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Rat Retrospective: #8 & #7

Saturday, February 5th, 2011

Rat Tangent’s Top Ten… #8:

May 6th, 2009 – “Buggy Whip, Anyone?”

I did a little story arc around newspapers’ uncertain future in the digital world. This was one of my favorites of that arc for a couple reasons. It was a pretty creative layout (for me) and the dialogue worked well. I think this was also my way of letting go of any fantasy that Rat Tangent would ever break out into syndication. We would be a niche webcomic and that was good enough for the rats and me.

Rat Tangent’s Top Ten… #7:

August 26th, 2009 – “The Heart of the Matter”

The cloning story arc was another one of those that I had simmering on the back burner for a looooong time. Originally, I intended to get back to one Tesla very quickly, probably through a murder committed by the Vegetable Mariachi Band. But VMB ended up being a bit of a dud and I was having too much fun doubling my Tesla shenanigans. The art is good, the writing is clean, and the punchline is genuinely funny. To me at least.

Rat Retrospective: #6 & #5

Sunday, February 6th, 2011

Rat Tangent’s Top Ten… #6:

February 24th, 2010 – “Back In The Day”

This strip was inspired by Winsor McCay, an early cartoonist. This strip came together very quickly and was the first one I completely did on my Wacom drawing pad. Maybe the content was a little obscure, but I liked the way it came together. I should’ve pushed myself to emulate more artists like this, but if this was the only one I ended up doing, I’m OK with it.

Rat Tangent’s Top Ten… #5:

June 26th, 2009 – “Hail To The King Of Pop”

Another strip that came together very quickly. In fact it wasn’t even a regular post; I created it the night that Michael Jackson died. I think each frame stands on its own. One of my favorites, no doubt.