Ozy and Millie
If you know who I am, chances are this is why. I drew the online strip “Ozy and Millie,” the story of two eccentric fox children, for a decade and change, starting when I was in college; it ran as a mostly-daily strip online between 1998 and 2008.
I often say that “Ozy and Millie” was my Ph.D. in cartooning. I really didn’t know what I was doing, at first, although I was doing something well because people seem to like those crude first strips. Over time the whole thing developed into something weird and wonderful.
I have no plans to bring “Ozy and Millie” back as a strip, but watch for the characters to reemerge in some comic-book-style stories one of these days.
Girl / Heavenly Nostrils
In 2009, to my enormous surprise, I won the Comic Strip Superstar contest. This entitled me to several contracts with Universal Uclick, formerly Universal Press Syndicate, which is what I still say when people ask because it sounds better.
My winning strip, originally called “Girl” and now traveling under the name “Heavenly Nostrils,” after two years of the development process, is just about set to launch on gocomics.com. When it does you’ll hear it here first.
I Drew This
“I Drew This,” or IDT if you prefer, was a political cartoon I drew from 2004 to 2009. It started out in the Washington State University Daily Evergreen, and quickly took on an online life of its own. It helped me, and I’m told a fair few other people, cope with the wall to wall awfulness and stupidness that was the Bush era.
I retired it when Bush left, because frankly I was burned out on the subject, and by that time the liberal blogosphere had gone mainstream and it seemed like, at last, the things I wanted said were being said. I just wanted to do other things besides be angry every day.
The old site is down, but you can still find most of the content under the “idrewthis” tag on this site.
This is my online graphic novel. I initially tried writing and posting it one day at a time, and discovered quickly that unless you really plan ahead, long stories don’t go anywhere. So I started over. I’ve been working on it in private ever since and will post more of the story soon at rainedog.com.