Today marks the 100th strip here at Musicomic.com! Yay!
To celebrate, here are the 10 strips I am most proud of (in no particular order):
01 – Procrastination
While hideously ugly by my current standards (where’s his neck? why so much copy & paste? where’s the consistency in balloon margins? GOOD GOD WHAT’S WRONG WITH HIS ARM!?!?), I’m still super proud of this strip because it represents the creation of this entire project. My comic-ing skills were still in their infancy, but I made something and put it out there to be judged.
20 – vibe
My first attempt at incorporating actual musicians into the strip. Kate Beaton is a master of this. (check out her history strip comic strip, Hark a Vagrant (seriously, promise me you’ll read it)). Trane probably did little to no actual vibing on this session, but the popularity of Flanagan’s epic struggle with the tune practically demanded it.
25 – complimizzle
I’ve reenacted many conversations of this sort with my musician-friends. For some mystical comical reason, drawing Mozart and Haydn instead of a few hip jazz cats made the strip. The world may never know.
35 – WHAT
This one kind of flew under the radar in terms of critical reception and acclaim, but it’s still near and dear to my heart. It marks the start of some major improvements to my art, features an EARHORN!, and we get to “hear” Beethoven say “fuggin’”.
39 – vat mondstuk is dat
I truly believe this happened. It HAD to. IT HAD TO.
52 – cleanup
God, it’s so damn mean. The trombonist is being shoveling away by waste management. THE TROMBONIST. IS BEING SHOVELVED AWAY. You’re sick, you really are.
38 – I Made This
(Burt Macklin voice) Miles Davis, you son of a bitch. This one launched a series of “Miles wrote all the songs” strips. Now that I think about it, I could have swapped out Miles Davis for the Marvin Gaye family to keep things topical.
71 – upper register music cards
This strip’s one of my favorite because I WANT A PHYSICAL VERSION OF THESE CARDS SO BAD SO I CAN PUT THEM INTO PLASTIC SHEETS IN A BINDER AND STORE THEM ON A FANCY SHELF AND SHOW THEM TO ALL MY FRIENDS AND THEN EVERYONE WILL LIKE ME
73 – How to construct the perfect jazz solo
This strip took about 95% less time, thought, and effort to create than basically any other strip on this site, but drew about 35,000% more views. Funny how that happens.
This strip was written by Phillip. When I say “written” I mean he dictated the dialogue, the scene, and even facial expressions. For example, “PANEL 2. The employee lays on the little kid speak even thicker, leaning way down so he’s at her eye-level, and bugging his eyes out like he’s making faces at a newborn.
EMPLOYEE: You mean a euphonium? Those things get pretty heavy! It’s usually boys that play those, ‘cause they’re soooo big!”
Writing like that makes my job easy!
BONUS! OK, this is technically more than ten, but today’s comic is ALWAYS my favorite. That’s, today as in “every day is today”, not literally today, as in June 23rd, 2015.
Thank you all so much for reading and I’ll see you again after the next hundred.