to say, my hosting dollars are now being directed in a new direction, to Hostgator.
If all goes well, I should have all the archived comics reposted today, and be ready to rock your world, ever so slightly, with new content come Monday morning.
If you are looking for a way to express your admiration and appreciation for my diligent attempts to amuse you — not that I’m fishing for recognition, the work is it’s own reward — there are certainly worse ways than using my Amazon.com affiliate link.
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