Archive for April, 2011

Comic: Hollow Oak University – #19 – Chester’s Loophole: Part 3

April 29, 2011

Someone’s got their head in a cloud. Or maybe that is just a ceiling tile. The eternal mystery of what the possible side effects of Chester’s little spray is made clear: floating. Or, as the scientific community puts it: walkinguson sunshineus. Whoa-oh! Berkeley and Bryn are definitely not feeling good. Though Berkeley has the foresight to look on the bright side and possible be the first jock-nerd in history. Next to the professor who invented flubber, of course.

Sean’s artwork once again takes center stage as it rests in the background. Check out those notations on the board. You can almost smell the chalk dust and see it in people’s hair. And, due to the nature of the spray, Sean has to do something he very rarely does: draw the bottom half of Berkeley and Bryn. You ever wonder why most strips cut off that part? But if you are amazed by this week’s art, wait till next week! Your socks will be knocked off, washed, dried, put back on to your feet, then knocked off again!

-Beerman

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Comic: Back of the Envelope – #32 – Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow

April 25, 2011

I am never one to hide my faults. Especially when I have no faults to hide.

Comic: Hollow Oak University – #18 – The Two Body Problem

April 22, 2011

Sometimes, when life has you overwhelmed, you need to take time out to stop and smell the roses. In this case, Berkeley needs time to stop and figure out what the hell Chester (vis a vis Bryn) just sprayed him with. It is the perfect example of the transitive property, except instead of dull ole letters equaling each other, it is an unknown substance created by someone who doesn’t particular care about how it is tested. I believe this is how a typical outbreak happens. With lots of spraying and spritzing. And now that Berkeley is involved, nothing can possibly go wrong!

On the homefront, I am in this weird pendulum swing between doing something very intensive (editing) and something somewhat laid back (looking for a job). In a perfect world (one that does not only exist within my mind), both tasks would be intensive, as I would be getting lots of callbacks for positions. Unfortunately, that is not currently the case. But, at least with the job search, it is kinda out of my hands so I can’t spend a lot of time worrying over whether or not I will find a job. Que sera sera, whatever will be, will be. As Ned Flanders would say if an asteroid was hurtling towards Springfield.

One of the advantages of the comic being in color now is that it allows Sean more room to be creative in the background. Case in point, the reel-to-reel machine in the background of today’s strip. Apparently, while able to provide the facilities needed to invent killer robots and the like, Hollow Oak University still operates in the 1970s in terms of actual lab equipment. Seems reasonable. And explains a lot of the mishaps! Kudos to Sean for this week’s artwork (as always, he has the harder job so I will continue to give him kudos until I feel he is slacking off, then complain, complain, complain)

-Beerman

Haiki: Source Code (Movie Review)

April 19, 2011

Jake G.’s mindbender
Directed by Duncan Jones
Whose Moon bent minds too

Comic: Back of the Envelope – #31 – A Landing of Some Sort

April 18, 2011

Houston, the Dork has landed. By the way, Space Mountain is not that scary when the lights are on. It is the boogeyman of Magic Kingdom rollercoasters.

Comic: Hollow Oak University – #17 – Maybe It’s Windex

April 15, 2011

Surprises that come out of nowhere are problematic. Especially those doled out by a scientist who, while not quite mad, doesn’t exactly care for the rules. So here we have Chester, who doesn’t have the same high opinion of Bryn that Berkeley has, pop out and try to include Bryn in some of experiments. Sadly, the experiment does not go as Chester would have liked and Bryn, well, she ain’t too happy about being involved at all. And you know we are going to follow this plot thread until it becomes unfunny. Then follow it a little more.

I currently have my editor cap on, editing. Working on editing a dissertation is like working on a diet. “I am currently 300, my goal is 250.” And, like a successful diet, at the end of all this, I will feel spectacular. I cannot wait for that moment. But, for now, I am working on getting my dissertation svelte.

And, I cannot end this post without mentioning Sean’s artwork in this strip. I love the work on the poster in the background. It has the illusion of great detail, but it really is something simple. So simple it is really effective. Kudos to Sean.

-Beerman

Comic: Back of the Envelope – #30 – Credit Where Credit is Due

April 11, 2011

I humbly admit I have an ego.

Comic: Back of the Envelope – #29 – Ain’t No Dear Abby

April 4, 2011

Two straight weeks of titles that explain what a character is not. A trend? Probably not. Also, a new character. K. No relation to the K from Men in Black. Or so I recall. *Flash*