I totally wrote today’s “Real Life.”

Okay, maybe not. But today’s installment of Real Life was written, drawn, and saved off for upload in my presence.

Sandra and I hung out with Greg and Liz Dean in their new hideout. They got this cool apartment in Tony’s old missile silo somewhere in an unspecified Dakota. North, South, I’m not sure. (Okay, they live in Sacramento, but I’m not supposed to tell you that.)

We had sushi for lunch, and Liz made an awesome corned beef and cabbage thingy for dinner. I whipped out some sketches, and then provided Greg with fodder from which he generated the strip I linked to above.

Greg and I obviously have a lot in common, what with both of us being cartoonists (even if the only paper he ever comes near is what issues forth from his printer). Liz and Sandra also have a common interest — they both manage the business end of the cartoonist.

Umm… that came out wrong.

You know what I mean — accounting, business planning, stapling the cartoonist to his desk until the requisite work for the day has been done — that stuff.

Anyway, it was a great meet-up. We all had fun, learned a lot, and I watched Greg crank out a strip with Illustrator at a rate that was, quite frankly, astounding. Damn him and his CTRL-C/CTRL-V. Sure, he had to draw those pictures ONCE, but watching him surf his archives for poses to re-use… *sigh* I can only aspire to pretend to a shadow of such cartooning efficiency.

I’m just going to have to go out and buy Illustrator.

5 thoughts on “I totally wrote today’s “Real Life.””

  1. Aye, Real Life’s probably one of the better ‘cut and paste’ comics out there – it doesn’t feel quite like one, after all, unlike every sprite comic in existence, and the poses can vary enough that it doesn’t feel like the ‘same old thing, pasted four times’.

    And I suppose you could’ve said “Sandra and Liz manage the business end of the cartooning”. or that “Sandra and Liz manage the logistic end of the cartooning business”, but that came out alright as is – they do make sure that you’ve enough cash for pens (or power in his case), correct? 😀

  2. Oooh, Howard Tayler and Greg Dean, what a cool combination! So did he help write an upcoming strip too? =)

    And for what it’s worth, few of the copy-paste comics look nearly as good as Real Life, whereas your art has gotten drastically better, especially since this has been your full time gig.

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