03 February 2007

Comics 41& 42

Comic 41 - Attack of the 50ft Rabbit
Comic 42 Negotiating with the Vikings

Firstly, apologies for this going up late. I seem to be missing parts of my brain the last couple of days.

As you can see (well, if you’re a regular reader of the blog – we do have those right?) I finally got round to swapping the template over and I’ve gone through replacing the comic images with links to try and tidy this place and make the page a bit quicker to load. I haven’t done them all yet. The early part of the archive still needs doing but the first page is looking nice, which is the most important thing, right?

Also I’ve set up a Deviant Art account. You can find it at http://wendyw.deviantart.com/ and it contains quite a lot of Gilbert and Grim stuff, including a wallpaper you can download if you want to for whatever reason and also photos, collages and other drawings of mine. Also Jess has one at http://mkindustrial.deviantart.com/ where you can see some of her fantastic photographs and writing.

Today’s comic marks the end of the Viking/Vortex story line. That’s not to say they won’t be appearing a lot more, but from now on they’ll be appearing more as the islanders’ neighbours than a cause of chaos and confusion round the island.

The vortex isn’t going anywhere either. As William told the mayor, it will take seven years to disappear and although nothing’s going to be coming out of it soon, who knows what the future holds?

27 January 2007

Comics 39 and 40 Meeting with the mayor Pts 3 and 4 - also a word about blogs, emails and Vikings

I’ve been thinking about what to do with this blog.
For those of you who only started coming here after I set up the Smack Jeeves account ( http://gilbertandgrim.smackjeeves.com for anyone who didn’t come here from that site) this used to be the main home of the comic. It wasn’t very practical so started looking around and found Smack Jeeves and that became the new home.

I didn’t want to close down the blog though so I’ve been randomly updating it since but from now on we have a new system and it makes some kind of sense I think.

From now on I (or sometimes Jess if I have nothing to say and she feels like writing something) will update this every Saturday and the comics will just be posted as links. I don’t want to remove them completely as the main purpose of keeping this is so the comic can still be viewed even when there’s problems with the main site, so remember if you want to check the comic out and you’re getting those pesky 503 errors that have been plaguing smack Jeeves recently (I haven’t had any trouble recently but just in case the problem’s not completely gone yet) then make sure you have this blog bookmarked as well and you will never go without. ^_^

I’m also going to go through the archive on here replaces images with links and just tidying up a few things. It might be time for a new look as well.

Anyway, this week’s comics can be found here and here and deal with the Vikings, even if they don’t make much of an appearance in them.

An interesting thing I found when I was doing a bit of research on Vikings was that all the Viking writings that we know of date from after their conversion to Christianity. These Vikings, I decided, are from before that and as such are completely impossible to talk to.

Unless of course, you happen to be Death Incarnate.
Then you can do whatever the hell you want it seems.

How do they know when the Vikings came from?

Good question.

Thank you. So how do they know?

Well, Patalena, the one in the black dress, has a vast knowledge of local history and archaeological digs have found traces of Viking occupancy of the island but only for a very short while.

So that’s where they come from then?

That’s right.

(Stops talking to herself but starts talking in third person instead.)

Other new things this week include a new domain name and new email addresses for me and Jess. She’s kittyjess@gilbertandgrim.com and if there are any problems with the site other than those pesky 503 errors (not our fault) she’ll want to know about it. Mine is wendy@gilbertandgrim.com because I couldn’t think of anything more interesting at the time. Email me about whatever you want. I really don’t care as long as it’s not technical issues.

I’m going to try and write these blog entries in advance from now on so I can turn them into something good, even if I’m finishing this one 11.45 at night, right before an update.


16 January 2007

38 Meeting with the Mayor Pt2

Click here for the latest comic.

I posted a shorter version of this on the main site but here's the whole thing.

Island Politics

The characters in the comic live on an unnamed and uncharted island in the Atlantic, not too far from Britain.

This island contains one town, two villages, several swamps, an extinct volcano and a lot of woodland. The council in charge of writing the island's constitution were pretty realistic about the scale of the place and as a result the Mayor is affectively the most important political figure on the island.

Some people have suggested the title should be president. Those people tend to get laughed at though.

The mayor's office is also responsible, in a strange way, for the current situation. Both Gilbert and William live out in the woods. This is due to a law saying that any building with potentially hazardous uses most be situated outside the town. This of course includes any experimental labs and being that William doesn't like the idea of travelling to work, also his house.

Gilbert's house is also situated out of town.
Basically he's just a walking health hazard.

13 January 2007

Comics 36 and 37 - Boxing Day and Meeting with the mayor Pt 1

Comic 36
Comic 37

So on Boxing Day I tried to log in. I failed
A couple of days later I tried to log in. I failed.
I decided to wait until I had the next strip done before trying again.
Oops. It’s been a while.

Anyway, you’ll be glad to know the update schedule is back to normal and I have comics sorted out for the next couple of update days so things should go smoothly as long as there are no disasters in the near future.

Now I had this whole blog entry about local government on the island and planning regulations and blah blah blah. I’d like to post it here but I’ve lost my note pad with it written in.

I’ll find it and post in on Tuesday with the second half of this scene.

Instead here’s a link that Jess, the oh-so-wonderful webmistress of the proper Gilbert and Grim site, sent me. Ad agencies should not give LSD to their employees. They’ll do stuff like this ad for the Sega Saturn.

25 December 2006

Strips 34 + 35: Christmas Specials 1&2

Comic 34
Comic 35
I tried to post the first one yesterday but I couldn't log in again for some reason.
Anyway, Merry Christmas to you all! ^_^


23 December 2006

Comics 31-33

Comic 31
Comic 32

Those two comics were part of an attempted "Three-comics-in-one-day" day thing...
Anyway it failed as I'm having trouble finding a suitable font for a ringing telephone sound affect. If anyone has any ideas what would look good (and a link to where it can be downloaded from) I would love to know.

This strip is a guest comic and it rocks.

This following bit is edited from a post I made on the Smack Jeeves site.

Here is an extra special guest comic from one of the creators of Red Zone (http://redzone.comicgenesis.com) known as moonshadow, sent to me as part of The Webcomic List's Secret Santa.Link here.

Unfortunately (and this is because I'm an idiot sometimes) I forgot to check what details my Secret Santa wanted posted on the site, sooooo...

I linked the comic in their signature (which I can't read because Norton hates me) and posted their forum user-name.

Also (and this bit isn't on the Smack Jeeves rant) here is the image as it was sent to me without my over zealous use of the colour (or more correctly shade) black.

Plus as part of the same Secret Santa I did this comic right here.

Also (and this is the end of this rant) if you don't get the second comic, search "Monty Python Spanish Inquisition" on youtube. If you don't at least chuckle once you are no longer my friend.

16 December 2006

30 Filler Sketch

Filler sketch thing

My computer is screwy.

I'll have a proper comic for Tuesday but at the moment, with my computer behaving how it is, trying to do anything more taxing in paintshop than sticking two layers together and adding some text will more than likely drive me completely round the bend.

Edit: I've entered another comic to webcomicbattle.com. I'm not sure what time the new battles go up but go vote for me please. ^_^

You know you want to.