I’ve put up a new name-your-price digital sketchbook for sale on Gumroad. It’s got a lot of stuff in it, as you can see above. A lot of color this time, too, as I played around with Manga Studio’s color features a lot. There are wizards and dogs and Davises and lots of other things in this book. Please check it out!
In case you missed it, here’s the latest episode of After Hours. It was written by me. I freaking loved Nedroid’s Mario-esque Gaston animation.
Writing this episode also reminded me how much I love these old Disney movies. Even watching the episode, seeing all of the clips of Lion King and Beauty and the Beast make me want to pee all over the place with joy.
Embarrassing True Story: In sixth grade, I sang “Be Our Guest” as a solo in the school concert. I got the part because literally no one else auditioned, because singing Disney songs in a shitty French accent isn’t cool in middle school, and I didn’t learn what shame or embarrassment were until I was 22 years old.
I wish I could take credit for that animation but it’s not mine!
Since a few people have asked, here are the rules for the game called “Broken Picture Telephone,” also known as “Eat Poop, You Cat,” also known as “Draw-o Word-o,” also known in the U.K. as “Crumbs and Whistles,” also known as “Call of Duty 5.”
- You need a relatively big group to play; too few and it won’t go on long enough to get silly. I’d say anywhere between 6 and 12 players is a good number.
- Every player should have a stack of papers (index cards are great, but anything you can draw on works). They should have as many pieces as there are players.
- You begin by drawing a picture on the top sheet of paper. You can also start with sentences if you prefer. You can also decide to follow a group theme if you desire.
- Pass the stack of papers to the next player. Did I mention you should be sitting in a circle? I didn’t, did I. Sorry about that.
- Look at the drawing you received, move that paper to the bottom of the stack, and on the next piece write a description of the drawing you received. You can be as descriptive as you like. Even if you don’t understand part of the drawing, try to describe what it looks like to you.
- Pass the stacks again. Now you should be looking at a sentence. Put that paper on the bottom and draw a picture of that sentence.
- Keep passing and alternating drawing/writing in this manner until each stack reaches its original player. Share the results with the group! Laugh and enjoy life. You’re doing it! You’re living the dream.
EDIT: David Malki adds: “It’s not 100% necessary, but I would add to Anthony’s rules that it works well to have an odd number of people, so that you both start with a drawing and end with a drawing!”
ANOTHER EDIT: If you do indeed have an odd number of players, then you can keep passing after it’s returned to you. If you started with a sentence then you’ll be doing a drawing for it, and you may not even recognize it by the time it comes back to you.
There are a lot of variations to this game, and it’s so simple that if you have a good group, you can play however you want and it’s still fun.
Two other rounds of Broken Picture Telephone from SPX. Here are full-size versions for legibility: Worf Mermaid and Tacodog. And here are a few rounds others have scanned in: Taco Mouse, Bird Election, Farmer Rabbit, and Radical Cat.
This is a really fun game if you have a good group of people and I recommend giving it a shot. I would suggest getting a big stack of index cards to draw on to keep things more easily organized, though.
We played a few rounds of Broken Picture Telephone (a.k.a. “Eat Poop, You Cat”) at SPX this past weekend. Here is one round that I brought home. I added some text to a couple that may be hard to read at this size.
Featuring the work of Flynn Nichols, myself, Josh Frees, Andrew Duff, Claire Belton, Jessi Zabarsky, J. Smith, Madeleine Flores, Erika Lavin, Morgan Shandro, David Malki, Jess Fink, and Sara McHenry.
This weekend, TopatoCo is coming to the Small Press Expo in Bethesda, MD! Every day this week, we’re previewing some things you’ll be able to see and buy from our talented and good-looking artists.
This year SPX just happens to coincide with the one weekend every seven years when Anthony…
I’ve got like 35 of these and after that there will be NO MORE because I accidentally ruined the block after printing
I intend to draw a series of some webcomics folk all thugged out and shit, but might restart now to try a slightly different style.
Anyways this is Anthony Clark, muhfucka behind Nedroid y’heard
Don’t front on him or he’ll blast bits of your front on him
It’s like if my outside matched my inside
This weekend I will once again be at the beautiful Small Press Expo in Bethesda, Maryland. You can find me somewhere among tables W23-30 with TopatoCo. Please keep in mind that the areas marked in red above will be filled with South American Poison Powder, and that only my books will be coated with antidote. Fun will be had by all!
TWO WEEKS left to contribute to the Food Zine indiegogo! Pre-order by next Friday to reserve your copy for SPX!
We’re halfway through the campaign and almost halfway to the goal. I’d like to thank everyone who has contributed and spread the word! You are all wonderful!
There is still some time to pre-order a copy of Food Zine. I have a one-page comic in there alongside dozens of other great artists. I saw a quick sneak preview of the zine and it is beefy (food joke). Give it a look!
Guys guys guys guys. This is the song of our generation.
Ylvis - The Fox
The message is so powerful, and it still totally rocks. New favorite song.
Has anyone in this family even seen a fox?
Sweet jesus this is so ridiculous and catchy. hahaha
This song is great and it keeps getting better as it goes
Here are the illustrations I did for “To Be or Not To Be,” a choose-your-own-path retelling of Hamlet by Ryan North. If you want to see how these situations came about, read the book! I got my copy the other day and it is gorgeous and insanely huge. If you missed out on the Kickstarter, you can preorder the book on Amazon or directly from the publisher or you can ask your local bookstore to order it. Literature!
MY BOOK IS FINALLY OUT!!! A collection of every strip from the beginning of Magical Game Time until about a month or two ago, this collection is seriously amazing! 144 pages of pure magic, including comics, sketches, poster designs, the whole deal!
It’s been a heck of a journey and I thoroughly appreciate your support! Thank you all for making this possible! Now go buy one already!
I bought the PDF of this book when it was first released. Then, at CAKE in Chicago, I saw the physical book, and I had to buy it again. It’s that gorgeous. If you like video games or comics or beauty or joy, check this book out.