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Re Murderville: I like that place, too, but I got burned out. Part of the reason is numbers in that between writing, drawing and coloring it would take me about 12 hours per page. At the time I was doing them (support through Patreon was lower then, and I started with five strips a week) that translated into maybe $1.50 an hour with no time for fun. The other factor was reader feedback – I didn’t get the impression it was that popular, but maybe I was wrong.
One reason I like writing the twins is that they make me smile with their happy optimism and innocence. It is FUN. And since it’s cartoonier, I’m also able to get a page done in less time, so that allows me to work on other projects (AHOY Comics has been running short stories of mine). That allows me to get a little closer to making a living so I can take time off to play music and get out of town now and then.
I’m very grateful to everyone who chips in through Patreon, buys a Kindle version of Murderville books on Amazon, or takes the time to leave a positive comment on GoComics. It all helps to keep me coming back to the drawing tablet. Thank you.
And – almost forgot – my website carollay.com has gone through a major makeover. It’s not quite finished, but it’s up and running, so please take a look.
Happy New Year!
This is not a slap against anyone who served in the military. My loving, kind dad served in WWII and my dear brother flew in Chinooks in the first Persian Gulf war, both sergeants in the US Army who served honorably. This cartoon reflects on a fictional character that behaved dishonorably by being sexually aggressive, a lousy father, and a racist. Note that the cartoon complaints against the fictional character have nothing to do with his military service and everything to do with character or habits. That the fictional character is ultimately denied granite glory because he is a renowned racist is a good thing, right?
Neither men OR WOMEN who are bullies, sexual predators, and/or racists deserve statues in this or the cartoon world.
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Holy cow, dude. Specious reasoning and wild conflation leads to your last line, which essentially accuses me of aligning with bigoted ideology. Wow.
Dear YNGVAR FØLLING,
You’re probably familiar with the Greek myth of Icarus. The father builds wings for himself and his son, but the younger flies too close to the sun and his wings melt, so he dies. It’s a tragedy with a moral that addresses hubris. This is that kind of tale in that the woman used the power of a god and suffered some consequences.
Also, the title of this series of strips is “Story Minute.” Stories can be comic, tragic, horrific, or what have you. This one’s a tragedy.
I hope that answered your question.
That’ll be $5.
The excellent Steve M at GoComics gave me the solution to the problem — a good day for carol lay!
I’ve tried 3 times. The last one (1:09:03 AM, PST) is a smaller file, so maybe it’ll stand a chance. Don’t hold your breath, though — kind of a downer strip. Fun stuff will start after Valentine’s Day, I promise.
I did this one (in 1996, NYC) for my brother, who died 22 years ago on Feb. 3. The jean-jacket gal isn’t drawn like me because i had to make up the part about my mom and jazz — she wasn’t an aficionado of any particular kind of music. (I’m probably the only member of my family who ever went to jazz clubs.) But that’s my dad taking us to a Dodgers game, and my little brother was really into the Stones and Springsteen. When he was stationed in Saudi Arabia I sent him tapes of rock and rock I grabbed off FM radio — Stones, Pink Floyd, The Band, ZZ Top, etc. — and they blasted it in the Chinook while they transported prisoners. He wrote me that his captain at some event said, “And a big Thank You to John Lay’s sister for sending us the kick-a$$ rock ‘n’ roll!” I wish he were still around so I could turn him on to Estradasphere or Caravan Palace…or just see him again.