Inktober 2017!

I only had a few Inktober drawings this year. I wanted to be super diligent and draw one every day, but we started the month out by being on the road, so that didn’t work out. And some other excuses about being busy.

You know how it goes.

A couple of the drawings, I used only black ink (no wash) – on Kirk and Dan. I liked how Kirk turned out, but the drawing of Dan (my husband) didn’t turn out like I had hoped. I used pointillism on Dan, and cross hatching on Kirk. I don’t think my pointillism game is very strong. Good to know, so I can improve.

Most were ink and ink wash, which is my preferred method. Only one was color – and that was black ink, some colored inks, and some paint.

I kind of enjoyed drawing extra things, other than my comic.

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Here are some things.

I’m not good at posting on a regular basis – I apologize to all three of you – but here are some items of note that I’d like to pass along to you, dear reader:

  • My friend Pat Sandy did a 10 Questions with Tom interview, and you can read it here.  He is a talented guy (to put it mildly), and also super nice.  It’s nice to be nice.
  • Zima is coming back for a limited time in June – or that’s what I am to understand. I was late to the party in college to drink this refreshing clear beverage. A gal who owned a bar we went to actually called me Zima because I think I was the only person who ordered it. Ah, to be twenty-two again. I’m glad I’m not, though.
  • Dan and I listened online to a priest’s talk the other day about gratitude. The best talks are the ones that are the hardest to listen to, inasmuch as they point out some hard truths about our lives. I admit, I focus a lot on what I do not have, instead of what I do have. Why I do that, I can’t say. I’ll work on it.

It’s here if you’d like to listen to it.

(I went from Zima to priest in .08 seconds.)

  • I got to visit GoComics in Kansas City this past month!  Dan happened to have a CLE there, and I figured I’d tag a long and meet my editor and everyone there – it was as cool as I thought it would be.  This is the photo I took right outside of the Andrews-McMeel Universal building:

Banner at GoComics

  • I know I’m behind on Shelly Fire episodes – I’m trying to catch up on Amanda the Greats, but I find ways to get behind (such as travel, and life in general). I want to create a larger buffer of comics so I can work on my other stuff – I guess I should get off of here and get going on that!

Until we meet again.

My 10 with Tom Falco Interview!

Tom Falco is a writer and cartoonist who has a blog (Tomversations) (I love the play on words), and also does interviews with folks on his 10 with Tom segment for the Huffington Post (you can view them here).

I stumbled upon his blog a while back, and he had written about some new comics he was reading and liked (here) – one of them was mine!  And I was in great company, too – if you click the link I provided, you’ll see some comics worth checking out!

He was kind enough to offer to interview me – pretty cool for an unknown like myself!  To read the interview, you can click here:  10 with Tom Amanda the Great

And check out GoComics often – there are always great new comics launching!

(Joseph had his coat of many colors, and I have a blog post with many links. I can’t help myself.)

Nicknames and Thangs.

In my comics, I am sometimes referred to as “Lucy”.  That is my family nickname that precedes my memory – as in, I don’t ever remember not being called Lucy.

I figured maybe folks would wonder about this, so I wanted to put that out there.  Might be a little confusing, as Amanda and Lucy are hardly related.

(It’s nicer than some things people have called me – haha!  But seriously.)

What a difference a year makes! But you knew that.


My Facebook memories reminded me that one year ago today, I sent off submission packets to five different syndicates.  One of those yielded feedback, which I heeded in order to make my comic better.  After drawing up enough strips to send off again, I resent in June (I believe), which was the winner.  That same syndicate editor that was so helpful with her feedback gave me the good news in August, and the rest is history.

Thank you for being a part of it by reading my comic.  You are appreciated!

If my bedroom was set up like my office, I could sleep better.


This is the comic that ran today on GoComics.  I do a comic now and then where I joke about being tired, or sleeping at work.

I assure you, in real life, I have never slept at any length at work (I HAVE, though, shut my eyes for a minute, and then snapped awake).  I joke about it because I’m a merry jester.

There were many days where I would have paid my co-workers a million dollars apiece to look the other way while I took a nap, but those are checks I can’t write.

I wonder what it was about my desk that made me so tired?  I’ve laid in my comfortable bed at home, wide awake – but my uncomfortable office chair seemed to have the same effect as chugging Benadryl.

Someone research that and get back to me.  I have to take a nap.

That’s high praise.

A gal that I went to high school with messaged me today and told me that my comic today made her laugh out loud (in real life, because she had prefaced it with “I’m glad I was working from home today because”).

If I can reach just ONE person…

Seriously, though.  Very lovely sentiment, and I hope my head doesn’t grow three sizes like the Grinch’s heart did.  My dad had mentioned once that, to keep me humble, he’d make me shovel out a barn or something, if needed.

So I’d better watch it.

“Amanda, no syndicate will ever want your stuff because of your crystal-gripping hippie handwriting.”

A friend told me this once – a friend who is also a cartoonist.  I’ve had a few years since that was said (probably like, nine years or more?) to hone it into something less spastic. It’s still under construction – always will be, I’m afraid.

I bring up the subject of my less-than-desirable penmanship because recently I had to (painstakingly) hand-letter a plaque for my husband’s Christmas present.  This was not my original intention, actually.

I had found a DIY project (ugh) that gives instructions on how to print out an image (or in this case, words) from a laser jet printer, mirror it, and then transfer it to the wood plaque with some gel transfer medium (or something).  The paper should, after being moistened, roll right off and your transfer should be on the wood.

I am not a good crafter, for the most part – I try, I really do.  I put the gel medium on the print side of the paper, “adhered” it to the wood plaque, waited eight hours or more, took a damp rag after the paper, and tried to roll the paper off with my fingers.  The instructions said the rag might scrub off the print, which it did – but that didn’t seem to matter, as I had placed the paper on the plaque in a crooked fashion.  D’OH.

So, I ended up scrubbing it all off with the rag – that took a while, but whatever.  I really really really didn’t want to hand-paint the letters on, so I tried this process again.  This time, the image (words) didn’t really adhere at all.

After I had scrubbed the board clean for a second time, I got out my ruler and made a guide for the letters.  It took a while – and I botched it up at the very end, so I had to erase a few lines and re-do.  But, I hand-lettered it all – you can see here why I didn’t want to do this by hand, because it’s lengthy:


It actually took LESS time to hand-letter than to mess around with transfers.  But it was worth it, as it was a gift for Dan. And he liked it, so that’s really all I was going for.

[This, by the way, is the invocation that Fr. Kovash gave at Dan’s investiture (when he was officially sworn in as a judge). Dan’s court recorder had typed up the transcription of the whole ceremony and had it bound into a book for Dan as a gift, which is how I was able to do this. I love to read it once in a while, as the words are so lovely and have the ability to move one to tears. I heard.]

My hand-writing wasn’t too bad!  My advice is, always measure out guides for your letters. I’ve done other hand-painted sign plaques, and they are kind of crooked and goofy looking (which I guess is okay, since they only hang in our home).

It could be worse – I could dot my “i”s with hearts.

Ric Flair wanted to “help”. I let him.

I do it for the fans.

My co-workers from three jobs ago are featured in my comic strip, as I started the timeline for the strip at that time in my life (about 3 or 4 years ago).  They are incredibly good to me and have featured my drawings of them as their avatars for a work message board (or, that’s what I assume it is – we didn’t have it when I was there).  One of them sent me a Snap of it, and I have blacked out the names for purposes of privacy, natch:


My husband and father have used my drawings of them for their Facebook profile pictures, and I think a couple of other friends have, too.  Pretty cool stuff!