200 – A Magical Island

UPDATE: Since posting this strip, I have decided to end Robot Beach, and I’m concluding the journey of Robot and his friends with this strip. I did about 20 strips after this one which were originally posted online, however the story I begain with those strips ultimately went nowhere and so I’ve removed them from the site.

However, I still have plans to self-publish a book containing every strip that has appeared on this site. Look for more information on that in the coming months!

Wow guys. Two hundred strips. I’m not sure I’ve ever done two hundred of anything! It’s been a crazy journey for me getting this far. I feel very lucky that I’ve had so many wonderful people willing to come along on this crazy journey with me. Thank you all!

With this strip I am not just celebrating one milestone but TWO! I now have enough content that I can put together my very first book! More details on that in the near future, but needless to say, I’m pretty darn pleased with myself right now. :)

For those who caught the Calvin and Hobbes reference, please forgive me. Watterson has been a huge influence on me over the years and I’ve always loved the way he closed out his strip. You get a sense with that last strip that Calvin’s journey isn’t ending, it’s just beginning. I may be two hundred strips into this thing, but I really feel that the journey is just beginning for Robot Beach as well!

This comic is SOLD!

One year ago today, to this very moment, my wife and I was getting settled into a hospital room and waiting nervously for the doctor to arrive and brief us about the plans for the next day’s surgery.

Earlier that day my wife had received the phone call telling her that her new Kidney and Pancreas had arrived and a year of daily dialysis treatments and 15 years of diabetes was going to soon be but a memory.

We knew our lives were going to change in a drastic way, what we didn’t realize was that change wasn’t going to be all positive. Twelve months and over a dozen hospitalizations later we now find ourselves facing yet another surgery and yet another long recovery.

The focus of my life has certainly changed this past year. Hospital bills have forced me into “must-make-as-much-money-as-possible” mode and so most of the more relaxing and pleasurable things in my life have been put on hold. This includes Robot Beach.

So what is the future of Robot Beach exactly? When will it be coming back? I don’t really have a good answer for that. I’ve got big plans for what I want to do and where I want to take this little cartoon world I’ve built for myself, but until I have a better idea of when I’ll be returning I’m going to keep it to myself. ;)

Thanks again for your patience! I’ll be seeing you all soon enough!

It’s finally september and the Kenosha Festival of Cartooning is starting to wind up. (I’ll be heading down on Saturday the 29th with Adam Huber of the always hilarious comic: Bug.) They’ve recently released a number of new posters and I am getting excited! Click here to check out all of the posters.

Looks like Larry the Seagull got caught on tape again:

Thanks to @davidneedham for pointing this hilarious animated Gif out. Also, I feel like I haven’t drawn Larry in months!

Here is a worthy Kickstarter project for you guys. The Kenosha Festival of Cartooning is currently trying to raise funds to keep their festival free and open to cartoonists and friends of cartooning. It is a three day event full of presentations, workshops, panel discussions and more!

Recently the National Cartoonist Society Foundation contacted the organizers and offered to match up to 10,000 dollars of Kickstarter donations. This means that thanks to their generosity, your donation is worth TWICE as much as before! There are great rewards available for donating, so please consider giving today.

Please take a moment and check out their Kickstarter page here.

(If it helps at all, Adam Huber of the comic Bug and I plan on being there. Perhaps we will see you there as well?)

“Again and again across the centuries, cosmic discoveries have demoted our self-image. Earth was once assumed to be astronomically unique, until astronomers learned that Earth is just another planet orbiting the Sun. Then we presumed the Sun was unique, until we learned that the countless stars of the night sky are suns themselves. Then we presumed our galaxy, the Milky Way, was the entire known universe, until we established that the countless fuzzy things in the sky are other galaxies, dotting the landscape of our known universe.

Today, how easy it is to presume that one universe is all there is. Yet emerging theories of modern cosmology, continually reaffirms the improbability that anything is unique…”

-Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson

“The surface of the Earth is the shore of the cosmic ocean. From it we have learned most of what we know. Recently, we have waded a little out to sea, enough to dampen our toes or, at most, wet our ankles. The water seems inviting.”

-Dr. Carl Sagan

More strange-yet-oddly-inspiring videos can be found at http://www.symphonyofscience.com/